Saturday, October 27, 2012

From Phila Office of Emergency Management

The City of Philadelphia is preparing, and asking residents to prepare for  major flooding and power outages in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. A Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Watch and High Wind Watch is currently in effect beginning Sunday evening into Tuesday afternoon for the City of Philadelphia.
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Sunday Services

Services for Sunday remain as normally scheduled. Should a change occur, we will post on the blog and send an eblast. Please use good judgment in determining the safety of your traveling. Our determination for having the church doors open takes into account members who are near the church. We cannot assess the safety of travel routes from distant parts of the city and outside the city.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kempf Places

Track Coach George McFarland just sent this news update in:

"I have two cross country girls who qualified for the state meet. You will recognize one: Annette Kempf who is a sophomore and was 4th at Districts today."

(She must have inherited her mother's genes.)

Pre-conference reading

If you're looking for something to help you understand why Christians are treated as they are in Muslim contexts, wander over to Patrick Sookhdeo's blog. Dr. Sookhdeo, Director of Barnabas Aid and an expert on Islam, will be leading off our Global Outreach Conference, preaching at all services on November 4. I see he's also posted an interview on the uprisings in Syria. No doubt that's worth a listen as well.

Business as Missions Seminar

Can you be directly involved in global outreach without making a career change? Can your business expertise aid Christians on the other side of the globe? Yes! To learn how, join us for a seminar on Business as Missions next Saturday morning, November 3.

Leading the sessions will be three men who having served as top executives of American companies learned how to leverage their business skills for the global advance of the gospel: John Tubbesing, Director of Business as Mission for Mission to the World; Ron Ferner, Dean of Business at Cairn University; and Ken Leahy, Director of Consulting Services for IBEC. For more details, click here.

Light breakfast available at 8:00 am. Program begins at 8:30 am.

Healthcare outreach tomorrow!

Medical Campus Outreach is hosting a neighborhood healthcare outreach tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 1:00-6:30 pm in North Philadelphia. Small groups will canvas neighborhoods, offering blood pressure readings, glucose screenings, and prayer.

For more information and to register, visit MCO's website.

University City Room for Rent

We have a furnished room for rent (possibly two) in University City/Powelton Villiage/West Philadelphia area. Very close to Drexel, Penn, and University of the Sciences. We are asking $600, which includes utilities and wifi. The downstairs is a workspace that is used mainly during daytime hours. Please contact Caroline if interested.

Ivy Trimming

A Tenth attendee who lives off Spruce and 22nd has an ivy vine that needs trimming. It is two stories high and roughly two feet wide on each corner of her row house. She is willing to pay $50 to someone who knows how to do this properly and has their own ladder and ivy clippers with extended handles. It should not take more than 30 minutes. Contact her at 215.435.1800 or by email.

Providing a Chance

Proverbs 11:26

The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

The crime here is not merely that one is a miser, but that he withholds what is needed for survival. He is not even being asked to give, but to sell. Instead he hordes the grain, perhaps to run up the price; perhaps he is fearful of not having enough for himself. His one concern is for himself, and he is willing for others to suffer. The one who sells is blessed for giving others fair opportunity to buy or earn what is needed. He is a good neighbor, a businessman who cares about his community.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Community Resource Guide

Temple University produced a new Community Resource Guide, which can be accessed here.

Around the World in 80 Minutes Lunch

Around the World in 80 Minutes will meet this Sunday, October 28, 12:40–2:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall. Lunch is $4/individual and $10/family. Jake Becker, Head of School at Spruce Hill Christian School/City Center Academy, will be our speaker. Join us after the 11:00 service to meet students, ask questions, and learn about the school’s mission to bring light to the city.

The Blessed Giver

Proverbs 11:25

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

"They bless me more than I bless them."
"I get a whole lot more than what I give." Read more »

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sunday Services 10/28/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Harry L. Reeder III preaching, “The Five Elements of Saving Faith” (2 Timothy 1:12). Hymns: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art; My Faith Has Found a Resting Place.
Parish 1 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (6:15): Reformation Hymn Festival—Dr. Harry L. Reeder III, guest speaker; All Tenth Choirs, Westminster Brass.

The Free Giver

Proverbs 11:24

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

The one who gives freely already is ahead because he is free from the control of money and possessions. His security and self-esteem is not bound to possessions; rather, his joy is in blessing others and in furthering the work of God's kingdom. To put it another way, it is bearing fruit that gives him delight. The "Scrooge," however, is a slave to money and possessions, always fearful of losing them. Even if he may be compelled to give some small amount away, he loses because his focus is on his loss, not on the blessing he imparts. Read more »

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Search of Short-term Volunteer Caregiver

A friend's (of Anne Chen) elderly uncle has recently been hospitalized for cancer at Penn and would like to request a Christian caregiver three afternoons a week while he is at home. No special training required, although skilled nursing may be useful in the future. If available, please contact


Proverbs 11:23

The desire of the righteous ends only in good;
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

Note first that the desire of the righteous is righteous desire. The righteous and the wicked may desire the same job and the wicked win out. They may both desire to win the game and the wicked triumphs. But in the end, because the righteous desire righteousness above all, their desires will bring good. Thus, God causes all things to work for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). For the wicked, on the other hand, temporal gains and triumphs will ultimately end in bearing God's wrath. Read more »

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cone Patrol

One of our better cone placers - Caleb Walton.

Scott Moore takes volunteers in all sizes! Email him if you can help.

Cairn Conference

Cairn University's fall conference is this weekend. The theme is "The Christian and Politics." Click here for information.

Staggered by Statistics?

169,000 Christians martyred each year? Really? Yesterday's bulletin included the Global Outreach conference brochure which had mind-blowing statistics. Unfortunately, there was no room for footnotes. But just in case you wanted to check the facts out yourself,we've posted a special page on the website with links to all the references.

Support Harvest in Prayer

Harvest USA invites you to join its board and staff for an evening of prayer at Tenth on Monday, October 22, 7:00–8:30 pm. Enter at 1701 Delancey. Contact Ward Shope at 215.482.0011.


Proverbs 11:22

Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.

A gold ring in a pig's snout is a waste of beauty and value. So a woman who acts foolishly, especially in the area of relationships and sexuality, wastes her beauty. Her very beauty ought to be an adornment that enhances her "value." And yet, through indiscretion she wastes it. A gold ring in a pig's snout is out of place. They together make a laughable picture. So, again, a beautiful woman turns herself into a mockery. Read more »