Friday, June 14, 2013

Dogsitter Needed for August

Tenth members Daniel and Sarah Cheng are looking for someone to provide a temporary home for their 3 year-old Beagle-Basset mix from Aug 2 to Sep 1. He is a medium-sized dog, fixed, house-trained, and very quiet for his breed. Please contact Daniel for more information.

Neighborhood Foods

Neighborhood Foods is a community supported agriculture program offering vegetables grown by local rural and urban farmers, as well as coffee, jam, bread and honey produce and/or processed in Philadelphia. In addition to eight pick-up locations around the city, NF has teamed up with Wash Cycle Laundry to offer Philadelphia's first ever bicycle home delivery option. Check out their site here.

TIF Professionals: A First Discussion

We invite all international professionals now living in Philly to join us for our first night of discussion and connection in Center City!

TIF Professionals: A First Discussion

Theme: Re-discovering the idea of calling by understanding work as a contribution to the good of all.

What:    A discussion group with food and drink
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Cracking the Top Ten

Who would have known? Liam Goligher moves to America, resulting in the name Liam becoming one of the top ten names for American boys. Why isn't Marion in the top ten? Check out the 2012 top ten list for boys and girls.

Of Balance and Scales

Proverbs 16:11

A just balance and scales are the LORD's;
all the weights in the bag are his work.

All ways in which justice is carried out comes from the Lord. Anywhere and anytime there is fair play, its source is the Lord. The very idea of justice and fairness comes from him, and, indeed, serve as evidence for his existence and reign. Every time a charge is made that something is wrong is a testimony that there is such a thing as moral order in the universe, and such a reality cannot exist unless there is a judge who sets that order. Justice is a phenomenon that belongs to the Creator.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Terrifying Question

Two Sundays ago, I had the honor of preaching at TIF (Tenth International Fellowship). Here is the sermon.

Mark 4:35-41              The Terrifying Question
6/2/13 (TIF)     D. Marion Clark

Mark and the other gospel writers had an agenda, which was to tell the “good news” about Jesus Christ.
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Sunday Services 6/16/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “A Charge to Keep” (2 Timothy 4:1–8). Hymns: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Great God, What Do I See and Hear!; A Charge to Keep I Have.

PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Hymn Service.
(6:30): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Where You Go, I Will Go!” (Ruth 1:15–22). Hymns: Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah; The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; O Bless the Lord, My Soul.
Communion will be served as part of the service.

Sinless Judgment

Proverbs 16:10

An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.

Such it should be for those in authority; the higher in authority, the greater the responsibility to conduct oneself in integrity, speaking with wisdom. He should speak as one representing the great King.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Deep Reflections

Lois Denier sent me these deep reflections.

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"
His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth..'

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How Christian Faith Ignited World Literacy

At the 2013 Urban Ministries Conference, Tenth City Partner Jim Petty of Children's Jubilee Fund spoke about faith, literacy, and Christian Schools. He has sketched much of his comments on their ministry website.  Read more here.

Food for Maranatha

Maranatha is in need of more food donated for the summer missions teams! We need non-perishable items such as: granola bars, Gatorade, cereal, snacks, jam, peanut butter, etc. You can also contribute by bringing a meal some night for the team. Please drop off items or sign up in Fellowship Hall after any of the 3 services. Thank you! Contact Susana Hormann with questions: eurolatinam(AT)


The Federal Prison at 7th and Arch Streets needs competent computer tech to teach basic computer stuff to inmates Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. In addition to imparting useful skills, it is a great opportunity to establish a relationship and offer hope. If interested, contact David Apple,

Prisoners of love

I have a unique opportunity for prison ministry at the Federal Detention Center, 700 Arch St., Philly-- Crocheting. That's right, crocheting. Just sit, talk, and crochet with female inmates. Perhaps teach a new pattern or technique. But it is all about establishing relationships and offering hope. And, the crocheted baby blankets, etc, will be donated to Alpha Pregnancy Center. If you are interested, contact David Apple at The prison will schedule this regular gathering around you.

Childcare Needed

Tenth members Rachael and Reilly Hobbs are looking for a loving, Christian home daycare center/environment for their son Jackson. He is currently 6 months old and is a baby that is full of joy! Reilly and Rachael work in healthcare and will need full time coverage for Jackson. 4-5 days per week 40-50 hours per week. Pay is negotiable. Please contact Rachael Hobbs to discuss the opportunity. Email Rachael or call (616)-550-7955. 

John H. Wise

Please keep Nancy Hala and Kimberly Wynne and their families in prayer. Their father, John Wise, died yesterday, June 11. The viewing will be Thursday, 3-8pm and the funeral on Friday at 11am at Grace Church in Harmony, PA near Pittsburgh.

Established Steps

Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

Such words should be of great comfort to believers. It is comforting to know that however foolish my plans may be, ultimately the Lord will establish my steps to lead me to him. My heart always seems right to me, and yet will always lead me astray if not for the Holy Spirit. Many of my "wise" plans have met brick walls because God has graciously placed them in the way; many of my steps have led through unplanned paths bringing me to places I never could have reached left to my own devices. And many steps led me from the dangers of my plans.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wealth of Righteousness

Proverbs 16:8

Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.

Consider the little wealth of righteousness.

There is the wealth of a good conscious before the Lord, which brings great peace.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

New Members Class for Healthcare

I have regularly heard from medical attenders at Tenth that they would like to join but their schedules prove to be unaccommodating. If you are that predicament, email me and let's discuss. I am presently planning a membership class for July 13, running from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Sleeping Accommodations Sought

A couple, of which the husband will be attending Perelman school of medicine this fall, we will be in Philadelphia, beginning Friday, June 14, searching for housing for a few days and up to a week if needed. They are hoping of someone would be willing to host them. "All we need is a bed!" If you can help, contact Katie Dufendach (919) 630-4588 or email.

Rain Check

Rain Check helps manage stormwater and beautify homes and will help pay for rain gardens, downspout planter, de-paving, porous pavers and yard trees. To sign up, click here.

Christina Rossetti

This coming Sunday, the topic for the Reading Literature as Christians class will feature the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Paul Jones, our Director of Music, will teach the class. As one might expect, he will include singing - both by the class and singers he has recruited. The class now meets in the 315 Building, 3rd floor rear.

Flip-Flopping Classes

Politicians are not the only ones who flip-flop. So do Bible school classes. The Reading Literature as Christians class will flip-flop with the Questions Encountered class. Evidently more people want to encounter questions than read literature. So that means the people seeking to enrich their lives through great literature will cross the street to the 315 Building, 3rd Floor Rear, while the bewildered folks with questions trod the stairs up to Fellowship Hall East.

Welcome, Silas David!

David and Karen Walton (and sisters and brother) are pleased to announce the birth of Silas David, born June 7, 2013 8 lbs. 3 oz. 20 3/4 inches long. Silas was already in church on Sunday!

Peace with Enemies

Proverbs 16:7

When a man's ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

We are quick to assert that being obedient to the Lord will bring persecution by the world. Certainly there is much truth to that. But it is also true that pleasing the Lord leads to peace. Christ commands us to love our neighbor, even to love our enemy. He commands us to turn the other cheek, to give freely to those who would take. He commands us to bless our enemies and not to respond to evil with evil. Such pleasing ways would bring much peace.

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