Thursday, January 21, 2010

Harry Lee Glass

The father of Bryan Glass, Harry Lee Glass, died this Saturday, January 16. The memorial service will be on Saturday, Jan 23, at Woodlyn Baptist Church, MacDade Blvd & School Lane, Woodlyn, PA 19094; it's very close to where I-95 & I-476 meet (near Philly airport), just off the first exit on I-476.
The receiving line starts at 10 am, the service will start at about 11 am, and there will be a luncheon following, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, Bryan's mother, Patricia Glass, would prefer contributions to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (

Violence in Jos

We have received word that Muslim youth attacked Christian worshippers Sunday in the city of Jos, Nigeria. The violence has escalated and reports are that houses and churches have been burned and over a thousand people displaced. Secular news agencies report that between 150 to 200 have been killed.

A Nigerian member of Tenth reports on a call to a colleague at a seminary in Jos, "I was talking with him this morning I heard the sound of the guns at the background, and he told me that bullets are flying into the seminary and another call came from Bukuru Jos that the militants have taken over that area. It is just last week that all schools were opened; and most Christian High Schools are situated in those areas. The attack of of Christians has spread to every part of Jos city this morning. This is a live news from Nigeria. Pray for God's intervention and protection of his Church."

He continues, "But I find consolation in John Calvin's words, 'For all whom the Lord has chosen and received into the society of his saints ought to prepare themselves for a life that is hard, difficult, laborious, and full of countless griefs.' I encourage us to pray for the salvation of the Islamic militants, because if they truly know God in Christ this would not have happened. Pray also for Christians in Jos city to emulate Jesus Christ and Stephen in Acts 7 by praying for their persecutors, forgiving them and still extending the love of Christ to the Muslims. Pray for the Nigerian government for righteousness and justice to be done this time around. For we know that in the history of humanity, outside Emperor Constantine, Christianity has never experience any favor from human government. But with your prayers there would be a great difference. For Christian love bears everything."

Cooper Medical Team

The Inquirer and are keeping a daily story running on the Cooper medical team in Haiti, which includes Tenth member David Fuller. Here is a link to today's story.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jewelry Class

Tenth member Hershal Wiggins will be teaching a class this winter in Chain Making and Chainmail at the Cheltenham Art Center this winter. The sign up is now and the classes start 2-15-09.

PCRT 2010

Be planning for the 2010 PCRT. Here is the info. More information is at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

For many Christians, the last days refers to the short period of intense activity immediately prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But according to the apostles, the last days were inauguraged by the first coming of Christ and continue even today. The book of Hebrews thus begins by saying that while God formerly spoke by the prophets, "in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son" (Heb. 1:2). Paul warned Timothy that "in the last days there will come times of difficulty," and then made plain that Timothy was living in these very last days (2 Tim. 3:1). According to Peter, the last days began with the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost. This fulfilled the ancient prophecy, which said, "In the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh" (Acts 2:17). Biblically, for us, the last days are these last days, as we are those, Paul said, "on whom the end of the ages has come" (1 Cor. 10:11).

How do we biblically understand our time as the final age of world history and what does it mean to our faith? This is the question that will be taken up by our 39th meeting of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Reformed Christians have often shunned the field of eschatology, surrendering end times doctrine to more popular (but less biblical) schemes held by other believers. But eschatology is important! Paul describes the fulfillment of history as "our blessed hope" (Tit. 2:13), a hope made real ot us now through our faith. It was their Christian doctrine of history that thrilled the first Christian disciples: they realized that with the coming of the "last days" they had entered into the reign of the eschatological kingdom that dawned with the coming of Christ. Our faith will likewise be strengthened by a biblical view of eschatology and a right understanding of what it means to live in "this present evil age" (Gal. 1:4) by means of the "powers of the age to come" (Heb. 6:5).

Speakers in Philadelphia are: Sinclair Ferguson, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Phil Ryken. Seminar speakers also include Rick Phillips, Paul Tripp, and a special video presentation of James Boice.

Our preconference seminar this year will be provided by Dr. Venema, author of "The Promise of the Future" and one of the leading Reformed writers on eschatology, on the topic "Interpreting Biblical Eschatology". Through the pre-conference and the conference sessions, our aim is not only to provide biblical clarity on controversial matters, but even more importantly to strengthen believers for life in these last days by our understanding of the Bible's teaching on God's plan for all of history. We look forward to renewing our fellowship with old fiends and beginning new fellowship with those who will join us for the first time. May God bless us as we gather before the Scriptures to study the biblical doctrine of history and last things, all to the glory of the Lord of history, Jesus Christ.

Special Needs Fellowship Lunch

Found this announcement of an upcoming Special Needs Fellowship lunch:

Hello everyone!

Please check your calendars and plan to come for lunch on Sunday, Januray 31, in the catacombs. We will begin after the 11:00 worship service and end by 2:30. In addition to a delicious lunch, several other things are planned. We will watch Steph Hubach's Special Needs Ministries WIC Love Gift video which includes filming at Tenth last May and includes quite a few Tenth faces.

We will also be decorating vases to be used as centerpieces for the March congregational dinner and Mike Rooney will lead a group making and flying paper airplanes. So, come with your families for food, fun and fellowship! More information and a bulletin announcement will follow, but save the date and go ahead and RSVP to me if you are planning to attend.

In Christ,
Kristen Harnly

Haitia Benefit Concert

I've just learned that Curtis students connected with Tenth are putting on a benefit concert to raise money for Haiti. Will give more details, such as to whom the money will be given, when I receive them. Meanwhile, mark on your calendars January 29, 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Chuck Schroth

We have received word that Chuck Schroth died Tuesday morning. Chuck was the church administrator from Chuck was Tenth Church business manager from 1973 to 1978. Chuck and his wife Doris lived on the ground floor of the church manse (1827 Delancey) and worked with Tenth’s international student program. While Chuck worked at Tenth, he was also involved with MAP (Medical Assistance Program). After Tenth, he founded MATS (Missionary Auto/Truck Service). His wife Doris now lives in Cincinnatti.

Welcome, Baby Olsen!

Rachel and Jonathan (and Anna Maria and Gabriel and Christabella and Angelina) Olsen are pleased to announce the birth of...of...(still to be determined) a baby girl (6 lbs 6 ozs) last night. Mother and child are doing well.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Church Leaders

Ruling Elders
Class of 2010 - Bryce Bartruff, Pat Canavan, Ron Ferner, Michael Kennedy, Carlos Perkins, Bob Sharrar, Hugh Taylor
Class of 2011 - Doug DeLong, Tom Elliott, Andrew Fletcher, Paul Grant, Sam Hsu, Bill Langford
Class of 2012 - Dave Collins, Brian Esterly, Nasrat Ghattas, Fred Hill, George McFarland, Wasyl Semkiw
Class of 2010 - Dave Allen, Manny Delgado, Sebastien Demoiny, Reggie James, Clark McCutcheon, Brian McLelland, Mike Rooney, Jeff Wilson, Andy Zamora, Julio Zamora
Class of 2011 - Keith Bennett, Jonathan Brandenburg, Jamin Ferner, Tom Jackson, Dan Kunkle, Moses Wong
Class of 2012 - Jonathan McCarthy, Andy Owens, Brandon Placek, Frank Pulcini, Stan Roberts, Jeff Thompson, Martin Troutman, John Voorhis
Class of 2010 - Sandy Allen, Amy Potts, Celia Rooney, Retna Slater, Elaine Swyer
Class of 2011 - Fiona Davenport, Sara Demoiny, Judy Kuo, Signe Spragins, Maxine Young
Class of 2012 - Amy Carpenter, Joyce Ostertag, Janice Roberts, Sarah Staley, Audrey Thomspon, Mimi Warburton

Name That Church Leader

A couple of weekends ago, we had a dinner for the deaconesses, deacons, elders, and pastoral staff. As part of the entertainment, I had a representative from each of the first two groups to come up and identify who these questions and statements applied to. How well can you do? I'll post the answers in the comments. All the individuals are on the present boards. I'll list the board members in another posting. (By the way, an ordained minister is also an elder. You'll need to know that.)

1. His lab partner presented him the gospel; he presented her with a ring.
2. Ten of the elders on session are former deacons. Which one of these four men was not: Sam Hsu, Pat Canavan, George McFarland, Bryce Bartruff?
3. I wonder if this deacon’s favorite breakfast food is Belgium waffles.
4. Pat “Candy Man” Canavan may have given these two deacons candy in SS.
5. In grade school, these three elders learned about the War of Northern Aggression.
6. If you can’t hear well, you should visit this deaconess.
7. These three members of the diaconate might see you in court.
8. There are three different types of family pairs among the members of the boards. Name them.
9. This pastoral staff person is a bowling champion.
10. This elder was a pastor long before becoming a ruling elder.
11. This pastor was an elder long before becoming a pastor.
12. Wheaton? No! She’s a Covenant grad.
13. You might hear these two elders humming the tune “Mmm good…mmm good… that’s what…”
14. His middle initial “P” probably stands for “Pun.”
15. If you want an audio copy of a sermon – any sermon – talk to this elder.
16. These diaconal winter birds drive north for the winter.
17. I’m surprised these two elders did not bike to dinner.

This Deacon, whose father’s name was Deacon, became one of the most famous golfers of all time.

Free Furniture

Mark Brown is cleaning house (finally!) in preparation for his upcoming marriage (what it takes) and has the following used furniture:
green sofa, double bed, futon, green recliner, two matching green cushioned armchairs (comfortable but heavily worn)

Photographs available upon request. All items free to anyone who will come get them. Email Mark for info.

Computer books and peripherals

T-Mac, our Liberian pastor friend, is setting up a class in computer basics. He has asked for working printers (and ink!), software, and "Computing for Dummies" type books. Please bring donations Sunday.

DCCS Open House

Please attend an upcoming Open House at Delaware County Christian School:

• Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 9-11am
• Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010 7-9pm
• Sunday, Apr. 11, 2010 2-4pm

Each Open House begins at our Upper Campus (Malin Road). Explore our program:
New science & computer labs
Ten AP courses
Gifted program
Programs for exceptional students
Enrichment program
Band & choir
Extended Day opportunities
Art & drama
Summer Camp Program
Extracurricular clubs
Intramural athletic program Bicentennial League (PIAA) Athletics

RSVP for Open House/Schedule a Tour
DC Admissions Office
610-353-6522 ext. 2285

Benefit Concert Featuring David Kim

You are cordially invited to An Evening of Music, Dessert & Art with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and International Performer. Please join us on Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm for this unique event including a post-concert dessert reception.

Tickets are available for $25 per person. All proceeds benefit DC. Tickets may be purchased by credit card online (click here to purchase tickets online) and by cash or check through the Advancement Office. Make checks payable to DCCS with Benefit Concert included in the memo. Mail to 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073, attn. Kim O'Bryan. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the evening of the concert. Please note, all concert tickets are open seating. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Mr. Kim started playing the violin at the age of three and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. As an international performer, Mr. Kim was the only American violinist in 1986 to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, thus launching his solo career. During this memorable evening, Mr. Kim, father of two DC students, will share his personal and professional story.

For more information about this special event, please contact Kim O’Bryan at 610-353-6522 x2381 or

Compassion Fatigue Got You Down?

Although Scripture tells us "Do not grow weary in doing good," many do grow weary. Learn how to overcome Compassion Fatigue at the February 13 mercy training, 9:30-12:30 at Tenth Pres. Also, Rick Dodridge's presentation on Teen Challenge. Send $20 registration (made out to The Clergy Committee) to 1701 Delancey St., Philadelphia 19103. For more information email

Monday, January 18, 2010

P-T Septa Positions

Part-time Septa work positions - click here.

SEPTA Collection

SEPTA is assisting in efforts to provide relief for earthquake victims in Haiti with events at four major transit hubs on Tuesday, January 19. In partnership with the American Red Cross, Fox 29 and Greater Philadelphia Media, monetary donations will be collected during the morning and evening rush hours on Tuesday at the 69th Street Terminal, Suburban Station, Market East Station and Frankford Transportation Center. Fox 29 will broadcast live from each location during its Good Day morning program from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and again in the evening during Fox 29 News at Five and Fox 29 News at Six. SEPTA Ambassadors will be on-hand to help engage customers in this effort.
Money collected will be used by the Red Cross in its ongoing mission to aid victims of this devastating earthquake.

Fuller in Haiti

You may have heard about a team of medical personnel from Cooper University Hospital heading to Haiti. Tenth member David Fuller is on that team. Read about it, including comments by him, at this site.