Saturday, February 06, 2010

Choir Rehearsals

Tenth Choir rehearsal and participation in the evening service will happen as scheduled on Sunday.

Men's Choir and Women's Chorus rehearsals in the the morning are canceled.

Praisemakers and Schola are canceled as previously reported.

Sunday Services, February 7, 2010

Regular morning worship services will be held at 9am and 11am (with communion). The regular evening worship service will be held at 6:30pm. All three services will be webcast. 

Although the roads in Center City have been plowed, street parking will be very limited (if any).  Parking is expected to be available at the Graduate School Hospital garage.  Members who live at a distance are discouraged from attending if driving conditions are unsafe.

Nursery for young children will be provided for all three services. All Bible School classes for children and adults will be canceled. Apart from nursery, there will be no Schola, Maranatha, or other programs for children. 

Tenth International Fellowship is cancelled; regular attendees are encouraged to attend the main worship service at 11am.

The church library will not be manned tomorrow between services, if you bring in return you can leave them in the blue and white returns box or in the library mail box but there will not be anyone to assist you with
other things.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Elianna Report

Elianna has been moved to a regular room! She still is expected to remain in the hospital for a couple of weeks.

Free Curtis Symphony Orchestra tickets for Sunday, 2pm

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra is performing Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center and they’d like to offer you free tickets! The snow has scared some people away but since you’re in town for worship, Curtis hopes you’ll take this opportunity to hear the students perform a concert with works by Vaughan Williams, Penderecki, and Bruckner. Just go over to the Kimmel Center anytime after 1 p.m., go to the Curtis will-call table in the lobby, tell them you’re from Tenth Presbyterian Church, and they’ll give you free tickets.

Here's the program information:
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
ROBERT SPANO, conductor ('85)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
PENDERECKI Horn Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 (“Romantische”)

Free to a good home!

Nick, one of our members, is cleaning house in preparation for moving to Asia next week. The following items have got to go:
  • Couch, loveseat
  • 2 chests of drawers
  • 2 wall mirrors
  • twin bed
  • china cabinet
  • rower
  • treadmill
  • refrigerator
  • washer (needs repair)
  • dryer
If you're interested and able to pick up the items by the end of next week, call Nick at 215.288.4462.

Snow Emergency Report

Here is a notice from the city about the snowstorm:

**Philadelphia Snow Emergency @8pm Fri. Move vehicles from Snow Emergency routes by 8pm. Avoid travel.**

On Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Managing Director Camille C. Barnett will declare a snow emergency. All vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to an alternate parking location by 8:00 p.m. Any vehicle remaining on a Snow Emergency Route during the declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911. A list of snow emergency routes can be found at

If you must travel during the snow emergency, I urge you to be careful and patient, said Director Barnett. Streets Commissioner Tolson advises residents of the Streets Department s plans in preparation for the snowfall this weekend. Current forecasts predict the snowfall to begin at about mid to late Friday afternoon with an overall accumulation of 12 to 20 inches. Over 500 pieces of equipment are expected to be deployed as soon as there is a treatable snowfall, and approximately 34,000 tons of salt is on hand to be used on city roadways.

In preparation for the snow, Streets Department crews began Thursday applying a brine solution a treatment process to prevent icing - to high elevation, hilly streets. Over 600 operational staff are expected to be utilized during the storm and remain on duty through the weekend to monitor roadways. We are asking motorists not to go out, unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, allow extra time for traveling and maintain safe driving distances. Please use caution when navigating over bridges and overpasses where slippery spots may occur, said Commissioner Tolson.

To report a street in need of salting or plowing or for more information on any Streets Department program or service, call 3-1-1. Additional information is available online at

Snowstorm Impact

Okay, another snowstorm is on the way. Listening to the weather reports, I am not expecting that we will cancel services on Sunday. However, I will post on the blog late Saturday afternoon or early evening a final word.

All services will be webcast. Keep in mind, too, that on-street parking might not be available. Indeed, I would presume it would not be.

Please get word out to people you know that they should check the blog tomorrow.

Maranatha Winter Retreat Registration

Given the possible interruption the impending snow storm may have on the final opportunity to register for the Winter Retreat we have also formed a contingency plan!

Full information is available on our web page and has been emailed to our parent and student contact lists.

Most importantly Students or Parents should e-mail Jonny at before Monday at 9am to register that they will be attending the retreat and also inform us as to whether they are seeking one of the available scholarships.

Liability Release forms and "What to bring" information is available on our web-page.

If at all possible Parents should get liability release forms and payment to Jonny before Friday.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Condo for Sale

Condo for sale by Tenth members in the Art Museum area. Here is the link.


The Chalmers Center is presenting a webinar in response to anyone wanting to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Watch the Winter Olympics AND Meet Your Parish 1 Neighbors!

Do you live in Parish 1 and want to meet others from Tenth who do too? Come watch the Winter Olympics with other Parish 1 attenders at Fox & Hound (on the corner of 15th & Spruce) on Friday, February 19 at 6pm! Contact Troy Woolley if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Elianna Update

Jonathan and Rachel give praise to God that Elianna's MRI results came back normal. She will continue to receive her present treatment and is expected to remain in the hospital for two more weeks.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Babysitters needed for Sun, Feb 14

Yes, it's Valentines' Day, but what better way to spread the love of Christ than to babysit children of prospective short-term and career global partners? The short-term and mentoring committees are hosting a training session on Sunday, February 14, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at Tenth. They are looking for two babysitters. Lunch will be provided.

If you're interested, email Lori.


Jonathan and Rachel Olsen's new baby Elianna (born January 19) has been in Children's Hospital since last Wednesday. She has a viral infection in her bloodstream. Tests are being run to have an accurate diagnosis of the extent of the infection. She is expected to be in the hospital for another three weeks.

Certainly be in prayer for Elianna and for the family. The church family has come around them, and they are receiving much support, especially from the S Philly church plant community. Dan Weidner is working on a schedule now to coordinate practical support (such as meals, babysitting) and should have it ready by tomorrow. If you wish to help, you can email him using this link.

Both Jonathan and Rachel have been encouraged by the prayers they know are being lifted on Elianna's behalf, as well as by the reading of the Word. Passages that have ministered to them are Isaiah 40:11, Psalm 16, 116, and 121, and Deuteronomy 29:29.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Special Needs Video

Friends and Families of Tenth's Special Needs Ministries (Children with Special Needs, the Deaf Ministry, and Grace Ministry) met together yesterday for lunch, fellowship and fun. We enjoyed watching the 2010 PCA Love Gift Video, which includes many Tenth faces. You can view this video by clicking here.

Sermon Musings

Hhmm...I see Phil's sermon title is "Of Two Minds." Is that why the sermon title of his assistant Robert Polen asks, "Who's in Charge Here?"

For Rent

One bedroom available February 15 in a two bedroom, two bath bi-level apartment in the Piazza in Northern Liberties; $800/month + half utilities which has been about $100 - $120/month total in recent months. $50 application fee and credit check required by the leasing office.

The apartment is in the Navona building of the Piazza in Northern Liberties. The available bedroom has floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows for an amazing view of the Piazza (and the jumbotron). It has a large closet with plenty of room for clothes and storage, and its own private full bathroom inside the room. The room also has wall to wall carpet, as does the entire top floor of the apartment. In the upstairs hallway, there is a door that leads to a terrace, furnished with table and chairs, and shared with the neighbors on that side.

Downstairs, there is a good sized living room with another set of floor to ceiling wall to wall windows with a view of the Piazza, but this time with sliding glass doors and a balcony as well. Free parking lot for tenants and guests. Washer and dryer in the apartment and central heat/AC. 24 hour live video surveillance throughout the Piazza and inside building hallways and stairwells, key card access to the building. Basic cable and wireless internet included in the rent.

I have a lovely, friendly black cat. I attend Tenth Presbyterian Church. Would like a female roommate who's friendly and polite, considerate and reasonably neat and clean. Click here for more information.

Driver Needed

Dr. Shams Inati is a Lebanese Christian and is a Professor of Islamic Studies at Villanova University. Due to poor eye sight she has a need for someone to drive her from her University City home to Villanova and back on Tuesdays and Thursdays (using her car) and act as her aid during the intervening hours, picking up books from the library, checking out the mail, etc. If this arrangement works out, further responsibilities may be possible. Pay rate is same as that paid by University to workers performing similar tasks ($9-$11, depending on certain factors). Click here to email Dr. Inati.

passion/purity Blog

The first post on the passion/purity blog is Rehabbing Sex: "In the Beginning..." by Dr. Paul Tripp. You can see the blog here.

David Fuller Report

(Note: David Fuller recently returned from Haiti, serving on a medical team from Cooper University Hospital.)

Hi Marion - Not all of the news from Haiti is grim. I witnesed people from all over the world working together to help meet the needs of injured Haitians. Not only is help arriving, but much of the help is coming from Christian hospitals and orphanages that were in existence in Haiti prior to the earthquake. Certainly much work remains, not only to stablize the country from this recent disaster, but hopefully also to help this country rise from its incredible preexisting poverty.

I have attached a couple of pictures from a medical camp that we were helping to set up at an orphanage in Fond Parisien, Haiti. The name of the orphanage is "Love a Child." I encourage people to go to their website and read through some of the daily entries in Sherry's journal to get a glimpse of the positive work that is being done in the country. I hope that this is an encouragement to those following this devastating story and provides a little different perspective from what CNN is highlighting.

There will continue to be incredible need in this country for months and years to follow. I encourage prayer for healing.

Thanks, Dave Fuller

House for sale in Lansdowne

Large arts and crafts style 4 bedroom / 1 bath twin house with curb appeal. Renovated kitchen with natural cherry cabinets, original oak floor and French door leading to rear cedar deck with arbor draped with wisteria vine and a large private back yard. Family room adjacent to kitchen provides additional living/entertaining space. Working fireplace in living room adjacent to large dining room with picture window facing garden. Beautiful original unpainted woodwork throughout the house.

Large wrap-around front porch and beautifully landscaped perennial gardens. Plenty of storage in full basement; walk-up insulated large attic; 2 car detached garage with new doors and concrete driveway; Newer heater/central air-conditioning unit; gas heat; new stainless steel chimney liner; 5 year old high quality roof; brand new kitchen roof; newly painted exterior.

Very convenient location: 15 minutes to airport; 10 minutes to University City; 20 minutes to center city Philadelphia; 25 minutes to Newtown Square; 3 blocks from #42 SEPTA bus to University City/Center City; 1 block from #109 bus

Price: Low 200,000s
Taxes: $5042
Size: 50 x 160 ft.
Square feet: 1400 + full basement, walk up attic, deck, and two-car garage

For more information, call Bruce at 267-441-0734 or email him.