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
  Facebook Address

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!

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.

An exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, "Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches" will run July through October. On 15 August at 2 pm,  Dale Peterson will talk on Richard Upjohn, renowned architect of St John in the Wilderness, followed by a tour of the exhibition.

What have we missed during the pandemic?  Adam Grant says it might be collective effervescence, that feeling of shared euphoria that we sometimes find in church.  Émile Durkheim identified the experience in his pioneering study of religious life (1915).

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 persist and we must all avoid trading air.  Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic protocols a few weeks longer.  Read the Columbia County COVID-19 Report..

After 13 years, Charley Musselman is retiring as St John webmaster.  We have hired Suzanne Trevellyan, who has helped numerous local businesses, to build a modern website for us.  She will work with Jay Corcoran, supported by a small team from the congregation.  You may read her proposal.

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.

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 on the rectory porch or in Zoom Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering Prayer.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting in person again, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  Carved into our meeting log, "You are not alone." 
AA calendar.

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The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:20-28
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org