Artist's vision of the proposed pavilion at Parma Heights Baptist Church

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Clearing the Way!

Have you checked out the woods by the Family Life Center lately?

Changes have been happening!

Pam Scott reports that fifty trees were taken down on the plot of ground where the pavilion will be built. The trees were cut up for firewood and debris was cleared away. John Combs and some youth volunteers came through and helped with hauling and clearing. Plus, a team of people went into the house sitting on the property and got some major ridding out done.

If you can get through all the snow that's been falling lately, try to stop over and take a look. It may be gloomy and cold and wet over there right now, but just think about what that part of the property will look like this spring and summer -- it's not too soon to get excited!

Monday, October 21, 2013

In God's Timing: Groundbreaking!

Temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s on Sunday, October 20th, didn't discourage those who gathered outside the Family Life Center, facing the woods where yellow tape and stakes marked the approximate location and dimensions of the future pavilion.

Pastor Kraig provided music during the time between the end of the second service and the beginning of the groundbreaking. Pastor Dan greeted those who braved the breeze and chilly air to come out and participate in this moment in the history of our church family.

Moorman Scott spoke briefly on the dream and the process that led to finally being able to ceremonially
break ground, and gave credit to those who were part of the effort. Then Carl Guenther spoke on the vision that originally brought the founding families of PHBC to this parcel of land in Parma Heights, where there was nothing but fields and chicken coops, and a small school building far in the distance.

Next, Mayor Michael Byrne stepped up and greeted church members and read a proclamation in honor of the event.

He was followed by a succession of members of the church, representing different groups, turning ceremonial shovels of dirt:

Representative for Children: Cameron Fiest

Representative for Youth: Daniel Hickey

Representative for Young Adults: Keith Pech

Representative for Adults: Jeff Hemme

Representative for Charter Members: Eleanor Maslanich

With the time for the third service quickly approaching and the temperatures dropping while the breeze picked up, the service ended with prayers of dedication led by Ron Nelson, Pam Scott and Pastor Dan.

If you haven't had a chance to step over to the far side of our property and see the place marked out for the pavilion, please do so. And remember to keep praying for this new ministry tool. Great things are about to happen!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rounding Third and Heading for ... Groundbreaking!

Good news!

Specific dates and times have not been set, but word has come that the contracts will be signed soon, and groundbreaking should take place some time after that.

Thank you, to everyone who has been praying for the pavilion project and who have been faithfully contributing to the fund.

Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for continuing to believe even when innumerable little delays kept getting in the way.

Don't forget to check out the model, which seems to have "landed" in the glass walkway.

Keep an eye out for the model of the fireplace that sits in the children's Sunday school hallway, and serves as a bank to hold all the nickels, dimes and quarters the children contribute to the campaign.

Keep your calendars open, and join us for the groundbreaking ceremony -- whenever the official date and time is chosen. It's sure to be a time of celebration.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Come Together -- In Prayer

The Prayer Leadership Team has developed a 31-Day Pavilion Prayer Guide to use as you pray for the PHBC Pavilion and Property Campaign. Printed copies are available on the literature shelf. Please look for it going into or out of the sanctuary, and join with us in prayer for the pavilion, the property acquisition, and all the future ministry uses of the pavilion.


Have you gone down the Sunday School hallway lately, and seen the fireplace bank? It's in the A Hallway, near the parlor doors. Check it out, and encourage the children as they bring their contributions for the campaign every week. Let's see how many times we can fill the bank before the end of the campaign!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Coming to a Growth Group Near You!

We're having a road trip.

Well, actually, the MODEL of the Pavilion is going on a little road trip.

Starting after Easter -- which means now -- the model will be moved from the Welcome Center to a
different classroom every week. So you'll get a chance to see up-close-and-personal what we're working on. Check out the details. Start envisioning what YOUR class or Bible study group can do in the Pavilion in the years to come.

Plan on going to the Church Office to ask about reserving a date for your social event, as soon as they start taking reservations. Just in case....

This could be the "in" spot as soon as the cement is dry, and you don't want to miss out on your chance to enjoy fellowship and activities in the open air.


Progress update: The Committee is in the process of pricing building materials. Check in at the Church Office and ask about volunteering any skill you have, to help out once we've broken ground and started building.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Calling All Kids!

Have you checked out the fireplace bank in the Sunday School wing hallway?

It's waiting for you to stop by and visit and drop in your contribution to the pavilion campaign.

How long do you think it will take to fill it up?

How many times do you think we can fill it up before the pavilion is built?

Let's find out!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Photo Gallery

 If you haven't had a chance to see out the model of the proposed pavilion, here are some inside views, to give you an idea of what it will be like when the real thing is built and ready for use on our property!

Look very carefully at these pictures.

Can you find the picture of our Minister to Children somewhere inside the pavilion?

She's there. Make sure you're there when the pavilion is built, ready to have fun at Sports Camp, VBS, picnics, Bible studies, marshmallow roasts and other activities.

Are you getting excited for all the great social events possible in the months and years ahead of us?

Come to the Welcome Center by the choir room to check out the real thing!

The model of the pavilion fireplace is now available in the Sunday School hallway for the children to deposit their donations for the pavilion campaign. It will be sitting against the wall in the T-intersection outside the parlor doors. Even if you're not a child, come check it out! The builders did a great job on it, and we thank them very much for their hard work and contribution to the campaign.

While we can't announce yet the finalized purchase of the property where the pavilion will be built, we are pleased to say that the process is moving forward. It won't be long now!

Also, the building plans are several steps closer to completion.

Stay tuned here for more updates as they come through. And keep praying!