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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
518-329-3674
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Service Schedule

Sundays

Holy Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am


Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer


Church is open daily for prayer and meditation

Clergy:

The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 


Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

A gala Sparkling Summer Soirée to benefit St John in the Wilderness will be held 14 July at 5:30 pm on the grounds of our beautiful historic church. Our evening will have a festive French theme in celebration of Bastille DayOnline tickets and additional details.

Dale and Louise Peterson have published the May edition of Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reflects on the Holy Spirit at Pentecost bringing us together and reminding us to be open to the myriad gifts of the Spirit. Karen Flynn, Senior Warden, looks forward to the Sparkling Summer Soirée and other fun to be had this summer.

Our own Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, preached a stirring sermon at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. He called on Spirituals and Jesuits as he spoke from the heart on the power of love.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who call for an assault weapons ban, as well as prayers of lamentation. This is a response to the latest in a long list of school shootings.

Our Capital Campaign is underway! We  want to prioritize those projects most important to many people. Rectory porch repair and landscaping the church grounds made the list.  Make your preferences known with the Priority Survey.

Read about pipe organ restoration in Common Bond (pdf), the newsletter of the NY Landmarks Conservancy.

You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign up here to receive future editions by email, saving money and trees. 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!

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: 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. "If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it-then you are ready to take certain steps."
AA calendar.

Our Ministries:
Site Resources: King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”... For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” ...
Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Mark 6:14-29 (selected)

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External Resources:

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