Friday, October 02, 2009

Daily Bible Reading

The English Study Bible has a daily reading plan. You can check it out here. When you go to the page, click Daily Reading Bible.

Health Fair

On Thursday October 8, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, there will be The Heart Healthy Philadelphia Health Fair on Dilworth Plaza at City Hall. Come get screened and learn more about fitness and nutrition. Thomas Jefferson Hospital and Keystone Mercy Health Plan will be providing free and confidential screenings. Counselors will also be there to provide free counseling. There will be nutrition and fitness demonstrations and additional information on heart disease.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

PCA Presbyteries

Want to see the PCA presbyteries according to the counties they occupy? Yes you do! Go here to look at the geographical distribution of the PCA presbtyeries. The site uses Google Earth. If you don't have that and don't want to download it, you can still use the system by copying any of the presbytery files listed and then pasting at Google Maps.

I looked up Philadelpia Presbytery. It gives the impression that it encompasses all of Montgomery County. In reality it only has border towns like Glenside and Upper Darby.

Email Spam

For the second time a spammer has gotten into an account of a Tenth staffer or former staffer. It is the same message as before. Please know that you would never be sent an email like this asking for money. If one of our global partners or staff members really needed such help, they know how to get it without sending an email to you, and certainly not an email that does not address you personally. This email is especially troublesome in that it uses the correct email of the former staffer and even the signature Bible verse he normally has.

"How are you doing? I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling for a Missionary program. It is currently held in Nigeria, Sweden and Kenya. I am presently in Nigeria. It as been a very sad and bad moment for me because I got robbed on my way to the hotel where I lodged. My ID, Credit card, cash and other valuables I have with me got stolen, I contacted the embassy here to help me out but it will take some time to get back to me,which is why I am approaching you for assistance The total sum of money that i would need would be $2,500 to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home. I will appreciate your help, I promise I will pay you back upon my return, Let me know if you can assist me so that i can send you the details to use when sending the money through western union. Peace & Joy. Hope to hear from you soon."

name of staffer

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." (Rom 10:4)

Turkish Night at Museum of Art

TAFSUS is pleased to invite you to Moon and Stars Party: A celebration of Turkey with music, dance, food and crafts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

When: Friday October 2, 2009
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Great Stairway
Admission: $16 for adults; $4 forseniors (65+); $12 for students with ID and children 13-18. Free for children 12 and under.
For more information please contact Wallis Urmenyhazi.

The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band will showcase some of New York City's finest musicians playing jazz-inflected Turkish music with influences from Balkan and Mediterranean Romani (Gypsy) songs. Performances are scheduled for 5:45-6:45 and 7:15-8:15. The museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening.. There will also be an ongoing demonstration of the Traditional Turkish craft EBRU (Turkish Marbling) by Richard Aldorasi, well known for his workshop in paper making and marbling throughout the region.

Welcome, Caroline!

Caroline Elizabeth Gearheart Schantz arrived at 8:57 a.m. on 09/30/09 after a routine labor and quick delivery. 7lb 2oz. 20.5 in. Mom and baby are doing very well. Brother and sister adore her and want to hold and kiss her and play with her "tensee tinsee" fingers and toes. Dad is well, too! Check the Schantz blog in the coming days for pictures and information. Thanks for all your prayers and support! Please pray for a quick healing from her jaundice -- all our kids have needed mild intervention.Lori & Dan, Caleigh, Zachary & Caroline

Peggy and Carl Lingle

Carl Lingle shared this testimony of his mother Peggy, who died yesterday, and of his father Ralph, who died a few years ago:

We are truly grateful to the Lord for letting Mom die without pain and rapidly. She was 93 and a wonderful mom, grandmom, wife and servant of her Lord. My Mom until her last breath was happy in the Lord --she was a happy person and was an example of a very intelligent lady with a great background of teaching from her years at Tenth and friendship with Donald Grey Barnhouse, but in possession of a simple faith and willingness to put herself in the care and keeping of her heavenly Father. When she did not understand something, or if something happened which everyone would assess as terrible, she would simply admit she did not understand it but her trust was in the Lord who did understand it, and she knew what He was doing. This gave her a truly wonderful peace and joy and allowed her to command stability, as well as a tremendous level of power to honorably control the emotions of her family and glorify the Lord.

I am VERY grateful that the Lord blessed me with such wonderful Godly parents. Many would say that they were uneducated simple people -- I say, they raised two boys in the nurture and admonition of the Lord their Savior and in so doing, honored Him -- when you are dead the education part means nothing. Please don't misunderstand this, they were very much for education and provided the opportunities for their boys to get the best. It's just when I hear people say they were simple, I have to laugh because maybe they were simple, but both of their boys and all of our family knew that they were rooted and grounded in the matchless grace of the Lord, that we could trust them, and that they demonstrated (as they used to say) in "some small way" the love with which God loved us in a way that made them trustworthy. They were both great parents and if that is simple, then it is my opinion that we need a little more "simple" in the world.

Ordinary People

Extraordinary God! Be encouraged and challenged by God's work in his world. Come to the GO Bible school class this Sunday at 9 am in the 315 building and hear John and Nell Evans share stories of God's work in Mexico. Marcia Hopler regales us on October 11 with tales from Africa and beyond.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Of Rain and Scholarships

"It is the rainy season in Liberia now. Liberia has the heaviest total rainfall in the world, so life can be difficult at this time. At the Victoria Thomas Orphanage in Matadi they have had a serious flooding problem in the courtyard and into the residence almost continuously this season. Funds are needed to bring in a truckload of dirt to raise the ground level and lay a concrete cover that will improve their health. Health issues in the three homes have come up with more frequency in the past few months, requiring both money and prayer. Examples are whooping cough, ear and feet infection, abscessed teeth, & malaria.

"Another school year is under way and the NHL committee has decided to launch a scholarship program for our children who are going further in their educational pursuits beyond high school. This is a competitive scholarship, subject to an application process, with progress of grantees followed carefully. We are just starting and it would be helpful to hear from you who might be interested and would like further information. Anyone interested in giving toward this needed endeavor should send their gift to Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, with designation for 'NHL Scholarship Fund.' We currently are supporting seven students in vocational training and college. Victoria Marse (our faithful Liberian partner) has continued to watch over things for us there. Please pray for Victoria as she does this important work."

Excerpted from the New Hope Liberia Newsletter

Child care workers needed

The Global Outreach Commission needs Tenth-approved childcare workers on the afternoons of January 10 and February 14, 12:30–3:15pm. This will facilitate the short-term workers from Tenth who are preparing to be effective overseas. Contact Lori Kempen at 215.222.1933.

The Kempens also need a babysitter to work some evenings and possibly daytime hours. We have three children, 5, 3, and infant. Hourly rate for all three is $12.

Men in the PCA

Got this email today:

PCA Fathers & Brothers,

In an informal, but helpful way, we're seeking to connect the PCA brothers !

If you are a facebook user, join MeninthePCA. If not a facebook user, then you can watch the action from our informal men's and men's ministry-related website called!

Share Your Faith Workshop

Share Your Faith Workshop
Saturday, October 10, 9:00 – 3:30 pm
Hosted at Crossroads Bible Church
855 Old Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Cost - $25 per person
SYFW includes workshop and lunch.

A truly “Hands On” approach to easily share your faith. Evangelism Explosion International has developed a Gospel presentation that’s easy to learn and hard to forget. The five fingers of your hand become a simple memory tool you use to share a Gospel presentation that has proven effective in every nation in the world.

Reserve your seat now! Send Form and Payment to:
Crossroads Bible Church, 855 Old Huntingdon Pike,
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Questions? Call Steve Melniczak at 215-673-7527
Check payable to Crossroads Bible Church

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Free Children's Performances

Join us for FREE children's performances at the Kimmel Center! Designed for kids aged five and under, the popular PNC Grow Up Great series returns this Saturday, October 3, with an interactive, hands-on sing-along with folk duo Chip & Annie. All Grow Up Great performances take place on the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza Stage.Sat, Oct 3, 11am Commonwealth Plaza

For a full list of free events, visit

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Center's early childhood program, for children 5 and under, designed to promote literacy development and an appreciation for American culture.

Reclaiming Joy

Mt Airy Learning Tree Class
Reclaiming Joy

Our goal is to re claim imagination and spontaneity through drama games and imaginative role playing. This workshop will promote playfulness and well being in the context of friendship and comfort. We hope to stimulate the kind of creativity needed to meet the challenges of a changing world... and have some fun!

Class leaders:

Nell Evans, with a Masters from Penn in Counseling Psychology, became certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She worked for 10 years as a counselor in private practice and ran groups at Belmont and Horsham.

Izi Malone's love of drama and theater led her to become a drama therapist. She has an M.A. in Drama Therapy from NYU and worked in the field at Girard Medical Center for 17 years.

Saturday, October 24, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Springfield Residences
551 E. Evergreen Ave., Wyndmoor
Cost: $24.00
To register go to or phone 215-843-6333

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wanted: gallon plastic milk jugs

The Berzinskys are collecting gallon plastic milk jugs to make a floating dock. Contact the Berzinskys for directions or to arrange for them to pick up before church on Sunday so as not to liter the church with trash. You can also drop them at their house on the porch.

Tenth Healthcare Fellowship

Come join the Tenth Healthcare Fellowship Sunday, October 4, at 12:45 pm in the Catacombs for lunch, fellowship and a talk by Prudence Humber from Alpha Pregnancy Services. Prudence will be speaking on Offering Hope in Problem Pregnancies: Resources for the Overwhelmed

Sparrows Saturday

The first Sparrows event of the school year is this Saturday, October 3, in Fellowship Hall from 1:00-3:00pm. Our devotional speaker is Luella Tripp. Our project, lead by Joyce Ostertag, will be making corages with real flowers. Please come to make friends, be taught from the Word, and learn a new skill! Contact Amy Voorhis with questions or to pre-register, which is appreciated but not a requirement for attending the event

Sparrows is an intergenerational ministry for girls starting at age 5 through 6th grade. All women and teens in the church are invited to come and get to know the girls and help them with our craft project.

What's the funnest thing you're doing this fall?

As a young child, I loved the word "funnest"--as in, that was the funnest day ever!

Well, here's your opportunity to have the funnest fall ever as we gear up for our annual Global Outreach Conference, November 7-15. Check out our "Top 10 'Funnest' Ways to Get Plugged In" for ways to add more foreign flair and festivity to your fall.

Studio apartment available 1 November 2009

Studio apartment available 1 November 2009. Monthly rent is $800. Includes all utilities. Located in University City at 4207 Pine Street. Apartment is on the second floor of a multi-tenant building. Unit has big bay windows, decorative mantel, separate kitchen and full bath. Coin operated washer/dryer in basement for tenant use. For more information, please contact Berzinskys.

Happy Birthday Poem

Happy birthday to Phil
You are not over the hill
Though you may need a pill
To tide you over till
The aches and pains that still
Make you feel a bit ill

Webcast on Healthcare Reform

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA, announced they will hold a free Webcast on healthcare reform, "Health Care Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 PM/EDT. The Webcast can be accessed by going to Freedom2Care, an ad-hoc coalition of conscience-affirming organizations is a sponsor of the event.

Dr. Gene Rudd, Sr. VP for CMDA will moderate the event. New Jersey Congressman Christopher Smith; David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), CEO for CMDA; Douglas Johnson, Director for National Right to Life Committee; Jonathan Imbody, CMDA VP for Government Relations; David Christensen, Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, Family Research Council and Claude Allen, former Domestic Policy Advisor to the President, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be discussing HR3200.

Questions can be sent in advance to

CMDA is a national organization with over 80 ministries, including international missions, ministry on medical and dental school campuses, continuing medical/dental education and a policy arm that educates members, the church and the public on bioethical issues.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Need Help With Housework

Sharon Golding is looking to pay someone to come a couple hours a week to help with housework. Jobs would include dusting, vacuuming, sweeping/mopping floors, and cleaning the bathroom. Hours are flexible. Email Sharon or call 267.514.9697. The house is in S Philly west of Broad.

Babysitter available

Jessica Sinagra will babysit from her home. Contact her at 215.755.2270.