Friday, September 18, 2009

Anne Brennan

Mrs. Anne Brennan, mother of Kathy Bartruff, passed away yesterday morning (17th) after a long illness. A memorial service will be held Saturday at noon at Williamson Restaurant in Horsham.

Marriage Seminar

We have 305 registrants for the marriage seminar coming up next weekend (25-26). Next week, if you are listening to KYW during rush hour times, you might hear commercials for the event. If you have yet to sign up, click here to read more about the seminar being led by Paul Tripp and to register.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ten at Tenth

Last month, Christy Corbert completed her tenth year of serving on the Tenth Church staff. She started off as church receptionist, then took on the duties of Financial Assistant, and now holds three positions - Parish and Membership Coordinator, Music Administrative Assistant, and IT Coordinator. (She just jump-started the church's server to get the internet connection working again.) Christy sings in the choir (you may have heard her sing solo in Soli Deo Gloria), and teaches Praisemakers. Probably most people in the church have had contact with Christy in some way for some reason.

As you can tell, Christy has lots of spare time. She is an avid sports fan, ready to talk Phillies, Eagles, and especially the Flyers. (Flyers tickets anyone?) Or, if you really want to get on her good side, talk NASCAR racing.

We thank the Lord for ALL that Christy does for the church and her support to the staff. why is my computer acting slow? Better go find Christy...

Wheaton Night

Wheaton Night (specifically for juniors and seniors) Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Saturday, September 26, from 7:00-9:00 PM

There will be an Admissions Office presentation and a chance to meet an admissions counselor as well as Wheaton alumni. Interested students and families can RSVP by Thursday, September 24, to When you RSVP, please include the number of people who will be joining you, their names, and the email addresses of your parents if they are attending.

Andrew Canavan
Admissions Counselor
Undergraduate Admissions
Wheaton College
501 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wait, didn't we commission them to go to Africa?

Several months ago we commissioned John and Jessica Cropsey to join a medical team in Africa. They leave for the field on October 5.

So what is John doing in South Asia? Check out their blog here to learn all about it.

Happy anniversary CWW!

Church Without Walls celebrates its 27th anniversary this year! Congratulations!

Their annual dinner will be held on Friday, October 9, 2009, at 7:00 pm sharp at the Williamson Restaurant in Horsham, PA. The cost is $20.00/person.

To register, phone 215-887-9487 anytime from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5. Leave a message with your name, the number of people you're bringing, and the name of your church.

A presentation on their ministry will be given and a free-will offering will be taken.

Car for Sale

2004 Subaru Forester 2.5X
February 2004 Car & Driver magazine “BEST SMALL SUV” & “Crash test Best Pick” - “Best Rated Used 4x4 Vehicles”,
Blue, 1-disc CD player, AM/FM radio, front and side airbags (we bought this model for the side airbags).

We have not had any problems with the car, but need more space with baby #3 on the way. We've enjoyed the roominess of the backseat and cargo area -- room for stuff between car seats and under the kids' feet when we travel.

~77,300 miles


Contact Dan Schantz.

Piano and Organ for Sale

There is a church in North Philadelphia, that is closing down, and has a Wurlitzer piano for $125.00, and a Wurlitzer Spinet Organ for $125.00 that they have to sell within the next seven days. If interested, or you know someone who would be interested, please give Gerald Carter a call as soon as possible at 215-455-4328. There is also other church furniture available such as: benches, folding chairs, 2 podiums, 1 communion table, a Bogen 2 channel PA system, a mike stand, etc. Please call the above number.

Grace Church

Grace Church of Philly is a new church plant work in the Powelton Village area behind Drexel University. They are having a Launch Team Picnic at Drexel Park (32nd and Baring) on Saturday Sept 19 from 4-7 PM. Anyone interested in a church plant in Powelton Village is welcome. The rain date is Sept 20, same time and place.

An independent work, the leaders are Reformed. You can check out their website at The organizing pastor, John Davis, dropped in for a visit yesterday. I was a bit suspicious (rides a Harley-Davidson), but learned that he is the father of Deborah Rojas whom some of you may remember as a Tenth member and wife of Richard Rojas.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Maranatha Family Dinner Sunday, September 20

The Maranatha Family Dinner meets this Sunday at 5pm in Fellowship Hall. Bring the whole family for fellowship, videos of kick-off activities, information about the upcoming year of youth ministry at Tenth, and a chance to honor Carroll for all his years of service.

Pomp and Circumstance?

Well, probably not.

But I'll bet that there were rich harmonies, complex rhythms, and lots of clapping at the graduation ceremony for African Enterprise's rehabilitation and training program in Ghana. Each of the women once sold her body in order to feed herself and her family. Now they have skills in a local trade and a small amount of capital to start a new life.

And they now have a personal relationship with Jesus, who is transforming their lives.

And they now have a larger, more diverse family than they could imagine who can pray for them as they begin a new chapter.

But they still have friends trapped in prostitution. A.E. would like to begin another training session immediately but is short $5,500. Would you join them in praying for funding?

WOW for W.O.W.!

Or W.O.W. says, "WOW!"

In either case, our Wide Open World children demonstrated their love for children in Liberia in a BIG way! Our eager youngsters read books, tried ethnic foods, hosted global partners, learned songs in other languages, and colored lots and lots of flags in order to earn stamps in their passports.

The math is very simple. 1 passport stamp = $1.

So, 900 passport stamps = $900!


As one of my little friends commented, "I hope this makes the kids in Liberia very happy."

Philadelphia Distance Run, September 20

The Philadelphia Distance Run is Sunday, September 20. This will affect travel to church Sunday; listen to traffic reports for affected areas or check here for the route and road closure information at various times.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Method for Prayer


I would encourage you to visit the Matthew Henry website as something to introduce to your web audience. We might also want a link from the church blog/webpage.


Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is best known for his verse by verse commentary on the whole Bible. Dr. Old tells me that the commentary is a compilation of the teachings he gave from the pulpit similar to what we do with our weekly Scripture Reading. He is also known for a book he wrote entitled A Method for Prayer. This website that Phil is referring to presents the full book. Check it out.

Ballet Academy

Tenth member and former professional ballerina, Kristina Pulcini teaches ballet at her Havertown, PA ballet studio, the Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy .

Register now for 2009-2010 classes. For more information go to:

Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy101 West Eagle RoadHavertown, PA 19083610.853.0555

A Cardinal (Gasp!) Nice Guy

As troublesome it is to have a senior minister dedicated to celebrating all things Cardinal related, even I was moved by this episode involving Albert Pujols.

S. Philly Official

Last week the Philadelphia Presbytery met. I don't have a report on the meeting, though I did learn that presbytery approved the South Philly work as an official presbytery church plant. Jonathan had about 35 attendees at the first Bible school class yesterday dedicated to discussing the work.

Back from Vacation

I am back from vacation. Have whittled email down to 208. Ginger and I had a pleasant visit with her parents in Cape Cod (Cotuit). Sarah joined us for a few days. The only down-side was my daughter beating me in ping-pong. First Josh, now Sarah. Have I passed my prime?

"When Helping Hurts" Webinar

Former Global Outreach Coordinator Christiana Fitzpatrick sent a notice of a "webinar" (online based seminar) series coming up, put on by The Chalmers Center of Covenant College. Here is a description of the series from the website:

"We would like to invite you to join us for a series of live, one-hour webinars (web-based seminars) that address topics in the new book, “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.” These webinars are led by the book's co-authors — Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development."

The seminars are free. For more information and to register, click here.

Biblical Apologetics Course

Bob Kempf sent this to me:

Delaware County Christian School Offers Beginning Biblical Apologetics Course for Adults

Class: Beginning Biblical Apologetics
Teacher: Dr. David P. Smith, Bible Department Chair, DCCS
When and Where: Tuesday Evenings 7-9:30, From Sept. 22-Dec. 8 (No class on Nov. 17) at DC's upper campus in H213
Purpose: To explore the biblical Gospel in order to better explain it to others that by God's grace it might be established in us and others.
Each class member will receive a copy of Dr. Smith's Beginning Biblical Apologetics: Exploring, Explaining and Establishing the Biblical Gospel and will be led in guided discussions on the material.

About the Teacher:
Dr. Smith holds a Master of Divinity from Covenant Seminary and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has taught at DC since 2003, and has twice been named Most Influential Teacher by DC graduating classes. His doctoral work focused on the theology and view of apologetics of the American evangelical biblical scholar and theologian B. B. Warfield. His dissertation has been selected for publication by the Evangelical Theological Society's new monograph series. He is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife Tracy have three children: Gresham (8), Isaac (5) and Katie (4), and are active at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

Cost: $100 (payment due at first class), which includes a copy of the text, written by Dr. Smith
Registration: Class size is limited. Click here to register online.

Questions about the course should be directed to Dr. David Smith at