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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Please join us

Service Schedule


Holy 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!

Although Easter Sunday is past, we now have 50 days to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord! Let us be glad and rejoice in them!

Mary accepts God's call in the passage to the right. In Nazareth, the Church of the Annunciation celebrates this pivotal moment with artworks from around the world. My favorite.

In the Easter Voice in the Wilderness, Fr John opens with a close reading of Scripture and ends with the Goodness of God. Warden Karen Flynn thanks those in our "feeding ministry",  Wendy Langlois, who becomes our new Communications Chief, David Webb, who continues as principal Investment Manager, and Louise Peterson, who is retiring after 5 years as Treasurer. Brian Boom updates the Capital Campaign and Wendy invites everybody to the Holy Saturday Egg Hunt and the opening of the Feed My Sheep Garden on Earth Day, 22 April.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who call for an assault weapons ban, as well as prayers of lamentation. This is a response to the latest in a long list of school shootings.

We commemorated Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, 18 February. This is an opportunity to live the promise of our Baptismal Covenant to care for the hungry, sick, and poor. ER&D is our church's mission to "heal a hurting world."

Our Capital Campaign is underway! We  want to prioritize those projects most important to many people. Rectory porch repair and landscaping the church grounds made the list.  Make your preferences known with the Priority Survey.

An exhibit, Quilts from Community Collections, will be held in  Burke Hall, from 4 March – 3 June. Come and enjoy a wide array of quiltmaking traditions including coverlets, crib quilts, and wall hangings. They exhibit pieced, embroidered, applique techniques, with several from the late 19th century to mid-1940’s. Contact Lucy Eldridge for more.

We welcome Fr John back from a spiritual journey to the sacred islands of Iona and Lindisfarne, where Bishops Columba and Aidan laid the foundation for a distinctly English Christianity.

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

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: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3 pm in the rectory for the Divine Reading & Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion."  AA calendar.

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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org