Saturday, December 04, 2010

Day of Prayer

This Sunday is the quarterly Day of Prayer. I hope to see many of you in the prayer meeting that will be held at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall. Carroll Wynne will lead the prayer time for 11:00 in the 315 Building, first floor.

I'm not one who likes to advertise worship or prayer meetings as "fun" or "exiting" or "dynamic." Neither worship nor prayer is entertainment. But tomorrow...well, we will spend the whole time counting "one by one" the blessings of God for us personally and as a church. It will be difficult not to have fun. Start preparing now - name the blessings God has given to you, and then come share them with the rest of us.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Friday, December 03, 2010


The Christmas tree is up! The wreathes are hanging in the portico. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Hmm...I should get that sentence copyrighted.

Hope to see many of you tonight at the dinner and congregational meeting!

Welcome, Brynn!

Kate and Justin Mills are pleased to announce the birth of Brynn Avigail on October 19 at 3:05am. She weighed in at 9 lbs 15 oz and was 21 inches long.

School Concert

Hill Christian School and City Center Academy invite you to celebrate the birth of our Savior with us at our annual Christmas concert. The concert will be held in Tenth’s sanctuary on Friday, December 17, at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Smyth Funeral

The funeral service for Tom Smyth's mother, Joyce Smith, is planned at Green Hill Presbyterian Church, 3112 Kennett Pike (Rt 52), Wilmington, Delaware 19807, (302) 652-5065 on Saturday, December 4, at 11AM followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

Christian Nanny Needed

Fun-loving and busy Christian family in Princeton, NJ seeks an energetic woman who loves children and loves the Lord! Dad commutes into New York City every day and travels extensively throughout the world on business. Mom stays at home, but is very busy with managing the household and being active with the older kids’ schools and activities.
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Open House Events

City Center Academy (9-12) and Spruce Hill Christian School (K-8)

Listed as one of the best high schools in the city by Philadelphia magazine, CCA has a growing reputation as an outstanding choice for students looking for a small school that provides the personalized attention each student needs. All are welcome to visit the Center City campus on select Thursdays from 5-7 pm on these dates:

  • December 2, 2010
  • March 31, 2011
  • May 12, 2011

The elementary campus, in the University City section of Philadelphia, attracts students who love the school’s caring atmosphere and academic rigor. Come see why the Spruce Hill is becoming known nationally as an urban school of excellence. Open House dates are:

  • January 12, 2011 at 9:30 am
  • March 10, 2011 at 9:30 am
  • April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Take a look at the school’s websites for more information at or

New Hope Liberia Gifts

New Hope Liberia Blue Barrel gifts may still be received at the congregational dinner and meeting. Items needed are: school supplies, underwear, digital cameras, shoes, Bibles (NIV) and hymnals.

If you're going to stay home...

John Piper once commented that the Christian has three options in life: "Go, send, or disobey." God's call throughout Scripture to reach all peoples with the good news is for all believers.

So what do you do if you're called to stay home and send others? Justin Long just wrote a great blog post on this. He calls us to be senders--people committed to long-term work and long-term workers, including administrators and mobilizers.

So if you're not going, how are you sending?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday Reception!

On Saturday, December 4, from 3-5 pm in Fellowship Hall, we will enjoy a time of worship, testimonies, and fellowship with special guests--8 visiting students from Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan! Please come and bring a friend or two to hear about God's work in this least-reached country!

Reduced parking at the garage on South Street (between 18th and 17th Streets) is available.

Joyce Smyth

I just received this notice from Kathy Brewer-Smyth regarding Tom's mother:

After a courageous battle with cancer, my mother-in-law Joyce Smyth has passed on to glory. She has been the mother figure to many, including me throughout the extended illness of my own mother in recent years.
Funeral arrangements are being made through McCrery Funeral Home and her church, Green Hill Presbyterian Church, 3112 Kennett Pike (Rt 52), Wilmington, Delaware, tentatively most likely for either Saturday December 4, or Sat Dec 11 at 11AM followed by burial in the Smyth section of the adjoining churchyard.

John Mayhew

I received word this morning that Tenth attender John Mayhew died this morning peacefully after a long illness. When decisions are made regarding services, I will post the information. I visited with John last night, and as is typical of a child of God at the end of his time, he spoke with confidence of the blood shed for him by Jesus Christ. When I asked what Scripture he would like read, he directed me to Psalm 103, "Bless the Lord, O my soul..." When asked about a hymn, he recited, "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's veins. And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains."


Congregational Dinner and Meeting

The congregational dinner and meeting is this Friday.

The Dinner is at 6:00. For that you need to register online or call in, 215.735.7688. Actually, I just registered online. I know, I know, I should have registered earlier! Anyhow, it was very easy. Here is the link. Give it a try. The link takes you to a page that gives info about the dinner and childcare. Then you will see "Register" at the bottom. You will see info eventually about paying. I thought I would have to pull out a credit card, but I am given the option to pay in person, so I clicked that.

The actually Meeting begins at 7:30 in the Sanctuary. We will be:
1) Voting on the nominees for elders, deacons, deaconesses, nominating committee, and trustees;
2) Reviewing and voting on the budgets - Church Ministry, Outreach, and Building Improvements;
3) Hearing a report on the status of the Capital Campaign projects;
4) Hearing a report from the Pastoral Selection Committee

MCO/Tenth Healthcare Fellowship Lunch

The next THF lunch is on 12/5 at 12:45 in Fellowship Hall. The speaker will be a local dentist from Esperanza Health Center, who will share about his upcoming departure, with his family, for service in North Africa. If you're able to come, RSVP to

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pot and Pans

ACTS Ministries needs a set of pots and pans for a formerly homeless person. Please email David Apple, for more information.


New Hope Liberia is requesting that we all bring new underwear, school supplies, digital cameras, and gently used shoes for the orphans to the congregational dinner Friday. And the Liberian church plant needs NIV Bibles and hymnals, so bring those too. They will fill out a shipment leaving this weekend.

Please note that Sunday will be too late!

Blue Bell Rental

This is a nearly 1200’ 2BR townhouse in Blue Bell Pa, at Georgetown Condominiums; walking distance of R5 train in Penllyn; 15 min drive to Westminster; 35 mins to Tenth on Sunday AM!  Nice private patio; quiet neighborhood; nice common grounds with pool; carport available.  $1275/month, incl heat.  Call Miriam or Sheldon at 215-884-0230.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Life of Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving sermon, "The Life of Thanksgiving," is now posted at this link. You will find it under "Christian Life," then click Colossians 3:15-17.