Friday, April 23, 2010

Vocal Artistry

On April 17, fourteen of our worship team vocalists had the opportunity to attend a fantastic day-long seminar called “Vocal Artistry”. Tim Carson, fantastic vocal instructor and vocal coach from Seattle, Washington was the presenter. His unique approach to building vocal strength, range, tone and other vocal styling’s were refreshing and challenging to say the least.

Tim Carson, from Seattle Washington

Bernice and Mandi

Christene (far left) and Jennifer (3rd from right) working on developing their “chest voice”

Jennifer, a classically trained singer being stretched as Tim seeks a contemporary tone in this exercise.

A few of our vocalists…I think they’re having a good day

More of the gang (Christene moved fast and found her way in this picture too!)

Focus on Marriage Simulcast

On February 27, Parma Heights Baptist Church hosted an incredibly meaningful marriage building event simply called, “Focus on Marriage”. Over 30 couples from our church and the community joined thousands of couples all across the country as we celebrated God’s design for commitment. This marriage strengthening simulcast tackled Christianity’s biggest challenges—empowering you and your spouse to stay faithful, committed and encouraged in your marriage. With Focus on Marriage, we received wisdom, encouragement and knowledge from leading marriage teachers such as Gary Thomas, Kirk Cameron, Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Francis Chan and Dr. Gary Chapman, all of whom have a passion for seeing marriages thrive – specifically yours! Great resources were available immediately to continue what was started at the simulcast. Pastor Dan led us in prayer following a nation-wide marriage recommitment ceremony.

Maximize Ministry

On Saturday, March 6, the First Impressions ministry launched our new “Connection Ministry”. This ministry is all about warming up the building with more people intentionally working to connect people with each other, whether it’s someone’s first visit or if they are a long-time member. This fantastic night was designed to draw people in, show them what the Connection Team does and get them excited to do their part. We were thrilled to see nearly 70 people invest a Saturday evening to see what the “Connection Ministry” is all about.
A great soup, salad and dessert supper started the evening.
Kraig showed us his passion as he laid out the vision for the Connection Team.
Annette and Pam right before the event began.
Sue and Terry shared some of the important details.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Women's Retreat 2010 - Sweet Life Cafe

The Sweet Life Cafe opened its doors this weekend to women who were hungry and thirsty for God. Ninety-five ladies gathered together on Friday and Saturday to learn about truly savoring their relationship with the Savior. We came to understand that He offers us relief from our hunger and thirst. He wants to fill us with the Bread of Life and Everlasting Water. As we came together we were able to worship His goodness and celebrate the differences He created in all of us. We laughed and cried together as we became more than just women who pass in the hallways of church, but rather friends who are walking on this journey together. In our closing session we were also called to make a difference in someone’s life by praying for them and then giving them a sweet treat we created with our own hands. It was a wonderful weekend of being refreshed!