Saturday, July 14, 2007

Choir Photo

On the choir's last evening in Ukraine, we visited the ARK--a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center about an hour outside of Odessa. It was a rainy evening, so we sang and ate a delicious meal indoors, and enjoyed hearing the testimony of one of the residents as well as the story of the current director. As we were leaving, the sun came out and we were treated to a gorgeous full double rainbow. On our way back to Odessa, we stopped the bus and tromped out into a wheat field for the below picture. Our feet were muddy, but the picture is worth it!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Free Orchestra Concert in University City

On Saturday, July 21, you can hear the Philadelphia Orchestra for free! They will be playing in Clark Park (43rd St. and Chester Ave.) in University City. Rossen Milanov is conducting a Spanish themed program, including Ravel's Bolero. For more information, click here.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ride to Lancaster Wanted July 17

A missionary friend of Nell Evans will be coming into town with her mother on the July 17 to attend a conference in Lancaster from the 17th-20th. They would like a ride to Lancaster instead of traveling by train if possible. Please contact Nell if you can help.

Hospitality Needed!

We still have a few people to house at weekends if you are willing to host some of our Northern Irish teens who will join Maranatha on the upcoming missions trips to Camden and Chester. The weekends to host them are August 3rd-5th and August 10th-12th...for more information contact Jonny Mcgreevy at 856 986 1444 or

Alternatively if you would like to host the team for a BBQ or meal one night during the missions trips (July 31st-August 3rd or August 6th-10th) and live near Camden or Chester...I would love to talk to you further!...this is a big task as the teams are 52 members each but any offers would be appreciated...particularly if you have a pool as our showers will be limited!

Again contact Jonny McGreevy

Maranatha Mission

Donations Drive- Sunday July 22nd

Our missions teams to Chester and Camden need your help!

Due to the large size of our missions teams (52 people each week) which combine our own youth with a team of 25 from Northern Ireland we need people like you to help us with various needs.

Ways you can help-

- Donate food (Breakfast Cereals, snacks, drinks, chips)

- Pledge to provide for a lunch (lunch-meats, breads, fruit, chips, juice boxes)

- Pledge to cook for an evening dinner (bring it down and eat with us!)

- Loan us an air-bed (we need 52 or we will be sleeping on tiled floors!)

- Pray about how you can help out/ for the leaders as we plan/ for our teams and God’s work in and through them

Please stop by our Donation table after both services in Reception hall on Sunday July 22nd

(You may drop off non-perishable goods and beds on the 22nd and make pledges for meals.)

Any questions or generous offers beforehand please call Jonny McGreevy (856) 986 1444

Employment Opportunities


Position: ENGLISH TEACHER (Grades 9-12)
Part time: Three classes (2 preparations) five mornings a week.

Location: City Center Academy, 315 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

• A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in English from a regionally accredited college or university
• Pennsylvania Teacher’s Certification (or plans to work towards obtaining certification)
• Commitment to Christian Education
• Desire to be part of a growing, multiracial, urban, Christian high school with high academic standards
• Experience working with teenagers

We are looking for an outstanding teacher of high school English. This person will be an integral part of our faculty and should enjoy working with a team to provide quality education in an urban context.

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Part-time; 3-4 days per week; hours negotiable

Location: City Center Academy, 315 S. 17th Street – Philadelphia, PA 19104

• 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 education

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Number of Positions available (2)
Part-time: 15-18 hours per week

Location: Spruce Hill Christian School, 4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

• High School Graduate
• Minimum of one year experience working with youth in an organized setting
• Possess excellent management and communication skills

Spruce Hill Christian School is seeking an After-School Activities Coordinator. Qualified candidates must be organized, flexible, creative an able to coordinate after school activities. The position requires on-site presence 3.25 hours a day (3 PM – 6:15 PM) on school days only. Two Friday’s a month (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

Position: PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER (Grades K thru 8th )
Part-time; 2 days a week 8:15 AM-3:15 PM

Location: Spruce Hill Christian School, 4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

 A minimum of Baccalaureate Degree from an 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. This person 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.

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Position: SPANISH TEACHER (Grades K thru 8th)
Part-time; 2days a week; Hours 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM)

Location: Spruce Hill Christian School, 4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

• A minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree from an 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 instruct elementary and middle school students in language acquisition and practical application. Middle school students will be complete Spanish I course.

For further information or to fax /email resume: Stephanie Hook, Principal
Spruce Hill Christian School/City Center Academy
4115 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-382-7839 (Fax) 215382-7848

Bridge Closing

Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed from 6:30AM to 8:00AM this
Sunday (7/15).

Apartments available in University City

Berzinskys have two apartment available in August:

Studio at 4207 Pine Street available September 1; $695.00 a month includes all utilities
except for cooking gas. Second floor southern exposure with large bay window. Separate
kitchen and bathroom. Coin operated washer and dryer in basement.

Two bedroom at 923 South 46th Street available August 15; $1150.00 a month. Tenant pays
utilities. Apartment has a new kitchen, all new appliances, washer and dryer in apartment,
dishwasher, microwave, central air. Kitchen and Living Room are one open space.

For more details, email

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Christian and Muslim Women to Meet

Christian and Muslim women are meeting for better understanding on Saturday, August 18, 1:30–4:00 pm, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, hosted by some women from Tenth and Covenant. Come and listen to speakers, meet and interact with friendly Muslim women, and share and learn about beliefs. The event is free and refreshments are included. Contact Diane Kearney, or 856.665.3826. To know how meetings for better understanding advance gospel work, please see Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka’s book, Muslims and Christians at the Table.

Wanted: Female to Share Apartment

I am a recent college graduate looking for a female to share an apartment with me beginning in August. The apartment has 2 bedrooms and hardwood floors and is located in a Victorian House in Langhorne Manor. It is close to PBU, I-95 and the train station making it an easy commute to center city. Rent will be $600/month and includes all utilities. Anyone interested can contact Kristen at (570) 744 1915 or (215) 760-0518.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Calling all handymen and handywomen... work on the Global Outreach house in Upper Darby this Saturday, July 14. We will be painting and working on light exterior repairs from 8 am-2pm. Drop by as you are able. Beverages and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Paul Reimold at

News from the Trustees

Living Church, July 8, 2007

The first part of Psalm 50 tells us that God does not need anything from his people. He created all things. Our worship contributes nothing to God. It meets no need of his. The positive side is that God does require of us a thankful heart. Verse 14 - Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and verse 23 “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me”

You have perhaps noticed from the bulletin today that the Church Ministry Fund is behind by $198,000. Last year at this time we were behind as well, but by a much smaller amount $67,000 – a difference of $131,000. The other Funds are similarly behind. The larger amount of this year's shortfall is not entirely unexpected, given that we have sent as many as a hundred of our good people to City Church and the Creshiem Valley church plant. We praise God that both of those congregations are already in a strong financial position, even as we pray for God to supply our own needs.

You might well ask how we can be thankful to God with this in front of us? Let me remind you of what you already know. God has blessed us at Tenth so abundantly. 40% of our current members have joined Tenth since 2000. The Lord has given us gifted ministers to teach, instruct and challenge us. The Lord has provided even as we have sent out men and women to plant new churches. We have been sending increasing numbers of men and women and youth on short-term missions trips. Our building has reinforced roof trusses, air conditioning, and a new roof. Even with all this the Lord has given us a surplus at the end of the year which we have voted to use on ministry for several years in a row. Many of us are truly thankful for the Lord’s working in and through us. Just engage a few Tenth people in conversation to receive a real blessing. We really do have so much for which to be thankful! Furthermore we are not just thankful in some nebulous way. We are thankful to the one true God.

Nevertheless the Trustees are carefully watching our financial affairs. Our expenses are slightly above budget due to some seasonal items. We are taking a hard look at the budget for the second 6 months of the year. Preliminary analysis indicates that we can realize savings of somewhere in the region of $100,000. As a part of the Capital Campaign preparation work an outside consultant has looked at our budget and giving and concludes that, for our size of congregation, we have a “lean” budget and that giving per person compares favorably with other churches

We are also sorting out with the Capital Campaign Committee the implications that our current shortfall has for them. Any final recommendation the Session makes to the congregation about the proposed Capital Campaign will take into account our current giving and our projected financial position at the end of 2007. Please keep the campaign feasibility process in prayer, so that we will be ready to make the best and wisest decision in the fall.

The Trustees have, in addition, been looking at the big picture of giving compared to last year. When you look at all giving to Tenth we are only down by 1% this year compared to last year and that is with one less Lord’s Day in the first six months of this year. The number of individuals and families giving is up by over 200 or 14% this year.

In Malachi chapter 3 we read of God’s immutability or changelessness. “I the Lord do not change” Malachi 3:6. The examples that follow tell of God’s love, mercy, grace, and faithfulness. Speaking of this chapter James Boice said: “Can God take care of us? Can God care for his people and at the same time use their willing generosity to provide for Christian work here and in other lands? Of course he can! To doubt him in this and give little (in some cases, nothing) is to rob God and slander his sovereignty.”

Please pray for these important matters and for your part in meeting Tenth’s needs. Give as you are able and pray that the Lord will provide so that we can truly say that it is the Lord who has poured out his blessing on us from his great abundance. Oh yes, and remember to be thankful!

Clive Stockdale

Monday, July 09, 2007

Men's Bible Study

For the summer months, the "Coram Deo" Men's Bible Study and Christian Fellowship that meets every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 at the Philadelphia Access Center, 11th and Mifflin Streets, will be doing some Bible Studies on "The Problems of Life! Is there an Answer?" We will be looking at what the Bible has to say about such issues as: Anger, Bitterness, Relationships, Worry, Temptation, Fear, Bereavement, Depression, and Discouragement. If you have any questions and would like more info, please contact Joe Welch at or call at 215 389-1985.

In other blog news...

Bryan Stoudt and the Summer Medical Institute are on the web! Blogging about their experiences serving medical communities by the Texas/Mexico border, Bryan included a great testimony to God's work through the students so far. He will continue to update it throughout this month, so be sure to return often for new prayer requests and praises. To read all about it, go to

Sunday, July 08, 2007


I will be away this week on vacation. Others will be posting. If you need something posted, send it to Nancy at