Friday, April 19, 2013

Preschool Information Session

Breaking News: Tenth Church Preschoolwhich opens in September, will now offer a class three days a week for both three and four-year-olds. The four-year-olds will receive special attention with an enriched curriculum to prepare them well for kindergarten.

The preschool will host a Meet-and-Greet the director on Thursday, April 25 from 7-8 pm to give families a chance to meet its new director, Pam Nothacker, and hear about the preschool. The board would love to have you come and would be so grateful if you could extend an invitation on its behalf to other families who might be interested.

Car for Sale

Car for sale in Lititz, PA (see the church bulletin board for a picture). 2003 Buick LeSabre 4-door Sedan. 62,440 miles. Excellently maintained, including regular service. $6400 or best offer. Contact Jane at 717-625-6187.

IT Help

The following is from Tom Plut's brother-in-law:

We are looking for an IT firm in the area that can spec out the new building and take care of moving and setting up the computers. They would contract directly with our client. Do you know of any reputable/reliable people or firms that need the work and would be capable of handling this? It is not a big job as the total computer count is about 15. Please email Daniel Krage or phone 440-220-5149.

i thank You God

e. e. cummings was a 20th century poet (who liked small case spellings). I am not aware of his being a Christian but certainly a believer in a creator. I remember singing the first stanza of this poem in my college Intervarsity group.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
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The Warning

Proverbs 15:10

There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
whoever hates reproof will die.

Understand clearly, there may be two options to choose for how you want to live, but there is only one option if you want eternal salvation. Forsake the righteous way of the Lord, and you will suffer punishment. Reject the reproof intended to put you on the right path, and you will die. As the previous proverbs noted, the way of wickedness is regarded as an abomination to the Lord, who is your Judge. And as the next proverb will make clear, this Judge sees all!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Post-Christian Cities

Barna posted a listing of cities that are the most "post-Christian." Can you find Philadelphia?

David Sacks Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service held for David Sacks (son of Stu Sacks) this coming Saturday, April 20, 2:00pm at Covenant Fellowship Church, 1 Fellowship Road, Glen Mills, 19342. A reception will follow.

When I heard the learn'd astronomer

A contribution from Maxine Young.

When I heard the learn'd astronomer, by Walt Whitman (1819-1892) 

When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
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Proverbs 15:9

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

God is not lukewarm, neither about sin nor righteousness. He does not look upon us with indifference; he does not find sin humorous, nor does he regard righteousness mildly. He hates sin and will judge in his wrath the sinner; he loves the righteous, preparing for them a place of glory. Therefore pursue righteousness!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sunday Services 4/21/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Derek Thomas preaching, “From Beginning to End: God’s Garden to God’s City” (Revelation 21:9–22:5). Hymns: All Praise To Christ; Great Is Thy Faithfulness; Crown Him with Many Crowns.
Parish 5 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Bryan Anderson, organ.
(6:30):  Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Tempted: Adam, Jesus, and Me—In Temptation’s Hour” (Revelation 3:7–13). Hymns: Fairest Lord Jesus; The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; Ye Gates, Lift Up Your Heads.

Bethany Walk-a-thon in Ambler

On Saturday, June 1, Bethany Christian Services’ will hold their third annual Walk and 5K fund-raiser at the Mondauk Common in Ambler, PA.  The “A Home for Every Child” event raises awareness of the need to adopt children with special needs, and also raises funds to support these adoptions. For more information, click here.

The Donkey

Jonathan Cruse submitted this poem by G. K. Chesterton.

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked   
   And figs grew upon thorn,   
Some moment when the moon was blood   
   Then surely I was born.
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Proverbs 15:8

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

It is bad enough to act wickedly and ungodly and to think you can get away with bad behavior. But to feign reverence for God, to pretend to love God, or pretend to repent? God will not be mocked. And if it is possible for him to be angrier over one sin than another, be sure that his greatest anger is against those who try to drag him over to be identified with their wickedness.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 26-27: Seeking Peace through the Art of Medicine

Join us for InterMed 2013,
Featuring Drs. Mike and Shareen Kelly

A weekend of worship, teaching, fellowship, and encouragement! Mike teaches at Westminster Seminary and will be speaking on “Shalom and the Human Person” on Friday night and “The Kingdom of God and Urban Challenges to Shalom” on Saturday. His wife, Shareen, will share on “Shalom and the Healthcare Practitioner”, perspectives on maintaining a vision of biblical shalom as a physician in an urban context. Shareen works as a pediatrician in North Philadelphia.
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Alpha Hot-lineTraining

During regular business hours, trained volunteers answer the Alpha Pregnancy Services Helpline calls. If you would like to become one of these important “first-responders,” mark your calendar now for the next two-day training session. Saturdays, June 8 and 15, from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Email Anna at for more info and to register.

Psalm 90

On the day after the tragedy in Boston, this biblical poem of Psalm 90 by Moses, seems appropriate for the poem to post.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
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Spreading Knowledge

Proverbs 15:7

The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.

The wise spread knowledge that is useful, that makes one wiser, that is good. Fools spread information that is false or perverted or that harms. Fools often think they are spreading knowledge, not realizing that they are revealing their foolishness. They like to hear themselves talk and think others like listening to them. The wise speak only as necessary, weighing their words so as to speak appropriately and to meet their proper intention.
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Prayer for Boston

Our Father,

Grant your mercy to the heart-broken, the wounded, and the traumatized.
Bring comfort, healing, and peace.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

To make a prairie

Jessie Yang submitted this favorite poem of hers by Emily Dickinson.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Much Treasure

Proverbs 15:6

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

There may very well be financial wealth in the righteous, because he will be prudent with his money, will not spend it foolishly, and will put savings aside. He will also use his money righteously, tithing ten percent or more, being generous to the poor, not defrauding others, and so receiving blessing from God and from his neighbor.
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