Ministry Updates

 

Papua, Indonesia, is half of a very large island to the north of Australia. It is very remote, even for the Indonesians, as it is about a six hour flight from the capitol city of Jakarta. The people are distinctly different from the rest of Indonesia racially, ethnically, culturally, and religiously. Since the 1960s when there was revival among the Stone Age tribes, many became Christian out…

Nov 22, 2017

City School Acquires Poplar Campus

By Jake Becker, Head of School at The City School

 

Fall of 2018 will be an exciting time for students in Philadelphia. After many years of prayers and anticipation for a new home for its students, The City School recently acquired a former charter school site at 910 N. 6th Street in the Poplar/Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. For forty years The City School has been focused on training students’ minds, discipling their hearts, and bringing light…

Sep 8, 2017

Tenth Church Music Ministries

Equipping Christian Disciples to Sing God’s Praise

 

By Colin Howland, Director of Music and Organist

Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!—Psalm 100:2.

Music has a vital role in the life of Tenth Presbyterian Church. We use vocal and instrumental music to worship God together, to grow in the Christian faith, and to give witness of that faith to the world. The Bible clearly portrays God’s…

 

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) took place June 24–July 15 and is a joint project of Medical Campus Outreach and Esperanza Health Center, a local Christian health center. This summer 23 Christian healthcare students and over 60 rotating volunteer “faculty” (Christian medical professionals) provided free door-to-door health screens and medical referrals in Kensington, North Philadelphia. The teams worked with local interpreters for Spanish-speaking households and referred…

 

Rachel Macolino, 9th grade

There is a special kind of tired that I’ve only ever found on Missions trips. This was my second year on Maranatha missions, and I had the privilege to be on both the Spruce Hill team and the Northeast team. Before the trips began, I thought that this year would be easier than last year, because I had more experience, but…

 

School years come to a close. Days lengthen. Temperatures rise. As summer approaches, many of us—students, parents, teachers—anticipate a change of pace and scenery, a new schedule, a new reading list. Programs at Tenth change as well, and Sunday evenings become an exciting ride. We feel a little like Aladdin, stretching out a hand in an invitation, offering—“I can show you the world…a whole new world.”

Apr 28, 2017

The Seven-Year Itch

Why Do We Drift Away from the Lord's Calling?

 
by Pastor Vincent Tauriello, Northeast Community Church

 

According to Wikipedia, “the seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines around year seven of a marriage.” In a Christianity Today article, Dr. Juli Slattery says, “While the seven-year-itch isn’t predictable enough to set your calendar by, some version of it seems to exist in most marriages.” Some…

 

by John and Lori Kempen, Tenth Global Partners and Founders of Sight for Souls
 

Often restoring sight to a blind person helps to lift their whole family out of poverty, in addition to restoring the many other benefits of sight, which parallels the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration that gives sight to the spiritually blind.

I surveyed the

 

By Dora Phan, Maranatha Director

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness—2 Peter 1:3.

One night during my senior year of high school, I remember standing in the kitchen with my parents as I faced the reality of the cost of college. Instead of giving me instructions on financial aid or loan information, they told me first…

 

We give thanks and praise to our God who, for His own glory, uses broken vessels to shine forth the grace of the gospel to a lost and darkened world. 

On Sunday February 26 Northeast Community Church held a combined worship service where six people from the Albanian community, seven from the Chinese, and five from the English were received into membership, five…

 

The Easter Sacrificial Offering is like flipping through the pages of a family photo album. The mercy and relief projects, selected each year by Global Outreach Commission, connect us with our brothers and sisters in the global church. The cost of living for Christ looks different in their context. They have different struggles than we do. But they are nevertheless our family.

For more than

 

By Gethin Jones, Tenth City Network Intern.   

 

It’s been a privilege for me to be a part of Tenth these past few years and to witness the beginnings of what I think could be a very exciting period in the life of this church. A couple of years ago, we voted to purchase 1710 Spruce Street, last year we discussed and…

 

Deuteronomy 3:16 encourages us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

All of us at AlphaCare needed megadoses of godly courage this past year. Tried and true methods of reaching and ministering to abortion-vulnerable women have resulted in being able to serve…

 

The following are the officers for 2017; numbers in parentheses indicate the individual’s parish. Deaconesses will be commissioned January 8; deacons will be ordained and installed January 15. We will install elders January 22.

Session: The Ruling Elders

 

Diaconate: The Board of Deacons

 

Diaconate: The Board of Deaconesses

 

It was a great start to the day. Seeing an old man sitting in a wheelchair with an eye patch on reminded me that my partner, Dr. Emebet, had been doing surgery yesterday, only the second surgery since we had started the full scale Discovery Eye Center after so many years of planning and work. As I took his patch off, there was a slight pause, and…

Nov 29, 2016

Tenth's 2015 Annual Report

Discover More About God's Work Among Us

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Psalm 92:4

 

Tenth Church's 2015 annual report* is now available online and in our lobbies. The password to open it online was sent to members and regular attendees by email on June 3.

The report includes information from ministries, commissions, and committees. It also includes…

 

By Laura Layer, Medical Campus Outreach Director

 

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his

 


by Holly Favino, SMI Director

 

Is it worthwhile participating in a short-term health care ministry project? Will it have impact or provide any meaningful long-term good? As the director of the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI), I’ve had the privilege of reviewing our research, following up with local church partners, reading the students’ blog and evaluations, witnessing the program firsthand for…

 

Reintroducing TIF

TIF stands for Tenth International Fellowship. Many of you may have heard about TIF but probably not all of you know what TIF is about even though it has been a ministry of Tenth for over 60 years.

Core Values of TIF

TIF’s core values are community, outreach, and discipleship (COD). All the activities that TIF does are…

 

“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf [banquet] with hatred.”

That is what Proverbs 15:16 says about hospitality. At Tenth’s Mercy Dinners we provide both the love and the banquet for our homeless guests. Our hospitality offers an elaborate dinner and a commitment to provide a welcome, a relationship, and the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who…

 

by Paul Duggan for the Global Outreach Commission

 

A Kingdom on the Move. It often goes overlooked, but a small detail of the creation story is that Adam is first created by God, and then God places him in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17). It seems to be the case that before he gave Adam the task of tending the wonderful…

 

Because Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Sunday this year, please note the following changes to our usual Sunday activities.

Christmas Day

  • No Bible School classes
  • One AM service - 11:00 AM; a nursery will be provided; no TIF
  • No afternoon activities or programs (FBS, luncheons, etc)
  • No evening service; no children/youth programs

New Year’s

 

Over the past couple of years, more of my spiritual energy has been invested in a stronger witness for Jesus through greater oneness in the body in Philadelphia. Now an event has taken place that is causing me to clearly shift my ministry focus.

Recently, twenty-six key Philadelphia Christian leaders met to form a steering committee to advance a gospel movement through greater oneness among God’s…

Oct 18, 2016

Unreached!

A quarter of immigrant groups in the United States remain unreached.

 

By Jason Stryd, Pastor of the Albanian Minsitry at Northeast Community Church

 

You might think that for the thousands of immigrants who arrive in the United States each year that it would be a step closer towards the gospel and opportunities to hear of Jesus Christ.  With churches on many corners, a history of Christianity and religious freedom, what else could be…

 

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Matthew 25:35 

On September 28, 2016, when a family of 10 stepped off a plane at their Port of Entry in New York City, they had traveled farther and endured a longer and more harrowing odyssey than most arriving…

 

The 2016 Maranatha Buffalo missions trip was a hard example of a city in poverty and also a very humbling experience. On this trip the team had the opportunity and privilege to serve the people in the community in many ways, from creating beds for a vegetable garden and constructing a mural to running the community barbeque at the Buffalo Vineyard Church. We were able to hear…

 

I call her Maria. I’ve never met her and I don’t know her real identity. She has left me more than 50 voice mail messages in the last year. She has usually called in the middle of the night when I’m not in my office. Each time she’s called, she has shared her difficulties with life—how no one cares about her, and how there is one particular…

Aug 19, 2016

Where’s the Plant?

Healthy Growth at NE Community Church


By Jason Stryd, the Albanian minister at NE Community Church

 

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building — 1 Corinthians 3:7–9.

 

McDonald’s at 6:30 AM may seem like an odd time for ministry training and discipleship, but as a senior in high school I had questions about God. Thankfully, an older brother in the faith was willing to buy me a sausage biscuit and listen.

For instance, one morning I wanted to know why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart. Between bites, he would tell me that…

Jul 28, 2016

Unbroken

How God Opened My Eyes Through Summer Medical Institute

To the outside eye looking at the North Philly community, I can see why brokenness so often comes to mind.

 

Broken. The word has plagued my mind for the past few weeks. And it became an ironic reality when my computer actually broke this afternoon and I lost my previous blog to the cloud. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a…

 

By Dora Phan and Several Team Members

“God will do with you what you allow him to do in you.”

Recently I found this inscription by my grandmother in her old Bible: “God will do with you what you allow him to do in you.” And while God doesn’t need our consent to work in or through us, it is yet…

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

 

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI Philly) is underway and we still need volunteers! 

Cooks

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI), a Tenth ministry outreach program that takes place in the neighborhoods of North Philadelphia, needs volunteer cooks to make a meal for up to 23 student participants from June 29–July 13.  To volunteer to make a meal…

 

by Vitaly Kalinovsky and Fred Klett, Pastors (left to right in photo)

Shalom!

 

About 100,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union have settled in Northeast Philadelphia.

Have you ever heard about the holiday of Shavuot, or Pentecost? This year it began the evening of June 11. Of course you have! Is this holiday important for Christians? Maybe…

 

Our Maranatha "Mission Controllers" have prayed, planned, and launched!

 

The fourth floor of the Delancey Building has become much quieter.  That's because the Maranatha 2016 summer team leaders finished their intense and energetic planning that took place here over most of June and are now at the camps, seeing if their plans are working or in need of any mid-flight corrections.

For the…

Jun 3, 2016

Maranatha Testimonies

Brief but Deep Reflections from Our Maranatha Teens

 

Most of our teens are graduating high school this year, and one is leaving to spend his senior year in the Dominican Republic as a missionary kid. We hope you are encouraged to read how God is lovingly weaving his plan in their lives.

Isaac Cedeño, 11th grade

One verse that has spoken to me recently is Proverbs 16:9, The heart of man

 

By Karen Walton, WOW co-director

 

For six weeks this spring, my two preschoolers and I attended story time at the library. We eagerly arrived to greet Miss Sue and Willie the monkey puppet. We sang songs and did finger plays and, best of all, we read books. It was a highlight of our week spending time together—with each other and new…

May 20, 2016

SMI 2016: He Makes All Things New

Medical Campus Outreach looks forward to its Summer Medical Institute

 

By Holly Favino, SMI Director

I am happy that this is my fifth year participating in the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI).

SMI is a project run by Medical Campus Outreach (a ministry of Tenth) in partnership with Esperanza Health Center (a Christian medical center in North Philadelphia). Christian medical and nursing students will live and work June 25–July 16, 2016, in the…

 

Well-trained church leaders is the most critical need throughout the global south, where the Church is growing fastest. I recently traveled to Liberia and Colombia, countries in which Tenth has long had a commitment to help equip church leaders with a strong foundation to reach their fellow citizens.

In Liberia our team of three (Elaine Pennel, Sam Kent, and I) celebrated Rock Spring Presbyterian Church’s…

Apr 1, 2016

Bruce McDowell to Preach in Colombia, South America

Sixth Latin American Reformed Theological Convention, April 4 - 9

 

Pray for Dr. Bruce McDowell as he travels to Medellin, Colombia, April 4-9 to preach at the Sixth Latin American Reformed Theological Convention, sponsored by Gospel Through Colombia (GTC).


Dr. McDowell will be speaking on Justification by Faith Alone to an expected audience of about 1,000 from not only Colombia, but Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, and the USA.

 
 

 

 

A recent update from Pastor Bruce ...

“Our team in Liberia is having a great time. Today I baptized 20 and yesterday 4. Have 2 days of pastors’ conference starting tomorrow.”

 

This was a quick aside at the end of an administrative email, which perfectly highlights Pastor Bruce’s understated attitude about his role in the Kingdom. But…

 

 

Before Dr. Bruce McDowell, Elaine Pennel and Samuel Kent left for Liberia on March 12, I had a chance to interview Bruce about the trip and what he hopes God will accomplish.

I hope you'll take 13 minutes to watch the video so that we as a church might better lift up the team before the Throne of Grace.  God has…

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Tenth's Youth Group Maranatha assisted Grace and Peace, our South Philadelphia church plant, with their summer camp for two weeks in July. They provided a day camp for ages 4-11 for the whole month. Alongside a team from the Netherlands, our teens served as counselors for different age groups and teachers of one of the classes. Following is a debrief from one of our first-time summer missions participants Ruth Walton. Ruth is starting

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach MCO, a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma. They share the love

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

The following is an email exchange between a Tenth member and William N'gafuan, pastor of Rock Spring  Church and agent for New Hope Liberia. He addresses the seriousness of the ebola outbreak in Liberia. Please be in prayer for New Hope Liberia, Rock Spring Church, and the nation of Liberia.

On Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:36 PM, Williams N'gafuan wrote:

Dear mother Elaine,

Welcome…

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This