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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
me.cwfa.org

 

Thank You Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin for Voting to Protect Pro-Life Doctors

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Our representative, Bruce Poliquin, (R-Maine) supported the Conscience Protection Act (S-304) legislation that will protect pro-life healthcare providers from forced complicity in an abortion and would also provide a private right of action, enabling victims of governmental discrimination to seek redress in court.

This attack on conscience protection is not merely an empty threat from the Obama Administration; this is happening today in California, where officials have blatantly ignored longstanding bipartisan language known as the Hyde-Weldon Amendment. This language provides conscience protection for individuals, such as doctors and nurses, who choose to not perform abortions; while protecting pro-life pregnancy clinics from being forced to advertise abortion clinics. Additionally, it provides protection for insurance plans that do not cover abortions.

Although the Hyde-Weldon Amendment outlaws such violations, there exists no private right of action for victims to seek relief in court. Administrative enforcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a bureaucratic nightmare and can take years. The Conscience Protection Act provides a way for victims to receive justice through the court system, not through years of Washington bureaucracy.

The right of conscience should be guaranteed as an inalienable right, given by God, and protected by the First Amendment, but the Obama Administration has twisted it to fulfill the left’s political agenda. Discrimination against entities that do not want to provide for abortions must stop. Healthcare providers should not have to sacrifice their conscience rights and convictions under the farce of “healthcare rights.”

Under current California law, churches are forced to subsidize elective abortion through their healthcare plans. Pastor Chris Lewis from Foothill Church in California rightly stated, “Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,’ but neither human conscience nor human life belong to Caesar.”

Churches should not be forced to pay for abortions through their healthcare plans. There must be protection for the religious convictions of institutions and individuals. Healthcare professionals should not be forced to violate their conscience and help facilitate abortions. Instead of protecting religious liberties, the Obama Administration is protecting the abortion industry.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) pushed for support of this crucial piece of legislation.

We are pleased to report that our representative in the Second District supported it and ask that you take the time to thank him.  Click here to contact him.

CWA of Maine State Director Penny Morrell Visits with United States Sen. Susan Collins in Washington

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Collins 7-2-16 (3)I was blessed to share some time with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) while in Washington, D.C., in June.  CWA joined with Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition to put on the Road to Majority conference.  I went in a day early to have time to speak with my Congressional delegation in the afternoon before the conference started that evening.

I had an appointment with Sen. Collins at 4:50 p.m.  However, after walking all over Capitol Hill that afternoon, my feet were tired and sore, and I had a bus to catch to get back to the hotel with other CWA directors from across the country.  So at 4:00 p.m., I stopped by the senator’s office with the idea that I would just leave with the receptionist the materials about which I wanted to talk to the senator.

The receptionist contacted the senator who requested I stay.  Sen. Collins changed her schedule and came to her office so that we could meet.  I honestly am amazed at how good she is with her constituents.  When the senator arrived, she walked me to a conference room with her assistant and graciously listened to everything on my mind.  I left a folder with helpful information on CWA’s stand and our concerns which she promised to read, and I knew she would.

CWA of Maine talked with the senator about the Supreme Court vacancy and the process in place to fill it and others in the future.  The other issue I shared with her was a request for her support of Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-Nebraska) bill, S. 2066 the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

My prayer is that God will give her wisdom and insight on what’s right for all the people of Maine especially the unborn.

CWA of Maine Participates in Augusta National Day of Prayer Event

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NDP Maine 2016 bNational Day of Prayer (NDP) was celebrated on May 5 by Concerned Women for America of Maine (CWA), NDP Maine Coordinators James and Donna Glaser, Co-Chair of the Legislative Prayer Caucus Rep. Dale Crafts (R-District 56), The Christian Civic League of Maine, and many Maine legislators and citizens in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta at 9:00 a.m.

The Glasers divided the state up by our 16 counties and assigned those who wanted to pray for the individual counties.  CWA of Maine Director Penny Morrell prayed for God to guide and direct the Lincoln County leaders, town councils, firefighters, police, churches, etc., in the way they should go, to grant them wisdom, knowledge and understanding in the positions He placed them in, to do their work as unto Him; that their honesty and integrity be above reproach; and that they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, traditional families, divine order and morality.

Because we know that if we will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land.  (II Chronicles 7:14).  May it be so.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Join CWA of Maine’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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“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 are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. The 2016 legislative session goes from January to April.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to 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 2016 legislative session, CWA of Maine plans to deliver those prayers.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, four CWA of Maine EAL postcards, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Maine.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at ealmaine@gmail.com or give me a call at 207-345-1200.  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for flyer.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Jan Pinkham
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine
207-345-1200
ealmaine@gmail.com

 

Maine Religious Freedom Bill Sponsor Needs Encouragement

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A note of encouragement would be very helpful right now to a culture war patriot in the Maine Legislature. Sen. David Burns (R-Whiting) has reintroduced the religious freedom bill. If you’re aware of what’s happened recently in Indiana and Arkansas, both Republican governors in those states have backtracked on standing firm for Christians. They have capitulated to the onslaught of fire from the left.

Last session when Sen. Burns first introduced the bill, he received so much push back from the left that his wife had to disconnect their home telephone for relief. We believe the senator will receive even more harassment this time because the Republicans have a majority in the Senate, and if it reaches the governor’s desk, we believe he will sign it.

Therefore, I ask, and plead with you to send Sen. and Mrs. David Burns a note of encouragement in the mail. They should hear from more of us then their opponents. The address is: 159 Dodge Road, Whiting, ME 04691. Or e-mail him at senatorburns@myfairpoint.net.

Let the Burns know you stand with them, are praying for them, and if you are willing to come to Augusta to stand with him the day of the hearing for his bill, let him know that also. Even if you don’t testify, your presence in support of this legislation is very important. Right now though, your note of encouragement is needed the most. Thank you and God bless.