Friday, July 16, 2010

Aftercare Program Employment

Spruce Hill Christian School is currently seeking employees for the 2010-2011 Aftercare Program.

Two positions available.
Hours: Monday-Friday from 2:45-6pm (and once or twice a month 12-6pm)
Compensation: $10/hour

Contact Stephanie Hook, Principal at or 215-382-7839.

Crusade in Accra

Our friends with African Enterprise Ghana ask us to pray for the movement of God's Spirit as they begin an evangelistic crusade in the capital city, Accra. Today hundreds will have the opportunity to see the Jesus movie. Tomorrow and again next Saturday 50 doctors and nurses will run a free medical clinic. Twenty five counselors will work alongside them. Pray especially for the crusade meetings themselves on July 22, 23 and 24.

Prayer Request

Bryan Stoudt requests prayer for a friend of the family, Jeffrey Meersand, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident several days ago. Please pray that God would reverse (probable) paralysis and serious brain injury, as well as draw Jeffrey closer to Him. Pray also for his wife (they have no children), who is understandably shaken by the accident.

Ryken Family Report

Dear Tenth Family,

It has been an eventful 2 ½ weeks, but we are doing well. On Monday the 28th the movers packed two trucks (they could not get a full-sized truck down our street, so they had to pack two, take them back to the warehouse and re-pack everything into one truck). The one little glitch was that they messed up our delivery date and came on the 2nd rather than the 6th, as planned. That actually turned out to be a blessing, though. Phil and I flew to Illinois on Wednesday the 30th.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Will you say "Amen"

ACTS needs a strong male evangelist to follow Phil Beauford's footsteps at My Brother's Place and Ridgeway homeless shelter. Must be available Thursday afternoons. Contact David Apple at

Hymn Singing

In my preparation for the sermon series on Ephesians 4, I came across this quote from Dr. Boice (from his second sermon in Ephesians):

"I have been a pastor in one place or another for more than two decades, and during that time I have probably put together between 1,300 and 1,400 worship services. These services have had various elements, all important: the sermon, Scripture readings, hymns, prayers, congregational responses, and other items. I value each of these. But as I have reflected on the worship of Christian people over this long period, I have come to believe that one of the most important aspects of all the various parts of worship is hymn singing. Why? Because it is in hymn singing that the congregation itself actively voices praise to God.

"The sermon is important. We learn from the sermon. But doctrine, if it is rightly understood, leads to doxology. If we discover who God is and what he has done for us, we will praise him."

Praying with our partners

Today, remember Michael and Carol in your prayers as Michael teaches on prayer:

"Carol and I (Michael) really covet your prayers for this...journey...into the land of St Patrick and the land of my forefathers. Our Cassidy family tree goes back to about the 11th Century in Ireland, so I will feel some elemental chords ringing my spirit, as I always do, when I go to Ireland. It’s a very special place with absolutely lovely people. ...

"I will be delivering five Bible studies on Prayer. I have never before, strangely enough, done a whole series on Prayer but this seemed to be an insistent word of guidance in my spirit. So do pray for me.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I have been wordled! "Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide." See what kind of cloud my blogging provides.

Heroes in Training

Our church supports John and Jessica Cropsey who are serving with two other families in Kenya at Tenwek Hospital. The team, known as “McCropders,” write very informative accounts of their work in medicine. Here is their latest report.

Heroes in Training

Let me explain. One of the unfortunate realities we live with here is that if someone is sick enough to get intubated (a tube in the throat and a machine to help breathing), the odds that they will recover is slim. Very slim. This even goes for the previously healthy. It may be because our ventilator is from the 1970's and looks remarkably like a stereo receiver that my parents had when I was growing up. Truth be told, the answer is more complex than just old technology, but suffice to say the prognosis for such patients is poor.
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Need a nanny?

I am looking for a nanny job. I am 35 years old. I have many years experience working with children in child care and as a teacher. I am looking for a full-time live out position. I am available to start working now. I went to a nanny school and have a professional nanny certificate. If you are interested please call me: Sarah Keidel at 610-715-2915.

General Assembly Report

Click here to read a copy of the General Assembly's Stated Clerk report on this year's General Assembly meeting.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Clark Curse Broken

Some of you know my record of attending Phillies games. In five years attending - about 15 games - I had never witnessed a Phillies win. Until Friday night. For the first eight innings it was a typical night for me, watching the Phillies get hammered. In the bottom of the ninth the score is 7-1. Across the aisle a woman is looking at her program, on the back of which is written, "This could be the games at which you say, 'I was at that game.' " All night it had cruelly mocked me. And then, as Bill Boone is my witness, while I remained in my seat, the Phillies made an improbable comeback, scoring six runs in the ninth and finishing it off in the tenth. And I was at that game! The curse is broken.

Welcome, Sofia!

Johannes and Liz (Sorkness) Hailu are pleased to announce the birth of Sofia Marie, July 12, 5:21 p.m., 7lbs, 11oz.

Ephesians 4 Series

I am very pleased to begin a sermon series next Sunday. I will be spending twelve weeks in Ephesians 4. (See the schedule below.) This Sunday the text is verse 1 and the title "The Worthy Calling." We are going to take a look at what our calling entails that makes it worthy of living up to. To prepare, read the first three chapters, which is where I will be turning to explore that calling.

I've chosen this chapter because, one, I have been impacted by it for my own life and ministry, and, two, I think you will find its lessons needed for this time in our church's life. The chapter basically is how a church ought to operate.

Here is the schedule:
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Sweat Correction

I need to set the record straight after slightly exaggerated comments from Dr. Tripp Sunday night. I do have sweat glands. Having grown up in the south I take hot humid weather for granted, plus I am blessed not to emit foul odors when I do sweat.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Housemate Wanted

Christian female housemate wanted to share a three-story home with three other friendly young professional women who are actively involved at Tenth.
  • It's a great house--built in 2007 with hardwood floors, granite countertops, washer/dryer, security system, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, basement, and garage.
  • It's a great location--8 blocks due south of Tenth and along Septa bus route #2.
  • It's a great deal--$550/month plus utilities ($70-100) for a large private bedroom (around 12x14) with 2 closets and its own bathroom.
Room is available immediately. Pictures are available upon request. For more information, email Liz or Christy.