Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade is scheduled to start around 11:00am on Sunday, March 15. It will step off from Broad and Washington and proceed north around City Hall. It then turns west out Arch Street and over 16th to Ben Franklin Parkway, ending at 22nd Street after noon. Detours will be in effect for the duration of the march.

Town Hall Meeting

Luella Tripp sent in this notice:

This link gives information of an upcoming town hall casino-free meeting. Included is a video that is worth watching.

Home Buying Seminar

Tom Stewart, a former Tenth member living in Delaware sent this in:

Just a quick reminder to tell any of your friends or family that I have a FREE seminar for home buyers this weekend, Saturday, 3/14/09 from 1- 3 pm. Please see this link for details.

Tom Stewart
Realtor, Licensed in DE; PA
1521 Concord Pike Ste 102
(302) 299-1150 Direct
(302) 299-1100 Office

Blind Passion

Ten seconds left. The team is down by one when the best shooter is fouled. Another player is sent to the foul line. He happens to be blind. What is this team from Upper Darby thinking?...more

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Webcast Training

Tonight I'll be back in the pulpit webcasting an elder training session. The topic will be on making pastoral visits to couples having their children baptized. It will start at 8:00. If you wish to view previous webcasts, you can access them here.

Verge of Collapse?

We are on the verge of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity that will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West. But the good news is...more

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Free time? Free things to do at the Kimmel Center

Free Building & Theater Tours are available Tuesday–Sunday at 1pm! This one-hour tour includes architectural highlights and visits to Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater. Or take the Art & Architecture Tour offered on Saturdays at 10:30am. Visit ourTours page for details.

Sunday, March 15
1:30pm and Approx. 5:00pm Commonwealth Plaza Stage Free in the Plaza
Ceol Mór (“big music” in Irish) is a band that came out of the Philadelphia traditional Irish Music scene. It consists of Marian Bradley Gittelman – fiddle, Thomas Gittelman – bouzouki, mandolin & concertina, Michael Copeland – flute & whistles, and Bob Bender – guitar. The band owes it inspiration to numerous local musicians past & present.

Tuesday, March 17
6:30pm Commonwealth Plaza Free in the Plaza
River of Life Martial Arts Center of Fort Washington, PA, visits the Kimmel Center to demonstrate the sword arts of the Samurai warriors: Ken Jutsu, Iai jutsi, Iaido and Aiki jujutsu. 'Tameshigiri' the Japanese art of target test cutting, will also be demonstrated. River of Life Martial Arts will perform in the Commonwealth Plaza prior to the ticketed KODO performance at 8pm in Verizon Hall.

Esterly to Speak

CBMC of Philadelphia presents:

Brian Esterly

Biographical Information
· Brian Esterly is a senior executive who has spent 17 years working with organizations focused on addressing a broad range of healthcare business needs.

· He currently serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at BioAdvance, a Philadelphia-based Venture Capital fund. In this capacity he works with a diverse set of fast growing, early-stage companies, primarily on strategic, business development and corporate development opportunities.

· He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at excelleRx, a $220 million national pharmacy acquired by Omnicare in August 2005.

· Previously, Brian was founding President of Pharmastar, a medical education company. In two years Brian built that organization from operational inception to over $4 million in revenue through profitable, 100% compounded annual revenue growth.

· Prior to Pharmastar, Brian spent eight years in management consulting and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve including combat experience during Operation Desert Storm.

· Brian has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and an undergraduate degree in business from Villanova University.

Please make reservations to attend and hear how Brian practices his faith in the marketplace.

Thursday, March 19, 12:00 pm

Pyramid Club, Mellon Bank Tower, 52nd Fl , 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia

-Lunch is $20-

Please RSVP by March 13 to Chris Rose at 215-922-6400x105 or

The Westminister Brass Site

The Westminster Brass has new improved website. To learn their history, book performances, purchase recordings, and get a view of these fine-looking brass players, click here.

Hotline Volunteer

This was sent in as an opportunity to help one of our city ministry partners, Alpha Pregnancy:

Ever wish you could do something practical and non-political about those pro-life convictions you have? Being a hotliner for Alpha Pregnancy Services is a simple once a month way to make a difference. It is often women looking through the yellow pages for help with their unplanned pregnancy who call the hotline and you have the privilege of telling them where to get it. Alpha will take it from there. Answering that call and giving information about the services Alpha has to offer opens a door of hope and help to women who are trying to figure out what to do in a difficult situation. Just imagine the next phone number they could be calling if Alpha was not there to help. The hotline is call-forwarded to your home, so you can catch up on the home front in between the average of five calls you would get during a four hour shift. The hands on, informative training begins mid April. For more information, don't delay in registering by calling Alpha Pregnancy Services at 610-735-6028.

Philly Spring Cleanup

Last weekend's conference emphasized getting involved in community associations and activities. Here is a great opportunity on April 4 - Philly Spring Cleanup. Click here for the website with information about neighborhood projects.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Order forms are available in the narthex and in Delancey Lobby. Please fill out and submit the form with your payment either in the oak boxes or to the church office.

Orders are due by March 22.

Email Anne ( with any questions.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Welcome, Genevie!

Trey and Becky Holloway are pleased to announce the arrival of a baby girl, Genevie Mae Holloway, 11:42 am, 6lbs 10oz.

Common Grace

According to James Boice, God, by his common grace, gives various and numerous blessings to all mankind. And yet many are unaware of the contempt they show for such blessings...more

Vision Night

Dear friends:

As many of you already know, Tenth's Vision Night is scheduled for March 20 at 7:10 pm with a Congregational Dinner beforehand at 5:45 pm. This is a particularly important night in the life of our church. This evening will not only provide an opportunity for congregational fellowship, but it will also be a time when we are reminded of our common vision as a church and encouraged by the work that God is doing in us and through us.

As an added incentive, the evening will concluded with dessert and Maranatha's legendary Dessert Auction to support their short term trips this summer.

I would encourage each of you to make it a priority to attend this presentation and celebration of Tenth's mission to Philadelphia and the world. Please remember that the dinner requires an RSVP.

I hope to see you on March 20.


Building and Grounds Caretaker

Caretaker – Building and Grounds

General Responsibilities:
The Home Office of the American Missionary Fellowship is housed in the historic Almonbury House in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Built in 1911, the facility houses the operation of the mission’s national staff and occasionally serves as a conference center for missionares. The mission desires to maintain the facility in pristine condition and needs a person who sees a commitment to achieving suchas their ministry. Responsibilities include all maintenance and housekeeping of the building and upkeep of the grounds.
This comprises the physical plant including all electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling and structural aspects of the building as well as scheduled maintenance, general repairs, interior cleaning and upkeep of the grounds.

An apartment is available in the facility and may be a part of the compensation package.

Start date June 1, 2009
Please submit resume prior to April 30, 2009
For more information contact:
Bryce Bartruff
Senior Director
Chief Operations Officer Office: 610.527.4439

Annual Sparrows Breakfast

Annual Sparrows Breakfast, Saturday, March 14, 2009

All women, teens, and girls (ages 5 and up) are invited to the annual Sparrows breakfast, devotional, and craft event. The breakfast will be held at Tenth Church in Fellowship Hall, Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:45–11:00 am.

We will enjoy a delicious French toast breakfast prepared by TenthMen! The breakfast cost is $5 per family and $3 per individual. All proceeds collected above food costs will be donated to the "Hannah Shaisa Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Spruce Hill Christian School.

Our devotional speaker will be Dori Baggs, who will talk about "Reflecting God's Glory." Our craft will be making special bookmarks.

You must preregister to attend this event by Thursday, March 12. Metered parking is available around the church. Reduced parking with Tenth validation stamp is available at the Parking Garage on South Street between 18th & 17th Street.

Contact Dori Baggs for more information at

Roadtripping.... Car Needed.

This request is from Tenth member Bethany Brooks. If you are able to help, please contact her directly:

"A family on my block, with whom I've had a friendship for a few years, would like to visit their incarcerated son in western PA. I know in the past they've payed a pretty steep price to go in a van with other families. I've told them I'd be happy to drive them sometime if they can (mostly) pay for gas & tolls. But I don't have a car. To keep costs down, I'm wondering if someone from Tenth has a car they'd be willing to loan for the purpose. The date isn't set yet, but we're hoping for a Saturday sometime during the next few months. We'd leave around 5 in the morning, so I'd probably need the car from Friday night until late Saturday night or else Sunday morning. I think we'd be putting close to 600 miles on the car.

Oh, and I have a clean driving record. ;)"

Didn't Make It to the UMC?

You can still get the CDs! Each set (Plenary Sessions and Saturday Morning Workshops) comes with 4 CDs (Plenary Session set includes all 5 sessions on the 4 CDs).

Cost is $14 per set (shipping included). Email Anne ( to order.

Orders must be placed by March 22.

Plenary Sessions (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Where We Are Today: the City, Evangelicalism,

and Global Church Growth

Engaging Your Neighborhood with the Gospel

Gospel-shaped Expectations in City Ministry

A Thousand Points of Light

The Blessing of Being Provoked

Saturday Morning Workshops

Practical Conversations about Living for Christ
in the City

Evangelism: Pastoring Others to Christ

Is Geneva Relevant for Philadelphia?: A Reformed Approach to Urban Ministry

Taking the Risk out of Mercy Ministry