Dear Pastor or Leader,
Since 1973 over 57 million innocent lives have been lost to legalized abortion in the United States. Florida has the third highest abortion rate in the United States, with over 75,000 lives lost every year. The Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally is a two-day community event aimed at bringing community awareness, education, and a call to action for everyone to stand together for life.
The rally planning committee is comprised of Evangelical and Catholic volunteers already actively working in the pro-life community. All are committed to this cause and none profit financially from their work on the committee. Many of these volunteers are financial contributors themselves.
Our efforts are to unify area Pro-Life organizations, mobilize churches, and extend a pro-life message to the greater Tampa Bay area. It provides a forum for networking between area pregnancy centers, adoption agencies, maternity homes, sidewalk counselors, and other life affirming ministries. The rally serves to empower participants through inspirational music, anointed speakers, and workshops that teach practical ways for anyone to become involved in the pro-life movement.
Each year the rally is hosted by a different church in the area. Being hosted by various churches keeps our costs down, gets various denominations vested in our mission, and provides a diverse planning committee for the event each year. We are looking for a host church in Tampa for our 2016, 4th annual Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally. Instead of charging or receiving an offering to help defray rally expenses, we encourage churches along with life affirming ministries and individuals to financially support the event. Our budget for the 2015 Rally is $25,000.
We believe the Rally allows the public to come together to reflect on the great loss of unborn life in our country, to celebrate the gift of life and move forward with a common mission. Additionally, it is a forum for our youth to be educated and engaged on the pro-life vs. pro-choice question. One of our goals is to have a direct influence on how future generations will look at abortion.
This year our program will include a concert by Dove Award winning artists “Sidewalk Prophets”, addresses by life advocates Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and best-selling author Abby Johnson previous director of the largest Planned Parenthood in the US. We will also have a youth presentation by national tour team Silver Ring Thing; that speaks honestly with teens about God’s plan for sex.
Dozens of churches of various denominations were involved in 2013 & 2014; and over 700 people attended each year. We would be honored if your church would join us this year.
Thank you and please mark your calendars for February 6-7, 2015!
Serving Christ together,
The 2015 Celebration of Life Committee