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Church services suspended
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
In response to the Covid-19
pandemic, we have cancelled all group meetings at the
church. Please read Fr
John's letter suggesting remote worship
We do not know when we will be able to meet in person
again. With Holy Week approaching, your church
is making preparations for remote participation. We
will post news here.
April brings A
Voice in the Wilderness for unusual
times. Fr John reminds us not to give into
despair. Wendy shares, "Be kind, remember we
are all alone in this together." Brian and Lucy
report that that Capital Campaign has raised $209,020 or 63%
of goal. Lucy describes some of the music that
fills our church, including Edee Hedrick's Sunday
choir, Sharon Powers' chamber music group, Winds
in the Wilderness, Jim Wann's popular music
for all our parties, and Jamie Purinton’s Bash
Bish Bluegrass Band. We thank Dale and
Louise Peterson for the spectacular job they
do publishing the Voice.
This is a hard time for our community. Fr John
is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others
to make phone calls, too. If you are willing to phone
your neighbor, please drop
us a note.
Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left
food at the church for the food pantry. Please bag
your donations and know that you are helping
Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital
Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure,
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
Delayed, alas! Lucy Eldridge has curated a
quilt exhibition, The Art of Appliqué, that opens in
Burke Hall on Saturday 21 March. Quilts include Mibs
Zelley's designs for her grandkids and quilts for sale
by local artists, featuring naturalistic images. Announcement.
An organization dedicated to working for justice, the Palestine
Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship
the plan for resolving the Palestine-Israel
conflict issued by President Trump on January 28,
2020. Essentially, the plan puts the United States
behind the annexation of land captured by Israel in 1967, in
of United Nations' resolutions and international law.
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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. "we [are] convinced that any life run on
self-will can hardly be a success."
When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had
reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two
disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of
you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt
with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says
anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.' And
he will send them immediately."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they
brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on
them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their
cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees
and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of
him and that followed were shouting,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
"When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil,
asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the
prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."