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!

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.

Famous Country Fair and Auction is coming 9 July! Take a look at the Auction Catalog. We are fortunate to have many fine pieces. Please bring your donations for the auction to Burke Hall.

Elen Freeston
has prepared two posters advertising Country Fair Weekend. Here is CF&Auction, and Pork_BBQ. We thank Elen for the hundreds of pieces of artwork she's produced over the years!
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.

Thanks to Karen Flynn, we have a new defibrillator! Heart attacks kill many. Learn how to save lives, watch this video.

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!

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.

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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When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 8:51-62

External Resources:

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