Friday, July 25, 2008

Note from Frank Harder

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your prayers for me and my family in our time of loss at my father's passing last week.

For those who may be interested, I have included my father's obituary as information. His name is the same as mine, so don't be confused.

Frank Harder

Frank Harder Sr., 89, died on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Lutheran Manor Assisted Living in Truman, MN. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008 at the First Presbyterian Church in St. James, MN. Pastor Don Crissinger-Clark officiated. Burial was at Butterfield City Cemetery in Butterfield, MN.

Frank Raymond Harder was born October 14, 1918 at Lostwood, ND to parents David P. Harder and Anna (Derksen) Harder. He was raised in Butterfield, MN and was baptized at the First Mennonite Church of Mt. Lake. Frank graduated from Butterfield High School. He served in the Army Air Force from February 1942 until October 1945 serving in the South West Pacific for three years and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. On May 10, 1947 Frank married Helen M. Peterson in Butterfield. Frank worked as a grain buyer and country elevator manager. He served on the Butterfield Fire Dept. for 27 years, was a Charter and Life member of the Donald Larson VFW Post. He was a Charter member, exhibitor and Board member of the Butterfield Threshing Bee. He and Helen were members of the First Presbyterian Church in St. James where Frank was an Elder and Trustee. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and working at Voss Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 2 brothers David Jr. and Walter and a sister Marie Schleuter.

Frank is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Frank and Barbara Harder of Philadelphia, PA and their children Jason and Jeff; brother Robert & Judy Harder of Sun Lakes, AZ; sisters Tillie Dick of Crosby, MN, Hazel Hanes of Toledo, OH, and a sister-in-law Maxine Harder of Downy, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Congratulations to the Auerbachs

Susanna Irene was born to Jeff and Amanda Auerbach on July 24.

Were you at the party last night?

This was the question heard on the subway today. It was a great community party on Christian Street last night. There was a program for the children with fun skits (a slow-but-gets-there detective chasing a crafty thief who turned out to be the judge's daughter...and whose place the magistrate took in going to jail) and wacky songs (chick-a-boom) -- cookout for 400! -- face paints for everyone of all ages -- a concert by the Westminster Brass -- fire-juggling -- neighbors and new friends. God threw the whole celebration and was there the whole time.

Of course, some of you in our spiritual community were there because you joined us in prayer! In your heart celebrate with joy.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Choir loft construction zone

As a result of ongoing construction work in preparation for the new organ in the choir loft, the area is not available for seating at any services. Please use the side balconies and the catacombs if the main floor is full.

To the Movies

Bryan Glass' Mice Templar is going Hollywood! Check it out. I want the role of Pilot the Tall.

SMI and Dolly

This brief report came in from the SMI team in Harlingen, Texas.

Pray for the current team down there! Hurricane Dolly hit them hard. I just got off the phone w/ the Proj Leader, a friend from school, and he told me that the roof got ripped off the dorm and they all evacuated to the library. They are short on food and have no electricity. Thank God they are safe but pray for trust and peace and continued perseverence.

A further update. This morning Mina spoke with the team leader Ernest who said that everyone is safe and sound, no one was hurt and 98% of the belongings were moved to the library. The entire town of Harlingen has no elecrticity. The cafeteria was able to be opened up so they do have food, but not a way to cook things. Everyone's spirits seem to be ok.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Russo House for Sale

746 S. Chadwick Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1.5
Lot Size: 13’x60’
Sqft: 759
Taxes: $531.46

Five blocks from Tenth!

First Floor: Open floor plan LR, DR with hardwood floor. Powder room. Large eat-in kitchen with new ceramic tile floor. Appliances included New Gas oven and gas range, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator, stacked washer/dryer. Kitchen opens to private fenced in brick patio (12’x18’) with raised garden and pond.

Second Floor: Two bedrooms with wall-to-wall carpeting and large closets. Newly-tiled bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and skylight. New environmentally-friendly windows throughout.
Additional storage in unfinished basement and attic.
Heating: Gas hot-water heater, gas forced air heat.
Cooling: Central air

Walk to Broad Street Line (Lombard-South) and Center City. Less than one mile from Italian Market. Easy access to I-76, I-95.

Perfect for first-time buyers or empty-nesters.

Please contact Karl Russo or 301-341-0644 if interested.

Skeel Premier Movie

You are invited to the world premier of…
Indiana Jones:
Doomed for the Dead Sea Scrolls

Premiers Monday, July 28, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
The Ambler Theater
108 E. Butler Ave. Ambler, PA

Free admission
Donations welcome
For information, call 215-500-3433

Skeelberg Productions presents
Doomed for the Dead Sea Scrolls
Starring Stephen Skeel, John Thomas and Mathias Haegele

Thanks for praying

Maranatha is SO enjoying our time on Christian Street! Each afternoon more children come out and every evening more from the neighborhood come out to enjoy a meal on us. (Hot dogs are always a hit -- we served as many the last night as our first night even though we also barbecued hundreds of kababs. But our joy is in the conversations as people stay around to talk. One older resident reminisced of how this kind of "instant community party" happened so often in the past...but not recently.

Thanks for praying! We have been so welcomed into the community and our family living in the area have met so many of their neighbors -- we rejoice in our God's kindness of connecting us together! Please pray for the rest of our week as we engage the children in fun, learn to juggle (thanks Matt and Dan), cook up fabulous feasts (thanks Susana and Audrey), talked and talked (you know who you are) and anticipate a concert courtesy of the Westminster Brass on Thursday!

Hula Police?

As I was driving (our plentious) supplies back to the church from the Christian Street project with Maranatha I turned a corner...and saw blue and red lights in my rear mirror.

Police?! Did I do something wrong?

But then they disappeared immediately...and in my side mirrors I could not see any vehicles. Then I realized the light-up hula hoops in the back had just turned off!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lions, zebras, and Tenth - OH MY!

While cleaning through my "to do" stack, I found a wonderful CD of pictures that Bob Yang took during Missionopoly: African Adventure in November 2007. Bob used a green screen for team photos and then replaced the green background with pictures taken by Josh Ryken in South Africa. So to prevent undue alarm, let me just say again: the lions and zebras in the background were not present in Fellowship Hall!

To check out your family's pictures, click here.

Volunteers for 315

Volunteers are needed again this Saturday, July 26, to help with the final installation of quarter round base at 315. Having some carpentry skills is a plus. David Kent will be there to perform and direct the work and will need 2-3 people to assist. If anyone is available to join us on Saturday, contact Jane Cappeller at 215-704-4069 or by email, We will get started around mid-morning. Lunch is provided.

Welcome, Jordyn!

Jeff and Michele Gentile give praise to God for the birth of a daughter, Jordyn Grace, born July 11.

Housing Ad

Hi! We are searching for 1 more Christian woman to share a lovely 4 bedroom home in University City (45th and Baltimore Ave). Available August 1st for 1 yr lease. $530 and $540/mo. (flexible room choice, rent depending on room) + utilities. Sunny and spacious home with shared kitchen (dishwasher-equipped), living + dining areas, 3 full baths, and washer/dryer. House also has a 2nd floor balcony, sun room, cute front flower garden and off-street parking (1 garage, 1 off-street). One block from #34 trolley stop. Within Penn transit and 10 mins from #42 bus route on Spruce St. Easy commute to nearby universities (Penn, Drexel, USP) + Center City. Neighborhood is clean, quiet, tree-lined and family-oriented. Nearby amenities include Clark Park, supermarket, restaurants, theatres and cafes. If interested, please contact Ama at for more details. Thanks!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vacation Cabin

My sister and her husband have built a cabin in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. If you are looking for a great vacation rental, click here. Then click "Homes" and look for Buttress 1033.

Looking for Accommodations

Sarah Fletcher, a member of Parish 6, deaconness, and Christian school teacher is looking for a place to live in the Brookhaven/Parkside/Wallingford/Media area. She is open to different arrangements: a roommate to share a 2 bedroom apartment; perhaps someone connected to Tenth with a heart for penniless Christian school teachers :) who has a studio or one bedroom apartment; or boarding in a home. Email to or call 609-332-2375 (cell).

SOSS Apartment Available

Large 1 BR apartment near 20th & Fitzwater available 8/15. Short walk to Tenth Presbyterian, Center City, Rittenhouse Square, etc. Reduced rate of $625 per month (utilities extra) available to members/friends of Tenth Church. Secure, first floor apartment has large LR, DR/Kitchen, full bathroom, den/study, BR, utility room and access to basement laundry and rear yard. ADT Security System being installed. Pictures and more details furnished upon request. For more information please contact Rick Chapman at or call (630) 386-3406.

Special Needs Book

Follow-up from Living Church: Special Needs

During the 7/20 Living Church, Kristen Harnly mentioned Stephanie Hubach's book Same Lake, Different Boat. We have extra copies available for sale and pickup at Tenth. Contact Kristen at for more information.

Car for Sale

2007 Black Dodge Caliber; 20,346 miles, excellent condition. Great gas mileage (25 mpg). Gray interior, compact but roomy. CD player, A/C, keyless entry, power doors/windows. $14,000 obo. Seller VERY motivated! Call Richard Jones, 864-979-0168.

Beatitudes Exhibit

August 15-September 28, 2008
Opening Reception August 15, 7 – 9 PM

White Stone Gallery presents an exhibition exploring Christ’s Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount with expressionist oil paintings by New Zealand’s Cornelis Monsma and stained glass by North Carolina’s Vanessa Wright Hollifield.

The link for the image for this exhibit is More are easily available.

Attention Editors: Images immediately available electronically upon request.

Philadelphia, PA… New Zealand oil painter, Cornelis Monsma, recently created a series of oil paintings with his distinct expressionist style, exploring the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes, which he translates into colorful contemporary images, will make their debut at White Stone Gallery, located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The BEATITUDES exhibit begins with a reception from 7 – 9 PM, August 15 and ends September 28.

Friesian-Dutch born Cornelis Monsma is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. Monsma describes his own work as, “Contemporary Christian art without a religious aftertaste.” For over forty years, he has built a solid career with vibrant use of color and unique design to express deep scriptural meaning and purpose. Monsma is able to portray scripture visually in a way, which seems to capture the meaning of the verse and display it in a fresh perspective. Some curators have tried to minimize the biblical inspiration to his work – to the point of saying the only way they would display his work is without titles.

Vanessa Wright Hollifield, who pioneered the Beatitudes theme for this exhibit, joins Monsma with her expressionist stained glass work. Hollifield and Monsma have separately created their Beatitude pieces throughout the year.

White Stone is located at 4219 Main Street in Philadelphia. White Stone’s hours are Wed - Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5. For more information, visit To contact the gallery, call 215.482.7700 or email

Organ Farewell

Last night brought the end of an era. In June 1970, the "Elmore Organ" was installed as the "largest electronic instrument in the world." Last night, July 20, 2008, it was played for the last time by Evelyn Larter who sent it out with a vivacious postlude.

The organ is being removed this week. Work will then begin on the choir loft, preparing it for the installation of the new organ. A scheduled recital date to introduce the organ is September 12. Look for more information about that in August. Paul Jacobs will perform.

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