Friday, April 13, 2007

Blank Tapes

I have 50 blank cassette tapes (122 minutes). Would anyone like them? Email me at

Reaching the World

Patrick Johnstone, the author of Operation World, will be at Chelten Baptist Church on Saturday, April 21, for a visit to the Philadelphia area. Operation World, the authoritative 850 page prayer guide about the world and its unreached peoples has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been used by God to call many Christians to pray and to go.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Chelten Baptist Church at Dresher, PA, near the Fort Washington exit (339) of the PA Turnpike. It is open to all at no charge. Patrick will discuss our successes and failures in the 20th century and then present where our focus should be in the 21st century. We will also will have a panel of missions leaders to interact with Patrick. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for anyone passionate about reaching the world for Christ.

For more information, please call David Hall at WEC International at 215.646.2322 ext. 101 (web: or Chelten Baptist Church at 215.646.5557 (web:

A Refuge in the Shelters

I had a great visit with Phil Beauford yesterday observing his Thursday ministry at two men's homeless shelters. He clearly has a warm relationship with the men and staff which comes from his obvious loving spirit, but also through faithfully coming for years. He opens his meeting with a prayer, then plays music. Usually Jennifer Maddox is with him and sings. When she is not there he plays gospel songs. He played a cd of Sam Cook singing spirituals and gospel in the 50's. Then he preaches (yesterday on the resurrection, but will return to going through the Gospel of John). He concludes by inviting anyone to come up for prayer requests. He and I split up listening to requests and praying individually for those who came up. (The last gentlemen who came up to me was a former Muslim who was converted to Christ by reading the Torah, which he had been encouraged as a Muslim to read.)

It was evident that many of the men in the homes were there because of addiction and refusal to work. But there are also Christian brothers who whether it be from circumstance or their failures are trying to get their lives straight and be faithful to God. Visits like those from Phil and Jennifer give them encouragement and accountability (Phil doesn't hold anything back!). Please pray for this Thursday ministry.

Special Days

Two Sundays to mark on your calendars that are significant for two pastoral staff:

May 20 is the date for Jonathan Olsen's ordination which will be at the morning services. He goes before the presbytery examination committee April 19 and then presbytery itself May 12.

June 3 is Aaron Messner's last Sunday. That evening will be his final sermon. We will be sure to have some kind of reception that day and will let you know.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ruth Floyd Article

Here is link to a City Paper article about Ruth Naomi Floyd. If you read, be sure to read the comment for this posting which clarifies some of the statements.

Brahms Requiem Online

The audio from the Good Friday concert is now available online at You will also find other concerts there as well.

Shelter Tour

Phil Beauford is picking me up at 10 and taking me along to the two homeless shelters that he ministers to every Thursday. I'll give a report.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Car for Sale

Don and Michelle Kim are Westminster Graduates and worked with Germantown Hope. Don was a member of Tenth before he went to help out with the Germantown Hope Church plant.
They are moving and selling the following car:

2003 Volkswagen GOLF TDI, 65K miles - $12,400
MUST SELL. 4-door hatchback. Good condition / Clean title / Well-maintained, family car. 1 owner. Automatic trans. Turbo diesel with excellent mileage ~ 40 mpg (highway). Mostly highway miles. Airbags, antilock brakes, Monsoon stereo with CD player, A/C, cruise control, power windows, alarm, remote, new tires (Jan 2007), comprehensive pre-sale inspection in April 2007 by VW specialist at Wagenwerks in Wyndmoor who is willing to discuss car condition ( All records available. Please call 215-990-6035 if interested.

Ad also on craigslist:

Parenting Class This Week

The April 15 parenting class title is “How Children Grow.” Maria Kaminstein and Lisa Ryken will be doing a broad overview of stages of child development. The April 22 class is “Discipline: Freedom and Boundaries.” Carroll Wynne will teach about discipline of older children/teenagers. The April 29 class is with Joe and Arlita Winston on discipline of younger children.

Virus Warning

In case this may be happening to you, here is a warning which our staff received today. I've received the e-card twice already.

Dear Staff: This morning Dot has received several emails which appear to be e-cards from an unnamed friend. It’s tricky because if you click on the website link, it does take you to real e-card service. However, if you click the first link which supposedly takes you to your e-card, you are promptedto download and open an executable file. That is highly suspicious and by doing it this way, our virus filters our bypassed. So don’t open them!

Greater Exodus

We had a wonderful visit with Pastor Herb Lusk of Greater Exodus Baptist Church yesterday. He gave us a tour of the facililities of the church and sister organization People for the People. To see what our sister church is doing a few blocks up Broad Street click here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hammell Antiques

This weekend (4/13) is the beginning of Antiques Week in Philadelphia. Several shows will offer the public an opportunity to browse and buy antiques and art. The Philadelphia Antiques Show at the Armory on the Drexel campus features the finest dealers in the country. Another show is
the 23rd Street Armory Show. Charles and Lisa Hammell will be doing their first public show at the Moorestown Y's Men's Club Antiques Show. They will be featuring 18th and 19th century American antiques, art, textiles and pottery. For more information, visit their site at

The Exodus

The pastoral staff is headed over in a few minutes to Greater Exodus Baptist Church. We will be having lunch with their pastoral staff, led by the Senior Minister Herb Lusk.


The unveiling of the Boice Memorial Plaque has been moved to April 22. Plans are for a brief unveiling ceremony to follow the 11:00 service. The actual installation is still scheduled for this week, and you should see a curtain in front of it this week. The change of date allows everyone who is able from the Boice family to attend, which we think renders the occasion even more meaningful.

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Proverb a Day

A Proverb a Day devotional is back to Proverbs after a period of lenten devotions. We are beginning chapter 21. Click the link on the right to see your proverb for the day.