Friday, January 14, 2011

Two more birthdays...

Kim Frey is celebrating her birthday in hospital with Adaire, her daughter, who just arrived this morning! Adaire couldn't wait any longer (just 29 1/2 weeks old!) when she heard all of the excitement going on over the holidays and has been doing flips since New Years Day. Congratulations to Kim and (sleepy) Dave.


Happy Birthday today to Liam Goligher. To keep such matters simple, Liam married Christine whose birthday was last Friday, January 7. One of the daughters has a birthday next Friday, January 21.

Cleaning for a Reason

Thanks to Lori Schantz for passing this on.

If you know any woman currently undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Opportunity with Interserve USA

Interserve USA, a mission sending agency, seeks a single or couple without children to live in and manage their four-bedroom Guest House located in Lansdowne, PA, in exchange for free rent.
Requirements include a desire to serve missionary families, schedule flexibility, and cooking skills.
Tenth Presbyterian Church has been supporting Interserve missionaries since they were founded in the US in 1964.
For more details, including a position description, please contact skim(at)

Race in the PCA

byFaith magazine, the periodical of our denomination, the PCA, is beginning a 7-part series discussion race issues in the PCA. Lance Lewis writes the opening article, explaining the series and reasons behind it. Lance is a former member and intern at Tenth, who has planted a daughter church in Overbrook, Christ Liberation Fellowship.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Medical Campus Outreach

Medical Campus Outreach will host another medical and evangelistic outreach on January 22, 2011 in North Philadelphia. If you are a health care provider, student, Spanish speaker or have a heart for evangelism please join us! For more information contact us at

Welcome, Cristiano!

Sara and Bobby Rojas are pleased to announce the birth of Cristiano Fernando, born January 5.

Welcome, Anneka!

Dot Boersma is proud to announce the birth of her grandniece Anneka Faith DeGroot, born at 1:09 am on 1/11/11.

G&P Anniversary

Happy (6 month) Anniversary, Grace and Peace Community Church!
Today we mark our 6 month anniversary of having worship services - it seems like yesterday (and in some ways years ago) that we began to be a worshipping community.
God has been so rich in His blessings to us!  Please join me in thanking Him for His past faithfulness and please join me in praying for even greater spiritual fruit in us and through us as we continue to know and serve our Jesus!
Grace and Peace,
Jonathan Olsen

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Joyful Impossibility

What Paul Tripp learned about parenting in a parking lot.

The Big Weekend…with flavor and style!

Eric Berley and Kiersten Wildermuth are getting married this weekend East Aurora, New York (just south east of Buffalo). For his bride, Eric (of Franklin Fountain fame) created a new flavor of ice-cream.

Sunday Webcasts

You may now view Sunday's full morning worship service or just Dr. Goligher's sermon of call. The congregational meeting to call him is also now posted.

Psalm 111

My evening sermon last Sunday on Psalm 111 is now available at DMC Resources.

I Do

Dr. Liam Goligher accepting Tenth's call with his wife Christine, daughter Louise, and three grandchildren behind him.

Stand Up Men

What do we have here?

a) Tenth's men choir
b) The 1980 Phillies World Series Team
c) The cast for the next The Bachelorette
d) The 35 (out of 39) Ruling Elders of Tenth who attended Friday night's dinner to meet the Golighers. Does anyone know the two longest serving elders? See Comments

Monday, January 10, 2011

How's Your Serve?

ACTS Ministries Volunteer Staff needed:

Table hosts, Second Sunday's with our homeless neighbors. The ministry: sit, eat, and share the good news.

Preacher and musicians, Nursing Home Ministry every second Sunday in Center City.

Contact or go to

Bible Study Course

Perhaps as you started reading through your Bible again this new year, you've entertained the idea of getting some help in just how to study the Bible. If you fall in this category and would like help in learning how to study the Bible, The Philadelphia Access Center will be offering a course to that end. Joe Welch will be facilitating a course entitled "Knowing Scripture". The class will be using a 12 lesson DVD series and book by R. C. Sproul with the same title. The cost of the course is $15 for which you will receive the book and course outline. The course will begin on Saturday February 19th at 9:30 till around 11:00. If you are interested, call Joe Welch at 215 389-1985 x25, or email at Please register as soon as possible. Seating is limited and the seats are filling up fast.

Cropsey in the Field

And another article on the work of global partner John Cropsey in Africa. This guy is keeping busy!

Tutoring Opportunity

We had an inquiry from an Asian woman who needs help with her English. She lives and works in the city. She has excellent English but has entered a work environment recently that is less tolerant of her accent, intonation, and occasional errors. Her English is a little advanced for our classes, and she is particularly looking for someone to talk to for one hour a week or once every two weeks to help correct her pronunciation. I wondered if you might put this on your blog and see if someone would volunteer? I can be emailed.
Debbie Langford

Place for Rent

My wife, Meghan, and I are interested in moving into a beautiful place we found in University City but we wouldn't be able to afford it alone. We just need somebody to rent it with us for this coming semester (Spring 2011) and move out in May/June. They would have their own floor with three bedrooms and a full bath - perfect for one, two, or three single people or a couple (they would have quite a lot of privacy). Anyone interested should email me. Thanks. Matt White

Waiting for him to get home.

When my son was on the way home from college we were eagerly awaiting his arrival. So is the Lord. We read it on Sunday from Psalm 116 – “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
Last Thursday, Tom Mason went home to be with the Lord. Tom was the father of Karen Lengkeek and Karl Mason who live in parish three. Karen shared with me the strong faith of her father and how he will be missed by her children, but…what a legacy!
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Spruce Hill Open House

Spruce Hill Christian School
Elementary and Middle School Campuses

We invite you to visit Spruce Hill Christian School and see why the school is becoming nationally known as an urban school of excellence. Quality Christian education comes alive for our students through a curriculum solid in fundamentals and fresh with creativity. A sense of vitality pervades all we do as teachers partner with parents to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment.
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Ryken Response

You couldn't hear us, but we were voting in abstentia and applauding heartily during the meeting. Our love to you all and our congratulations to Liam and Christine.

Lisa Ryken

New Music Director?

You may have thought yesterday that Paul Jones upped his game in directing the choir and musicians. That is because he learned we are looking at a possible replacement. Check him out. Be sure to watch through the whole performance.

Now What?

On Sunday, January 9, the congregation voted to call Liam Goligher to be its next Senior Minister. That now leads to further steps before he can actually take the position. Our presbytery, the Philadelphia Presbytery, must now examine him and vote on approving the call. That should take place at the March 12 meeting. For that to happen, a committee of presbytery will examine his theological views, probably sometime in February, and then present him to the presbytery in March. Trusting that he receives approval, presbytery will form a commission to install him as Senior Minister, I would think in May when he moves here. It is at that service that he becomes the Senior Minister.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Liam Goligher Called

I am pleased to announce that today the congregation of Tenth Presbyterian Church has voted to call Dr. Liam Goligher to be our next Senior Minister. Dr. Goligher is scheduled to take the pulpit May 15. We are thankful to God for his provision and look forward to Liam and Christine Goligher's tenure with us.