Friday, November 30, 2007

Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 4, Tenth is hosting another blood drive. You can sign up on Sunday to reserve a time or drop in on Tuesday between noon and 6:00. I use to give regularly but am now disqualified. Because I once used insulin made from beef products, I am considered a risk to pass on mad cow disease. The insulin also came from pork products, and nobody is accusing me of passing on really angry pig disease.

Campaign Inserts

I am catching up with reading and just saw the first two bulletin inserts answering questions about the capital campaign. They can be accessed, by the way at the church website (see link on right). You will see a link on the front page that then takes you to the inserts. The first insert has an extremely well written essay on why now is the time to undertake such a campaign. The second begins a series of answering questions people have been asking and then presenting a specific project from the campaign. The most recent presents the project to renovate facilities. Here is an exerpt that presents some specifics:

"Included in this project are the following main improvements: 1) new flooring, sound system, and lighting in the sanctuary, 2) reconfigured choir loft and renovated tower office above the music office, 3) new bathrooms and carpets in the Catacombs, and 4) a new kitchen and sound system for Fellowship Hall."

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Congregational Meeting

Don't forget the congregational meeting Friday night. The meeting itself is at 7:30 in the sanctuary. Dinner at 6:00 for those who signed up.

We will be voting on:
Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses
2008 Budget

A final report will also be given by the Strategic Planning Committee.

Going Up

I walked by the parking lot on 17th between Spruce and Locust, the one that has been displaying a sign about multi-million dollar condos. Looks like construction has begun. The lot is torn up with big trucks sitting on it. I'm glad I was able to make my deposit in time. It's a surprise for Ginger.

Online Resources

Tara Megill sent in these free online resources: is a website with a free downloadable software program for studying the Bible, including several verse-by-verse commentaries on the whole Bible. is a website with 20 free Covenant Seminary courses (audio, notes, etc).

Zip Code Info

David Apple passed on an informative website: Gives demographics of the zip code area.

Festival of Carols

Try double clicking the image to read clearly.

Bible School

You will be receiving the new Bible School brochures on Sunday. Here now is a listing of classes to begin December 9:

The Fruit of the Spirit - George McFarland (using Jerry Bridges' The Practice of Godliness)
Living Out the Gospel in Marriage - Tim and Sena McInnes
Genesis (chapters 24-36 - Paul Duggan and Bruce Garver
New Members Orientation

TIF (Tenth International Fellowship) holds the following classes at 9:30:
What is the Gospel? - Chris Seah
English Bible Class - Bob Hormann
English Bible Class - Debbie Langford and Luanne Wainwright

TIF Worship
Preparation for Marriage Class
Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament - Dan Kunkle

Day of Prayer

The quarterly Day of Prayer is this Sunday. I encourage you not to be like the majority of Bible school attenders who skip attending. I am preparing today the outline for the two prayer meetings. I will be leading the prayer time at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall, and Jerry McFarland will lead the 11:00 time in the 315 Building, 1st floor rear which is handicapped accessible. I will post the outline either today or tomorrow. Please come. I think others who have attended will attest that it is an encouraging time in strengthening our prayer life and faith.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Welcome, Elijah!

Congratulations to Tom and Dana Kim on the birth of their first child, Elijah Jae-Duk, November 22.

Kent baby!

Praise God for the birth of Luke Walter Kent, born to Mark and Alma on November 23.

Golden Compass

Check out this article regarding the new The Golden Compass movie.

Advent Activites in Parish 3

Bible Study: Kingdom-minded Prayer. This Advent, Paul and Sylvia Duggan (535 South 46th Street, Philadelphia) are hosting a three-week Wednesday night Bible study on selected petitions of the Lord's Prayer focused on the coming (Advent) of the Kingdom. Week 1 (November 28) we'll focus on "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name," Week 2 (December 5) we'll cover "thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" Week 3 (December 12) we'll cover "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil" We will share a light supper at 6:30pm, begin study at 7:30. RSVP to 215.222.7947 or

Christmas Carol Sing in Drexel Hill. Thursday, December 13, 7pm at Bob and Cathy Kempf's, 466 Windermere Road. Bring a dessert to share. RSVP 610.623.7050.

Christmas Carol Sing in University City. Wednesday, December 19, 7pm atGreg and Mary Berzinsky's, 4205 Pine Street. Bring a dessert to share.RSVP by Dec 17 to 215.382.1078

March of the P....

Are these ministers or movie stars?

Welcome, Samuel!

Congratulations to Jason and Felicia Cronk on their first baby, Samuel, born November 21.

Sublet Available

2 bedroom apartment at 19th and Bainbridge available from December 30 to February 22. Fully furnished with washer, dryer, dishwasher, central (gas) heat, wireless internet, and basic cable for $950 a month ($1900 total) plus the gas bill. It is within walking distance to Tenth Church, Penn and Jefferson campuses, and 5 min from Rittenhouse square. Street parking is free and usually easy to find. Please email Nicole Dalton at if interested.


I'm back, and just in time. The place is in chaos, but I'll get it under control.

The Christmas Story

The children of Tenth Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Vivian Dow, will present The Christmas Story on Sunday, December 2, at 4PM. Please come.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

2008 offering envelopes available December 16

2008 offering envelopes will be available December 16 due to transition to a new database. If you are a member or regular attender who would like envelopes but did not receive a box in 2007, please contact Christina or fill out a welcome card to request a box.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Christmas Story

Come and see "The Christmas Story" this Sunday, December 2, at Tenth Presbyterian Church, 4PM. An offering will be taken to benefit Rafiki Village in Liberia.

Roommate wanted

Christian professional single man looking for a roommate (prefer similar or student) to share a luxury two-bedroom apartment. $570 per month including heat, hot water and electricity. Located in park area of Collingswood, NJ, a very nice, quiet, green and historical town. Air conditioned with carpet. Newly decorated and all kitchen appliances (stove, microwave oven, refrigerator and dishwasher) are new. Free shuttle bus to Patco station rush hour and weekends (12 minutes a loop). 15 minutes from Philly by the Speedline (Patco). Parking is free (outdoor) or $50 per month. Available after Christmas, or Jan 1, 2008. Contact Freeman at 856-701-2278 or e-mail