Thank you from the Reading Fightin Phils baseball team

I wanted to thank you and everyone at Thunder Outreach and Heaven Thunder’s Band again for partnering with us for the annual First Responder Appreciation game last night. Without great partners like Thunder Outreach, it would be very tough to have the many great events and games that we have here at FirstEnergy Stadium.

It was great working with you, Lisa, and the entire crew of Heaven’s Thunder. You guys did an awesome job and I hope everyone had a great time!

If you are interested in coming out this season again for any game, feel free to let me know at any time. You and your family/friends are always welcome!

We greatly value our relationship with Thunder Outreach and look forward to working together for seasons to come!

From the Reading Fightin Phils, thank you again for your sponsorship and see you soon at the ballpark!

Sincerely,

Anthony Pignetti
Director of Business Development
Reading Fightin Phils Baseball
Proud A.A. Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies
610-375-8469 ext 223
apigneti@fightins.com

First Responder Appreciation day at GT with Thunder Outreach

THIS WILL BE A VERY POWERFUL DAY !!!
After last events with our friend Pastor Bryan, You will NOT want to miss this!!Join us as we honor our First Responders on Sunday, .Responding in the time of crisis can be difficult. Together we will explore practical steps for coming alongside people when they are facing a crisis.

10am at Kutztown (http://gtkutztown.com/)
9am & 11am at West Lawn (http://gtaog.org/)

Save the date MAY 22- 2016 and help us say Thank you to our area First Responders!

A Message of Hope
BY BRYAN KOCH on MARCH 22, 2016 IN RECENT ARTICLES

June 7th started like any other Sunday. Bryan and Lynn Koch got up and went to church, where Bryan kicked off GT’s newest series with a message honoring first responders. After church, they headed home, had a bite to eat, and then Lynn suggested they go out for a motorcycle ride. The couple headed out later that afternoon to one of their favorite spots… the Pretzel Hut in Lancaster, and chatted about life change and about the new role of grandparent that they’d be assuming later that year.

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Shortly after 6pm, Bryan and Lynn turned onto Grange Road, just minutes from home. Moments later, an SUV crossed the center line, hitting them and pinning Bryan and the bike under its front left tire, and killing Lynn. Bryan was taken by helicopter to Reading Hospital, where over the course of the next 51 days, he would undergo 19 surgeries and receive 36 units of blood while he fought for his life. Bryan’s injuries ranged from broken bones to bruising, but the worst was the amputation of his left leg.

Throughout those 51 days, Bryan’s three sons, Ben, Bryce, and Brett, along with the rest of the Koch family and GT, would wait and pray first for Bryan to pull through each procedure, and eventually, to wake up. On August 8th, his 28th wedding anniversary, Bryan finally went home from the hospital, and on Sunday, October 18th, he preached his first sermon back on the GT stage.

Unknown-4 Despite doctors’ warning him that he had a long recovery ahead and that he might be ready to be fitted for a prosthetic leg around Christmas of 2016, Bryan miraculously reached his next milestone early and was able to walk out on the stage during this year’s Christmas Eve services.

June 7th was a day that changed my life forever. Before June 7th, my testimony included a story about how I lost sight in one eye while playing minor league baseball. After June 7th, that story changed and began to include how I lost my leg and my wife while doing one of the things I enjoyed most…riding my motorcycle.

When I returned to GT on October 18th, I preached the closing message in our fall series, “EPIC.” The series had been planned long before the accident and it just so happened that the closing message would focus on the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Here they were, the entire nation of Israel, at the foot of the Red Sea with the Egyptian army close behind. They where between a rock and a hard place. And what does God do? He parts the sea, and they walk right through.

Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!
If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it. All we need to do is remember what
God did in our past, look for God in our present, and trust God with our future. – Psalm 77:19

Fast forward a bit and you’ll find those same Israelites wandering around in the hot, dry desert, complaining that God hasn’t delivered them into the Promised Land, forgetting God’s past provision. The problem is, they were living in the future instead of seeking God in their present. They couldn’t be patient and wait for God’s plan to unfold, and like the psalmist says in Psalm 106, “but soon they forgot what He had done and did not wait for His plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test.”

The Israelites learned the power of forgetting and the problem with sameness. When you’re in a difficult season, it’s all too easy to focus on your circumstances and what’s happening right now. Trust me, I know! The past seven months have undoubtedly been some of the hardest I’ve ever been through. Facing the birth of our first grandson without Lynn, and then going through the holidays without her was hard. And it could have been easy to wonder where God is in all of this.

But there’s importance in remembering, when you’re walking in the deepest of valleys, the things that God has done in your past. And there’s hope and joy in seeking out the ways God is working in your present pain. If biblical hope is confident expectation and biblical joy is intentional, incarnational, and eternal, then being hopeful and joyful in hard circumstances is a choice. We wake up each day and have to make the choice to find hope and joy in the ways God is working in the present, because whether we can see it or not, He has already made a way through it.

Haba Na Haba

There’s a Swahili proverb that uses the phrase “Haba Na Haba,” which translates to “little by little” and has become something of a motto for me through these past few months. In times of blinding pain and grief, in times of great difficulty, when we reach those hard places, God brings us through. We might not see the big picture and we might not know the path, but little by little, He guides us.

Our Theme for 2016 is:

“Blessing those who Protect and Service our Communities”

We will personally be at Glad Tidings Church in Reading Pa. for 2 special morning services at 9 and 11 for “First Responders Appreciation Sunday” .

Plus if your are a First Responder, We are asking you to bring your teams Fire truck or Police car if you can, and feel free to come in uniform if you like so we can properly Thank you !

and please Pass this on to all the First Responders and their families also! We want to FILL the place and say Thank you in a BIG WAY !!! 🙂

After each service we will have a table set up for you to visit with us and pick up your free tickets to the Special Reading Phils game.

Go to www.thunderoutreach.com for more info!

See you there !!! God Bless

 

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On behalf of the Reading Royals, I want to thank Thunder Outreach and Heaven’s Thunder band

On behalf of the Reading Royals, I want to thank Thunder Outreach and Heaven’s Thunder band for their unwavering support and generosity to not only our organization, but the community as a whole. Their members have been extremely considerate and supportive throughout every event we have planned together. They are extremely easy to work with and are always looking to make things bigger and better in the future. We look forward to their many years of ongoing support, and we cannot wait to hear their great music at a Reading Royals game again next season!

Thanks again for everything you do!

Dakota Procyk
Reading Royals

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Reading Fightin Phils Baseball enjoys working with Thunder Outreach…

“I’ve worked with Mark Malizzi and Thunder Outreach for the last 4 seasons on various events at the ballpark, such as our annual First Responder Appreciation Day. Mark has been an excellent spokesperson for First Responders in the Tri-County Area and through his partnership with the Fightin Phils, thousands of local First Responders have been able to enjoy a wonderful family day at the ballpark each year! During the game, area First Responders are recognized for all the great work they provide in our community! Through Thunder Outreach, Mark Malizzi has been able to provide wonderful events and outreach to local organizations and charities and has been a great partner of the Fightin Phils that we hope to work together with for seasons to come!”  – Anthony Pignetti, Director of Business Development, Reading Fightin Phils Baseball

 

Anthony Pignetti

Director of Business Development

Reading Fightin Phils Baseball

Proud A.A. Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies

610-375-8469 ext 223

apignetti@fightins.com

 

The Reading Fightin Phils’ FirstEnergy Stadium has been named:

  • # 1 Minor League Baseball destination in all of Pennsylvania – Stadium Journey
  • Third-best Minor League Ballpark in the United States – USA TODAY Travel Media
  • America’s # 1 Classic Ballpark in all of the Minor Leagues – Baseball America
  • Best Ballpark in the Minor Leagues – digitalballparks.com

2016 Booking for Heaven’s Thunder

Heaven's ThunderIf you are interested in partnering with Heaven’s Thunder, or if you know of someone who is, please contact us BETWEEN NOW and MAY 31, 2016!

Have you been to a Heaven’s Thunder event and gotten a taste of what God is doing? Have you enjoyed what you experienced and want to share it with others? Do you believe it is our duty, as believers, to take the message of God’s never-ending love OUTSIDE the 4 walls of the church and into the world so that others can experience the life changing power of God’s love? Here’s how you can help…

If you are part of a local church, outreach group, life-impacting ministry, or any other faith-based organization that hosts events with this same purpose in mind, please contact us! Whether you are looking for a high-energy Christian concert or a night of deep worship, Heaven’s Thunder would LOVE to be a part of your event!

If you are interested in partnering with Heaven’s Thunder, or if you know of someone who is, please contact us BETWEEN NOW and MAY 31, 2016 so we can…

WORK TOGETHER IN 2016!

Call Keith Morris
484-336-0647

e-mail to heavensthunderband@gmail.com

God Bless!

First Responder Registration link for your FREE Game tickets!

First Responders Appreciation Day with the Reading Phillies

Save the Date! July 24 First Responder day at the ball park is even BIGGER than ever!
We will have 6000 FREE tickets to give out to all our area First Responders and Families!

 We will have 6000 FREE tickets to give out to all our area First Responders and Families!

( Please contact us by Clicking on this link by July 10 to get your FREE Tickets!! )

A Simple day of saying Thank you to all who Protect and Serve our communities!

Stay tuned for more updates!


 Thank you to our Co-Sponsors:
~VF Outlet Center in Reading~
~Berks Fire and Water Restorations of Reading~
~Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown~
~ Blue Knights Chapter IV of Reading !!~
~Everything Postal~
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!! Wow this is Awesome !!!!
and We just want to say Thank you !!!!

Thank you Thrivent Financial for your support!

We are so Excited to have our new friends from Thrivent Financial in Boyertown Pa. join our Outreach family.  If you are a Thrivent Member you will soon be able to allocate from your Thrivent program directly to our 501c3 charity Thunder Outreach Ministries!

We love what they stand for!   Relationship with a Kingdom of Heaven heart!

Check this out:

THE THRIVENT WAY
Our mission statement guides us in all we do.

We are a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners.

Our purpose is to serve our members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

We believe that all we have is a gift from God and that generosity is an expression of faith.

We succeed when our members, their families and their communities thrive.

We value our relationships, so we will: Be trustworthy in character and competence, and Act like owners and treat each other as owners, and Live balanced and generous lives.

 

please contact them @ 610-367-1904
Thrivent Financial
11 E Philadelphia Avenue
Boyertown Pa. 19512

Thrivent.com

 

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Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Group Chapter IV Supports Thunder Outreach’s First Responder Appreciation Events

As the Blue Knights PA IV Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, we embrace and encourage opportunities to thank our regions First Responders….

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We encourage the commitment and caring of programs like Thunder Outreach, who take this responsibility of thanking our area First Responders also very seriously.

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We would like to encourage all communities, schools, public programs and citizens of Berks County to support and embrace the 2014 First Responders Appreciation Events and Programs, hosted by Thunder Outreach.

Encouraging our youth and community to honor, appreciate and invest in our First Responders.Sincerely,

Det. Brian Horner
President
Blue Knights PA IV

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 Reading, PA. endorses Thunder Outreach events

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 represents all active and retired Police Officers in the City of Reading….
These Officers proudly serve the community with their heart and soul and rarely, if ever, ask for a thank you.

Whenever a program like Thunder Outreach takes the time to set up community events dedicated to thanking Police, Fire and EMS First Responders, FOP Lodge #9 takes notice.

We encourage everyone support the 2014 First Responders Appreciation Events and Porgrams sponsored by Thunder Outreach.

Thank You,

Gregory Zawilla
President FOP Lodge #9

Morning Star Fellowship partnering with Thunder Outreach

What started at Morning Star Fellowship as a simple Bible Study group community outreach in 2004, has grown and has events that have reached the hearts and souls of Thousands of people…….

As Pastor Steve DeFrain has spoken into our lives to “Find out what God has CALLED us to do and then Do it” , we have heard that teaching and has seen what God can do when we reach out to others and share that same love that has been poured out into our lives.

We are to be the “Salt and Light” in our families and our communities as the faith we have in Christ shines in our lives.  The Bible states “Faith without works is dead, which means we can not just know about the bible and all the teachings, It must be shown with the works in our lives that match the teaching.

That is just what Morning Star and Thunder Outreach team members do with these mission events and Outreach Projects!  Share the Love of Jesus Christ!  Pastor Steve and the whole Leadership team at Morning Star are excited to work with Thunder Outreach in support of this call to be a blessing to our area First Responders!

Please join with us on June 12 at Morning Star Fellowship for First Responder Appreciation Sunday event!