Saturday, March 20, 2010

In the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord

This Sunday in our Bible school series on Raising Kingdom Minded Disciples: Training Children to Love Worship, Dr. Paul Tripp will be teaching on “In the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Come join us at the Radisson-Warwick in the Chestnut Room (third floor) at 9:00 am.

By the way, if you need some coffee (as a few were seeking last week) there is a coffee shop on the ground (ha!) floor. Come early (no doubt there will be a long line), grab your cup of Joe (as Dr. Ryken would say) and be ready to begin at 9:00 am!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Preparing for Revival

From a James Boice sermon on Acts:

I often say at Tenth Presbyterian Church, where I pastor, that the most effective means of outreach and growth we have is our home Bible studies, which we greatly encourage. I was sitting on the platform the night I first preached this sermon, and I was looking at the evening’s bulletin. I noticed that right below the subject of the sermon, “Preparing for Growth,” there was an item headed: “Home Bible Studies.” As I read it, I found that it described most of the items highlighted in this first chapter of Acts. It read: “Through prayer, the study of God’s Word, and mutual sharing, these groups provide fellowship and support that are not found elsewhere.” That is it exactly. I look at Philadelphia and see the work that still needs to be done. I see the flight of our country into gross materialism and overt sin. I notice the church’s mindless conformity to the world’s culture. I say, “Lord, send a revival in our time.” But I know, even as I say that, that if we are serious about wanting a revival, we must get ready for it. We must prepare. We must use these days of waiting wisely, believing that if we do, Jesus will send the blessing we desperately need.

Left for Study Leave

Ginger and I have been in Houston this week with another to go. I am on my annual study leave. This year's project is a one-year devotional based on the sermons and writings of James Boice. I've been working on it for months. I just finished today collecting (and then culling) 365 devotions. Now must edit them. Please keep this work in prayer.

By the way, if you are wanting to post on the blog, send stuff to Dot or any of the contributors you see on the right hand side.

Missed the Memo

From a James Boice sermon:

One [Christian leader] once told me, “You can never preach a sermon from Ecclesiastes.”

Wow, Phil missed that memo! (thankfully)

Luella Tripp's New Gallery

LGTripp Gallery is pleased to announce its opening and its first exhibition, PREMIERE . Gallery artists will present new work, a panoramic vista of the gallery’s emphasis on abstract and non-objective art. Within the parameters of this artistic approach, the artists employ a mélange of abstract visual language to express their individualized preferred vocabulary, demonstrating the scope of diversity within this form.

March 26 – April 24, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 27, 3 – 6pm
First Friday: April 2, 6 – 8:30pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11 – 6pm
42-49 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Jung Wha Ahn
Stephen Blackburn
Seonglan Kim Boyce
Paul Fabozzi
Fuentes Ferrin
David Foss
Rebecca Jacoby
Jon Manteau
Michelle Marcuse
Catherine O'Connell
Alex Queral
Miriam Singer
Donna Usher
Plamen Veltchev
A continuation of the aesthetic embraced by Director, Luella Tripp, one clearly defined at previous galleries, PARALLELS and Gallery Siano, LGTripp Gallery will present the finest in abstraction by emerging artists from Philadelphia and surrounding areas. This commitment is reborn in a new gallery, beautifully situated in historic Old City, Philadelphia.

Sparrows March event photos

From Dori Baggs: Dora McFarland gave a wonderful testimony using Mr. Potato Head as an object lesson for the body of Christ, and Julia Peterman & Kirsten Ryken did a great job in leading the girls in team building activities (they are in the first picture)! Amy Voorhis is doing a fantastic job overseeing the ministry!

3 BR rental near Westminster desired

We are looking to rent a 3 BR house with some sort of yard and a driveway. Washer/dryer is a must. Our price range is $1100-$1200 if in the suburbs; it would have to be lower if within city limits since our auto insurance would shoot up quite a bit. We are looking in the Glenside/Flourtown/Jenkintown area—near the seminary in the suburbs or in the north/west part of the city closer to Montgomery County—West Oak lane area of Philadelphia or Roxborough/Germantown. If anyone has any leads or info—it would be greatly appreciated!
We can be reached quickest by email.

Great Valley Presbyterian Church search for new Director of Music

Great Valley Presbyterian Church is searching for a new Director of Music. You will find all the information at this link.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Job Opening: Client Services Director

OPTIONS FOR WOMEN, a Christian, non-profit, crisis pregnancy center is seeking a new Client Services Director. For a job description and/or more information, please contact

One Bedroom Apartment in Victorian Home available

Large, Bright One Bedroom Apartment in Victorian Home $850.

Located just outside of the city of Philadelphia in Lansdowne, PA, its features include a large eat-in kitchen with refrigerator & standard sized stove, walk-in pantry, full bathroom, bright, sunny living room & bedroom with high ceilings, large energy-efficient windows throughout, hardwood floors and new ceiling fans. Spacious common areas with stained glass windows, access to large front porch & long driveway for off-street parking, security system and landscaped grounds. Central air and on-site laundry with new w/d. This unit is over 942 square feet!

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. A short 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. No pets please. You pay for gas and electricity. $35 Application Fee. Available April 1. Call my daytime work # 610.625.1245.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Children’s Jubilee Fund dessert

You are invited to this year’s Children’s Jubilee Fund dessert at the Philadelphia Country Club on Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm. Featured participants will be Dr. Bruce Main, President of Urban Promise Ministries, speaking on “Living Messages,” and Camden Forward School students and choir. More information is available; you can also RSVP by email.

Maranatha had a summer team working with both these Camden ministries in the recent past.

Maranatha @ Vision Night

PLEASE REMEMBER this Friday night we are responsible for dessert at the Vision Night.
This means if every participant on the missions program cooks a box of brownies or cookies we can easily raise some money for the missions trips! Please make an effort to drop something down to the church before or on Friday night.

The Dinner starts at 5.45 and as members of Tenth you are very much encouraged to be there! You are an important part of the family! It would also be good for you to be part of celebrating the wider ministry of the church, in the same way we did with our own ministry this past Sunday night.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Delaware County Christian School Invitation

Date: Saturday - March 20, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Delaware County Christian SchoolMalin Road Campus10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Special Guest: Brian Richards Comedy Magic

Bring the whole family for Camp Teekna’s annual Egg Hunt and Open House beginning in the DeMoss Auditorium with the comedy and magic of Brian Richards. Meet the Camp Teekna staff and find out more about our summer camp program.
Fun for the whole family!
Free to all!

DC Elementary Students Exceed Reading Goal

Congratulations to DC's Elementary students for exceeding the reading goal of 45 million words during the recent Read-A-Thon. The grand total number of words read was 52,523,911!
During the month of February and part-way into March, elementary students were charged under the Wild, Wild West theme to read as many books as possible. After reading, students took computer assessments on their comprehension of the books. If they passed the quiz, their word total was added to the school-wide pool.
A special Wild West Day is planned on March 19 to reward students for their efforts.

Interesting statistics from the month include:
29 students read ½ million words
9 students read 1 million words ( 5 4th graders, 3 5th graders, and 1 2nd grader, Erica Esterly!)
3 5th grade students read 1 ½ million words
1 student read 3 million words!!!!!!
Pre-K and Kindergarten participated by “reading” 100 books. (Their parents read them to them.) These did not count in the word total.

Congratulations, Erica!

DC Board of Trustees Election Results

The following candidates were elected to the DC Board of Trustees at the Annual Society Meeting on Thursday, March 4: Lisa Campbell, Brian Esterly, Denita Johns, and Bill Matthews. A special thank you was extended to outgoing board member Jimmy Chavous.

Tenth Bikers!

Are you are interested in riding in the Icicle Metric Century on March 27?

If so, please give me a call 610-872-3776 or email me.

Business and Charity

If you don't know Al Chagan (and his wife PJ) who are members of Tenth, check out the Philadelphia Inquirer story in today's paper.