Rally Schedule

Friday

5:30-6:30 PM Ministry Table Displays Open

6:30 PM Opening Prayer by Pastor Glenn Davis of Countryside Christian Center

Worship Ignite Choir
Leaders Rick Starrett of Silverwind and Rick Evans of the Classic Imperials

Testimony by Sol Pitchon, CEO, New Life Solutions

Keynote Address by Pastor Andy Merritt

Pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia and early pioneer of the Pregnancy Center Movement. He opened the nation’s first church sponsored Pregnancy Center & established New Beginnings Adoption Agency. Andy has also traveled nationwide assisting in the establishment and training of over 500 Pregnancy Centers.

State Representative Ed Hooper

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos

Testimony & closing by Suncoast Cathedral Outreach Pastor Tim Marshick

Saturday

8:00-9:00 AM Ministry Table Displays Open

9:00 AM Worship Ignite Choir

9:25 AM Opening Prayer and Introductions by Pastor Jerry Cisar, Gulf Coast Community Church

Reflection by Reverend Monsignor Robert F. Morris, Vicar General, Diocese of St. Petersburg

State Representative Larry Ahern

Pastor Art Dykstra, Outreach & Mission’s Pastor, Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg

Minister Reginald Hobbs, Director, Celebration of Black Life Tampa Bay

Break—Please visit ministry display tables, enjoy a complimentary snack, pick your workshops, and sign up for the free afternoon luncheon.

Workshop Break Out Sessions. Pick two to attend out of the nine available.

  • 10:30 - 11:20 AM Workshop Session 1
  • 11:30 - 12:20 PM Workshop Session 2
  • 12:30 - 2:00 PM A Special *Luncheon with David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. “How YOU Can Save Lives and Help End Abortion”

*Luncheon is free, but space is limited. Get your ticket at the information tables.


Youth Rally Schedule

Friday - 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Located in Countryside Christian Center’s Youth Room

Great music, Speakers, Skits, Pro-Life/ Pro Choice Debate, Video, & Small Group Discussions

Saturday - 10:30 – 2 PM
Located in Countryside Christian Center’s Youth Room

We encourage youth to attend the main rally presentation with their parents from 9 - 10:30 AM

Youth Workshop - 10:30 - 12:30
Life: Learn It, Love It, Live It - This exciting two-hour workshop is designed to equip students with the skills they need to become effective witnesses for life. Topics which will be covered include fetal development, general information about abortion, pro-choice myths vs. facts, and what God says about Life.

12:30 - 2 PM – Free Pizza and Fellowship - Young people are encouraged to stay while their parents are in the luncheon and enjoy fellowships and discuss how this weekend impacted them and what needs to be done going forward to energize our community and change our world.


Saturday Workshops

All 9 workshops will take place twice, so you can choose 2 different workshops to attend.

The Value of a Pregnancy Center and How to Become Involved

Pastor Andy Merritt
Keynote speaker Pastor Andy will share out of his 34 years of experience in pregnancy center ministry on the “lifesaving” difference a pregnancy center can have and the need for the Christian community to support their local pregnancy center ministry.

Starting a Pro-Life Group at your Church
Sabrina Burton Schultz, Director of Life Ministry, Diocese of St. Petersburg
Learn how your church can develop a comprehensive plan in support of life and involve more members of your congregation in life issues. This workshop will explain and offer practical examples of the four pillars of effective pro-life ministry: prayer, education, pastoral care, and advocacy.

Eugenics, Planned Parenthood and the Black Community
Minister Reggie Hobbs, Director, Celebration of Black Life Tampa Bay

This workshop will focus on abortion in the black community and the link to eugenics and Planned Parenthood. Attendees will view parts of the popular 2009 documentary, Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century. The film, which has been enthusiastically received by anti-abortion activists, argues that the modern-day prevalence of abortion among African Americans is rooted in an attempted genocide or maafa of black people.

Prayerful Presence at Abortion Facilities
Scott Mahurin and Chris Gladu, Sidewalk Counselors
You need not be a "counselor" to be the face of Christ in front of an abortion facility. This workshop is designed to help you reach out in love to the abortion-bound during their most vulnerable hour. Learn why sidewalk counseling is so important and gain some useful skills that you can immediately apply. Hear some stories of success (saved lives) and come away challenged and inspired.

Abortion Facts and Procedures
Barbara Cowne, RN; Nurse Medical Specialist, Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg and Kathy DeSanto, RN, Life Impact Network, Perinatal Comfort Care
Presentation of medical and surgical abortion facts, risks and complications and the problem of abortion due to poor perinatal diagnosis. Includes information on a ministry which assists parents of preborn children diagnosed with life-limiting medical conditions. The session includes audiovisual and written materials, statistical information and research outcomes.
From the perspective of registered nurses with combined OB/Gyn, perinatal hospice care, post-abortive healing and pregnancy resource medical clinic experience.

Legislative Advocacy
Rachel Burgin, former State Representative
Being a faithful citizen means bringing our faith and values into the public square. We are called as Christians to help build a culture of life by working to change unjust laws and policies. This session will focus on practical strategies for engaging our elected leaders on a state and national level.

Adoption: A Loving Option
Woody, LCSW, Adoptions Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg and Jennifer McKinney, Adoption Specialist, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
Adoption is frequently misunderstood by today's culture and not given its
proper place of honor and importance. This session will focus on the
myths commonly believed and the contrasting truth. The session will also
provide tips for presenting adoption to women as a positive, viable option
for life.

Do you Know Someone Hurting After Abortion?
Suzanne Howard, National Trainer, Surrendering the Secret Post-abortion Workshop and Emma Boe, Project Rachel Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg
Have you or someone that you know experienced abortion? Don’t let the shame and guilt keep you away from God’s mercy and unconditional love. This workshop will explore post-abortion healing ministry with a focus on two different healing programs available in the Tampa Bay area. Project Rachel is a national program of healing from a past abortion provided through the Catholic Church. Surrendering the Secret is an eight week healing Bible study written by local author and speaker, Pat Layton and published by LifeWay.

The Reality of Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay
Niki Cross, Founder of S.T.A.A.R. (Stop the Abuse and Rescue) Ministry, Human Trafficking Survivor
Learn the harsh reality of the human trafficking epidemic occurring globally, across the nation, and right here in the Tampa Bay area. Hear about the many ways that the community, churches and ministries are getting involved to help put an end to this in our area. Understand the painful truth of trafficking through the first-hand testimony of a local survivor and her restoration through Christ.