Congregation prayed over the “Strong at Heart” team

POTTSTOWN >> Area organizations, schools and churches are coming together to embark on a youth outreach initiative that will teach children life lessons including the importance of exercise.
“Attempt something so big that unless God intervenes it’s bound to fail,” said Chaplain Mark Malizzi, of Thunder Outreach, to members of Heart of God Family Worship Center.
Malizzi came to the church as a guest Sunday to inform the congregation about a new program called Strong at Heart, which is meant to build up the community and especially impact the lives of Pottstown area youth. He said individuals representing different organizations are working together to be a blessing to children.

 

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“It’s all about our heart for the community and our heart for the children,” Malizzi said.
congregation prayed over the Strong at Heart team Sunday which includes representatives from the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL), the Pottstown YMCA, The Hill School and more. The church’s Bishop Michael Anthony blessed each of the team members that attended service Sunday.
The spark for Strong at Heart came from an idea Anthony had about a month ago. Anthony said he’s known Malizzi for seven years and they have a similar vision when it comes to the community. They both want to get past the differences everyone sees and join together for the common goal of bettering the area, he said. Anthony is a teacher’s assistant at Lincoln Elementary and was inspired to do something that would get children active this summer.
“It’s a proven fact that kids that are active do better academically,” he said.
To get children excited about exercise, the church is fundraising with a goal of donating 200 Huffy bicycles to the youth this summer. Anthony said the church had a bike giveaway last year and wanted to expand on that event this year for Strong at Heart.
Heart of God Family Worship Center, as part of the Strong at Heart mission, will help promote community events that will benefit youth. In addition to exercising, Anthony said children will learn some important character building skills such as respect, responsibility and commitment.
Anthony said the initiative will partner with The Hill School for a fitness day event. Strong at Heart will also be a part of the PAL bike rodeo this summer. PAL Executive Director Holly Kennedy said the rodeo will teach children all about bike safety. She said PAL was excited to be part of the youth initiative because they are all about the community as well.
Another youth event that Strong at Heart will promote is a bike and hike event in April. Malizzi said West-Mont Christian Academy is putting on the event as a fundraiser for their missions’ trip. He said Strong at Heart is about helping other organizations achieve their community goals. He said the initiative is creating relationships throughout the area.
“This is more like a Pottstown internet of community components starting to work together,” Malizzi said. He said those part of the initiative will come up with creative ways to impact the community. Strong at Heart will build a communication network so families will know about the events happening in the area, he said.
A website for the initiative is still being developed but will soon be ready at SAHPottstown.com. For more information about Strong at Heart, contact the Heart of God Family Worship Center at 610-327-9410.
The Mercury is engaged in a long-term effort, Fit for Life, designed to promote healthy living. In addition to articles in the newspaper and on our website, Fit for Life features a blog with recipes, health tips such as getting fit without breaking the bank and other tools all available free online. Visit the website at pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MercFit4Life and follow our efforts on Twitter @MercFit4Life.
Michilea Patterson is the Fit for Life reporter and is funded in part by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.

 

Chaplain Mark Malizzi selected Boyertown Area 2016 Citizen of the Year…

For years, Mark Malizzi has given his time and talents to the Boyertown community, operating in the background, never one to seek recognition for his efforts. “The driving factor is that for years I’ve heard people have time to complain about how bad things are in the community,” Malizzi said. “If we don’t step up to the needs in the community, it’s never going to change, despite his modesty, Malizzi’s charitable work has not gone unnoticed.

He has been selected as the , and he’ll be the special guest at the 62nd annual awards event on April 9 at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. “Mark tries to do a lot of things behind the scenes and doesn’t ask for recognition,” said Roger Lehmann, chairman of the awards committee. “I think that embodies what the citizen of the year is all about in that it typically is driven by people who try to help the community out behind the scenes. “Malizzi said he is humbled by the honor. “There’s so many people through our community that do great work to help people,” he said. “And for me to even be nominated, let alone chosen, it really touches my heart very deeply that apparently the things we’re doing in the community are making that much of a difference. “Malizzi, 51, of Douglassville, founded Thunder Outreach Ministries with his wife of 31 years, Lisa.

The ministry, which has about 20 volunteers, helped to revitalize the exterior of the Boyertown Inn at North Reading and East Philadelphia avenues. The historic building is a mainstay of Boyertown’s downtown, and Malizzi’s group helped paint the exterior and repair some of the front columns. “As people come into town, it makes them smile, it brings them back to an 1800s sort of feel,” Malizzi said of the building. “He (Malizzi) put a lot of personal time and effort into it and coordinated the volunteer efforts of all the people who assisted in it,” Lehmann said. “It certainly is a focal point of the community right there at the intersection, and it came out awesome. He did an awesome job. “Malizzi also is known in the community through his job as service director at Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown.

His work with Thunder Outreach includes partnerships with the Boyertown Salvation Army as well as numerous other nonprofit organizations throughout Berks County. And he is chaplain for Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue. “Interacting and working with them is important to me,” Malizzi said of the emergency crews.

Despite the many hats that Malizzi wears, and the many projects he has participated in, Malizzi has a much simpler outlook on what drives him to keep working in the community. “If I go down in history as being one thing, I just want to be known as somebody who cared,” he said. Contact Matt Carey: 610-371-5038 or mcarey@readingeagle.com

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

We had an awesome time last night @ the Santander Arena w/ the Reading Royals, Thrivent Financial and 5,388 crazy hockey fans

We had an awesome time last night @ the Santander Arena w/ the Reading Royals, Thrivent Financial and 5,388 crazy hockey fans! What a great way to wrap up our 2015 season! Amen?

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Now that 2015 is “in the books” we wanted to take a quick second to thank everyone involved in making 2015 a success for the Heaven’s Thunder Band! Friends (too many list)… Family (more “thank you’s” than we could ever speak)… and everyone on our team (your dedication to the big picture & what it’s all about)!!!
We had a BLAST and can’t wait for what God has in store in 2016!
HTB

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

Thunder Outreach has been honored two times from the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation

Thunder Outreach has been honored two times from the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation for
their efforts and goodwill shown to all First Responders and their families as part of the events that Thunder Outreach host.

The “Legion of Honor award for
“In recognition of service to all people regardless of race or faith”

 

The Legion of Honor “Humanitarian Award”
“Which is given in recognition of a lifetime commitment to selfless service and societal advancement that has demonstrably affected the quality of life in the community, state or nation, service without regard to faith or race.”

The selection process for this award is rigorous.

 

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Thunder Outreach receives “American Police Hall Of Fame” Awards

In 2011, Thunder Outreach was nationally recognized by the “American Police Hall of Fame” for their service and programs that positively affect and support communities and honor Police and all First Responders.

After meeting with Thunder Outreach and reviewing the programs that Thunder Outreach organizes in communities, the APHF awarded Thunder Outreach with not just one, but three National Awards!

American Police Hall of Fame Awards;

Honor Award For Public Service
This award may be issued to law enforcement officers, elected officials or citizens whose leadership skills are outstanding in reducing crime or assisting departments in volunteer activities.

Patriotism Award
This award is based on activities that promote the need to be faithful to our federal, state and local laws. It is available to police, security and citizens who support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as protect the community by public service.

Civilian Medal Of Appreciation
This award is to thank a citizen for support of law enforcement by services or an act of valor.

The Team Members of Thunder Outreach were deeply touched. Working with the Local Police, Fire, Military and First Responders has always been a core part of the faith based events that Thunder Outreach has been part of.

The heart of God and Love that he has for his people is clearly stated in the Bible about Jesus and is still the same commitment that our First Responders and Military share today.

The Bible states in John 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

We are Blessed to have people like this in our lives and Thunder Outreach will continue to show that “Love and Respect” to and for all the people and their families who “Protect and Serve” our communities everyday!