Friday, May 29, 2009

Some of our history uncovered

Chris Stamper sent this link to a booklet that describes how our 25th anniversary in this building (before the merger with the old Tenth) was celebrated. Don't miss the description of how the church was decorated.

West Spruce Street Presbyterian Church, of Philadelphia, 1856-1881:
Quarter Century anniversary of the organization of the church and pastorate of Rev. Wm. P. Breed, D.D., the first and only pastor, April
3 and 4, 1881

Thursday, May 28, 2009

David Walton's Terminal Mind Wins Philip K. Dick Award


I'm writing this from Seattle, where I just WON the Philip K. Dick Award! The award is given every year at Norwescon (the Northwest Science Fiction Convention) for the best science fiction novel of the year originally printed in paperback. The competition is tough. For Terminal Mind to win was a tremendous upset.

It was an Academy Award-like event: six nominated books and none of the nominees knowing which of us would win until the award was announced. Just being nominated was a huge thrill, so I was trying not to hope. I sat in the ballroom, barely eating, while the award administrators intentionally dragged things out to add to the suspense. My publisher was there as well for moral support. And then the announcement... !

Traditionally, there is both a Winner and a Special Citation awarded, but this year the judges couldn't decide which was which, so both my book and Adam-Troy Castro's book, Emissaries for the Dead, were jointly given the award. This is an amazing honor (especially for a first novel!), and means my work can forever be emblazoned with "Philip K. Dick Award Winning Author". In fact, a new edition of the book will likely do just that.

Thanks to all of you who have read and supported my work!


Apartment for Rent

Large One Bedroom Apartment, $835.00
Twenty Minutes from Center City Philadelphia
Located just outside of the city of Philadelphia in Lansdowne, PA, its features include a large eat-in kitchen with standard sized refrigerator & stove, walk-in pantry, full bathroom, bright, sunny living room & bedroom with large energy-efficient windows, hardwood floors, and new ceiling fans. It also has well-designed hallways, a large front porch, long driveway for off-street parking, buzzer security system and beautifully landscaped grounds. New heaters & central air system installed in 2008. This unit is over 840 square feet!
Well-maintained property, responsive management.
This spacious 2nd floor apartment is in a Victorian style home. Enjoy evening walks through the neighborhood's quiet tree-lined streets, replete with beautiful homes. It is within walking distance to downtown Lansdowne, shopping, restaurants, banks, churches, post office and transportation. It’s an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Broomall, Springfield & Media. And, just a few blocks from the R3 Regional Rail Line!
This is a Smoke-Free Environment. You pay for gas and electricity. $35 Application Fee. This space available June 1.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gerald Carter's father

Gerald Carter informed us of his father William E. Carter Jr's death and requested our prayers at this time of bereavement. His stepfather is still living. The funeral will be held at Pelzer Kirkland Funeral Home, 19th and Federal Streets, on Tuesday, June 2, 11:00 am (viewing at 10:00 am).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SNM Luncheon

The Special Needs Ministry is having a luncheon on Sunday, June 7, 12:45-2:30, in 1West for those who are interested in Special Needs ministry at Tenth. The focus will be on sharing and relationship building. Pizza will be provided and child care is available. Rsvp to Kristen Harnly

Free concert at Curtis on June 6

The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass—Brass Quintet Seminar
Final Concert—FREE

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:30pm—9:30pm
Field Concert Hall—The Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is a FREE concert, showcasing the students and faculty of the RMPBB Brass Quintet Seminar at the Curtis Institute of Music.This year there are five seminar brass quintets, including two pre-formed quintets: The Brass Roots Brass Quintet, and The Celestial Brass; each group will perform several works on the concert.Also performing will be the faculty brass quintet, comprised of Rodney Mack and Wayne duMaine on trumpets, Larry Williams on French horn, Michael Seltzer on trombone, and Matthew K. Brown on tuba.For more information, visit, call 1-800-211-6006, or email .

Thank you for your consideration,
The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass