Friday, March 02, 2007

Worship Services

Would you like to visit a worship service at one of the Philadelphia Presbytery church plants? Check here for places and times.

Congregational Dinner and Meeting

Details and a signup form are at! Meeting information will be posted there as well, as soon as it becomes available.

Bruce is accepting donations . . .

Bruce McDowell is accepting donations for his short-term team to take to our orphans in Liberia. Welcomed items include: school supplies, first-aid supplies (band-aids, Tylenol, children's medicines), sewing suplies (thread, sewing needles, measuring tapes, scissors, fabric, safety pins), and hygiene supplies (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo). Please place the items in Bruce's office by this Sunday, March 4.

Also, remember to pray for the team as they prepare to head out on March 8th!

Plans for tonight?

So, what are you doing tonight? Join hundreds of people in Old City tonight for First Friday, one of Philadelphia's most unique and popular monthly cultural events. Around 40 art galleries in Old City will open their doors from 5:00 - 9:00 pm.

Groups from Tenth are meeting at the Gersham Y (on the corner of Broad and Pine Streets) at 5:30 pm and at the Starbucks on 12th and Market Streets at 6:00 pm. We will eat together, look at the galleries, and discuss what we see from a biblical perspective. If you're interested in going, simply show up or call me at Tenth for more info.


Please keep Phil in your prayers as he leaves for Korea this Sunday evening. He will be speaking at Chongshin Theological Seminary's convocation. It will be a "whirlwind tour"; he returns next Friday night in time to preach at Tenth that Sunday (March 11).

Work in Progress

You are invited to attend:

"A Work in Progress: Open Studios & Art Auction."

Friday, March 23, at the Church Studios at Olivet Covenant Presbyterian Church, 22nd and Mt. Vernon Streets.

Silent Auction: Prview at 7:00, Bidding from 7:30-9:30

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres; limited, free onsite parking

Proceeds benefit the Church Studios and the Coalition for Christian Outreach. The CCO partners with colleges, churches and organizations to develop mena dn women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.

Info: Rebecca Wainwright,

Tenth member Keith Crowley will have his work displayed.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Christmas Eve Eve

In response to the popularity of the Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols Service, we will be offering a second service this year. Expect an identical service December 23.

Women of Westminster Faculty Lecture Series

7:30 p.m., Van Til Hall, Room 3, on the Glenside Campus

Culture, Communication, and Sexuality: A Biblical and Frank Discussion In the beginning, God created sexuality and intimacy… and they were good. The entrance of sin marred their beauty and glory and has left us with sex in the city and desperate housewives. Come discover how the wisdom of the Bible brings healing and redemption to our fallen sexuality.

March 6: Headaches, Hebrew, and Other Threats to Marital Sexuality Dr. Ed Welch, Professor of Practical Theology, with Mrs. Sheri Welch A strong sexual relationship in marriage isn’t always easy. This evening will consider some of the threats to a good sexual relationship and discuss some practical ways to address those threats.

March 13: Caring For Women in Crisis
Dr. Diane Langberg, Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology
We will be considering the components of a ministry to women in crisis by looking briefly at the issues of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and chronic illness. We will also learn what is required of us if we are to endure in such a ministry.

March 20: The Gospel in a Sex-Saturated Culture: Truth and Grace for Sexual Strugglers Inside and Outside the Church Rev. John Freeman, Executive Director of Harvest U.S.A. In our sex-obsessed culture, those of us with sexually-scarred hearts and lives are no longer the exception but more the norm. How does the gospel apply to these struggles? How can we minister a gospel of hope to our own hearts and the hearts of others?

The Faculty Lecture Series is a free program of continuing education for women provided by Westminster Theological Seminary. The seminary is located at the intersection of Church Road/Rt. 73 and Willow Grove Avenue in Glenside, PA. Directions are available at <>.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Still room for this Sunday's luncheon

There is still space available for the luncheon this Sunday. If you haven’t done so already, please reserve your seat by contacting Anne Davies (x243 or as soon as possible. Immediately following the meal Paul Tripp will be speaking about his vision for the new Center City Ministry. If you are unable to stay for lunch but would still like to hear this presentation, please join us in the sanctuary at 2 pm.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Boice Memorial Plaque

Soon after putting an insert in the bulletin announcing that the Boice Memorial Plaque has been commissioned and giving an opportunity for contributions, someone walked into the church and handed a check for the exact amount. How wonderful the way the Lord leads people to give at the right time.

The unveiling of the plaque is scheduled for April 15.

Boice Fund

The concert Friday night intended to benefit CCA's Boice Scholarship fund was successful. More than $17,000 was raised. I think this puts the endowment fund pass the $100,000 mark. If you would like to give to this fund, make checks out to City Center Academy, write Boice Fund on the memo line, and mail to City Center Academy, 315 S. 17th Street, 19103.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones, a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has written an illustrated children's story Bible The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, which captures the plot line of the Bible and shows how Jesus is in every story of the Bible. Dr. Tim Keller says, "I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian—from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the Scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God's revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning--a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned." For more information, to read Keller's review and to download sample stories, and to purchase, go to:

DSTComes Early

Did you know Daylight Savings Time begins March 11? Someone tell Aaron Messner!

Church fire in Pittsburgh

A note for prayer . . . my sister-in-law sent me news that Covenant OPC near Pittsburgh, PA was gutted by fire on Saturday. No one was injured and the church met at a different location yesterday for worship. Be in prayer for this small congregation. Here's a newsclip about the fire:

Where's Phil?

Phil sent this picture taken at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert that our Japanese visitors from Christ Bible Seminary attended. Can you find Phil? That's David Kim in the middle with the violin.


Yesterday we had a congenial visit by Islamic scholars from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. They are participating in a program hosted by Amideast. After observing our worship, they met with several of the church staff for introduction and discussion. We were heartened to hear from these clerics and scholars their passion for peace and mercy. Today they will be visiting a soup kitchen at St. John's.

Rockin' Pianists

Friday night's performance by Sam Hsu and Paul Jones was...well, if they were playing for a rock concert, the crowd would have been screaming! The energy by which both men played was astounding. And it kept building to the climactic performance of "And Can It Be" complete with the piano version of electric guitar rifts. If classical pianists can be said to be "rockin," these two guys were.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Children/Youth Programs

Worship is still on tonight.

However, Schola Cantorum, Maranatha, and Children's Church activities have been cancelled. Sinfonia Sacra is still on.


Pat Canavan is checking with Missy Strong and Carroll Wynne right now and will be calling me back soon regarding children and youth programs tonight. Worship is still scheduled.

Welcome, Sophia!

Jonathan and Wendy McCarthy announce the birth of Sophia Seraphim this morning.