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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,
Christmas at the Church of St John in the
Wilderness, nestled among snowy 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! See Elen's Christmas
All are invited to the Blue
Christmas Service at St. John in the Wilderness
on Wednesday 11 December at 6 pm. This low-key service is
designed for those who may be grieving a loss or for
whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season, and anyone
seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle. Come,
and bring your friends.
Community Christmas Pageant: Saturday 14 December at
12:30 pm. For children and adults! Free lunch
follows. Then a visit to the Roe Jan Historical Society
Museum right up the road for a visit with Santa and the
telling of Clement Moore's "The Night before Christmas".
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Tuesday 24
December 24 at 7:00 pm Carols, 7:30 pm Service.
Christmas Day Service: Wednesday 25 December at 10 am
In the Advent edition of the Voice,
Fr John contrasts the wordless preaching of St
Francis with the ceaseless clamor of today. Can we
discern the Word amid the noise? Marjorie Hoog,
our Senior Warden, thanks a multitude of local saints for
diverse gifts and ministries. Brian Boom and Lucy
Eldridge report good progress on our Capital
Campaign. Over half of the $332,000 goal is
booked. Martha Glantz, Stewardship Chief,
requests prompt return of pledge cards for planning
Donna Platt invites your gift to Christmas
Friends, to ensure that no child go without presents
this Christmas. Last year, St John in the Wilderness
was able to make 35 local children a little
happier. Write a check to St John, note
Christmas Friends, and drop it in the collection plate.
Our Capital Campaign Committee has put together a compelling
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
On 6 October, Fr John preached on, inter alia, the Great
Pacific Garbage Patch and the hopeful progress made in its
all about it.
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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. "Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women
share their experience, strength and hope with each
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that
all the world should be registered. This was the first
registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of
Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph
also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended
from the house and family of David. He went to be registered
with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a
child. While they were there, the time came for her to
deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son
and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.