Friday, January 09, 2009

Really, Big Field Trip

Thanks to Andrew Duggan we can pass on that both this Saturday morning and next WHYY will run a 9 a.m. special on Turkey. Billed as "Exploring Turkey's history, geography, language and art, from the perspectives of young American tourists," it should be a great follow up on the 2008 Global Outreach conference. As Andrew, who entered the kid's art contest, noted, "Mom, can I watch that on Saturday? It would be good to learn some more about the country I made the art for."

ELIC is coming to Tenth—Saturday, January 17

Do you have a heart for countries like China, Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam? Join ELIC on Saturday, January 17, 10:00 am–1:00 pm (lunch provided), in Fellowship Hall at Tenth to find out how you can be a part ELIC’s work! Email Erin or call her at 800.505.3542.

Welcome, Elisha!

Danny and Attee Bombaro are pleased to announce the birth this morning of Elisha Job, 7 1/2 lbs. Baby and mother are doing well.

Richard John Neuhaus

Richard John Neuhaus, author of The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, has died...more

Thursday, January 08, 2009

2009 parking update

The 2009 parking placard will be inserted in Sunday's bulletin. Notable changes:

  • As previously announced, we no longer have parking on the 1800 block of Lombard.
  • The lot rate at 17th and Pine has gone up to $7.
  • We also have 2 other lots—see website for details.

Bible Study Leaders Needed

ACTS Fellowship Bible Study needs men to help lead the Friday evening study at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 42nd and Pine Street, University City. Contact Kevin Little, or David Allen,

Back with Pictures

Phil is back! A few photos from his trip.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Global Partner

Ed, one of our global partners, has been working with Wycliffe in West Asia. He is currently back in the States and will be traveling later this month for lingustics training. In the meantime, he is staying in the Philadelphia area. Here are some opportunies to meet Ed and hear about his work:

1) Jan. 8th, 7:00 PM - Havertown, PA - home of Paul & Jane Reimold, 419 East Manoa Road

2) Jan. 14th, 7:30pm - Philadelphia - home of Andy & Megan Owens, 2520 S. Hicks Street.

3) Jan. 16th, 7:30pm - Elmer, NJ - home of Ken & Evelyn Larter, 507 Daretown Road.

Elder Training

I am still trying to train the elders. They are a tough group! If you want to listen to the same messages, check out the Elder Training link on the righthand column. The newest message, "Speaking the Truth in Love" has just been posted.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The Prayer for the Persecuted Church group will pray for Liberia this Sunday, Januay 11, 2009. We will meet 4:00 pm in the nursery. Deacon Johnathan Brandenburg will pray with the group and share his concerns from his mission trip to Liberia last year.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The True Fairy Tale

According to Frederick Buechner the gospel is the true fairy tale that we would do well to believe as a child...more

Of Trips and Tripp

Bruce McDowell left today for Colombia. Phil Ryken should be heading back now from his trip. Speaking of trip, Paul Tripp is heading down to Ft. Lauderdale (someone must make the sacrifices) to preach at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church this Sunday.

Bible Reading Booklets

I just got this email from Pat Canavan about the Bible Reading booklets:

"I received another 50 booklets from the Alliance. I placed 10 in each of the narthex book cases and 10 more in the Delancey lobby. I left 20 in the narthex Diaconate closet for ushers to give to those who requested the Bible reading booklets last week. We went through the initial 150 booklets in just one week so these 50 extra will probably go fast too."

Don't tell Pat I posted this. It will be our little secret.

Mom's Book Club

Mom's Book Club

Mom, are you tired? Are you looking to get out? Why not come and join other moms in a biblically based book study. This group is for anyone who is interested in growing and learning more about God.

Free Child Care

The book club will meet from 10 AM till 12 Noon, on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month starting January 8, 2009 and ending May 15, 2009. For more information, please call The Philadelphia Access Center at 215 389-1985.

Welcome, Eli!

Maranatha and Angela Chung are pleased to announce the birth of Eleos Chung (Eli), their third son, on December 30, 2008 at 11:47 am, 7 lb. 15.3 oz., length 20 in.


All women, teens and girls ages 5 years old and up are invited to attend the Sparrows Winter Event which will be held at Tenth this Saturday, January 10th from 1:00-3:00 in Fellowship Hall. Mrs. Anne Cohen will be bringing us the devotional message. Our craft will be making lanyard bracelets for keys or ID holders. Refreshments will be provided.

You don't need to RSVP to attend this event, but if you have any questions you can e-mail Dori at

Monday, January 05, 2009

Temporary housing needed in spring

I am moving to Philadelphia in March, and I will be looking for a place to live until I get married around June. I thought, instead of looking for temporary housing for the spring, I would contact local churches in case there is a need for live-in help. For example, and elderly relative or at-home mother who needs help in the home, in exchange of a bed to sleep in. My fiance and I are currently becoming members of the sister PCA church in Fishtown called Liberti Church, lead by Steve Huber. Contact me.


This is great. I can now go to reformation21 to get postings from Derek Thomas for events at Tenth. Here it is:

Phil is in ____ and asked me to post this:

Tenth Presbyterian Church is hosting its 4th annual Workshop on Biblical Exposition, February 4 to 6, on the theme of Apocalyptic Literature.

The workshop is sponsored by the Charles Simeon Trust and supported by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Speakers include Dr. Philip Ryken, Rev. David Helm (Holy Trinity Church, Chicago), and Rev. Aaron Messner (Covenant College). To register or for further information, visit the Simeon Trust website or contact Robert Polen at or 215-735-7688.

Jesus Loves Me Story

Hi Marion,

Here's a trivia question for you... Did you know that the author of "Jesus Loves Me," the 2nd hymn we sang in today's service, also taught Sunday School to West Point Cadets along with her sister? There is a special display and information about her at the Cadet Chapel on Post. I've included a weblink to her story that was in Christianity Today a number of years ago.


What? I'm on the Colombia team?

Tomorrow Pastor Bruce McDowell flies to Colombia to teach and attend presbytery meetings there. We are his team and our job is prayer. Here are some specific things we can ask the Lord for:
  • January 7 and 8: Wisdom for Presbytery meetings
  • January 8 and 9: Effective communication during two television interviews
  • January 9: Clarity as he leads a seminar on Calvinism for church leaders
  • January 10 and 11: The power of the Spirit as he speaks at an evangelistic outreach and preaches at a local church
  • January 12: Clear teaching as he speaks to church leaders and pastoral candidates on "Baptism"
  • January 13: Safe travel home

Merrill Richard Jackson

Tom Jackson's father, Merrill Richard Jackson, died this morning, six months shy of his 9oth birthday.

Atheist Supports Evangelism

A confirmed atheist is convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa...more

Bible Reading

Sorry we ran out of the Bible Reading booklets. The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, which produces them, will send us more copies for next Sunday. Meanwhile, if you are wanting to keep up with the readings...

5 - Psalm 4; Genesis 5; 1 Chronicles 5; Luke 2:22-52
6 - Psalm 5; Genesis 6; 1 Chronicles 6; Luke 3:1-22
7 - Psalm 6; Genesis 7; 1 Chronicles 7; Luke 3:23-4:13
8 - Psalm 7; Genesis 8:1-19; 1 Chronicles 8; Luke 4:14-44
9 - Psalm 8; Genesis 8:209:19; 1 Chronicles 9; Luke 5:1-6:16
10 - Psalm 9; Genesis 9:20-10:32; 1 Chronicles 10; Luke 6:17-49
11 - Psalm 10; Genesis 11; 1 Chronicles 11; Luke 7:1-35

Tending the Flock

I'd appreciate your prayers for an important Tenth leaders retreat we are having this coming weekend. It will include elders, deacons, deaconesses, and even ministers who attend Tenth but are not on staff. The theme is "Tending the Flock," and will focus on how we can better provide care for all Tenth members through the parishes.

How People Change Course

The Philadelphia Access Center, 11th and Mifflin Sts., in South Philly, will be hosting a course entitled "How People Change". This course was developed by CCEF and is very helpful for personal growth and change as well as helping others. The course will run for 12 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning January 10 thru March 28, 2009, from 9:30 till 11:30.
The entire cost, which includes a book and workbook is $50, but don't let the cost be an obstacle. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Joe Welch at 215 389-1985 ext.25 or email him at