Thursday, November 02, 2006

Turkish Film Festival

Turkish Film Festival (November 16 - November 18)
Presented by: International House
Co-presented by: Middle East Center at UPenn
Moon and Stars Project

Thursday, November 16 at 7pm (I-House)
Facing Window (La Finestra Di Fronte)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek, Turkey/Italy
Italian w/English subtitles

Friday, November 17 at 7pm (I-House)
Istanbul Tales (Anlat Istanbul)
Director: Umit Unal, Turkey
Turkish w/English subtitles

Saturday, November 18 at 2pm (I-House)
On The Road (Yolda)
Director: Erden Kirel, Turkey
Turkish w/English subtitles

Free admission members (except Internationalist level);
$5 Internationalist members, students + seniors, $7 general admission.

Ben Franklin Bridge Closure Sunday Morning, 11/5

The Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed Sunday, November 5, 8:00-9:30 AM.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Philadelphia Housing Needed

Diana Hoogerhyde, a recent graduate from Dordt College in Iowa, will be filling a teaching position in Philadelphia starting in January. She is looking for a Christian roommate in Philadelphia or right outside of it with easy access to public transportation. Contact her.

Missionopoly Update

I've been making up some teams and preparing for Missionopoly on Saturday night. It looks like some tough competition is ahead. We have over twenty teams pre-registered, and between the families, small groups, and teams of friends who have signed up, the game is on!

Even if you forgot to pre-register, come! Come with your team of 5 or 6 or come alone and we'll assign you a team. Registration begins at 6:30 pm and prizes are awarded at 9:00 pm.

Do you know how to say "Hello" in other languages? That knowledge might come in handy . . .

Parish Prayer Meetings

Last year we held a missions prayer meeting at the church by dividing groups according to parishes and led by the parish elders. Missionaries also attended. We will be doing the same this coming Sunday.

The time of the prayer meeting is 5:30 pm to 6:10 pm and the different parishes will meet in different locations and pray for different areas of the world:
Parish 1–2West
Parish 2–2East
Parish 3–3West
Parishes 4 and 5–1 West
Parish 6–3 East

Last year was one of our best attended for a prayer meeting. Let's keep it up this year.

Career Fair

November 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Bring your resume)
Philadelphia Biblical University
MAC Gymnasium
200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047

Career and job opportunities are available from over 40 exhibitors representing businesses, Christian ministries and churches, social service agencies and schools. The event is free for job seekers. Organizations are seeking candidates for full-time, part-time, summer employment, and internships. Exhibitors include The Hershey Company, The Vanguard Group, UPS, Starbucks, Walgreens, Sovereign Bank, The Home Depot, Sesame Place and many other businesses. Ministries include World Team, Cross World, Children of Zion and area churches. Agencies and schools include The Children’s Choice, Access Services, Harrisburg Christian School, The Goddard School, and many more. Visit 6 exhibitors and enter to win free gift cards to local businesses.

For more information, contact the Career Fair Project Chairperson Sarah Penn at or Faculty Advisor Gail Benchener at 215 702-4272. The event is sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise at Philadelphia Biblical University.

Breakfast Meeting

I had breakfast this morning with the Coordinating Team of the Philadelphia Presbytery. We meet a week and half before each presbytery meeting, which will be November 11. I presently serve as Moderator of presbytery. Our elder Ron Ferner is soon completing a one year stint as Treasurer. Others on the team are Steve Huber of liberti, John Julien of New Life Philadelphia, Frank Moser as Stated Clerk, and two other ministers, Steve Smallman and Bill Krispin.

New Chapter

Our daily devotions in Proverbs picks back up in chapter 19. I had started the study in chapter 10. After completing chapter 18, I restarted in chapter 1. If you have yet to check out these devotionals, take a look today. Click in the right hand column A Proverb a Day.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Turkish Study Program

Melissa G sent this in to me:

The following message is from Guler Koknar, Executive Director of the Turkish Cultural Foundation and may be of interest to some.

Dear Friends,
We wanted to take this opportunity to inform college students in theTurkish American community and beyond about a semester abroad program offered by Georgetown University at the McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Alanya. For more on the McGhee Center and the program, please click here. The Turkish Cultural Foundation has just awarded a grant to this program.The grant will be allocated to scholarships for qualifying students in the Spring 2007 semester, based on academic performance and financial need. The Spring 2007 semester deadline for non-Georgetown University students is November 1, 2006. If the program's quota has not been filled by then, we understand that there is a flexibility on this deadline. To find out more about this program and to apply, students should contact:
Dr.Kay Ebel
Administrative Director
McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Georgetown Universitykae

Thank you for your help in getting the word out about this program. All the best,
Guler Koknar
Turkish Cultural Foundation"

Assistant Needed

I would like to find an assistant to help me with running the ACTS Community Dinners. This would free me up to miss an occasional second Sunday, which I will certainly need to do next Spring when baby #2 is born (in mid-May).

What I do is mostly set up before the guests arrive:

- coordinate table Hosts (assign seating, do last-minute recruiting when necessary)
- interface with the Servers (typically area church youth groups), telling them the purpose of the dinners, how to approach their work, and certain rules
- make sure the tables and chairs are set up
- I am a point of contact for questions and directing traffic as needed

What is needed is someone who wants to serve in a "background" capacity (this isn't where someone gifted in "front-line evangelism" would feel content; in this role, there's not much direct interaction with the poor and homeless that we serve). Administrative and organizational gifts are definitely important, and leadership gifts are encouraged.

Anyone interested should contact me at or for more information.


Gwen Plut

minivan needed

John and Nell Evans are hosting our guest speaker Jaime Leal and his family during their time in Philadelphia. On Monday, Nov 6, they would like to take the family to see NYC. But, they need a vehicle large enough for the journey. If you have a minivan or van you could offer, contact the missions office at Tenth or email me at cfitzpatrick at


Come one, come all to Missionopoly on Saturday night! Bring a team, your small group, or your family, or come by yourself and join a team.

Registration begins at 6:30 in Reception Hall, with the event beginning at 7:00 pm. We'll meet all our visiting missionaries from all over the world, and then move into the educational, fun game for all ages. Your team will move from table to table, trying new foods, asking missionas questions, learning about unreached peoples, learning about different customs. There will be a number of booths that are designated as kid-friendly. Parents should feel free to come with their kids, from the very youngest.

Roommate Needed in Drexel Hill

I am looking for a Christian, born-again female, very kind-hearted and wanting a Christ-centered roommate relationship, to share charming, two bedroom apt. in two-family house- quiet neighborhood. Parking, washer-dryer included, in Drexel Hill, PA. 350mo. Please leave message for Lisa at 610-451-8485 Nov. 1 - Nov. 10, or call 610-259-2727 after Nov. 10 to speak to Lisa.

City Sermons

Any feedback from the October sermon series?

A Vision for the City
A Calling to the City
A Church for the City
A Prayer for the City
A Hope for the City

To Sing or Not to Sing

The Reformation service was an inspiring worship experience. My one tension is during the hymn sings. I'll sing, then stop to get the impact of hearing the full sanctuary and the harmony of the choir; then I can't help but joining back in; but...then I want just to listen again...

TCU Report

I am back in the church after taking yesterday off (spent staining and painting). Ginger and I had a great time at the TCU retreat. There were about 50 or s0 attendees, which included undergrads, grads, and young careers. We stayed at Refreshing Mountain Retreat near Ephrata. I gave three messages using the Speaking the Truth in Love material. If you have not read or listen to those messages yet, you can access them at the right hand column.

Anyhow, we were impressed with the spiritual maturity and zeal of these young people. It is evident that the Lord has used Jonathan Olsen in a productive way in developing this ministry and raising up and training leaders.