Friday, October 13, 2006

Parish 6 Fellowship Questionnaire

Parish 6, New Jersey, invites members and residents to visit a table either on the Spruce Street portico or in Reception Hall to fill out a questionnaire for fellowship opportunities in the parish on Sundays, October 15 and 22.

Westminister Administrative Assistant Position Available

Westminster is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs, starting immediately. Check the job info at

Responding to Islam conference

Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka and others are speaking tomorrow at a Responding to Islam Conference. Wyoming Avenue Baptist will be taking registrations at the door tomorrow for the conference. The registration fee of $35 covers all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch.

"Loving your Muslim Friends across the Street and Around the World"
October 14, 2006 from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Registration is at 8:30am.
This conference is for those who are interested in learning more about Islam and how to better love Muslims as God calls us to love. We hope this conference will bring an awareness of the impact Islam is having in the rest of the world and as beleivers in Jesus Christ it is our responsibility to respond.

Wyoming Avenue Baptist Church is at 123 E Wyoming Ave. Take Roosevelt Blvd (Rt 1) North to Wyoming Ave. Turn right onto Wyoming. Cross Rising Sun and the church is ahead on the left.

Parking Reminder

This is a reminder. Sunday, October 15, is the Jewish holiday Simchat Torah. Beth Zion Beth Israel’s services coincide with our morning services. Their parking permission also overlaps ours. We ask our attenders to avoid parking on the 1800 block of Spruce or on 18th Street from Rittenhouse to Pine.

Our courtesy last time, by the way, did not go unnoticed. We received a very nice thank you from the congregation.

Curtis Recital

Paul Jones hosts a weekly Bible study for Curtis students (and others who like to join in) every Saturday, usually at 1:30. Harrison Hollingsworth coordinates the meetings. He is sending out notices when Bible study members give recitals at the school, which are free and open to the public. (Thanks to the person who sent in a comment.) Here is the first notice.

Sarah Shafer (freshman vocalist) will be singing on a recital in Field Concert Hall at Curtis on October 20, 8:00 p.m. She will sing arias by Gluck and Berger, and a duet from Mozart's Don Giovanni (La ci darem la mano).

Fire Escape

The nursery department completed a very successful fire drill last Sunday. The children enjoyed their ride in our evacuation cribs as we quickly moved them from the nursery area, down the ramp, and to their meeting place. If you are a nursery worker, come to the nursery training on Sunday, Oct. 29, for a review of evacuation procedures. The presentation will include lessons learned from our practice drills!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Think 'Kingdomly' About Your Neighborhood

This Friday at 7 pm, Tenth Women will host the first of a three-part series on Living as Kingdom-minded Disciples. Our speaker will be Barb Weidman, who has been serving with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Philadelphia for nearly 20 years. Barb will speak on Kingdom-minded discipleship in your neighborhood.

Barb's heart for Kingdom ministry in neighborhoods led to a recent change of focus in her work, as she has joined a team pioneering a new ministry at Temple University. The vision for this new work is to reach students not being reached by other existing ministries and to involve students in the life and ministry of the adjacent neighborhood. Barb sees this aspect of the ministry as critical to a whole Gospel discipleship for believing students and as a relevant onramp to the Gospel for unbelieving students who are concerned about poverty and injustice.

Join us for a night of thinking 'Kingdomly' - 7 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Homily Post

The order of service and the homily for George Burkert's funeral is posted at the DMC Messages site. See link on right hand column.

I am interested in hearing comments and stories related to George and to Fred Garibotti.

Fred Garibotti

Fred Garibotti, long-time elder of Tenth, passed away this morning at the age of 92. A memorial service will be held at Tenth, most likely the 27th or 28th, but is still to be determined. We give thanks to God for this servant of the Lord.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Stage Call

For the upcoming 2007 season, the drama ministry of Tenth is looking for actors & actresses, tech crew, stage hands and visual artists. This is a great opportunity to find out what this exciting ministry is all about. Contact Director Bryan Glass at

On-Street Parking Tonight

Additional Special Event Parking
We have to request parking for special events. We have obtained them for tonight's concert, George Burkert's funeral, and the Missions Music Concert.

Wednesday, October 11, Music Series Concert—6:30–11:00 pm
Thursday, October 12, George Burkert funeral—10:00 am–1:00 pm
Friday, November 10, Music Series Concert—6:30–11:00 pm

Both sides of Spruce from 17th to 18th
Both sides of 17th from Spruce to Pine
Both sides of 18th from Spruce to Pine

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Funeral Services for George Burkert Thursday

Funeral services for George Burkert will be held this Thursday, October 12, 11:00 am, at Tenth Church. Click here for parking information. In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of George Burkert are requested to be made to Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Computer Services

I'm a Drexel student graduating within the year, having been studying Management Information Systems, and had been working part time at one of my previous co-ops for a couple years now to make ends meet. Recently, however, my hours have been cut, and I decided I would go back to doing what I used to do before coming to Philadelphia: IT consulting and computer help for individuals and small businesses. I can do everything from setting up a new computer, or ridding it of spyware, adware, and viruses, to more complex stuff like implementing VPNs, doing security audits, and co-ordinating infrastructure upgrades. My rates are pretty competitive, and I would really enjoy the opportunity to get to know other Tenth members as I get them up and running. Anyone interested, or who would like to see my résumé, can send me an e-mail at Alternately, you can hunt for the crowd of tall Drexel guys on Sunday morning and ask for the one who knows about computers :-)

-Jordan McClead


Please pray for Phil this afternoon as he participates in a roundtable discussion that is part of WHYY's "The Next Mayor" project. At least parts of the discussion may be televised at a later date; we'll keep you posted.

Amish Response

Give me your reaction to the Amish response to their tragedy.


I am interested in your reaction to last Friday's Vision Night and to the Vision Groups.

Strings Recital

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30pm
David Kim, violin
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Paul S. Jones, Piano

We are deeply honored to have the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, and the Principal Cello of The Pittsburgh Symphony, Anne Williams, to open our concert series this year. These two renowned musicians are great friends of Tenth Presbyterian Church and have delighted us in the past with inspiring performances.They will play solo sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms and then join together with our music director for the Shostakovich Piano Trio in E minor in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Sacred music will also be featured on the program including a new work for piano trio. This opening program of our 2006-2007 is not to be missed!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Burkert Services

Services for George Burkert will be held this Thursday, October 12, 11:00 am at Tenth Church.

Parking for Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 15, is the Jewish holiday Simchat Torah. Beth Zion Beth Israel’s services coincide with our morning services. Their parking permission also overlaps ours. We ask our attenders to avoid parking on the 1800 block of Spruce or on 18th Street from Rittenhouse to Pine.

Tax-Free Distributions from IRAs

Taxpayers age 70½ or older can make tax-free distributions directly to the church (without incurring income tax on the transfer) from traditional IRAs or a Roth IRA up to $100,000 for 2006 and $100,000 for 2007. Please consult with your tax advisor with questions related to your situation. For information, click here.

Assistant Needed

Tenth Church is seeking a part-time financial assistant to help with bookkeeping, payroll, special projects, and administrative duties. Experience with Excel and Quickbooks is required. The ideal candidate would be a college graduate with an interest in business or relevant experience in bookkeeping. Please send résumé to Pat Canavan.

Home Going

We have received word that Tenth member George Burkert passed away this weekend. This is all we know for now and are waiting to receive more news. Will post when we know arrangements.

FBS Help Needed

Mike Waltz sent this need in to be posted:

I coordinate meals for Fellowship Bible Study. My need is for people to assist with meals for Fellowship Bible, a ministry of Tenth Church for the poor & homeless. The study meets the 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays. My need is to have about 4 or 5 people prepare, set-up tables & serve a meal for the Bible Study. The meal is served at 5:30pm. Those preparing would need to be available at least by 3pm or 4pm depending on prep time. Please contact me at or 877.711.9489.

Babysitter Needed

Jon and Wendy McCarthy are looking for a babysitter/nanny to watch our 2-year-old for 2 mornings a week (8-10 hours per week total) for Nov - Jan. A college student or mom with similar aged kids would be great. They live about 7 blocks south of the church. It could be in their home or yours if you are conveniently located and toddler safe. Pay is $10 per hour. Email at if interested.

Typing Therapy

Have returned from therapy on my hand. There are two people you do not want having a bad day - your hair cutter and your physical therapist. Fortunately my therapist has been having good days and keeping the pain low. The left hand is improving. I am actually typing with it now.