Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Rescue Mission Report
Dear Congregation:Thank you for supporting Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission by holding a food drive. Your
effort truly makes a difference in the lives of the needy in our community.
The God of All Comfort
Woodford Seeks Caretakers
Woodford, a National Historic Landmark house museum in East Fairmount Park, seeks a caretaker couple to live on the premises rent-free in exchange for weekend guiding, light housekeeping duties, and some yard work.
Please submit a letter of interest by January 10, 2008 to: Lawrence Berger, Trustee The Naomi Wood Trust at Woodford 360 Pond View Road Devon, PA 19333
Kingdom Discipleship Report
We are in the midst of a transition to a new database - ACS. The electronic transfers are taking place now. Our administrative staff received two days of training last week. More training will be coming for all staff in March. The new system will allow more efficiency in keeping up with the continual information changes of our membership. It will also allow parish elders to more easily keep up with parish memberships and thus enhance their ability to keep in contact with members.
We continue to grow the numbers of TCAs, albeit more slowly than we like. Our goal is still to have enough to contact the whole membership by the summer. As the network of TCAs grow, we will need to provide good support for the TCAs.
David Apple led a day training seminar for our diaconate a couple of Saturdays ago. This was the foundational training session upon which he will conduct monthly brief training lessons at each diaconal meeting.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
One Year Old
Stephen Kyoh-Sung, son of In Hwan Kim and Hyunsil Chang
Davis Marischal, son of Trey and Becky Holloway
Thomas Andrew, son of Richard and Sarah Homer
Maya Grace, daughter of Jesse and Suzanne Hubley
Tayler Brinley, daughter of David and Kelly Shields
Paul's Been Working on the Railroad
Here is his latest notice:
A few more details about Saturday:
We want this event to be inclusive. We encourage men of all religions to participate. We are even reaching out to those from American Flyer and HO backgrounds.
The trains are ready. The Pennsylvania Broadway Limited is departing for points east; the Sante Fe Super Chief is leaving for points west. Meanwhile, the SEPTA trolley is making local stops. The miniature workers are standing by. The gateman comes out of his shack to warn pedestrians of approaching trains. The milkman is tossing milk cans out of his car. The cop is chasing the hobo, and the guy in the switch tower comes down the steps to meet the train. The oil derrick is contributing to the nation's energy production while the aircraft beacon warns low-flying aircraft. The drawbridge can be raised for ships coming into port. In case of medical emergencies, the helicopter will transport the injured to local hospitals.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The proceeds from the book are going to support Pastor Manurung, the Malaysian pastor whose father was a cannibal, who is now working with the Kubus, pastoring some of the very tribes that Arlita's parents ministered to.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Singapore Notebook: St. Andrew's Cathedral
Singapore is a beautiful island/city/country of nearly 5 million people. The conference was held at St. Andrew's Cathedral, a gospel-centered Anglican church in the heart of the city. The grand sanctuary was built roughly around the same time that Tenth Presbyterian Church was built in Philadelphia. The church also has a beautiful new worship facility with terraced seating, built down into the ground, as well as (this is rare for Singapore) beautiful green space around the central buildings.
What really excited me, though, was the subway station that is located virtually on the church property. Downtown commuters stream up the escalators and exit directly adjacent to the church's all-glass visitor center. St. Andrew's does a wonderful job of presenting the gospel in their written materials, and also of inviting passers-by to come into the church for rest, reflection, and meditation. Few things quicken my pulse as much as a gospel-centered church in the heart of the city, and it was encouraging to see St. Andrew's taking advantage of its golden opportunities for evangelism. One of my own parishioners was there on a recent Sunday and reports that the church was full for multiple services (the new worship center seats perhaps 800).
I was pleased and perhaps somewhat surprised to see the church fully outfitted with the English Standard Version -- another promising sign for Bible-teaching ministry. And it was good to see St. Andrew's sharing its facilities with Singapore Youth for Christ and other Christian ministries, thereby serving the wider church.
The Story of Dori
Brandon Page, the new music teacher at The Christian Academy in Brookhaven, PA, and his wife and young son are in desperate need of a vehicle. Their 98 Chevy just died, needing new head gaskets which is a repair more costly than the worth of the car. Brandon and his wife are in no position to buy a new car, however, I was hoping someone at Tenth might have a car they'd be willing to donate or at least loan to Brandon and his wife. Alternatively, perhaps someone with mechanical abilities would be willing to donate the time and parts to repair the car? Brandon and his wife recently moved to this area from Indiana and are living with the principal at TCA while they try to sell their house in the Midwest. Anyone interested in helping out this family, please contact Sarah Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
New Communicant Members
Mr. Benjamin Paul Carter
Miss Erica Bonell Elzey
Miss Michaela Margit Fallon
Miss Alina Danelle Figueroa
Miss Ayanna Elise Gardner
Miss Mayim B. Kim
Mr. Quinn Jon Laidig
Miss Adjoa Mante
Miss Julia Mia Peterman
Miss Kirsten Elisabeth Ryken
Mr. Nathan Sherwood Taylor
The Sunday evening service will have child care (3 and under). The Monday service will not.
We are providing webcast also for the Family Christmas service on Monday at 4:30. No childcare. Gates open at 4:00.
Parking available for Monday services according to "Special Events" on the back of your parking placard.
c/o Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
6E, Room 1934
Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104