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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Service Schedule

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!

Summer Sparkling Soiree returns for a third year on Saturday evening, July 29. This gala evening will feature a special performance by singer and Broadway composer, Jim Wann, a member of our parish. Following this performance there will be food and drink under the tent as well as a silent auction. Summer Sparkling Soiree will be fun for all who attend! Buy tickets online!

Winds in the Wilderness
. Sharon Powers has scheduled a concert for Wednesday, 26 July at 5 pm. Please join us for a beautiful summer evening of music by Faure, Bach, Piazzolla, and Harrison. See announcement.

June Edition of Voice in the Wilderness has been published. Brian Boom presents Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's letter empathizing our care and concern for the environment. Despite the withdrawal of the United States from a leadership role in the efforts to limit climate change, he says "the work goes on". Rebecca Garrard, of our Social Justice Committee, is looking for persons to help support an immigrant student. Contact her at  garrar26@gmail.com or call 845-797-9210
On 28 May, we dedicated the Art and Pauline Royal Memorial Railing. We thank Pauline for contributing this sturdy and comforting support on the walk to Burke Hall. Photos.

Three of our own, Lucy Eldridge, Amanda Clark, and Richard Peck, are exhibiting their original paintings and prints in Burke Hall through the Spring. Come and appreciate our parishioners' artwork while enjoying your coffee!

You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign up here to receive future editions by email, saving money and trees.

You may know St John in the Wilderness was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Noted architect Richard Upjohn and our role in local history are cited as distinctive features. Read the NRHP application (PDF).

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!

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.

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Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods. 
He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,  the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted. 
Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Labanís flock. 
Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods,  but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Labanís, and the stronger Jacobís.

Genesis 30:37-42

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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org