Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Me!!

This photo was taken on May 2, 1952, one hour before I was struck and critically injured by a car. Coma. Paralyzed. Blind. Yet God's mercy and grace were greater still. He used the crippling of my body and mind and my sense of hopelessness years later to draw me to himself and give me eternal life in Jesus Christ. Today I say, "Hallelujah, praise God from whom all blessings flow!" – David Apple. Here is the rest of the story:
My life, as I remember it, began at age 5 when, playing ball, I ran into the road. I was told that my mother screamed as the car, brakes screeching, struck me; that my grandfather cried out and my brother, who witnessed the impact, suffered from shock. I know that there was nothing the driver of the car could do to avoid hitting me. I lay in the street motionless, blood oozing from mouth, nose and ears with a skull fracture. One hospital refused to admit me; there were no available beds. They said I would not survive anyway. Another hospital admitted and treated me. The doctors bore holes in my skull to relieve the pressure. Whether I would live was questionable.
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Tour Tenth on May 2 at 2pm

Dot Boersma and Glen Umberger will give a free tour of Tenth this afternoon at 2:00 pm. Topics will include information about the architects and their other existing works; interior and exterior architectural style, history, and projects over time for the main building and 1701 Delancey; and Reformed faith and worship as expressed in church architecture. Meet in the Delancey Lobby.

Another free opportunity related to John McArthur is coming up:

Thursday, May 20, 5:30 PM - Weeknights at the Wagner Free Institute of Science (did you know Philadelphia has this wonderful old science museum in addition to the Franklin Institute?). The Wagner will present a free lecture by Dr. Michael Lewis on John McArthur, who was also the first deacon at this church when it was a new daughter church of the original Tenth.
Silent, Weird, Beautiful: Philadelphia's City Hall and Its Architect

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Full-time position available with WorldHelp

World Help is seeking Sound Engineers and Road Crew who, under the supervision of the Children of the World Team Leaders, will be responsible for the set up and running of sound and the transportation of the choir while on a 10-month tour. This position is full-time and requires extensive travel. Position begins August 2010 and ends in June 2011.

Specific Duties:
• Set up, maintenance, and operation of sound system for the Children of the World International Children’s Choir
• Drive bus or RV to concert locations
• Care of vehicles
• Help the Team Leaders ensure the welfare of the children

• Ability to set up and operate a sound system—training will be provided
• Above average driving skills
• Must have or be willing to obtain a CDL class C
• High school education or equivalent
• A heart for missions
• Ability to work well with children
• Ability to work well with others
• Able to lift 50 lbs. or more

Click here to view the job descriptions. Please feel free to email us with any questions or potential applicants as soon as possible.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Neighbors

Here is an article on our newest neighbors moving in to the condo down the block. Look carefully at the picture and you will see Tenth in the background.

This link takes you to the sales site that includes video.

Do you think we could get some space for Bible school classes?

Koop-Hogue Wedding Video

THE video of THE wedding is now available on Tenth's website. Click here for the link. If you want to get straight to the bride making her entrance, move the time bar to the thirty minute mark.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apartment Needed

The West Philadelphia Chinese Christian Church is looking for a two bedroom apartment (preferably on a lower floor) in the University City area to house their new pastor. The pastor will be relocating to Philadelphia at the end of May/early June. The church can afford about $900 per month in rent. Please reply to Nathan Li.

Sunday's Meeting

At Sunday's congregational meeting, the congregation approved to accept Phil's resignation and approved the proposed membership for the Pastoral Selection Committee.

I should note that opportunity was given for an informal vote on the question "Do you want to dissolve the relationship with Philip Ryken. I must say that the sound of voices declaring "No" was much louder than the sound of approving the resignation.

The Pastoral Selection Committee will hold its first meeting next Wednesday, May 5. Be in prayer for the committee as the work begins. Here is the call of the Session to the congregation:

"The Session calls the congregation to a season of patient, unified prayer during this time of transition. Specifically, please pray for the family of Dr. Ryken as they move to Wheaton and undertake a new beginning; pray for the work of the Pastoral Selection Committee and the leadership of the Session; and pray for God’s ongoing safekeeping and blessing on Tenth Presbyterian Church."

Monday, April 26, 2010

House for Sale

The McInnes' have their house on the market in East Falls. Click here for the listing. In the "QUICK SEARCH" box, click "STREET" and type in STAFFORD STREET. The house will be the listing for 401 W Stafford Street.

Members in the news

Tom Muldoon let us know about an article on the Cropseys in today's Inquirer.

People's Magazine of Tenth?

During a meeting someone mentioned this phrase...and, like a golden calf experience, this page materialized from nowhere.

Westminster Theological Seminary to Co-hosts Business Ethics Conference in Philadelphia!

The Westminster Theological Seminary and the Center For Christian Business Ethics Today are co-hosting a business ethics conference entitled, Business Ethics Today: Adding a Christian Worldview as Found in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The conference uniquely brings together theologians and businesspersons to discuss the issues of doing business in God's world and using His Word. Come hear Dr. Phil Ryken, Ron Ferner, Wayne Grudem, Chuck Colson and many others discuss the economic principles and values derived from the Bible.

The conference will be held on June 11-12, 2010, at the Union League. For more details and registration please visit the Center's website at