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L A P C in June 2018

Opening Message from Rev. David F. Telfort:

Beloved, on May 20 we celebrated Pentecost. It is the day when we remember that the move of God at times comes in the form of chaotic activity. It can be confusing, may defy conventions, and yet it is a sign that possibilities are underway. As we journey into June, Pentecost season is upon us. The activities of our community of faith will reflect this exciting truth.

I’m eager to celebrate with our community and church family in Cuyler Park on June 24, to welcome new members on June 10, honor our fathers and father figures on Father's Day, learn about economic empowerment (June 16), all while we continue our involvement in the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC).

Please remember Monday June 18 is one of the weeks we will mobilize as a church for the PPC. If you think you may be available to join us in Albany that week please send a note to for more information.

I often have to remind myself that our relationship as Pastor and People is just starting out! I’m thrilled that we have been able to do so much as we continue to lean into what is still very new. With the summer months coming, we will have more opportunities to gather, meet, and plan for future works of love and liberation in this place.

Love & Light, Rev. David F. Telfort


On June 3 at 12:45, after worship, all are invited to a New Member’s Class in the Cuyler Library, adjacent to where we have Fellowship Hour. Learn about the Presbyterian Church, meet some church leaders and find out what membership means at LAPC. Joining Sunday will be the following Sunday, June 10! To RSVP or ask questions, please or call the church at 718-625-7515.


June continues with three more weeks of non-violent moral fusion direct action (NVMFDA), teaching, fellowship and worship. You can learn more about the campaign here. The campaign is organized across more than 30 states and there are themes that guide the work we will do each week.

Each week will begin with an action at State Capitals. The Monday in June that LAPC’s Social Justice Committee has chosen to mobilize around is June 18th. Again, not everyone will need to travel to Albany in order to participate. Below is a breakdown of how the weeks unfold. If you are interested in joining LAPC's contingent in Albany on June 18, or if you need more information, please contact us at

Weekly outline - Each week will follow a pattern

· Sundays - Mass meeting in DC (livestreamed) and regional watch parties/meetings

· Mondays - Nonviolent moral fusion direct action in Albany

· Tuesdays - Political Education events in NYC

· Thursdays - Cultural Event in NYC

Themes for Weeks in June

· Week Four (June 3-9) - THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND A HEALTHY PLANET: Ecological Devastation and Health Care

· Week Five (June 10-16) - EVERYBODY'S GOT THE RIGHT TO LIVE: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing

· Week Six (June 17-22) - A NEW AND UNSETTLING FORCE: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

Also from the Social Justice Committee:

Building the Beloved Community: A Renewed Call to Action

Thursday, June 14:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Housing discrimination based on source of income, race, disability, age, religion or for other reasons remains widespread in New York. This prevents thousands from securing housing.  In response, the Fair Housing Justice Center, Union Theological Seminary, the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, and others have joined together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act and call for a renewed commitment to fight housing discrimination. The event will be Thursday, June 14 at 6:00pm at Union Theological Seminary. All details and to register, go HERE.

An Appeal from the Men’s Shelter Team:

We're still seeking volunteers to help with one our important LAPC missions....The Sacred Heart Men's Shelter.

The men who use the shelter service are pre-screened, appreciative men, who are working towards permanent housing.  You can help in two ways: 

1. Prepare a meal for 12  2. Stay overnight (more as a point of contact) in a separate space within the shelter.

The location is 41 Adelphi St. (not far from LAPC). Arrival time 7:00pm.

There is a sign-up sheet with the available dates at the South Oxford entrance of the church – or contact us below. This volunteering opportunity can be done as a family activity, can be a way for members to have a chance to work together, and more.

For more info please contact: Phillip Kellogg - Craig Bannister -

Thank you! The Shelter Team

SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENTS in June: Saturday, June 16:  FREE All-Day Personal Finance Workshop 10:00am - 5:00pm in the Lecture Hall

LAPC’s Stewardship Committee and IMPACCT Brooklyn present a financial education seminar offering powerful tools to change habits and produce action. No matter where you are on the economic scale -  low income, middle income, or higher – this workshop can help!

Click HERE for more information and instructions how to REGISTER.

Sunday, June 24: Summer Social @ Cuyler Gore Park 1:00pm - 4:00pm Celebrate summer with family, friends and neighbors!  Games and Entertainment! Pot Luck Picnic - Please bring your favorite summertime dishes: salads, fried chicken, chips/salsa, cupcakes/cookies, etc. Plan to drop off your dish in the Lecture Hall prior to worship, or bring to the park. Beverages will be provided.

Cuyler Gore Park is bordered by Fulton Street, Greene Avenue, and Carlton Avenue.

Contact Debbie Kellogg ( for volunteer opportunities, questions.

NOTE: This Sunday, June 3, after worship, there will be a meeting in the Lecture Hall to discuss organizing the June 24 Summer Social. Join us! 


Saturday, June 2: Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus 5:30 pm: "A Choral Celebration" Featuring Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass," selections from "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and works of Felix Mendelssohn. Suggested donation: $25

Sunday, June 3: Members of The Lafayette Choir Past & Present in Concert 3:00 pm: Opera and Musical Theater Arias and Ensembles Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Sanctuary Piano See more info HERE. Tickets: $20

Saturday, June 30: SORA String Quartet 7:00 pm:  SORA performs Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 2, alongside Philip Glass's Mishima, and the world premiere of "distinctive and magnetic" (The New Yorker) composer Scott Wollschleger's Hollow City. More information HERE. This is a free event, running time 85 minutes.

News from the Christian Education Committee:

Vacation Bible School 2018 – PLEASE REGISTER NOW! When: Monday, August 13-Friday, August 17 For: Up to 25 students entering Kindergarten through 5th grades Led by teachers, counselors, junior counselors, and other volunteers, each day will be full of outdoor play and music, gardening and good food, crafts and theatrical learning -- all centered around a Bible ministry tied into social justice and environmental stewardship. Please plan to join us by registering today through this dedicated website: Thank you! 

Wanted: Sunday School Teachers Please join us! We are seeking additional volunteer support for our Christian Education efforts, including for the 2018-2019 Sunday School year. If you are interested in teaching a Sunday School class or helping with our preschool/nursery group 1-3 Sundays per month September-June, please contact us to further explore the possibilities. (Flyer with additional details HERE.) If you wish to volunteer to help coordinate a special event or field trip for students and/or families, we would also love to hear from you. Thank you very much! 

Annual Youth Sunday - Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Students will help host the service as liturgists, ushers, prayer leaders - Lafayette Youth Choir will perform - FINAL DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Confirmation Classes Please note, we are planning to begin a confirmation class effort in the fall. Geared toward students in 7th/8th/9th grade, please let us know if you might be interested in participating so that we can keep in touch with you as we settle the details. Further information to come. For additional info on these events and future committee meetings, please contact Committee Chair Lynn Stirrup at


Yoga: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Jarvie Room (free for LAPC members)

Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesdays 6:00 pm: Prayer Team 6:30 pm: Fellowship/meal 7:00 pm: Bible Study with Rev. Telfort & Annette Leach


Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church:

85 South Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 625-7515

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