Friday, June 22, 2007

School Positions

Note teaching opportunities at Spruce Hill Christian School and administrative help at City Center Academy:

Position: PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER (Grades K thru 8th) Part- time; 2 days a week; Hours: 8:15-3:15 Location: Spruce Hill Christian School, 4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

· A minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university · Pennsylvania Certification (or plans to work towards obtaining certification)
· Desire to work in a growing, multi-racial, urban, Christian elementary school
· Commitment to Christian Education

We are searching for an outstanding teacher of physical education to fill this K thru 8th grade position. Will help develop an effective K-8 PE curriculum. Should model and promote healthy living. Must have good communication, organizational and management skills. Additional coaching responsibilities may be offered.

Position: SPANISH TEACHER (Grades K thru 8th) Part- time; 2 days a week; Hours: 8:15-3:15 Location: Spruce Hill Christian School
· A minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college or university
· Pennsylvania Teacher’s Certification or equivalent
· Fluent command of Spanish and English is essential
· Commitment to Christian education
· Desire to work in a growing, multi-racial, urban, Christian elementary school

We are seeking a Spanish teacher to teach a curriculum of language acquisition and practical application that extends from introductory classes in kindergarten through the completion of Spanish I in middle school.

Position: ADMISSIONS/OFFICE ASSISTANT Part-time; 3-4 days per week; hours negotiable Location: City Center Academy, 315 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia
· Must have excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written)
· Excellent Computer skills
· Desire to work with urban teens and their families in the context of Christian educaton

The candidate for this position will provide administrative support for the Admissions and Office Manager. The applicant must be self-motivated, flexible and a willingness to serve as needed. Must maintain a pleasant attitude when providing assistance to students and parents.

For further information please contact:
Stephanie Hook, Principal
Spruce Hill Christian School/City Center Academy
4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cape Cod Rental

Matt White has a Cape Cod rental that has just been refurbished with the Berzinsky's touch. You can check it out at Mid Cape Rentals. Some info: Dennisport, Cape Cod, .4 mi (5 min walk) from Nantucket Sound Beaches. 2 kings, 2 queens, 2 twins aka trundle bed. 4br / 2bth.

Crossing the River

The Bombaros are moving! Danny and Attee Bombaro ask for your prayers during this time: "Please seek the Lord in that He would bless the selling of our home in a timely manner, and at a good profit, in order to purchase a home closer to work in PA. But mainly, pray that we (and our children) would keep our eyes and hearts continually focused on Jesus, our Good Shepherd. It is a comfort for us to know that many members in the Body of Christ will be lifting us up in prayer. Thank you!!! BTW - we'll still be attending Tenth."

So far, so good

We just received an update from Christiana via WIFI from the Kiev airport. So far (4752 miles as the crow flies), so good. No mishandled luggage, lost passports, or illness yet! The first, larger group has already landed in Odessa and are currently eating supper with some workers there.

Women in the Word

2007 Women in the Word Conference applications are open.

October 19-20 - Women of Westminster will sponsor its second annual Women in the Word: A Workshop. Held on the Glenside, Pennsylvania campus, this weekend program is designed to help develop biblically skillful, theologically discerning women Bible teachers. Dr. Karen Jobes, a Westminster Ph.D. graduate, will be the plenary speaker. She will focus three large group sessions on teaching and modeling exegesis and hermeneutics. Small study groups, a unique feature of this event, provide a hands-on, collegial setting in which participants present five-minute summaries of an assigned Bible lesson. Registration for the event includes dinner and lunch. Enrollment is by application only (June 30 deadline) and is limited. Click here for the brochure:

Diaconal Training

Under David Apple, MercyNet holds monthly training seminars for deacons and deaconesses. These talks, which include a variety of speakers, can be accessed at

Children's Pastor

Rev. Colin Adams, Associate Pastor of Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for a Children's Pastor. Check this link for more information.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


I want to introduce you to a new term that you will be hearing increasingly about - TCA. It stands for Tenth Community Assistant. We have five TCA's who are "pilot testing" the concept right now. In time, we should have somwhere around a hundred.

What do they do? Community Assistant is the key concept. They help members of the church feel a part of the church community.

How do they do that? They call the ten or so members they know and ask, "How are you doing?"

It sounds simple and it is. Think what will happen if every church member is kept in touch with through this simple means. No one is forgotten or ignored. People are put in touch with one another. Real needs are responded to. Pastoral care is provided in a timely way.

Hasn't something like this been tried before? How will TCA's succeed where other attempts have failed?

TCA's (by God's grace) will succeed for two reasons:

1) Most TCA's will be calling the people with whom they have a connection, such as being in a small group together or involved in the same ministry or some other activity.

2) All TCA's will be selected for one quality they possess - they like talking with people. They like calling on the phone and asking "How are you doing?"

They do not have to be church officers, nor have the gifts for leadership or teaching or counseling. They simply have to enjoy talking with people and then connecting them with others who can help as needed. Thus, one TCA recently called someone and learned that she would be having surgery and could use meals. The TCA contacted a deaconess in the parish, who then saw that the need was met.

Please uphold this ministry in prayer. I truly believe that it will be the single most significant development for the church in developing community throughout the church and providing pastoral care for all our members.


The Odessa team is loading on the bus at this moment for their trip. All are in good spirits. I thought they would all be singing, but maybe they are saving that for the bus ride.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Greeters Needed

We would like to start having greeters at the door which opens onto the handicapped ramp before each worship service. This is a great opportunity to assist and make welcome our worshippers who otherwise navigate the alley entrance and open the heavy doors. We are also having a growing number of young parents with baby strollers, because their strollers need to park near the nursery.

Is this a ministry for you, t0 assist and make welcome our worshippers? If so, contact Ginger Clark at

Housemate Sought

Three Christian women living in East Falls are looking for another female housemate for a newly available bedroom.

rent: $340 + utilities
move in date: available immediately

Fine Arts Camp

Proclamation Presbyterian Church is holding a fine arts camp for children ages 7–14. For information, go to

Can You Spare a Few Thousand Miles?

Please pray for preparations for a new video for African Enterprise to be produced by Craig Claudin. Tenth's Global Outreach Commission approved the lion's share of the budget, however additional funds will be needed to cover certain expenses. If you have transferable frequent flyer miles and would like to donate them, about 80,000 miles are needed for a round trip ticket
to Johannesburg, South Africa. Please contact Craig [; 215-248-2121] or Dr. Bruce McDowell for more information.

World Team Market

Flea Market to Benefit World Team
Saturday, June 23, 8am to 2pm RAIN or SHINE
1431 Stuckert Rd, Warrington PA

Look for signs near the corner of Easton & Bristol
Bargains Galore, Something for the Whole Family, Baked goods, kid's face painting and activities, guitar repair
All money raised will go directly to the ministry of World Team

Messner report

Aaron wrote this morning with an update.

The Messners are slowly getting settled into their new house, with most of the boxes unpacked. The boys love the yard, and Aaron is excited about the work at Covenant. They are really missing the Tenth community and they really missed Tenth in an acute way on Sunday. Pray for God's direction and blessing as they look for a church home, and seek to develop friendships, especially for Nancy.

Their new address is
304 McFarland Road
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Dining Room Set

The Tartikoffs have an old dining room set (solid wood table with 2 leafs and 8 chairs) to give away. The set is in fair condition. The chairs are a bit rickety. If interested, email Anne at They only ask that whoever takes them come get the set within a week or so.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Skeel in the Lecture Room

The Trinity Symposium is very pleased to present:

"Christianity, Corporate Scandals and the Modern Corporation"

David Arthur Skeel

S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 21 at 7:30pm

We are honored to host a lecture by this very special speaker. Dr. Skeel has published Icarus in the Boardroom and Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America. He has made appearances as expert on corporate governance or bankruptcy issues on Nightline, Chris Matthews: Hardball, CNBC, CNN Book TV, and NPR's Marketplace and has been interviewed or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, among other publications. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Skeel to the Trinity Symposium.

Make plans to join us Thursday, June 21 at 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

Contact:Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church 151 West County Line Rd., Hatboro PA 19040-1807, 215-675-1811

Drama, Dancing and...Devotions

This morning we divided into two teams to conduct school assemblies. At our school the girls joined right in for the singing and understood the Redeemer skit. Afterwards, four of them did some traditional Irish dancing. (Anna was sorely tempted to join them!)

In the afternoon, we were invited into a neighborhood to do some community clean up -- -painting over graffiti, collecting litter and trimming hedges. At the end of which a football was found and we enjoyed a riotous game of soccer. Everyone will sleep well tonight!

Our day ended with supper at the church of delicious baked potatoes (yes, they do taste better over here) along with chili, finishing the preparations for Christ Church summer VBS and our time of gathering as a team for singing and devotions ended our evening.

Tomorrow we prepare for the next week, have a special teaching time and then head up to the north coast.


Monday, June 18, 2007

A Day in the Country

After spending the morning at a school assembly, we headed out to learn the history of Belfast and view the city from its height of beauty -- Scrabo Tower. On the way we stopped to see the C.S.Lewis statue near his childhood home (surely you knew he was born in Belfast!!). Now what did David see in the closet?

Carl Menz

Our church friend, Carl Menz, died Friday following illness. Here is a brief obituary:

Carl Menz
June 6, 1913 -June 15, 2007

Born in Hagen, Germany, son of Emil and Meta Menz. He is survived by 2 cousins, Maryanu Greenblum of Titusville, Florida, and Hannelore Sachs of Forest Hills, NY. Mr. Menz, a WWII Holocaust survivor, was a retired employee of Philadelphia Newspapers, accomplished pianist, and musical innovator. He was best known for his “Hemispherical Keyboard” concept. He regularly attended Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, as well as Beth Emanuel Messianic Synagogue, Philadelphia, entertaining countless people with his classical musical abilities.

A memorial service for Mr. Menz will take place at Beth Emanuel Messianic Synagogue, 10150 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at 1 pm.

We will also plan a date and time for a memorial service at Tenth. I will have addresses at the receptionist desk for his cousins if anyone would like to send cards. There is no family designation of memorial gifts.

Car Shopping

This comes in from Bryan Stoudt, Director of Medical Campus Outreach:

After getting our car inspected the other day, our mechanic advised me to "find another car". With a time of more intense fund-raising on the horizon, this figures to be a significant need. We're hoping that one of you can point us in the right direction.

Ideally, here's what we're looking for:* low cost * relatively reliable* driver's side airbag* decent gas mileage. We'll be away from June 25-July 30, but will have access to email (, so please let us know if anything turns up.

Thanks so much!

Bryan & Sharon Stoudt


The Rosenbach Museum is featuring a new display called Chosen. Below is the description. If you are looking for a way to spend a Sunday afternoon between services, just walk three blocks over on Delancey at 2008 Delancy Street.

Bringing together nearly 60 books, scrolls, and objects from public collections in the Philadelphia area that date from the 11th to the 18th century, Chosen tells the story of human experience, intellectual endeavors, religious tradition, and artistic innovation. These objects were selected for their literary and historic importance and their visual interest. By uniting them in a common space, Chosen reveals the untold stories buried within these objects, as well as those of their producers, owners, and the many different Jewish cultures and other influences that brought them into existence. Visitors can see highly decorated, illustrated scrolls; view writing in a diversity of languages from Chaldean to Yiddish; and learn how the form of Hebrew texts changed with the travels of Jewish populations across geography and time.

Some objects you can expect to see in the exhibition include:
the first known illustration depicting a bar mitzvah (18th century)
the oldest nearly complete Passover haggadah in existence (11 th century)
a Torah scroll listing 'the Eleven Commandments'
the oldest Hebrew Bible in North America (1266)
the first Hebrew prayer book written for popular use
the first known illustrations of Passover matzahs in manuscript and printed books
the first book written by a Muslim that was translated into Hebrew
the first printed prayer book printed in Hebrew
one of only six extant books bound in a Portuguese box-binding
the first Protestant translation of the Bible directly from Hebrew into Latin (1534-35)
the first translation of the Hebrew Bible into Spanish (1553)
the first book published in what is now the United States (1640)
the first depiction of a map of the Exodus from Egypt (1695)
the first scientific illustration of a liquid-in-glass thermometer (1628-29)

VHS Deal?

I need to transfer a dozen VHS tapes to DVD. I called one store that will charge $25 per. Does anyone know of a better deal?

Fellowship of the Gospel

Sunday's sermon, "Fellowship of the Gospel," is now posted at the DMC Messages site. Click link on right column.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sunday Night Fusion

The youth group at Christ Church is called Fusion and we joined them for a meeting tonight. Needless to say we got on fabulously with many new friendships started. Our "party" finally broke up around 10:30. Tomorrow morning half of the team will go to school, while the other half prepares for a future assembly program.

A few more pictures from our trip (in the airport) and "preparing" for a skit...Maranatha style.


Greetings from Northern Ireland

We have arrived safely and enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship last night and worship this morning. During the service our team presented "The Redeemer" skit and conducted the Bible School for the children.

Attached are a few pictures as we were leaving Philly and outside Christ Church in Belfast (which meets in a conference center).

Pray for us as we go to some schools in the next three days.

Carroll, on behalf of the team.