Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Celebrations

Our Youth Ministry, like so many years in the past, took an opportunity to share the joy of Christ through song at a local retirement home.  We had a blast sharing and singing Christmas Carols.  We also passed along some of the Christmas cheer with gift donation - giving presents to boys and girls who otherwise might not have anything this season.

The rest of the evening was spent laughing and playing as we enjoyed our annual Christmas Party, including an ugly sweater contest.  What fun.

Word of Life Superbowl Outreach

In November our Youth Ministry had a fantastic evening of fun and outreach at the Word of Life Superbowl.    Our teens invited their friend to join us for an all night of extreme excitement.  We enjoyed a Monsters Hockey Game, followed by an amazing youth rally on the ice with games, raffles, contests, and give-aways.  The Gospel was presented in a powerful way, and many responded to the invitation to make Christ their Lord and Savior.  This was followed by a pizza party and hours of bowling, inflatables, sports, and games.

Christian College Tour

Choosing the right college is a difficult decision for many of our teens.  There are many good options.  However, private Christian Universities don't often have the same exposure with our students.  As our teens move away from home and venture out into life on they own, it's important that they pursue God as they pursue their education and vocation.  That's why each year we take our upperclassmen on a Christian College Tour.  This give them the chance to checkout schools that will work hard to balance academics and spiritual formation.

This year we visited Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Cedarville University, Taylor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Moody Bible Institute, and Wheaton College.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cans for Good

On Sunday, November 4th, PHBC's Youth Ministry turned trick-or-treat into an opportunity to bless those less fortunate.  Teens went out to their neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items.  The food items were counted, sorted and then donated to the PHBC Food Pantry and  local food pantries.  This annual food drive has provided for many local families in need.  We were able to collect over 1200 non-perishable food items!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Community Thanksgiving Meal

Over 300 people from our church family helped to put on a meal for the people of our community last Thursday night. That number includes those who baked pies, parked cars, greeted guests at the door, cooked the food, served the meal, and those who ate at the table with the guests. Thank you for your response to serve others in Jesus' name. Over 250 people from outside of our church came to have a Thanksgiving meal served to them in an atmosphere where the love of God was permeating every square inch of the entire PHBC campus. It was a very successful and productive outreach. Many bridges of friendship were built that will have lasting impact as we continue to reach out to our mission field.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Not a Fan 3 Minute Trailer

Not a Fan - coming to Parma Height Baptist Church beginning October 14.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

We were blessed to be the Cleveland Host Church for the James MacDonald Vertical Church Tour on September 14, 2012.  PHBC was buzzing with activity as the Vertical Church Tour team and our own team of volunteers prepared to greet over 700 people who came and were challenged to focus wholeheartedly on God's Word and our relationship with HIM. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Youth Mission Trip 2012 Days 3-4

The week is flying by! We are making significant progress at each of our work sites.  We’re also building relationships with and loving on the kids at the day camps for the disabled.  It has been exciting to see how God is working both in and through us. 

Yesterday after another hard day’s work, the group had the night off, so we went to a nearby state park. We spent some time down by the beach swimming and recreating, grilled up some perfect burgers, and ended the night with meaningful sharing and an outdoor worship session.

Our youth has connected well with the other church groups sharing LifeStream with us for the week. And our Worship Team has been phenomenal at leading both the morning and evening programs.

One of our youth crews is spending the week at an animal shelter. The woman who runs the shelter is Beth. The crew members who have spent the week with her will have plenty of stories to share about this incredible person. They spend their days doing anything that needs to be done, especially the dirty work of cleaning up after all those adorable animals.

The teens have had a chance to see the James passage in action. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (v.17) Jesus is the life – the guarantee of what is to come and the sustainer of the faith we live by now.

Pray for our team: that they would have energy to finish strong and that they would look for God to work. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Youth Mission Trip 2012 Day 2

We are finally here! After months of planning and praying our group made it safely on Sunday afternoon to the beautiful area of Botavia, a small city outside of Cincinnati. LifeStream Christian Church is our base of operations. The amenities are simple, a stretch from what most of us are used to back home. But spirits are high and the group has exhibited a mature attitude of willingness every step of the way.
The mission team of 34 was divided among a number of smaller crews, which were then assigned to roughly half-a-dozen local ministries. Two of the largest assignments were Stepping Stones and Matthew 25 ministries. Stepping Stones is a day camp for disabled children. Each worker was assigned to an individual camper to spend the day with. Their activities included water games, board games, dance parties, boating, fishing, and valuable one-on-one conversations.
Another handful of crews spent the day at Matthew 25 ministries. Matthew 25 takes in donations of everything from clothes to household supplies and sends them to groups in need all over the world. Our teams spent the day stuffing pillows and mixing paint. These options allowed our team members to connect with other students from around the country as well as a chance to get messy.  
Before the trip every member of the team was asked to memorize James 2:14-19. This short passage discusses the relationship between faith and works. It begins as such, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?” Every member on this team at one point in their lives has made a claim to faith in Christ. Week of Hope asks the same question as James, what good is a motionless faith? Pray this week that as our teens move their bodies, God will move their hearts.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Youth Mission Trip 2012 Day 1

We arrived safely in Cincinnati. More to follow as internet connection allows. (No easy access.)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Parent Page 2012-03-26

Hello Parents,
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s true.  I’m having so much fun with your teens – watching them grow and mature. I have great respect for you as you take on the hard work and responsibility of “bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) Our Youth Ministry strives to help you with this. To that end, here are some details on upcoming programs and events that I believe will help them continue to find and follow Jesus Christ.
Wednesday April 4 & 11 – No Youth Group or Family Night (Easter Break)
· Come ready to serve! We will be serving both the local community and our church ministries.
· Bring work gloves and a bagged lunch.
· Upcoming 7th graders and their parents are invited to join us for games, a cookout, and an introduction and overview of our Youth Ministry. (Time and place TBA in a future mailing.)
· This will be an opportunity to meet our Youth Pastor, Youth Leaders, some of our current students, and to ask questions.
Graduation Sundays
· We will honor our Seniors during the 11 am service on Sunday, June 10th.
Seniors are to submit the following by email to by Sunday, May 6th:
Personal Information Update: (As you want it to appear in these programs)
Full name
School you’re graduating from
Post-graduation plans (as best you know – i.e. work, college/university, anticipated major, etc.)
Several (5-7) clear pictures of yourself (digital files are strongly preferred, but prints are acceptable, and will be returned)
Senior pictures and headshots are great
· A special Sunday School Celebration will be held during the 9:30 youth service on Sunday, June 17th.
· Parents and teens can serve in a variety of positions, including coaches, assistant coaches, and blue shirt workers
· For more information go to or contact Pastor Jeff to sign up to help at
· There’s still time to get deposits in before the Early-Bird deadline of 3/29.
· Word of life Island is located in Schroon Lake, NY, in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, approximately 10 hours away.
· This camp offers some of the best available activities, camper care and supervision, and spiritual growth opportunities.
· This will be a week of excitement, fun, team competitions, sports tournaments, hilarious and impacting skits, swimming, tubing, engaging Bible study, and much more.
· Camp costs $329, including a $75 deposit due by 3/29 ($359 after 3/29)
Fundraising will help defray costs – including our annual Spaghetti Dinner on 4/29
Scholarships may be available (contact Pastor Dan Adams for more info)
Waiver and Camp Health Forms can be downloaded from
Final payment and forms must be turned in by 6/3
· More information can be found at and
Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 – Vacation Bible School
· VBS is a week of fun, not just for the kids, but for the workers as well
· Nearly everyone can find a place to serve – contact Pam Scott for more info at
· Applications are still being accepted, but are due ASAP!
· If you’re interested in chaperoning, please contact me ASAP.
· Bakers for the Dessert Auction & Workers for the Dinner are needed – contact PD to volunteer.
· Cost for the trip is projected at $300, including a $25 deposit due with application.
Important Dates:
4/22      Training #1
4/28      Spaghetti Dinner Setup 9 am – 12 pm
4/29      Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
5/27      Training #2
6/10      Training #3 (date change)
7/15      Training #4
7/22      Leave from PHBC for Cincinnati, mid-morning
7/27      Return to PHBC – approximately 11 pm
· More information can be found at and
I realize that this letter is full of information and details – but I want to make sure you and your teens have every chance to take full advantage of these opportunities.  More information will be coming your way through the Pulse and email as each event approaches. As always, updated information is posted at Please let me know if we can help with any of these events, or assist you and your teen in growing closer to Christ.
I’m praying for you and your family!
Dan Adams
Pastor of Student Ministries
(440) 886-6100 Ext. 108

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 Deacon Retreat

The Pastors and Deacons prepared 300 sandwiches and salads.

Serving the Men.

On February 4, the deacons set aside the day for their annual leadership retreat.  The day was focused on discipleship. Besides meeting at the church to work and develop a focused model of discipleship, they spent a good part of the day putting their faith into action by preparing and serving a meal at a men’s shelter in Cleveland.  It was a blessing to serve and talk with many of the 200 men at the shelter that day.