Friday, November 06, 2009

Last Call!

For One Name, One Call: Bootcamp for World Christians! This morning conference begins tomorrow with registration at 8:30 am in the Narthex, and the plenary session by Rich Wolfe at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary.

An awesome children's conference will be held simultaneously in the Catacombs. All I can say is, I wish I weren't so tall so that I could pass for a 12-year-old!

Nursery will also be provided.

AND, we have $5 reduced rate parking at the parking garage on South Street, between 17th and 18th Streets (you must stamp your parking ticket at Tenth in order to get the reduced rate).

So, bring your family! Bring your friends! Bring your Bible study groupies!


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Christian Man Looking for Apt./Roommate

If you have or know of an apartment available for rent, please contact Christopher Anderson at 215.207.7003.

One Call for all Christians

While God calls each of us to serve in different relationships and locations, he calls all of us to grow in his love for the world. Being a "world Christian"--one who is intent on seeing Christ's gospel spread throughout all people groups, in Philly and to the ends of the earth--is a common calling that we all share.

But what does this mean for you and for your life? How is your life shaped by Christ's call to be a world Christian?

This Saturday (11/7), Rich Wolfe opens up One Name, One Call with a plenary address on this important topic. His session begins at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary. Come early and down some pre-session coffee and donuts in Reception Hall.

For more information, including how to pre-register online, click here. Walk-in registration will also be available.


Jump David Jump

Angie Ferner requests prayer for her brother David Wenzel, diagnosed with cancer and receiving an MRI on the 17th. World Magazine features his blog - Jump David Jump - which journals his bout with cancer.

A reference is made to John Piper's essay, "Don't Waste Your Cancer," recommended by Phil.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Saturday Morning Pick Two

This Saturday morning (11/7), One Name, One Call: Bootcamp for World Christians will kick off our annual Global Outreach Conference. The registration table opens at 8:30 am for all pre-registered and walk-in guests, and delicious coffee and breakfast foods will be served.

But you must pick two! This morning mini-conference features a plenary speaker and two elective seminars. Just in case you have difficulty making decisions early in the morning, I'll give you a sneak preview of your choices:

Seminar 1 - Pick from the following options:
  • Learn! Book discussion on Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • See! Ethnic church-planting in Philadelphia neighborhoods
  • Pray! Updates and prayer requests from South Asia
  • Share! Sharing the gospel with international students and professionals
Seminar 2 - Pick from the following options:
  • See! Ethnic church-planting in Philadelphia neighborhoods
  • Pray! Updates and prayer requests from South Asia
  • Share! Sharing the gospel with international students and professionals
  • Go! Discerning a call to global outreach
To register, click here.


Peter Pan & Wendy

Date: Friday, November 6 and two shows Saturday, November 7
Location: DeMoss Auditorium , Upper Campus of Delaware County Christian School

The Middle School Drama Department will present Peter Pan & Wendy on the DeMoss Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7. There will also be a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are all general admission at $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children and students.

DCCS Open House

Delaware County Christian School will host an Open House on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 to 11:00 am beginning at our Upper Campus on Malin Road. Guests will be issued a brief presentation in the DeMoss Center for Worship and the Arts, followed by campus tours of both campuses and a chance to dialogue with current faculty and staff members. For more information about this Open House, please contact Betty Ellsworth, Director of Admissions at 610-353-6522 x2286 or

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Festive foreign flags fluttering in Philly

Did you notice the flags from around the world gracing the Delancey building on Sunday?

It's that time of year again--Global Outreach Conference!

And with the GO Conference comes one of my favorite events: the FLAG PARADE!

This Sunday morning, during the opening hymn, 4th grade students will carry flags from countries in which Tenth partners are working. It's a powerful reminder that there in One Name by which all nations (including us) can be saved.

So, 4th grade parents, don't forget to bring your children early to participate in this event!


National Bible Week

Philadelphia has been selected as the NATIONAL BIBLE CITY for 2009 by the National Bible Association (NBA). The NBA is an inclusive "big-tent" organization made up of people from Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon and other faith traditions with the goal to provide a platform to encourage people to read their Bible. National Bible Week is November 22-28 and the following events are scheduled:

Philadelphia Faith and Freedom Guide This free compact booklet will guide you on an exploration of many historic sites in Philadelphia, as it highlights the role the Bible has played throughout the history of our city and nation.. It also includes a Bible reading guide that identifies seventy-six Biblical texts that can be read as you take your “tour” of Philadelphia. Your tour can be done simply by reading the Philadelphia Faith and Freedom Guide or by going to this

The Story of Never Giving Up This free Bible reading guide is designed specifically for young adults. Developed by Scripture Union in conjunction with the American Bible Society, this helpful guide presents The Essential 100 Bible verses that one should read in order to learn the life changing story of the Bible. To learn more, visit or and click on the youth page.

Free Bibles The American Bible Society is making free Bibles available to anyone who needs one. Just go on-line at or to learn how to receive a Bible. The Jewish Publication Society is also giving away free copies of the Jewish Bible to the first 100 people, which can also be found online at

Free Concert Join us for a musical gathering featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir along with local and regional spiritual music artists, choirs, youth singers, and cantors. This will be held at 6 PM on Sunday, November 22nd at the Mount Airy Church of God in Christ at 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert to help offset its costs. Check for details and updates.

Public Reading of the Bible, Monday, November 23 at noon The NBA is calling on all residents in the Greater Philadelphia Area to gather together at school, work, or your place of worship to read the Bible aloud together! We recommend that you take turns reading an Essential 100 passage, or one of your own favorite texts of Scripture. These readings should be done without comment, just allowing God’s Word to be heard aloud. In this way we reflect the ancient practice of Israel to read the Scriptures in public as seen in Nehemiah 8, and we honor the call of St. Paul who wrote in 1 Tim. 4:13, “to give attention to the public reading of Scripture.”

Chris Grasberger

We received word that former member Chris Grasberger died yesterday. A service for her will be held this Sunday, November 8 at 2pm at

Media Presbyterian Church
30 E Baltimore Ave
Media PA 19063-3796

Coming soon to a small group near you...

A global partner! Or maybe two, if you're extremely blessed.

Starting tomorrow night, local small groups will host "Meet and Greet" times with visiting and local Global Outreach partners. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about God's work around the world, meet new friends, and fellowship in a more intimate setting.

An edited schedule has been posted online at Tenth's website. To find out more, click here!


Monday, November 02, 2009

Refrigerator Needed

A daughter of Tenth Church is looking for a functional refrigerator. Please contact Phil Ryken ( if you are aware of any possibilities.

Note: the request has been filled. Thanks!

Deacon Training

"Role of the Deacon" is the next ministry training topic, Saturday, November 21, 9:30-12:30, at Tenth. The workshop is based on Director of Mercy Ministry David Apple's 30 years of diaconal ministry. The morning also includes Church Consultant George Fuller's presentation on Ministry to Seniors. For more information email or go to and click on training.

Pro-Life Webcast

There will be a webcast tonight sponsored by a number of pro-life movements. It will discuss legislation proposed for funding abortion through the healthcare bill. You can access information about the webcast at this link.

One Extraordinary Saturday Morning!

This Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, we will be hosting an exciting seminar: One Name, One Call. Featuring leaders from our denomination as well as our own global partners, this morning conference will explore different aspects of our common calling as world Christians.

Just in case you've missed them, here are some highlights:
  • Nursery and a children's program will be provided. (And from what Terri has described, I wish I could be a kid again!)
  • Brent Mittelstadt, from For the Forgotten, will have photos from South Asia and around the world on display and for purchase. All proceeds go to support blind children in the Himalayan region.
  • CLC will have books available for purchase. Ahh! Nothing says "conference" like the smell of new books!
  • The GOC (that's Global Outreach Commission, for those unfamiliar with Tenth's acronyms) will have plenty of morning munchies and good coffee to provide sustenance and encourage fellowship.
So, register online today (click here) for $5/person, $15/family! Tomorrow registration fees increase by $5.

And if you forget to preregister (or can't make up your mind), just come on Saturday morning at 8:30 am (the coffee and fellowship will be worth it, I promise!).