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!

St John in the Wilderness will host Winds in the Wilderness, our chamber music group, on Sunday, 31 July at 3 pm. This will be a dynamic and beautiful program with Sharon Powers on flute/piccolo/alto flute; Judith Dansker on oboe/English horn; Ronald Gorevic on violin/viola and John Myers on guitar.

Voice in the Wilderness for June is here! Fr John struggles with love and grace following the Orlando shootings. Jeanne Van Hoesen reports on the Episcopal Church Women. Regina Shea is the new ECW  president-elect.  Read "Rain", the prize winning poem by young Julian Thomas Perez.

Two parishioners gained renown this month! Congratulations to Dale Peterson, whose emergency response center was featured in the NYTimes. Also  Catherine Kaputa has launched her fourth book, Graduate to a Great Career. Read about it on her website.

Many parishioners have their names and faces posted to the St John photobook. If you want your photo posted (or want a better photo!), see Charley Musselman at Coffee Hour.

Episcopal Relief and Development is our church effort to "heal a hurting world". They do development and relief work around the world. This is a cause well worth our support.

Regina Shea and Charley Musselman had a large number of coffee mugs printed with our icon, the Lamb of God Triumphant. We want everybody in the parish to have one. After coffee hour, take your mug home, spread the word!

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.

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"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

"But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."

Luke 12:35-40

External Resources:

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