Friday, September 14, 2007

Welcome, Ethan!

Dieter and Jess Pearcey are delighted to announce the birth of Ethan Joshua yesterday, weighing in at 8 pounds plus.

Assistance Needed

A church member in Parish 2 who broke her ankle needs assistance for the next 4-6 weeks. Mim Carter is scheduling help and is seeking 2 people per day visiting, one in the morning and one in the evening. If you can volunteer, email Mim at I think a wheelchair might be needed.

Marriage Milestone

I got wind of a 25th wedding anniversary coming up next Tuesday - Steve and Ellen Bachman. Don't tell them I told you.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Capital Campaign Report

Again, a report from the Capital Campaign committee will be available this Sunday on the church portico in envelopes with your name on it. Check your address for accuracy, and if you have moved and not let us know your new address, please note on a Welcome Card or email the church.


The Philadelphia Presbytery met last night. We met in the church facilities of what was Grace Chapel and is now the third of liberti fellowship's three-locations church. It is in the Roxborough area far up on Henry Avenue.

Phil gave the sermon during worship, based on presbytery's fourth core value: "Christ-centered expository preaching is foundational to the vitality and mission of the Church." We examined and passed three men for licensure. This is provided mostly for men preparing for ordination, but may be extended to anyone, such as a ruling elder, who preaches on a regular basis.

A call was extended to Maranatha Chung to do church planting in the northeast among the Chinese community.

Bill Krispin was "honorably retired," which is a misnomer, considering that Bill's idea of retirement would wear out most of us other ministers. He no longer has to be involved in presbytery matters, but...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Apartment for Rent

Greg and Mary Berzinsky have an apartment for rent. The following is taken from their Craig's List listing. To see pictures, go to Craig's List and look up 923 South 46th Street.

$1150.00/2BR - Two Bedroom Apartment for Rent

Restored Carriage House in Desirable University City,
Penn Alexander Catchment Area,
Recently Renovated...Fresh Paint...Chic, Nice Kitchen,
Near Green Line Cafe...minutes to Center City,
Near Pharmacy Science College,
Near Marigold Kitchen, Baltimore Avenue Restaurants
and minutes to 40th St Shopping, Movies, and Market,
Utilities NOT included (new systems, very efficient),
Washer/Dryer in Apartment, Central Air, Dishwasher & Microwave

Arts and Entertainment

From the ByFaith Online Newsletter:

4th Annual Arts and Entertainment Evening, Sept. 21, 2007 TE. Joel Pelsue, president of the Los Angeles based ministry, Arts and Entertainment Ministries (AEM), announces the 4th annual “An Evening of Arts & Entertainment” on Sept. 21, 2007 in Los Angeles. Artists from around the globe creating art from a Christian worldview submitted their work (visual and performing arts as well as film and media) for the show. The best of the submissions were selected and will be a part of the 4th annual show. Arts and Entertainment Ministries (AEM) is an evangelical, nonprofit ministry dedicated to educating, supporting, and inspiring artists, creative professionals and cultural influencers to integrate their faith with their creative process. AEM also educates religious and academic leaders on the importance of evangelical Christians engaging our culture and redeeming art & beauty for the glory of God. For more information, go to

MTW Appeal for Peru Earthquake Needs

From the ByFaith Online Newsletter:

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Peru on August 15, 2007, and residents of the city of Pisco, are facing winter. 85% of the homes were destroyed and most people are sleeping in the streets in temperatures just above freezing. Smaller cities around Pisco fared the same and the infrastructure of the entire region was heavily damaged. Mission to the World had an assessment team on the ground quickly. MTW’s Minuteman Appeal is being made to provide long-term needs. MTW is also recruiting short-term teams to provide assistance. Particular needs include people with construction or handyman skills, nurses, emergency medical technicians, counselors, and pastors. For information about short-term participation, go to or contact Mark Thompson at or 678-823-0004 x 2333.

Welcome, Adam!

Susan and Karl Russo are delighted to announce the birth of Adam James Russo, born 10:19 pm, September 11, 2007. Baby weighs in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and measures 20.4 inches long.

New Staff

I don't think I have welcomed Carl Staico on to the church staff as Head Sexton. Carl worked here previously before serving in the same position with Spruce Hill Christian School. We are very pleased to have him on board.

Another new sexton is Rugar Moore, a recent graduate of City Center Academy who is saving up money for college. He is filling Anthony James' place who has headed off to college. But he is not the newest sexton. That goes to newlywed Jonathan Brandenburg who is taking on some extra hours, including Sunday mornings.

And yet another new part-time employee is Dora McFarland, daughter of George and Chrys McFarland, who is filling in at the desk on Fridays.

Welcome, everyone!

Coming Your Way

A report from the Capital Campaign Committee will be available for pickup this Sunday. I'm not sure yet where they will be placed, but will let you know. We will also announce from the pulpit. This report is commissioned by the Session and gives the most up-to-date information about the campaign proposal. The material will be in addressed envelopes, and those remaining will be mailed. The material will also be posted on the church website on Monday.

Hsu in Concert

Don't forget that Sam Hsu is in concert this Saturday evening at the Kimmell Center. Check an earlier post from last Friday for more information.

Another Olsen on the Way

Jonathan Olsen is proud to announce that he and Rachel are expecting their fourth child. Congratulations!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Men of the Green

Chris Kaminstein, who grew in Tenth, has a two-man show production this week, playing at The Ethical Society Building, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $10. Here is a notice on Philadelphia Live Arts Festival:

Two guys play six athletes in three shows. They also want your phone number. Philadelphia City Paper Choice Award Winner Rutherford Chang completes its legendary Sports Trilogy with the premiere of Men of the Green, in which the caddy hides some stuff in a hole.


Wed. 9/12 7:30 PM
Thu. 9/13 7:30 PM
Fri. 9/14 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM
Sat. 9/15 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM

Do Not Call

Are you receiving telemarketing calls you do not want? You can register with the national Do Not Call registry, which will limit the calls you receive. Many of you registered five years ago when first given the opportunity. Your coverage period may be expiring September 15, as registration covers only a five year period. To register or check on your registration, click here. The site, by the way, says that though you may register your cell phones, it is not necessary. There is also a state registry if you want additional coverage.

Service Change

We are switching to a new spam filter service. The switch is taking place over the next 48-72 hours. We should not experience problems receiving email, although if you send an email and don't get a response, you may want to call or resend.

Freeman in the News

John Freeman, director of Harvest USA, had an article published in The Philadelphia Daily News about pornography. Click here to read online.


On this sixth anniversary of 9/11, let us remember before the Lord the lives lost and the turmoil still faced. You may appreciate this article in the Washington Post about a Christian Iraqi-American manufacturer's project to provide memorial benches.