Friday, March 08, 2013

Goligher Grandbaby

Liam and Christine Goligher are pleased to announce the arrival of their newest granddaughter, Arabella Elizabeth Green, to Ruth and Jonathan. Born Monday, March 4, 7 lbs, 8 oz.
Stratford Classical Christian Academy in Stratford, NJ is having several open houses for prospective students and parents on March 21 at 7:00 pm, April 10 at 8 am, and April 25 at 7 pm. Come see what makes SCCA stand out as a educational institution of excellence in academics and Christian training! For more information about SCCA and the schedule of open houses and other events, see their website.

Website Photography and You!

As part of the major redesign of our current website, one of our aims is to accurately portray our church to our neighbors and the world. We are a fellowship of God-centered, Spirit-filled, loving disciples of Christ. We desire to engage our audiences with a warm, welcoming, and clear presentation of Tenth's ministries and community. Crucial to this goal is excellent, professional photography of our community and our people, you.
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Letter for Bible School Parents

Dear Bible School Parents,

Since last September, it has been my privilege to serve as website manager for the new Tenth website (due to launch the beginning of the summer!). One of the improvements we hope to make with the new Tenth website is to post professional quality, current photographs of the life and worship of our church body. We feel this will greatly enhance the look and appeal of our site and better represent our church to the world.
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Temper, Temper

Proverbs 14:17

A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.

This proverb points out the danger that comes with anger: we make fools of ourselves. More times than not, we regret our words spoken and actions committed in anger. We harm people we love; we lose or destroy possessions valuable to us. Anger makes us dumb. All the more trouble then for a quick tempered person.
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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Alpha News

Alpha Pregnancy Services' latest newsletter is now online. See it here.

Award nomination

I just had an interview with World Magazine. ACTS Ministries has been nominated for the annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion. ACTS is an acronym for Active Compassion through Service. For more information on the award, click here.

Sunday Services 3/10/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Guard the Deposit” (2 Timothy 1:12b–18). Hymns: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven; I Know Whom I Have Believed; Before the Throne of God Above.
Parish 6 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Sinfonia Sacra
(6:30):  Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Tempted: Adam, Jesus, and Me—What Lies Beneath” (1 John 2:15–17). Hymns: All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above; Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak; O Jesus, I Have Promised.

Reckless Living

Proverbs 14:16

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.

Our culture today, at least our popular media culture, disdains such a proverb. It celebrates those daring to live on the edge because the one virtue that truly matters is passion. It makes no difference what one is passionate about. One person is passionate about serving the poor; another is passionate is about skateboarding. Each activity has the same value as long as the activity produces a rush.
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Simple and the Prudent

Proverbs 14:15

The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

The simple believes the advertisements that happiness, sex appeal, and popularity are found in merchandise, especially expensive merchandise. The simple buys into the messages of pop music and media, because they are expressed with passion. The simple believes whatever appeals to his senses and promises him happiness without change or cost. He believes everything, not because he is intellectually incapable of sifting for the truth, but because he is most affected by flattery. As long as someone appeals to him in a flattering manner, he will believe the message, provided that the message also is flattering to him.
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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Stationary Bike

Do you have a stationary bike gathering dust and cobwebs in your basement or garage? A person connected with Tenth who is recovering from surgery has asked for a used stationary bicycle with a stationary handlebar to aid in physical therapy. Please contact Jim at if you are able to help.

Being a Good Neighbor

Be sure to check out the talk given by David Apple at this year's Urban Ministry Conference. You can access it here.

The Sound of Music

The last two performances of The Sound of Music by the Delaware County Christian School's drama department are this Friday 3/8 at 7:30pm and Saturday 3/9 at 4:00pm. Come watch Rose Favino on stage, Rachel Wynne and Kate Kempf backstage, and Isaac Linton, Crys McFarland, Jane Pendell, Ellie Schmucker, and Sarah Seaman in the pit orchestra. Order tickets online at

Bearing Fruit

Proverbs 14:14

The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

Once, I commented on the poor luck a certain fellow seemed to keep having. My companion replied that sometimes a person makes his own luck. He could have quoted this proverb. We often question why we are having so much trouble. It is true that trouble comes to the godly as well as the ungodly and that often there is no accounting for troubles. But much, if not most, of our troubles come as consequence to our behavior.
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Monday, March 04, 2013

Ode to Bruce

Will it happen?
Will he appear?
Will Bruce McDowell
Show up here?
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Koop Resolution

(The following resolution was prepared by the Session of Tenth at its meeting of February 26, 2013 and read this past Sunday in the morning worship services. A memorial service is scheduled for April 6, 2:00pm at Tenth.)

                           TENTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Session Resolution for Dr. C. “Chick” Everett Koop

Invited to Tenth (by Erna Goulding) during their time in Philadelphia, both Betty and “Chick” came to know the Lord through the preaching ministry of Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse.
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Maestro the Lion

The Main Line Media News has an article about Tenth elder Tom Elliot's Maestro the Lion concerts. Check it out here.

Virginia Alice Hill

Please pray for Fred Hill whose mother died this morning. Virginia Alice Hill lived a long life (90 years) knowing her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by Fred, his brother Mervin and his sister Beverly. She had 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Internment will be at a yet-to-be determined date in Glen Aubrey, NY adjacent to husband Ralph who predeceased her by 20 years.

Honoring Volunteers

This morning the staff is hosting a breakfast in honor of the volunteers who have been coming into the church offices over the past year to help in a variety of ways - mailings, reception desk, and other clerical duties. The pastoral staff cannot accomplish what is required of them without the aid of the support staff, and the support staff cannot accomplish their responsibilities without the aid of volunteers. We even needed a volunteer to come in and man the desk so that we can honor the volunteers!

Welcome, Caroline Margaret!

Steven and Karen Lengkeek are pleased to announce the birth of Caroline Margaret Lengkeek on Friday, March 1, at 12:42 pm. Caroline weighed 8.2 pounds and 20 1/2 inches long. Christian, Emma, Elise and John are excited about the new addition to the family.

Endless Joy

Proverbs 14:13

Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.

Not all is what it seems. That neighbor who is laughing may be experiencing immense anguish. That couple who seem so happy may be filled with sadness. The news of joy may be setting in motion great grief. This is the character of life in this world - that joy is either mixed with sorrow or but an interlude between times of grief and anxiety. The story of the world is the story of Camelot. No matter how good a place and time may be, seeds of sorrow are always sown and bear fruit. Such is the story of every individual.

Nothing is certain. No joy is lasting. No sky is cloudless. Except...
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