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July 23, 2007

On 25 June, we note the 165th anniversary of St John in the Wilderness! Please, come celebrate with us!
 8:30 Coffee & doughnuts! at Copake Iron Works
 9:00 Parade to church! Walk or ride in vintage cars
 9:50 followed by a Blessing at Pomeroy Gravesite
10:00 Church Service! Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:15 Community Picnic! In and around Burke Hall,
with Live Music! with the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band!
 See the poster  Elen Freeston  prepared.

June 26, 2017

For April, the Voice offers Fr John's sermon on Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. It calls for relaxed barriers and widening community. Senior Warden Brian Boom looks at church programs to address hunger, local and global.

June 21, 2017

Saturday, 17 June will be the 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Taconic Hills Backpack Program. We start at the church at 10 am. Contact Rebecca Gerrard for details.

June 6, 2017

In San Juan de la Vega, Mexicans celebrate the Feast of St John the Baptist, their patron and ours, in a festival of exploding sledgehammers. Details in The New Yorker.
 
Did you know that nearly every Christian Church reads the same lessons on Sunday? Our Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings  in which the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in ecclesiastical years A, B, and C. John is read mostly in Eastertide.


June 3, 2017


On 20 May, we welcome the Sacred Sites Open House of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. At 4:30, a jazz ensemble led by composer John Myers with Pete Toigo will perform Jazz Vespers. Please come and bring friends!

"In these politically-charged times, it is difficult to find a common path forward to address climate change. Still, if we frame this issue in terms of neighborly need: food security, agricultural productivity, and economic sufficiency, we may find common ground for forward movement." So concludes Jayce Hafner's essay, Good Neighbors, Good Stewards. Also from the Episcopal Public Policy Network, Advocating in the Information Age.

May 5, 2017

A free workshop for victims of domestic violence, Hearts Breaking, Hearts Healing is offered on 6 May, 10:30 to 2:30 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Schenectady, by Healing a Woman's Soul. Please see their poster.

In A Voice in the  Wilderness for February, Fr John reflects on the separation of Church and State. See charming photos of children's Epiphany Pageant. Also find several pieces of historical interest, including our Mission Statement.

April 19, 2017

All are invited to join in the commemorations and celebrations of Holy Week and Easter! Elen Freeston has prepared a lovely poster with our Easter Schedule.

"Lent is a time for study and reflection about the sacrifices Jesus made and how I can follow his example. I find his central message both helpful and quite challenging: that the most important thing we can do as followers of Jesus is to love ourselves, love our neighbor, and love God." Read the rest of the Episcopal Public Policy Network letter here.


April 4, 2017

Lent, our season of reflection and reconciliation, begins on Ash Wednesday, 1 March. Join us for Solemn Liturgy, with imposition of ashes, at 10 am and 7:30 pm. "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

March 29, 2017

On  Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, 5 March, we have an opportunity to live out the Promises of our Baptismal Covenant, to serve Christ in all persons,  to care for the poor, the hungry, and the sick. We will collect an offering to support ER&D's mission "to heal a hurting world".

Charity Sock Auction on 18 February! Neighborhood Knitters of Hudson are auctioning socks at Vertigris Tea and Chocolate Bar in Hudson to benefit the homeless and needy. Details here.

February 15, 2017

Louise and Dale have published the Advent Edition of Voice in the WildernessFr John reflects on current events in light of history, Martha Glantz reports on research linking church to well being, and Rebecca Gerrard is forming a Social Justice Committee. Dale Peterson reports that pledges are on target,  Corie Miller writes of love and family, and Regina Shea describes ECW doings. All this and more, fiction by Bob Dodd!

Come to Whole Lot of Love Roast Beef Dinner in honor of St Valentine, Saturday, 11 February, at the Copake Community Center. Bring a sweetheart or find one at the dinner! Charming details.

On 1 February at 4 pm, the national church is presenting an online seminar: The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees. It will examine the root causes of the refugee crisis, describe the resettlement process, and explain how communities can help. Mark your calendars and register today.


February 1, 2017


This year's Christian Unity Service will be held at Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls at 7 pm on Wednesday, 25 January. Steve Wildermuth, Music Coordinator, invites all choir members to participate. We will have a rehearsal at 6:30 pm on Monday, 23 January. Review the music we'll be using.

January 25, 2017

Wendy Langlois needs players for a Children's Epiphany Pageant, Sunday 8 January. We call the visit of the wise men to Jesus's birthplace an epiphany, introducing God to the world. All the usual cast is welcome, wise men, angels, and shepherds. Contact Wendy at 518-929-8179.

 Christmas 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!

January 4, 2017

Episcopal Church Women invite everybody to the annual ECW Christmas Lunch on Sunday 11 December. Please read their invitation.

Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, 14 December at 6 pm. All are invited to this low-key service 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.

Episcopal Relief and Development is our church effort to "heal a hurting world". They do development and relief work around the world. This is a cause well worth our support.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am

December 7, 2016

Shepherds Tell the News, will be presented by the Philmont Methodist Church Chorus at 2 pm on Saturday, 3 December.

2016 Copake Falls Winter Walk is Sunday 4 December,
noon to 5 pm.
St. John's will hold a Winter Market, from 1 to 3, in Burke Hall including the popular sale of homemade Christmas cookies in festive tins, as well as beautiful evergreen table decorations. At 3:30, we will welcome once again the wonderful Handbell Choir from the Salisbury Congregational Church. They will help us ring in the holiday season with joyful Christmas music. Tickets are $10, children free. At the end of the concert,  we will sing traditional Christmas carols as we make our way down to the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society

December 3, 2016

Polar Express Children's Holiday Party. Children are invited to a holiday party featuring a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express, along with hot cocoa and surprises, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library, on Friday, 2 December, 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

November 22, 2016

Her community gathered on 5 September to celebrate the life of Edie Froggatt, well loved, faithful churchwoman. Our little church was packed, with persons standing in the doorway wishing to honor and remember Edie (1922-2016). She will be missed by her large family and her many friends.

September edition of Voice in the Wilderness has been published by Louise and Dale Peterson. Fr John writes of hope in the face of temptations to cynicism and despair in this election season. He calls for prayerful discernment in our decisions. Dale Peterson describes some building improvements and Wendy Langlois tells about our plans for Sunday School this year. Her daughters, Jane and Barbara write lovingly of their mother Edie Froggatt. Douglas Goodhue has fond memories of Rev Peter Turner, who died 11 June. He served St John's as interim 1997-98. Bob Dodd reports on the culture conflicts in the wider church beyond Copake Falls and the Diocese of Albany. And there is more!

All are invited to the Parish Picnic Sunday 25 September. Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. Church will provide drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

Harvest Fest is Sunday 9 October from 12 to 4 pm, with fun for kids of all ages! Kaptain Kraw's puppet show is at 1 pm, with balloons! Also pony rides, games, bouncy house, bake sale, Chinese auction, vendors, and lunch bar. Tonya Carter invites help running the show!

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.

September 21, 2016

On Sunday 18 September a 5 Km walk/run to support Childhood Cancer Charities will start at St John in the Wilderness. Registration begins at 10:15 am. More information: Rebecca Garrard <garrar26@gmail.com>.

Episcopal Church Women
will meet 18 September, following coffee hour. It is time for elections and to plan the Christmas Luncheon and Christmas Friends.

Voice in the Wilderness for June is here! Fr John struggles with love and grace following the Orlando shootings. Jeanne Van Hoesen reports on the Episcopal Church Women. Regina Shea is the new ECW  president-elect.  Read "Rain", the prize winning poem by young Julian Thomas Perez.

Regina Shea and Charley Musselman had a large number of coffee mugs printed with our icon, the Lamb of God Triumphant. We want everybody in the parish to have one. After coffee hour, take your mug home, spread the word!

September 11, 2016

Michael B. Druxman's play, "Lombard", will be performed 4 more times at Church of St John: 21 August at 3 pm, 26 August at 7, 27 August at 7, and finally, 28 August at 3. Please see Carl Richie's Playbill.

On Saturday, 3 September, we will hold a bake sale at the KOA Campground in West Copake. Please bake something tasty and bring it to the sale by 10 am. This raises some funds for the church and helps spread our name.

August 25, 2016

Copake Falls Day is coming, 20 August! As usual, our little church is the center of activity. At 11 am, Thomas Rainer, Landscape Artist, will lecture at the church. We sponsor a salad bar at lunchtime. At 2 pm, Susan Fullerton stars in "Lombard" by Michael B. Druxman, directed by Carl Richie. We have Jazz Vespers at 4:30 followed by Beef Barbecue at 5:30 and closing with campfire music by Zack Nayer at 7.

Many more events and activities are planned, including garden tours, farmers' market and demonstrations, sheep shearing, milking, kids' art projects, and much more. See the schedule at Copake Falls Day

August 16, 2016

Two parishioners gained renown this month! Congratulations to Dale Peterson, whose emergency response center was featured in the NYTimes. Also  Catherine Kaputa has launched her fourth book, Graduate to a Great Career. Read about it on her website.

Many parishioners have their names and faces posted to the St John photobook. If you want your photo posted (or want a better photo!), see Charley Musselman at Coffee Hour.

August 13, 2016

St John in the Wilderness will host Winds in the Wilderness, our chamber music group, on Sunday, 31 July at 3 pm. This will be a dynamic and beautiful program with Sharon Powers on flute/piccolo/alto flute; Judith Dansker on oboe/English horn; Ronald Gorevic on violin/viola and John Myers on guitar.

July 24, 2016

Famous Country Fair and Auction is coming 9 July! Take a look at the Auction Catalog. We are fortunate to have many fine pieces. Auction catalog is now closed, but donations of baked goods and salads are most welcome.

Elen Freeston
has prepared two posters advertising Country Fair Weekend. Here is CF&Auction, and Pork_BBQ. We thank Elen for the hundreds of pieces of artwork she's produced over the years!

July 7, 2016

Thanks to Karen Flynn, we have a new defibrillator! Heart attacks kill many. Learn how to save lives, watch this video.

On 14 January at Canterbury, the Anglican Primates issued a statement  suspending the Episcopal Church for 3 years because of our "fundamental departure from the faith" regarding LGBT rights. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued a statement in response expressing regret and surprise and suggesting that ours was the position to which the church is headed. Context at the Washington Post.

June 24, 2016

Read the Lent Edition of Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John writes on Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit working with the gangs of LA. Also Martha Glantz tells how she came to be here, Lucy Eldridge and Jane Peck anticipate the annual Country Fair and Auction, and Karen Flynn describes a potentially lifesaving device. Babs Croteau tells the history of the Birthday and Memorial Candle Fund.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

May 29, 2016

Bake Sale at the Campground! Saturday, 28 May, we'll offer home-baked goods to the campers at KOA, Rt 7, Copake. Please bring delicious offerings to KOA kitchen by 9:30 am. This raises money for St John's programs and spreads our name. Thanks to Gary and Cathy Reinard, KOA managers.

Our Diocesan Bishop William Love has reflected on the Primates' actions at Canterbury. He opposed the marriage equality changes adopted by 2015 General Convention and is sympathetic with the Primates' traditional position. Read his letter to the parish.


May 24, 2016


Jazz Vespers: As part of Sacred Sites Open House Weekend St. John’s will host a Jazz Vespers service on Saturday, 21 May at 4:30 pm. Music will be by master musicians, John Myers and Sharon Powers. Hope to see you there!

Although Easter Sunday is past, we now have 50 days to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord! Let us be glad and rejoice in them!

Fr John notes our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Letter, in which he shows that the story of crucifixion and resurrection is not a fairy tale.

Dale Peterson, stewardship chair, reports that as of 18 January, we are at 99% of our $80,000 goal. Help enable everything we do; consider a pledge. New News!

May 5, 2016
 
On Saturday 30 April, our church is the start of the 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Taconic Hills School backpack Program. This program supports hungry school children on weekends. Rebecca Garrard has prepared a flyer.

April 15, 2016


There is a free concert at Claverack Dutch Reformed Church Sunday, 10 April at 3 pm. Program includes Organ and Choral
music by Keith Niver.

April 2, 2016
We now approach Holy Week and Easter. We are blessed to celebrate these ancient and universal traditions of our faith. Elen Freeston has prepared an Easter Poster.

Ritual washing of feet on Holy (Maundy) Thursday is called Mandatum after the New Commandment (Latin, novum mandatum), "Love one another", quoted to the right.

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Holy Week & Easter

 20 March, Palm Sunday
8  and 10 am services

24 March, 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday rite

25 March, Good Friday
10 am, 7:30 pm

26 March, Holy Saturday, 11 am, Easter Egg Hunt

27 March, Easter Day
8 am, Holy Eucharist
10 am, Festive Eucharist

March 19, 2016

A Lenten tradition: Soup and Bread Suppers with Our Neighbors. All are welcome at 6:30 each Wednesday in Lent as we share supper and Christian fellowship. Schedule.

March 9, 2016

At our Annual Meeting last month, we elected new officers and vestry. View the church leadership for the next term.

Louise and Dale Peterson have published the Advent edition of A Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reflects on an Advent of waiting and the concern of the "startling new pope, Francis" for the poor and our common home. Lucy Eldridge reports on fall activities, like planting a dogwood tree in memory of Ginny Boughton. Also, Wendy Langlois speaks from the heart on our children's need for Sunday School, Susan Mollo caries the Ground Zero flag, and we install Michael Curry Presiding Bishop.

February 13, 2016

Episcopal Relief and Development is our Church's way "to heal a hurting world". On  ER&D Sunday, 14 February, we can live out our commitment to care for people who are subject to famine, epidemic, war, and natural disaster around the world with a generous donation to support the work of ER&D.

Come to Whole Lot of Love Roast Beef Dinner
in honor of St Valentine, Saturday, 13 February, at the Copake Community Center. Bring a sweetheart or find one at the dinner! Charming details.

Ash Wednesday, 10 February, marks the beginning of Lent, our season of repentance and reconciliation. Solemn liturgy at 10 am and 7:30 pm.

January 22, 2016

[not] Good News, Everyone!
 
Thursday at Canterbury, the Anglican Primates issued a statement  suspending the Episcopal Church for 3 years because of our "fundamental departure from the faith" regarding LGBT rights. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued a statement in response expressing regret and surprise and suggesting that ours was the position to which the church is headed. Context at the Washington Post.

January 19, 2016

Annual Meeting this Sunday, 17 January. A single worship service at 9 am will be followed by a delicious brunch and the Annual Meeting.
January 12, 2016

This Advent, "Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand..." ancient chant.

Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, 16 December at 6:00 PM. All are invited to this low-key service 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.

Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual Christmas Lunch on 13 December at The Pond restaurant in Ancramdale. Please RSVP to Jeanne VanHoesen by 4 December.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am

December 12, 2015

This year's Copake Falls Winter Walk will be held Sunday, 6 December. There are events all around the hamlet. Details.

Also on 6 December, we welcome the Handbell Choir from Salisbury Congregational Church for a Holiday Concert to benefit the Backpack program. Colorful poster.

December 5, 2015

I think the only appropriate response to the original blessing of creation, to the blessing of life, and to the blessing of Jesus, is gratitude.  Gratitude is not commanded by God; it is the natural response of the thankful heart.  Happy Thanksgiving, all. -ed

November 26, 2015

Read the September edition of Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reminds us to live today, "Today's trouble is enough for today". Bob Dodd reports on the state of the Church, national and local.

Stewardship dinner is Saturday, 7 November, at 6. Dale Peterson, 2015 Pledge Campaign Chair, invites everybody to prayerfully consider their support for the church and be generous.


November 7, 2015

KOA Campground bake sale, Saturday, 5 September, 10 - 2 pm. Please bring tasty snacks to sell. Proceeds benefit the church and we spread the word.
Thank you to our hosts Gary and Cathy Reinard.

Copake Falls Day was a great success! Thanks to Mibs Zelly for leadership, Richard Peck for organizing the salad bar (photos), George for his flowers, and all the volunteers who make this day so much fun!

June issue of Voice in the Wilderness features a moving essay on Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyr of El Salvador, who was just beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. Fr John regards him a hero and a saint. Walt Zelley pens a warm portrait of Ginny Boughton, RIP, pillar of our church. Louise asks for auction support and Lucy reports on recent happenings.

Country Fair & Auction was a great success! We had fun (and profit!) under sunny skies. Fr John thanked all the volunteers for their dedication and hard work, starting with the chairs, Elen & Louise, and their minions, large and small. Photos.

We were honored by the visit of our Bishop, Rt Rev William Love on 21 June. Under his hands, Jaclynn Olivia Boyd and Tonya Marie Carter were confirmed, and Madeleine Louise Racine Tramm was received into the Episcopal Church. We have photos!

August 24, 2015

Copake Falls Day is this Saturday, 15 August! St John is again the site of many fun events. Ken Druse talk in Burke Hall at 11 am, Salad Bar at 11:30, Jazz Vespers at 4:30, followed by a pork BBQ under the tent! Please see this announcement for all the details!

August 13, 2015

Family Movie Night: Wednesday 15 July at 7 pm.

We had so much fun last year! So here's  Summer Sparkling Soirée 2015, on Saturday 18 July at 6 pm. Concert by Jim Wann, wines and delicacies, and our community in conversation on a sweet, soft summer night - what could be better? Here all the details.

Winds in the Wilderness will perform Wednesday 22 July at 5:30. Their music ranges from 17th Century Baroque to Berkshire contemporary jazz.

July 15, 2015

Country Fair and Auction is coming 11 July, 10 - 2 pm. We have some exceptionally fine items, but can use more! Please check your attic and garage and bring nice pieces to Burke Hall. Auction Catalog Online. Famous Pork Barbecue follows Sunday 12 July. Delicious details to come.

June 28, 2015

Danielle Fankhouser will visit us 28 June. She will speak at coffee hour about the need for foster homes in our school district. Please come and hear about this good cause.

Our Bishop, Rt Rev William Love, will visit St John in the Wilderness on Sunday, 21 June. This is an occasion for baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church. If you want to become fully a member of the church, this is your opportunity. Contact Fr John regarding preparation.

June 14, 2015

Voice in the Wilderness for March is out! Fr John reflects on self-knowledge and authenticity, both nurtured through prayer. Karen Flynn writes a warm portrait of Edie Hedrick, our organist, celebrating 30 years of service! Lucy Eldridge waits for Spring Blooms and Bob Dodd recaps the schism.

June 5, 2015

Climate Change Crisis Forum is now available for viewing. Next 30 Days of Action leads up to Earth Day.

Fr John
reflects on Rev Martin Luther King, Jr and his dream of justice, justice too often denied to the poor, the Black, the powerless. Read John's sermon of January 18.


May 31, 2015

Bake Sales at KOA Campground. First of the season is this Saturday, 23 May from 10 am to noon. Please contribute yummy baked goods for sale. Proceeds benefit St Johns. Thank you to our hosts Gary and Cathy Reinard.

This Sunday, Christians all over the world will celebrate Pentecost. Learn why this holy day is called the "birthday of the church."

May 21, 2015

Sacred Sites Open House. Saturday 16 May at 1 pm is the Community Plant Swap & Sale and at 3 pm is a special Choir Concert by St John's choir, in celebration of Edie Hedricks service as Organist.

April 8, 2015

Be with us as we experience again the mystery and majesty of Christ's resurrection. Review the Service Schedule.  For the whimsical side of Christian worship, join the Easter Egg Hunt!

At 6:30 each Wednesday in Lent, join our church neighbors for a simple soup and bread supper.  As says this poster, "Journey with us as we encounter the divine in each other."

Holy Week & Easter

29 March, Palm Sunday
8  and 10 am services

2 April, 6 pm Seder and Maundy Thursday rite

3 April, Good Friday
10 am, 7:30 pm

4 April, Holy Saturday
10:30 am, Easter Egg Hunt

5 April, Easter Day
8 am, Holy Eucharist
10 am, Choral Eucharist

March 25, 2015

Dale and Louise have published the February Voice. In it you will find Fr John's exhaustive review of the people and events that made 2014 so exciting. Remind yourself of our Mission Statement and meet the leadership of the church for the next term.

PB Katharine Jefferts Schori, with many other church leaders, has issued a pastoral letter on Climate Change, the existential issue of our day. Religion might move people to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow (nothing else will).

March 18, 2015

This Wednesday, 4 March, is St John's turn to provide the Ecumenical Lenten Supper. We need volunteers to bring soup and bread to Burke Hall before 6:30.

February 28, 2015

Celebrate St Valentine's Day at the Whole Lot of Love Roast Beef Dinner on February 14. Tonya Carter and Jeanne VanHoesen are organizing this event and ask for volunteers.

On 14 September, Wendy Langlois honored the children of St John in the Wilderness and described the new Sunday School program. Registration for the new term beginning 21 September remains open.

February 1, 2015

Read all about it! November issue of The Voice is here! Fr John reflects on gratitude in the season of Thanksgiving. See photos of the Harvest Fest and read about all the celebrations, concerts, dinners, and parties planned and enjoyed!

Our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori asks for a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and all affected by the Ebola Pandemic, the sick and those who care for them.


January 25, 2014

We enter the season of Epiphany, when the awareness of God enlightens the world. Wendy is planning to direct the children in an Epiphany Pageant this Sunday during the 10 am service. Hope to see you there!

January 11, 2014
 
Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, 17 December at 6 pm. All are invited to this low-key service 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.

Christmas 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 -- this is an experience not to be missed!

December 8, 2014

On 27 November at 10 am we will hold  a Thanksgiving Day
Service
at Church of Christ, Mt. Washington (116 East
Street, South Egremont, MA 01258). Rev Philip Newell and Rev John Thompson will celebrate jointly. We will joyfully thank God in words and music for his many blessings! Music by Rachel Cole

November 22, 2014

Join us for Celebrating 5! Brunch on 26 October with Broadway composer Jim Wann, honoring Rev John Thompson’s five years of ministry. This is a benefit for the Backpack Program, feeding hungry children.

October 20, 2014

Third Annual Harvest Fest at St. John in the Wilderness is coming Sunday, 12 October, noon to 4! There will be activities for all ages  – Vendors, Children's Play, Food,  Auction, and more. Storyteller Tom Hooker Hanford and delightful Bee Bee the Clown will entertain us. 

October 6, 2014

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.

October 2, 2014

Children's Sunday!
On 14 September, Wendy Langlois will honor the children of St John in the Wilderness. She will describe the new Sunday School program and invite registration for the new term. Class begins 21 September.

Our preservation fund is richer after the Sparking Summer Soiree, organized by Christine Parker and Pete Krane and supported by dozens of local businesses and friends. We are now within a few thousand dollars of our $40,000 goal for a new roof. Thanks to all who worked hard to make the event such a success!


September 5, 2014

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.

August 20, 2014

On Saturday, 19 July at 5:30 pm, the Upjohn Preservation Fund of the Church will host  a Summer Sparkling Soiree.  Proceeds benefit the Preservation Fund to preserve our church building, designed by Richard Upjohn in 1852. Our soiree will feature a jazz concert by Winds in the Wilderness, followed by specialty foods and wines of Columbia County.  There will also be a silent auction of selected prints and items from local businesses. Buy tickets.

July 15, 2014

Famous Pork BBQ is coming Sunday, 13 July! Bring an appetite to the Big Tent. Helpers of all sorts are invited to call Elen Freeston.

July 5, 2014

Read the April Voice in the Wilderness for Fr John's view of the quiet place in the midst of the information onslaught. Lucy writes a bit on Rebecca Garrard  and Jeanne VanHoesen reports on the Episcopal Church Women.

June 9, 2014

Fr John will be at Dioscean Convention this weekend. Rev Walt Zelly will be our celebrant, Sunday 8 June.

Our parishioner, Jack Moody, recently celebrated his 60th anniversary of his ordination as an Episcopal priest. With prayers of thanks...

Rev George Brennan is editing a new information resource, the Ecumenical News, for church events in SE Columbia County. You may request a subscription from him

June 3, 2014

This Saturday, 24 May, 9 -11 am: Bake Sale at the foot of the St John’s driveway. Please come for delicious homemade baked goods— this supports St. John’s. 

Also, we will have a  CHURCH CLEAN UP DAY, primarily for the Undercroft, the following Saturday 31 May, 9 am.

May 23, 2014

On Saturday, 17 May at 5:30 pm a great edition of Jazz Vespers is scheduled at St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls!  Excellent musicians are John Myers on guitar and Sharon Powers on flute. Jazz Vespers is part of a Sacred Sites Open House and Community Seed Swap with Farmer’s Market Weekend at St. John in the Wilderness.

Sacred Sites Open House,
Saturday, 17 May. We will have tours of our historic building, designed by Richard Upjohn and built in 1852. For the gardeners, there's a seed  and plant swap, a farmers' market, and at 5:30, Jazz Vespers. Fun starts at 1 pm. Church tours repeat on Sunday, 18 May. See the colorful poster. If you wish to sell at the market, see Vendor's Form.

April 21, 2014

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, 17th
Seder meal, 6 pm
Maundy Eucharist, 7:30

Good Friday, 18th
10 am & 7:30 pm

Saturday, 19th
Easter Egg Hunt, 11 am

Easter Sunday, 20th
Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Please join us for Holy Week and Easter services. Celebrate Jesus’ love for us and his resurrection, starting tomorrow with Palm Sunday and concluding Holy Week with our joyful Easter. We also offer a Seder (Passover) Meal on Thursday and an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.

Annual Meeting of St John in the Wilderness was held on Sunday, January 19. We elected new officers and vestry and Fr John preached a sermon celebrating the joy and good ministry that abounds at St John's.

April 8, 2014

Lenten Series. Area churches invite you to supper and worship Wednesday evenings during Lent. Details in this poster.

Read the February Voice in the Wilderness for Rebecca Garrard's first letter as Senior Warden. Harry Garrett offers some reflections on service. Lucy Eldridge reports on stewardship and Bob Dodd reviews Zealot: Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

March 31, 2014

Karen Flynn wrote an appealing stewardship letter to the friends of St John, no small achievement. Lucy Eldridge, our Stewardship Chair, reports that pledged total is up nearly 18% over 2013. Great letter, Karen!

Second Annual Harvest Festival took place Sunday 13 October. Weather was beautiful and a fine time was had by all. We hope for photos. Thanks to Regina and all the volunteers.

We enter the season of Epiphany, when the awareness of God enlightens the world.
 
February 18, 2014

We are hosting a Whole Lot of Love Roast Beef Dinner on Valentine's Day weekend! Saturday, 15 February, 4:30 to 7 pm at the Copake Community Center on Mountain View Rd. $15 adults $7.50 children. For reservations call Mibs, 329-2851.

In the November Voice, read Fr John on the vulnerable Christ Child. Brian Boom describes the Episcopal Church in Cuba and its challenges. Marilyn Kay offers a warm portrait of Mary Ann Byers, our Rector's widow, who visited last month. Karen Flynn thanks the church as she retires as Senior Warden. She is profiled by Lucy Eldridge.

Karen Flynn wrote an appealing stewardship letter to the friends of St John, no small achievement. Read what the church has done with our money, and what is possible.

Sunday, 7 June, we had a special celebration for Jean Peck as she moves to Rochester. Her friends offered blessings as they handed her flowers. Photos.

January 6, 2003

Christmas Services
Join us as we travel with Mary and Joseph on the road to Bethlehem, and to the miracle of another Incarnation.

Winds in the Wilderness, our chamber music ensemble, will play Sunday, 29 December at 3 pm. Come for superb music in a moving setting. Reception follows. Read the details.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  Carols, 7 pm
  Service, 7:30

Christmas Day, 10 am


December 20, 2013

Blue Christmas Service. Wednesday, 18 December, 5:30 pm. All are invited to this low-key service designed for those who may be grieving a loss or who for whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season, and anyone seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle. Come, and bring your friend

December 11, 2013

ICY ROADS FORCED CANCELLATION of Thanksgiving Worship Service tomorrow, 10 am, at the Church of Christ, Mt. Washington.

Hope in the Face of Climate Change: Videos from the May 2013 Conference. On Saturday, 7 December 7 at 2 pm in Burke Hall  Dr. Brian Boom will followup his recent address to the congregation on the important topic of Sustaining Hope in the Face of Climate Change. It'll be about an hour of videos and discussion, with snacks. Come and learn more!

November 27, 2013

On Sunday, 24 November at 10 am we'll have a Children's Worship Service. Liturgy and music will be geared toward children. And there'll be a children's sermon. Come enjoy worshiping with the children!

All are invited to a Thanksgiving Worship Service, 10 am, at the Church of Christ, Mt. Washington (directions). The Rev Philip Newell and the Rev John Thompson will jointly officiate. We'll  joyfully thank God in words and music for his many blessings! Music by Rachel Cole.

November 23, 2013

Volunteers are needed to make Thanksgiving Baskets Friday, 22 November,  6 pm  and Saturday, 23 November, 9 am  at the Hillsdale Firehouse. You may bring nonperishable food items or drop them off in advance at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. This is a great opportunity to help those in need! For questions call Betty Gallup at 325-4986.

September issue of The Voice is here. Fr John is happy at the election of Pope Francis and thinks this might herald a fresh new era in the Roman Catholic church. Wendy invites the children of the parish to a fun new year of Sunday School. Read all about it!

November 13, 2013

Potluck Supper Saturday, 9 November 9 at 6 pm. Please come and enjoy the food and the fellowship – and bring a dish to share. This supper is sponsored by the Stewardship Committee and the Vestry.

St John will again host Winds in the Wilderness, our chamber music ensemble, with Sharon Powers, flute, Judith Dansker, oboe, and John Myers, guitar. Their concert is on Sunday, 20 October at 3 pm.

Roe-Jan Community Library celebrates its100th Birthday Saturday, 21 September, in their stunning new building on Rt 22, just south of Hillsdale. If you can't make the party, read how to get e-books here.

Many St John folk participated in the Garden Tea Party on 15 June, and the Wildflower Walk on 8 June. See some photos of the fun in the parish photo book.

November 7, 2013

Sunday 27 October, Dr. Brian Boom will address the congregation on the important topic of Sustaining Hope in the Face of Climate Change.

October 10, 2013

This Sunday, October 6th Chaplain Stan Webster will speak to us during coffee hour about the local Community Hospice. Come to learn about this important ministry.

September 21, 2013

Copake Falls Day is Saturday, 17 August! Our little church is again the center of activity. We offer a salad bar at 11 am for the hungry crowds. At 2 pm, we host the Taconic Stage Production of “My Brilliant Divorce.” Jazz Vespers service at the church is 4:30 pm. Finally, at 5:30 pm there's a beef barbeque.

We need baked goods for the 2 remaining holiday bake sales at the Reinard's KOA campground on Rt 7 in Copake: Labor Day Weekend, 31 August and Columbus Day Weekend, 12 October.

Dale and Louise have published the Voice in the Wilderness for June. See a profile of Walt Zelley, a book review by Bob Dodd, and MORE!

Annual Meeting of the Church of St John in the Wilderness took place on Sunday, 20 January. We selected new vestry members and delegates.

Our diocesan bishop, William Love, was our celebrant 23 September. Under his hands, Amy Bahr was baptized, Jeanie Van Hoesen was confirmed, and Martha Glantz, Janet Doherty, and Mary Ellen Baker were received into the Episcopal Church. See photos of the service and the reception.

   St John in the Wilderness offers church school for the children of the parish during the Sunday service. Wendy Langlois and Rebecca Briggs direct the children's Chistian Education Program. Lessons from the Bible, thematic activities, and worship appropriate to age and season provide for the children an enriching and rewarding experience. Please contact Wendy if you would like your child enrolled.

July 16, 2013

Country Fair and Auction has come Saturday 13 July! This Poster by Elen is one of her best! Take a look at the Auction Catalog. I took 145 photographs; see 28 of them here!

Also don't forget our traditional Pork BBQ 14 July at 1 pm. Adults $15, kids half-price. Call Karen for more info: 518-329-0263.

July 5, 2013

Jack Alvarez
, preservation architect for our Bell Tower project, will give a talk on the Church Design of Richard Upjohn 22 June at 3 pm at the Roe Jan Library on Rt 22. Reception follows at the church.

Fr John
has a challenging essay on living with mystery in the Voice In the Wilderness for March. Lucy profiles Wendy Langlois, our Church School director. And we remember Bea Wolcott, who died 22 February. "And Light Perpetual..."

June 21, 2013

Country Fair and Auction is coming 13 July! Followed by Pork BBQ 14 July. Poster by Elen one of her best! We are accepting donated items in Burke Hall. No "junk", please!

Roeliff Jansen Historical Society invites you to a Garden Tea Party on Saturday, 15 June! Beautiful gardens in Copake and Copake Falls will be open with refreshments at each. Tickets are $30 and benefit the Society Preservation Fund. [More..]

June 11, 2013

Diocean Convention 7-9 June. Fr John and our delegates are in convention. We thank Rev James Burns for his service in John's absence.

June 9, 2013

Margaret Roach, neighbor and gardener, will hold an "Open Garden Day" at the church this Saturday, 1 June, starting at 9 am. She and her Master Gardener friends will offer talks, demonstrations, and garden tours.

Come to the concert, "Bands for Backpacks",  a day of music  to benefit our neighbors in need. Music starts at 2 pm, Saturday, 1 June. Four bands will perform and there will be food and fun for kids. Details in Fr John's invitation.

May 30, 2013

Saturday, 25 May
at 10 am is the first Bake Sale of the season at Gary and Cathy Reinard's KOA campground on Rt 7 in Copake. Please bring baked goods for the campers. Holiday tradition raises money and attracts campers to the church.

Winds in the Wilderness concert Sunday, 26 May at 4 pm.
   Featured musicians are Sharon Powers, flute, Judith Dansker, oboe, and John Myers, guitar and pipa, playing music by Faure, Teleman, Ibert, C.P.E. Bach, Jobim, Abreu and traditional chinese music.  Tickets are $15 donation, children free.  Reception follows concert.  See poster for details.

May 22, 2013

"The Lord is risen indeed, Hallelujah!"  Although Easter has past, we have 50 days to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Rejoice and be glad in them!

Come and enjoy the beauty of our church, designed by famous architect Richard Upjohn and built in 1852, at the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, 18-19 May, from 1-3 pm.

We celebrate this month the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the UN Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. We can be proud of the Episcopal Church and our support for these essential initiatives!

We note with hope and gladness the election of Francis, first American, first Jesuit, as Bishop of Rome.

England's Queen has approved the nomination of Diocese of Durham Bishop Justin Welby as the 105th archbishop of Canterbury. We express our grateful appreciation to Rowan Williams for his inspired service.

Thanks to the work of Regina and the volunteers, the Harvest Festival was a great success! See photos of the fun here.

On Sunday 24 June, we celebrated 160 years as St John in the Wilderness and the Feast of the Baptist. Founders of our church, Lemuel Pomeroy, Isaac Chesbrough, and William Miles, were represented by their descendants. Fr John preached an anniversary sermon. A fine day, indeed!

April 7, 2013

Please join us at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal) for our Holy Week and Easter services.  Join us in celebrating Jesus’ love for us and his resurrection.

Holy Week:

Maundy Thursday, 28
Seder meal, 6 pm
Maundy Eucharist, 7:30

Good Friday, 29
10 am & 7:30 pm

Saturday, 30
Easter Egg Hunt, 11 am

Easter Sunday, 31
Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

March 16, 2013

Please bring soup, bread, or a dessert for the Lenten Soup & Bread Supper hosted by St. John in the Wilderness  Wednesday,  27 February at 6:30 pm in Burke Hall.

Dale and Louise have published the January edition of Voice In the Wilderness. See the portrait of Lucy Eldridge and read Fr John on gratitude.

January 27, 2013

Read the Advent Edition of Voice in the Wilderness for a report on Bishop William Love's visit to our parish. Also, Lucy writes a portrait of Bob and Marya Dodd, Fr John writes on kindness, and matters of substance are discussed by our vestry and delegates.

January 12, 2013

On Wednesday, 19 December at 7 pm we will hold a Blue Christmas Service. Parishioners and members of the community are invited to this low-key service designed for those who may be grieving a loss or who for whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season.

We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the Joy of our Lord's Birth on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

Winds in the Wilderness will perform works by Haydn, Vivaldi, and Bach, et al on Sunday, 30 December at 3 pm. Sharon Powers, flute, Ellen Katz Willner, oboe, Anne Legene, cello, and Mariken Palmboom, harpsichord, form the quartet. Gorgeous music in a lovely setting is an experience not to be missed. See Elen's poster for details.

December 17, 2012

Hudson Valley Deanery will host a Youth Event (13+) at St Luke's, Catskill from 4 to 6 pm on 16 December. Take this opportunity to build relationship with Jesus and kids from other churches.

December 11, 2012

Sunday, 9 December is full of holiday excitement! Handbell Choir from Congregational Church of Salisbury is honoring us with a third Twilight Concert at 3:30 pm. Other activities are described in the Copake Falls Winter Walk Schedule!

December 5, 2012

St. Johns in the Wilderness Sunday School will be hosting a Barefoot Books Fundraiser on 18 November. Wendy's letter has details.

Episcopal Church Women invite the St John community to a Christmas luncheon at the Pond restaurant in Ancramdale on Route 3 on Sunday, 2 December at 12:30. Reservation Form is attached.

November 15, 2012

On Saturday 10 November at 5:30 we are celebrating another great edition of Jazz Vespers. Experience worship and great jazz music together. Our excellent musicians are John Myers, guitar, and Karl Easton, flugelhorn. See Elen's Poster!

Charley Musselman will offer Advent Calendars for sale on Sunday, 11 November. These are an old world tradition in an age of Ipods. Indulge nostalgia and support the church.

For the first time in history, Anglicans  around the world are being invited to share their views on the ministry of the next archbishop of Canterbury.

November 3, 2012

Our diocesan bishop, William Love, was our celebrant 23 September. Under his hands, Amy Bahr was baptized, Jeanie Van Hoesen was confirmed, and Martha Glantz, Janet Doherty, and Mary Ellen Baker were received into the Episcopal Church. See photos of the service and the reception.

We are having a Harvest Festival Sunday, 7 October, from 11:30 to 3 pm, featuring a Farmers' Market, Crafts, Local Vendors, 4H Groups, and more! Contact Regina Shea for more information - 518-929-9661.

Albany Via Media will hold a general meeting at St. Andrew's in Albany on the afternoon of Saturday, October 20, with the theme "Beyond General Convention 2012: The Way Forward".

ECW (Episcopal Church Women) met  5 June in Burke Hall. They work in support of the Country Fair, bake sales, and Samaritans Purse, a Shoebox project for children around the world. They invite new members and suggestions for activities. Contact Babs Croteau, 851-9040.

We will again offer baked goods at the Rinard's KOA Campground in West Copake. Dates are 1 September and 6 October. This promotes the church and raises some money. Bakers are encouraged to contribute.

September 22, 2012

Winds in the Wilderness will fill our church with beautiful chamber music on Wednesday, 29 August, at 6 pm. Read Sharon Powers' invitation from last season.

While Fr John is on vacation, we are grateful to the Rev Christina Vance (12 August) and the Rev Walt Zelley (19 August) for celebrating Eucharist.

Dale and Louise Peterson
have published the July Voice in the Wilderness, just in time for the Country Fair. Read Fr John's report on the Anniversary Celebration and his and Bob Dodd's report on the Diocesan Convention.

August 26, 2012

Jazz Vespers. Saturday, 18 August is Copake Falls Day and our little church is always a hub of activity! At 4:45 pm, we host the John Myers ensemble. We welcome the community for a service of music and prayer with the Rev Walt Zelley. A Beef BBQ follows the concert. Tickets are $15.

August 14, 2012

Country Fair and Auction was a great success! See photos of the fun here. Many thanks to everybody who helped out. Don't forget the  Barbecue Sunday 15 July.

On 19 May , the Handbell Choir of the Congregational Church of Salisbury presented a concert to support our Belltower Restoration Fund. See photos...

July 24, 2012

At the Annual Meeting, we elected new members of the Vestry. See the Leadership of the church for the next term.

July 11, 2012

Tuesday:
7 pm Bible Study

Come to our Lectionary Bible Study: Join us Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the rectory for our Lectionary Bible Study. Prepare to be inspired as we unpack the riches of the scriptures to be read the next Sunday morning!

July 6, 2012

Bob and Marya Dodd report on the Province II Synod in the May Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John writes on friendship in the age of Facebook. Read exciting plans for the church and see photos of the Easter Egg Hunt!

Restoration of the Bell Tower is about to begin! Thanks be to God and to all who worked and contributed to this project.

June 24, 2012

160 years in Copake Falls! Sunday 24 June we will celebrate the 160th anniversary of our church. Read on...

Jazz Vespers: Saturday 16 June at 5:30 pm. We welcome the community to our church for a service of music and prayer. John Myers, musician and composer, will lead the ensemble.


May 25, 2012

This weekend St. John's is participating in the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend which high-lights current projects of the New York Landmark Conservancy.  We will offer tours of our historic building 1 - 3 pm on 19 & 20 May.

May 18, 2012

"The Lord is risen indeed, Hallelujah!"  Although Easter has past, we have 50 days to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Rejoice and be glad in them!

March issue of A Voice in the Wilderness features a portrait of Jean Peck and a report from the Buildings and Grounds Committee on Burke Hall repairs and Belltower restoration. Fr John contributes an essay on the discipline of silence.

Also in this He shewed me a little thing, the quantity of an hazel-nut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball. I looked thereupon with eye of my understanding, and thought: What may this be? And it was answered generally thus: It is all that is made. I marvelled how it might last, for methought it might suddenly have fallen to naught for little[ness]. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasteth, and ever shall [last] for that God loveth it. And so All-thing hath the Being by the love of God.

Revelations of Divine Love
Julian of Norwich

As these photos show, our belltower is badly in need of repair.  We have received generous donations from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation,  Trinity Wall Street, and many parishioners and friends. Recent gifts in the memory of Bea Baxter and Fred Boughton have brought the total to $47,500.

View a Historical Document of our church! This parish description was prepared by our search committee, led by Lucy Eldridge.

May 6, 2012

At the Annual Meeting, we elected new members of the Vestry. See the Leadership of the church for the next term.

April 12, 2012

"May the peace of God,  passing all understanding,l keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Christ Jesus."

Holy Week and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday:
6 pm  Seder Meal 
7:30 pm Eucharist

Good Friday:
7 pm Solemn Service

Saturday:
11 am Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday!
8 am Said Eucharist
10 pm Eucharist with Joyful Music


April 4 2012

Ecumenical Lenten Series continues Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. at Our Lady of Hope, 7 March. On 21 March Hillsdale Methodist Church will be our hosts. Experience this unusual approach to Lenten practice.

Our Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites a focus on the Millennium Development Goals for Lent 2012.  MDG call on the wealthy nations to devote a fraction of their income to improving the health, education, and governance in the less developed corners of the world. Read her Lent Message 2012.

Sunday School classes have begun, with an exciting new program. Contact Wendy Langois if you would like your child enrolled.

Episcopal Life

March 20, 2012

Ecumenical Lenten Series continues Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. at Our Lady of Hope, 7 March. On 14March it is our turn to host the meal and service. Read Fr John's invitation and request for servers and players.

January issue of Voice in the Wilderness, our church newsletter is here! See photos of the Christmas Pageant and read Walt's eulogy of Freddie Boughton.

February 27, 2012

Condolences  go out to Babs and Hank Croteau  as well as extended family and  friends on the passing of Babs’ mother Bea Baxter on January 8.

Everyone is invited to an Ash Wednesday service tomorrow, marking the beginning of the holy season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday
Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes
10 am & 7:30 pm

Read Fr John's Sermon of 13 November.

January 28, 2012

This Sunday, 15 January, we will celebrate a single Eucharist at 9 am, followed by the Annual Meeting -- with brunch in the undercroft

In the November Voice, Fr John writes of agape, or divine love. Also find reports from Wendy, our Senior Warden, Bob, our voice of liberal reason, and a sweet profile of Jane Peck, our esteemed treasurer.

In the September Voice, read a profile of Mibs Zelley, as well as a report from the Building Committee on the status of Burke Hall and the belltower.

As these photos show, our belltower is badly in need of repair.  We have received generous donations from  the Sacred Sites Program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation,  Trinity Wall Street, and many parishioners and friends. We have half the estimated project cost of $42,125.

January 9, 2012

Christmas at St John in the Wilderness is an experience not to be missed! See poster advertising activities.

Some may find Christmas this year a difficult season. They may grieve a loved one, their own health, or for whatever reason have need for comfort. Our liturgy, Blue Christmas, Tuesday, 20 December, 5:30 pm, is for them. All seeking peace and serenity are invited to this low-key service at the church.

December 15, 2011

Come to a Hand Bell Concert to support our belltower restoration!  Bells ring out 11 December at 3:30 pm. Bell Choir from the Congregational Church of Salisbury, CT will present a candlelight concert at the church to benefit the Bell Tower Fund.

December 3, 2011

Celebrate our blessings at our annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, 22 November, 7 pm, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Copake Falls.

This Sunday, 20 November, Charley will offer a selection of Advent Calendars for sale following the 10 am service.

Handbell Choir of  Salisbury Congregational Church will perform Sunday 11 December at 3:30 pm. Concert will benefit the Bell Tower Fund and will be followed by a reception.

November 13, 2011

All are invited to Harvest Potluck Supper & Dance! Saturday, 12 November. Dinner 5 - 7 pm, Dancing 7 - 9. Bring a dish to share and join us. See poster for details.

October 22, 2011

Jazz Vespers: Saturday 8 October at 5:30 pm. We welcome the community to our church for a service of music and prayer. Kelley Love, musician and composer, will lead the ensemble.

Final Bake Sale of the Summer will be held at the Reinard's KOA Campground on Saturday, 8 October.

Explore Pentecost themes at our Lectionary Bible Study, Tuesdays at 7 pm and at our Contemplative Prayer/Divine Reading Group Wednesdays at 3 pm.


October 6, 2011

Bike and Hike Day: Saturday 1 October at 9 am. We welcome the community to our church at the head of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Our traditional Blessing of the Bicycles is at 10:30. Gardeners in the parish plan a bulb planting party at 9 am.

September 27, 2011

Next concert by Winds in the Wilderness is Wednesday, 24 August at 6 pm, featuring Sharon Powers, flute; Ellen Katz Willner, oboe; Anne Legene, viola de gamba, cello; with Mariken Palmboom, harpsichord. Read Sharon's introduction from last season.

Dale Peterson has volunteered to be our new Media Relations  Chief.  Lucy Eldridge and Wendy Langlois will assist Dale.  Please thank Dale, Lucy and Wendy!

Dale and Louise have published the July  issue of Voice in the Wilderness. Read Fr John on the imitation of  saints and Bob Dodd on Diocesan Convention.

Again this summer, we will hold Bake Sales at the Reinard's KOA Campground on holiday Saturdays,  3 September, and 8 October.

August 23, 2011

Copake Falls Day is Saturday, 20 August! Many events all day and our little church is at the center. See the Schedule.

St John in the Wilderness will hold our  next Jazz Vespers Service on Copake Falls Day at 4:30 pm. Experience this moving blend of music and prayer. Kelly Love, composer and musician, will lead the jazz ensemble.

We need a communications/media relations person to promote St John in the Wilderness events and activities in the local papers and broadcasts. Please contact Lucy Eldridge if you feel called to this ministry.

August 16, 2011

We thank Rev Christina Vance for leading our worship 24 July while Fr John is in Wisconsin for Continuing Ed and vacation.

Dora Van Tassel and her mother, Rebecca Briggs, will host Baby Shower/Coffee Hour on 7 August. Dora's baby is due in August.

Youth Art Club for ages 5-18 will meet Saturday, June 4 at 10 am. Contact Wendy Langlois (329-0262) for more information.

July 27, 2011

Our famous Country Fair and Auction to be held Saturday, 9 July promises to be the best ever! We've added a garden shop, vintage linen and jewelry, and snacks (and dropped books).   Please contact Elen Freeston, 329-1401, if you have goods to donate.  See the Press Release.

We have photos of selected auction items!

Don't forget our Pork Barbecue at 1 pm, Sunday, 10 July! We have colorful posters advertising these events

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self,  but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

Romans 7:15-24

July 6, 2011

As these photos show, our belltower is badly in need of repair.  Our sister church (we share Richard Upjohn for architect), Trinity Wall Street, has given us $1000 toward repair. Plans are underway to find contractors.

May issue of Voice in the Wilderness is available on-line. Read about Presiding Bishop Jefferts-Schori visit to Albany and a brief history of our graveyard.

June 9, 2011

Copake Falls Day Committee will host a beef and pork barbecue on Saturday, 28 May at 6 pm at the Pavilion in Taconic State Park. See details.

Rev Dr Anne Curtin was our guest preacher on 30 January. She has founded a ministry to aid victims of domestic violence.  Details here.

May 11, 2011

Though Easter Sunday is behind us, we have 7 weeks to celebrate the Risen Lord during the season of Easter.

Dale and Louise Peterson are the new editors of the Voice in the Wilderness. Read Fr John's essay on spiritual practice in the Lent edition of the Voice. We thank Marya and Bob Dodd for their long service publishing our newsletter

Winds in the Wilderness, our resident chamber music ensemble, will next perform on Sunday, 10 April at 3 in the church.

We are fortunate to have Taconic State Park for adjacent neighbor. They have a new website. Jane Peck urges us to make a visit.

March 3, 2011

Romantic Italian Dinner for Valentine's Day! Treat your sweetheart on Saturday, 12 February. Read all about it!

Winds in the Wilderness, our resident chamber music ensemble, will play a lively selection of music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and french horn in their 20 February program. Read Sharon Powers' invitation.

Explore Epiphany themes at our Lectionary Bible Study, Tuesdays at 7 pm and at our Contemplative Prayer/Divine Reading Group Wednesdays at 3 pm.

.Lucy Eldridge, our Senior Warden, has an important report on the state of our church in the latest Voice in the Wilderness.

February 2, 2011

This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January) centers on Jerusalem. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Our Annual Meeting took place Sunday, 16 January. Mood was upbeat as we conducted essential business, including the election of parish vestry and officers.

On Sunday, 3 October, we celebrated our location at the start of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, with a Blessing of the Bicycles. See Dale Peterson's photographs of the party!

January 22, 2011

Winds in the Wilderness opened the new concert season December 12 at 3 pm with a diverse selection of chamber music. Read their announcement. Their second concert is February 20. Save the date!

We have a new opportunity to grow in Living the Good News! Bible study based on the lectionary (weekly readings) continues Tuesdays at 7 pm in Burke Hall.

January 17, 2010

Father John wrote in his newletter that old friend Walt Zelley will celebrate both Eucharists Sunday 2 January. To subscribe to John's newsletter, write info@stjohnw.org.

Contemplative Prayer/Divine Reading Group, led by John Thompson and Lucy Eldridge, resumes  Wednesday, 5 January, at 3 pm in Burke Hall. Take an opportunity to be transformed.

December 23, 2010

Jim Hendrick will participate in Handel's Messiah Sunday, December 19, 3 pm at Union College in Schenectady.

December 14, 2010

Fr John makes an eloquent call for political civility in the October Voice in the Wilderness. In his essay, he cites Sojourners Campaign for Truth and Civility.

We celebrated Harry and Betsy Garrett's 50th wedding anniversary 12 September. As Jim Hedrick says "and many more!"

November 16, 2010

Thula Sizwe troupe is coming to St Johns!
 Experience Zulu music and dance from South Africa Saturday, 6 November at 7 pm. See announcement.

Mission of Episcopal Relief and Development is "healing a hurting world". Hear Robert Radtke explain this mission on Saturday, 13 November at 2 pm at St Andrews in Albany. This talk is sponsored by Albany Via Media.

St John in the Wilderness was the place to be on Copake Falls Day, Saturday 21 August!

October 20, 2010

Blessing of the Bicycles, Brunch, and Fun Ride! On Sunday, 15 October, we celebrate our location at the start of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Join us for free brunch at 11 am and Fr John's Blessing of the Bicycles at 12:30. After a fun ride (or walk) through beautiful country, we meet at the church for a harvest bake sale.  Info: Lucy Eldridge,  518-329-0530

Only one more bake sale is planned for 9 October at Kathy and Gary Reinard's KOA campground in Copake. Please sign up to bake for this sale.

September 29, 2010

Morning rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of parishioners and customers of St John's annual Country Fair & Auction. We raised more than $8000 for the work of St John's. Many, many thanks to all those who worked tirelessly sorting, cleaning, and pricing items before the fair, and setting up tables and (especially) helped in cleaning up to prepare for the BBQ. We invite photos of the CF&A and Pork BBQ.

September 25, 2010

Ken Fitzpatrick was laid to rest at a brief committal rite in our graveyard after the principal service Sunday 29 August.

Fr John recommends we look again at the Mission Statement of Saint John in the Wilderness. He calls it a major influence in his decision to lead our congregation.

August 19, 2010


Walt Zelley will be celebrating our Sunday Eucharist while Fr John is on vacation through 16 August. Walt is available for pastoral care until John's return.

Archbishop of Canterbury visits the West Bank and Gaza. Read about the visit in Episcopal Life, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Parish says good bye to large oak, which threatened the church. Dave Chittick sent these photos of the tree being removed. We will incorporate something of the tree into the church.  Here are photos of people saying "Goodbye, tree!"

August 9, 2010

Sad News, Everyone

Ken Fitzpatrick died of a heart attack Sunday afternoon on the bicycle trail. A true friend to everybody, he will be missed. He may be viewed at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Copake Falls. Memorial service at the church, Thursday, 22 July, at 1 pm. Sympathy to his widow, Mary Ellen Baker.

Florrie Dwyer was laid to rest after our 10 am service, Sunday, 18 July. Long a faithful member of St John in the Wilderness, Florrie's passing diminishes us. Her life was celebrated at a reception after the service.

We all grieve the loss of two of our own. "May light perpetual shine upon them."

July 1, 2010

The Church of St. John in the Wilderness is sponsoring a bake sale at Copake KOA, 2236 County Route 7 in Copake, Saturday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Vatican has issued an invitation to Episcopalians unhappy with liberal changes to join the Church of Rome.  Read the New York Times story.

May 19, 2010

Easter Day may have come and gone, but we have fifty days of feasting and celebration in  Easter season. Rejoice and be glad in them!

William Love, our Bishop, is visiting the deaneries to report on General Convention and map future directions for the diocese. Bob Dodd reports on these matters in the September Messenger.

March 25, 2010

The Messenger has a new look, a new editor, and a new name. Robert Dodd has suceeded Marya as editor and our newsletter is now A Voice in the Wilderness. See the new issue. We are grateful to Marya for her years  of service!

Fr John and Lucy Eldridge will facilitate a  Contemplative Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 3 pm, starting February 10.  We will use a meditative approach to prayer and scripture. Call 518-329-3674 for details.

March 16, 2010

Winds in the Wilderness will perform the last of this series of concerts  March 7 at 2 pm at our church. Hear Edith Hedrick and other renowned musicians perform works classic and original. Read the invitation and the publicity poster.

February 13, 2010

David Chittick, Elen Freeston, and Jane Peck represented St John's at the Diocese of Albany Convention on June 5-6. Much business of the usual sort was conducted, without rancor, upset or surprise. Read Jane's report in The Messenger.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

The 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church is now history. Reportedly the Anaheim convention was far more collegial than the explosive GC03 and the fractious GC06.  Robert Dodd has a short report.

November 13, 2009

Charley will offer a selection of Advent Calendars for sale at coffee hour this Sunday. Every child enjoys opening the tiny doors on the "countdown to Christmas"!

This year's Country Fair & Auction and Pork Barbeque was very successful indeed! Thanks to all the volunteers whose hard work paid off and special thanks to our Co-Chairs, Susan Mollo and Lucy Eldridge.

October 20, 2009

Fr John has a repaired heart! Although recovery will take a while, he is feeling stronger and looking good. John is easing back into his ecclesiastic duties and will be our celebrant at Sunday Eucharist!

2008 Lambeth Conference is over and the church still stands. Read Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's hopeful statement on the real challenges that face our larger communion. Also of interest from the conference:  Indaba Conversations

September 10, 2009

Mark your calendars now! Copake Falls Day is Saturday, August 22, 2009. Mibs Zelly asks for bakers to prepare blueberry muffins for the runners on the Fun Run. Local artists will exhibit their work in Burke Hall. Our church is headquarters for more activities. See Schedule.

August 7, 2009

This year's auction promises to be one of the best ever, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our donors! Review the partial list of items for sale and see selected photos. Come to the Country Fair Saturday, July 11, and place your bid. Items available for viewing at 9 am; bidding starts 11 am. As usual, there will be thousands of items tagged for sale at low, low prices!

Fr John is out of rehab and back in the rectory. Although he is  recovering nicely from the infection, operation, and complications, his heart is not working efficiently, leaving him weak in body and spirit. We all pray that he will feel better than ever as soon as his heart is repaired!

The Country Fair and Auction and Barbecue is coming July 11 & 12. Donations are being accepted in Burke Hall, where the Crafters meet every Tuesday at 6 pm to prepare items. See  The Messenger, May 2009 (pdf) for full details.

The Messenger has also an essay by Walt Zelley on what  we, as Episcopalians, are obliged to confess. Walt's been reading the back matter again!

September 25th saw the gathering of hundreds at the Church of St John the Divine in NYC to support the Millennium Development Goals, which the recent Lambeth Conference and Katharine, our Presiding Bishop, endorse. World poverty could be substantially reduced with a mere fraction of the proposed Wall Street bailout, an irony.

March 24, 2009

Fr John is in St. Peter's Hospital in Albany getting antibiotic therapy. Our Rector Emeritus, Barbara Mogan, filled in for him this week and will be with us on Ash Wednesday for the evening service. Please keep John and all the sick and suffering in your hearts and in your prayers.

February 22, 2009

The Episcopal Church Women will sponsor a Valentine's Day Dinner on Saturday, February 14 at 5:00 and 6:15 pm. Read the details and call Susan Mollo at 329-0395.

Fr. John Thompson was inducted Rector of Church of St. John in the Wilderness by Bishop William Love on  Saturday, January 10th at 11 am. We invite photos of the joyful reception!

January 30, 2009

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of SJW plan several fall activities. In November, they will sponsor Operation Christmas Child to supply gifts overseas. Be sure to check their full schedule of events.

January 5, 2009

Choirs from many local churches will join for a special Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 21 at 4:30 at St John in the Wilderness. Come and enjoy this heartwarming pause for peace!

December 31, 2008

Selected Sermons
Images of the Kingdom of Heaven
Catholic Encyclopedia

December 15, 2008

John  is leading a group examining the life of Jesus from popular and scholarly perspectives. We meet in Burke Hall at 7 pm Mondays. (more info)

November 25, 2008

John Thompson,  the new preacher in town, has been tapped to preach at the Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving on Novemebr 25 at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

John  is leading a group examining the life of Jesus from popular and scholarly perspectives. We meet in Burke Hall at 7 pm Mondays. (more info)

November 16, 2008

The Women Who Walk. A group of about a dozen meet at SJW at 7:15 am weekdays. Founded by Peggy Anderson and Leslie Strom, TWWW walk several miles in a little more than an hour. They invite newcomers to join them for fellowship, conversation, and aerobic exercise!

October 8, 2008

We held a website development session on September 14. Ten persons practiced posting photos and events to the calendar. Handouts.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of SJW plan several fall activities. First of these is the United Thank Offering drive to take place in October. Be sure to check their full schedule of events.

September 9, 2008

We plan a website development session Sunday, September 14, after Coffee Hour in the Rectory Office. Come and learn how to add your own photos and events to the website. Special Bonus to the first 8 participants: a CD full of essential software.

Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 14. If you wish your child enrolled, please contact Wendy Langlois or Rebecca Briggs

John Thompson celebrated his first Eucharist as rector of St John in the Wilderness on August 10. After the service, we met for a reception on the lawn (photos).

Next Sunday, August 17, our little church will host the summer meeting of the  Hudson Valley Deanery. This will be John's opportunity to meet his peers and local church leaders. Join us in celebration.

2008 Lambeth Conference is over and the church still stands. Read Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's hopeful statement on the real challenges that face our larger communion. Also of interest from the conference:  Indaba Conversations.

August 12, 2008

John Thompson, our new rector, has arrived and now awaits his stuff, somewhere on route from Alabama. He moves into the rectory this week. Sunday he joined us for worship (photos).

John's first service as rector will be August 10, 2008. There will be no early service this day. Whole congregation of St John in the Wilderness will gather at 10 am to welcome him. Read Karen's Welcome Letter.

See some website enhancements.

Anticipating John's arrival, the rectory has undergone an extensive and pleasing face lift. Our thanks to all who worked on the renovation! If you wish to help with the final details, contact Karen Flynn.

To ease John's transition to Columbia County, we invite parishioners to contribute items to a welcome basket of necessities. Your editor, an engineer, plans to offer baling wire and duct tape.

The Country Fair & Auction and Barbecue took place on the weekend of July 12-13. Weather was great and a good time was had by all. Read Marilyn Kay's full report. Our thanks to the many faithful who make this one of the memorable events in the life of the parish!

April 5, 2008

The Search committee continues its work to find a new rector for St. John's.  The Parish Self-Study was sent to our members in late November.  Fifty-one surveys were returned.  The Search Committee was heartened by the positive responses regarding our activities and worship life at St. John's. Survey analysis formed part of the parish description.

Last December, Barbara Morgan, our beloved rector, retired after a decade of service to our church community.  We thank her from the bottom of our grateful hearts and wish her all blessings in her retirement in Massachusetts.