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Supreme Court Stays Ruling Forcing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has put on hold a Fourth Circuit Court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom. The justices split 5-3 on the issue to temporarily lift the obligation of the Gloucester County school system to allow one of their students to use the bathroom of her choice in accordance with Obama Administration guidance. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“We commend the Supreme Court for voting to stay this case and encourage them to do the right thing when the time comes to rule on the merits.

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

“This would also impact the use of showers, locker rooms, school travel and more. This unwise and rash policy would favor the desires of a small group over young women with religious, cultural, and modesty concerns. The Court should not shove this unwise policy on the states.

“Schools all over this nation have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria. They should not be forced by big government to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect. Local school districts, with the input of parents and health professionals, should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school. Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.”

Meet CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance in Lynchburg Next Monday, April 18!

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You’re invited!

Have you heard about CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance’s new book, Feisty & Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women?!  It hits the shelves TOMORROW, April 12!

Meet Penny and obtain a signed copy next week in Lynchburg, Virginia!

Attend Liberty University’s Senior Convocation service and then a book signing with Penny immediately following.

Monday, April 18

Convocation: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Book signing:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Liberty Alumni Speakers: DJ Jordan, Penny Nance and Jason and David Benham

Each speaker will discuss their time at Liberty University and how it prepared them for their careers.

Williams Stadium
Club Level (3rd floor)
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Click here for parking map.
No RSVP necessary.

She hopes to see you there!

Can’t attend?  Click here to order her book now!

“Conservative women have never fit neatly into stereotypes, especially conservative Christian women,” says Penny Young Nance. “We’re not the humorless, dim-witted ‘church ladies’ Saturday Night Live has made us out to be. Today’s conservative women are intelligent, well-educated, compassionate, accomplished, funny, and fearless—and it’s time for us to stand up and be heard. In fact, we have an opportunity like never before to offer words of redemption to a world gone mad.”

Click here to find out more about this timely book and what Penny has to say about it.  Click here to watch her interview with the Washington Times.

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Thank You, Janet Robey, for Your Outstanding Service to CWA Through the Years

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Dear CWA of Virginia Friends,

For eight years, Janet Robey has been the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Virginia. We remember back in 2007 when we asked Janet to step into the position of State Director. She diligently prayed about it and eventually accepted with the understanding that she would commit to taking the position for only one year. We agreed, knowing full well the Lord was at work and that she would be with us much longer. Well, eight years later, the one year has concluded, and Janet is stepping down from the position of State Director. Though saddened, we are honored that she graced us with her tremendous work for each of those years. As of December 31, Janet will be stepping down from the position of State Director, yet will be staying with us as a local Prayer/Action Chapter.

Here is what she said on the matter:

“It is with a heavy heart that I need to share that as of December 31, 2015, I am stepping down as Virginia’s State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA).

“The life experience, education and opportunities that CWA has provided for me over the past eight years are invaluable, and I would recommend this organization to anyone who wishes to be educated and engaged in current issues.

“As I age (I hate to admit that), I have found it is increasingly more difficult to juggle CWA, my full time job and family responsibilities. I will continue to be active with CWA including facilitating a Prayer/Action Chapter (I absolutely love my ladies and the prayer warriors that they are). This conservative activist is not stepping down from the fight, just the position.

“I look forward to our continued relationship as we battle on until HE comes. After December 31, you will be able to reach me at janetrobey55@gmail.com, and my phone number stays the same 434-401-8852.”

Through the years Janet has made countless trips to Richmond to lobby legislators on CWA’s core issues. Through the years, she has taken the time to encourage the state legislators with cookies, flowers and, when the flu was going around, hand sanitizer with a tag that said, “Stay Well. Virginia families are counting on you! Psalm 24:3-5”. She has attended multiple demonstrations in opposition to abortion, in support of marriage and many others. She has spoken in front of a myriad of groups on an array of topics and attended meetings all around the state representing CWA. Through e-alerts, Janet encouraged prayer and action on behalf of Lisa Miller as she held her ground to protect her daughter from going into the custody of a woman living in a lesbian relationship. She attended many of Lisa’s court hearings as well. Thank God with us for blessing CWA with such a godly representative.

Every month we spotlight a director on CWA national’s homepage. In October we featured Janet. Please take a moment to read what she wrote for us.

We will miss Janet tremendously, but look forward to her continued leadership with her Chapter and her involvement with CWA of Virginia. Know that we are working on a replacement. After December 31, you can contact us in the Field Department for any help you need.

Sincerely,

Kenda Bartlett
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America
kbartlett@cwfa.org
ConcernedWomen.org

Michelle Minor
Field Organization Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
mminor@cwfa.org

Join CWA of Virginia’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 week 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 13 to March 12.  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 Virginia plans to deliver those prayers.

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

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 Virginia.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at encourageva@gmail.com or call me at 434-525-6705.  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,

Janet Stasulli

Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator

CWA of Virginia

434-525-6705

encourageva@gmail.com

 

 

State Leader Spotlight: Janet Robey

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What is Your Policy Passion?
Marriage

What’s your CWA story?

VA BOH Media pic“In 2005, I began to sense God was redirecting my ministry focus after being in children’s ministry for five years.  In the fall of that year, I attended an E-Women conference, where I stumbled on a Concerned Women for America booth.  I was familiar with this organization, so I spoke to the ladies and, shortly afterwards, started attending a Prayer/Action Chapter meeting.  While attending these monthly meetings, I discovered how much I had forgotten about our governmental process.  These passionate and caring ladies began my journey to become educated on the process of federal and state government.  In the very beginning, I could not even tell you who my state representatives were.

In those early days, I was a Home Team Captain with CWA and a Church Liaison with The Family Foundation.  In those positions, I recruited individuals to be on my Home Team.  I was to disperse information via e-mail to encourage my team to take action (educating, praying, and acting on issues of importance). With the Family Foundation, I took training on how to encourage the church to be involved in passing the Marriage Amendment.  So the Marriage Amendment is what propelled me into action.

I attended my first CWA National Leadership Conference in September 2006.  Looking back to that conference, I can see how God was preparing me.

After the Marriage Amendment was passed, my husband and I attended a victory celebration.  It was to be a prophetic night.  We were talking to the grassroots director of Family Foundation and discussing the fact that the Virginia director had stepped down to run for office.  Steve said to me, “You could do that!” and I promptly said, “Oh no, I’m too new.” A few minutes later as we walked away, my husband turned to me and said, “They are going to ask you to do that.”

In June 2007, I was approached by a long-time CWA member and asked to be interim State Director.  The very next Sunday (June 17), a dear lady at church handed me a note and said she was impressed to give this to me.  She had no idea what was swirling around in my head.  Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  She said “Respond to His leading and trust; He will work it out.”

I was in a Beth Moore study “Seeking Him,” and that particular week was on grace.  I’ll share some quotes from that week God used to lead me in the decision process.  “Grace is that which God gives us to meet His requirements and to face the difficulties of life.”  “Do I take God’s grace for granted or have I lost the sense of wonder of what God has done for me?” (Or can do for me?) “God’s grace is the dynamic quality of His life within us that gives us both the desire and the power to obey God.  God is fully aware that we are incapable of Godly living in spite of our best intentions or efforts.  His grace is His supernatural supply for all we lack.  He promises to equip and empower us to do whatever He requires of us.”  Philippians 2:13 says it is God who works in you to will and to do for His good pleasure.

I had noted in the book that week, “I feel totally inadequate to do a task that God has called me to do.”

I was dumbfounded really.  So for the two weeks, I struggled; I reasoned; I questioned.  One of my main concerns was my lack of ability, education, and knowledge in this arena.

A couple weeks later, our church had a special guest — a trumpeter.  It was as if God ordained this message just for me.

I Corinthians 14:7-8 “… how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes, Again if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”

God was calling me to sound a clear call through the vehicle of CWA.  So I answered the call.  Has it been easy? No!  Has it been convenient? No!  Has it required me to move out of my comfort zone? Absolutely! Would I change my answer to the call — most days NO!

I leave you with two verses. May they challenge you to say “Yes” to God and “No” to your doubts.

2 Corinthians 8:12 — “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”  God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.

Acts 4:13 — “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Call to Action

If you feel that you are being called to serve, make today the day that you say “yes.”  Just like Janet, God will use YOU to impact America! For more information on how to lead or join a CWA State Chapter or Prayer and Action Chapter, attend events and rallies, sign petitions, and much more, visit www.ConcernedWomen.org.

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Join Us In Prayer For Victory In Virginia In Preparation of November 3

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On Tuesday, November 3, Virginians will cast a very important vote in our commonwealth’s history. The candidates couldn’t be more different in their positions on crucial moral issues. As the battle escalates over Obamacare, defunding and prosecuting Planned Parenthood and the threats of ISIS increase against our people through the entrance of Muslim “refugees”, we need strong Officials in our House of Delegates and State Senate to defend us. We need courageous leaders to stand up to the war against our Constitution. We need God’s divine intervention. Our help must come from God.

Please commit to pray at least once daily until all ballots have been counted. Please add anything else the Lord may lay on your heart.

Praise:
“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, let your glory be over all the earth. With God we will gain the victory…” Psalm 108:4, 5, 13

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:10-12

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for Your sovereign control over the destiny of Virginia.

Confession:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God & renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Dear Heavenly Father, Please forgive us for ignoring the dishonesty that has crept into our media and culture. Forgive us for our apathy about standing for what is right and allowing the politically correct people to stifle our free speech. Forgive our Commonwealth for the slaughter of innocent babies in the name of “choice”.

Thanks:
“O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for abundantly blessing America and Virginia with freedom and prosperity.
Thank you for protecting us from tyrants and terror. Thank you for free elections. (Please add anything else for which you are thankful.)

Requests:
“For Thou LORD wilt bless the righteous with favor will you surround him.” Psalm 5:12

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please shine Your favor on Your candidates. Help voters to see the truth. Give all Christ-honoring candidates Your victory. Amen.

Monday, November 2
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and the men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the great city once a day for six days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city seven times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear taunts from above as Jericho citizens jeered? They saw the great wall up close. Did they tremble in fear at the overwhelming size of this fortress city? Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized that their only hope for victory would be from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to God in prayer? How many asked Him to do the impossible?

Today, we need God to do the impossible for us. We too have the opportunity to call out to Him and ask Him to give us a fair election. May He crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho!

Here’s a simple strategy: on the evening of November 2 (preferably before dark) go to your local polling precinct. Take a few like-minded friends and march around the building or grounds. Pray out loud or silently asking God to make sure no fraud will succeed in the precinct the next day. Pray for only a fair vote to come from the precinct. Below are a few requests in addition to the Confession and Praise from the previous page. Please feel free to add whatever God lays on your heart. (If you can’t make it to your polling place the night before, please pray about these candidates at a convenient time as often as you can.)

Requests:
Dear Heavenly Father, We lift up this polling place. We pray there will be no tampering with machines, ballots or any confusion causing voters to mis-vote. We pray any attempts at fraud would fail and/or be caught. We ask that all ballots cast would be fair ballots.

Help voters not to be deceived but to see the whole truth.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Tuesday, November 3
Be sure to vote! Pray that God’s men and women will be elected.

CWA of Virginia Launches “Students, Know Your Rights” Project to Inform Students of Their Religious Liberties

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VA 2 picWe are excited to report that just days into launching a brand new project, “Students: Know Your Rights,” churches, pastors and educators are requesting our bookmarks faster than we can print and get them out the door.

The project is simple:  Get into the hands of high schoolers a bookmark that outlines their religious liberties.  It is essential that our students are aware of their right to wear and display religious jewelry, have student lead prayer, read their Bible during free time, and more.

Will you join us as we empower our Virginia youth to exercise their religious rights in the public school system?  There are two ways you can help: 1.) Contribute towards the “Students: Know Your Rights” project.  These bookmarks are not free to produce and distribute yet for only 12 cents you can put a bookmark into a student’s hand. 2.) Ask your pastor and/or youth leader if they would like for us to send them some.

For every $12 contributed we can send a youth pastor or an educator 100 bookmarks for free.  To give a tax deductible contribution simply go to our website and click the “DONATE TO YOUR STATE” button below my picture on the left.  Be sure to put “Bookmarks” in the comment section.  Or, send a check to the address below.

If the pastor or youth leader of your church would like some bookmarks, please have them contact me with the number they would like.

The requests are pouring in!  Just yesterday a church from Richmond requested 500! Will you help?

For the youth of Virginia!

Janet Robey
State Director
P.O. Box 1465
Bedford, VA 24523
434-401-8852
director@virginia.cwfa.org
va.cwfa.org

Join Us in Building the Next Generation in Virginia Through the Work of Young Women for America

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The Problem: Have you ever been discouraged when reading about the liberal mindset being taught in colleges today?  Concerned about how this next generation is being indoctrinated against the Biblical world view in an ever increasing manner by professors that openly oppose what we hold near and dear?  Felt helpless?

The Answer: We at CWA of Virginia and CWA national have committed in 2016 to do our part in combating this anti-Biblical teachings through a project called Young Women for America (YWA).  YWA is a student-oriented initiative that is geared toward high school and college campuses to bring active groups of young like-minded women together to promote conservative values to their schools and the nation.

The good news is that there are young women out there within the 171 Virginia colleges that are Christian, conservative and passionate about the issues you and I care about.  They just need our support and a platform to spread the word and make a difference on their campuses, the state and nation.  They need to be encouraged, equipped and trained.

The Need: Christian college women.  We have everything needed to serve these young ladies.  CWA national has hired staff, created curriculum for them to use to lead their chapters and accumulated funds to enable them to do what needs to be done to have a significant impact.  All we need now is young women to answer the call.  This is where you come in.

The Action: Can you help us identify these young women?  They might be your daughter, granddaughter, niece or part of your church family or friends of young ladies you know.  Please forward them this e-alert and be sure they visit the YWA website and read through this YWA brochure.  And, encourage, inspire and urge them to make a difference in their generation through this exciting opportunity in YWA.

The Outcome: The build-up of conservative YWA chapters across Virginia will finally provide a Kingdom response to the liberal studies and programs that have been built by the left for 20 years.  We will equip young women across the state to make a difference on their college campuses and be a greater impact in their communities, state and national after they graduate.

Leave a legacy; inspire the next generation to lead a YWA chapter.

Contact us today with any questions and/or ideas on ways we can reach these Christian college women with YWA information.

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Janet Robey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
director@virginia.cwfa.org
va.cwfa.org

Patrina Mosley
Young Women for America Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
pmosley@cwfa.org
202-266-4810