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Penny Morrell

Stop Racist Critical Race Theory in Maine

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Radical liberal elitists have been hard at work co-opting local school boards and departments of education for years in order to spread their ideology. But parents and concerned citizens are waking up, speaking up, and fighting back against the Left’s extremist goals to indoctrinate and sexualize students in school systems across America, including here in Maine.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has outlined some of the reasons why, as Christians, We Must Reject Critical Race Theory (CRT). You can also download our CRT Talking Points.

Here in Maine, the Gardiner school board is actively promoting CRT. The board has scheduled a public hearing for this coming Monday, July 12, at 4:30 p.m. But instead of holding an in-person public meeting, they have opted to move it to Zoom, citing concerns over COVID.

Call to Action!

#1. Attend a non-partisan grassroots sign holding event to speak out against CRT. Event details: Saturday, July 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 131 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, ME  04345. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. to receive your assignment of where you will be sign waving in downtown Gardiner. For more information, please contact me at the email or phone number listed in my signature.

#2. If you live in Gardiner, please contact the following people and respectfully ask them to pull CRT from all curricula.

  • Patricia Hopkins, Superintendent: (207) 582-5346 | [email protected]
  • Becky Fles, School Board Chair: (207) 582-5346
  • Angela Hardy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction: (207) 582-5346

#2. Forward this information to friends and family.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Please Pray: Dear Father, You are right when You say children are a gift from You. You loan them to us for a little while to teach them Your ways before they go out into the world.  Please help us as parents and grandparents to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of You and be aware of what they are being taught in America’s schools. We are responsible for the education of our children. May we do it as unto You and not allow our government or any ideology contrary to You to do it.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Thank you.
Penny Morrell
State Director
[email protected]
(207) 465-6015

Make a Difference for Life – Read How

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I am asking you to make two phone calls today to let your state senator and state representative know you want them to defend life. The following bills were scheduled to be voted on, but were tabled:

  • LD 851 would require women to be informed their abortion can be reversed after taking the abortion pill
  • LD 748 and 915 would stop tax-funded abortions in Maine
  • LD 825 would ensure women are informed of options and alternatives.

Take Action!

  1. Call the Maine House at 287-1400 and tell the operator your name and your town. Ask them to leave a message for your state representative. The message is very simple: Please defend life and vote for LD’s 851, 748, 915, and 825.
  2. Call the Maine Senate at 287-1540 and tell the operator your name and your town. Ask them to leave a message for your state senator. The message is very simple: Please defend life and vote for LD’s 851, 748, 915, and 825.

Please call as soon as you are able. Forward this information to family and friends.

Thank you.

Penny Morrell
State Director

Lawmaker Appreciation Day Event a Great Success!

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Many pro-life and conservative lawmakers visited Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine’s tables outside the Capitol building on Wednesday, June 9, at the Lawmaker Appreciation Day. CWA of Maine was one of several organizations that shared information with our state lawmakers about our support of pending pro-life legislation in these last days of the 130th session. It was wonderful to be able to see and speak to these legislators in person rather than virtually, which is the only way we have been able to lobby this year.

Take Action

  • Contact your House and Senate members of the Maine Legislature and ask them to support important pro-life legislation. The five bills CWA of Maine is actively working on are listed below my signature line. Click House of Representatives and Senate to find your representative and senator alphabetically listed by town with their contact information.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Forward this information to friends and family.

Please pray: Dear Father, we are so grateful for our pro-life legislators who are willing to take a stand for life no matter how many obstacles come their way. We are thankful for men and women who have had the courage to sponsor many bills that honor You.  Please bless them in these last days of the session to continue to stand tall and strong for You and give them the wisdom and knowledge to make compelling arguments for the passage of good bills when they come to the House and Senate floor.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

Penny Morrell
State Director


L.D. 748, An Act to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.
L.D. 851, An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal.
L.D. 915, An Act To Conform State Law to the Federal Hyde Amendment
L.D. 825, An Act To Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives” and
L.D. 1225, Title: An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains.

June 9 – Appreciation Day for State Legislators

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Maine’s legislative session is wrapping up soon for this year, and what a year it has been!  Because of COVID-19, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine could not go into the Hall of Flags for our annual “Respect Life” day at the Capitol.  So, the Pro-Life Coalition, last minute, has the wonderful idea of having an event outdoors to give the lawmakers a break. We know how long the days can be at this time in the session, and many bills will be debated in the House and Senate before they adjourn this month. We want to help pro-life lawmakers make their cases for passage of good life bills at the same time as we encourage opponents to support life legislation.

With this in mind, we will host an event outside between the Capitol and the Cross Office Building in Augusta from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. this Wednesday, June 9.  We are inviting lawmakers to visit us.  Coffee and refreshments will be available, and we will have the opportunity to share our lobbying efforts this session with them and ask them to support the life bills soon to come before them for a vote.

 Take Action!

  • Contact your House and Senate members of the Maine Legislature and ask them to support important pro-life legislation. The five bills CWA of Maine is actively working on are listed below my signature line. Click House of Representatives and Senate to find your representative and senator alphabetically listed by town with their contact information.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pray for success for us on June 9 as we encourage lawmakers to support the good pro-life legislation.
  • Forward this information to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, please lay on the hearts of the citizens of Maine to stand for life by engaging with their legislators on important pro-life bills. We also pray for the hearts of our legislators that they will value life as you do. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

“Whenever GOD determines to do a great work, HE first sets HIS people to pray.” Charles H. Spurgeon.

Penny Morrell
State Director


Please ask your legislators to support these bills. You can read more about these bills here.

L.D. 748, An Act to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.

L.D. 851, An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal.

L.D. 915, An Act To Conform State Law to the Federal Hyde Amendment

L.D. 825, An Act To Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives” and

L.D. 1225, Title: An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains.

Let’s Thank Maine’s Pro-Life Legislators!

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Though pro-life legislators in Maine were in the minority during the recent legislative session, thankfully, it did not deter them from introducing much-needed pro-life legislation. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine is grateful for legislators who champion life, and we want to thank them for their boldness and courage.

As you know, we often ask you to contact legislators to oppose or support legislation. However, this time, we are asking you to reach out to our heroic pro-life legislators and thank them for bringing forward pro-life bills this session.

Take Action

  1. Call, email, or write to the legislators listed below my signature who sponsored pro-life legislation this session that CWA lobbied for on behalf of our members. I have noted the bill name that each legislator sponsored along with their contact information. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know.
  2. Forward this information to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, thank You for these courageous pro-life legislators who, even being in the minority, still were willing to take a stand for truth and life. It is an honor to engage our culture for Your glory.  We leave the victory up to You because You’re Sovereign and we praise and trust You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine


(This is not an exhaustive list of legislators who sponsored pro-life bills. Those listed below are legislators whose bills CWA of Maine actively lobbied for and supported.)

L.D. 748, “An Act To Remove Coverage under the MaineCare Program for Abortions Not Covered by Medicaid”
Rep. Kathy Irene Javner (R-Chester)
[email protected]
131 Pea Ridge Road, Chester, ME 04457
Home: (207) 290-1321

L.D. 851, “An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal”
Rep. Abigail W. Griffin (R-Levant)
[email protected]
1 Raymond Nelson Lane, Levant, ME 04456
Cell: (207) 403-3671

L.D. 1225, “An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains by Requiring Their Interment or Cremation”
Sen. Scott Cyrway (R-Kennebec)
[email protected]
Address: 463 Benton Road, Albion, ME 04910
Home: (207) 437-7787 or (207) 485-1308
State House: (207) 287-1505

L.D. 825, “An Act To Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives”
Sen. Trey Stewart (R-Aroostook)
[email protected]
Address: 312 State Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769
State House: (207) 287-1505

L.D. 915, “An Act To Conform State Funding to the Federal Hyde Amendment Limiting Funding for Some Abortion Services”
Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor)
[email protected]
P.O. Box 121, Winter Harbor, ME 04693
Cell: (207) 460-6967

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May 18 is Pro-Life Tuesday in the State Legislature

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The Judiciary Committee of the Maine legislature will hear several life bills this coming Tuesday, May 18. The bills listed below will be heard on the same day by the same committee. Concerned Women for America of Maine will be testifying on behalf of our members, and I also want to encourage you, as a private citizen, to make your voice heard on these good pro-life bills.

  • L.D. 748, An Act to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.
  • L.D. 851, An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal.
  • L.D. 915, An Act To Conform State Law to the Federal Hyde Amendment
  • L.D. 825, An Act To Ensure Equality in Women’s Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives” and
  • L.D. 1225, Title: An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains.

To learn more about the bills, click on the link for a bill, and then click on the blue menu to the left entitled “bill text and other docs.”

Talking points for a short testimony:

  • You are opposed to paying for abortion;
  • You want women to have all available information on abortion pill reversal for their protection;
  • The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortions except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest. Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for abortion.
  • You want women to know all options and alternatives to abortion, and
  • You want aborted babies to be cremated or buried, not sold or used for experimentation.

Take Action
#1. Write a brief testimony (1-2 sentences is OK) and submit it to the Judiciary Committee following these instructions:

Click here to submit your testimony.  Choose public hearings, choose Judiciary Committee, choose May 18, choose 9:00 a.m. Select the bills you want to address, one at a time, check whether you want to present testimony live or written, and submit each one individually. Once you have done this, your written testimony will be received by the members of the Judiciary Committee, and you are done.  If you choose to testify using your written testimony, you will receive a Zoom link from the committee clerk to attend the Zoom hearing on May 18.

#2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, You are the giver of all life, and we ask for Your favor on the State of Maine and move on the hearts of the legislators to vote in favor of life. We praise You for these Godly servant legislators who have taken a stand for life.  Please guide and direct us to stand for You with them in the public square for life. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Penny Morrell
State Director

Protect our Constitutional Republic – Keep the Electoral College!

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L.D. 1384, a bill to adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, will be heard before the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee this Tuesday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m. The National Popular Vote movement is intended to get rid of the Electoral College, which would be bad for Maine because of our low population numbers compared to other states. You can read additional information about L.D. 1384 below my signature.

Our form of government is a constitutional republic. The word “democracy” is not found in our Pledge of Allegiance or the U.S. Constitution. We elect people to make decisions in government for us. If we don’t approve of their vote, we can elect someone else in the next election.

The Founders were careful to guard against a direct democracy or the majority rule because it doesn’t protect the minority. nThe Electoral College is a safeguard against the tyranny of the majority. Learn more about the importance of the Electoral College here.

Take Action!

  1. Contact Karen Montell, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee clerk, and ask her to communicate to the members of the committee that you oppose L.D. 1384. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine, let Karen know when you call.
  2. Optional: As a private citizen, not a member of CWA of Maine, you can submit written and/or oral testimony. Click here to register to give testimony.
  3. Forward this information to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the freedom and privilege to participate in our government as Maine citizens. We pray today for the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee members that they will seek Your face and trust Your wisdom when voting on important bills. Father, we pray for the Church to rise up in our state and nation and protect this country You so graciously bestowed on us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thank you for your commitment to take action on this bill.

Penny Morrell
State Director


More on L.D. 1384:
L.D. 1384 repeals ranked-choice voting in general elections for President of the United States and instead proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

Judiciary Committee Needs to Hear From You!

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Two important bills will be heard in the Judiciary Committee this Thursday, May 6, and our state legislators need to hear from you.

The first bill is L.D. 1401, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females. Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.

The second bill is L.D. 1238, a bill that would prohibit men identifying as women to be admitted in women’s single-sex shelters. Women in desperate and vulnerable circumstances whose public voice is barely a whisper should not be forced to shower and share intimate quarters with biological men.

Concerned Women for America of Maine strongly support both of these bills, and we are asking you to make your voices heard.  As State Representative Heidi Sampson (R-District 21) so eloquently put it at the rally held at the State House this week, “We can’t do this alone. We need all of you to make your voices heard because we are in the minority and need your help.”

Take Action

  • Contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to support L.D. 1401 and L.D. 1238. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let the committee members know.
  • Contact Judiciary Clerk Susan Pinette if you wish to testify via Zoom or send a written testimony as a private citizen. You will be supplied with a link to the Zoom session upon reaching out to the judiciary clerk.
  • Forward this information to friends and family and ask them to do the same.

Please Pray: Dear Father, women, placed in shelters because of abuse by males must have the protection they seek and not be forced to share bathrooms and sleeping spaces with those of the opposite sex. Girls who work hard in athletic competitions should not be mandated to compete with men identifying as women. Please shine Your light on our culture and raise up Your people to stand up for You in the public square and protect women and girls. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

No one should put their faith in politics alone to solve America’s many problems, but without Christian engagement in the public square, things will undoubtedly get worse. Thank you so much for standing with us and helping lawmakers hear all sides of issues important to us.

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director

Join Us in Augusta for the National Day of Prayer

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine invites you to join us for a time of worship and prayer for our country, state, communities, and leaders at the National Day of Prayer event this coming Thursday, May 6, in Augusta. Prayer is as important today as it was in our country’s beginnings. Just as our Founding Fathers sought God’s guidance and wisdom, we want to do the same.

Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: Noon
Location: At the Capitol between the Maine State Museum and the Capitol Building. The address to locate this area is 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.

Seating is limited, so we encourage you to bring a chair.

Click here to find other NDP events in Maine.

Be sure to share this event with friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, You have been God of our nation and have blessed it for over 200 years because our laws reflected Your Word. We ask for forgiveness as we have slowly drifted away from You and Your ways and have brought on this nation disgrace and loss of blessing.  We pray for revival. May the National Day of Prayer gatherings here in Maine and across this nation be the beginning of a new resolve to follow You in all Your ways and make You Lord again. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2 Cor. 3:17: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Penny Morrell
State Director


Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. Donate here to contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine. If you prefer, you may send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line and send it to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more a

Protect Voter Integrity with Voter ID

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We all have a stake in protecting election integrity at every level in our nation. Our constitutional rights and liberties depend on the zealous protection of free and fair elections.

Recently, Concerned Women for America (CWA) completed a scorecard on election integrity for each state based on three important areas: (1) voter identification, (2) absentee/mail-in ballots, and (3) absentee ballot verification. Maine’s Election Integrity Rating (EIR) is 44%.

The Maine legislature has an opportunity to increase our EIR by passing two critical bills that pertain to voter ID: LD 557 that would require photographic identification for the purpose of voting, and LD 1083 that would create a voter identification system.

These two bills are scheduled before the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 7. Private citizens can submit testimony for the bill here. You may either submit testimony and/or submit testimony and speak on it when you are called on by the Chairman if you are on the Zoom meeting.

Take Action!

  • Contact the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee members and ask them to support LD 557 and LD 1083. Contact information for each committee member is below my signature.
  • Let your Representative and Senator know you support the bills. You will find your legislators listed alphabetically by the town in which you live.
  • If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know.
  • Forward this e-mail to friends and family and ask them to do the same.

Please Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to address our lawmakers in the free country we live in and for holding us accountable for keeping it free. May Your people answer the call to take action to preserve the integrity of our voting system in our state. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

May God bless your work keeping our voter process honest, fair, and legal. God bless! 

Penny Morrell
State Director


Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee Members
Senator Louis Luchini, Chairman e-mail: [email protected]
Senator Brad Farrin e-mail: [email protected]
Senator Craig Hickman e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Christopher Caiazzo, Chairman e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Patrick Corey e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Josanne Dolloff e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Matthew Harrington e-mail: [email protected]
Representative MaryAnne Kinney e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Jay McCreight e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Morgan Rielly e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Laura Supica e-mail: [email protected]
Representative John Tuttle e-mail: [email protected]
Representative Barbara Wood e-mail: [email protected]

He is Risen!

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“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for
I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He is
risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:25

We rejoice in this Easter season because, in Jesus, we have hope. It’s very clear by just looking around us that everything is not as it should be. Our world is filled with violence, greed, and pride. We look after ourselves and work to destroy anyone who gets in our way, no matter how small they might be.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” – Romans 5:8. As bad as we are, His goodness outweighs it all. The sacrifice God made in sending His Son to take our punishment on Himself can, if we’ll accept it, erase our guilt before Him. What we celebrate is freedom … freedom from the chains of our own sin.

As we celebrate Easter this year, may we be thankful for Christ’s willingness to pay the terrible price for our sins so we can escape God’s judgment and enter into His Kingdom.  May we rejoice in a living Savior who loves us and is working in us for His good pleasure.  Happy Easter!

Maranatha,
Penny Morrell
State Director

Calls Needed to Protect Businesses and Civic and Religious Organizations

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“The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”― President Harry S. Truman

The coronavirus pandemic continues to be front and center when it comes to our personal liberties. L.D. 628is a good bill that would require a two-thirds vote of Maine’s Legislative Council to temporarily or permanently close a business or a civic or religious organization due to an emergency proclamation of the Governor intended to subside, clean up, or mitigate whatever danger may exist within an affected area during any state of emergency.

A hearing on L.D. 628 will be heard in the State and Local Government Committee on Monday, March 29.You can keep updated on the bill here L.D. 628.

Take Action!

  • Contact the members of the State and Local Government Committee and ask them to support L.D. 628. Contact information for each committee member is below my signature.
  • Contact your representative and senator and let them know you support this bill. You will find your legislators listed alphabetically by the town in which they live.
  • If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let them know.
  • Forward this information to friends and family and encourage them to do the same.

Please Pray: Dear Father, during this pandemic we’ve been dealing with for over a year, our freedoms have been jeopardized. We ask You to protect civic and religious organizations from government overreach. May our Maine governor not inhibit the free exercise of our rights You have bestowed on us. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Penny Morrell
State Director


State and Local Government Committee Members

Mainers: Help Protect Election Integrity!

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We all have a stake in protecting election integrity at every level in our nation. Our constitutional rights and liberties depend on the zealous protection of free and fair elections. If we do not protect our voting process, we won’t enjoy our freedom as we have known it.

L.D. 580, a bad resolution that seeks to amend the Constitution of Maine regarding early voting procedures, will have a hearing on Monday, March 8, in the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The hearing starts at 10:30 a.m.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine believes we must seek to tighten voting procedures to ensure all entitled to vote may vote and no one vote who is not eligible. However, voter fraud is real, and seeking to enshrine early voting into the state constitution is a step in the wrong direction.

“Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.” Deuteronomy 1:13

Take Action:

  • Contact the members of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee listed below my signature. Urge them to oppose L.D. 580. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let the committee members know.
  • Consider submitting testimony in opposition of L.D. 580. Information concerning testimonies for the committee may be found here. You can submit your written testimony or submit and read your testimony during the committee hearing. All committee hearings are being held online through Zoom.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, please call Your people to protect the integrity of our elections and especially not amend our State Constitution to eliminate all protections of the voting process.  Thank You for all our freedoms that come from You and for giving us the responsibility of keeping them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

“By Me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.” Proverbs 8:16

Penny Morrell
State Director


Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee
Sen. Louis Luchini of Hancock-Chair (D-District 7) [email protected]
Sen. Susan Deschambault (D-District 32) [email protected]
Sen. Brad Farrin (R-District 3) [email protected]
Rep. Chris Caiazzo – Chair (D-District 28) [email protected]
Rep. Patrick Corey (R-District 25)  [email protected]
Rep. Josanne Dolloff (R-District 115) [email protected]
Rep. Matthew Harrington (R-District 19) [email protected]
Rep. MaryAnne Kinney (R-District 99) [email protected]
Rep. Jay McCreight (D-District 51) [email protected]
Rep. Morgan Rielly (D-District 34) [email protected]
Rep. Laura Supica (D-District 126) [email protected]
Rep. John Tuttle (D-District 18) [email protected]
Rep. Barbara Wood (D-District 38) [email protected]

State Director Testifies on Two Education Bills

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COVID-19 restrictions are wreaking havoc on our students’ education opportunities. Concerned Women for America of Maine State Director Penny Morrell testified in support of two important education bills pertaining to the coronavirus.

L.D. 70:  a bill that would allow a parent or guardian of a student who has been affected by COVID-19 to keep their student in the student’s current grade level.  Read Penny’s testimony.

LD 430: a bill to provide for school choice and online learning opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Penny’s testimony.

 

Parents, Not Schools, Decide

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The ongoing closure of schools due to COVID-19 is significantly interrupting student learning. Many students have fallen behind in their studies, and parents are considerably concerned about the rise in students’ failure rates. 

L.D. 70, a COVID-19 emergency bill, is a good bill that would allow a parent or guardian to request that their student not be promoted to the next grade level if the student has been affected by COVID-19. Concerned Women for America of Maine supports this bill because it gives the parent the authority to make decisions in their student’s best interest.

L.D. 70 will be heard before the Education and Cultural Services Committee this Wednesday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m. Calls and testimonies of support are needed. 

Take Action:

  • Contact your state representative and senator and ask them to support L.D. 70. To find your lawmakers, click on Representative and Senator. The list is alphabetical by town. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, then let them know.
  • Consider submitting testimony in support of L.D. 70. Information concerning testimonies for the committee may be found here. You can submit your written testimony or submit and read your testimony during the committee hearing. All committee hearings are being held online through Zoom.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, thank you for children and giving parents the authority and responsibility to raise them for You. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Please give wisdom to parents today to do that for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity.” 1 Timothy 3:4 

Penny Morrell
State Director

Maine Legislative Session Underway

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The 2021 Maine legislative session has begun. During this six-month session, we urge all members to participate as grassroots activists by praying and taking action when called upon by Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

It is imperative that your state legislators hear from you concerning CWA of Maine-supported pro-family, pro-life bills and help to defeat dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA of Maine opposes.

I will alert you via e-mail regarding these bills and ask you to contact your one senator and/or one representative after praying about the bill. For greater impact, please check your e-mails often and feel free to share these alerts with others.

If you do not know who your representative is, click here. They are listed alphabetically by town.  If you do not know who your senator is, click here.  The senators are also listed alphabetically by town.

The core issues of Concerned Women for America are:

  • Definition of the Family
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Education
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Religious Liberty
  • National Sovereignty
  • Support for Israel

We covet your prayers for our protection, health, wisdom, and guidance.  Asking God’s blessing upon you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Penny Morrell
State Director

Sign Up Today: Prayer Project Right Here in Maine

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Time to Sign up for the 2021-2022 Encourage-A-Legislator Program
Maine 130th Legislative Session
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  – James 5:16

It is time to recruit encouragers for our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for the 2021 Maine legislative session. We thank God for our wonderful volunteers who participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program each year. Some of you have been with us from the beginning – thank you!

If you are new to CWA of Maine, EAL is a program focused solely on prayer and encouragement for our 186 state legislators. Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA of Maine. Your benefit as an encourager is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

Here are the details:
Starting the second week in January of 2021, our EAL Program participants pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session. And once a month, participants send a CWA furnished postcard to their assigned legislator with encouraging words, letting them know that they are being prayed for daily.

This year we are asking participants to commit to the entire legislative session. The 130th session runs from January through June 2021 and reconvenes January through April 2022. Will you volunteer for this important prayer ministry?

Once signed up, participants receive an EAL packet, typically by the end of December. The packet includes instructions, a calendar mailing schedule, postcard suggestions, the name and biography of their assigned legislator, and 10 CWA of Maine EAL postcards.

Take Action:

  • Sign up today by contacting Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, Catherine Carsley, by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (207) 212-9394. Cathy will need your name, physical mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and how many legislators you would like to encourage.
  • Please forward this to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating. 

Please Pray: Dear Father, please inspire CWA members and friends to become a pray-er and encourager for Maine’s legislative body. May each legislator be thoroughly encouraged and drawn closer to Yourself as they are encouraged and prayed for daily. All praise and thanks.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

We look forward to hearing from you!

Penny Morrell
State Director

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Praise and Prayer Rally in Augusta on November 14

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“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 

I want to invite you to a time of united prayer and praise as we reflect upon this past year concerning COVID-19, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, successful pro-life policies, the presidential election, and more. We will also pray for America’s future. We will pray for the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia on January 5, 2021, determining which party controls the U.S. Senate.  We will pray for God’s blessing and guidance for whoever our president and vice president will be.

CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance recently stated, “The news media does not get to call the election. We will let the legal process play out, and if former Vice President Biden is the winner, we will congratulate him, pray for him, and engage him to do the right thing on the issues about which we care.” Please read the press release in its entirety here.

We will meet at the corner of State and Capitol Streets, across from the Blaine House (192 State St, Augusta), this Saturday, November 14, at 4:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and cell phone or candle.

Please send this e-alert to friends and family and bring them along to pray too.

Please Pray:  Dear Father, You say in your word that an effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, so I ask that you send Your people out to pray corporately for our communities, state, and nation. We seek Your will for us individually and as a nation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Penny Morrell
State Director

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A Few Simple Things You Can Do

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So much is happening around us that can cause people to wonder “what in the world is going on?” We are watching friends and fellow Mainers lose their livelihoods out of no fault of their own; we know people who have contracted the coronavirus, and there appears to be an all-out assault on our civil liberties, especially our religious liberties.

 

Few can argue the fact that leading up to COVID-19, there was an increasing apathy toward the things that matter to God. Our state and nation have traded the goodness of God for what the world has to offer. And we have become less concerned about telling others about Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but recent events have stirred in me an even deeper commitment to want to make a difference in my country. And more importantly, I want others to experience the peace that only Jesus Christ can offer. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not willing that any should perish.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is rooted in prayer. We believe the Bible is our standard for living and that a country and its people will only thrive when the foundation is built on His truths. So even in these uncertain times there are ways to engage, and I wanted to offer several ways you can take action and pray.

Take Action:

  • Ask the Lord to show you a person(s) who needs prayer and then be sure to pray for them.
  • Ask the Lord to guide you to a person with whom you can share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The simplest way to do it is just to share what Jesus means to you and what He has done in your life. Use these verses to guide your conversation: John 3:16 and Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, and 10:13.
  • Send this message to family and friends.

Please Pray: Dear Father, we are struggling worldwide because of this pandemic.  It is a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel as people share their own personal struggles.  Please show each reader of this message at least one person with whom to share Your truth.  As You do this, it will be confirmation that You want it done.  May You have the glory.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

“This world is not our home; we are just a passing through.”  Everything we do for God will last for eternity.  May you be blessed by knowing God used You to enlarge His Kingdom.

 

Maranatha! 

Penny Morrell
State Director

“I drove 70 Miles to Support a Local Business Owner”

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After watching Tucker Carlson’s interview with Rick Savage, owner of Sunday River Brewing Company, my husband and I were compelled to drive 70 miles today to stand alongside Rick and his right to a livelihood for both his workers and his family.

We Mainers have followed the early COVID-19 guidance put out by Gov. Janet Mills. We understood the need for the initial Stay-At-Home order so as to protect the most vulnerable among us. However, Gov. Mills’ extended Stay-At-Home order and plans to gradually reopen the state, are unreasonable and will have dire consequences on both the emotional and economic well-being of Mainers.

God’s Word says if you don’t work, you don’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Mainers are ready and willing to get back to work.  We call on Gov. Mills to allow our state to reopen for business sooner rather than later.

Take Action

  1. Contact Gov. Mills and urge her to reopen Maine businesses and allow Mainers to go back to work. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine and that you are praying for her and her team. You can email her or call (207) 287-3531.
  2. Please send this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, in the middle of this pandemic, help us see beyond the immediate, knowing You are in control, and our lives are in Your hands. Please grant Gov. Mills and her team wisdom to do what is best for our health, safety, and economy. Psalm 91 promises us that “You are our refuge and fortress whom we trust to save us from the plague that destroys at midday.”

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen 

Penny Morrell
State Director