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

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 Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

Rev Walt Zelley will serve as priest and pastor while Fr John attends his mother in Milwaukee through Tuesday, 26 August. Thank you Walt!

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: Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro... and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up." When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then he said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

Exodus 3:1-5

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