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!

Family Movie Night: Wednesday 15 July at 7 pm.

We had so much fun last year! So here's  Summer Sparkling Soirée 2015, on Saturday 18 July at 6 pm. Concert by Jim Wann, wines and delicacies, and our community in conversation on a sweet, soft summer night - what could be better? Here all the details.

Winds in the Wilderness will perform Wednesday 22 July at 5:30. Their music ranges from 17th Century Baroque to Berkshire contemporary jazz.

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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He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:7-13
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