by Randy Delp Philadelphia
Achievements It is a joy to follow a talents and money, both as board and staff, Mennonite
God who provides for people who give through their consistent ﬁ-
Our Environmen- our needs, both individu- nancial contributions and those who give High School
tal Education Team ally and as a gathered their time and energy in prayer. All these
came in 2nd in the community of believers. actions are a result of saying “yes” to God
Over the last four years, and His priorities and turning away from Equipping for Leadership, Service + Peacemaking Fall 2006
I have witnessed time the world’s priorities.
Another year of and time again how God God’s Amazing Grace
100% college ac- has brought the right resources, at the right We thank God for each of you who are by Pam Seretny
ceptance. Gradu- time, to accomplish His work through this faithful participants in this ministry. Thank
ates were accepted school. you for listening, and responding, to the Teaching for the past seven years has
at Drexel University, been a time of great blessing in spite of great
Eastern Mennonite Philadelphia challenges. In my weakness, I have relied
University, Eastern We’re excited that God has provided just
University, University the right person to serve in the newly creat- Your generous donations, combined with Mennonite on the strength of Christ in handling many
of Pennsylvania, Penn ed position of Communications Coordina- our ﬁscal discipline, has again allowed us High School classroom situations. Little did I know as
State, Temple, Com- tor (see inset below). Ron has an excellent to ﬁnish the ﬁscal year on June 30, 2006, I started the 2005-2006 school year that I
munity College, etc. background in graphic design and most im- with a balanced budget. A special Thank 860 N. 24th Street would be facing the biggest challenge of
You to each one who gave ﬁnancial gifts Philadelphia, PA 19130
portantly, a desire to serve and follow Christ my life – cancer.
40% of the student during the last year!!! God is good!!! I am blessed by the love of God
and to utilize his God-given abilities. 215.769.5363 The news arrived during a typical school poured out to me through the
body made the honor 215.769.4063fax
roll. 13 of the 15
day in September and shook me to the core. words and actions of my stu-
In our next newsletter, we’ll share a sum- dents, their parents, my co-
graduates from the God has blessed this school with faithful mary of what happened during our Strate- www.pmhsonline.org I’d like to tell you I handled the news with
cool composure but I did not. I was unable workers, and the larger school
Class of 2006 were people. These are people who give of their gic Visioning Retreat in May, stay tuned… community of board members and
honor roll students. Dr. Barbara Moses to continue teaching that day. donors.
I determined to be honest with my stu-
The PMHS Choir My name is Ron Tinsley. I am sity of the Arts and I am presently completing Chief Operating Ofﬁcer dents about the cancer. After much prayer, ers to a nursing home. He was gloriﬁed in
ministered at the the new PMHS Communica- a Masters Degree at Eastern University. Denys Pfeiffer
MSEC Choir Festival,
I returned to school the next day and shared the diligent and kind prayers of so many
tions Coordinator. I will be
Campus Pastor the truth with the school community. I em- in the larger Mennonite community and
Mennonite churches, responsible for producing In the past 15 years, I’ve worked for Men- Pastor Joe Dugan
nursing homes and the school’s print, digital nonite Central Committee as a graphic de- phasized that I was trusting God. While the taking of duties by co-workers when I
at the Philadelphia and web-based marketing signer, pursued my entreprenuerial interests Director of Development a relationship with God does not promise couldn’t handle them all. God was glori-
Country Club. materials. I also will teach a and ministered to youth with Young Life in Randy Delp supernatural deliverance from hardship, ﬁed in the understanding and support of my
media and culture class. I have a Bachelors of Wilmington, DE. it does promise a supernatural use of it. principal.
Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Univer- Coordinator Those words from Philip Yancey would Not one of these individuals helped me
help sustain me through surgery, 6 months begrudgingly, but showed joy in their ac-
Visit our redesigned website at pmhsonline.org Mission Statement of chemotherapy and 34 days of radiation. tion. I have thanked God for them daily.
Providing an excellent After completing the school year, I want In conclusion, as I have contemplated
education that equips to state that I am truly blessed by God al- the possibility of death and the gift of life, I
urban students for lowing me to live this year before young have realized that as a Christian I am truly
and peacemaking. students. This has been an awesome privi- in a win-win situation no matter what the
lege and honor. outcome.
What I hadn’t speciﬁcally requested but Please know that this high school is so
Principal’s Desk witnessed beyond expectation was God much more than a place to prepare stu-
gloriﬁed through others. He was gloriﬁed dents for college. It is a place where God
Alumni News through the students who prayed with me, is actively at work in the midst of all our
helped me and called me at home to ask imperfections. Here men and women,
PHILADELPHIA, PA how I was doing. He was gloriﬁed through both young and old, are being molded
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Philadelphia, PA 19130 Student Achieve- the gift of a silver star with “faith” engraved into people of character in order to offer
P A I D 860 N. 24th Street ments in the middle given to me by a student. hope that does not disappoint to a hurting
Philadelphia Mennonite High School God Provides... God was gloriﬁed by the physical help in world.
Again moving my elderly father with Alzheim-
From the Principal’s Desk • The mercy and protection God extended to our Board
PMHS: Where Miracles Begin
President, Dr. Mark Garis, during a car accident and the
subsequent diagnosis of a brain tumor. He continues to 2 BIG LEAPs near the Equator
improve and we praise God for his recovery. Pastor Dugan, PMHS Campus PMHS senior Jurrell Patterson
We just completed our eighth Pastor traveled to Honduras with traveled to Jamaica with other
school year at Philadelphia • A wide variety of constituents joined us at the Nation- LEAP leaders and students as their high school students as a part of
al Christian Conference Center for our Annual Strate- pastor and as a seminary professor. the LEAP program.
Mennonite High School. I
look back with gratitude on gic Planning Retreat to seek God’s wisdom for the next
God’s favor and forward with ﬁve years. What was your reaction to being in Honduras? What was your reaction to being in Jamaica?
great expectation excited to see Closure, gratitude, and redemption. The last time I The only thing that came out of my mouth was wow!
God fulﬁll His will for PMHS. • The success of the newly formed basketball team was in Honduras in 1985, I was an Army Captain. I felt blessed that I was there. Also no one seemed
Words written by Roy Hicks coached by Ms. Carla Robinson and track team coached While there this time in the role of a pastor, the Lord to be rushing to do anything like we do back home.
Jr. deeply move my spirit as I by Mr. & Mrs. Twittle. graciously afﬁrmed my presence as a man of peace. People moved at a slower pace.
reﬂect on this journey:
“The miraculous always begins with something you can • Working in the community and with WHYY Radio What did you learn about the Honduran people? What did you learn about the Jamaican people?
do. Jesus only asked Peter to ‘launch out.’ He didn’t during their Phone-a-thon. They are a very friendly people. For example, one Well there are many stereotypes about Jamaicans in
ask him to produce the catch. But often the miracu- of the cross-cultural leaders and I were accidentally the U.S. But when you actually get to know them,
lous also begins with something you don’t want to do. How blessed we are that God has locked out of the retreat center. We visited his sister you ﬁnd out that they are a very generous people.
It requires time, energy or resources that you’d rather produced such amazing outcomes just nearby as other family arrived despite the lateness of They like to share what they have with others.
not expend. It’s all about ﬁshing where you’ve already because all of us launched out-- the hour. I was treated like a member of the family
ﬁshed---just because He asked you to.” This reminds just because He asked us to. and we fellowshipped over cookies and tea. What did you do while you were there?
me of the faith and obedience to God’s will that former We had devotions every morning and we helped
board members Bishop Luke and Miriam Stoltzfus and • The successful implementation of our new Physical What did you do while you were there? teach Vacation Bible School at Waterloo Mennonite
others must have had to begin and sustain this venture. Education program which allows us to use the resources I preached in three different cites while the LEAP Church to children and youth. I was particularly im-
in the city for swimming, gym, ice skating and tennis. students sang. Many came forward for prayer and re- pressed by the love and care given to orphans. We
You have joined us in Kingdom building for the glo- commitment to Christ! We encouraged students at a also visited a Catholic convent.
ry of God and He has done wonderful things. Neither How blessed we are that God has produced such amaz- one-room schoolhouse in an impoverished area and
time nor space permits me to list all of the wonderful ing outcomes just because all of us launched out--just planted a large garden for a local Anabaptist church. Did anything in Jamaica shock you?
things that happen here but it all happens because- God because He asked us to. Thank you for partnering with I saw poverty that was depressing. Large families
asked us to! But here are some of the highlights from us in this miraculous God ordained endeavor. Did anything in Honduras shock you? living in small houses. But at the same time, the peo-
this past school year: Hondurans care for their modest homes and families ple were humble and content. Even though they were
Blessings, with incredible intensity and integrity. poor, they felt honored to serve and provide for us.
• The deliverance God gave our super Science teacher,
Mrs. Pamela Seretny, from breast cancer. Her faith and What did you learn from this leap of faith? What did you learn from this leap of faith?
trust in God was a gift that allowed the entire school I had the distinct privilege of shepherding a wonder- Keep a humble spirit no matter what the circum-
family to see God’s grace and love in action. Barbara Moses ful group of people and proclaiming the Word to an- stances. Be ready to learn from others and don’t wor-
Principal other nation whose people are on ﬁre for Christ. I ry about what others think. When I returned home,
learned ﬁrst hand that God is the God of the nations. I sang in church. Everyone knows that I have been
This experience deepened my understanding of re- drumming since 8th grade but singing? No. But I just
PMHS ALUMNI News demption and inspired me to recommit to the call of wanted to sing. My pastor asked me to sing again
Darryl Mosley remembers when he ﬁrst set foot in Philadelphia Mennonite High School. “I did not pastoral ministry in my life. sometime in the future.
know anything about the Mennonites. I originally wanted to attend a different high school well known
for its academics,” Darryl says laughing. “But somehow I felt at home at PMHS, and the schoolwork LEAP students praying LEAP students leading worship during VBS
was actually more challenging.” This was a turning point for him.
Judith Mosley, Darryl’s mother liked the emphasis on learning in a small community and traveling to
new places. “It prepared him for college,” Mrs. Mosley said.
Darryl graduated as President of his class in 2005 and is a sophomore at Eastern Mennonite University. He chose to
study Digital Media because it connects him to his passion: music. He is active in several ministries that involve music
Alumni! Email us with updates on what God is doing in your life at email@example.com