LAPC OCTOBER 2018: A MONTH OF SPECIAL EVENTS AT LAPC
• New Member Class after worship on Oct 7
• Jazz Vespers with Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill this Sunday Oct 7 at 4 pm (free!)
• A unique look at the history of the “Cloud of Witnesses" mural with its painter, Hank Prussing on Oct 21
• Youth Confirmation Classes begin on Oct 13 (and see more Christian Ed. information below)
A NOTE FROM REV. DAVID F. TELFORT
On Tuesday Sept. 25th I am sitting in St. Peter’s Church in a meeting with activists, elected officials, other faith leaders and most importantly people who are labeled undocumented. They are part of families who are still separated from their children. The headlines may have disappeared but like the people in Flint and Puerto Rico know, movement from the front page does not indicate an issue has been adequately addressed or solved.
There we are, sitting in this meeting, strategizing how to shed light on the plight of these families. One of the mothers speaks up and describes how hopeless she feels. Tears are in her eyes and it is clear she wants to be done; done with the fighting, disrespect, threats and being apart from her son. One of the activists, Ravi Ragbir, looks at her and looks around the room and says, “We’re in a church. That means we’re in a place where we ought to believe more than anywhere the impossible can happen.” Beloved, the energy in the room shifted after that challenging but comforting reminder.
We are a resurrection people. We are a people who believe in the impossible happening. That is why we pray. That is why we care about spiritual formation. That is why justice is not just something we talk about but organize around. We come from a long tradition of the impossible happening. This month, recognize the worship services, confirmation classes, new membership classes and justice opportunities as us leaning into our faith in the impossible coming alive in our midst.
May Peace follow us Always,
Rev. David F. Telfort
FOCUS ON OUR YOUTH:
Confirmation Classes: Saturdays, Oct.13th and 27th LAPC youth, 7th-12th graders, will gather with Rev. Telfort and talk about life, faith and community. Sessions will begin at 5:00 pm. If you and your family are interested please confirm participation with Lynn Stirrup,firstname.lastname@example.org. Young people in your networks are welcome as well.
Jazz Vespers returns on Sunday October 7 at 4 pm with a performance by jazz musician, arranger and composer Arturo O'Farrill. Also on the bill is LAPC's own playwright Nancy Nevarez, who will do a reading from her upcoming project.
RESILIENT HEART, a recital to benefit the Lafayette Choir featuring tenor and choir member Charles Williamson, will be held on Saturday October 20 at 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.
Immigration Rights Event. Ravi Ragbir of New Sanctuary Coalition is hosting a meeting at LAPC Thursday October 25 at 6pm; dinner will be served. The meeting will help teach us and others how to care for and protect immigrants and refugees in need.
The Social Justice Committee will meet on Sunday October 14, following service.
A New Member Class will take place this 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. Please save both dates.
Note: If you have previously attended a New Member Class, but have been unavailable to attend one of the "welcoming" worship services, 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!
WORSHIP & MUSIC:
The Worship & Music Committee will meet on Sunday October 7 in the Lecture Hall following worship.
CHILDREN & YOUTH AT LAPC:
A few notes from the Chair of Christian Education, Lynn Stirrup.
Sunday School 2018-2019 is underway!
Please note, Sunday School will take place almost every week during the 11am service from now through June. Our youngsters will start in the service and then leave for Sunday School after the Bible reading, with classes wrapping up when the service ends. The monthly exception is Communion Sunday (usually the first Sunday of each month), when children will start in Sunday School and then join the service towards the end to share in Communion.
We are collecting registration forms for all youngsters who participate in our Christian Education programs for young people (from infants through high school), so we ask all families to be sure your children are registered. If you have not done so already, you can get and/or return a form to any Sunday School teacher or Child Care provider on Sunday, or fill out a form and email to Megan Thomas: email@example.com. Thank you!
Child Care in the Playroom
Child care is available starting at 9am for parents who arrive early for choir or other preparations, and it lasts until just after service for our youngest children. Please note, from 10:15am through the end of service, child care is exclusively for infants and toddlers and up to Kindergartners (though Kindergartners have the option to join the Sunday School class for K-3rd grade as appropriate). For many safety reasons, children older than Kindergarten must be outside the Playroom aside from drop off or pick up (i.e., in Youth Choir practice, in Sunday School, or with their families in service).
Lafayette Youth Choir
Our growing children's choir will practice most weeks before service. If your child wants to sing in the choir, please arrive at the Jarvie Room at 10:15am. Since the choir is a form of worship, we ask that only children who wish to participate arrive at 10:15am and join the choir. The choir will be learning new songs and some music theory while periodically sharing musical gifts during worship services. We enthusiastically welcome into Youth Choir all children from K-12th grade that would like to share their voice. Thank you again to Joylynn Holder and Charlie Foster for their dedication in leading our youngsters this way.
Please note, our next Lafayette Youth Choir presentation during worship is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 11th.
Christian Education Special Events
a. Day of the Dead/Halloween Fun: Sunday, October 28th
While further details will follow, please note that we are planning a Day of the Dead / Halloween Fun celebration for Sunday, October 28th. We hope that your children will be able to join us for the special occasion, thanks to Juana Watson for initiating and hosting!
b. Disney's "COCO" / Movie Screening
Partly in preparation for our Day of the Dead celebration, it is recommended that the kids see the 2017 Disney Pixar movie Coco, which is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. If one of you is ready and willing to volunteer to pull together an LAPC Family Movie Night in the coming month, we would be thrilled, otherwise, we encourage individual viewings if the kids have not yet seen it
Sunday School Teachers
Please join us! We are still seeking additional volunteer support for our Christian Education efforts for this 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. 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!
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. To learn more or to discuss how you might get involved, please contact Lynn Stirrup, Christian Education Chair, at LMStirrup@yahoo.com or (917) 757-0210.
LOOKING AHEAD TO NOVEMBER:
• Marathon "Bomba" in support of Puerto Rico on November 4.
• A performance by the Lafayette Youth Choir on Sunday November 11.
(some dates are tentative; stay tuned)
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church:
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217