Welcome to all!
Please join us
Holy Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
| Good News,
Sixth Annual Whole lot of Love Dinner is Saturday 16
February at the Copake Community Center.
Bring a sweetheart or meet one at the Dinner! See
Elen's cute poster.
Sunday 6 January marks the season of Epiphany,
which celebrates the revelation of God incarnate in
the person of Jesus. It is a joyous
thing to recognize God in the Other!
A new Voice
is here! Fr John reflects on the story of
Ruth, an immigrant to Judah and the great-grandmother of
David. Should we welcome or fear the refugee, fleeing
war or famine? Our tradition has been welcome, as says
of Liberty. Karen Flynn describes the
renovation, the stewardship campaign and dinner, and more in
her Warden's Report. Thanks to the leadership of Martha
Glanz, Campaign Chair, and the support of the parish,
we have $84,000 from 33 pledges and need only $16,000 more
to meet our goal. Marjorie Hoog presents the
Capital Improvement Survey and the Master Plan. Lucy
Eldridge anticipates the Winter Walk.
We mourn those lost in the terrible shooting at Tree
of Life Synagogue. Our rector, Rev
John Thompson, lived in the Squirrel
Hill neighborhood and has friends in the Tree of Life
congregation who knew the victims. His letter
We have a sample
of paintings by Fr Jack Moody on display in
Burke Hall. His paintings are evocative of both
country and city landscapes. Come and view them over a
cup of coffee. Exhibit
Monastery, an Anglican Benedictine community in West
Park welcomes visitors for a day or a longer spiritual
retreat. Fr John encourages us to spend some
time with the monks in prayer and worship. It can be a
life changing experience. West Park is on the Hudson,
about a 70 minute drive southwest.
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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!
We made a list of the many Good
Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness.
Can you add to this list?
Reading & Contemplative
Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3
pm in the rectory for the Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer Group. 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. "You are not alone." AA
Jesus said, "I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do
good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray
for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek,
offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your
coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who
begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not
ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to
those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For
even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you
hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners
lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your
enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.
Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the
Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.