Church of St. John in the Wilderness
The Episcopal Church in Copake Falls, NY
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PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
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Welcome to all!
Please join us

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading/
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

Michael B. Druxman's play, "Lombard", will be performed 4 more times at Church of St John: 21 August at 3 pm, 26 August at 7, 27 August at 7, and finally, 28 August at 3. Please see Carl Richie's Playbill.

On Saturday, 3 September, we will hold a bake sale at the KOA Campground in West Copake. Please bake something tasty and bring it to the sale by 10 am. This raises some funds for the church and helps spread our name.

Harvest Fest is Sunday 9 October from 12 to 4 pm, with fun for kids of all ages! Kaptain Kraw's puppet show is at 1 pm, with balloons! Also pony rides, games, bouncy house, bake sale, Chinese auction, vendors, and lunch bar. Tonya Carter invites help running the show!

Voice in the Wilderness for June is here! Fr John struggles with love and grace following the Orlando shootings. Jeanne Van Hoesen reports on the Episcopal Church Women. Regina Shea is the new ECW  president-elect.  Read "Rain", the prize winning poem by young Julian Thomas Perez.

Episcopal Relief and Development is our church effort to "heal a hurting world". They do development and relief work around the world. This is a cause well worth our support.

Regina Shea and Charley Musselman had a large number of coffee mugs printed with our icon, the Lamb of God Triumphant. We want everybody in the parish to have one. After coffee hour, take your mug home, spread the word!

Church of St John in the Wilderness is located in a park-like setting, Taconic State Park! We're on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and Bash-Bish Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
is a worldwide movement to promote social and economic justice and respect for the environment. Diocese of Central NY is adopting JPIC as an organizing principle for social justice.

We made a list of the many Good Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can you add to this list?

Divine Reading/Contemplative Prayer Group: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

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"Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."

Luke 14:28-33
External Resources:

Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org