Saturday, December 20, 2008

Women's Epiphany Tea

Join Paula Rinehart, counselor and women's author, January 10, 1:30 - 5pm for an Epiphany Tea. Her books-- Sex & the Soul of a Woman; Strong Women, Soft Hearts; Better Than My Dreams-- have topped reading lists of women across the country. Women's Ministry of Springton Lake Presbyterian Church in Newtown Square. Suggested donation of $10.00. Music: Keety Dolfe, Curtis graduate in Harp. To register email Donna Narron and give your name, phone number and church. For more information, visit "Women's Ministries".

Advent Story 5: A Fearful Prophecy

The child would not be born in my lifetime. The Spirit revealed that my message was for you...more

Friday, December 19, 2008

Name That Sermon

I know, like football, you shouldn't look past the next Sunday sermon, but since I will be preaching, it's okay. The sermon title is "Yet God." Now, do you know by the title what sermon of Dr. Boice I am giving a nod to? Only long-time Tenth vets would have heard it, but you may have spotted it in a commentary. My wife knows because of her Bible study.

Delancey lobby copier out of service through December 22

This is to let you know that the lobby copier will be out of service over the weekend. The technician had to order a part (and it ran for awhile with a rubber band). But they can’t come and service the machine again until the part comes in Monday (and we don’t know what time of the day).

You may want to plan ahead and copy elsewhere for this weekend. The fourth floor copier is functioning, but you may need to anticipate heavy use. I will load it up with paper and have more ready on the shelves there.

Prayer and Play


Just a reminder that this Saturday's prayer breakfast and playtime with the Lionels is an inclusive event. Men of all religions are welcome and encouraged to attend. We even reach out to men from American Flyer backgrounds.

Note: you must pray before you play. We shamelessly promote a 'pray before you play' culture.

Please RSVP at if you would like to attend. (8:30 AM this Saturday at the Reimolds in Havertown.)


Advent Story 4: Good News

We may have been fools, but we were fools willing to listen and to believe and to obey...more

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Read My Dog Lips

Even you non dog lovers will laugh. Check out the talking dogs.

Budget Update

For the purpose of prayer, and also to help our members exercise good stewardship in their year-end giving, I (Phil Ryken) write to give you a brief update on our financial situation....more

Left Field Psalm

"I love Psalm 91 : 'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. ' I love Psalm 40, as well. Lately, if I'm strapped for time, I can at least read one of the Psalms. I really enjoy them. But the 91st Psalm, I'll rattle it off in my head. "
Raul Ibanez, the Phillies new left fielder

Advent Story 3: A Good Kick

It is easy enough to make hearts feel things. It is hard to make a permanent change in them...more

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Home Show

Tenth Men... Stay Out of The Dog House This Holiday!

Studio47West Jewelry (a Tenth member business) is having a Holiday Home Show this Friday, December 19, 2008 and Saturday, December 20, 2008 - from 5pm to 9pm. The location is 47 West Stewart Avenue, Lansdowne PA (parish 3) ...or call us for an awesome appointment.... Quick. Painless. Rewarding.

Phone: (610) 626-1245 (daytime wk); (610) 626-4770 (voicemail)
or E-mail:

We gift Wap! Credit Cards Accepted.


What do get when you have a Canadian police car chasing a Canadian getaway car? See for yourself.

Advent Story 2: A Proud Father

I am proud of my son. But I know now there is a Father even more proud of his Son...more

Daily Bible Reading Guide

On December 28, and afterwards, we will have copies of a Daily Bible Reading Guide as an aid to personal devotions. Copies will be in the lobbies. I believe the guide was prepared by our senior minister.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nursing Home Caroling

The ACT Nursing Home Ministry will be caroling this Saturday, December 20. Vocalists and instrumentalists are invited to meet at Penn Center for Rehab, 36th and Chestnut at noon and, afterward, proceed to Liberty Court, 16th and Lombard. To sign-up contact Andy Stapleton,

Advent Story 1: A Good Story

I stand in the presence of God, but it was before a babe in a manger that I learned human fear (the first of five advent stories)...more

CCA/SHCS Choir to Perform at Liberty Place

Come support CCA/SHCS students as they perform at Liberty Place on Wednesday, December 16th at 12 noon. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to minister through meaningful Christmas songs for those who come to the food court during their lunch break. You'll find the choir with their music director, Ruth Naomi Floyd, at the Christmas tree!

The Plight of Turkish Christians

Two recently published pieces help us understand the difficulties facing Turkish Christians.

Christianity Today reports Turkey's Ministry of Education has introduced a new textbook for grade schoolers which warns them to beware of Christians because their activities pose a "threat to national unity by destroying national and cultural values through converting people to another religion." The text "warns children of the subversive aims of missionaries" and gives "tips on how to recognise their activities." You can read the article here.

Compass Direct publicizes a report filed by the Alliance of Protestant Churches of Turkey detailing how it is nearly impossible for a congregation to have its meeting place zoned as a "Place of Worship." Without that zoning, their meetings are illegal. To read the article, click here.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Silence. How easy it is to go through a day literally without one minute of silence...more

Play It Again!

Dear Paul,

The Advent Carol, sung by the Men's Choir yesterday, must become a Tenth tradition. Please see that it is sung every year. The only change is to double the number of men. The combining of "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" with "Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending," brought forth clearly our joy in the first advent and our hope in the second to come.

Marion Clark
Executive Minister

Bulletin information due early!

Deadlines (moved up due to holidays) for bulletin announcements:
for 12/21: Monday, 12/15
for 12/28: Wednesday, 12/17
for 1/4: Friday, 12/19

Birth announcements and other prayer items—send as soon as you can; we'll accommodate if we can.

Phil-Mont Winter Tours

Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy (Pre-K–12) is hosting Winter Tours on Tuesday, January 13, and Thursday, February 12. Registration is at 8:45 am, and tours leave promptly at 9:00 am. Please contact the Admissions Office or 215.233.1385 to reserve your spot. The school is at 35 Hillcrest Ave., Erdenheim, PA 19038.

Boice Video

I am looking for copies of video of James Boice, especially any that present him preaching. Those of you from other churches reading this, please check your archives, if Dr. Boice preached in your churches. We will collect these for Tenth's archives.

Welcome, Annabelle!

Angie and Jamin Ferner (and Doris and Ron Ferner) are happy to announce the birth of Annabelle on Friday, December 12.

6 - 0

So, I went to the diaconal Christmas party Saturday night at the Warburtons. To my pleasure I discovered a ping pong table in the basement.

"Bert, (eh, eh, eh) care for a friendly game of ping pong?"

Two games we played. Two games he went down.

Gus comes over and wants to get in.

Two games we played. Two games he went down.

Then, Phil "I can't resist a challenge" Ryken came in.

Two games we played. Two games he went down.

I was told that Patrick Addo was the man who can't be beat. Let it be known that I approached him with a challenge. He had "to eat" first and then conveniently was busy the rest of the evening.