Friday, August 29, 2008

Book Collecting

We want to build a collection of books by Tenth ministers for our archives. Presently we are working on Dr. Boice's collection. I suppose we could purchase copies, but we would like first to see what may be out there among the Tenth members and friends to contribute. If you have copies you are willing to donate, dash me ( or Dot Boersma ( a note. Click here to see the list and what we need.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

No Training Tonight

My interview with Carroll tonight, alas, is being postponed. Workers are installing the organ cabinet and speakers into the evening. I'll let you know when the next talk is scheduled.

All hands on deck!

The front "deck" of Grace House, that is! This Saturday, from 9 am until mid-afternoon, all Tenth members and attenders who can wield a paintbrush or sand a plank are invited to the Grace House in Upper Darby. Many hands will make light work of sanding and varnishing the front porch and other light maintenance tasks.

The Grace House is easily accessible from 69th Street Station. Lunch will be provided. To sign up, email me,

With the Lord

Tenth member, Reginald Hayes, died Monday and is now with his Lord in glory. Reggie joined the church two years ago and lived in Bear, DE. His widow, Gwen, may be sent cards at 53 Grand Teton Drive, Bear, DE 19701.

Funeral services will be held this Saturday, August 30, 12:00 at Consolation Baptist Church. There will be a viewing from 10-12:00. Consolation Baptist is at 2500 Wharton Street in South Philadelphia.

Moving and painting help needed

A woman new to Tenth is just moving to Philadelphia/Center City and looking for two or three strong guys to help move furniture and also paint; willing to pay. Move-in date is September 3 at 10:30 A.M. Contact her.

Deaconesses Discussed

byFaith magazine has printed two articles on the subject of deaconesses by Tim Keller and Ligon Duncan.

Are Presbyterians Catholic?

A question was asked about why we use the term "catholic" in the Apostles Creed line: "I believe in the holy catholic church."

The term "catholic" means broad or universal. Here is the definition given from the Random House dictionary:

1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.

Thus, to believe in the holy catholic church is to acknowledge the universal church made up of all true believers in Christ.

DVWM Offer

This was sent to me:

News Release: Free Venison Offer by Delaware Valley Wildlife Managament

If you know of anyone who would like to pick up a whole not processed deer (venison), send us an email. Delaware Valley Wildlife Management Association is managing whitetail deer populations on private land in many areas of Southeastern Montgomery County and donates hundreds of deer annually to individuals and charitable organizations. Deer will be available from the mid-September opener until the season ends in late January '09. All deer will be field dressed and ready for pick up at several area locations. If you have any interest, or know of individuals who would appreciate our program, just send us your phone number and you'll be put on the list to call. These are legally harvested and ready for butchering.

Thank you,
Delaware Valley Wildlife Management
Phone : 1-888-237-1290

Going to the Chapel

Cresheim Valley Church begins worship services at the Chapel at Chestnut Hill Academy August 31. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Chestnut Hill Academy is located at 500 W. Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Parking is also available on Springfield Avenue, parallel to Willow Grove Avenue. This has been necessitated by attendance, which has grown to about 150. They will have a Commencement Service to begin the new ministry at CHA on Sunday, September 7 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Women’s Support Group: CVC is sponsoring a support group for women dealing with abuse (past or present) beginning September 21. If you’re interested in joining, contact Heather Nelson ( .

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wynne Interview

For my elder training session on Hospital Visitation Thursday night, I am bringing in the pastor who is a legend-in-his-own-time for making such visits. I will be interviewing Carroll Wynne. I don't know how many times in conversation with Tenth members about their hospital experiences, they make the statement, "And then Carroll came..." followed by an account of what he did for them.

You may listen in by going to the webcast on Tenth's website ( at 8:00 pm Thursday night.

Esperanza positions available

Esperanza Health Center has several critical hiring needs, including Primary Care Physician or Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, and Counselor. Part-time and full-time volunteers are needed as well. For more information, please contact Richard Rohrer.

On the Road...

Here is a video clip taken during the Colombian Team's two hour ride to Santa Marta from Barranquilla, compiled and edited by Kaya Casper who was part of the team.

A Visit to Comcast

I want to be a computer programmer at Comcast! Just finished having lunch with Amit Easow on the 44th floor of the Comcast building (with Ginger and friends). What an amazing building on the inside, and the views are awesome. But I especially like his work routine.

9-10 - Come in, check email, favorite websites
10-10:15 - Work
10:15-11:00 - Snack break in the Game Room; play billiards
11-11:15 - Work
11:15-11:30 - Ride the elevators for exercise
11:30-1:30 - Lunch on the 44th floor
1:30-1:45 - Check email and favorite websites
1:45-2:00 - Work
2-3 - Back to Game Room; rest on bean bags, then prepare for ping pong tournament
3-3:15 - Work
3:15-4 - Exercise mind with XBox 360
4-4:30 - Work
4:30-5 - Prepare to leave
5 - End of day

This is the life!

Nursery workers, pick up fall schedules

Nursery workers, pick up fall schedules at the nursery desk if you have not already done so.

Ordination, Moving, Having a Baby

He made it thr0ugh his written examinations. He passed his oral examinations before committee. Now, he has one more examination to pass, this time on the floor of presbytery. Trusting that he will lead the final hurdle presbytery's September 12 meeting, we are planning an ordination service for Chris Seah at the September 28 evening worship. Afterwards, he and Robin will move to Singapore to begin a pastorate there at Providence Church. Oh...and in one week Robin is due to deliver their first baby!

Day of Prayer

This Sunday we observe our quarterly Day of Prayer. Pray-ers will meet in Fellowship Hall during the 9:00 hour and in the first floor rear room in the 315 Building. Jonathan Olsen will lead the 9:00 time, and I will lead the 11:00 portion.

Jonathan has already demonstrated his ability to get prayer results. Yesterday, he prayed for the Phillies to overcome a 7-0 deficit against the Mets...

Organ Progress

You should notice progress this Sunday being made in the choir loft. The casement for the speakers are going up. Work seems to be progressing on time. Check the Capital Campaign blog for pictures of the old organ and its removal. The link is on the right hand column.

Fall Kickoff Picnic: Time Change

Tenth's First Annual Fall Kickoff Picnic: Saturday, Sept. 13

Due to a nationally televised Phillies game that will affect traffic and parking in South Philly, we're moving the time of the Fall Kickoff Picnic to 11am-3pm. The picnic will be at FDR Park (at Broad & Pattison). Email Anne ( to register a team for the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

Everyone is welcome, and there's no need to register in advance. Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors!!

There will be face-painting, juggling, wiffleball and/or softball, relay races, and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament (you must pre-register to participate in the tournament). There is also tennis, but you must bring your own equipment.

Burgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided; but please bring the following to share--
If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a side dish (pasta salad, potato salad, etc.)
If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring a dessert

If you have any questions, email Anne (

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome, Nolan!

Justin and Kate Mills are pleased to announce that at 11:38am on Friday, August 15, they welcomed Nolan Gabriel into the world. He was 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long. He has his dad's blond hair and his mom's dimples.

Babysitter/Nanny Looking for Work

Victoria Chapman, a new Tenth attender living in Center City, sent this in:

Part time college student looking for Nannying/Babysitting position. Available Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, all day, and Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3pm. Open to doing both days and evenings. Very in demand babysitter since age 11. Loves children and prefers taking care of them rather than an ordinary run of the mill job! Reliable, fun, creative, and caring. Open to watching all ages, and has extensive experience from birth - young teens. Very comfortable watching more than one child at a time, and also taking the kids to the park, playground, museum, etc. Excellent references, available upon request. Please email or call with any questions! Victoria - (815) 761-4565 or

House for Rent

Melynda Feeney is renting her house. Here are the details:

1821 Webster Street (Graduate Hospital area)
2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house
$1450 per month
Available for immediate occupancy
Hardwood pine/cherry floors; new carpeting; washer/dryer; basement; small backyard
All pets welcome!

The property is being offered furnished, but if tenants would prefer to use their own furniture, I am willing to clear it out. The house is perfect for a small family or for two housemates.

Interested parties should contact me at 215-840-6002 or

Body Image Seminar

Body Image: ONE DAY SEMINAR ONLY - taught by Julie Smith Lowe

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Venue: Rust Auditorium at Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (lunch on your own)
Cost: $99

Everyone is bombarded with the message that physical beauty is paramount. The price for flawlessness is often steep - eating disorders, body dysmorphia, self-hatred, and the like. Learn how to stop listening to other voices and turn instead to our Creator to define your value and identity. This seminar is designed for parents, youth workers, pastors, teachers and anyone in a professional field working with young people who may encounter these issues. Please note that this seminar is for people 18 years of age and older.


Babysitter Needed

Steve and Tina Masters are looking for someone to babysit mid-afternoon through (potentially) early evening in Ardmore on Tues/Wed/Thurs during the school year. There would be a lot of scheduling flexibility available. The individual needs to be able to drive. Anyone who's interested in more information may call Tina at 215-620-7013.

Of Blank Screens

Construction is such fun. If any of you tried to view the service in any of the overflow rooms yesterday, you found only blank screens. Evidently, in the midst of the deconstruction phase of construction, some cable got cut/disconnected/axed. We trust we will have the problem remedied by next Sunday. Ah...there's nothing new under the sun.

Lavatory News

Well, we made it through the first Sunday with Porta-potty Alley. I don't know if any women tried their two luxury boxes next to the nursery. Someone asked how often our covenience boxes will be emptied. My understanding is every Monday. The Catacombs bathroom project is likely to take two months. Hey, be glad the work is not being done in the middle of winter.