Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sympathy to Miguel Pulido and his family

Miguel Pulido let us know about his Mom's passing. Her funeral is at the AME Union Church at 16th and Jefferson near Columbia Ave. on Wednesday, April 21, viewing at 10 AM and funeral at 11AM.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Congregational Meeting

A meeting of the Congregation of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia is called for Sunday, April 25, 2010, to approve the motion from the Session to erect a Pastoral Selection Committee and to dissolve pastoral relations with Dr. Philip G. Ryken. The meeting will be held in the Sanctuary at 12:30 pm.

By order of the Session,
George K. McFarland, Clerk
This is a sobering announcement. Actually I was not accurate with the wording. In order for a minister to leave his congregation, he must receive approval from his presbytery, in this case Philadelphia Presbytery. So, at the last presbytery meeting in March, Phil "tendered the resignation of his pastoral charge to his Presbytery." Presbytery, then, "shall cite the church to appear by its commissioners, to show cause why the Presbytery should or should not accept the resignation." Thus, we are required to have "a meeting of the congregation called and conducted in the same manner as the call of the pastor."  What we will be voting on is to communicate to presbytery that we consent to Phil's resignation (not that we want it to happen). Presbytery will then act officially to dissolve the relationship.

Pray for Turkey


To Church Leaders and Christians Worldwide,

From the body of Christ in Turkey, to our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Greetings from the church in Turkey – from the land of Noah, of Abraham, of Paul, of Ararat and Harran, of Antioch, Ephesus, Galatia, of the Seven Churches of Revelation……… Yet today, the body of Christians in our land is less than 0.1% of the population of 72 million.

We are writing to you on behalf of the leaders of the church in Turkey to ask for your churches. We greatly desire that you would join the small congregations of Turkey along with many churches worldwide to give 2-3 minutes to prayer for Turkey in your churches on Sunday April 18, 2010.

Wedding Bells

People are running in and out with boxes and bags. Must be a big wedding taking place tomorrow (2:00 Koop-Hogue; will be webcast).

Blessed are the Peacemakers

I will be speaking this Sunday at the Bridge Builders luncheon on the topic: "Blessed are the Peacemakers." Anyone is welcome to join the group which meets at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall East.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Harriet C. Yang

Pray for the family of Bob Yang. His mother, Harriet C. Yang, died April 14 in Lancaster. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 19, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 16603. Link to funeral home and obituary

10am Public Viewing Foyer and Chapel
11am Memorial Service in the Sanctuary
12noon Lunch in Shirk Hall

Parking is available at the lot of Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc.
141 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial gifts to:
Ambassadors for Christ, Inc.
21 Ambassador Drive, Paradise, PA 17602

Welcome to the world, Sharrah Grace Brown

Steve and Siobhan Brown are thankful to announce the birth of their daughter, Sharrah Grace Brown. She was born Wednesday, April 14, at 7:38 pm. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing very well, and big brother Nathaniel is curious. Praise the Lord with them!

Marilyn Welsh

The funeral for Marilyn Welsh, the mother of Holly Canavan, will be held tomorrow, April 16, 11:00 a.m. at the Videon Funeral Home in Broomall.

Foster Home for Dogs Needed

JD Little is looking for a foster home for his sister’s two dogs for 3 to 6 months. Maggie is the 11-year old female American Bulldog. She very sweet and healthy (for her age) with a low-key personality. She has been spayed and weighs about 80 pounds. She has some arthritis in her back legs, but she takes her meds easily. Sam is the 9-year old male mixture of collie, husky and who-knows what (on the left). He's affectionate and very smart. He is neutered and about 40 pounds. He is in perfect health. They just visited the vet and are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Flea/tick/heartworm meds will be provided for them as will any needed food or vet service. There is a crate for them that holds both dogs. They would prefer a fenced yard -- they love to be outside. They are housebroken and good with other dogs and kids of all ages. If you can help, email JD.

Delaware County Christian School Concert Choir

DC's Concert Choir and Knight Tones, under the direction of Mrs. Renee Bussey, completed a four-day tour through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

On Wednesday, May 26 the trip got underway with the first stop at Garden Spot Retirement Village in New Holland, PA. Prior to the performance, small groups of students visited and sang in rooms of those in nursing care and assisted living who would be unable to attend the concert.

From PA the choir traveled to Maryland and Virginia performing for and worshipping with three Christian schools: Chapelgate Christian Academy (Marriottsville, MD), Trinity Christian School (Fairfax, VA), and Greenbriar Christian School (Chesapeake, VA).

The tour wrapped up at a music festival in Williamburg, VA. where the Choir and Knight Tones presented a variety of musical styles ranging from classical, gospel, and choreographed show stoppers. Both the Concert Choir and Knight Tones earned 1st place at the festival.

Seeking Vehicle

A Tenth family is seeking to purchase a dependable used SUV or Minivan. Please email Eric Jones.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Saturday and Sunday events that affect your route to Tenth

9th Annual Walk for Parkinson's
Lloyd Hall - Kelly Dr. to Falls Bridge
Approx. 400 ppl

8th Annual Red Cross Walk & Run
Memorial Hall
Approx. 1200 ppl

Dash for Organ Donor Awareness
Art Museum Apron & MLK Drive
Approx. 5000 ppl

Penn Relays Distance Classic
MLK Drive and West Phila.
Approx. 700 ppl

Animal Rescue Candlelight Vigil
Vaux St. between Schoolhouse La and Warren Av.
Approx. 150 ppl

UCP 5K Corporate Walk & Run
Art Museum Apron and MLK Drive
Approx. 1200 ppl

The Shepherd Leader

Tim Witmer, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Upper Darby, Professor Practical Theology at Westminster, founder of The Shepherds' Institute, but most importantly tuba player for the Westminster Brass, has published a book that is the summit of years of study and teaching about the role of elders in the church. The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church can be bought at Westminster Bookstore. I read the original manuscript and will be making in required reading for all our elders at Tenth. (So, elders, you may as well make your purchase now.)

PCRT Volunteering

A few volunteers are still needed to help with registration, the booktable, hospitality, and childcare for PCRT on April 30 and May 1. Please contact Anne Davies (x243) if you are interested in helping. Volunteers who work at least four hours will receive complimentary overflow registration and a set of conference CDs.

Volunteers are especially needed to help with childcare (Friday evening and Saturday) and with clean-up/Sunday setup at the end of the day on Saturday, usually beginning around 10pm.

What Did You Expect?

Paul Tripp's latest book is coming out - What Did you Expect?? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage. Click here for Westminster's special 60%-off offer. But I don't know after reading the Preface. (I was given an autographed copied!) The first sentence reads: "For some reason I seem to be drawn to write about things I'm not very good at." Hhmm...that does not inspire confidence in me. On the other hand, I did attend his seminar on the same topic and found that if he's not very good at marriage, it is not because he doesn't have keen insight. Paul has a knack for getting to the deeper issues of most any subject matter, and the subject of marriage is no different. He is also very readable and entertaining. Get a copy and expect to be enlightened, convicted, and encouraged by the application of grace.

Wheelchair Needed

If you have a wheelchair to spare for four weeks, a Tenth elder is in need of one. Contact Wasyl Semkiw at 215.334.0730.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Flooring Work

The sanctuary floor is being cleaned today and sealed tomorrow (Wednesday). The final step is to lay tile on the platform. Then you can see Jonny do a real Irish jig!

The long-awaited elevator work will begin right after PCRT.

Memorial Service

The memorial service for Phebe Blair will be held this Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 in the sanctuary.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Vince Gill Tickets

A Tenth member has 2 tickets for Vince Gill at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for Thursday night April 22nd at 8:00 that she cannot use. Anyone interested in purchasing these from her (cost was $85.50 for both tickets; will take best offer) may email her. Seats are Tier 3 box 112, seats 1 and 2.

Solar Electric

The team in Liberia successfully installed solar panels at one of the orphanages, which now has electricity for the first time!.

Welcome, Daniel!

Rachel and Luke Balinski are pleased to announce the arrival of Daniel Luke, April 10, 11:49pm, 6lb 14oz, 20.25 inches.