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Become Involved with the 2018 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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The goal of the Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program is to inspire each member of Missouri’s House and Senate, as well as state-wide office holders, by continually praying for them and sending them a postcard every week throughout January to May, the current legislative session.

Click here for more information and to view our EAL brochure.

If you would like to participate in our 2018 EAL program, please contact Ginger Yoak, CWA of Missouri’s Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator at (636) 561-3145 or e-mail her at encourage@missouri.cwfa.org.

Please pray for many new sponsors and positive influence within the Missouri General Assembly in 2018. As always, please pray for the work we do in Jefferson City at our State Capitol.

Urgent: Show Your Support for Student Privacy in Austin!

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The hard-fought Texas Privacy Act (SB 3) will be heard in the Texas Senate Affairs Committee tomorrow.  Protesters were on full display this week, sitting on their rainbow toilets atop the Capitol steps. However, this is no laughing matter. The privacy and safety of children is on the line. And your presence at the hearing is needed!

SB 3 would require that school showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms be used in the way that is consistent with the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate. No boys in girls’ showers, locker rooms, or bathrooms, and vice-versa.

Gov. Abbott has called a special session of the Texas Legislature in order to address very key issues, and privacy is one of them. Your presence is requested at the Capitol!

This is what we need from you:

Pray

  • For common sense and decency to reign in the hearts and minds of our state senators
  • For Texans to contact the Senate Affairs Committee and to show up at the hearing to support this bill
  • That SB 3 will ultimately pass into law

 

Call – Call the Senate Affairs Committee now and ask them to vote in favor of SB 3.

Sen Joan Huffman:                 (512) 463-0117
Sen Bryan Hughes:                 (512) 463-0101
Sen Brian Birdwell:                (512) 463-0122
Sen Brandon Creighton:         (512) 463-0104
Sen Craig Estes:                      (512) 463-0130
Sen Eddie Lucio, Jr.:               (512) 463-0127
Sen Jane Nelson:                     (512) 463-0112
Sen Charles Schwertner:         (512) 463-0105
Sen Judith Zaffirini:               (512) 463-0121

Attend – Please plan to attend this hearing at the Capitol building in Austin, on Friday, July 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Share this alert with likeminded friends.

 

“… male and female, He created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.”

-Luke 17:2 (ESV)

God takes the safety of His children seriously and so should we.

Thank you,

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
P.O. Box 1386
Orange, TX 77631
director@texas.cwfa.org
tx.cwfa.org

Celebrate Constitution Day with us by Participating in Our Constitution Day Project 2017!

By | Missouri | No Comments

CWA of Missouri has made it an annual tradition to celebrate Constitution Day. We express thankfulness for the republic and for the freedom that was established by this significant founding document. Every year, we present a gift to the members of the Missouri General Assembly,  our statewide office holders and the Missouri members of Congress.  The gift will help them understand and remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the freedom that it protects.

Click here to view flyer for more information.

 

CWA of Georgia Launches “Feisty & Feminine Workshops”

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Do these women speak for you?

As a conservative woman, do you have the desire to make a difference in the culture?
Do you feel isolated in your views, and do you wonder if anyone else is as concerned as you?

We cannot allow the extreme feminist agenda to define what a conservative woman is. Modern feminism is destructive to women, families, and our country, so we need to be equipped to speak out against this radical narrative while maintaining our inherent femininity.

That is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia is launching “Feisty & Feminine Workshops”! These informative sessions will encourage women to stand up, to be heard, and to make a difference in our culture. Participants will be taught how to engage our culture intellectually and respectfully. When we speak with facts, rather than emotion, we win.

Register for a “Feisty & Feminine Workshop” today! Additional workshops around the metro-Atlanta area and state will be added soon.  All workshop participants will receive the book Feisty & Feminine written by CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance. To find out why Penny Nance wrote Feisty & Feminine, click here.

Gwinnett County Event Details:
Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096
Cost: $20 (Cost includes workshop materials, the Feisty & Feminine book, and refreshments.)
Registration: Click here to register for the August 26 event.
Flyer: Click here to view.  Print and distribute freely.

Kennesaw Event Details:
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 1751 Waterside Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152
Cost: $20 (Cost includes workshop materials, the Feisty & Feminine book, and refreshments.)
Registration: Click here to register for the September 23 event.
Flyer: Click here to view. Print and distribute freely.

Please keep these events in your prayers and forward this e-alert to those who may be interested in attending.

July 12 Action Alert – Pray Without Ceasing!

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July greetings to you!  I hope you had a great time celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday!  In this country, we have so much for which to be thankful.  From yummy barbeques to bright fireworks, there are so many ways that we celebrate this remarkable holiday.  The founding values and principles of this nation are clearly stated in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. These significant principles are found in the Declaration of Independence as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Our shared values must be restored and supported in our nation’s laws and culture.  That is the goal of Concerned Women for America.  Our seven core issues (Family, Sanctity of Human Life, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel) each address a specific area of concern for American citizens who wish to restore the founding principles to this country and reverse the moral decline in our nation. For specifics on those core issues, please visit https://concernedwomen.org/issues/.

PRAYER
In the state of Washington, we are constantly barraged by well-organized opposition. In response, prayer is CWA of Washington’s first priority, followed by education and action. I ask you to prayerfully consider becoming a leader by organizing other concerned citizens to lift up our nation’s needs to our God Who hears our prayers.  Please consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community, either with friends, neighbors, or church members.  The average chapter has five participants, and it only takes about two hours per month to host a chapter meeting. CWA will provide contact information for local members.  While God is unquestionably in charge of our world, we are encouraged to be prayerful, to be  faithful, and to be involved in the works needing to be done here on earth. James 2:14-26 says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead … Do you see that faith was working together with his (Abraham’s) works, and by works faith was made perfect?” What is your calling?  If it is to pray, please fill out the attached leadership application and email it back to the state office.  If you are not led  to become a leader, please consider joining a current Prayer Chapter.  Click here to view the current chapter locations. If you are interested in becoming a leader of a Prayer Chapter, click here and send the application to me.

Contact the state office for more details.

MORE PRAYER!
Remember to pray for the Stormans in Olympia, Coach Kennedy in Bremerton, Barronelle Stutzman in Richland, and other Washington State citizens who have stood firmly for religious liberty. Each of these cases concerns our right to freedom of conscience and how we are allowed to go about personal or business related activities.
Finally, please pray for our families as we are continually challenged to live out our faith.  The current push for transgenderism and other ungodly behaviors is difficult to comprehend.  While several respected sources, such as the American College of Pediatricians and Johns Hopkins Hospital, have consistently warned about promoting transgenderism, the political correctness  on this issue continues in clear rebellion to God’s laws and principles. It insists on forcing the rest of society to conform to a non-Biblical worldview made up of alternative opinions.  As mentioned in previous alerts, Washington State’s Department of Education supports teaching all children in the public schools that they can choose their own sex, or gender, despite their inherent biological sexual identity.  Parents need to be aware of what is being taught to their children and parental rights need to be respected. Children should not  be exposed to ideas that are contrary to family values.  To be proactive in protecting your own children, stay updated on what is happening in the schools and stay in touch with your child’s teacher.

EDUCATION
The U. S. Supreme Court has recently made several  encouraging decisions regarding religious liberty. We hope to see the courts continue to make decisions in favor of Concerned Women for America’s core issues and to reverse the moral decline in this country. CWA’s Legal Counsel, Mario Diaz, has great insight on the issue of religious freedom. Here is one of his excellent articles.

JOIN US
If you are not already a member of CWA of Washington, click here to join us in our fight to preserve Christian values!

We appreciate your prayers, your support, and your participation in Concerned Women for America of Washington!  May God bless you!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson

State Director
Concerned Women for America of Washington
P.O. Box 143 Woodinville, WA 98072

Urgent: Pray for and Take Action on Pro-Life Bill! 

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Gov. Eric Greitens has expanded the special session call to include all pro-life protections being considered in HCS SB 5 (House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 5) by the General Assembly. When the Missouri Senate reconvenes for special session later this month, it will have the opportunity to pass the strongest pro-life legislation in years.

Earlier this summer, Gov. Greitens called the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) into a special session. They addressed what St. Louis had accomplished regarding the life issue through an ordinance it adopted in April. This session also restored protections for women through regulations on abortion facilities.

Please call your state senator and tell them to support HCS SB 5 with no changes. To find out who your state senator is, click here. Please call Senate Leadership, Sen. Ron Richard at (573)-751-2173 and Sen. Mike Kehoe at (573)-751-2076, and ask them to pass HCS SB 5 and to promote pro-life laws.

Finally, please pray for the Senate sponsor of HCS SB 5, Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-St. Louis County). If you would like to offer encouragement, his phone number is (573) 751-5568 and his email address is andrew.koenig@mo.senate.gov.  Please pray that the pro-life senators will stand strong for the sanctity of life and for the protection of women. Lastly, pray that those who support abortion will understand that life is sacred.

Additional details:

The Senate met in June.  It should have only been a two-day event. The Missouri Senate has the ability to end a filibuster and vote on a bill if 18 of the senators will sign a discharge petition. Why the Republican leadership allowed the pro-choice Democratic senators to weaken the bill is still a mystery.

Thankfully, under the leadership of Speaker Todd Richardson, the House restored measures to protect women who have had abortions procedures. When the Senate reconvenes later this month, they will decide whether or not to pass HCS SB 5. The Missouri Senate is made up of a super majority of Republicans who were elected on the pro-life platform, so we are hopeful they support this pro-life legislation.

Please review this list from Catholic Conference, which explains HCS SB 5:

  • The Missouri Senate is made up of a super majority of Republicans elected on the pro-life platform of the GOP party. Overturns a St. Louis “abortion sanctuary” ordinance and prohibits other municipalities from passing similar ordinances;
  • Prohibits forcing religious schools to hire pro-abortion teachers and staff;
  • Prohibits forcing landlords to rent to abortion clinics;
  • Prohibits requiring abortion coverage in health insurance plans;
  • Prohibits seeking to harass and disrupt the work of pregnancy resource centers.
  • Only physicians licensed to practice in the state of Missouri may perform or induce abortions in an abortion facility located in Missouri;
  • Retains current 72 hour reflection period prior to an abortion, but adds requirement that abortion physician meet in person with the woman considering an abortion 72 hours prior to performing or inducing an abortion to discuss medical risks;
  • Requires an abortion doctor seeking to administer medical abortions to obtain approval of a “complication plan” from the Missouri Department of Health for steps that will be taken when problems arise from administering such an abortion;
  • Requires abortion facilities to maintain written protocols for managing a medical emergency and transferring patients to a hospital with a reasonable distance from the facility for further emergency care;
  • Creates a Class A misdemeanor if abortion staff knowingly orders or requests medical emergency responders to deviate from their standard procedures for responding to emergencies; (For example, telling responders they must pick up patients at back of abortion facility when front entrance is more accessible.)
  • Strengthens current law requirements regarding how fetal tissue from abortion is to be submitted by an abortion facility to a board eligible pathologist for examination. Also strengthens requirements for pathologists to make fetal tissue reports to the Missouri Department of Health and the abortion facility; (The intent is to verify that no fetal tissue from an abortion is being illegally sold or donated for experimentation.)
  • Requires abortion facilities to develop written policies protecting employees who disclose information about possible health and safety violations of state or federal law;
  • Requires Missouri Department of Health to make annual, on-site and unannounced inspections of abortion facilities;
  • ​​​​​​​​​​Grants the Missouri Attorney General the authority to bring suit against an abortion facility for violation of abortion laws even when local prosecutor fails to act.

Click here to access the current version of HCS SB 5.

Thank you for your support!

Bev Ehlen
Missouri State Director
Concerned Women for America

CWA of Georgia Event Updates (Past and Present)

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Future Events: Feisty & Feminine Workshops

We are finalizing our plans for multiple, statewide Feisty & Feminine workshops. Our Feisty & Feminine workshops will embrace our God-given femininity, intertwined with a little feisty, to deliver a message of strength and redemption. We must not allow ourselves to be marginalized any longer because of our beliefs or values. God has gifted each of us with unique talents, ideas, and passions, and it’s our duty to be empowered and deliver a message that combats the destructive message from the left.

Watch for more information to come!

Future Events:
During the past few months, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia hosted and co-hosted three informative and inspiring events.  We are excited about how the Lord is using CWA of Georgia in the fight for faith, family, and freedom!  Here are some highlights and pictures from the events.

Counting the Cost: The Price of Faith in America Today

On April 29, organizations from around the state hosted Counting the Cost: The Price of Faith in America Today, a lunch event that highlighted the ever-increasing infringement of government on religious freedom in America. Over 100 people attended the event to hear the keynote speaker, Barronelle Stutzman. The 72-year-old floral artist who owns and operates Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, has been under attack by the government and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) because her Christian values conflicted with a certain client. Hearing Barronelle’s inspiring story of faith and perseverance left an incredible impact on all who attended.

Attendees also heard from Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) attorneys, Matt Sharp and Kellie Fiedorek. ADF represented Barronelle in Court and Sharp and Fiedorek provided an update on her case. They detailed other religious freedom cases they are representing, including the pending case of Kevin Cochran, former Atlanta Fire Chief.

100 No More: Human Rights Prayer Rally and Celebration

On June 10, CWA of Georgia hosted the 100 No More: Human Rights Prayer Rally and Celebration event.  African-American community leaders and pro-life advocates gathered in front of the Marietta Planned Parenthood clinic for a powerful time of prayer for mothers, fathers, the unborn, and Planned Parenthood staff.  We heard from keynote speaker Dr. Alveda C. King, Catherine Davis, Charity Ana Cosio Lewis, and Sancha Smith. Each of these inspiring women called attention to the devastating impact that Planned Parenthood has had on the Black community, the Hispanic community, and millennials.

After praying in front of Planned Parenthood, we drove a short distance to a women’s pregnancy center. There we heard from the pregnancy center director and the important work that pregnancy centers play in saving the lives of the unborn.  Dr. Alveda King led the group in a time of prayer for the pregnancy center and for all the women who will walk through its doors.

Directions in American Education

On June 27, CWA of Georgia and American Principles Project co-hosted an informal presentation, titled Directions in American Education. Presenter Dr. J.R. Wilson, who has more than 30 years of experience working in public education, including working for the Georgia Department of Education, looked beyond the Common Core and gave an update on what is currently being imposed on our education system by the corporate/federal education reform trust. Dr. Wilson also gave an overview of the elements of “Future Ready Schools,” the newest trend in public and private education.

 

Moral Truth Is Not Subject to Opinions

By | North Dakota | No Comments

Dear friends,

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Mr. Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop.   Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is pleased the case will be heard!   We agree with Mr. Philips that religious freedom allows him to choose not to make a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.  Mr. Philips explained, “Somebody requested I do something that I can’t in good conscience do.”   Watch the discussion held on the View to see how our culture twists definitions of love and morality.

This situation, along with many similar cases, brings the issue of moral truth to light.

When truth is considered relative and good and evil are not objective, everyone pursues his or her own truth.  Consider the act of murder.  Most people agree that murder is morally and offensively wrong. However, when the framework of morality is just “it feels wrong”, the ability to logically consider objective principles diminishes, and we are left with only outrage.

The truth found in God’s Word about immorality doesn’t change when an individual or culture rejects them.  Furthermore, the existence of moral truths doesn’t change nor disappear because truth is objective.

Morality isn’t about personal preferences or tastes, and it goes beyond pleasure and self-interest.  It answers the question, “What is good?” and not “What feels good?”

Moral truth has a profound impact on behavior and on the way we treat other human beings. Human dignity depends on the existence of objective moral truths.

When all morality is equal, there is no reason to take a stand against evil.

We are to put our trust in God’s ways and not our own!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.  It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)

God’s Word teaches that our hearts are evil.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

To Do:

  • Regularly read God’s Word. We must seek wisdom and gain moral truth through God’s Word.  God’s Word is truth, and moral benefits are received through wisdom.
  • Visit CWA’s national website for an insightful article by CWA’s Legal Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq.  Good First Step on Religious Freedom by President Trump, May 4, 2017.
  • Stand Fast and Pray! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out of insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, and form his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.  Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.  It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.  For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.  None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.  For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.”  (Proverbs 2:1-15)

In His service,

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
director@northdakota.cwfa.org
nd.cwfa.org

SCOTUS Issues Decisive Win for Religious Liberty

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Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court just issued their opinion on Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the most important religious liberty case of the term. In a 7 to 2 decision, the Court declared unconstitutional the state of Missouri’s discrimination of a learning center because of their religious beliefs.

Click here to read the entire press release.