Saturday, May 08, 2010

Traffic alert for Sunday

The annual Race for the Cure will cause roads into Center City to be intermittently blocked tomorrow morning. You many need to allow extra time to commute to church. For a rundown on the race route, browse here.

Oscar Spragins

Be in prayer for Vince Spragins and family as they mourn the loss of Vince's father, Oscar Spragins, this morning after a long illness. Services are being planned for next Saturday at Triumph Baptist Church, 1648 West Hunting Park Avenue (corner of West Hunting Park and Germantown Avenue). The time has yet to be established.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Welcome, Elliot!

Dan and Audrey Venutolo are pleased to announce the birth of Elliott Joseph, May 6, at 5:07 p.m.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Memory Book Material

I can't believe I forgot to post this in the bulletin. (Well, actually I can. Forgetting is one of my stronger points.) Anyhow, Emilie Park is putting together memory books for the Rykens and Cora. Right now, we need items for the Rykens (by the end of the month). Bring to church your pictures and notes to the Rykens. We will have a box in the Delancey lobby to put them in and then give to Emilie.

Pastoral Selection Committee Report

The Pastoral Selection Committee held its first meeting last night. If you need a refresher on the make-up of the committee, go to Tenth's website and follow the link from the front page. Because we are a Presbyterian committee, which conducts business "decently and in good order," we spent the time setting up our procedures. But you will see one result of the meeting on Sunday. We will have in the lobbies copies of a Senior Minister Profile DRAFT. I highlight the word "Draft" to emphasize that it is not a done product, and, indeed, the reason for putting it out is that you may review it and give your input if you wish. (In my own opinion, the profile leaves wide open a candidate who could come in with seditious ideas about what sports teams to publicly promote, something the last committee obviously did not consider.) The final version will find its way back to the Session for approval, and we will then make it public. We are also working on application forms, church profile, and other sundry forms.

Some of you may be bursting to recommend names of candidates. You may do that, of course, but it is going to be a good month before we actually get to names, and we have not set up the means yet by which to assure that suggested names are properly recorded. Your suggestions are more likely to get recorded if you wait a month.

Along that line, you can are welcome to give your ideas about who should be a candidate or what we should be looking for. But if you are talking to any of us on the committee, and we do nothing more than listen without giving a response, don't read too much into it. As of last night, we have officially taken on our responsibility as the committee and no longer have the freedom to to even appear to give our opinion about potential candidates.

Taylor Student Needs Summer Housing

A junior Biblical studies major at Taylor University has written with the glad news that the American Bible Society has offered her an internship at their office in Chesterbrook near Valley Forge. She is hoping someone through Tenth would be interested in taking in a border from roughly the end of May to the beginning of August. If you can help, please email ttaylor(at)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Temple Job Fair

Temple University Neighbor’s Job Fair
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Mitten Hall - Broad Street between Montgomery Avenue & Norris Street


Aramark, ATC HealthCare COMHAR, Inc., Pa. Dept. of Corrections,
Allied Barton Security, CATCH Inc., Home Instead Sr. Care, Browns Shoprite,
Contemporary Staffing, Fed Ex., NY Life, United Parcel Service
Independence Blue Cross, Lowes, AMTRAK, SugarHouse Casino
Pa. Career Link, Phila. Police, Rite Aid, PECO-Excelon
PGW, SEPTA, Sodexho Marriott AFLAC, Macy’s
Temple University, Bettingers, Pa. Board of Probation/Parole, City of Phila.
Transitional Work Corp., Metro PCS Save A Lot, PASCEP
Phila. Prisons System, Mary Kay, Pa. Mentors, Barber’s National Institute
Cricket Communications, US Census Elder Connections, AFLAC,
Urban League, Pampering Plus,
Maxim Staffing U.S. Navy, Internal Revenue Service, PBSI, Universal Companies

Sponsored by Temple University Office of Human Resources - Community Outreach & Hiring

30 Years Later

Cora has sent greetings to the congregation. She is just experiencing spring now up in New Hampshire. On her first Sunday at church (First Congregational Church of Woodstock, VT) a couple introduced themselves to her this way: "they reminded me that they were in my Bible study in Florence back in 1980 when they were students at Syracuse University. He reminded me that he came to Italy as a brand new Christian and was grateful to find fellowship. His wife, Debbie, told me she became a Christian at our Bible study but never told me about it. It's good to find out some 30 years later!"

Music Teaching Position

The Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia, PA is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time (2+ days per week) Music Teaching position. Responsibilities include pre-K through 4th grade general/vocal music, 5th-6th grade handbell ensemble, and possibly violin and chorus. Qualified applicants should hold a bachelors degree or higher in Music or Music Education, PA K-12 certification is preferred.

Interested candidates should email or fax their resumes to Anna Hadgis: or 215.972.1701(fax).

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Parish Prayer

Parish 1 members, I hope to see you tonight as the parish gathers for prayer in Fellowship Hall at 7:00.

Hybrid Theology

29 souls were added to the Church in Liberia -- what a wonderful answer to prayer! How we rejoice at what God has done for his own glory.

But look at this photo of Rev. Dr. Bruce McDowell in the midst of baptizing these new believers: It is not quite immersion, nor could we call this sprinkling -- that water pitcher looks more of a hybrid!

Mary Lou Estabrook

Please be in prayer for Dave Estabrook and his family as they grieve the loss of his mother (Mary Lou Estabrook) yesterday morning, May 3.

Manny Delgado

Tenth deacon Manny Delgado wants to salvage abandoned historic buildings in Camden. He is featured in this Courier Post article from yesterday.

The Catch

Lord, why? The Phillie homerun lands in a sea of Phillie jerseys into the hand of one Cardinal fan who looks like...who looks like...NO! say it ain't so, Phil! Click here, be ready to hit the pause button at the 15 second mark. It ain't fair!

Monday, May 03, 2010

P-T Clerical Position

Law Office seeking a responsible, mature adult to assist in clerical tasks. Tasks include: Answering phones, making appointments, typing, filing, data entry, small projects and research. From time to time it may be required that candidate go to County Courthouses, Blue Bell Post Office or other errand using own vehicle. Candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Office Word 2007, basic data entry and Outlook. Other computer skills a plus. Part-time; daily 2-5PM. Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit Resume and References to P.O. Box 820, Blue Bell, PA 19422.