Friday, June 06, 2008

Lisa R. sent Bike Race info for Sunday, too!

The bike race on Sunday will close the Parkway and Kelly Drive.

Windy Report

The wind has not stopped blowing since we've arrived in north Texas, which is fine since it keeps the 90+ temperatures easy to bear. Last night had fried catfish to add to the Tex-Mex diet. Hope everyone has a good time at the church picnic tomorrow.

From Sylvia D. re Odunde

This Sunday, June 8, the annual Odunde Festival will take place on South Street from 23rd Street to the Schuylkill River. While the festival does not start till noon, we have always found that the morning preparations make getting to church along South Street hard and full of detours. I would suggest that any one coming from West of the Schuylkill or who normally uses the South Street Exit from theSchuylkill Expressway to get to church take an alternate route and avoid using South Street or coming up via Grey's Ferry, which will also put you in the middle of the festival. Also, avoid coming home from church via Lombard and the South Street Bridge Exit, as the "river walk" part of the festival, which involves the South Street Bridge is scheduled for 12 to 1:30 that day.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Church Picnic

More than 150 people are signed up for the picnic. It's not too late if you would still like to come. Scroll down through Marion's blog for a posting with all the details.

Peaceful Report

No phone calls to return, no emails to answer, a good book to read...This is a vacation.

Parents in the know about Maranatha Partnerships

For parents of team members involved in the Maranatha Summer Partnership projects, an information time will be held on Sunday, June 15 at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. We will have details on drop off and pick up times and locations, emergency numbers, etc.

Maranatha goes artistic

Sunday, June 15, members of the Spruce Hill/City Church teams will be working on art and craft projects for their two weeks. So come ready to work from 4 - 6 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Nursery training

A nursery training session is being conducted on June 15, 9:00 am, in 1701 Delancey, 3East. Any new nursery workers should attend. Please contact Lisa Ryken for information.

Why not W.O.W?

With soaring gas prices who can afford to take the family on a world wide trip? But staying in Philly doesn't mean your kids can't explore new vistas. Bring them Sunday nights to Wide Open World, that's W.O.W. for short, and let them glimpse what God is doing in the world. With classes for kids in preschool through sixth grade, this global outreach education program will give them a chance to learn songs in other languages, hear first hand reports from our partners, and learn about God's heart for the nations. Plus, there's free ice cream.

Apartment for Rent (Near Tenth!)

Nice 3 Bedroom-1 bath first level of home for rent. 3 1/2 blocks from Tenth. Central Heat/Air, Washer/Dryer, Gas fireplace, Gas stove, refrigerator. partial hardwood floor, tile kitchen, carpeted bedrooms. Nice, spacious walk-in closet in one of the bedrooms. Extra storage area downstairs and in the cellar. $1500.00 plus utilities. Utilities averaged $180.00 a month. Please contact Nick Batzig at or 215-510-5615.

Traveling Report

I am at my sister's house a few miles outside Ft. Worth, looking over 30 acreas of fields and trees. Ginger and I head out later to be with friends, the Friersons, who live on Lake Texoma. David pastors Sherwood Presbyterian Church. Then next week we all head back to Dallas for General Assembly.

Last night we went to the Love and War Restaurant. I ate "wild boar roast." (I don't think the boar was really wild, but it was tasty.) On the plane we sat by a woman with a family travel business. I moved so her 92 year old mother could sit with her, and they both, of course, enjoyed Ginger's company the rest of the trip. Ginger also befriended a young soon-to-be military man at the airport. Really, I can't take her anywhere without her thinking of how to encourage anybody she sees. I've tried to teach her my technique of sticking my head in a book, but it's not working.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Going to Texas

I will be gone for the next two weeks beginning tomorrow. Ginger and I fly out to Dallas and meet up with some friends who have a church on Lake Texoma. Then we go to General Assembly in Dallas. I will be serving on the PCA Retirement and Benefits Committee. Carroll will be on the Covenant College Committee. Phil is preaching that Wednesday evening, and Paul Tripp will be teaching several seminars. Afterward GA, Ginger and I will head to Houston to visit our daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Lucas Hilliard (and Peanut, their Pug).

Still expect to hear from me, especially during General Assembly. I'll try to post reports. If you would like something posted, email Dot ( or Nancy (

Saturday Picnic

The church picnic is this Saturday. Yes, this Saturday! Present weather forecast from KYW is partly sunny with temperatures in the high 80's. Call in to Nancy and let her know you will be coming. Location is the Garrett-Willamson Estate near Newtown Square.

Bring a picnic supper. Bring your own grills, food, and cooking utensils. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Plan to eat around 5:00 pm. No pets please. There is a swimming pool. Bring sports equipment for softball, soccer, volleyball, and possibly basketball.

Follow Route 3 (West Chester Pike) to the first light past Route 252.
Turn left at the light onto Bishop Hollow Road, and follow the road for 1 mile.
The entrance to the estate is on the right. Follow the road to the parking lot.

45th and Baltimore Ave house to share

45th and Baltimore Ave house to share: I'm a young professional looking for 3 other Christian women to share a lovely 4-bedroom house in University City. Here are some brief details on my current home: Available August 1 for 1-yr lease. $520-$540/mo. (depending on room) + utilities. Sunny and spacious home with a shared kitchen (with d/w), living + dining areas, 3 full baths, and washer/dryer. House also has a 2nd floor balcony, sun room, front garden area and off-street parking (two spots). One block from #34 trolley stop. Within Penn transit and 10 mins from #42 bus route on Spruce St. Easy commute to nearby universities (Penn, Drexel, USP) + Center City. Neighborhood is clean, quiet, tree-lined and family-oriented. Nearby amenities include Clark Park, supermarket, restaurants, theatres and cafes. If interested, please contact Ama for more details.