Friday, September 29, 2006

Vision Study Groups

Don't forget to sign up for a Vision group in your area-- you can do so after any of the services on Sunday, both in Reception Hall and out front on the portico. If you aren't able to make it to a mid-week study, there are two Sunday School classes that will be studying the material as well: the Foundations class at 9 AM (meets in Fellowship Hall East), and the Community in Christ class at 11 AM (meets in 315 S. 17th Street, 1Rear). Registration for these Sunday School classes is not required-- just show up!

Vision for the City

Phil's sermon series on a vision for the city begins Sunday. Click here for info on the vision study groups and a listing of the sermons.

Tonight's Seminar

The dating seminar taught by Rick and Sharon Phillips begins tonight. Click here for more info.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

What a deal!

If you do not yet have plans for Saturday, you might be interested in Museum Day. On September 30, 2006, for one day only, museums across the country will join the Smithsonian Institution in its long-standing tradition of offering free admission to visitors.

You can check out the list of participating museums here (includes the Franklin Institute, Winterthur (DE), among many others).

You need to print out a pass from the website. This would be a great outing after the Phillipses seminar Saturday morning.

New Baby

We can give thanks to God that Jim and Dana Richardson have another family member! John MacLaren Richardson (8 lbs 15oz) was born today at 5:13AM and both John and Dana are healthy.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Harvest USA Seminar and Training Events

Harvest USA has local training and seminars available:

Ministering to Sexual Brokenness in Your Church: Small Group Facilitator Training (training for those desiring to learn how to facilitate small groups focused on helping individuals impacted by sexual sin)
October 13–14; must pre-register by October 6; use brochures from our lobbies or contact Village Presbyterian Church in Mount Laurel, NJ; 856.779.6363

Sexual Brokenness in Your Church: The Shape of Redemptive Ministry (a seminar for church leaders and others interested in doing ministry with individuals who are affected by sexual sin—either struggling with it or impacted by it)
October 16: must pre-register by October 6; contact Dot Boersma for registration form

Christians in Social Work Convention

The North American Association of Christians in Social Work will hold a convention in Philadelphia October 26–­29. For information, go to

Get Away

The Berzinskys are advertising a getaway cottage on Craig's List:

New Life Glenside Men's Retreat

October 13-15, 2006

North Bay (on the Chesapeake)Retreat


Operation Warm Coat

When: Friday, November 3, 2006
Where: Lutheran Children and Family Service, Refugee Resettlement Program, 231 N 63rd Street in Philadelphia.

Please drop off coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves—Excellent Condition Only—all sizes, infants–XX Large.

For information, contact Lyn Back at or (215) 747 7500 ext 207

Do the Math

What will Phil's age added to Bruce's age equal next week? Dr. Koop's age he reached a couple of weeks ago.

Library Blog

The church library has gotten into blog mode. Check it out on the righthand column. They are giving reviews of books and materials.

Prayer Request

Pray for Susan Acerbo who is having surgery today.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Housing Need

Two girls and one guy (the two girls, at least, are recent Wheaton grads) l need a place to stay in center city this Wednesday and Thursday nights. They are in Philadelphia for the Christian Community Development Association Conference. They all work for a Christian homeless shelter in Washington, DC. The shelter is paying for them to attend the conference but can't afford to pay for hotel rooms.

It sounds to me like they just need a place to sleep since their days will be full of conference activities.

Anyone who is interested in meeting and helping out some great people from Wheaton can call me at 610-731-1314 or email me at

The Oldest "Philly" Player

Jessie Bible sent this in:

I thought you might be interested in this story. It is about a man who is 110 years old who used to play professional ball - even prior to the Negro leagues. No one knew he was alive, but he was recently "discovered" in a nursing home. He lived at 17th & Bainbridge Streets - so he's quite local.

September 26, 2006 Baseball’s Oldest Old-Timer Opens a Window By ALAN SCHWARZ
Silas Simmons, 110, pitched and played outfield in the equivalent of the black major leagues until at least 1929.

Andrew DiNardo's Ordination

A report from Phil on his quick visit to Florida:
"I am grateful to everyone for their prayers about my trip to Florida on Sunday. Carroll Wynne and I made it down in good time to participate in Andrew DiNardo's ordination service. It was good to see the Phillips and DiNardo families. They are all thriving at First Presbyterian Church, and it was great to hear the DiNardo women sing the offertory during the service."


I am getting competition from the other end of the hallway. Christiana Fitzpatrick has started a daily Missions blog. So here is what you do. Come to my blog first; then click Tenth Missions on the right column and check her postings. Yesterday, she had an interesting piece on Ramadan.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Pictures from Colombia

Here are a few photos of Bruce's trip to Colombia. Some of the children at Hogar La Providencia
Bruce enjoying Colombian food.
Bruce teaching in Santa Marta.

Child Care for Vision Night

Don't forget to register for child care for the October 6 Vision Night. Deadline for registration is today.

Lansdowne Yard Sale

Pat Canavan is coordinating a multi-family yard sale on his street (200 block of Congress Ave.) in Lansdowne, this Saturday, September 30 starting at 9am. There will be lots of books and household items including furniture. Everything will be priced to move.

Free Frig

Dear Pastor Clark,

I have been a regular attender at Tenth since moving back to Philadelphia. My fiancee and I are moving to Virginia after our Oct. 15 wedding. As is perhaps evidenced by the fact that one of Dr. Ryken's hymns was part of my April marriage proposal, we have both been blessed greatly by our time at Tenth--including by your teaching. Thank you for all you do. Now to the point. Due to this latest move, as you can see at the following link, I am trying to get rid of a small refrigerator I used in college:

I don't want any money for it--just someone who is willing to pick it up in Drexel Hill and take it off my hands! I have already received about 30 e-mails from Craig's List readers, but I would be happy to give preference over them to someone connected to Tenth if anyone can use it. I am out of town until Tuesday, so I'm just going to let the e-mails collect until then and pick somebody. If you think this might be of interest to the readers of your blog, I'd be happy to have you post it--one extremely tiny way, I guess, that my bride and I can give back to a congregation that has been such a blessing to us.

Charles Mitchell


What do people need to know about the vision groups and vision night? I will alert the leaders to check this posting.

Final Words

Phil referred to Dr. Boice's final words to the congregation in yesterday's sermon. For the full text, click here.

Body Report

Surgery went well Friday. Now the waiting period of healing. A little humor on Saturday where I officiated a wedding and Christy Corbett with her broken foot sang about beautiful feet and hands. We should have had Jeremy Strong who played put on an eye patch.