Friday, January 25, 2008


Parents who have children staying in childcare during the Congregational Meeting, don't forget to bring a lunch for your kids!

Prayer Requests

Do you want prayer for your friends and family who do not know the Lord? Do you want prayer for yourself as you witness? Then email Faith Mayes at She will see that your requests are presented to the Evangelistic Prayer group that meets every Friday from 12:15-12:45. You are welcomed to drop in on the prayer time any Friday, which meets in Phil Ryken's study.

Proverbial CCC

City College and Career meets after the 11:00 worship service for food, fellowship, and teaching. Presently they are going through the book of Proverbs. You can see what they are teaching each week by going to their website (see right hand link). Click "What We are Thinking" to see the weekly postings of their lessons. Robert Polen and Luke Herche lead this group.


Philadelphia Alive Center for Transformation (PACT) is proud to present our new partnership with the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS). Starting on Friday, February 1, 2008, PACT officials will facilitate the following weekend intensive courses:

Engaging the Culture through Effective Prison Ministry
Class Dates: February 1 and 2; February 22 and 23
Class Times: Fridays 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A process of how the body of Christ can effectively engage our culture through prison ministry; this includes a brief study on the criminal and restorative justice process, an in-depth look at prison structure and sub-culture policies and procedures, responding to the challenges and opportunities in working with wardens and chaplains and how prison ministry impacts all other ministries.

Engaging the Culture through Effective Prison Ministry Aftercare (March 7 & 8; April 4 & 5)
Class Dates: March 7 and 8; April 4 and 5
Class Times: Fridays 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A comprehensive study on prison ministry reentry and aftercare process and how to develop strategic skills for individuals and church-based groups on methods of engaging and ministering to inmates and ex-offenders, their families, their communities, and others with an effort to create positive prison-release experiences.

These courses are open to CUTS students and to the general public. Non-CUTS students must pay a $75.00 registration fee. The PACT classes will take place at Deliverance Evangelical Church located at 2001 West Lehigh Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19132 • 215-226-7600

Contact Center for Urban Theological Studies located 1300 W. Hunting Park Avenue • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140 • 215-329-5400 or Michael Gaskins of Philadelphia Alive Center for Transformation • 215-287-4723 • 866-OUR-PACT (687-7228) •

Deacon Training

David Apple is leading diaconal training this spring using Tim Keller's Deacon Training Course.

Dates: Saturdays - March 22, April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

The training is open to everyone who would like to attend. Email David at to register.

Prayer Request

Keep in prayer Ray Watrous whose father passed away Thursday morning.

Wednesday Room Needed

Michael Harer, who formerly worshipped at Tenth before moving, is a social worker who is getting a degree at CCEF/Westminster. He needs to find a place to stay overnight on Wednesdays beginning February 6 through April 30. If you can help, contact him at

Congregational Meeting

Don't forget the congregational meeting this Sunday following the 11:00 service in the sanctuary. The purpose is to vote on the Session's recommendation to conduct a capital campaign. If you need a refresher on what the campaign entails, click here and then click "Projects and Costs."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Drew DiNardo's Installation

Pictures from Drew DiNardo's installation service as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Margate, FL.

Sparrows Saturday

Sparrows will be having our winter event this Saturday, January 26 in Fellowship Hall from 1:00-3:00. Sparrows in an intergenerational ministry for women, teen gals and girls ages five and up. Teens and women are especially encouraged to come to assist the younger girls with the craft.

Earline Schmid (the Bible School attendance taker!), will be our devotional speaker. Our craft will be making tea candle holders with glass jars, tissue paper, ribbon and modpodge! The tea candles are included too!

There will be coffee, juice and snacks to enjoy as our projects dry. No reservation is needed for this event...just come! If you have any questions about Sparrows you can contact Dori at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ASL Class

Monday, January 28, is the last day to register for the free ASL class at Tenth. Class will be on six Sundays, 4:30–6:00 pm, beginning February 3 in Delancey, 1West. Adults and school age children will learn conversation, songs, and Bible vocabulary. Contact Jodi at

Ping Pong Challenge

I reported after Christmas that the Rykens had a ping pong table. I think it belongs to Josh. I am a little surprised that I have not received an invitation to come over and play a game. If Josh and his Dad have the confidence to do so, let it be known that my daughter Sarah and I challenge them to a best-out-of-three match.

Children at Prayer

Check out Cora's latest blog entry about the Children's Prayer Network.

Evening Service

The new evening service has gotten off to a good start attendance wise. Attendance typically runs between the mid-200's up to low-300's. We have had over 400 each evening. Interesting how going to an older tradition of worship has resulted in an increase of modern worshippers.


Looks like a tough Sunday ahead.

Morning sermon: "A Real Tragedy."
Evening sermon: "A Danger to Yourself."

It remains to be seen if these are sermon topics or sermon descriptions!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

When you don't know how to pray...

A recent prayer calendar from OMF International offered this helpful advice:

When you are puzzled about how to pray for people you don't know and who are far away, remember that their needs are similar to yours. Pray for Christians with unbelieving spouses, for those struggling to be good parents, for single adults wanting to find a Christian spouse and for those wanting the share the gospel with others.

Turkey Education Event

For those interested in Turkey, you may be intereseted in this upcoming event:

The Turkish Student Association is sponsoring a talk by Roger Allen: "Intrigue in Istanbul: A 19th Century Egyptian Account"

Thursday, January 24, 4:30 PM, Room 245, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, U. of Penn

Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature and chairs the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Spreading Good Music

I was interested to hear from Paul Jones that 10,000 cds of Hymns for a Modern Reformation have gone out, and 30,000 copies of the hymnbook. For info about the hymns and how to order, click here.

Sunday Singing

Next Sunday morning's hymn selection:
4 - All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above
184 - The King of Love My Shepherd Is
493 - We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought

We come to the last psalm in our Responsive Reading - Psalm 150.

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 1-11
Sermon: Solomon's Folly

Sunday Sermon

My sermon from Sunday, "In Humility," is now posted at DMC Messages. Both morning and evening services are posted at the webcast. Click Tenth Church, then follow the link to "Listen to Sermons/Webcast."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Summer Partnerships

Maranatha unveiled eight projects for the summer! Detail can be seen at