Saturday, May 19, 2007

Room and/or Roommate Wanted


I am moving to Philly in 1 month for residency training. I am asking if you could ask around for me if anyone is looking to rent out a room or share a place with me. I know this is last minute as I had thought I found a place but the last tenant told me there were RATS there and so I am now scrambling to find a place. I am 7 hours away so I won't be able to come there to see the places. However, I do prefer a christian roommate but it is not a necessity. If any of you could ask the congregation or post a email to the church members I would appreciate it. Please let me know either way.

thank you,

540-798-9976 cell#
email John

Friday, May 18, 2007

Duo Piano Concert--Evelyn Larter and Sam Hsu

Friday, June15, 7:30pm, at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Old Deerfield Pike, Deerfield Street, NJ: piano duet (four-hand) recital given by Evelyn R. Larter and Dr Samuel Hsu. Music by Beethoven, Schubert, Bizet and others. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the Csehy Summer School of Music, Langhorne, PA, and the church's upcoming trip to Tennessee to work with Habitat for Humanity. A reception will follow. For more information and directions, call 856 455 1222, or visit

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Strong Arms Needed

Celeste McGhee needs help with moving some furniture from the first floor to the third floor of her apartment building. People interested in helping can contact Celeste directly at The move is this Saturday from 10 am to noon, at 4207 Pine St (see emails below for more details).

Summer Nursery Help Needed

Are you home from college for the summer? Do you have less responsibilities with school or ministry during the summer than throughout the rest of the year? Are you looking for a way to get involved in ministry at Tenth? If you've answered yes to any of these questions and are a member of Tenth, Kristen Harnly has a "summer job" for you!

Kristen reports: I have just completed the summer nursery schedules. We need at least 15 additional workers to fill the nursery schedule. Volunteers are needed at all Sunday services and typically serve once every 5 weeks.

Please contact Kristen at or speak to someone at the nursery desk for more information.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Paul Jones and I have just returned from the pastoral staff retreat. The fire in New Jersey forced us to take the Garden State Parkway up to Trenton and come down 95. The others were not as fortunate as we and are another 30-45 minutes behind us. One care is still at the beach waiting for routes to open up.

Studio Apartment Available in University City

Berzinskys have a studio apartment on 42xx Pine available now and then another studio after August 15. Contact the Berzinskys.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

May 18 Christian Legal Seminar Canceled

This seminar has been canceled for now, but may be rescheduled in the future.

Children's Clothing Needed

There is a need for summer clothing for three children in an Angel Tree family reported by one of our Prayer Partners: for a 7-year-old boy, size 7-8; a 6-year-old boy, size 5-6; and a 4-year-old girl, size 5-6. Contact Pavla Ortega if you can help.

Parenting Class This Week

Dave White from Harvest USA will teach the May 20 parenting class, “Boys and Girls: Raising Godly Men and Women.” At the May 27 parenting class, Jerry McFarland will speak on training our covenant children as kingdom-minded disciples.

Vote Today

Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to vote in today's primary election.

In addition, Philadelphians can vote on the issue on whether or not to have casinos within 1500 feet of schools, residences, places of worship, & parks, which was removed from the ballot. You can still make your views known—vote on Tuesday, May 15, in one of these three ways:


The pastoral staff takes off in a little over an hour. We are heading to the shore for an overnight retreat. Our particular subject we will be addressing is how to work together in such a way that enhances meeting the goals of our new mission statement.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Dealing Wisely

Learn how to deal wisely with manipulative people and the “Tyranny of the Urgent.” The MercyNet Deacon’s Forum will take place, Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 9am-12pm at New Life Presbyterian Church, 425 Roosevelt Blvd (at D St.), Philadelphia. For information and registration email

Men's Bible Study

Joe Welch would like to extend an invitation to any Men (believers and seekers) who may be available on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 O'clock to come and join "Coram Deo" which is a Men's Bible Study and Christian Fellowship in South Philly at the Philadelphia Access Center, 11th and Mifflin Streets. We have been working through "The Person of Jesus: A Study of Love." The Theme we are currently studying is "Dependence On God." If you're free, why don't you stop by and join us. If you have any questions, please email Joe at

Summer Choir

June Summer Choir will meet for rehearsal and to sing in evening worship on May 27, June 3, June 10, and June 17, at 5:15 pm. Anyone 14 and older is welcome and encouraged to participate. No experience necessary. Come one week or all!

Trinity Forum

The Trinity Symposium Presents:

Building a Christian Organization in the Social Services:
Blending Character and Capacity

Speaker: Gerald W. Vassar, President and CEO, Lakeside Educational Network

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30pm at Trinity OP Church in the Social Hall. All are welcome. Light refreshments provided. Discussion to follow. Nursery available for young children.

See our website, linked below, for a fuller description of the evening and our speaker.

The Trinity Symposium ~building community through mutual learning. For more information and directions see:

Housemate Seeking

Looking for a housemate to share my 2-story row house, located a few blocks away from the Art Museum in Philadelphia. I'm asking for a Christian female, preferably 25-years or older who would be able to move in around July, or August at the latest. The house is near several SEPTA bus routes and nearby churches. The rent (+ utilities) is a great deal for this beautiful neighborhood. First & last month's rent + $400 security deposit are required. If you're interested, please call me, Julie Reimer, at 215.520.6246 or email me at <> . Thanks!

Of Candidates, Interns, and Licentiates

Besides Jonathan passing his ordination exam, three other Tenth members came before presbytery. Andrew Duncan was received as a Candidate for the Gospel Ministry. Chris Seah's previous internship work at Tenth was accepted. And Maranatha Chung passed examination for licensure.

Here are relevant definitions and explanations of these terms from the Book of Church Order:

18-1. A candidate for the ministry is a member of the Church in full communion who, believing himself to be called to preach the Gospel, submits himself to the care and guidance of the Presbytery in his course of study and of practical training to prepare himself for this office.

19-1. To preserve the purity of the preaching of the Gospel, no man is permitted to preach in the pulpits of the Presbyterian Church in America on a regular basis without proper licensure from the Presbytery having jurisdiction where he will preach.... A ruling elder, a candidate for the ministry, a minister from some other denomination, or some other man may be licensed
for the purpose of regularly providing the preaching of the Word upon his giving satisfaction to the Presbytery of his gifts and passing the licensure examination.

19-7. The Holy Scriptures require that some trial be previously made of those who are to be ordained to the ministry of the Word, both concerning their gifts and concerning their ability to rule as teaching elders, in order that this sacred office may not be degraded by being committed to weak or unworthy men, and that the Church may have an opportunity to form a better judgment respecting the gifts of those to whom this sacred office is to be committed.

To provide for such a period of trial, a candidate for ordination must serve an internship. This period of internship shall be at least one year in length, and may be longer at the discretion of the Presbytery so as to give sufficient time for the Presbytery to judge the candidate’s qualifications and service.

Passing the Grade

No more tests,
no more exams,
no more papers
now he can rest!

As of last Saturday at presbytery, Jonathan Olsen has passed examination on: acquaintance with experiential religion, especially his personal character and family management, knowledge of the Greek and Hebrew languages, Bible content, theology, the Sacraments, Church history, the history of the PCA, and the principles and rules of the government and discipline of the church. He has written papers on theology and biblical exegesis, and has preached a sermon before presbytery. He has fulfilled his internship.

Now, just seven more questions to answer, and he will be ordained as a Minister of the Gospel. Those questions will be asked next Sunday morning during worship as part of his ordination service.

Congratulations, Jonathan!