Friday, May 25, 2007

Tyranny of the Urgent

Learn how to deal wisely with homeless, manipulative people and the “Tyranny of the Urgent.” The next MercyNet Forum is Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 9am-12pm at New Life Presbyterian Church, 425 Roosevelt Blvd (at D St.), Philadelphia. For information and registration email

House for Sale

Leila Charaf is selling her home in Olney, near East Oak Lane/Cheltenham. It's a three bedroom row home on a tree-lined street, one block from several bus routes, and a 7-10 minute walk (or short bus ride) from Fern Rock station (Broad Street line). The house has hardwood floors, crown molding, a decorative fireplace, french doors, and a large front porch. There's an attached garage, remodeled half bath in the finished basement, an updated kitchen, replacement windows, security doors, and fresh paint throughout. The small front yard is a perennial garden. At the end of the block is Fisher Park with a brand-new playground, basketball court and a community garden. Many New Life/Philly and several Tenth families are close by. Listed at $145,000. Please contact Leila at

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Free Tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann!

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is giving away free lawn tickets for summer Philadelphia Orchestra performances. Starting June 1 or after the free tickets run out, you will have to pay $10 for the same seats! This is a great opportunity to hang out with neighbors and friends while listening to superb music!

For more information and to order tickets, check out this website.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chariot of Fire

Ryan Fink, son of Bert and Shirley Fink, will be running the 1600 meters at the State Track meet this Friday and Saturday. He won the Delco Championships and also the District #1 Championship. He is ranked the top 4 for the State meet.

Also, I am taking a Triple Jumper to States as well. He won last year and we hope to repeat on Friday.

George McFarland
Proud Track Coach for Delaware County Christian School

Messner Reception

Hors d'ouvres and desserts are still needed for the June 3 Farewell-and-Thank You reception for the Messners. Please contact Anne Davies (x243 or if you would like to bring something.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Counting Down

Jack Ryken is counting down the days (11) to the church picnic. He is packing their sports equipment duffle bag.

Military Prayer Service

Hello, everyone:

A reminder: we'll be hosting the sixth in our series of prayer services for the military at St. David's Church, Radnor (761 Valley Forge Road) this Sunday afternoon, May 27, at 2.00 pm.

I'm going to add some simple directions here: From Rt. 30W (West Lancaster Avenue), turn left at South Waterloo Road (near the Devon train station) and take South Waterloo to Church Road. Turn left onto Church Road; the Church (and S. Valley Forge Rd) will be on your left. From Rt. 252N: Turn right onto St. David's Rd. where the road forks at the overpass; follow this to Church Rd., and turn left; the church (and S. Valley Forge Rd.) will be the next right-hand turn.

We have enjoyed a steady increase in the numbers attending. But please, nothing fancy, so come as you are. Just help us hold up these soldiers, sailors, pilots and Marines as they serve and protect us.

This Sunday happens to co-incide with the Memorial Day weekend, which makes this service all the more appropriate. It also co-incides with the Devon Horse Show's annual Carriage Ride, which borrows the open fields at St. David's as a staging area. Please park in one of the upper lots of the church to avoid any confusion, as well as what the horses are likely to leave, and walk down the hill to the Old Church.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo
Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era
Director, Civil War Era Studies
Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Monday, May 21, 2007

Web Designer

A Tenth member who owns small business is looking for an experienced, reasonably-priced web designer. Design work includes online payment options, periodic maintenance, etc. Please contact Christina Corbett if you are interested.

How do you spell JOY?

Yesterday afternoon TCU celebrated Jonathan Olsen's ordination in style, sporting special T-shirts that marked the occasion! Even elders George McFarland, Paul Tripp, and Phil Ryken donned festive apparel and joined in the fun!

In case you can't read the graphics on the shirt, the front says:

JOY: It's All About Relationships...

And the back reads:

Olsen &

New Competition

New competition has moved in. The Parish One Council is now publishing its on blog. Check out Parish One News.

Strolling Along

With the blessing of many young children, we are having a growing parking challenge - baby strollers! They are creating a hazard around the stairs near the Narthex. To help with this, we are asking families approaching the front steps with strollers to use the side alley entrance and park strollers along the west wall of Reception hall next to the nursery drop off area. This will alleviate the problem of congested stairwell areas, as well as move the strollers closer to the nursery area. Families will also not have to negotiate the front steps with strollers.

To the Lamb

Thank you to Paul Jones, the Schola Cantorum Choirs, the Tenth Church Choir, Tenth Chamber Players, and other musicians for music that moved the soul and honored the one who is the Lamb of God.

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" Revelation 5:13


Here are the questions that were asked of Jonathan and then the Session and congregation.

1. Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, to be the inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?

2. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the Confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures; and do you further promise that if at any time you find yourself out of accord with any of the fundamentals of this system of doctrine, you will on your own initiative, make known to your Presbytery the change which has taken place in your views since the assumption of this ordination vow?

3. Do you approve of the form of government and discipline of the Presbyterian Church in America, in conformity with the general principles of Biblical polity?

4. Do you promise subjection to your brethren in the Lord?

5. Have you been induced, as far as you know your own heart, to seek the office of the holy ministry from love to God and a sincere desire to promote His glory in the Gospel of His Son?

6. Do you promise to be zealous and faithful in maintaining the truths of the Gospel and the purity and peace and unity of the Church, whatever persecution or opposition may arise
unto you on that account?

7. Do you engage to be faithful and diligent in the exercise of all your duties as a Christian and a minister of the Gospel, whether personal or relational, private or public; and to endeavor by the
grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in your manner of life, and to walk with exemplary piety before the flock of which God shall make you overseer?

1. Do you, the Session of Tenth Presbyterian Church and the people of this congregation, continue to profess your readiness to receive Jonathan Olsen as Assistant Minister?

2. Do you promise to receive the word of truth from his mouth with meekness and love?

3. Do you promise to encourage him in his labors, and to assist his endeavors for your instruction and spiritual edification?

4. Do you engage to continue to him while he is your pastor that competent worldly maintenance which you have promised, and to furnish him with whatever you may see needful for the honor
of religion and for his comfort among you?

The Reverend

The Reverend Jonathan D. Olsen - has a nice sound to it.

Congratulations Jonathan for persevering through the stages of testing and confirmation of your calling to be a Minister of the Gospel. If your early years are a true indication of your calling, we look with anticipation to the further service you will render for God's kingdom.