Welcome to all!
Please join us
December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service
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
| Good News,
Our church is having a Community
Christmas Pageant, Saturday 15 December at 11
am! This is the second year for the pageant and we’d like to
make it a “community tradition!” We provide the
costumes but feel free to bring one if you like. There
will be a Holiday party afterwards!
Eve at the Church of St John in the Wilderness,
nestled among the trees, softly lit by candlelight,
singing our traditional hymns, a warm and welcoming
community sharing Holy Eucharist -- this is an experience
not to be missed!
A new Voice
is here! Fr John reflects on the story of
Ruth, an immigrant to Judah and the great-grandmother of
David. Should we welcome or fear the refugee, fleeing
war or famine? Our tradition has been welcome, as says
of Liberty. Karen Flynn describes the
renovation, the stewardship campaign and dinner, and more in
her Warden's Report. Thanks to the leadership of Martha
Glanz, Campaign Chair, and the support of the parish,
we have $84,000 from 33 pledges and need only $16,000 more
to meet our goal. Marjorie Hoog presents the
Capital Improvement Survey and the Master Plan. Lucy
Eldridge anticipates the Winter Walk.
We mourn those lost in the terrible shooting at Tree
of Life Synagogue. Our rector, Rev
John Thompson, lived in the Squirrel
Hill neighborhood and has friends in the Tree of Life
congregation who knew the victims. His letter
We have a sample
of paintings by Fr Jack Moody on display in
Burke Hall. His paintings are evocative of both
country and city landscapes. Come and view them over a
cup of coffee. Exhibit
Monastery, an Anglican Benedictine community in West
Park welcomes visitors for a day or a longer spiritual
retreat. Fr John encourages us to spend some
time with the monks in prayer and worship. It can be a
life changing experience. West Park is on the Hudson,
about a 70 minute drive southwest.
Church improvements are in the works! Porch is
finished and the rectory is currently being painted.
Pray for good weather so the painters can finish before
Our landscape architect, Jamie Purinton, will again
present her Master Plan for our grounds at Coffee Hour on 11
November. Please bring your questions and concerns.
Hurricane Relief. To help those affected by
hurricanes Florence and Michael, you may donate at Episcopal
Relief & Development. Or you may
volunteer to help in person at the Diocese
of Central Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle.
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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. "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly
followed our path." AA
And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply
he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with
anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise."
Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him,
"Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no
more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also
asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do
not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation,
and be satisfied with your wages."
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were
questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he
might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying,
"I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than
I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his
sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing
floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the
chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good
news to the people.