Friday, May 18, 2012

Jay Hood's memorial service

Jay Hood's memorial service will be at Tenth on Sunday, June 3, at 3:00 pm.

See the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute

Heralded as the most significant archeological find of the last century, the Dead Sea Scrolls which include the earliest biblical texts ever discovered and give insight into Judaism at the time of Christ are on display at the Franklin Institute from now until October. For more information about the exhibit, see the Franklin Institute's website.

Spring Choral Service

Paul Jones, Director of Music, wrote the Tenth Press article for this coming Sunday. He presents the program for Sunday evening's Spring Choral Service.
There is no collection of poetry or songs that have been more frequently sung than the five-book, biblical Psalter. The monks of various orders have sung through all 150 each week for centuries. Other traditions sing through the Psalter once or several times in a year. There are four standard ways in the English speaking church, broadly speaking, to sing psalms: 1) plainsong (chant), 2) hymn tunes (paraphrased, metric, sometimes rhyming translations), 3) Anglican choral chant, and 4) settings for chorus, which may include an entire psalm or select verses and are usually designated as “anthems.” Then there are large-scale symphonic settings by composers like Mendelssohn and Bruckner, but those are less often performed in ecclesiastical services.
The Spring Choral Service is focused on Psalm 130;
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Agreement of Sale

The following e-blast was sent out today to the congregation regarding the new property:

To the Congregation and Friends of Tenth Presbyterian,

Thank you for your prayers for God's guidance concerning the purchase of the 1716 Spruce building.
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Room Available to Sublet in University City

I am seeking a woman to sublet a small, furnished room in my apartment through December 2012. The apartment is comfortable and fully furnished. It also has a front porch and a small backyard. Some of the advantages of the apartment are friendly neighbors, an excellent landlord, and a location only a block away from the trolley. I am seeking someone who is laid back, comfortable with sharing space, and not opposed to a friendly cat. Rent is $385 a month plus utilities, which tend to average $40 per person per month (this includes the internet). For more information about the room, please see the church bulletin board. If you are interested in seeing the room, please contact Heather.

Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations is a weekly program for K4-grade 12 homeschoolers that equips parents and engages students in Classical Christian education. Come to an informational meeting in your area. Contact Heather Ramsay-Acosta by email or phone: 215.831.0424, or see the flyer on the Tenth bulletin board for more details.

Rooms for Rent in Chinatown

Three bedrooms are available for rent in an apartment shared by Christian women in Chinatown. The apartment is a split-level 4 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment located on the 3rd floor of a walk-up building. There is a kitchen/living room, washer and dryer, and a nice-sized balcony.

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Job Openings at Esperanza Health Center

Esperanza Health Center currently is hiring for several positions at their clinic. The positions include
Primary Care Clinicians, a Part-time OB/GYN or Certified Nurse Midwife, an Executive Assistant/Credentialing Manager, and an HIV Care Outreach Specialist. For job descriptions and application information, please visit Esperanza's website.

Refusing to Listen

Proverbs 1:22-25

"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
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Parish 6 Vision Night Tomorrow

The Parish 6 Vision Night with Liam Goligher will be held May 19, 7:00 pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 520 S Kings Highway, Cherry Hill. Bring a dessert to share; beverages will be provided. No child care is available.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Maranatha Car Wash

Don't miss out on a chance to support Maranatha Summer Missions by getting your CAR WASHED and purchasing some TASTY BAKED GOODS this Saturday, May 19 at Spruce Hill Christian School (42nd & Baltimore), from 11AM-3PM.

Training of Small Groups

The  mission of Tenth’s Metro Outreach Commission includes equipping and mobilizing members for ministry. In that regard I am beginning to meet with small groups. Perhaps you would want a specific training (hospital visitation, ministry to homeless, etc). Maybe your group has a question about a ministry opportunity or general questions regarding service. You can design our time together to meet your needs and passion. Whatever your plans, I’d love to meet with you. Please contact me at or 215-735-7688 to schedule your group.

Mae Champion

Long-time Tenth member Mae Champion died this morning. She was living in Quarryville. How long of a Tenth member was she? She joined December 11, 1938.

Roommates Wanted

First-year DU-COM student is looking for Christian roommates in the Philadelphia area. Contact Christina at maddox.ce at for more information. Email access will be limited until June so please be patient for a reply.

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Harnly Commissioned

Tenth member Kristen Harnly, who coordinates Tenth's CSN will be commissioned this Sunday to serve as a trainer for the PCA MNA's SNM. Let me decode.

CSN is Tenth's Children with Special Needs ministry that Kristen helped get started. This ministry has truly been a God-send for parents and their children, providing classes and "buddies" for the children.

PCA is our denomination - the Presbyterian Church in America.

MNA is the PCA's agency Mission to North America.

SNM is MNA's Special Needs Ministry.

Lady Wisdom

Proverbs 1:20-21

Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Check out this new booklet on the biblical case for infant baptism.

Out of the Depths

Derek Thomas, who will be preaching in the Sunday evening choral worship service, will be using Psalm 130 as his text. Be reading and meditating upon it now.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
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Play Group

I just stepped away from the play group in Fellowship Hall. No, that is not the pastoral staff meeting. It is the bi-weekly gathering of children with their parents and/or au pairs from the neighborhood. Christine Goligher was at the piano accompanying Charlotte Eastlack, who was leading the children in song. You will have to ask Charlotte to sing you the "Hello" song. Susi Elzey was helping children make bird nests. There was a lot of rice on the floor. I'm not sure what that was about. But everyone looked like they were having fun.

Sunday Services 5/20/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Derek Thomas preaching, “Jesus Trembling in Gethsemane” (Mark 14:32–42). Hymns: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Our Father Bless’d, to Us Bestows; O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.
PM (6:15): Spring Choral Worship Service—Psalms of the Reformation
Dr. Derek Thomas preaching, “De profundis” (Psalm 130). Tenth Church Choir & Soloists; Schola Cantorum Choirs; Tenth Chamber Players

True Victims of Crime

Proverbs 1:10-19

10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
11 If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Moriah "Grand Slam" Cedeno

I don't know who chooses sides for the church picnic softball game, but I do know whose side I want to be on. The following report comes from the sports section.

The Public League softball playoffs started Monday with a rare individual performance as Frankford's Moriah Cedeno drove in 13 runs during the Pioneers' 20-9 first-round victory over visiting Science Leadership.
Cedeno, a freshman shortstop, batted with the bases loaded three times and produced two grand slams and a three-run triple, and also added a two-run single.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations' record book, the national record for RBIs in a game is 16, set in 1983.

We need a bird

Yes, really. Our playgroup tomorrow is talking about birds and Skeeter, our talking bird friend, can't make it. If you have a bird that would enjoy a morning out and would bask in the adoring gaze of young children, please let us know.

Pilgrim's Progress

Diana Woodward took this picture along the Wissahickon trail. Hhmm, there must be a sermon illustration that I can take from this.

Ode to a Great Home

John and Nell Evans are moving to Charleston, SC. Below is their story about the home they have lived in for 32 years.

A farewell ode to a great home…..

We linked arms with the Conns and the Krispins in the Fall of 1979 to buy homes in  Southwest Germantown. Marcia Hopler soon joined us. Our desire was to be a Christian presence in the City. We decided to join Tenth Presbyterian for worship.
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Teach Your Children Well

Proverbs 1:8-9

Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
and forsake not your mother's teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.

This is a good lesson for parents and children. First to children: what you may regard as chains around your neck, burdening and holding you down are really garlands and pendants to adorn you. Their instructions and rules are for your protection and your growing in maturity and wisdom - and wisdom is the finest of jewels.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Derek Thomas

"Denisty"? How do you get "denisty" from "dynasty"?

If our Scottish minister is still adjusting to speaking American, hopefully the Welsh minister preaching this coming Sunday has gotten the American language down. After all, he has been in America much longer. And he has been preaching in the south, where the American accent is pure.
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Saturday Afternoon Outreach (5/19)

It's not too late to register for MCO's neighborhood outreach this Saturday, May 19, from 12:30-5:30 pm in Hunting Park. Teams of 3-4 will stroll through assigned blocks, knocking on doors and offering free health screenings. The teams will clearly identify their affiliation with Esperanza and one of the local churches and also offer to pray for any requests the neighbors may have.

If you're interested, please fill out the sign up form here: And don't forget to pray for this ministry!

Presbytery News

The Philadelphia Presbytery met this past Saturday at Tenth. We had a busy day of examining men for ordination and licensure.

To be ordained:
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The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

To have right knowledge, one must have a right perspective on reality. The skills of a mountain climber avail nothing if the climber is ascending the wrong mountain. Indeed, they take him further away from the goal. Reality is grounded in God. Thus, knowledge begins with a right understanding of God. And yet, knowledge about God is not enough, as Satan has demonstrated. There are scholars who know more about Christian doctrine than most true believers, and yet they do not believe. And there are those who "sort of" believe, even have convinced themselves they do believe, but do not fear the Lord - the essence of belief.
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