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LAPC September 2018 Newsletter

Sunday Worship returns to 11AM on September 2!

“September” in the Key of Trust

Beloved, I may not have been around when the song was written, but no doubt “September” by the indelible, pioneering group Earth, Wind & Fire is a masterpiece. Al McKay, Maurice White, and Allee Willis capture with their pens an ode to reminiscing about times filled with joy, song, dance and love. It’s a song that invites its listeners to reflect on the past for present excitement and revelry. It is in that spirit that I look forward to welcoming you all to our Homecoming Sunday Service at 11 AM on September 16th  - a day when we will celebrate the church program year ahead of us.

The Psalmist, King David in the eleventh Psalm, makes a similar move.  In a song that would be sung and rehearsed out loud in the congregation, David declares,

“In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to me, ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains; for look, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’” (Psalm 11:1-3, NRSV).

David reflects on everything and perhaps everyone in his life encouraging him to give up. To retreat physically into a hiding space but perhaps spiritually and mentally into caves of despair and disbelief. David’s response however is tucked into the opening proclamation. Just like the song “September” is laden with memories that make the listener remember good times in order to dance now, David leans on a God who has shown up time and time again in order to resist the temptation to give up.

This Fall, when faced with challenges, we may be tempted to flee or ask, “What can we do?” This may come up in situations that are simply too much to bear. It may come in the classroom for those of us returning to school. It may come in the form of bullies in our lives or on public, political platforms. I invite us to sing a song. It just may be by Earth, Wind & Fire, but sung in the key of trust. Trust in a God who has shown up time and time again.

David pens Psalm 11 by recounting stories we read about in the Hebrew Bible; stories that describe his journey of growth as a person and with God. This fall at LAPC we will do the same. Through our worship, conversations and programming we will reflect on what makes LAPC the special community of faith we are as we build for what’s to come.  Let’s get started!  

See you on September 2nd and 9th, and especially on Homecoming Sunday, September 16.  Here are a few things to look forward to this month:

1.  Homecoming Sunday:  Sunday September 16, 2018, 11AM

Join us as we celebrate the program year ahead of us.

·  LAPC Alumni are invited to return as we celebrate the program year. ·  Fellowship hour will be a congregation-wide potluck!

2.  Confirmation Class Launch is tentatively set for September 20. If you have a child in 7th-12th grades, consider joining us on a bi-monthly basis for meetings to explore questions of faith that will culminate with the opportunity to join the church as official members in May 2019.

3.  Visit, Sermon & Workshop! Sunday Sept. 30 we will welcome Rev. Alonzo Johnson, coordinator of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP), to our pulpit and later on in the Lecture Hall for a workshop about the work of SDOP.

That’s it for now. I look forward to getting together and talking in person.

Chasing the Clouds Away,

Rev. David F. Telfort

From the Communications & Marketing Committee:

Join us for a brief meeting Sunday, September 9 after church in the library. We welcome new members! 

The Communications and Marketing Committee is working to improve the way we communicate within the church and the larger community.  Some of our current activities include:  publishing this monthly church newsletter, working to improve our church website, devising and implementing an effective social media strategy and supporting a longer term branding project to improve the way we communicate our mission and identity to the world both verbally and visually.

Come on September 9th and meet us.   We have a particular need for folks with design, marketing and press experience. 

One of our immediate priorities is improving our press list so we can do a better job of getting the word out on church events.  Contact Katie Kelleher at if you might be willing to review and add/edit our press list or if you want more info about the committee.

From the

Stewardship Committee:

The Stewardship Committee is reaching out to those who grew up in the church and are now adults to reconnect! We extend a special invitation to join us for our annual Homecoming Sunday on September 16th at 11:00 am. It will be a great opportunity to meet our new Pastor Rev. David Telfort, and fellowship after service during social hour.

If you know of any former “alumni” (Sunday School, Scouts, Youth Group) please forward their contact information (preferably an email address) to LAPC Administrative Assistant, Nancy Nevarez at or 718.625.7515.

From the Christian Education Team:

1. Lafayette Youth Choir

Youth Choir rehearsals start on September 9 at 10:30. Rehearsals will continue to be held on Sundays at 10:30 through December 16. All children are encouraged to join us to learn more about the opportunity and to participate. 

2. Homecoming Sunday: September 16, 2018

To celebrate Homecoming Sunday and the launch of Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year, students will be helping to host the service as liturgists, ushers, and prayer leaders. The Lafayette Youth Choir will also perform. A practice/run-through will occur at 10am on September 16. Please watch for a sign-up genius email if kids in your family wish to participate. Thank you!

3. Confirmation Classes

We are planning to begin confirmation classes by October, hopefully as early as September 20. Students in 7th grade or higher are invited to participate as interested. Please watch for a Doodle poll that will help us determine the best day and time to schedule the anticipated bi-weekly time to gather for classes and other in-person activities.  

4. Sunday School Teachers

Please join us! We are still seeking additional volunteer support for our Christian Education efforts for the 2018-2019 Sunday School year, as we aim to offer more age-targeted opportunities for a growing number of students. 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. (see additional details below.)

If you wish to volunteer to help coordinate a special event or field trip for students and/or families, or you are able to share a particular interest or hobby with some of our kids, or if you wish to get involved in other ways, we would also love to hear from you. Thank you very much!

5. Thanks and Welcome

Our Christian Education programs would not be possible without valued involvement from so many of you, and we want to thank everyone for your important support and participation. 

At this time, we especially want to thank all of you who worked to make our recent second annual Vacation Bible School week such a success. We particularly want to recognize the terrific leadership efforts of Joylynn Holder, Charlie Foster, DeLaina Gumbs, and Rev. David Telfort.

As we welcome back and enthusiastically thank all of our terrific Sunday School teachers from last year, we want to welcome Megan Thomas who is stepping into the role of Sunday School Supervisor and Curriculum Coordinator. We also want to express our sincere appreciation to DeLaina Gumbs for her incredible contributions in that role in the past.

If you’re interested in learning about future Christian Education Team Gatherings, or any general information regarding the Christian Education Committee, please contact committee chair

Lynn Stirrup at


The LAPC Christian Education Team is looking for a few volunteers to teach Sunday School during the 2018-2019 School Year.  Would you like to join the team?

Commitment:   *Anywhere from 1-3 Sundays per month * Prep and activities 10AM - 11AM * Teach from 11:15AM - 12:15PM during service (11AM - 12PM on Communion Sundays)

Structure: *We currently have the children divided into two groups K-3, 4-7th grade.  Our goal is find enough teachers to split into 3 age groups.  You could provide a preference for the age group you’d like to teach. *Lesson plans and activities that line up with the service will be provided. *Teaching schedule will be provided for Fall at the beginning of the season, and Winter/Spring at the beginning of the new year

Qualifications: *Love of children and the commitment to the mission and values of LAPC *Background check (for the safety of our children) will be conducted *Patience

Bonus:  If you’d like to spend time with our youngest friends, we are also looking for volunteers for the childcare room (ages younger than kindergarten) for 10:30AM - 1PM on Sundays.


If you’re interested, please email Megan Thomas at or call at 646-530-1124. Thank you!!

Announcements & Appeals:

The Stewardship Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 5 and again on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend! Rehearsals for the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble resume on Thursday, September 6. The Ensemble rehearses every Thurs. evening from 7-9 PM.  If you are interested in joining the Ensemble please speak to or contact Janis Russell at

The Prayer and Bible Study Group will resume its weekly meetings on Wednesday,September 19 under the leadership and guidance of Rev. Telfort. With the support of the prayer team and Deacons the gathering and distribution of food to the Church of Gethsemane and the local community will resume on September 16. There is a particular need for non-perishable items including canned foods (e.g. soup, tuna, beans, vegetables and sauces).

Banner created by the capable and generous hands of Phillip and Debbie Kellogg

The banner has come down! Beloved, the banner that helped to announce our coming together as pastor and people has served its purpose of getting the word out that a new partnership was born last year. Our work and witness continues to promote the mission of this community of faith through our actions and welcome. We welcome you to join the effort!

The Gospel Choir in The Gospel at Colonus. Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

Invitation to The Gospel at Colonus. Produced by The Public Theater in Central Park, this musical is set in the context of a black Pentecostal service. It re-tells Sophocles’ classic Oedipus at Colonus using gospel music. We have a few tickets set aside especially for LAPC for September 4! If you are interested in attending, please contact LAPC member Selma Jackson ( The performances, Sept. 4-9 take place at the Delacorte Theater (81 Central Park West, NYC), 8PM nightly


The next LAPC New Member Class is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, immediately after service in the Cuyler Library.

And in worship on Sunday, October 14, LAPC will "extend the right hand of fellowship" and welcome new members into the church. Note: If you have previously attended a New Member Class, but have been unavailable to attend one of the worship services designated to welcoming new members, you do not need to repeat the class, just let Reverend Telfort know that you plan to formally join our community on October 14. Welcome!


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85 South Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 625-7515

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