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

Holy Week and Easter

Very large crucifix against a cloud-filled sky

Services this year will once again be over the Internet.28 March, Palm Sunday, 10 am via Zoom 1 April, Maundy Thursday,  7:30 pm 2 April, Good Friday, 7:30 pm 4 April, Easter SundaySunrise service CANCELLED for weatherInternet Church, 10 am

Our mission: heal a hurting world

Ringed hand reaching toward the light

Episcopal Relief & Development (is our church’s global mission heal a hurting world. During Lent we will not forget the neediest among us. Louise and Dale Peterson have published a new Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John’s essay relates Plato’s story of the Cave to respect for reality, however challenging, and the dangers of denial. Elen Freeston, our new Senior Warden, writes with surprising enthusiasm of church management and the Zoom experience. Lucy Eldridge describes the pastoral ministry visiting the housebound with meals and the love of community. Also find … Read more

Annual church meeting

St John in the Wilderness in the snow

Sunday 17 January we held the Annual Meeting of the Church. Read the Annual Report. With this November issue, Dale and Louise Peterson begin to wind up ten years of Voice in the Wilderness. Jim and Patricia Wann have stepped up to take over the publication of our parish newsletter. This is a vital service to our community and we are grateful to have such capable editors! Zoom Book Club has finished discussion of So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo. Our 5 person, all White group found it painful in places, but resolved to become better partners in the fight against systemic … Read more

Troubled times, everyone!


Come to the Annual Meeting, this Sunday 17 January, immediately following the 10 am Zoom Service.  Important church business, the Annual Report for 2020, and the election of officers will all be conducted. Read Fr John’s invitation. DON’T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN! COVID-19 Infection Rates are Rising.  Visit the NY State Coronavirus page.

2021 pledge drive is underway

Money jar

We continue Zoom service at 10 am.  Read Fr John’s invitation. Supporting material. Christmas may be over and for some of us it was the loneliest Christmas of our lives. But now we have 12 Days to celebrate the Nativity, culminating in Epiphany. Let us rejoice and be glad in them! Mibs Zelley reports that the 2021 pledge drive is underway. Please return your pledge card to the church with as generous a gift as you can. Thank you! Rt. Rev. William  Love, our Diocesan bishop, will resign 1 February. His conscience did not allow the celebration of same-sex marriage, a practice approved by the Episcopal … Read more

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