Friday, October 20, 2006

Vision Video Available on Tenth Website!

"The City Where I Have Sent You: A Vision for Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia" is a 47-minute documentary that outlines our vision for the future of Tenth. It was first shown at our Vision Night (October 6) and is now available on the Tenth website. Use the Vision Video link on our home page at

The Trinity Symposium

The Christian Actor
Tony Lawton
Stage and Film Actor;
Director, Mirror Theatre Company
Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm

Christian actors face many challenges in the contemporary world. The arts are often looked upon by Christians with distrust; and it can be difficult for Christian artists to find contexts to sharpen and express their gifts. So much of what is written and produced for stage and film confronts both the Christian artist and audience with difficult questions of value and beauty and content. How should Christians participate in the fine arts, particularly in acting? What specifically are the challenges of being a Christian in that context? And importantly, what are the opportunities? The Trinity Symposium is very fortunate to welcome Tony Lawton to address some of these questions and, of course, also to entertain!

Tony Lawton has performed locally at, among other settings, the Wilma, Lantern, and Arden Theatres. His numerous stage credits include his adaptations of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, which he introduced at Wheaton College in 1998. Among his film credits, he appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (2000), Ericson Core's Invincible (2006); he has also appeared in CBS’s Hack and Cold Case. He has been a finalist for the F. Otto Haas Award for Best Emerging Artist in Philadelphia; and has been described by the Philadelphia City Paper as the "Best One-Man Theatre." His Mirror Theatre Company takes its inspiration from I Corinthians 13: 12, and has been designed as a "Spiritual theatre for a secular audience."

For info on time and place, click here.

Cardinal Rule

(Recent email received)


Please forward to the staff:

Please note: It is the duty of every self-respecting baseball fan in a National League city to root for the National League Champion in the World Series.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ancient Bibles

Tara Megill sends in this notice about a "Bibles Before the Year 1000" exhibit in Washington. Click here.

Baby Sitter Wanted

I have a client who is looking for a baby sitter for her 5th grade boy. The mother is a lawyer and needs someone to jump in when her cases keep her later than her son's after school program, usually 6pm to 8pm. She is willing to pay $12 per hour, but will not have a regular schedule, so this person would need to be close by and able to come when needed. If there is a college student who lives near 5th and Lombard or someone who can get there easily, then I would ask them to contact me to get things going.

Amy Carpenter

Philly Girl Friday, LLC
P.O. Box 63959
Philadelphia, PA 19147-63959

Dance Instructor Needed

CCA needs a dance instructor. Contact Ray Withers at 215.731.1930.

Welcome, Lewis

Lewis Nelson Esterly entered the world an hour ago, 8:02 to be precise. Mother Rose and baby are doing well. Father Brian is ecstatic.

Lewis is named in honor of Rose's father. Ex-Marine Brian, however, notes that Lewis Puller is the most decorated Marine ever (of "Chesty" Puller fame) and Lord Admiral Nelson is arguably the most distinguished British Royal Navy leader so the name works on so many different levels.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Where can I buy a set of tires (for a Toyota) for the best price?

Help Needed

The Tenth office staff needs one or two volunteers on Thursday (10/19) to help affix labels to post cards for the Reformation Hymn Festival. Please call the church office if you can help or email

Email Woes

Can't reach us by email? Just saw this alert to the staff from Christy Corbett: "We can send and receive email to other Tenth addresses, but can only send to non-Tenth addresses. I’m awaiting instructions from the IT guys as to the next step."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sparrows Kickoff

Sparrows will be having our fall kickoff this Saturday, October 21 from 1:00-3:00 in Fellowship Hall. Sparrows is a ministry of TenthWomen for girls, teens and women ages 5 years old and up. We gather to listen to a devotional, enjoy a planned craft time, have some snacks, all while developing friendships that span across many age groups. Sylvia Duggan will be the devotional speaker and we'll be making 8 different easy Christmas crafts to decorate our trees and for gift giving. Teens and women are especially encouraged to come to assist the younger girls with their crafts. For more information or to RSVP you can contact Dori at or 215-844-3912. Metered parking and Graduate hospital reduced parking (with validation) are available.

Memorial Service

Details for the Memorial Service of Fred Garibotti are coming together. The service is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am. A reception to greet the family will be before the service at 10:00 am in Reception Hall. Fred's daughters are Lois Hom and Claire Bularo. They request that gifts made in their father's name be sent to City Center Academy, 1701 Delancey Street, Phila 19103.

The Ultimate Fan

I think it is time to change the mascot of our football team. How about the Philadelphia Pugs?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Young, Restless, and Reformed

Check out this Christianity Today article on the latest theological movement.

Thank You

Thank you to Phil who set me up yesterday to recognize my soon-t0-be 25 years as an ordained minister. He caught me completely off guard. Even though I proofread the bulletin, I did not catch on to the music except thinking it odd that our wedding song "The Call" was being sung for the second time in a couple of months. Thank you to everyone who came up and spoke to Ginger and me following. It was a memorable day.

I was ordained October 25, 1981 at the Batesburg-Leesville Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. It has been a strange route to Tenth Church, but I can't think of a better place to be for such an anniversary.