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CWA of Maine’s Year in Review and Christmas Wishes

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2016-christmas“So wrap our injured flesh around You. Breathe our air and walk our sod. Rob our sin and make us holy, Perfect Son of God. Welcome to our world.” ~Chris Rice

Dear faithful members and supporters,christmas-letter-pics-2016-b

As we come to the end of another busy year, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine thanks you for the many accomplishments and blessings of 2016.

Because of you, CWA of Maine was a voice for Biblical values throughout 2016. Via e-mail, we alerted members to state and national legislative concerns for you to pray and take action on; we covered all 185 state legislators in prayer with our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign, started a new Prayer/Action Chapter in Levant and participated in the leadership conference in Washington, D.C.  I was honored to represent you in a variety of venues.  On your behalf, I lobbied our Maine Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., concerning the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; met with a staffer in U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) office in Augusta regarding a provision that would force women to register for the Selective Service, and just got word that it has been shelved, praise the Lord; I represented you as a speaker at the 40 Days for Life Kick-off Event in Augusta while the national tour bus was here, and was a guest prayer at the National Day of Prayer event at the State Capitol.  I was part of the Stop Marijuana Expansion in Maine coalition this year, and I just joined the Maine Life coalition to stop assisted-suicide which is already gearing up for the 2017 legislative session. We exhibited CWA of Maine materials at various state events, and as the November 8 election drew near we held an informational meeting on five of the referendum issues on the Maine ballot; CWA of Maine printed and distributed informational materials on the five referendum issues as well as materials concerning the differences between the Republican and Democratic platforms and led a prayer meeting in Waterville the week before the election.

We have one more event this year that you don’t want to miss if you can make a trip to our state Capitol. We will be collaborating with the National Day of Prayer and a church in Windham for Christmas carol singing at the Capitol on December 8. Go to our webpage for more information.  I hope you can make it!  Be sure to invite friends and family.

As we go forth into 2017 together, we ask you to consider the several ways you can participate in the ministry of CWA of Maine. You are needed.

  • Please regularly pray with us for CWA’s role in Maine.
  • Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community. We would like to develop chapters across the state to educate attendees about the issues so that they will pray and take action. “Prayer/Action Chapters are the backbone of Concerned Women for America.” – Beverly LaHaye
  • Join our E-Alert Response Team. Commit to faithfully pray and act on the e-alerts we send out and forward them on to friends and family. Encourage others to sign up by e-mailing me at director@maine.cwfa.org.
  • Regularly visit our state webpage to read about our activities, projects, programs, legislative updates, and more.
  • Be an Encourager. Sign up for the 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign and minister to our state legislators with both your prayers and encouragement.  Go to our state webpage to find out more.
  • Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. Because CWA of Maine is run by volunteers, all donations go straight into the work at hand. There are two ways to contribute your tax-deductible gift. Donate online or send a check written out to CWA of Maine to the address below. When you give to the state, all funds are used in the state.  When you give to CWA National, all funds are used on a national level.

Know that your involvement, financial gifts and prayers could not be more appreciated. It is a joy to serve with you. Together we can be that steady force of prayerful people who are unwavering in our assurance that God reigns and through Him all is achieved.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Penny Morrell
State Director
director@maine.cwfa.org
207-465-6015
864 Manchester Road
Belgrade, ME 04917
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Referendum Questions on the Maine Ballot – Marijuana, Education, Gun Control, Minimum Wage and Ranked Choice Voting – Be Informed!

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) held an informational event at the North Belgrade Community Center last Wednesday.  We are concerned about the referendum questions that will appear on the November 8 Maine ballot and it was our desire to inform as many voters as possible on the ramifications of the outcome of the vote.

If you missed the event and haven’t had a chance to read up on the issues at hand, please read on.  Plus, check out our brochure, Be an Informed Voter, on our webpage for more information.

Questions 1, 2 and 5 are CWA core issues and we recommend a “NO” vote on them.  Questions 3 and 4 are not reflected in our core issues, but we strongly encourage the voters to read the information out there on those issues and make an informed vote on November 8.

Question 1: “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under State law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to State regulation, taxation, and local ordinance?”

1012161914b-cropedThis act will legalize marijuana, making it more accessible to children and raising the cost of our justice system, but Sheriff Mark Dion falsely claimed the act will lower it.  Scott Gagnon presented his case against the passage of Question 1.  He is the leader of the “No on 1” campaign and is the substance abuse prevention manager for Healthy Androscoggin, the Drug Free Communities coalition serving Androscoggin County.  He also serves as the Chairman for the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Steering Committee.

Vote “NO”.

Question 2: “Do you want to add a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund that would provide direct support for student learning in kindergarten through 12th grade public education?”

meg2This act will make a particular portion of our population pay more than the rest in income taxes.  That is unconstitutional and unfair.  Megan Sanborn was our presenter on this question.  She is the Government Relations Specialist at Pierce Atwood and Campaign Coordinator for Question 2.  She has worked in Maine politics for nearly eight years.  She has worked on the campaign side for candidates and referendums with fundraising, event coordinating and PAC management.  She has developed relationships with Maine legislators as well as Maine’s Congressional Delegation and their staff through her work at the Maine Association of Realtors and at the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

Vote “NO”.

Question 3: “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?”

1012161943-cropedWe were fortunate to have Jeff Zimba present the facts of this question.  Jeff is the Maine Firearms Policy Specialist for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.  He is the author of “The Evolution of the Black Rifle” and a master registered Maine guide specializing in veterans’ outreach programs.  Zimba is an award winning author with several hundred published articles and videos to his credit.

Question 4: “Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter, and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage?”

We were unable to obtain a speaker on this issue.

Question 5: “Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the State level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?”

1012161829-cropedRanked-choice voting has been tried in other states and municipalities, but has ceased because it’s unconstitutional and unfair.  It invalidates votes and can make losers winners.  Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) presented why this is bad policy.  Because this question is so egregious and bad for Maine, she’s traveling all over the state to make voters aware of its implications.

Vote “NO”.

Please continue to pray for the presidential, state and local races and these referendum questions.  May we seek the Lord in all these matters.

Penny Morrell
State Director
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee
director@maine.cwfa.org

Maine’s Marijuana Vote – Watch WGME 13 Town Hall Meeting – TONIGHT!

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Please tune in live to watch tonight’s WGME 13 Town Hall event on the topic of Maine’s Marijuana Vote at wgme.com.   Look for “TOWN HALL” or “LIVE EVENT” in the rotating banner in the upper right area of their website.

This will assist all of us in being educated voters.

The event is scheduled to go from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The panelists are Alysia Melnick (“Yes” on 1), and State Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland) (“Yes” on 1), Scott Gagnon (“No” on 1) and District Attorney Stephanie Anderson (“No” on 1).  The moderator will be Mark Hyman, host of “Behind the Headlines.”

Join in the discussion!  It’s important that the conservative voice be heard.  Simply post comments and questions to the Facebook page: Facebook.com/wgme13 or through Twitter using the hashtag #YourVoiceYourFuture.

Please pass this on to friends, associates and others that you think may be interested.

Pray that the information presented will help the viewers see the detriment of passing such an act into law.

If you haven’t already, consider attending one of our upcoming events, read our Be An Informed Voter brochure about the ballot initiatives and our 2016 Party Platform Comparison.  Go to our webpage for all of this information.

Be an informed voter on November 8! Attend the Town Hall event at 7:00 p.m. tonight on wgme.com.

I’ll be in the audience.  Look for me!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
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Penny Morrell’s Speech Given at the 40 Days for Life Rally on October 1 – Watch or Read

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40-days-for-life-2016-bus-tour-b(Click here to watch video. Search for October 6 post.)

Hello Everyone!  Thank you for having me here to join you in kicking off this successful nationwide project that is saving babies from the horrors of abortion.   Our prayers are being answered by our Holy and loving God.  They are far more powerful than all the weapons of warfare we could wage otherwise, because His ways are higher than ours, He is Sovereign, and we are praying according to His will.

Janet asked me to speak to you on unity this evening.  The Bible is full of references to unity and I’d like to share just a few with you in the moments we have to share together.  Those of you who have your Bibles with you please open up to John 14:6.

We start with that because there is no unity apart from Jesus Christ.  Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

What!  Get to heaven on your own strength?  Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!  …George Whitefield.

Franklin Graham said it most eloquently when he was here in Capitol Park: “Mohammed didn’t die for our sins, Buddha didn’t die for our sins, JESUS CHRIST died for our sins.  He arose again and ever makes intercession for us before the Father when the enemy accuses us.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior from our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We become the church, the body of Christ, unified in one mission to bring honor and glory to Him by our faith, actions, and attitudes.

In so doing, we know that it is His will to protect little babies in the womb from the practice of abortion, so abhorrent and within the law in our land.  We are unified in our endeavor here across the street from the place in Augusta where abortion is happening.  Each of us is necessary and plays a role in 40 Days for Life, praying and seeking God’s intervention on behalf of these mothers and babies to save lives and regrets.

Please turn to 1 Corinthians 12:12. The Bible says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

So it goes with us.  Each of us is necessary for the success of 40 Days for Life and saving babies’ lives.  We are all different with different gifts, and all necessary working together.  A project the size of 40 Days for Life must have multi-faceted talents with multi-faceted people working together in unity to the glory of God with His calling.

And then Paul goes on to talk of love, the greatest gift of all.  We are here today to kick-off 40 Days for Life.  May we be unified in Jesus Christ, loving the unborn, those who would sacrifice their unborn, and those who perform abortions, all the while seeking God’s intervention to end abortion altogether.

Let’s pray.  Heavenly Father, thank you for 40 Days for Life, for those who were called and given the vision for this ministry, and all who take part in it, praying to You for the protection of the unborn.  Please hear our prayers here and all over the world as we unite in this one objective throughout the 40 days, to save babies’ lives.  We will be careful to give You all the glory and praise for what you will do as a result of our prayers.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 

 

 

CWA of Maine Recommends the 40 Days for Life United Rally TONIGHT — and More!

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Dear Friend,

CWA of Maine highly recommends you participate in as many of the upcoming 40 Days for Life activities in Maine as possible. 40 Days for Life is a focused, pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The 40 Days for Life UNITED Tour starts tonight in front of the Supreme Court and will make stops in more than 125 cities to hold rallies and prayer vigils that will encourage Christians to stand together for the sanctity of life across the nation. 40 Days for Life is joined by partner organizations for the tour: Concerned Women for America of Maine, March for Life, Heartbeat International, Silent No More Awareness, Students for Life, and Susan B. Anthony List along with numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups.

The bus will be in Maine this Saturday, October 1st.  The 40 Days for Life National Team is visiting all 50 states in 40 days.

  • TONIGHT! September 27: The National Kick-Off Rally will have a live broadcast through Facebook. ‘Like’ the 40 Days for Life Facebook page to watch the event. Many national pro-life leaders from various organizations will be speaking. The event starts at 9:00 p.m.
  • September 28-November 6: Pray and fast to end abortion.
  • October 1: Attend the United for Life bus stop in Augusta for Maine’s rally from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in front of Maine Family Planning, 43 Gabriel Drive in Augusta, Maine, 04330. The list of speakers will include: Penny Morrell from Concerned Women for America, a representative from Susan B. Anthony List, Rep. Ellie Espling (R-Maine) from House District 65, and the representatives from the 40 Days for Life National Team including David Bereit, Shawn Carney and Steve Karlen. Retired Military Chaplin Fr. Jack Dolbec will say the opening prayer and Pastor Samuel Richards of the East Winthrop Baptist Church will say the closing prayer.

More details and photos will be posted on the 40 Days for Life Augusta, Maine Facebook page.  Check it out by clicking the link (you don’t need a Facebook account to view this page).

Hope to see you tonight!

For Life!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org

CWA of Maine’s 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator Program Kicks Off!

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Dear Encourager,

Believe it or not, it’s already that time; Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine is already getting the Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program set up for the 2017 Legislative Session.   We are excited to see what God is going to do this year as we offer up to God prayers and supplication for our state legislators

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)

We plan to have a packet for each of the 150 lawmakers in the House of Representatives and 35 lawmakers in the Senate.  That’s 185 encouragers we will need to cover one for each legislator.  These individuals simply commit to pray, send a post card to an assigned legislator once a month, and encourage them throughout the 2017 Legislative Session.  Consider getting the whole family involved.  It was neat to see how many couples participated last year by each taking a legislator and sometimes their children, too!

As you know most of the lawmakers appreciate our prayers on their behalf, knowing their daunting task in the halls of the Maine Legislature needs it.  We have many Christian men and women who have stepped out to serve us in Augusta because they were called by our Creator.  It is heartwarming to hear their stories of being called.  We must not let them down, but uphold them in prayer and encouragement and let them know we are doing it for all the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2017 Legislative Session, CWA of Maine plans to deliver those prayers.

Please contact us to let us know you will answer the EAL call.  We will then send you an EAL packet as soon as the election is over.  We will send you the biography of an elected official instructions and postcards.  All for free!

Please be praying for the EAL program.  Pray that it has a great impact this year on each individual legislator.  Pray the funds will come in to cover every one of the legislators.

Please pass this information to friends and family.  Encourage them to participate.  Contribute to this project by clicking here.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.  God bless.
Jan Pinkham

Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine
encouragemaine@yahoo.com
(207) 465-6015
Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org

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Join the Effort to Restore One Nation Under God! – 2016 Party Platform Comparison Document Included

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PlatformDocIf you are like me, you are alarmed at the direction our country is headed.  As a mother of two and grandmother of five, I have seen first-hand the disastrous effects our culture has on our families.  It is heartbreaking, and no matter how hard you think you have worked to protect your children, the outcome can literally take the wind right out of your sails.  My righteous anger catapults me into an understanding of urgency.  Our children, grandchildren, and future generations need an army to rise up to do whatever it takes to protect them.  We have sat back for too long believing the lie that “our vote doesn’t count,” or “there is no one on the ballot I can support.”

I know many of you share in the frustration of the political parties. We have been lied to, cheated on, and abandoned.  However, if I really believe God is the author of it all, then I must take comfort in Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

I think of Saul who later became Paul.  A murderer, who intentionally sought to kill those who believed in Jesus. How on earth could God use a murderer for His good? We may not have our ideal options for leadership of this great nation, but what we do have is a God who is bigger than all of the disappointment, corruption, and culture disintegration.  We must never forget that God can take the unlikely and use them in a mighty way.  Our future generations are counting on us to rise up.  Will you join our effort to return America to One Nation under God?

We have included for you a comparison of the party platforms, 2016 Party Platform Comparison.  You can review the Republican platform outlined in red and the Democratic platform outlined in blue.  We want to urge you to take the time to look these over and pass them out to your neighbors, friends, church leaders, and anyone in your sphere of influence who could benefit from knowing the truth.

Pray:  Nehemiah 4:10 “And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.’  Please pray about how you can make a difference in restoring America to One Nation under God.

Action:  First, please distribute this election year resource by forwarding this e-mail and/or printing and distributing it.  Print it double-sided on 8 ½” X 14” paper and fold. Second, please give a gift of any amount to CWA of Maine and enable us to continue doing what we do, putting families first through prayer and action.  Thank you in advance for your tax-deductible donation.  Please send checks to the address below or click here to donate online.

For Him!

Penny Morrell
State Director
864 Manchester Rd
Belgrade, ME  04917
me.cwfa.org
director@maine.cwfa.org

Greeting from Maine State Director, “It’s Great to Be Back!”

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Morrell 2Dear Friend,

Hello, This is Penny Morrell. I am serving once again as the Concerned Women for America of Maine (CWA) State Director following a one-year hiatus.  As I took on the position again this year (no one really retires, right!), things were in full swing and haven’t slowed down since.  Though things are still at high speed, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who are new to CWA since I was last director and to say “Hello again!” to those who know me.

My involvement with CWA began after 9/11 when our country was hit by radical Muslims. It meant a lot to me that CWA was a voice for women and men alike to stand up for our great God and country. At the time, I was involved with the Jeremiah Project with Pastor Bob Emrich in Plymouth, Maine, and was office manager for the Christian Civic League of Maine part of that time.

Several issues were attacking our great State of Maine from special rights for homosexuals, to homosexual marriage, sex trafficking, Planned Parenthood law violations, gambling expansion, Common Core in education, and a host of others.

Through the years, I have had the privilege of serving side by side with Charla Bansley, the former Maine CWA state director and the others on the steering committee with the support of the more than two thousand members across the state.  Jan Pinkham is our excellent Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, and Theresa Aiello has been a wonderful Events Coordinator.  We have worked on countless projects, legislation, get out the vote activities, events and more.  We work closely with Janet LeBlanc and support the 40 Days for Life Campaign, and we mobilized our state to vote against same-sex marriage in cooperation with other pro-family groups. We are educating the public and are part of getting Common Core repealed. I’ve traveled to Washington, D.C., several times with other CWA members for numerous rallies, lobbying and training.

As I now look towards the future of CWA of Maine, I am excited to see how God is going to use all of us through this ministry.  CWA of Maine is a strong organization due to the outstanding efforts of so many.  I plan to lead this great organization with the standard that God set from the beginning of seeking the Lord in all things with tenacity and depending on Him for guidance, strength and success.

CWA of Maine has great opportunities for involvement. We are seeking people to join with us as Prayer/Action Chapter members or perhaps consider starting a Chapter in your church or neighborhood. We would love to have you join us whether it’s through a Prayer/Action Chapter, the  Encourage-A-Legislator program, community rallies, lobbying our legislators in Augusta, lobbying our legislators in Washington, D.C., and/or other events, projects and more.  You are needed!

Together let us rely on II Chronicles 7:14 as we seek to benefit our communities, state and nation for the glory of God. “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land.”

Blessings to you!  I hope to hear from you soon!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
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