Friday, December 09, 2011

Center City Apartment for Lease

This from a member of Liberti church, one of the churches in our Presbytery.

A beautiful one bedroom apartment available just off of Rittenhouse Square! Walk easily to the River Trail, Trader Joes, shopping, and a great variety of restaurants. This apartment is $1250/month which includes gas, heat, and water.
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Memorial Service, Concert, Biography

The memorial service for Sam Hsu is now posted on vimeo. You will also find the program of the service and the concert Sam performed last year for the Chopin bicentennial.

Here is the biography that is included in the program.
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New exhibit at Luella Tripp's gallery

This exhibit will be up from December through January 7, 2012. Here is an excerpt from Luella's announcement.

FOCUS: 4th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition presents works by seven artists in their first exhibition at LGTripp Gallery.  This collection of photographs, a diverse body of works, approaches and subject matter, offers a bird‘s eye glimpse of themes realized through this medium.
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Charming Country Gift Ideas

Linda Carter asked us to post a link to her friend's store, Country Charm Furnishings. They have a variety of country-inspired gifts and furniture, and they are offering some holiday specials.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Tenth Remembrance

Here are the remarks I gave at Sam Hsu's memorial service on behalf of Tenth Church.

According to Tenth’s records, Sam Hsu joined the church as a communicant member in 1981. He was ordained a deacon in 1985. In 1991 he was ordained a ruling elder.
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Answer to Prayer

My Bible Study at the Youth Study Center ( juvenile detention center) had six new members today: two social workers and four medical staff. Plus we discovered a bigger room that's available if we need it.

Sunday Services 12/11/2011

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching “The Light. . .Was Coming” (John 1:1–18). Carols: Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come; How Lovely Shines the Morning Star!; Not in Regal Robes of Grandeur.
PM (6:30): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching “The Spreading Flame” (Acts 8:1–25). Carols: Good Christian Men, Rejoice; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks; What Child Is This; It Came upon the Midnight Clear; Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.

New Christmas CD

Former music staff member Evelyn Larter has just finished recording a Christmas CD on piano with Daniel Sharp, a gifted young flautist who grew up at Tenth Church.
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Memorial Service Update

I have sent out an email letter to the congregation giving the final update on Thursday's memorial service. You will want to check the latest on parking.
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Sam Hsu, the Polymath

Kyle Smith has written a wonderful, insightful tribute to Sam Hsu in the Broad Street Review.

See also his obituary in the New York Times.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

God's Strength in You

God’s strength in you is the thread woven through the book Outer Strength, Inner Strength, a collection of powerful essays written as personal letters to today’s woman, by Ginnie Mesibov, Tenth member and former staff member, in which she urges her reader to recognize and use her God-given strengths and skills.
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Thursday Parking

Parking will be problematic for Thursday's service. We have been granted our usual space for on-street parking at special services, which is:
Both sides of Spruce Street between 17th and 18th Streets
Both sides of 17th Street between Spruce and Pine
Both sides of 18th Street between Spruce and Pine

HOWEVER, the parking privilege DOES NOT BEGIN until 9:30, the time the prelude begins. If you want to use the on-street parking privilege, you must park after 9:30. You also need the Tenth Church parking placard, which you can obtain in the church lobbies.

The parking lot on 15th and South Street will provide parking for $7 with a validated ticket (church stamps located in church lobbies).

Monday, December 05, 2011

Hsu Memorial Service Update

Sam Hsu Memorial Service
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Prelude: 9:30 a.m. (featuring former students and musicians who played with Sam)
Service: 10-11:30 (Phil Ryken will give the message)
Reception following

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A dream no longer...hope has come!

On Thursday this architect's rendering of the new Esperanza ("hope" in Spanish) Health and Wellness Center opened its door to the Hunting Park neighborhood. It was a grant opening with many luminaries including John Perkins (a great friend of Tenth), Manny Ortiz (pastor of Spirit & Truth), Ruth Naomi Ruth (whose voice delights heaven) and even Mayor Nutter.

Hundreds were conducted on tours throughout the center (I got to be in Suzanna Linton's group -- that was an experience!) and so many people from Tenth were present. [Ted Vobril's desk tempted me to give up my gum].

More than celebrating the opening of another medical facility, it is the strategic ministry of Esperana which does give hope. Their missions statement begins "Compelled by the love of God in Christ Jesus, in cooperation with the Church and others,..."