Good news, everyone!

A coffee mug with the words "what good shall I do this day"

Pandemic may not be over, even for the vaccinated, and we will continue taking prudent measures in our gathering.  Please join us in person as you feel able. Our service will be streamed in real time on Facebook Live. Read all the details in Fr John’s invitation. Reasonably, the Episcopal church supports vaccination:  Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread at alarming rates both here at home and around the world. Because of the nature of vaccines and herd immunity, it is critical churches also help address vaccine hesitancy. Jim and Patricia Wann have published the May edition of Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter. Fr John is astounded at the … Read more

Good causes supported by St John’s

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Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Churches in the community donate funds to create holiday baskets for those in need. Christmas Friends Pproviding Christmas gifts for local children, sponsored by ECW Roe-Jan Food Pantry Food and monetary donations to the Roe-Jan Food Pantry, the community food pantry for those in need. United Thank Offering Monetary donations to United Thank Offering, the Episcopal ministry which funds charities worldwide (sponsored by ECW). Episcopal Relief and Development A premiere relief and development organization, an international ministry of the Episcopal Church. WIC (Women, Infants & Children) … Read more

Support services available to Columbia County residents during Covid-19 outbreak

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Mental Health Columbia County Mental Health Center 24-hour Crisis Line 518-828-9446 Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT, a program of MHA) 518-943-5555 NYS Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Helpline 844-863-9314 Crisis Text Line Text “Got5” to 741741 Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties (MHA) 518-828-4619 Apogee Center (Peer Support) (A program of MHA) 518-697-0976 Youth Clubhouse (a program of MHA) 518-828-6700 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Columbia County 518-336-0246 Alcohol/Substance Use Greener Pathways 518-291-4500 Greener Pathways (weekend/evening hours hotline) 518-822-0090 Our Wellness Collective 518-303-2725 Columbia County Pathways to Recovery … Read more

Video streaming from the church now available

An exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, “Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches” will run July through October. On 15 August at 2 pm, Dale Peterson will talk on Richard Upjohn, renowned architect of St John in the Wilderness, followed by a tour of the exhibition. What have we missed during the pandemic? Adam Grant says it might be collective effervescence, that feeling of shared euphoria that we sometimes find in church. Emile Durkheim identified the experience in his pioneering study of religious life (1915). Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled video streaming from the church! Thanks … Read more

Winds in the Wilderness Concert June 30 at 5 pm

Winds In The Wilderness

Winds in the Wilderness, our award-winning ensemble, offers an eclectic program for Wednesday 30 June at 5 pm. Concert includes ‘Duettino Sur Des Motifs Americains’ by Franz Doppler; ‘Trio Sonata in G’ by Giovanni Platti; ‘Donna Lee’ by Charlie Parker; ‘Five Miniatures’ by William Grant Still; ‘Chaconne in D’ by J.S. Bach; ‘Hands of Healing’ by John Myers. Suggested donation $20. 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.

Zoom Church has ended

St John in the Wilderness Zoom Worship

We have returned to church and Zoom Church is ended. Our service will be streamed in real time on Facebook Live. Read all the details in Fr John’s invitation. Choir starts up 30 May! Organist Edee Hedrick asks all singers to come at 9 am to review hymns and service music.

Thank you Dale and Louise Peterson

Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale and Louise Peterson. This is a vital part of our church life and we are grateful to them. In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are vaccinated. Also as more White persons wake to the evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in racial justice and reconciliation. He calls on us, this Easter, to be channels of God’s healing. There is a Happy Easter report from Elen Freeston, Senior … Read more

Return to the pews!

Pew and the altar in St John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Copake, NY

Internet Church, 9am With expert advice, sanitizer, masks, and distance, we are now meeting in the church. Read Fr John’s invitation. Service may be streamed from YouTube! Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is too soon for singing. Flowers tended by Louise, Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all church gardeners have emerged into the light. A wonderful summer of immunity awaits us! Sunday, 18 April, we celebrated Kent and Marilyn Kay, faithful congregants and choristers, who move to Minnesota in April. Longtime church members said goodbye … Read more

Edee returns

Edee Hedrick

Edee Hedrick will return to her organ, although it is too soon for singing. Flowers tended by Louise, Lucy, Mibs, Wendy, Dale, Stuart, and all church gardeners will emerge. Pandemic will ebb and, God willing, our peaceful life resume.

Wanns to take over publishing the newsletter

Jim and Patricia Wann

Jim and Patricia Wann have taken over publishing the Voice in the Wilderness, our parish newsletter, from Dale and Louise Peterson. This is a vital part of our church life and we are grateful to them. In the Easter Voice, Fr John leads us in hope for the end of the pandemic as more persons are vaccinated. Also as more White persons wake to the evils of pervasive racism, we can hope for progress in racial justice and reconciliation. He calls on us, this Easter, to be channels of God’s … Read more

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