Friday, June 26, 2009

Seeking a Babysitter

A family is looking for a babysitter to hire for approximately 6 hours a week to watch their 3-year-old daughter. They live in South Philadelphia. Please contact Jim at 215.906.8104 for more details.

Apartments for Rent in Lansdowne

Well maintained secure building, off-street parking, laundry avaiable.
* Large 2nd floor one bedroom apartments available immediately, $835.
* Spacious 3rd floor one bedroom apartments available August, $750.
Call to schedule a walk-through: 610-626-0050 (voicemail), or visit for more detail.

Calling all cars!

A family of four, who partner with us in Southeast Asia, will be arriving in early July. Oh my, that's next week! They need a car to use for a few weeks while they look for lodging and a car of their own. If you have one you can make available, please, please contact the Global Outreach office.

A Reputation to Pray For

I came across this quote from Dr. Boice this morning taken from his commentary on Romans (1:8):

I will tell you the kind of reputation I pray we might have at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. I pray that Tenth Presbyterian might be known as a church where people believe what God has told us in the Bible and then actually try to live by what they find there. I want Tenth to be a church known for strong faith in Jesus Christ, where people speak often, lovingly, and fearlessly of him. I want our church to be known for faith where God has placed us, not in some theoretical time or setting, but in the city of Philadelphia, demonstrating that Jesus is the answer to the city’s problems and the problems of those who live here. I want Tenth to be rock hard in faith, in adversity as well as in prosperity, when praised as well as when persecuted.
Boice, J. M. (1991-c1995). Romans (76). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Save The Date

International Charm Jewelry Design Show and Exhibition
Please join Studio47West, a Tenth member business, for their upcoming "International Charm Jewelry Design Show and Exhibition"- to be held at Penn State Brandywine, in Media, PA. The show will feature one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry inspired by a recent trip to Spain and Morocco. The International Charm exhibition is Lindley's (Robert Jones' youngest daughter) capstone thesis, which is required by all honors students. Please support her and her efforts to finish her college career strongly.

For more information, visit or
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A Free Event.
Place: Penn State Brandywine
Tomezko Lounge
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Refrigerator Needed

A family from Christ Liberation Fellowship needs a refrigerator. If you have one to sell or donate, contact Eileen Fleming at 215.863.1841.

Equipping the Saints Seminars

MercyNet is presenting its 2009-10 training sessions every 3rd Saturday morning from September to May (2nd Saturday in October and February). The series features workshops by David Apple including Dealing with the Con Artist, Mobilizing the Church, and Compassion Fatigue plus presentations by various ministry leaders. For more information go to and click on "Training."

Women in the Word

Women in the Word workshop, sponsored by the World Reformed Fellowship, is being held October 2-3 2009 in Glenside, PA. Click here for all the information, including a link to print a brochure.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

University City Christian Homeschool Co-op planning meeting

Dear Parents,

If you are a parent of young children, and you are considering homeschooling your children, we, the University City Christian Homeschool Co-op, invite you to a great opportunity to join our planning meeting on Saturday, June 27, from 5-10pm, to prepare for the next school year.

We meet one morning a week in University City near 42nd and Pine.
We cover devotions, music, art, literature, and a history or science component each week.
We teach from a biblical world view.
Each participating parent contributes by teaching or support in a manner that suits his or her abilities and interests.
Costs are limited to materials needed for teaching.
We aim to provide a supportive and godly community for families who are homeschooling their children.
We have been meeting since January 2009.
Age ranges from 0 - 5 years, and possibly 6yo children. We are open to serving older children if the need arises.

If you are interested in participating in the planning meeting, please contact Lori Kempen. If you are interested in joining for the fall, but not participating in the planning process, and have more questions, please also call 215-222-1933 or e-mail me.

The Prophecy

I just finished reading Bryan Glass' and Michael Oeming's The Mice Templar: The Prophecy. I highly recommend this Volume 1 of an epic story involving the exploits of the mouse Karic to restore the legendary Mice Templar.

This "graphic novel" may sound like a cute story, but actually is a serious work, reminiscent of the Arthurian legends and along the line of Watership Down. Probably the easiest way to order is through the internet like

Recommending Candidates

At our Session meeting last night, we approved two men to recommend to presbytery for coming under care of presbytery. This is the first step towards ordination. They are Jeff Jue, professor of church history at Westminster Seminary, and Ron Hoch, Bible teacher at Delaware County Christian School.

Fire Safety

From Joe Brydges:

The house of a Tenth member was destroyed by fire on Mother's Day. All of the occupants of the house was able to get out safely but they are now homeless as a result of this trial in their life. The Board of Deacons are looking to provide support to our family members in their time of need and your contributions to the Deacons Fund will enable us to do so in a tangible way. The fire marshal's office has determined that the fire was caused by lint build up in the clothes dryer. This is an important reminder to clean your lint trap after EVERY use and also to inspect the vents regularly. It is also a good idea to replace your vent ducts every few years or at least have it cleaned periodically. If you can't remember the last time it was cleaned it is probably overdue.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prayer Vigil

Stand with other believers in prayer for the Philadelphia Public Schools on Wednesday, June 24--12:00-12:30pm--at 440 N. Broad Street, Philly.

Welcome, Andrew!

Eric and Christine Jones are pleased to announce the birth of Andrew August (9lb 3oz) this morning, June 23.

Casinos in Philadelphia

Several of our church members are involved in the effort to keep casinos out of Philadelphia. The following link gives information about the effort and the latest happenings, including a City Planning Commission tomorrow.

Jeffrey Bagwell

We have received word that Jeffrey Bagwell, a regular attender at Tenth, died June 8. A memorial service will be held July 1, 4:00 p.m., at First African Baptist Church, 16th and Christian Streets.

Broken-Down House

I found in my box the newest Paul Tripp book: Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad. A broken-down house is Paul's metaphor for the world in which we live. In his preface he writes:

So in the pages that follow, I invite you to consider one simple thing. What does it look like to live productively in a world - a "house" - that is broken down? Someday you will live forever in a fully restored house. But right now you are called to live with peace, joy, and productivity in a place that has been sadly damaged by sin. How can you live above the damage? Even better, how can you be an active part of the restoration that is at the heart of God's plan of redemption? This is what the book you have in your hands is all about.

(I have it in my hands. You need to get one in yours! Westminster Bookstore has it featured on its website for $9.49.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Prison Ministry Training

ACTS Prison Ministry has new opportunities for volunteers. I got this in an email. If you are interested, contact David Apple.

The training program for prison ministry is now scheduled for new people. The date is Tuesday, August 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We hope that you are still interested in joining us. Can you come every week, or every other week or once a month? Whatever you can do the inmates are very grateful. They are very glad to learn about our Lord Jesus Christ and how he still cares for them even under their present circumstances.

We normally have Bible Study on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We go through security at 7:00-7:30 p.m.; study 7:30-8:30 p.m. and out of the prison before 9:00 p.m. Will you join us?

Belz Report

I've posted a report by Phil on last week's General Assembly. Joel Belz, for byFaith magazine, also posted his report. You can read it here. He makes reference to Phil.

Welcome, Isabel!

Victor and Pavla Ortega are pleased to announce the birth of Isabel Sofia, born June 14, 5 pounds 11 ounces, healthy and cute!

Free Concert

Here is a link to a free Philadelphia Orchestra concert June 27 in the East Falls community.

Roommate Wanted

Christian female housemate wanted to share a three-story home with three other young professional women who are actively involved at Tenth.
  • It's a great house--built in 2007 with hardwood floors, granite countertops, washer/dryer, security system, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, basement, and garage.
  • It's a great location--8 blocks due south of Tenth and along Septa bus route #2.
  • It's a great deal--$550/month plus utilities ($70-100) for a large private bedroom (around 12x14) with a large closet and own bathroom.
Room is available immediately. Pictures are available upon request. For more information, email Liz.

Boxes, anyone?

Liz, Christy, and household are moving next week and in need of moving boxes (for dishes, pans, larger items). If you have any we could borrow or buy, please contact us here.

Earl Wilkie Service

The memorial service for Earl Wilkie is scheduled for this Friday, June 26, 6:00 p.m. at Tenth.

Meet Calvin

Meet Calvin, Ginger's (and maybe mine) new 9 month puppy. He is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Pug, otherwise known as a "Chug."

I'll let you decide if he is named after John Calvin, Calvin of "Calvin and Hobbes," or Calvin Klein.

GA Report

Phil attended last week's General Assembly. In his usual effecient manner, he has typed up a report which is posted on Tenth Messages.

Joshua Fields Service

A graveside service for Joshua Fields, infant son of Kevin and Vivian Fields, will be held Tuesday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. in Chester Bethel Cemetery, 2619 Foulk Road (Route 261), Wilmington, Delaware 19810.

If coming from Philadelphia, take I-95 south to Delaware. I-95 will split into I-95 and 495. Stay right. Take Exit 6 which is Naaman's Road. Drive 2.7 miles until you get to Foulk Road (Route 261). Turn right (Safeway will be on your right and Acme is on your left). The church and cemetery are at the top of the hill on the left - about 1/2 mile. Turn into the cemetery (church thrift shop) and park where you can. The actual gravesite will be beyond the fence in the center of the cemetery but towards the back. There should be a tent).

There will be a gathering afterwards with refreshments.