Friday, September 16, 2011

Just four weeks away

Just how does your commitment to Christ change how you think about your job? How has your job uniquely positioned you to do his work in your community? How can we help one another pursue our callings. Talk it through with believers who share your vocational commitments.

Join us Friday night, October 14, for a unique opportunity to bring together your work life and your Christian faith: Good food, new friends, a stimulating talk and time to discuss it with people who share your vocation. For more information and registration, browse here.

Apartment Hunting?

A member of the church is working in property management and has two apartments up for rent in University City, at 45th and Spruce and at 43rd and Baltimore. Both apartments contain two bedrooms and cost $1,000 per month. The locations are ideal and apartments are sizable. Interested parties please contact Ruth.

Berzinsky flood relief

Greg Berzinsky is in Falls, PA all weekend. He is looking for help shoveling mud, pushing wheel barrels, and possibly power washing if we get our water pump working today. Contact Mary for information/directions.

Philadelphia Landscape

Somebody likes what is happening in Philadelphia. Check out the latest article praising the changes taking place in our landscape.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Men's Seminar

Pat Canavan just sent out this eblast to the men of the church.

Dear Men of Tenth,

As men, we all struggle with our thought life. It is so easy to slip in this area and our thought life is usually the way sin gains a foothold and leads us to further sin. We need resources to combat this, among which is fellowship with one another and instruction. This is a battle we cannot fight on our own. We need the strength of the Lord, and we need one another. Please come to this timely seminar for both fellowship and instruction in dealing with fantasies and sins of the mind.
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This Sunday I will be traveling up to Epiphany Fellowship to take part in the commissioning of Doug Logan and his core group that is planting a church in Camden. Tenth Church is honored to partner with Epiphany in sending Doug out as a church planter. Tenth members Ernest and Sarah Grant are also part of this work.

9/11 Remembrance and the Good Samaritan

Much of last Sunday's interfaith remembrance on Rittenhouse Square is on youtube. This link will take you to the portion of readings and prayers. Our participation begins at the 6:55 mark, if you want to fast forward.

Tenth Press

Russ Pfeifer has written this coming Sunday's Tenth Press article - Offering Our Time. You will enjoy reading about how he became involved in service (and got a wife out it). Don't forget that the bulletin with the Tenth Press article is posted online each Friday at the church website (

Lawyers Invitation

All lawyers and law students and their spouses are invited to attend a reception to meet with other lawyers and Liam Goligher at the home of Maryann Modesti on September 23, 6:30 pm, 704 Alene Raod, Ambler. RSVP by email or phone, 215.283.5055.

You must sign a waiver at the door that you will not press charges against Liam for anything he might say off the cuff.

Tenth College Fellowship

Tenth College Fellowship has a lunch in the Catacombs beginning at 1:00 this Sunday. If you are a college student, please come and meet students from the various college campuses in the area. Temple students will be a specially good mood following their football team's victory over Penn State the day before.

Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders will meet for lunch on Sunday at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall East ($4 suggested donation). This is a warm casual group. If you have had difficulty getting connected in fellowship, this especially would be a good group to join for lunch. They meet monthly the third Sunday of each month and each year have a speaking series, usually led by pastors and elders of the church. This year they are addressing "Love in Community," with "Love is Patient and Kind" as the first subject.

Ministry Fair

"...Johnny's so long at the fair." That's because he is at the Tenth Church Ministry Fair!

Our annual Ministry Fair will take place this coming Sunday. Church ministries will staff tables set up in Reception Hall. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the ministries and get involved!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Position Available: Resident Supervisor

Cradle of Hope, a home for single mothers and children in the Philadelphia area is looking for a resident supervisor. This is a live-in position. The supervisor would be responsible for supervision of residents and would work evening and weekend hours. Experience with infants and at- risk young adults/teens is necessary. Two years of college or equivalent education is required. Compensation is room and board, plus salary.
Send resume to or call 215-837-1770.

Tome Building Consultants

Tenth member Mike Frey has a building/renovating company. Here is his new website that presents his services.

Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, 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.


You will recall that ten percent of the funds raised in the Capital Campaign were allotted to the cause of promoting church plants in the Philadelphia region. These funds provided for the start-up costs of Grace and Peace in South Philadelphia, supported the multi-ethnic work of North Community Church in the Northeast, as well as of Christ Liberation Fellowship in West Philadelphia. We supported Doug Logan's preparation to do church planting in Camden. The most unique funding was the final one, which was providing seed money for an upcoming summit of urban African-American and Latino ministers and students. We trust that the Lord will use this event to promote further church planting work in our area proclaiming the gospel and the doctrines of grace.

Here are links to the website and promotional videos.

Good for the World?

Is Christianity good for the world? Dinesh D'Souza will debate David Silverman on the subject at Penn October 12. Here is a link to the event.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I received this news from Tenth elder Bryce Bartruff, who is Senior Director/COO of, well, read on.

I want you to be aware that effective September 1, 2011 the American Missionary Fellowship has changed its name to InFaith. The mission continues to serve the Lord by bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to people across the USA as it has since 1817.  In fact, our ongoing effort to communicate unchanging truth in a changing world is the primary reason for the change in the name.  The new name is intentionally short and we believe, more memorable.  We pray it will open doors to growth for our mission and for the body of Christ in the USA.  Our missionaries will continue to minister as pastors of churches in communities that would otherwise be unreached, as area missionaries, chaplains, church planters, youth ministers, to run camping programs, work with people in troubled urban settings, a variety of intra cultural settings and of course the InFaith School of Biblical Learning is still scheduled to launch October 1.  

Center City Bible Study

There is a Bible study that meets every other week at the Church on Thursday evenings.  We will be starting up again for the new church year on September 29th and welcome new people to join in.  We will be discussing how we will handle the loss of our leader and what will study at this first session.  Contact Amy Carpenter if interested in this study at 215-923-1226 or

Monday, September 12, 2011

Facilities Manager Position

The Spruce Hill Christian School campus has a position open for part-time facilities manager. Below is a job description and contact information.
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Cropsey's in Town

John and Jessica Cropsey, who have been in Kenya for 2 years in medical missions, will be in Philadephia for orientation with World Harvest Mission. Andy and Megan Owens are hosting a gathering in their honor on Saturday, September 24 from 3-4:30 pm at their home in South Philadelphia. If you would like catch up with the Cropsey's, please RSVP to Megan at or call 215.462.1456.

That's a really big check!

Last night the WOW kids presented Bruce McDowell with a check for $1919 to help Hogar la Providencia buy delivery tricycles for the bakery they hope to open by October 15. The bakery should provide revenue for the children's home helping them to buy food, clothes, and other supplies. The kids' original goal was $1000--which they more than exceeded. WOW!

9/11 Remembered in the Park

Yesterday, Tenth participated in a community 9/11 remembrance event. The congregations and faith-based organizations of Center City were invited by the Center City Residents Association to set up booths in the park and conduct a remembrance program. A Tenth lay member read Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, and I followed up with a prayer. For me personally it was a moving experience to hear Jesus' words spoken clearly to a couple of hundred people listening attentively in the center of the park. Below is the Scripture text and prayer.
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Berzinskys and flooding

The Berzinskys have had significant damage to their home in Falls PA from the flooding of the Susquehanna River. They would like to talk with someone who has knowledge about "disaster clean up." They also are in need of dehumidifiers. Contact them to help.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Apartment wanted

Christian Chinese student starting school at Eastern University in
October needs to find a place to live. He speaks great English and will be working on his Masters in nonprofit management. He has worked with Samaritans Purse staff. Contact Joel Yang.