Friday, May 11, 2012

Getting to Church on Sunday

Well, I tried but failed. I went to the website of the Race for the Cure event taking place this Sunday morning. It has lots of information, except for giving the route of the race! If like previous years, the route will start along the Ben Franklin Parkway and go all the way down to Columbus Blvd, then back up Market or Chestnut. I think. At least they changed the old route which literally circled the church preventing any car from getting through. If you take 76 and get off on the South Street exit you should be safe.

Increase in Learning

Proverbs 1:5-6

Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thriving Preaching

Thriving is putting on a preaching workshop - Preaching the Bible in an Urban Core. Thriving is an organization connected with Eric Mason's Epiphany Fellowship. The workshop will be held next Friday, May 18. Check here for details and registration.


Are you interested in seeing “Music@theGates” events happen again this summer? This time of fellowship on the fourth Sundays after the evening service includes refreshments and music on the Spruce Street patio. If you are interested in joining a team of volunteers to facilitate these events, please contact Elizabeth .

To Know Wisdom

Proverbs 1:2-4

To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth-
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An Ex-addict's Testimony

This is from a Fellowship Bible Study member: "My life was a mess. I ran away from God.  I lost all the 'things' I had acquired and I almost lost my toes to frostbite because I was living on the street. Today I'm full of joy about the blessing-salvation God has given me.  I'm free from the slavery of addiction's sin. I don't have to do that anymore.  I'm free to walk with the Lord.  I'm free to cherish the hope that my Savior promised."  

Female Roommate(s) Wanted

One or two female housemates wanted to share a three-story home with young professional Christian women.  There is one bedroom still available either as a single or double occupancy.

* 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 Rittenhouse Square and along Septa bus route #2.
* It's a great deal--$2000/month split 3-4 ways plus utilities. Each bedroom is at least 16' x18' and includes 2 closets and a private bathroom. This well maintained house has been shared by 4-5 women since its purchase.

Lease starts July 1 though a verbal commitment is needed before May 15 in order to renew the lease. Pictures and tours are available upon request.

For more information, please email Christy Corbett at


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A Buddhist Studies the Word

Give thanks for the Buddhist who has been attending my Bible Study at the Youth Study Center. Pray for the salvation of this YSC staff member. Pray, also, for the Christian witness of the teachers and social workers who attend the study. For more information on the YSC, click here.

Crossroads Community Church

Our sister church, Crossroads Community Church in Upper Darby is featured in the latest newsletter of MNA (Mission to North America). Click this link; you will find the article three pages down. The focus is on the multi-national/ethnic composition of the church.

Welcome, Charles Wesley

Andy and Megan Owens are pleased to announce the birth of Charles Wesley (Wes) on April 30. Hhmm, do you suppose there might be a parent who is a musician?

Welcome, Madeline Faith!

Loren and Anne Chen are pleased to announce the birth of Madeline Faith, April 26, 5lbs, 14ozs.

The Limits of Proverbs

Some of you may know that over three years, with the help of others, I wrote daily devotions through the book of Proverbs. I am bringing them back (though you can read all of them anytime at my DMC Resource site) as daily postings. I have updated them, writing the ones I had missed before.

Proverbs 1:1

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

This first verse is instructive. These proverbs are the results of Solomon's writings and his collection of ancient sayings. Consider this description of Solomon in 1 Kings 10:23: "Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind." We know this is the result of God answering his prayer for wisdom to govern his people. Because Solomon asked for wisdom, God granted wisdom and riches and fame.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sunday Services 5/13/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “The Covenant-Making God” (2 Samuel 7:1–29). Hymns: When Morning Gilds the Skies; The God of Abraham Praise; Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.
PM (6:30): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Come Over and Help Us” (Acts 16:1–15). Hymns: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing; Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken; We Rest on Thee.

A Tribute to Erna Goulding

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has given tribute to Erna Goulding, "in appreciation of her contributions" to the hospital. Check it out through this link.

Vacation Rental in Poconos

We have a 4 Bedroom 2 Bath chalet available for daily or weekly rental in Northeast Poconos. For more information view our website at Special consideration is given to those in vocational Christian ministry. You can contact John Davis by email.


I Pledge Allegeance

Another welcomed surprise is learning that our accounting assistant, Mei-lin Walter, has become an American citizen. Congratulations, Mei-lin!

New Staff

I see that while I was away, we have hired three new staff members, one for each month of my absence. Charlotte Eastlack is our new accountant, following Jessie Yang; Ruth Kiehlmeier has stepped into Elizabeth Mosebrook's role of TIF (Tenth International Fellowship) assistant; and Jessica Sinagra has joined the sexton staff. Now, if I could just remember the name of the new senior minister...

Doctor of Divinity

I've always suspected Rick Phillips of having a divine quality about him, but to make it official, he is receiving his Doctor of Divinity degree on Friday, May 18, from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Congratulations, Rick!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Apartment Available in Lansdowne

One Bedroom Apartment in Lansdowne

The spacious 2nd  floor apartment is in a Victorian style home. The unit features include a large eat-in kitchen with full size stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry; full bathroom; bright, sunny living room & bedroom with high ceilings; large energy-efficient windows throughout; hardwood floors and ceiling fans; and spacious common areas with stained glass windows.
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West Philadelphia House-Share

Home on 47th block of Hazel Avenue in W. Philadelphia looking for additional Christian women to rent two additional rooms. Please contact Meredith Alley if interested at 919.593.4257.


D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Iain H. Murray will be giving an address on D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones entitled "The Life and Legacy of an Iconic Preacher," Friday, May 18, 7:00 pm, at Proclamation Presbyterian Church.

Interserve USA Director Needed

Interserve USA, which is a missions agency located in Upper Darby, is looking for a new national director. Info about Interserve, as well as a job description, can be found at

Shocking Return

So I go away and we buy a building? That would have topped the list of surprises, if not learning that Ron Ferner and Beth Ann Haven are engaged! But that does not make the top of the list. The biggest shocker was seeing Bruce McDowell without a mustache!

Startling Effect

Yikes! As much as I like my staff, finding their pictures where my family should be as a frightening effect. Just where I look over to see my beautiful wife smiling at me is a picture of a cheerful Robert Polen. It gives the chills.