Friday, June 25, 2010

Web Designer/Developer Position

Keystone Information Systems, Inc. an established developer of application software for the business administration of public school districts and local governments, seeks a web designer/developer. Candidate should have some experience in a business setting, developing, testing and deploying application software using web browser tools and technologies. Experience with databases is a strong plus. This is a full time position, offering competitive salary and full benefits, normal business hours, based at the company headquarters in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Please contact Judd Van Dervort at or 856-722-0700 for more information or to apply.


He really is leaving! I walked into Phil's office this morning and it is empty! No books on the shelves, no clutter on the mantel (he really did have a cluttered mantel). Movers are coming to the house today. It is going to be a tough day Sunday.

And that's okay. I am thankful for a religion that allows sadness. Phil's, and his family's, departure reminds us that the work of God's kingdom has its personal cost. We do not have to pretend that it doesn't. And, indeed, the costs make the work all that more dear. We cannot speak of sacrificial service to God that leaves out sacrificing what actually hurts to sacrifice. Nor may we leave out whatever it is we do not understand. God gives his orders and carries out his purpose - some of which we understand and some we do not.

It is okay to be sad on Sunday for our loss, but all the more then we are to demonstrate to one another and to witnesses what it is to nevertheless trust our God to know what he is doing and to act for our good. And thus we must worship our Lord to our fullest. We know that our Senior Minister will point us to Christ and to the unfailing love of God that we have in Christ. Even now be meditating upon the passage he will preach - Romans 8: 38-39: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Available Housing

Lower unit of split townhouse (new construction from 2007) available for rent in the Graduate Hospital area, located about 1/2 mile south of Rittenhouse Park, ideal for a family or young professionals.  Unit has a basement with unfinished storage area with washer, dryer and wash tub and a finished area with a den and a bedroom that does have a window.  First floor consists of second bedroom with full bathroom (bathtub shower), living room, half-bath, pantry, and kitchen with all modern appliances, including microwave, gas oven/stove, dishwasher, and granite countertops and island.  Second floor is the master bedroom and full bathroom (stall shower).  Unit has a large, wooden-fenced back patio with 2 small garden areas and grill.  Unit has A/C and gas heat.  Utilities to be paid by renters are electric, gas, and cable/internet; rent $1950/mo.  Contact Capri at if interested; photos available.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Adoption: Grace beyond Grace

Rich Wolfe is a Tenth Global Outreach Partner (and former Tenth minister) who serves as MTW Regional Director for Central America & the Caribbean. Recently he gave this lesson for a course he is teaching.

Adoption: Grace beyond grace

OWEN: When we were missionaries in the Philippines a friend from my hometown came to adopt a boy from an orphanage in the southern part of the Philippines. I remember thinking of the incredible significance of his adoption. Owen was an orphan; he most likely came from extreme poverty, and from a Muslim background. Two loving parents, who had financial means, stability, and a strong Christian home, adopted him. The contrast and change for Owen was obvious. He received a new name and a new hope.   more

About Phil

By Jennifer Maddox (read at the funeral of Philip Beauford)

Phil was a wonderful human being. I met my husband nine years ago. Phil was my first true friend and mentor. Everyone who knew Phil – knew that he was someone they could talk to. Phil was a very confidential person – you couldn’t get a thing out of him. Phil would do anything for you, he was a person who just loved people, and this was a gift that the Lord gave him. Phil talked the talk and walked the walk. He was an example to all of us here at Tenth and let us all remember that. Phil loved his mother, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren, and, oh, how I will always remember his beautiful smile.
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NordicTrack Pro Skier available

A family from Tenth has a NordicTrack Pro Skier that it would like to give away to someone in the church family who could use it. If you have interest please contact Jessie.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace Community Church, Tenth's daughter church plant work in S. Philly is moving along. Indeed, this is Jonathan Olsen's last week with us. Next week he stays full time at his office just south of Washington Avenue. The group has been meeting already on Sunday evenings. Beginning July 11 they will quietly start services in the morning. You may be eager to visit them for encouragement. Wait, however, until the fall. They have limited space and want to save as much room as possible for visitors in the community. Keep the mission church in your prayers as they continue to move forward.

Staff Transitions

This past Sunday I wrote a Tenth Press article on the staff transitions. If you have not read it, click here to go to the church bulletin and scroll down a few pages.

Housing Needed for Hospital Treatment

A ruling elder at a PCA church in Ashville, NC needs housing from August 23-October 31 as he receives six weeks of treatment at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. If you can provide for this need, please contact Charles Andrews at

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elevator Report

Latest report on the elevator project:

Week of 6/27:

Underpinning of elevator shaft complete
Continued demo of former nursery areas and 1West room on first level
Commence demo of old B2 room to lay groundwork for new interior ramp

The relocation/consolidation of all classes and nurseries is now complete.

Pat Canavan

Welcome, Lily!

Eric and Tiffany Birkholtz are pleased to announce the birth of Lily Elaine, born Wednesday, June 16, 2:45pm, 10lbs 6oz, 22 inches. Additional photos can be found at on their Facebook page.

SMI and Maranatha

Summer is here, which means summer missions. SMI (Summer Medical Institute) is beginning its second week of service in N. Philadelphia. Check out their work here.

Maranatha has begun its first project - Vacation Bible School at Spruce Hill Christian School.

Sunday Strategy

If I had a choice, which I don't, I would attend the 9:00 service. It's my guess that the 11:00 will be overflowing. I'd then attend the Tenth International Fellowship service at 11:00 in Fellowship Hall and come back to the sanctuary for the ceremony. Well, actually, I'd more likely go to the Catacombs where it is cooler and get a close up view on the TV's, then run up the stairs and get first in line for the cookies and lemonade.

The Final Week

Well, we have come to the final week of Phil Ryken's tenure at Tenth. Here again are the means of public farewell you may still participate in.

1. Attend Sunday's morning service at either the 9:00 or 11:00 service. After the 11:00 service (about 12:15), we will hold a brief commissioning ceremony and present him and Lisa with their gift. They will then remain in front of the pulpit area to greet everyone. I anticipate a long line and suggest you head out to the portico and avail yourself of cookies and lemonade to sustain you.

2. Somewhere, (I don't where yet) we will have a table with paper so that you can write notes to be put in their memory book, or you can bring cards with you.