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The New Vulnerable May 19 ⋅ by Gavin Lymberopoulos and Enrique Leal For decades, the Lord has steadily introduced Tenth members to vulnerable people in Philadelphia. As we are all now aware, to use a word like vulnerable is now a massive understatement. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Tenth’s immigrants and homeless neighbors lacked basic resources. As we are now more than 75 days into the lockdown, any margin these neighbors built into their life has dissolved and the relationships developed through the efforts of Tenth’s Mercy Commission and other charities are essential.

This of course is not a one-sided situation. We as church members live to serve in situations such as this—not because we want people to suffer, but because our Master gives us a deeper wisdom than the world has to offer. We know it is more blessed to give than to receive. Hopefully you are taking opportunities to lean into this blessing through your personal network. As a church, we welcome you to give to our May Project of the Month, which is focused ...
Everyone Needs Mercy Apr 28 ⋅ by Laura Layer and Phil Scribano Jesus  says that the greatest commandment is this: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.” And the second greatest commandment is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Lord tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the following question: “So, Jesus, who is my neighbor anyway?”

In t...
Changing Apr 17 ⋅ by Gavin Lymberopoulos We as a church have placed our hope in the “Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Nevertheless, because of the truly unprecedented nature of this moment, each week the pastors and ministry leaders  have spent time changing. Changing plans. Changing expectations. Changing our strategy. What has not changed is our belief that all of us need t...
Passion & Resurrection Apr 10 ⋅ by Colin Howland The immeasurable significance of Holy Week is perhaps best attested by the amount of space given to recording its events in the gospels. From the total of 89 chapters in the four gospel accounts, 29 chapters are devoted to describing what Jesus said and did from Palm Sunday to Easter. Not only this, but each gospel is composed so the reader can clearly understand that there is an inexorable mov...
Easter Development Apr 9 ⋅ by Travers Oliver In a previous Tenth Press article, we spoke about the work the Lord is doing through our Global Partners and the two relief projects we’re supporting for our 2020 Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can find it here.

In that article we distinguished between relief work and development work. Relief work provides an immediate sol...
Easter Relief Apr 7 ⋅ by Travers Oliver Each year as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter, the Global Outreach Commission seeks out beneficiaries for our annual Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). This offering is collected and distributed to those who are working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the global church in some of the harshest parts of the world.

This year we’re excited to annou...
SPEAK Mar 17 ⋅ by Ray Withers On March 3, we presented a gift of chocolates to the adult ESL student who won the contest to name the onsite ESL program. Submissions were numerous and included the following words: speak, learn English, class, program, South Philly, and community. For now, though, I need to back up.

Tenth’s Mercy Commission includes the South Philadelphia Immigrant Commi...
Unhelpful Help Mar 10 ⋅ by Kyle Mangum “‘We are in the very bowels of hell,’ I thought to myself.” So said Brian Fikkert, development economist and founder and president of the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, recalling his observation of poverty so dire that surely anything—anything at all—he could do would help alleviate the suffering of the unfortunate souls so afflicted by it. Right?
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Easter Sacrificial Offering Mar 5 ⋅ by Gavin Lymberopoulos and Travers Oliver Each year as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter, the Global Outreach Commission seeks out beneficiaries for our annual Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). This offering is collected and distributed to those who are working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the global church in some of the harshest parts of the world.

This year we’re excited to annou...

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June 2019

Within The Shadows  by Travers Oliver

The Church as Mentor   by Douglas E. Baker

A New Hope   by Karen Swoyer

Equipping the Littlest Kingdom-Bearers   by Julia P.

When Mourning Comes    by Douglas E. Baker

Outreach Partners of the Week

F and N  Week of May 5

Todd and Kathleen   Week of May 12

C and K   Week of May 19

Phil and Joy   Week of May 26

G and G   Week of June 2

Neil & Wannee   Week of June 9

Jonas & Pattie Stava   Week of June 16

Jonathan Bromhead   Week of June 23

Place of Refuge   Week of June 30

April 2019

Worthy is the Lamb!   by Colin Howland 

Easter Pancake Breakfast    by Dora Phan

Easter Sacrificial Offering   by Dan Kunkle 

Sent Out as Sheep Among Wolves   by Douglas E. Baker 

Outreach Partner of the Week

John & Lori Kempen   March 31-April 6

Rock Spring Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church    April 7-13

Forgotten Voices International   April 14-20

Merkinch Church Plant   April 21-27

Integration House   April 28-May 5

March 2019

Serving God with One Accord by Jared Cochrum 

Westminster Brass by James W. Hala 

A Window into Adult Bible School by Deryck Barson 

Have Mercy. Follow Jesus. by David Apple 

Outreach Partner of the Week

Dennis & Judy  March 3-9

Lani Shade March 10-16

Joe March 17-23

Matt & Tara M March 24-30

John and Lori Kempen March 31-April 6

January 2019

God Is at Work in Our Midst    by Megan Siegle and Pam Nothacker 

Death Becomes Us    by Douglas E. Baker

Trinitarian Comfort    by Douglas E. Baker

Tenth Women's Committee   by Earline Schmid & Phil Scribano

The Friendship Factor    by Douglas E. Baker

Becoming a Student of Culture    by Debbie Langford

Outreach Partners of the Week

Nelly Vos    January 6-12

Jon & Mary    January 13-19

S & V    January 20-26

The City School    January 27-February 2

Stuart & Meriel Cashman    February 3-9

BoonChu   February 10-16

Liviu Lepadatu    February 17-23

Harvest USA    February 24-March 2

December 2018

Incarnation Matters    by Douglas E. Baker

Comfort & Joy    by Colin Howland

Who is Jesus?    by George McFarland

Surprised Foreigners Know About It   by Gavin Lymberopoulos

Outreach Partners of the Week

    Michael & Pearl Oh  December 2-8

    AlphaCare  December 9-15

    The C Family  December 16-22

    Partner Kids  December 23-29

    Hal & Rebekah  December 30 - January 5

November 2018

Electing Nominees

Leadership in Christ's Church   by Liam Goligher

Commissional   by Liam Goligher

New Mercies   by Debbie Langford

Immigrants & Refugees   by Mim Tilton

Outreach Partners of the Week

     Todd & Kathleen  November 4-10

     Esperanza Health Center  November 11-17

     Matt & Tara  November 18-24

     John & Terri  November 25 - December 1

October 2018

Ethnicity, Arrogance, and the Call of Christ   by Carroll Wynne

A Journey to Connect   by Ray Withers

Learning to Love through Stories   by Megan Siegle

A Modern Reformation   by Douglas E. Baker

Outreach Partners of the Week:

    Omar & Jennifer Cedeño  September 30 - October 6

    Calvin & Geeta  October 7-13

    Paul & Maggie Franks  October 14-20

    Moses & Eunice Wong  October 21-27

    Koji & Marcia  October 28 - November 3

September 2018

In Perfect Faithfulness  by Dora Phan & Maranatha Students and Leaders 

A Gospel Culture on Campus  by Douglas E. Baker

Music & Discipleship  by Colin Howland

Outreach Partners of the Week:

    John & Lori Kempen  September 2-8

    Ed & Tili  September 9-15

    Norm & Alison MacKay  September 16-22

    Whosoever Gospel Mission  September 23-29

    Omar & Jennifer Cedeño  September 30 - October 6