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

  Zoom 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!

Pandemic may not be over, even for the vaccinated, and 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.

Come to the Parish Potluck to kick off the Stewardship Campaign at 1 pm on Saturday, 6 October.  Details to follow.

"Go Where I Send Thee" is the theme of the September Issue of the VoiceFr John recounts his journey and the spiritual experience that led him to the Episcopal priesthood.  Read the unlikely story of how Fr Walt and Mibs came to this place and Jane Shannon's life on both coasts and the middle.  Sharon Powers, Artistic Director. celebrates the joy between Winds in the Wilderness, the church, and our setting.  Also are reports of exciting progress by the building committee, Elen's summary of blessings and loss, and other matters great and small.
Reasonably, the Episcopal church supports vaccinationDelta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread at alarming rates both here at home and around the world.  Because of the nature of vaccines and herd immunity, it is critical churches also help address vaccine hesitancy.

We so miss our dear departed friends!   Kent and Marilyn Kay have settled into their new home in Minnesota, Walt and Mibs Zelley are in Georgia, and Jane Shannon may be heading that way, too.  Elen has initiated a series of Thursday Coffees at Seven on Zoom the 4th Thursday each month to keep in touch.

Get Vaccinated!! Don't let down your guard!  Covid infections persist and we must all avoid trading air.  Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- the better we all follow pandemic protocols, the sooner they will be unnecessary.  Columbia County wants everyone vaccinated.  Here is where to go.

Since the January resignation of Rt Rev Bill Love, the Diocese of Albany has been without a bishop.  Our rector, Fr John Thompson, is serving on the Search Committee to find a new bishop.  Meanwhile, the diocese is under the authority of the Standing Committee.  Pray for the process!

After 13 years, Charley Musselman is retiring as St John webmaster.  We have hired Suzanne Trevellyan to build a modern website for us.  She will work with Jay Corcoran  and Fr John.  They need a few editors and correspondents.  Please respond.

We support the Roe Jan Food Pantry.  Drop off canned or boxed food in the basket inside the door of the church.

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 are meeting in person again, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  "We are only as sick as our secrets." 
  AA calendar.

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As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’" He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Mark 10:17-22
External Resources:

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