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 Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am

Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

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!

We enter the season of Epiphany, when the awareness of God enlightens the world. Wendy is planning to direct the children in an Epiphany Pageant this Sunday during the 10 am service. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate St Valentine's Day at the Whole Lot of Love Roast Beef Dinner on February 14. Tonya Carter and Jeanne VanHoesen are organizing this event and ask for volunteers.

Read all about it! November issue of The Voice is here! Fr John reflects on gratitude in the season of Thanksgiving. See photos of the Harvest Fest and read about all the celebrations, concerts, dinners, and parties planned and enjoyed!

Our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori asks for a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and all affected by the Ebola Pandemic, the sick and those who care for them.

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!

On 14 September, Wendy Langlois honored the children of St John in the Wilderness and described the new Sunday School program. Registration for the new term beginning 21 September remains open.

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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John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Mark 1:4-8


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