Friday, January 26, 2007

Broad Street Closures for the Academy Ball

Broad Street will have closures this weekend, though on Sunday only the block between Walnut and Locust will be affected and only until noon.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Looking for a Nanny?

Kristina is looking for a babysitting/nanny job in the Philadelphia area. For more information, contact her at

Camden Forward on 20/20 Friday, January 26, 10pm, on 6ABC

Please note that students from one of the Children’s Jubilee Fund schools is being featured on 20/20 Friday at 10pm (6ABC)—more details below. Children's Jubilee Fund is a Christian organization supported by Tenth Missions. (Also, please reserve the Children's Jubilee Fund dessert date—April 26—on your calendar. Wilson Goode will speak.)

Kids from Urban Promise, Camden, NJ, will be included in a 20/20 program this Friday night on ABC (Channel 6 in Philadelphia) at 10 pm. Diane Sawyer looks at the lives of children growing up in one of the most poverty-stricken cities in America. Urban Promise is the ministry that runs the Camden Forward School—where Jubilee Scholarships are given.

On Our Way

Ginger and I are on our way to Cape Cod to celebrate her parents' 60th wedding anniversary! Still check for postings from other staff, as well as possible postings from me from the Cape.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Super Bowl Coaches

Here is an excerpt from an ESPN article about the two coaches in the Super Bowl. Click here to read the full article.

Dungy and Smith are Christian men who serve the Lord first and spend nearly as much time serving their communities. Doesn't prevent them from winning. And often. In just three seasons Smith, last season's Coach of the Year, has helped build the Bears into a league power. Dungy has won more regular season games than any coach since 1999. Where does color factor into that?

After they won their conference championships, you heard Smith talk about his "being blessed" and Dungy give thanks to God. That isn't just lip service with these guys. As Christians they believe it is their responsibility to let their light shine whenever they're in the spotlight. Just as they have a game plan for each other come Super Bowl Sunday, both plan to use the global platform that the Super Bowl provides to speak words that could make an impact beyond football. At his oldest son James' funeral last year, Dungy used the eulogy as an opportunity to teach lessons about manhood and fatherhood.

Neither man gets caught up in, you know, being the head coach. Talk about humility: Smith was seated among the fans at the RCA Dome for the Colts-Chiefs playoff game (the Bears had a bye) when a fan approached him for an autograph. Smith, who had been signing for several minutes already, politely told her "not right now" and said he would like to turn his attention to the game. But he watched as she returned to her seat, and during the next break he went over and gave her the autograph.

Posting Thanks

Would you like to express thanks for the ministry of Aaron and Nancy Messner? Click the link on the right column "DMC Forum." There you will see a posting inviting you to post your comments. If you are unable to post, you can send your thoughts directly to me by email ( and I will post them for you.

Missions Report

Missions is sponsoring a short-term missions class in the spring quarter.

A short-term trip is planned for Liberia March 8-19.

The commission approve $15,000 for the African Enterprise Study Center headed up by Michael Cassidy. This year's missions conference will focus on Africa and Michael will be a speaker.

The commission also approved support for Jaime Leal, Church Planter Coordinator in Colombia. Jaime spoke at last year's conference.
Some figures of interest from the Bible School report to Session last night:

Average undergraduate attendance: 265
Average adult attendance: 243

Childbirths by Year:
2000 23
2001 29
2002 30
2003 47
2004 37
2005 37
2006 32

On the Way

Jesse Hubley happily announced last night that Suzanne and he are expecting another child.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Memorial Service

Elizabeth Soule's memorial service will be Saturday, February 3, Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Avenue Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 744-8600. Carroll Wynne will officiate.


Sparrows will be meeting this coming Saturday, January 27 from 1:00-3:00 in Fellowship Hall.
The devotional speaker is Marcia Hopler! The craft will be making simple felt puppets.

Sparrows is a ministry of TenthWomen. We seek to develop godly intergenerational relationships between the girls (age 5 and up), teens and women (young & older) at Tenth Church. A great way to make a friend is by working together around a craft table!

Teens and women are especially encouraged to come to interact with the girls and assist them with their craft. Snacks will be provided! If you have any questions about Sparrows you can contact Dori at

Final Payment

Clive Stockdale sent this in:

An item for praise, we have made the final payment on the note that we had to assume when purchasing 315. This is similar to paying off the mortgage and is an item for praise and rejoicing.

Communion Participation

My evening sermon is now posted at the DMC Messages blogsite. Click the link on the right hand column. If I had had time, I likely would have included the following George Herbert poem as an ending.

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me,
sweetly questioning If I lack'd anything.

"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.