The Parma Heights Baptist Church Pavilion

I had the privilege to work with several volunteers of the Parma Heights Baptist Church, performing landscaping duties in the wooded area surrounding this beautiful Pavilion. Even though I am not a member of this church, I wanted to help in any way I could. I had been observing the progress from the initial ground breaking ceremony on October 20, 2013, to the completed dedication service on June 14, 2015. It is built in a cross shape, better seen from elevation. This natural wood structure is awe-inspiring. It is in a natural, peaceful setting. This is built on land that was once a chicken farm. I'm sure that all of the church members are very proud to have this pavilion as their outdoor sanctuary. I met Pastor Dan Barfell, who also volunteered his time, along with other faithful church members. We all shared in the chores at hand and helped one another. In just 4 hours, the perimeter was cleared of debris, wood split and stacked for use in the huge fireplace, and a walking trail was laid down with ground wood chips. There are wooden pegs that have been inscribed with church member names that are imbedded in the support structures. What a fitting tribute to these people for future generations to see. This is a structure that should last for over 100 years.  

Bob Stilwell

Retired Manufacturing Supervisor since 2008. I'm a member of the American Legion Post 703 In Parma, Ohio. Active Member of the Parma Heights Historical Society. I write Memorials for an internet group called "Find A Grave."

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:16 AM, 12.01.2015