Friday, September 28, 2007

Sunday Run

This Sunday will be The Parkway Run, a 5K Running event and 2K Family Fun Walk that follows the Ben Franklin Parkway and West River Drive. 7:00 am - Registration Opens; 8:30 am - 5K Run begins followed by the Family Fun Walk; 9:45 am - Award Ceremony and Raffle Drawing.

Top Memory

Read the story of how two Tenth members made the Top 75 Eagles Fans Moments.

Prayer Request

Fortunately for Jonathan Olsen, today is his day off. I don't think he could handle Phillies Fever and work at the same time. Pray for him to handle the nervous tension over the next three days. Or better, pray for Rachel to handle the nervous tension of being in the house with Jonathan this weekend. I saw her this morning walking briskly into town.

Proverbial Milestone

I have passed a milestone for me. I have started chapter 26 of Proverbs today in the A Proverb a Day devotional (link on the right). The devotions started May 23, 2005. At this rate, I should finish sometime in March.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

In Front

Carroll sent in these quotes taken from a popular teen magazine:

33.35 Days per year the average 13- to 17- year-old spends in front of a television set or movie screen.

39.48 Days per year the average 35- to 54-year-old spends in front of a television set or movie screen.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Chapel Blogging

So, look who is blogging. I think they should have a link to mine.

Invisible Cathedrals

Phil recommends the following article on motherhood and cathedrals.

Mercy Workshop

Here is one more notice about this Saturday's workshop on ministering to at-risk persons.

Learn how to take the risk out of ministry and replace fear with confidence at the Saturday, September 29 Ministry Seminar, 9am-noon at Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey St., Center City Philly. Sponsored by Tenth and MercyNet. Registration at the door $5. For information, contact Dr. David Apple, Director of Mercy Ministries,

Anyone involved in a mercy ministry will find this helpful.

Congregational Meeting

Don't forget the Congregational Meeting this coming Sunday. It will follow the 11:00 service.

Childcare will be available. Please pack a lunch for your child. You must pre-register by Thursday, September 27, providing the following information:
Name and Phone/Email
Number of children 3 and under (will be in Reception Hall nursery area)
Number of children age 4–grade 6 (will be in Catacombs; Maranatha will provide activities)

You will have time for a light snack between the worship service and meeting.

Bring with you the capital campaign report you received in the mail.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Welcome, Maya!

Jesse and Sue Hubley announce the birth of a baby girl at 12:20 this morning. Her name is Maya Grace Hubley, 7 lbs and healthy. Mom and baby are doing well (as are dad and sister Sarah).

CCA Report

Seth Cohen sent the CCA/SHCS Board a report on admissions. CCA surpassed the admissions goal for a total of 87 students. Of more significance, that total was reached having declined 19 applicants who were determined as not prepared. This should help the further goal of retaining students throughout the year, though is only one piece of a full program. Other pieces include a mentoring groups headed by faculty, an opening two-day retreat to build school unity and a positive culture, the addition of a school chaplain (Intern Andrew Duncan), and new initiatives to address behavioral and academic concerns quickly.

Rizalina Gonzales

Popeng Elliott's mother, Rizalina Gonzales, died Sunday night after an extensive illness. The viewing and funeral will be in Marlton NJ. Viewing is Friday, September 29, 7-9 at the Bradley Funeral Home.
Funeral is Saturday, September 29, at 10AM at St. Joan of Arc RC Church at 101 Evans Road Marlton , New Jersey 08053.

Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm Happy

A contented Tom Homer, son of Richard and Sarah.

Erickson Rojas in Concert

Many considered him to be the highlight of last year's Music Around the World concert. He is back for a solo performance this Friday night, 7:30, in the sanctuary. He is Erickson Rojas who spent many young years here at Tenth. Here is a bio:

Erickson Rojas was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. He studies piano under the legendary Leon Fleisher in the graduate performance diploma program at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where, as a scholarship student, he completed his master of music degree. Prior to entering Peabody, he studied with Distinguished Professor Dr. Samuel Hsu at the Philadelphia Biblical University. There he received his bachelor degrees in both Music/Piano Performance and Biblical Science. Initially, Mr. Rojas attended Cuba's Olga Alonzo, Paulita Concepcion, and A.G. Caturla conservatories. Later in the USA he studied at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Madame Eleanor Sokoloff. He also received private studies from the renowned pianists Charles Abramovic and Susan Starr. Other lessons and master classes were taken from Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, and Jorge Luis Prats, among others.

Mr. Rojas began studying the instrument at the age of eight, and made his solo debut in Cuba in 1991, when he won his first competition. Since then he has been the winner of numerous awards and honors, including first prize in Cuba's Amadeo Roldan and U.N.E.A. Competitions. As a child prodigy, Mr. Rojas has been featured in a story on CNN, as well as in various international radio and television broadcasts, including performances on the Telemundo and Univision networks. In Pennsylvania, he won the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competions, among others. He has perfomed with the Orchestra of the University of Yucatan (Mexico), the Olney Symphony Orchestra, and the PBU Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Rojas is the music director and organist at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Philadelphia. In addition to piano, he enjoys studying organ, percussio, conducting, theology, and philosophy.

Here's to...

I have noted before a significant movement of young Tenth members moving into the city, particularly in the SOSS (South of South Street) area. I applaud the their commitment and love for the city. All the more then I want to acknowledge an earlier group of young Tenth members who did the same thing when that area of the city was not a hot spot. I am thinking of the City Light/Impact fellowships led by Glenn McDowell who himself literally invested in the housing market in that area. Bruce and Susan McDowell also moved onto a street that would not have been considered safe. I think of two other members - one who defended his door from being beaten down and another attacked just outside her door. So here is a belated thanks to you who in a sense were ahead of your time. May your vision see its fulfillment in this day.

Bill Krispin Retires

Bill Krispin has announced his retirement as Executive Director of CityNet. Click here for more information. The following is from Bill:

As CityNet enters its seventh year of ministry, the winds of change are blowing. Early this summer I informed the Board of my intention to step down as the Executive Director to begin a season of part-time ministry. In my new capacity I will serve the ministry as an advisor, a
teacher in the Leadership Training Program, and an author for several writing projects. Following my retirement announcement the Board unanimously approved Zachary Ritvalsky as the Interim Executive Director. Zack will work two days per week overseeing the staff and coordinating, for the Board, a planning initiative focused on the future direction of CityNet. Zack
comes to CityNet with experience in both pastoral ministry and corporate planning. He holds an M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary and he is currently the Teaching Pastor at Sweet Union Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Additionally, he has 16
years of diversified corporate experience ranging from construction and project management
to financial systems implementation. Zack grew up in Philadelphia and is married to Cherie,
his wife of fourteen years. They have two daughters, Kristy and Ilana.

Hope Saturday

The Pastors Prayer Fellowship of South Philadelphia and The Worship & Watch Fellowship of South Philadelphia will be sponsoring "HOPE SATURDAY" a community outreach this coming Saturday, September 29th, at the Vare Recreation Center, 2:00pm, at 26th and Morris/Moore Streets in South Philadelphia.

This will be a fun filled neighborhood event seeking to bring hope in the face of life's tough situations. There will be live music and entertainment, children's activities, games, moon bouncing and free food.

Of course, there will be Gospel messages and personal testimonies throughout the day as well as opportunities for one-on-one evangelism. There will also be a prayer tent for people who would like prayer and information for various helps as needed.
If you would like more information regarding this event, contact Joe Welch at