Friday, December 04, 2009

Good cat available

Owner not able to care adequately for Molly due to expanded work hours

1. Cat's name is Molly (female cat).
2. Age: four years old.
3. Color: grayish/white.
4. Molly enjoys people and is playful and affectionate.
5. Molly has been spayed.
6. Molly has had all the necessary vaccinations for this year and 2010.
7. Person to contact if interested is Riki Mizrahi.

Congregational Meeting Tonight

Congregational meeting tonight at 7:30 in the sanctuary.

Congregational dinner at 6:15. Adults $12, Ages 6-12 $8; Ages 5 and under are free; Family $30.

Pediatrician in NW Philadelphia

Bryan Stodudt sends in this recommendation:
A friend of mine is starting a pediatric practice in Northwest Philadelphia, and I'm happy to recommend her as someone my entire family trusts and respects. Here is a brief description of her practice:

Experienced pediatrician Charlene Brock MD is one of two physicians at a new pediatric practice in East Falls, St Chris Care at Falls Center. Located on the site of the former Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the office is very close to Kelly Drive and the Roosevelt Boulevard. On site parking is free. Dr. Brock, the mother of four grown children, is a member of the Christian Medical Association and is director of women's ministry at Pilgrim Church in Philadelphia. Call 215-438-3300 for more information or to make an appointment.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Advent Recital Today

See you today at 12:15-12:45 for the first Advent Recital in the sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Women in the Word

Diana Frazier sent this:

Greetings from and to Women in the Word! The fourth annual Women in the Word: a Workshop was held October 2-3 at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove, PA. Constance Wieler led the pre-workshop seminar "Where Do I Begin? The Essentials of Building a Bible Study"-a very helpful walk through techniques that help you get the most out of a Bible study, whether for yourself or leading others. Erika Moore, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA), taught three plenary sessions (and led Q&A), using the book of Ezekiel to guide the group through
· an understanding of the role of prophets,
· tracing the theme of glory through the Scripture, and
· how the prophets point ahead to Christ's fulfillment of Scripture.
Her engaging use of illustrations and her facility with the Scripture kept everyone enrapt, so the time flew by. Interspersed with the plenary sessions were small groups, which many call the meat of the Workshop, where women learned from one another while digging into God's word.

All of these talks are available for you to listen to and learn. Click here. (You can also access them from World Reformed Fellowship's website.

Next year Women in the Word: a Workshop will return to Calvary Presbyterian Oct. 1-2, 2010. Those who return multiple times find the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place more and more as we learn together from God's Word. Women are strengthened, encouraged, and equipped, returning to their churches with greater confidence and renewed commitment. Mark your calendars now, and we hope to see you again next year!

Diana S. Frazier
Women in the Word, Registrar

Welcome, William!

Tim and Sena McInnes are pleased to announce the birth of their grandson William Douglas MacDonald, born at 2:32pm on 11/30/09. He is currently in the NICU and on meds for his heart, but doing fine.

Advent Recital

Tomorrow (Thursday, the 3rd) is the first of the Thursday recitals at Tenth. This Thursday features Gary Seydell, tenor, and Evelyn Larter, piano. Paul Tripp is hosting the events and will give a brief message.

The time will be 12:15-12:45, allowing time to leave and return to work. Hope to see you there along with your colleagues.

Free Parking

This was passed on to me (although I could not find verification at the suggested website):

The Old City District is please to announce that meter parking is free (throughout the City; including Old City) on Saturdays after 11:00 a.m. until New Years. Let your customers/clients know about this holiday perk! For any further information about this and other parking related matters, visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority's website at

Toys Request

Lakeside Girls Academy (a non-profit school for at-risk teenage girls, many of whom are pregnant or parenting) is in need of new toys for children ages 0-2 to give as Christmas presents to teen mothers. We normally receive donations from a local charity who unfortunately has received less donations themselves in this holiday season, making it difficult to pass them along to us. If you are able to purchase a new toy or donate some money so that we can purchase toys, it would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to help us out in any way, please contact, and I can make an arrangement for pick up (or to meet you somewhere on Sunday morning at church).

Thank you!
Erin Millar
Lakeside Girls Academy

Saturday Sale

Joyce Werkman has made me aware of a sale to benefit The Camp William Penn Museum this Saturday, December 5. Items for sale are: fabrics, yarns, needlework kits, Christmas items, linens, books, toys and jewelry from the 50's and 60's. With the exception of the books most items are new. Some antique glass, porcelain and collectibles are also included.

The location is 105 East Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012; hours are 9:00 AM - 1:00PM. She is willing to take phone calls on the day of the sale: 215 760-6264.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Jewelry Gift Show

Hershal Wiggins let me know of a gift show that includes his jewelry:

Gift show at Lankena hospital for 10am to 5pm

The same night a first Friday opening at the 4-6 for members and 6-9 for everyone else
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Rd. Haverford, PA 19041
[P] 610.525.0272

Also he has an ad in the American Style magazine of his new handmade watch. You can also see the watch at his website,

Bible School Christmas Program

You are invited to Tenth’s Bible School annual Christmas program on Sunday, December 6 at 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Entire departments will sing carols and students will perform individual pieces pertaining to Christmas. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Christmas Activities

Deborah Armstrong passed on these events to me:

* A Living Nativity with 13 outdoor scenes, including Bethlehem's market square, the wise men offering their gifts to Jesus, shepherds with sheep around a fire, and Lazarus being raised from the dead. Dates include December 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Laurel, New Jersey. For directions see

* An original Christmas musical, Seven Angels of Christmas, that is both worshipful and humorous. Dates are December 18 and 20, 2009. Location: Edgewater Park, New Jersey. For times and directions see

* A Christmas recital featuring Gospel and jazz artist Ruth Naomi Floyd accompanied by Evelyn Larter on December 6, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Location: Deerfield Street, New Jersey. For directions see

United Way Giving

A church member reminds me that this is the time of year that companies encourage their employees to give to the United Way. If you feel inclined to give, there is a way to participate and also give to kingdom work. If you dig into the long list of local agencies that are affiliated with UW of SEPA, you will find strategic partners of Tenth. When you fill out the "My Choice" section of the paperwork, under Option C, you can direct your money to specific organizations) rather than into the general UW fund. The agency codes for our partners are:

Alpha Pregnancy Services #3052
Harvest USA #6980
Esperanza #6241

Day of Prayer

This Sunday is the quarterly Day of Prayer. This a long-time tradition of the church to devote a Sunday morning in corporate prayer. Think about this. How often do you have the opportunity for an extensive time in prayer (one hour) with members of the church? Or more pointedly, how desirous are you to spend such time? We know that we will see a 50% drop in Bible school attendance this Sunday based on past records. It is hard to argue with the numbers. Until such a trend changes, we can never make the claim that we are a praying church. Perhaps we are a church with many members who pray, but no evidence that we believe in corporate prayer.

Perhaps fear of praying in public keeps you away. Perhaps the length of time is daunting. You will not be called upon to pray out loud, and I assure you that you will be surprised at how quickly the time goes by. We do break up the hour and give guidance and aids for prayer.

The prayer meeting at 9:00 will be held in Fellowship Hall West (the 18th Street side). The 11:00 meeting will be held in the 315 Building across the street on the first floor in the rear.

Congregation Meeting Friday

This is a call to all Tenth members to fulfill your vow to support the church in its work by attending the annual congregational meeting this Friday evening, 7:30 in the Sanctuary. This is the only official meeting of the church each year. Please come out and participate. The agenda is to:

1. Elect elders, deacons, and deaconesses, as well as Nominating Committee members and trustees.

2. Vote on the proposed budgets for 2010 - Church Ministry, City Outreach, and Global Outreach.

Reports will be given for each of the proposed budgets, and this is the best opportunity to present questions you may have.

Congregational Dinner

We still have spaces (though more than half are gone) for Friday night's Congregational Dinner. If you want to come, call in to Nancy at the church - 215.735.7688 or email her.

Child care and a nursery will be provided during the congregational meeting after the dinner. But it is important to know in advance how many children to expect. So call in to Nancy or email her.

5:00 Membership Class

Have you wanted to join the church but could not make the morning membership classes? For this next quarter - December 13-February 28 - the class will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the room off of the Delancey lobby. Contact Christy Corbett to register by email or call 215.735.7688x246.

What to Choose?

I am going over the brochure for the new Bible school quarter. My, my...I don't know how you are going to be able to choose a class. At the 9:00 hour you have:

Doctrines of Grace - George McFarland's class. They will be going through the Boice/Ryken book, Doctrines of Grace.

The System in the Story - Taught by David Smith, head of DCCS' Bible department. "The class will explore the character and fulfillment of God's covenant from Genesis to Revelation."

Portrait of a Struggle - Hosted by Greg and Kathy Hobaugh. This is a video series by Paul Tripp drawing on principles from his book, Broken Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad.

Fiscal Fitness - Taught by Bryce Bartruff. If you missed the financial management seminar in October, this class presents at greater length the principles of personal finance along with practical instruction to live comfortably within those principles.

Foundations of Christian Marriage - Hosted by Sebastien and Sara Demoiny. This class for young married couples and parents will delve into prayer life through Tim Keller's Bible study, Praying with the Psalms.

At 11:00 there is one general class. That makes it easier to choose, although you will be tempted to switch the time you worship to attend this one.

The Christian and the Media - Taught by Dan Kunkle, Bible teacher at Philmont. The class will study the topic of mass media, beginning "with a theological justification for culture study and a biblical model for a Christian approach to culture." Sounds like the very thing that interested Dr. Boice when he got to Romans 12.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Children's Books Sale

Westminster Bookstore is having a sale to introduce you to their new children's section. It ends Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Advent Recital Series

For the first three Thursdays in December, we are hosting an Advent Recital Series during the lunch hour. If you live or work in Center City, please join us-- and please bring a friend, neighbor, or co-worker! Each recital will be in the Sanctuary and will last from 12:15–12:45. We will provide light refreshments after each one.

If you would like to help with refreshments or serve as a greeter, please contact Anne Davies.

Angel Tree "Angels"

If you took an Angel Tree "Angel" please bring your gifts to Tenth this Sunday, or before. We received half the total last Sunday, 11/29.

Learn to Listen Effectively

Active Listening” is the topic of the December 19 diaconal ministry workshop at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. This Saturday morning event also features Kenyatta Rush's presentation on Prison Fellowship Ministry. Send $20 Registration to The Clergy Committee, 1701 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more info go to or email

Ministry to Inner City Children

Do you have a heart for kids in the inner city? We'd love to talk to you! Please join us for an informational dinner this Thursday (Dec. 3) at 6:30 pm to learn more about current outreaches to children, brainstorm for new possibilities, and to pray for the children of this city!

Email Anne for location details (it will not be at the church) and to RSVP.

Hope to see you there!