Friday, July 27, 2007

Wheels Wanted

Car wheels, that is. With the car attached!

One of our global partners needs to borrow a vehicle from August 1st to August 20th. If you can loan him and his family your car for a few days/weeks, contact Liz Mosebrook at

The Mission of God

At our July 17 meeting for the church's commissions, Howard Blair was asked to provide devotional remarks. Click here for his message.

Apartments available in University City

Studio at 4207 Pine Street available Sept 1. $650/month including utilities except for cooking gas and phone/internet. Coin operated washer/dryer in basement.

Two bedroom apartment located at 923 South 46th Street. $1150/month. Utilities not included. Newly renovated with central air, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer in apartment.

For more details please contact Mary Berzinsky at or 215.704.4201.

Sunday Preachers

Lance Lewis will be preaching this Sunday morning from Genesis 12:10-20, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

Jerry McFarland preaches in the evening from Numbers 13:25-33, "Undue Diligence."

God's Grandeur

I've started a new personal project. I am collecting favorite writings to bind and have on hand to read when I need some inspiration or just want to enjoy good writing. So far I've collected poems by Tennyson, Donne, Herbert, Hopkins, Browning and selections from Dostoevsky, Tolkien, and T.H. White. Here is a poem I read this morning:

God's Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Calling all handymen/handywomen...

To help with maintenance projects at the Global Outreach Guesthouse in Upper Darby this Saturday, July 28. The fun starts at 8:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm. Cold beverages and sandwiches will be provided. For more information, contact Paul Reimold.

Of Stairs and Signs

It looks like they are close to completely work on the stairs over at the 315 Building. I notice the fence being removed. I understand that interior painting begins next week.

We are still waiting on the outside sign work to be completed and restalled. I understand that the locking mechanism is holding the work up. That had completely failed so that we were using a padlock. Hopefully the sign will be back up in time for my name to be displayed for the following Sunday!

Back Home

Carroll Wynne and Bruce McDowell are back from their world travels. Carroll had been in N. Ireland then to his home country of Canada. Carroll actually is the sovereign of his own island in Canada.

Bruce has returned from Colombia with the team of Tenth volunteers. We should be getting a report in the next week or so of their experience.

City College and Career

At its Tuesday meeting, the Session approved a name change. Tenth College Union has become City College and Career. This reflects how the ministry has evolved over the years with a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young adults recently out of college.

The concern of the Session in considering the change was that this does not signal a subtle shift from ministering to college undergraduates. We will monitor that over the new school year, but meanwhile we accept the change for the following reasons:

One is the development of new PCA churches that are reaching out on city campuses, specifically liberti at Temple and City Church at Penn and Drexel. Tenth is in a new era of cooperation with sister city churches.

Second is the intentional communal mindedness of the ministry. I learned that 40-50 young adults have moved into the area between South Street and Washington for the express purpose of being near the church and promoting community. These young people are intentional about ministering in all levels of undergrads, grads, and career.

Third, the ministry is strengthening its focus on the college campuses in Center City, which reflects the church's focus on Center City. As noted below, Tenth intern Luke Herche, with others, will be leading outreach to the schools nearest the church.

For the next four or five days, Robert Polen and Luke Herche will post their thoughts and plans about CCC. They are working together to provide leadership of the ministry under the direction of Jonathan Olsen. (Jonathan would write but he is on vacation.) Be in prayer for the ministry and for these two men. Both of them have served two years at Tenth as interns and have won the respect of everyone who has benefited from their teaching and discipleship.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


That is the number of students studying in the Center City schools of The Curtis Institute of Music, The University of the Arts, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design. Luke Herche is new Tenth intern (actually a veteran intern in a previous stint) who will focus on reaching out to the students at these campuses (along with teaching at City Center Academy).

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Home for Sale

For Sale: Great home in a great location! This completely renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with CENTRAL AIR is located in the Wissahickon/Manayunk area and is steps away from Regional Rail, SEPTA stops, and major routes. This warm and inviting home -- inside and out -- is spacious with many nice design features. Asking price is $259,000. Call Glenn or Del Wesley for an appointment at 215.514.5623 or email at

Musical Arts Assistant

The Conservatory of Musical Arts (CMA), located in Haddonfield, NJ, just a 12 minute train ride from Center City, provides the finest musicians with a venue to share with the community their passion for music and with the opportunity to instruct, inspire, and motivate all music students in a dynamic and collaborative environment. We currently have 30 vocalists and instructors who teach a variety of brass, string, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

We are seeking someone to work in our office who can provide the skills and organization necessary in an office manager/administrative assistant, but who also has a strong understanding of music and can provide a vision for expanding our student base and running our Music Together program. The appropriate candidate will possess:

A bachelor’s degree in either English or Music or a related field
Strong written and oral communication skill
The ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects related to expanding CMA’s student base
Knowledge of advertising/marketing, especially as related to music
Strong organizational skills
The ability to use MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and other databases and website builders

Compensation: $13/hr plus benefits
Interested parties should email cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Sarah Fletcher. To familiarize yourself with our school, please visit!

TCA Living Church

I have posted Steve Carter's Living Church message about Tenth Community Assistants given July 15. Click here for it.

Philly Skyline

You might find an interesting site to visit. Lots of pictures of the city's skyline and information about many buildings. It also includes photo essays of neighborhoods throughout the city.


The Session and Diaconate meet tonight, beginning at 6:30.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Farewell, Jonathan

Jonathan McCarthy is taking a new position three doors down at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. We pray for the Lord's blessings on his new endeavor. He does leave a big hole to fill. Be in prayer as we seek a replacement.

Welcome, Liz

We welcome Liz Mosebrook as the new full-time Global Outreach Assistant. Liz has been serving as a part-time assistant for several months.

Scotland Calling

Tenth intern John Ferguson leaves next Monday to return to Scotland where he will begin doctoral work. We want to thank John for his good service rendered to Tenth. Many benefited from his teaching in Bible study, Bible school classes, and in the pulpit, as well as his prayers.

Memorial Service

This is a reminder that a memorial service for Carl Menz is scheduled at the church for next Sunday, July 29, at 5:00 p.m.

On a Tripp

As Phil astutely observed, for the next three Sundays you will have in the morning a Lewis and Clark, Tripp. Lance Lewis preaches next Sunday, I preach the next, and Paul Tripp the third.

As of today, Phil is on vacation with his family through August 12.