Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Tenth Presbyterian Church! May the Lord's blessings be with each of you wherever you are celebrating our Lord's birth today.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bible Reading Guides

Phil Ryken prepared year-long Bible reading guides a couple of years ago. The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals printed the guides in booklet form and have made them available for the church. You can pick one up this Sunday in the church lobbies.

Robert "I Can Find Anything" Polen sent me this online link to the reading plan.

Offering Envelopes

Please pick up your offering envelopes in Reception Hall the next Sunday or other day you are in church.

If you do not use envelopes, send Christy Corbett a quick email that you do not need them.

If you live out of town and want the envelopes, send her an email asking her to mail them to you.

Get Your Program!

Want a sneak preview of the Lessons and Carols services? Click here for the program.

Remember, the services are:
Thursday, December 23, 7:15 pm (gates open at 6:30)
Friday, December 24, 7:15 pm (gates open at 6:30)

Also, the Family Service is Friday, December 24, 4:30 pm (gates open at 4:00)

Christmas Breakfast

The staff was treated to a delightful breakfast this morning by the Wynne family - Carroll, Kimberly, David, Rachel, and Jonathan. Not only did we have delicious food, but they set up beautiful tables with lighted candles, and formal dinnerware. The background music was Paul Jones' Christmas Impromptu.

Quite satisfying all around!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Doing It All

Not that I pay attention to these things, but the game ending game winning punt return of the Eagles was made possible by the final block of wide receiver Jason Avant. Here is a writer's comment about him. Be sure to read to the end and to click the link I put on his name.

That he was on the field at all on that play shows Avant's versatility and value to the Eagles. He began the play as the lone true punt rusher, and was on the left side of the field at the Giants' 17 when the kick went off. He then raced back to the right to deliver his key block at the Giants' 46.

"I was supposed to get last man in pursuit," Avant said after the game.

Said Jackson: "I don't even know who he hit, but he took them like two feet off the ground."

Punt rush? Check. Blocking? Check. Chipping a lineman to help protect the quarterback? Avant does that, too. Third-down receptions? Check. Lead a weekly Eagles Bible study group? Mark that box as well.

Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols, December 23 and 24
by Dr. Paul S. Jones, Organist & Music Director

As is our regular and joyful practice, the Tenth Church Choir and soloists along with the Westminster Brass and Tenth Chamber Players will offer diverse anthems to the glory of God and for the enjoyment of all who attend. These anthems span 500 years of music history from the early Baroque to the present day and are closely linked to Scripture passages that will be read by Pastors Clark and Tripp. The congregation will sing seven carols, including O Little Town of Bethlehem, written at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in 1868 by the rector, Phillips Brooks, and his organist, Lewis Redner.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Studio47West handcrafted jewelry is at the Dalet Art Gallery in Old City Philadelphia!

Dalet Art Gallery
141 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106

DALET is the 4th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet meaning door, the entrance way to truth. "We strive to contribute to a contemporary dialog in a multi-faceted and playful way that emphasizes and explores channels of communication between artists and viewers. Our focus spreads across mediums, from painting, sculpture and photography to interactive and installation work."

Studio47West will be in the gallery until January.
Gallery hours are Tue - Sat 11am - 6pm, Sun & Mon by appointment.

Studio47West is currently working on holiday orders. If you are still looking for that perfect gift for someone special, visit our website or call us at (610) 626-4770, or stop in the Dalet Art Gallery in center city Philadelphia.

Halleluia by the Silent Monks

Dear Paul Jones,

Here is an idea to liven up the Christmas Eve service.

The Twelve Doctrines of Christmas

Paul Jones,

Why can't we sing a song like this in church?


Thinking Warm Thoughts: Colombia 2011

While the weather outside is frightful, we're thinking warm thoughts: a short-term trip to Colombia, August 4-15, 2011!

Mark your calendars now for this southern excursion. And join our Tenth team in sharing the gospel with children, serving in a medical clinic, or encouraging our friends and partners there.

For more information, email Bruce.

Reporting Good Things

Pastor Clark,

50 years ago at 8 p.m. this evening, my Father walked me down the aisle to meet Bruce and our journey continues.  Knowing Jesus has made all the difference.  I think the good things should be reported so I'm sending this to you.  Also, when you see Paul Jones please tell him that Bruce and I really really appreciate the organ music - yesterday after the service was just splendid!

Peggy Garver