With GTD's table sponsorships and attendance unexpectedly doubling for our annual fund raiser banquet this year, I quickly fell behind on posting these thank you posts to our generous and kind table sponsors, so this week I plan to finally get caught up! Please forgive me for taking so long.
Thank you so much to the G.A.P. (Graduates and Professionals) small group of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks for your table sponsorship and for your presence at the banquet. We loved seeing you and appreciate your support. Mark Routman, Melissa Routman, Tara Yopp, Todd Baker-Rooney, Tom Livingstone Jr., Jenna Maura, Luigi Santoro and Rachael Cannaday
A special thanks to Bob and Kathy Powell for your sponsorship at GTD's Annual Banquet and for your love and support of this ministry. You and your family have been a special blessing to us!
Monday, November 30, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday begins we were able to mail out 20 gift packages and about 50 thank you notes this morning to some of our awesome supporters. It's so appropriate that we celebrate Thanksgiving this week as we have so much to be thankful for :). Now on to a 5 day family vacation in Orlando. We will pick back up on our mailout on Monday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
WE ARE SO THANKFUL TO HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK!! This is a portion of the thank you notes & donation gift packages that we've been working on for the past 5 days. It takes a village to raise up a ministry, and we want to thank each and everyone of "our villagers" so much. God bless you all!
(PS: I've got to say that I'm so proud of how hard Laurie has worked on the actual banquet and now the thank you mailout. Absolutely impressive!)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
We had an OUTSTANDING night last night with over 200 of the most thoughtful, loving, and generous people on the planet as we celebrated 19 years of ministry. The representation for Jesus and the level of encouragement was second to none. We are touched and blown away if anyone would ever spend one minute or invest one dollar in our lives or the life of this ministry. We are humbled, thankful, and unworthy of the gracious words that were spoken on behalf of us & GTD. We are full of gratitude for the amazing volunteers, the wonderful attendees, the phenomenal speakers, and the magnanimous donors that made last night a God-awesome cherished event that will never be forgotten. There are some nights that you just don't want to end. Last night was one of those nights. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so special! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much! We will announce the final results of the total amount raised later today. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
One of them will match dollar-for-dollar every one-time donation to GTD up to $6000!!
The second will match dollar-for-dollar every dollar pledged per month to GTD up to $500 for the next 12 months ($500 x 12 mths = $6000)!!
That means that every dollar you donate becomes 2 dollars... $10 becomes $20... $50 becomes $100... $1000 becomes $2000... $6000 becomes $12,000!!!
If you pledge $25/mth to GTD for the next 12 months they will also pledge $25/mth for the next 12 months. Your $25 monthly pledge becomes $50 monthly pledges. If you pledge $100 they will match it and pledge $100... all the way up to $500 cumulatively.
THAT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! THIS CHALLENGE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO EQUAL $24,000 IN TOTAL DONATIONS TODAY!!!
This offer is for TODAY and will end tonight shortly after our Annual Banquet concludes. We need your help in order to meet this challenge. Will you consider making a one-time donation or monthly pledge to GTD (or both!) today??? This is a great way to double your impact in a ministry that God is using to impact lives!
To make a one-time donation and/or a monthly pledge to GTD click on the links below (or email us or message me the amount you are mailing in or pledging).
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!
One-Time Donations click here | Monthly Pledges click here | Email OR Contact Us here
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Monday, November 16, 2015
Rebuilding The Walls of GTD continues on!! Our work continues on as we prepare for the next 20 years of ministry. We are looking forward to sharing all the updates, developments, and future vision with our awesome attendees at GTD's Annual Banquet tomorrow night!!
With 1 day remaining until our biggest event of the year (our Annual Banquet) we have over 215 RSVPs (and counting). That's a new record!!! We are elated, thrilled, humbled, floored, blown away... In fact, we keep running out of adjectives to describe our profound affection for anyone & everyone who would take time out of their busy schedule on a weeknight and get all dressed up to come be a part of our special night. We thank God for each of you and we give God all the glory as we know He is the source. God is up to somethings BIG! It's an exciting time yo be a part of GTD! #THRiVE
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Thank you so much to our friends Lindsay McCormick and Dennis Mccormick for their partnership in ministry over the years. The two of you have been such a great blessing and we appreciate your involvement with GTD. We love you guys!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
BANQUET GUEST SPEAKERS! We are so honored to have the following phenomenal people speaking on behalf of GTD this Tuesday night:
Pathways' Pastor - Dustin LaChance
Landry Academy Administrator - Jen Brown Henriksen
Pathways' Pastor & Dynamic Duo - Jeff & Charlene Iskra
and 12-Year-Old GTD Jr Adventure Volunteer - Garrett Kline
Our profound thanks to these wonderful people for sharing how God used GTD to impact their lives and the lives of their groups. We can't wait!
Don't miss out on all the fun & inspiration! Only 13 seats remain!! We have 8 free tickets available through a very generous table sponsor.
RSVP here | Banquet Details here
Thank you to our long time friends and Ministry Supporters JC and Janessa Jannarone for their Table Sponsorship. To know you both were part of the early years of GTD and still have such a love and belief towards this ministry touches our hearts! Thank you for your friendship and support. We love you guys!
Friday, November 13, 2015
To our dear friends and ministry supporters, we can't even put into words how blessed we are feeling these last few days. We've run out of adjectives to describe our gratefulness for your generosity and support leading into the banquet. We are jaw dropped with each table sponsorship, every person who R.S.V.P.s and signs up as a Monthly Ministry Partner or makes a one time donation! We feel your love and are so thankful for your belief in this ministry. Thank you...and we still have 4 more days to go!
200! 200! 200! We've come close, but we have never broken into the 200 level of attendees at our Annual Banquet. With only 4 days remaining we are within 30 RSVPs of breaking our attendance record and crossing over into the land of 200's. The momentum is there. Everyday another cluster of people sign up to come. It has been all God! Our "Save The Dates" were emailed out only 18 days ago. We didn't mail out invitations and opted just to email and Facebook our invites. But the response has been overwhelming in every positive sense of the word. There are times in life when you can clearly see the hand of God strongly supporting you. This is one of those times. So we want to let you know that we have a few seats left at our Annual Banquet and we would love for you to be there. It's always a fun, delicious, and inspiring night! Click on the link below for details and to RSVP. We have another 16 free tickets provided for by our wonderful table sponsors! Come be a part of something God sized!
"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." - 2 Chronicles 16:9
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park has sponsored a table for GTD's Annual Banquet! We are so honored to have an organization like them to help make our banquet a great success! Thank you for your commitment to making this world and community a better place....one child at a time! http://pinellasparkkiwanis.org/
This made my day today when I stopped by the Wilt's home to drop off my dress for the banquet to have it taken in. Bill and Sharon are two of GTD's Ministry Partners who have been part of the ministry longer than I have! Bill really loved seeing the GTD truck we drive and so I suggested he jump on in and get a feel for it! They both just loved it! He sat in the seat, kicked the tires, looked under the hood and checked out all it's bells and whistles. To me, it was so cool to share it with them and the story on how the truck was donated to our ministry after both of our vehicles had broken down about 5 years ago. Can you imagine, a truck....picked out and donated to your ministry??? Seriously, how blessed were we to have received such a priceless gift considering we are a mobile ministry and without a vehicle there would be no GTD! This truck is one of our most important pieces of equipment needed to run the ministry and we are so grateful to the incredible couple who saw a need and had it met. We are beyond humbled to receive such a gift. Thank you to the Wilts for allowing me to share the story of this blessing with you today and for your great enthusiasm. Also, thank you to our amazing friends who have helped make the last 5 years of ministry possible by donating the truck! This ministry truly is a team effort with those who have partnered with us through the years!
GTD Infusion Bottles, Water Bottles, Coffee Mugs, Wristbands, Reusable Bags... Our participants, supporters, and ministry partners have been asking for these things for a long time. Now we've got them!
Come to the GTD Annual Banquet and see how you can get your hands on some of these!
Seats are quickly filling up! Reserve your spot today!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
With a Pastor this fun, you know the church has to be awesome!! Check out all the pictures from our Father & Son Retreat last weekend with Tampa Covenant Church. Click here to see all the pictures.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Thank you to Dana & Martha Ward, owners of Real Estate Closing Solutions for being a major donor & table sponsor for GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet this year! From the bottom of our hearts, we deeply appreciate your strong support and belief in what we do. Your kindness, encouragement and generosity year after year has made a significant impact in our ministry. Thank you so much for investing in GTD!
Monday, November 9, 2015
Thank you to our #2 Table Sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous! This is a person who has blessed GTD in many ways year after year and who has participated in some really great events with us like Swamp Thang and our Costa Rica Missions project! We are so grateful for your friendship and heart for this ministry! Thank you very much!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Thank you to Ann & Jerry Garner for sponsoring 2 tables for GTD's Annual Fundraiser Banquet! Margaret Ann and Jerry are Doug's parents who are two of GTD's biggest supporters. For all they do and continue to do to support us and this ministry the words thank you do not seem to be enough and yet all we can do is say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, we love you both! /// If you'd like to sponsor a table for our 2015 Annual Fundraiser Banquet or would like to make a donation to GTD to help support the work we do, you can do so on the GTD BULLHORN BANQUET LINK.
Thank you to the Henriksen Family for being our first Table Sponsor of 2015! We are so thankful for your friendship and partnership in ministry. Just think, this time last year, we didn't even know one another, but God had a beautiful plan to bring us together for bigger things! We love you guys!
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
True humility is the realization that we can't do anything apart from Jesus. The created are dependent upon The Creator. It's somewhat like a corded lamp that can't shine apart from being plugged into a power source. The lamp can exist apart from the power source, but it can't shine or ever reach the potential it was designed for. When we embrace the reality of our need for God and our actual dependence upon God then everything changes. It drives every decision we make. And it especially drives our prayer life. Prayer is the cord on the lamp, but humility is what moves the cord to plug into the power source. When we realize our dependency upon our Creator then we realize our need to plug into Him. At that point we start transforming from survivors to thrivers! Our lights begin to shine brighter & brighter. And we begin to live out our designed potential. It's a beautiful thing! We were designed to bear much fruit. We were designed to flourish. We were designed to thrive! But it all starts with humility. #THRiVE
Monday, November 2, 2015
They reflect the newer locations we are travelling to as well as our brand new THRiVE campaign that kicks off at our Annual Banquet on Nov 17th!!
GTD continues to grow each year! (Praise Jesus!) We've got a lot of exciting news, swag, and events to unveil Tuesday night Nov 17th at the Largo Cultural Center. PLAN TO JOIN US FOR AN AMAZING NIGHT!
Click here for details.