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

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!

Episcopal 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 Bishop.

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 Post.

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 the parish.

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 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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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.'"

Luke 13:31-35
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