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LAPC November 2018: Mourning, Stewardship & Ballots

Updated: Nov 27, 2018

SUNDAY NOV. 4 Service is at 10:00 A.M. due to NYC MARATHON

Reminder: Turn your clocks back 1 hour on Sunday morning, Nov. 4 - daylight saving time ends! 

COMMUNION will be celebrated SUNDAY NOV. 11

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This month, EXPERIENCE Rich Musical Offerings at LAPC:

Nov. 4:  LAPC at the NYC Marathon - BAMBOULA! A live Bomba Performance

Nov. 11: Voice and Piano Recital - "The Airs Remain"

Nov. 18: Jazz Vespers with Janis Russell, Carla Cook and Friends

A note from Rev. Telfort:

Mourning, Stewardship & Ballots


There have always been issues in our country worth standing up for. The systems that plague our global stage have found their way into our homes and relationships for millennia. This time, however, feels different. The vitriol we hear, laced with racist, misogynist, and heterosexist overtones manifests in death; in places of worship like the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and supermarkets in Kentucky. Our access to technology means trauma is often at our fingertips. Our job as a people of hope, resurrection, and liberation is to affirm our humanity and the humanity of those around us.

I pray that in the month ahead of worship, classes, meetings and work of healing we will find opportunities to do just that. This month we will continue with our 2019 Pledge Campaign. We are counting on all of us to help make the ministries of this church possible through an estimate of how much we will be able to give in the coming year. Stewardship is more than supporting this church. Our ministry impacts more than the people who call themselves our members. Care for our church is our response to this time.

Our response ought not to be just of defiance but a rootedness is what we believe to be true. All God’s children have a right to live, love and learn. We learn this from traditions and prophets of all kinds.

Playwright Ntozake Shange

Playwright Ntozake Shange died on October 27. Her legacy looms large. One of the greatest lessons she teaches me is an unwavering belief that we as people must hold onto our self-worth even when the voices and conditions around us try to say otherwise. She dedicates her genius to the plight of Black women and she bears witness to a universal truth. The tragedy and evil of our days will not dictate who we become. We must decide for ourselves the people we want to be in these days; including Tuesday, Nov. 6. Across the nation there are electoral races that may change the nation, especially the South. I encourage us all, as an act of faith and stewardship, to vote here in our local races as well. Find out more information about those races here. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke reminded us last week that when we don’t vote it signals a disengaged public. When zip codes, communities and cities are deemed disengaged it greenlights policies, development, and agencies like ICE to feel like they can act with impunity - all because we decided not to vote. For the sake of our country, children, and community let’s be good stewards of humanity, liberation and our world.

Ashe & Amen,

Rev. David F. Telfort


NOV. 4:  A year after Hurricanes Irma & Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, LAPC's special 10 a.m. service will feature BAMBOULA!, a live Bomba Drumming performance with drum-dancing, Puerto Rico's oldest living art form, to aid the recovery of those islands. This live performance will be led by Hal Barton & Juan Usera, along with special guests. LAPC invites all to participate. So come clap, sing, and dance at this lively event. A portion of the collection on this date will be donated toward ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

NOV. 11:  "The Airs Remain" will celebrate the 100th birthday year of the Mason & Hamlin piano at LAPC. This staged recital with soprano Megan Nielson and pianist Jessica Myers, is directed by Ellen Jackson, and will feature Strauss’s "Four Last Songs" and works by Cesti, Respighi, Chaminade, and Laitman. Sunday, November 11th at 3 p.m. Donations are suggested.

NOV. 18:  On Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m., JAZZ VESPERS will continue with the always popular Janis Russell, Carla Cook, and Mike Weatherly, along with Eddie Allen, Chris Almeida, and Lafayette Harris.


Young Adult Kickback. The young adults of LAPC will gather on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and conversation. For more info and location please email Come as you are!

Confirmation. The next confirmation class for the month of November will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:00 p.m. For all confirmation-related inquires please contact Lynn Stirrup at  

Food Pantry:  LAPC, in partnership with The Church of Gethsemane, are seeking food donations this month. Items requested include canned fish such as tuna and sardines, canned meats (vienna sausages and SPAM), stews, soups, chili, canned fruits and vegetables, crackers (boxed and covered in plastic), and peanut butter in plastic jars no larger than 16 ounces. Stay tuned for updates on collection dates.

Social Justice Committee will meet on Nov. 11 following service.

Stewardship Committee will meet on Nov. 15 at 6:30 pm.

Knit-Crochet Group will meet Nov. 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at LAPC


Dec 1:  The Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus (Aaron Williams, Artistic Director) presents Handel's MESSIAH with soloists and orchestra. Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Donation: $25.

Dec. 2:  A New Member Class will take place on Sunday, December 2, immediately after service in the Cuyler Library. And in worship on Sunday, December 9, LAPC will "extend the right hand of fellowship" and welcome new members into the church. Please save both dates if you are interested in exploring membership at LAPC!

Dec. 9:  Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale. The Knit/Crochet Group and Deacons will hold a Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale (includingAnnu decorated wreaths) on Dec. 9 from 1-6 p.m. Please email Winsome McKoy for vendor information A sign-up sheet for baked goods and crafts will be available at the church.

Dec. 9:  Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble Christmas Concert. Always a community highlight of the holiday season, the Ensemble presents its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9th at 4 p.m. Mark your calendars!



Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church:

85 South Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 625-7515

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