Church of St. John in the Wilderness
The Episcopal Church in Copake Falls, NY
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PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
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Welcome to all!
Please join us

Service Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading/
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

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!

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!

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.

We made a list of the many Good Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can you add to this list?

Divine Reading/Contemplative 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.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

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

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You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.

James 1:19-25
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