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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Service Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am

Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

3 pm Divine Reading/Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

On Saturday, 19 July at 5:30 pm, the Upjohn Preservation Fund of the Church will host  a Summer Sparkling Soiree.  Proceeds benefit the Preservation Fund to preserve our church building, designed by Richard Upjohn in 1852. Our soiree will feature a jazz concert by Winds in the Wilderness, followed by specialty foods and wines of Columbia County.  There will also be a silent auction of selected prints and items from local businesses. Buy tickets.

A Voice in the Wilderness for July is here. Elen Freeston invites us all to support the Country Fair & Auction, Fr John reflects on the fruits of the Spirit, and Rebecca Garrard describes some of activities of the wider church, working toward justice and tolerance.

Our Famous Country Fair and Auction was held Saturday, 12 July. Crowds of eager fairgoers enjoyed perfect weather. See photos of the fun!  View historic CF&A of years past.

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.

After 3 decades of devoted service, Jane Peck, our esteemed treasurer, is passing the mantle to Louise Peterson. We thank Jane, Louise, and all the faithful serving the church, sometimes in shadows and in silence..

An study from the Greater Good Science Center reveals that an attitude of gratitude changes brain chemistry so as to strengthen relationships and increase happiness. As has been said before, science is catching up to truths that religion found long ago.

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.

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

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

Our Ministries:
Site Resources: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:18-25

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