Friday, March 01, 2013

Dog Needs Foster Home

My wonderful, new houseguest needs an intermediate home for Henry, her friendly, well-housebroken 4 year-old dog, as she stays with me, because my building will not even accept visits from non-service dogs.  Please contact Henry's  Jesus-loving "mom" at 215.678.4113 (24/7).  She says, "Please, help me not lose him, because he will be put up for adoption rather quickly, if he can't find a foster home."
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Center City Counseling Services

From Arlene Navarro, lead counselor at 2200 Arch Counseling Services: I am also delighted to announce to you our new addition to our team, Danelle Rottner. Danelle will be joining our team of therapists on March 25 as an Independent Contractor. Her primary responsibility is to lead our Support Group Initiative.
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Coming of Age

The Philadelphia Interfaith Community (PIC) will present a program about Coming of Age rituals in the Abrahamic faiths on Wednesday, 3/6 at 7:00P.M. in the Society Hill Synagogue at 418 Spruce Street. Please enter through the side door in the courtyard. All are welcome. Should one need further information please contact Lou at 267.872.0568.

Seems Right

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.

This proverb makes two matter-of-fact statements that, depending on who we are, we tend to ignore. One is that the man of the world lives the way he does because it seems right to him. We Christians seem to forget this.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

C. Everett Koop Memorial Service

The memorial service for C. Everett Koop will be held April 6, 2013, 2:00 pm at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

Of Taking and Giving

M. L.
February 2013
“And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” 
Job 1:21b
Do you know the two verses above?  Have you experienced the truth of these verses?  In the following testimony, I would like to share with you how these verses came to life for me during this past year. 
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Day of Prayer

This Sunday is our quarterly Day of Prayer. Adult classes gather together to lift up the needs of the church. Carroll Wynne will lead the prayer session at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall. I will lead the session at 11:00 in the 315 Building, first floor rear room.

The focus this Sunday will be on a number of projects that have proven to be difficult to complete. All the more we need the prayers of God's people.

Sunday Services 3/3/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Unashamed” (2 Timothy 1:8–12). Hymns: Now Thank We All Our God; His Faithfulness Can Never Fail; I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord.
Parish 5 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): The Concordia Singers of Nittany Valley Children’s Choir.
(6:30):  Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Tempted: Adam, Jesus, and Me—There’s a Snake in My Garden” (Genesis 3:1–24). Hymns: This Is My Father’s World; O Word of God Incarnate; Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve.

Preschool Information Session

Tenth Church Preschool is having an information session tonight from 7-8pm. If you are considering preschool this fall, we would love for you to join us.
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C. Everett Koop Conversion

The following is taken from Koop, pgs 84-86:

It was Erna Goulding, a valued friend and a nurse at Children's Hospital, who sensed that I was searching for spiritual meaning. One evening, as Betty and I left our apartment to attend the musical program that attracted many to the first Baptist Church in center city Philadelphia, Erna suggested we walk a block beyond the Baptist Church and go to the evening service of the Tenth Presbyterian Church. She thought I would appreciate the intellectual approach to Christianity offered by its minister, Donald Grey Barnhouse. But we did not take her suggestion.
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Proclamation's Global Outreach Conference

You are invited to hear Dr. Daniel Shayesteh at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15:  "The Light of Christ and the Heart of Islam" and on Saturday, March 16 (Dinner at 5 p.m.; Lecture at 6: p.m.)  when he will present his personal testimony "From Radical Muslim to Christ". This is a Free Event. If you would like to attend the dinner on Saturday at 5 pm, please go to the church's website, click on the Missions Conference banner and click on Make a Reservation for Saturday's dinner.
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Ride needed

A member in Center City needs a ride to Quakertown for a 2pm doctor's appointment on  Tuesday, March 5. If you can help, email  

The Tent That Flourishes

Proverbs 14:11

The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.

The end of the wicked is seen every day. They cheat their way to success and yet end in jail, are killed, or experience some other kind of calamity. Because they build with worthless materials and through unethical practices, their very works lead to their downfall. But the upright, though they may experience trials, flourish. Many flourish materially because their integrity and wisdom bring success. Many may be poor and yet flourish in happiness through loving relationships. For many, they leave a flourishing legacy - their children succeeding beyond them, or, again, leaving a legacy of love.
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The eblast about the Parish 2 Vision Night erroneously listed the wrong address for Northeast Community Church. The correct address is 3300 Tyson Avenue in Philadelphia. The event starts at 7 pm.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Women's Gathering

Women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to a pizza lunch on March 3 in the Catacombs following the 11:00 service to discuss intergenerational women’s fellowship. RSVP to Christy or on the Facebook event, Tenth Women Meet & Greet.

Condolences for Cora Koop

Cards and letters of condolence for Cora Hogue Koop may be sent to: Koop Institute of Dartmouth, 7025 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Dr. Koop may be sent to the Stony Brook School, 1 Chapman Parkway, Stony Brook, NY 11790

Lonely Is the Heart

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.

Ultimately we are alone with our hearts. Even now, as you read this, sadness or joy that only you know lies in your heart. The closer we are to others, the more open our hearts; but even in the most intimate relationship, the other person cannot see, and more to the point, cannot feel all our emotions. Nor can he/she know the motives and feelings of our hearts except what we reveal. We may laugh when we are distraught. We may feign sorrow when really we are happy. We may feign reverence and love for God when in truth we have no feeling for him at all.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Open House for Delaware County Christian School

Date: Wednesday - February 27, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Home Again

I am back in the church after being away for two weeks on study leave. It was a productive time. I was working on two chapters for a book that I am editing about common grace for P&R. Contributors include Gene Veith, Sean Lucas, Derek Thomas, and Steve Lawson. The Tenth and Philadelphia connections you would know are Paul Tripp, David Skeel, John Leonard, Phil Ryken, Rick Phillips, and Ruth Floyd.
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Mocking God

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.

Fools never apologize for their foolishness; even when they make an attempt (which they do only from pressure), they always add "but" - but I did not intend to harm anyone; but I am trying to do my best; but I am misunderstood. Fools see admission of sin and mistakes as a sign of weakness. They want to be strong, or at least perceived as strong and confident. Losers worry about the impact of their actions. Weak people worry about offending others or making wrong decisions.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Catch the vision!

Liam and Will hit the road this week with their traveling Vision Night presentation. Over the next month they will gather with each parish to discuss Tenth's new initiatives and their vision for outreach.

First stop is Parish 1, Wednesday night at the church. Enjoy fellowship and refreshments both before and after the 7 pm presentation.

Friday will find them in Parish 2 meeting at the Northeast Community Church, 3300 Tyson Avenue, at 7 pm. If you are able, please bring a dessert to share.

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Dr. C. Everett Koop, 1916-2013

We just received news that Dr. C. Everett Koop died this afternoon. How we thank the Lord for his long faithful life serving many children and their families as a pediatric surgeon at CHOP; his service to our country as Surgeon General; and his service here at Tenth Presbyterian Church as a ruling elder. He will be deeply missed.
The family will have a quiet, private funeral service. Tenth Church will have a memorial service in the near future. Please pray for the Lord's comfort for Dr. Koop's wife, Cora, and for his children and their families.