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L A P C in May 2018

Updated: May 1, 2018

Author and journalist A'Lelia Bundles, the great-great grand-daughter of Madam CJ Walker

Opening Letter from Rev. David F. Telfort,

Beloved, last week I was able to meet author and journalist A'Lelia Bundles, the great-great grand-daughter of Madam CJ Walker. Walker is known as the first female self-made millionaire in the US and became one of the wealthiest African-American women of her time. Bundles remarked that her great-great grandmother was not fueled by a desire to be independently wealthy. By addressing her own health needs, Madam Walker found she could make the lives of others better. Walker gave jobs to women and men who often were overlooked and created opportunities that did not exist for many marginalized people.

Here at LAPC, our faith in God is mobilized by the verbs love, grow and serve. One of the ways we do that is by looking for where God is already at work so we can join Her. We also look for opportunities we can give to others to use their gifts. I hope each month this newsletter will give us the chance to do just that.


May 14th kicks off the Poor People’s Campaign - six 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 40 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 campaign asks that each sponsoring organization commit to at least two Mondays to organize to send members to their capital city. LAPC’s Social Justice Committee has chosen to mobilize around Monday May 21st and Monday June 18th. Not everyone will need to travel to Albany in order to participate. Below is a breakdown of how the weeks will unfold.

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 event in DC (livestreamed) and regional watch parties/meetings

· Thursdays - Cultural event in DC (livestreamed) and regional watch parties/events

· Weekends - resources for faith communities to use in services

Themes for Weeks in May

May 14: Somebody is hurting our people and it’s gone on far too long - women, youth, the disabled and children in poverty and the right to education

May 21: Connecting systemic racism and economic justice - voting rights and just immigration (LAPC Mobilizing around this week)

May 28: Memorial Day - Veterans, our war economy and militarism

Training for Poor People’s Campaign

May 12: Anyone interested in going to Albany and being a part of Non-Violent Moral Fusion Direct Action on May 21 or June 18 is invited to be trained by Rev. Telfort on Saturday May 12 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm in LAPC’s Lecture Hall. Please RSVP to


May 6

Sermon by guest Minister Candace Simpson The Lafayette Choir

“Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, Insomnia Cookies enthusiast, preacher and educator. She is also the site coordinator of the Concord Freedom School, a literacy-based social justice education program for children in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Currently, Minister Simpson serves on a team of Faith and Justice Educators for the United Methodist Women and is an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ. It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth.”

May 13 – Mother’s Day

Rev. Telfort preaches The Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble

The Youth Choir will sing “Don’t Let Me Give Up.” Debut of their beautiful new stoles made by Debbie Kellogg, Winsome McKoy, and James Robinson.

Note: Communion will be offered on May 13, not on May 6

The LAPC Social Justice Committee presents a Mother's Day Public Awareness event: Distribution of origami flowers and informational bookmarks to promote solidarity with incarcerated mothers.

May 20 - Anniversary Sunday

Rev. Telfort preaches The Lafayette Choir

After service: Ministry Celebration – an opportunity for members and visitors to learn about LAPC ministries they may want to join (in the Lecture Hall).

4:00 pm – Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble Gospel Concert

May 27 - Memorial Day Weekend

Rev. Telfort preaches The Lafayette Choir

After service: Join us in the Lecture Hall to salute congregant birthdays with Birthday Cake and enjoy the Deacons’ monthly Pot Luck Social: All are invited to bring a dish to share with your church family!


Saturday, May 5: JAZZ! The Women’s Viewpoint A Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival Event 3:00 pm: Panel discussion on women in the music profession 4:30 pm: Reception 6:00 pm: Live Jazz Concert showcasing prominent women in jazz

More information here.

Sunday, May 6: Sacred Sites Open House Sponsored by NY Landmarks Conservancy 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Guided Tours of the church & demonstrations of the Austin organ.

More information here.

Sunday, May 20: Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble Annual Gospel Concert 4:00 pm: Celebrating 27 years of service at LAPC. Please come out and celebrate with the Ensemble and special guests. Adults $20. Seniors $15.


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


· Finance Committee (Thu May 10 @ 7 pm)

· Communications & Marketing Committee (Wed May 2 @ 6:30 pm via telephone)

· Stewardship Committee (Sat May 19 @ 10 am)

· Worship & Music Committee (Sun May 13 after service)

· Christian Education Committee (for info on future meetings, please contact Committee Chair Lynn Stirrup at

· Deacons Meeting (Sun May 20 after service)

· Elders/Session Stated Meeting (Sun May 20 @ 12:45 pm)

[Note: All meetings located at LAPC unless otherwise indicated.]

Heads Up Beyond May:

From the Christian Education Committee: Our second annual LAPC Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 2018. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details including registration information coming soon.


Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church:

85 South Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 625-7515

Church website:

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Church Twitter: @LAPCBrooklyn



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