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


Sunday Worship

Eucharist, 10 am
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Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation.  Please observe pandemic protocols.


The Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar

Church Calendar
(2021 Events)
Good News, Everyone!

We have returned to church and Zoom Church is ended

Although the pandemic may be over for the vaccinated, we will continue taking prudent measures in our gathering.   Please join us in person as you feel able.  Our service will be streamed in real time on Facebook Live.  Read all the details in Fr John's invitation.

Choir starts up 30 May!  Organist Edee Hedrick asks all singers to come at 9 am to review hymns and service music.

Jim and Patricia Wann have published the May edition of Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter.  Fr John is astounded at the love of God for the outrageous diversity of creation.  Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge emphasize how our Capital Campaign reflects our concern for our beautiful environs.  Elen Freeston of the Alter Guild asks all gardeners to grow flowers to decorate the church.  Elen the Senior Warden proposes to continue Zoom meetings to maintain contact with our diaspora.

Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled video streaming from the church!  Thanks to Mibs, Lucy and John for valuable assistance and motivation.

Don't let down your guard!  Covid infections are surging and we must all avoid trading air.  Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic protocols a few months longer.  Read the Columbia County COVID-19 Report..

We support the Roe Jan Food Pantry.  You may drop off canned or boxed food in the basket inside the door of the church.  It will be taken to the pantry every Friday.  Many thanks for these much needed donations!

Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure, Capital Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining People, Place, and Peace, 2019-2022. Please take a look and decide how you might contribute to the future vitality of our church.  Supporting material.

This is a hard time for our community.  Fr John is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others to make phone calls, too.  If you are willing to phone your neighbor, please drop us a note.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

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!

Divine Reading & Contemplative Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3 pm in Zoom Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering Prayer.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  "When you are tired of waiting for your life to change, pay us a visit." 
AA calendar.

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So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

Ezekiel 37:4-14
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org