Friday, March 06, 2009

Xpress Points Needed

American Express, that is! Tenth partner Michael Oh is now looking for American Express points to speed him and his family on their way back to the States this summer. If you have any points to give away, please contact him at

New Members Class

Okay you procrastinators. You have been attending Tenth for weeks, maybe months, maybe years and have not taken the step to join. You can do it! Come to the New Members class beginning this Sunday at the 9:00 hour. It will be over in the 315 Building across the street. I will host the first class and introduce you to the parish elders. See you then!

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, otherwise you will miss the first hour of church.

Single Tenth Member Adult Ski Getaway

March 14–15
Jack Frost, Pocono Mts.
Group rates with 15 or more people
$53 ski pass and rental
$60 pass, rental and lesson

  • Trip includes overnight stay at Hill Top Mountain Home, located 20 min. from ski slope and 10 min. from town of Freeland.
  • Anticipating Presbyterian worship service attendance and Dutch breakfast in Freeland.
  • Surcharge of $20 per person added for prepared dinner Saturday and cold cuts on Sunday afternoon.
  • Total cost $73 or $80, not including transportation or lunch on the day of skiing
  • Provide your own transportation or arrange for car pooling.
  • Interested individuals should bring a sleeping bag or bedroll, at least one change of clothes, pajamas, warm attire to ski in, gloves, dry socks, head attire if desired and some safe type of glasses for the glare from sun.

Contact or Joseph Devlin as listed in the church directory

Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs who gave the inaugural organ concert last fall, sent this notice to Paul Jones of a radio interview for tomorrow. Note his complement of our singing.

"I still think about the wonderful time we had in September at Tenth. Does the congregation still love their new organ? Never before have I heard such heart-felt singing of Ein feste Burg, or any other chorale for that matter. I wanted to let you know that this Saturday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM my interview with Jill Pasternak will be aired on on WRTI's program, "Crossover."
If you know of anyone who might be interested in tuning in, please do share the information."

Psalm 6 Prayer

Lord, if you would not hear my plea, what would I do? If you would not accept my prayer, to whom could I turn? Your wrath would be just, for my sins are before me. But if I receive only your rebuke and do not receive your grace, then I must die. Already grief weighs me down, but to think I must bear my troubles alone without your gracious favor…then I am undone...

This is the opening to this morning's prayer based on Psalm 6. For the full prayer and to read others similarly based on the Psalms, click here.

Sidewalks in the Kingdom

The Urban Ministry Conference starts tonight at 7:00. Here is the schedule for tonight. Click here for the full weekend schedule.

6:00 pm Registration

7:00 pm Where We Are Today: the City, Evangelicalism, and Global Church Growth (Mark Gornik)

8:00 pm Break

8:15 pm Engaging Your Neighborhood with the Gospel (Steve Huber)

9:30 pm Jazz Coffeehouse: Randy Pendleton Trio

Thursday, March 05, 2009

AA Miles Needed

Michael Oh, a Tenth partner in Japan, hopes to return to the U.S. with his family for the summer.

He has a unique opportunity to reserve 5 seats on American Airlines, but must act by Monday, 1:00 p.m EST. He is looking for five people who can donate 65,000 American Airline miles for him to the tickets. He would need each person to contact American Airlines with his flight info and use their 65,000 miles to get one of the tickets. Mileage amounts under 65,000 miles won't help in this situation.

If anyone can help, contact Michael at

Don't Blow That Nose!

If you plan to go on a short-term trip, this article may save you some embarrassment.

Rental Needed

A Brazilian Presbyterian pastor and his wife plan on living in the Philadelphia area for a year while they attend CCEF in order to receive their certificate in Biblical Counseling. They are looking for a house or apartment that they could rent for a year starting in August, at a reasonable, if not cheap price. Preferably, they would like something not terribly far from CCEF. They also need a car to buy. Nothing fancy, just serviceable and as inexpensive as possible. If you can help, contact Lillian Hoobyar at CrossWorld (

Chick-fil-A entrepreneurial opportunities

Are you interested in becoming the Chick-fil-A Operator of our new Pennsylvania locations?

Join us at an upcoming informational session near you:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
6:00–8:00 pm
Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Airport
8900 Bartram Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Registration is required for this event. Please register.
More information about the company . . .

Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend

Daylight Saving Time begins March 7/8. Clocks "spring" forward Saturday night, and you lose an hour of sleep.

Sunday Preaching

From the Park Street Church (Boston) website regarding this Sunday:

At all four services. Get ready for an extreme makeover! The Bicentennial Guest Speaker series continues today with the Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Need a change in your life? Hear a message about a criminal transported from shame to Paradise (am), or a reflection on fashion statements from the Garden to glory (pm). Jesus makes it happen. Invite your friends to hear our next guest speaker!

Hhmm...I need to keep up with such descriptions. How about this...

Are the streets too dark in the city? Learn from Paul Tripp Sunday morning how we can be a thousand points of light in the city and brighten up the place! You can be better than a neon sign! Are you being provoked? Are you letting the Philly attitude get you down? Find out Sunday evening the blessing of being provoked! And yo! bring a friend with an attitude with you!

Leaving on a Jet Plane

The team to Liberia leaves today. They are gathering at the church this morning and heading for the airport at 1:25 p.m. Yes, 1:25; not 1:24 or 1:26. Safe in the hands of Phil Beauford, their driver, they arrive at Newark at 3:30 p.m. That's 3:30, not 3:29 or 3:31. Then they fly off to Brussels at 6:30 p.m. and do not return to us until March 16. Keep them in your prayers. You will find a picture with names in yesterday's posting.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Two Days Away....

Sidewalks in the Kingdom, the Urban Ministry Conference for 2009, begins in just two days! If you haven't registered yet, you can still do so at the door. Visit for more information. There's also an article in The Bulletin about the conference.

Whether or not you're able to attend, please be in prayer for the conference. Pray that God would use the sessions and workshops this weekend to better prepare us to reach out to our city!

Penn on Evangelism

Here is an interesting video from noted magician and atheist Penn on his experience of being given a Bible.

Ryken Interview

Click this link for a Mark Daniels 13-minute interview with "Basketball Star" Phil Ryken. Find out what Phil says is his greatest passion (no, not the Cardinals).

The Good Life

I thought people might like to see Phil taking the words of his sermon on Sunday about enjoying life to heart on Monday.

Changing Hearts, Changing Lives class conclusion

Changing Hearts, Changing Lives class participants are invited with families to a follow-up session Sunday at 12:30 pm in 1West. Bring your own lunch. Child care is available. Contact Jonny for information.

Liberia Team

This handsome team is heading for Liberia tomorrow. They are:

Front row: Phil Beauford, Bruce McDowell, David Allen, Jonathan Brandenburg
Standing: Elaine Pennel, Samuel Matej, Sandy Allen, David Kent, Alex Brandenburg

Thanks to Alison Linton for the picture.

DMC Resources

My study leave was devoted to developing a website that collects all my writings, plus other resources for Christians and ministers to use. One feature is a daily prayer based on Scripture, usually a Psalm. You will find the Scripture passage on the home page with a link to the prayer. For the past four days I have been going through the Psalms and am on Psalm 4.

You can also find the Proverbs devotions. And I will continue to post articles. The latest is an essay by Marvin Olasky reflecting on the parable of the prodigal son...more

I'm Back

My, is so peaceful here in the building. It helps to slip in before the staff gets here! Guess I better get to the 385 emails waiting me.

Mother's Day Servers Needed

ACTS Ministries has a desperate need for Mother’s Day (May 10) Community Dinner servers. This is the one day of the year when we struggle to find help. Help us provide for our homeless guests that day. Contact David Apple at Tenth or

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

MCO staff needed

Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) is seeking one or two part time administrators to start 4/1/09 or sooner to help with 1) financial management (knowledge of Excel and Quickbooks helpful) and 2) communication and organization of medical events (attention to detail and knowledge of email and Access helpful). Salary is commensurate with experience. Each portion of the job would be approximately 3–6 hours per week. Contact MCO for more information and to submit a résumé.

Keith Crowley - Wilderness

Keith Crowley's solo show, Wilderness, will be at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from March 3-28. The opening reception will be on March 6 from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Monday, March 02, 2009

The Liberia team needs YOU!

To pray--for safety in travel, for spiritual preparation for service, for opportunities to bless the people they meet, for wisdom and patience in times of unexpected delays or difficulties, and for strong team relationships.

To give--if you have been thinking about supporting the team financially but haven't gotten around to it yet, they still need about $6,000 to cover their individual and team expenses. Checks can be made payable to Tenth, with "Liberia short-term trip" on the memo line.