Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give Thanks - Psalm 107:1

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Domus Nodus - New Site

Rebecca Hormann's Domus Nodus has a new site - there's still time to order her unique handmade puzzles as Christmas gifts!

Care India

Care India is an organization started by Binu John, who preached at TIF's last Sunday service.

Please visit his blog to see what is going on in Orissa, the work he is doing, and how you can help. The photos on this blog show the devastation caused by people who oppose the work that Christians are doing in this region.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Prayer Request - The Whitakers

Please pray for Machiko and Martin Whitaker, who have had a loss in their family.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

TIF Creative Art Workshop Photos

This weekend, TIF held the first of two Creative Art workshops in Tenth's catacombs. We had a great time creating artwork, talking, laughing, and sharing fellowship. One of the attendees has not yet been to a Tenth Sunday service, but walked out with some Tenth materials so hopefully that day will come in time!

Our teacher, Jesse White, explaining our writing practice. We wrote for five minutes on anything that came to mind without editing ourselves. Jesse mentioned that this is a good activity for everyone to practice daily. A few people chose to share what they wrote.

After writing, we moved on to collaging. We cut out pictures, colors, textures and shapes from magazines and decorative papers. Then we glued them in different patterns on paper, and had the option of using oil pastels to add to the design.

Though some of us weren't so sure about our creative abilities, and many of us hadn't done any artwork in a long time, we all produced beautiful, colorful works of art that everyone appreciated.

At least one of us is so gifted she had time to create two masterpieces!

Our last stop was the painting station, where we used a special kind of opaque water color paints to paint anything we wanted! Again, we all created unique works of art and enjoyed
sharing them with the group.

It was an afternoon well spent!

Join us for the next workshop, coming soon!

Creative Workshop Series
Facilitated by Jesse White
Pigeon Arts Instruction (

Holiday Card Making
Saturday, December 6th, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30th

Add a personal touch to your card giving this holiday season. Tunnel cards, collage and photo altering are some of the techniques you will explore in this workshop.

$30 per session. Fee includes all materials.

Tenth Presbyterian Church Catacombs
1701 Delancey St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact Sam Thomas to register. Email
or call 610-470-9070.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Bible

Any thinking person who reads the Bible is going to come across parts that seem confusing, disturbing, or downright offensive. With this comes a temptation to pick and choose which parts of the Bible we are going to believe or accept, and which we are going to write off as not applicable for whatever invented reason.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prayer Request - TIF Location

Please pray that TIF Sunday Services be relocated to a permanent location in the House of God.

Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims

From The Christian Science Monitor:

The global effort to build a "culture of peace" among Christians and Muslims and other faiths is gaining some momentum this month, both symbolically and substantively.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tenth Sermons (Main Service)

Here's what's been going on in Tenth's main service lately!

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Nature of God Concerning Evil

Pastor Phil Ryken's thoughts:

Philly PAWS Fundraising Workshop

From The Clay Studio:

Saturday, November 8
3 - 5 pm
Members: $50.00, Non-Members: $50.00
Register Online

Take a couple of hours to support a great animal welfare cause!

The Clay Studio – Philadelphia’s premier ceramic arts non-profit – has teamed up with PAWS – the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society - for a special fundraising event and workshop, Tasty Treats and Fancy Fare!

In this two-hour Ceramics Workshop, participants will choose from one of three made-from-clay project options and let their inner artists shine!

Project options for this canine/feline cause include:
  • Picture Frames
  • Treat Jars
  • Bowls (for water and food)
Each guest will have the opportunity to create their own ‘tasty treat’ and ‘fancy fare’ items (with an artistic flair!) for their favorite four-legged friends (or the two-legged ones who love them).

Plus, the money raised goes toward a great cause: PAWS’ lifesaving efforts on behalf of Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. And, don’t worry, our talented instructors will be on-hand to guide you along in your creative process!

Items will be fired and ready for pick up by November 29.

This Special Workshop is limited to 30 participants (10 per project).

Light fare provided by Whole Foods.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance Fall Ball

From Arthur Lim, Social Outings Coordinator for PLBD:

Greetings Fellow Dancers,

We will have our Fall Ball this Saturday, November 8th. For those of you who are new, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about this event.

What is the Fall Ball? The Fall Ball is the once-a-semester SOCIAL event on campus organized by our club, the Penn Latin & Ballroom Dance Club. It is NOT a competition or a test of how well you dance. The only thing that matters is that you are interested in dancing. This event will be a good opportunity for you to meet and socialize with others who share the same interest. We don't even care if you haven't learned how to dance yet since there will be a beginner lesson during the first hour of the ball.

Do I need a partner? NO ONE is expected to come with a partner. In the past, 99.9% of those who attended did NOT come with a partner. Try to meet as many new people as you can. Remember, this event only takes place ONCE A SEMESTER.

How should I dress for the ball? Just try to dress as nicely as possible. There is definitely no need to get a new or special outfit though.

Will there be salsa dancing at this event? Although we will definitely have salsa, bachata, and merengue dancing, we will also be playing music for the other ballroom dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot etc.) You are NOT expected to know all these dances though.

Here are the details:

What: Fall Ball

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th

Where: Houston Hall's Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce Street - Across Hospital of UPenn
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Time: FREE dance lesson from 7 PM to 8 PM
Social dancing from 8 PM to 11:30 PM

Admission: $5 with a student ID; $10 for everyone else

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Happy dancing!

Arthur Lim
Social Outings Coordinator
Penn Latin & Ballroom Dance Club

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thanksgiving with American Families

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 27th, about 3 weeks from now. Tenth International Fellowship is organizing a hosting program for Thanksgiving. Many American families have opened the doors of their homes to welcome you to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. When you register, TIF will match you to a family that most suits you.

If you are interested, please register before November 17th by writing to When you register, please fill in the questions below. Your prompt reply is greatly appreciated.
  • Full Name:
  • Gender:
  • Phone number:
  • Home address:
  • Transportation:
    (able to drive, take public transportation, or need ride)
  • Religion (if any):
  • Allergies (if any):
  • Special diet (if any):
  • Special notes:
    (pet fears, preference for family or single person, etc)
  • Name the person(s) who will accompany you (if applicable):

A Shepard Among Us

"A Shepherd Among Us", an original choral work for mass choir by Grammy-nominated composer Hannibal Lokumbe (African Portraits), will be led by J. Donald Dumpson, conductor, educator and master-keyboardist. Featuring the Clayton White Singers, Bright Hope Baptist Church's Celestial Choir, members of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, The Chancel Choir, and others.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008
Time: 06:30 PM - until
Location: Girard College, 2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

African Enterprise

African Enterprise's Prostitute Rehabilitation Program has been supported by Tenth offerings in the past. An update from the organization was posted on DMC News this afternoon.

Trip Lee: What a Believer Looks Like

Photos from Harvest 2008

These photos were taken at Harvest Crusade 2008 in Philly.

Just after the call for people to give their lives to Christ, people made their way down from the stands...

And just a few minutes later, almost 1000 people had gathered to repent of their sins and ask Jesus to come into their lives...

And the new believers rejoice in the Lord.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Answers to the Question of Sin

An interesting article by John Piper on sin.

Creative Workshop Series

Creative Workshop Series For Tenth International Fellowship

Facilitated by Jesse White, Manager and Head Educator
Pigeon Arts Instruction (

Freeing Your Creative Spirit
Saturday, November 15th, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Registration Deadline: Nov. 8th

Learn new ways to create freely through this painting, writing and collaging workshop. Whether you are in a creative block or haven’t touched a paintbrush since elementary school, this workshop will assist you in (re)discovering your creativity.

Holiday Card Making
Saturday, December 6th , 2:00 - 4:00pm
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30th

Add a personal touch to your card giving this holiday season. Tunnel cards, collage and photo altering are some of the techniques you will explore in this workshop.

$30 per session. Fee includes all materials.

Tenth Presbyterian Church Catacombs
1701 Delancey St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact Sam Thomas to register. Email
or call 610-470-9070.