Friday, May 15, 2009

Sermon Series

Phil mentioned that he would be determining his next sermon series. While going through his files (to tidy them up) I discovered his short list:

"Favorite Texts Illustrated by Sports Analogies"
"Verse by Verse Study of the Lists in Numbers"
"Leviticus: the Secret Code"
"Ecclesiastes, Now That I Think About It"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fire Drill

Pat Canavan sent pictures of a fire drill taking place last Sunday. But my interpretation is a lot more fun.

Prison Break!

Warden Canavan oversees the transporting of inmates to maximum security.

But little does he know of the escape being made in the back!


You are invited to attend Bridge-Builders' lunch this Sunday at 1:00. They are wrapping up their series on the "Fruit of the Spirit" and are bringing in an incredibly insightful speaker to present the message. I am too modest to mention the name.

Special Needs Ministries

You may notice a camera man in the morning services this Sunday. He is producing a film ffeaturing a ministry of our denomination's agency Mission to North America. It is called Special Needs Ministries and is an outreach/support ministry to individuals and their families dealing with special needs such as physical and mental disability.

Step Hubach, the director of the ministry, will speak during the Living Church segment. If you are interested in knowing more about such ministry at Tenth, contact Kristen Harnley at

New Members

This Sunday, elders will be hearing the testimonies of members of this quarter's New Membership class. I believe we'll have between 20-25 people.

The next membership class will begin June 7 and be during the 9:00 hour. If you are interested, contact Christy Corbett at

Spring Choral Worship Service

Sunday night is the Spring Choral Worship Service. The emphasis will be on the Psalms, both in congregational and choral singing. You want to be here by 6:15 when the Soli Deo Gloria starts. In essence, that will begin the service.

Paul Tripp will preaching Psalm 42 (As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God).

This is an great event to invite your neighbors to. Not only will they hear excellent music, but will be exposed to the worship of the congregation.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

20 Mattresses (but no pea)

Bob Mathieu a missionary with the American Missionary Fellowship who is working in Washington DC is in need of 20 twin-sized mattresses. He will be furnishing three of their ministry's apartments to house short-term missionary teams that will be working with youth in a socially, financially and spiritually challenged section of southern Washington DC.
Give Bob a call on his cell @ 202-277-2601.

Stem Cell Research

Here is an article on stem cell research and the use of embryos. If you wish to learn more or act, here is the website of AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists). You may also post comments solicited by the National Institutes for Health website.

Keeping Baby

Many mothers would like to keep their unborn babies who are diagnosed with a handicap or projected to die. But will they receive help and support from the medical community?...more

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jobs at CCA/SHCS

Employment Opportunities for Spruce Hill Christian School:
Contact: Stephanie M. Hook, Principal
Spruce Hill Christian School - 4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-382-7839; (Fax) 215-382-7848

Full-time (Elementary School)

Part-time (Middle School)

Part-Time (Elementary/Middle School)
9:00AM - 12:00PM (Monday – Thursday, July 13, 2009 through August 3, 2009
Summer School Courses:
Elementary School Math
Elementary and Middles School Reading & Writing Remediation

Employment Opportunities for City Center Academy:
Contact: Owen Davis, Principal
City Center Academy - 315 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215 -731-1930; (Fax) 215-731-0515

Full Time (High School)
Possible high school courses: physical science, biology, and chemistry.

Full Time (High School)

Both Schools:

Part-Time (Elementary, Middle and High School)
Monday - Thursday 3:30PM – 5:00PM
2009 - 2010 School Year

Monday, May 11, 2009

Presbytery News

This past Saturday, the Philadelphia Presbytery met. The following men were examined and accepted into their respective positions.

As Candidates for the Ministry:

Juan Martinez, from Cresheim Valley Church
Shibu Oomenn, from Crossroads Church
John Koshy, from New Life Church Philadelphia

(Shibu and John are both natives of India. Juan is a native of Mexico.)


The internship proposals of Eddie Cho (Gracepoint Church) and Gideon Teo were approved.

The internship of Seth Nelson (Cresheim Valley) was accepted as having been completed.


Scott Bryant's licensure was approved. Scott is working with City Line Church to do church planting in Upper Darby among immigrants.


Steve Munz (City Line Church) was approved to be ordained as a Minister of the Gospel.


Doug Logan was received into the presbytery as an ordained minister. Doug intends to do church planting in the Germantown/Mt. Airy area.

Change of Call

Ed Gross's change of call was approved. He will be stepping down as pastor of Pilgrim Church and will serve as a ministry partner with CityNet Ministries as Coordinator of Strategic Alliances (i.e. he is going to give support to churches and pastors particularly in the northwest section of the city).

Flat Jen and Cheryl

Tenth Homeschool parents traveled to the CHAP homeschool fair in Harrisburg. Jen Cedeno and Cheryl Brubaker who are such key encouragers and mentors to the group were unable to attend. This was the first time in over a decade for Jen and even longer for Cheryl. So to help them feel encouraged and remind the group that they were still present in spirit, the group took a page from the Flat Stanley book series and took Flat Jen and Flat Cheryl with them. See how.

Tidying Up

Dear Phil,

I hope you have a restful and productive sabbatical. I saw in your article that one of your goals is to tidy up your files. Don't worry about that one. Your assistant Robert and I can handle that one. Actually, we plan to tidy up your whole study. Now that I think about it, you may want to refrain from entering your study at all. Save that pleasant experience for the end of your sabbatical. You can depend on me and Robert to do a thorough job of putting everything in good order.

As always, looking out for your best,


Sophie's Song

We had a great school banquet last Friday night for City Center Academy and Spruce Hill Christian School. A highlight in the program was the highly acclaimed Ruth Floyd Trio featuring Ruth Floyd, CCA Junior Kiyana Neal, and Spruce Hill Second Grader Sophie Meinel.

Sophie attends Tenth and by some unexplainable act of providence her father happened to have a video camera to record the trio singing "Great is Thy Faithfulness." I heard Sophie sing at Liberty Place during the holidays and was impressed then. You will too when you listen. Here is the performance on youtube.

Welcome, Caleb!

Jonathan and Laura Jones are pleased to announce the birth of Caleb Michael Jones, born May 9.

Welcome, Luke!

Jeremy and Joy Purvis are pleased to announce the birth of Luke Christian Purvis, born April 14.

DMC Resources

It has been awhile since I've updated my website DMC Resources (see link on right hand column under the weather report). This morning I've picked back up praying through the Psalms. Today is Psalm 33.

Also check out a new article on the latest worship trend - twittering: "Hahn advises parishioners that 'if God leads you to continue this as a form of worship by all means do it.'" (I'm not making this up!)