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LAPC Summer Newsletter

Sunday Worship in July and August starts at 10 AM!


One of my favorite Drum Majors for Justice is Ella Baker. Baker is known for her fierce belief in the right to vote and for empowering young people to take a visible lead in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. According to Nan Dillard of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Baker had a meditation that was eventually put into song by  Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

   It is one of my favorite songs, known simply as “Ella’s Song”. The refrain says, “We who believe in freedom cannot rest / We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

     It’s a song that is rooted in the deep conviction that the world as we know it must be dismantled. Until that happens, we are called to continue to work. We have no choice but to pass on our love and knowledge to the young people in our midst. We have got to care for ourselves and our village. Stopping must not be an option. Ella’s work, words, and song has been on my heart recently.

     As we go into another summer season I hope her example stays with us. As a church we enter into a season where we celebrate the program year that was, our programming slows down, we get ready for a week of pouring into children through Vacation Bible School, and we plan for the program year to come. I pray we do all of this with a spirit of belief in freedom.

     Caring for our souls and bodies will help us stay strong for the battles ahead. Teaching our children that their voice and bodies matter in a world that dehumanizes so many will plant seeds of resistance that sprout in years to come. The weeks of planning and organizing will help us respond to the evil we see with action and impactful work.

     Have a safe, blessed summer Beloved. We hope to see you in worship at 10AM during the months of July and August. When your travel plans prevent you from joining us we pray traveling mercies over you and hope you find rest and renewal wherever you go. Remember to keep your belief in freedom alive. Our world depends on it.

In Love,

Rev. David F. Telfort

From the Social Justice Committee:

1. The  Social Justice Committee will be meeting following service on June 8th andAugust 12th. The meetings will focus on reports from the Poor People’s Campaign, and immigration. All are welcome to attend. Food will be provided.

2. Presbyterian Men and the Justice Ministries Committee of the Presbytery of New York City call your attention to an upcoming event: 

We Choose Welcome - A Panel Discussion on Supporting Immigrants, Refugees, and Evacuees Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Rutgers Presbyterian Church (W. 73rd St. & Broadway, NYC)

Panelists will address the current situation facing immigrants, refugees, and evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ways that individuals and congregations can respond.

Confirmed panel members from:  New Sanctuary Coalition & Rutgers Presbyterian Church

Invited to provide panel members are:  New York Disaster Interfaith Services & other congregations

3. If you have questions about any of the activities, events, or work of the Social Justice Committee, please contact committee Chair, Janise Mitchell GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: LAPC Bible Study and Prayer Team meetings are on Break!  LAPC’S weekly exploration of the Bible will be on a summer hiatus until September. 

Email for a summer reading plan we will use until we reconvene. The Prayer Team will not meet on Wednesdays during July and August, but will continue their work via email, so please continue to write in your requests!

Community Empowerment Economics Seminar LAPC will be the host site for a summer-long series of conversations and workshops around economic improvement and development. Topics will include: home mortgages, business finance, and a vison for interest free credit for student loans. Classes will begin Sat. July 7 @ 6 PM in the Jarvie Room. For more info, News from the Christian Education Committee:



- Monday, August 13-Friday, August 17 - 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 - Register online ASAP via dedicated website: which is also linked to

- Space is limited! Please do not rely on simply mentioning your intent to enroll your child. Please register online before capacity is reached and registration is closed.

2. 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. 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!

3. Summer Childcare Though Sunday School has concluded for the 2017-2018 school year, childcare is provided in the playroom for children from infancy to Kindergarten/1st grade age. During the summer when worship service begins at 10AM, childcare begins at 9AM and concludes after service.

4. Homecoming Sunday Sept. 16, 2018 Mark Your Calendars! - First day of Sunday School for the 2018-2019 school year

5. 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. 

Note:  For additional info on these events and future committee meetings, please contact Committee Chair Lynn Stirrup at the Communications Committee:

We know that many folks travel during the Summer and we may not see you in church every Sunday. We will miss you!

But you can still stay up to date on what is happening at LAPC! Check out our website for Summer updates and happenings. If you haven't visited it lately- check it out! Church Member Clifton Williams and Pastor Telfort have made great strides in improving the site and we are working to make it even better. Watch for changes coming...!!

And please also follow us on Facebook


Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church:

85 South Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 625-7515

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