Welcome to all!
Please join us
Spoken Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
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.
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
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
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
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!
Church of St John in the Wilderness is located in a
park-like setting, Taconic
Park! We're on the Harlem
Rail Trail and Bash-Bish
Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!
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
an organizing principle for social justice.
We made a list of the many Good
Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness.
Can you add to this list?
Prayer Group: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your
calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine
Reading/Centering Prayer Group. This meditative
approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.
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Have you checked the St
John's Photobook? Several new faces have been
added. Welcome all!
Some Pharisees came and said
to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you."
He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am
casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow,
and the next day I must be on my way, because it is
impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.'
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and
stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to
gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood
under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house
is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until
the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord.'"