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April 7 Prayer/Action Alert: Put On the Whole Armor of God!

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The Washington state legislature concluded its 2020 session on Thursday, March 12.  Unfortunately, many of the bills that we opposed passed, the worse one being ESSB 5395, the comprehensive sexual education bill, which Gov. Jay Inslee signed on March 27.  Read more here.

We Continue to Fight!
Before the governor signed the bill, thousands of concerned Washington State citizens showed up in Olympia at a rally in opposition to the bill. Even though the bill has been signed into law, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington and other state organizations are committed now more than ever to fight back against this government intrusion into our classrooms and our homes. I will be sure to update you on our efforts and how you can participate.

Prayer During Uncertain Times
The most important thing we need to do today is to PRAY!  While we pay attention to guidelines from the government concerning COVID-19, we need to pray for Almighty God’s guidance, mercy, and grace during this national crisis.  We need to pray for national repentance. Now is the time to take up the full armor of God and to pray without ceasing (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Please visit CWA’s COVID-19 Resource Center. The site provides an opportunity to submit a prayer request (CWA wants to pray for you!), homeschooling resources, CDC Coronavirus resources, a message from CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance, and more.

Please Take Action:

  1. Beyond personal prayer time, you might consider a prayer walk through your neighborhood, community, or state capital, or call others and share a prayer time for our nation and our families.
  2. Forward this email on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and act!

Please Pray:
Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and our nation (governing authorities, essential business workers, healthcare workers, military members, emergency response teams, police, firefighters) during this crisis. Take the opportunity to reach out in love to others who are fearful and feel hopeless. Tell them about the hope found in our Savior, Christ Jesus.

Thank you for continuing to stand in the gap to protect our nation against the invisible viral enemy and the escalating attacks on Biblical principles and God’s people!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

March 16 Prayer Action Alert: Call the Governor to Veto the Sex Ed Bill!

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Over the past three months, I have been raising the alarm concerning SB 5395, the comprehensive sexual education bill mandating that public schools across our state teach an inappropriate sexual education curriculum. Read here, here, and here.

Many of you have made calls and sent emails to your state legislators urging them to vote against this egregious bill. Thank you! And, over 3,000 people gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia last week to protest the bill. Outstanding!

In spite of our diligence, both houses of the Washington state legislature passed ESSB 5395 (formerly SB 5395) last week, and it is now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature.

Urgent Action Needed!

  1. Call the governor’s office at 360-902-4111 and urge him to VETO ESSB 5395 for the protection of our children’s innocence, respect for parental authority, and for religious right of conscience.
  2. E-mail the same message to Gov. Inslee.
  3. Forward this alert to all concerned citizens, especially parents with children in both public and charter schools.  Encourage them to pray and take action.

Please Pray!
Pray that the heart of the governor will be tendered toward the innocence of our children and veto the bill. Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and the right to exercise our religious values in our homes and our daily lives outside our homes and churches.

We must persevere in this battle to protect our children by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

March 4 Prayer/Action Alert: Calls Needed on Sex Ed Bill!

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I first want to thank all of you who have diligently contacted state legislators about the bills in the February alert. Several of you have told me you called and emailed to express your concerns about issues that will have a huge effect on our families and our culture. Scripture tells us in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in well-doing, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.”

Urgent: In particular, I want to thank those who have called the Legislative Hotline to oppose SB 5395, a comprehensive sex ed bill. The bill passed the Senate, the House Education Committee, and now sits before the full House – and a vote is imminent. If SB 5395 passes in the House, it will return to the Senate for another vote with the changes made by the House. If this comprehensive sexual health education bill passes, it will strip children of their innocence beginning in Kindergarten and strip parents of their rights to raise their children according to their family values, religious beliefs, and morality.

It is important that we continue to put pressure on our representatives and senators concerning SB 5395.

  1. Please Take Action:
    Contact your House member today and urge him/her to oppose SB 5395. You can contact your House member using the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000 (open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.) or using the online Bill Comment page to say you oppose 5395. Click here to find your legislator. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  2. Forward this email on to friends and family. Encourage them to act and pray.

Please Pray: Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and the right to exercise our religious values in our homes and our daily lives outside our homes and churches.

Thank you also to those who have participated in our Encourage-A-Legislator program.  Once again, we covered all 147 legislators with prayer and encouraging words. As the legislature wraps up its 2020 session on March 12, continue to pray for safety and good decisions for the people of Washington.

Do not grow weary! Continue to stand in the gap to protect our culture against the escalating attacks on Biblical principles and God’s people! We will reap a harvest! Thank you for your continuing support!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

February 6 Prayer/Action Alert: Who Should Raise Your Children?

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Overview

Too many Washington state activists and legislators continue to insist that they know best how to raise our children. They want us to believe that social-emotional learning in the public schools is necessary and superior to family authority over those children for whom they are legally responsible until age eighteen. The Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) bills (SB 5395 and HB 2184) being considered by our state legislature strip children of their innocence beginning in Kindergarten and strip parents of their rights to raise their children according to their family values, religious beliefs, and morality. Also, there are two bills intended to force all public schools to have health centers (SB 6279 and HB 2288), supposedly making it easier for children to access health care. The government’s overreach is clear in these four bills.

Why does Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington care? Why do we pray and get involved?  CWA was founded to counteract the feminist movement of the 1970s by presenting a Biblical worldview on family and other issues. While feminism was roaring, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye stepped into the void with her spiritual armor in place and began to fight. We still need to stand in the gap and on the wall to defend our Judeo-Christian principles. Ezekiel puts it this way, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it…” (Ezekiel 22:30a) As believers we are called to have both faith and works (James 2:17). Let us defend both our faith and the absolute principles it promotes, thus protecting the family that God in His wisdom created.

Status and action items on bills CWA of Washington opposes:

Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE)

SB 5395 – Status:  Passed the Senate and is in the House Education Committee.

HB 2184 – Status:  Voted out of the House Education Committee on Monday, February 3. It now goes to the House floor for a vote.

Take Action:
Call your two state representatives TODAY and urge them to vote NO on HB 2184 and SB 5395:  Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000. Click here to locate your legislators.

School-based health centers

SB 6279 – This bill would expand school-based health centers, stating “that the Washington integrated student supports protocol … that helps fulfill a vision of public education where educators focus on education, students focus on learning, and auxiliary supports enable teaching and learning to occur unimpeded. The legislature recognizes school-based health centers as one of these auxiliary supports.” (page 1, line 9-17)  These centers will provide “integrated medical, mental health, and other health care services.” (page 2, line 29) There is no mention of parental involvement in either the development or implementation process. This bill clearly undermines and interferes with parental authority, including parents’ ability to carefully choose the right medical provider for their children according to personal needs and values.

Status:  The January 24, public hearing in the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee was well attended with good opposition.

Take Action:
Contact members of that Senate Committee, especially the chairman, and urge them to oppose the bill.

HB 2288 – Similar to SB 6279, the bill states, “The legislature recognizes that school-based health centers may be an important component of education for common school students” (page 1, line 7-9). Again, this is government interference with parental rights, family authority, and individual rights to personal religious and moral values.

Status: On January 27, there was a public hearing in the House Education Committee. Scheduled for executive session today, February 6, at 8:00 a.m. in the House Education Committee (Subject to change).

Take Action:
Call the House Education Committee Chairman Sharon Santos and ask that her committee respect family rights to choose the appropriate medical care for their children and to oppose the bill.

Status and action items on bills CWA of Washington supports:

HB 2648 – This bill expands parental involvement in sexual education. It promotes parental choice, promotes abstinence as an equally valid approach to sexual education, and allows local districts more choices.

Status:  Referred to the House Education Committee.

Take Action:
Call the members of the House Education Committee and ask them to approve the bill and send it to the floor for a vote. Hotline:  1-800-562-6000

HB 2201 – This bill promotes equitable competition between students who participate in school athletic activities. From the bill: “(1)  Rules and policies adopted in accordance with RCW 28A.600.200 by a school district board of directors or a voluntary nonprofit entity must prohibit male students from competing with and against female students in athletic activities with separate classifications for male and female students if the athletic activity is:  (a) Intended for female students; and (b) An individual competition sport. (2)  For the purposes of this section, ‘male students’ means students whose sex assigned at birth was male.” (page 2, line 32-page 3, line 2)

Status:  Referred to the House Education Committee.

Take Action: Call the House Education Committee Chairman Sharon Santos and ask her to support this common-sense bill.

When you contact your legislators, let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Share this alert with your friends and family to educate them on these issues.

Please pray that legislators will listen to our words and remember they represent “we the people.”

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

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January 22 Prayer/Action Alert: Protect the Innocence of Our Children and Grandchildren!

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In Matthew 18:6, Jesus warns, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” What’s being proposed in HB 2184, a bill before the Washington legislature, is very dangerous. Are you willing to take a stand to protect our children and grandchildren?  We must stop the overt attack on the innocence of childhood by our government!  Legislators need to be held to account for invading our families’ sovereignty by disrespecting our right to guide our children with regard to morality and religious beliefs.

HB 2184 is the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSE) bill which is based on the Washington state health and physical education K-12 learning standards (beginning on page 28.). The bill allows an unelected “sexual health education workgroup” to make recommendations concerning CSE. In a September 2019 poll, 58% of those polled voted in opposition to the CSE. LeAnna Benn of Teen-Aid discusses the poll and the widespread concern of the standards here.

There was a hearing on this bill on January 16, 2020. Two hundred people showed up and many more sent in comments.  The bill was scheduled for an executive session on January 23, but it has been removed.  This does NOT mean the bill is inactive, so we need to continue to act.

Take Action Today!

  1. Contact the Chair of the House Committee on Education, Rep. Sharon Santos ASAP. Click here for her contact information. Contact Chairperson Santos even if you do not live in her district.
  2. Contact each member of the Education Committee if your time allows.
  3. Contact your district legislators at the Hotline: 800-562-6000 (Monday – Friday/8:00 a.m. -7 p.m.) if your time allows. Click here to find your legislator.

Talking points:  Primary responsibility for sexual health education is with parents and guardians.  HB 2184 invades family rights to personal morality and religious beliefs.  While there is an option to excuse children from these classes, that requires adults to be aware and notified, then file a written request. Even if a student is excused from attending the class, this still puts the student at risk of the course content when other children share the information with them or ridicule them for not participating.

Related bill: SB 5395 was passed in Senate in 2019 on a vote of 28 to 21. SB 5395 can be sent to the House and once in the House Education Committee it can be voted out without another hearing.

 Take Action Today!
When you contact Chairperson Santos and the members of the House Education Committee concerning HB 2184, let them know you oppose SB 5395, the companion bill to HB 2184.  Remember, a bill is not dead until the end of the session and, as with this one, can be reintroduced and moved along.

Please pray that HB 2184 is stopped in committee and does not proceed to the House floor for a vote. Pray that SB 5395 does not go to the House floor for a vote. Also, pray that parents and guardians will take responsibility for the protection of their children and oppose such government aggression into their private lives.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

We the people

CWA of Washington Recommends This Upcoming Rally

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Alert: The rally scheduled in Olympia for Wednesday, January 15, has been canceled due to the weather forecast for snow. Click here for more details.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washingtonrecommends attending the2020 Freedom Rally in Olympia next week to show your opposition to the state of Washington’s government overreach into our lives.

Over-reaching government affects at least four of CWA’s seven core issues: family and the definition of marriage, education and parental authority, sexual exploitation and the sexualization of our children through public school curriculum, and religious liberty. CWA’s mission is to enable our members to apply Biblical principles to all levels of public policy and, when government oversteps their authority, to pray and take action to protect our families.

Rally Details:
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: Noon (Prayer on the Capitol steps at 10:30 a.m.)
Location: Steps of the State Capitol in Olympia, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Click here for all the details.

Not all issues addressed at the rally are within CWA’s core issues. However, the four issues mentioned above are important enough for us to support this rally.

“…since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

I hope you will join me at the rally next Wednesday, January 15.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
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Sign Up Today: 2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign

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“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made
for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who
desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- I Timothy 2:1-4

Because Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are asking you to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2020 Washington legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards.

Washington has 147 state legislators (49 senators and 98 representatives). Our elected officials need to know that people like you and me – who understand the power of prayer and what a refreshing word does for the soul – will be praying for them.

Would you commit to adopt one of our state legislators and pray for him or her daily during the sixty-day session (January-March)? In addition to praying for your assigned legislator, you will send him/her a weekly pre-printed postcard that contains a Scripture verse or quote and space for you to write a prayer or personal note of encouragement. The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

CWA of Washington has implemented this program for many years with great success.  Legislators have responded with humble appreciation.  Faithful prayer warriors are necessary and needed. Sign up today and we will assign you a legislator and supply you with the postcards and instructions.

Any questions? Contact me at 425-869-1923 or e-mail me at [email protected].

Time to take action: 1.) Fill out this form and mail to CWA of Washington, P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA  98072.  Or, e-mail the information requested in the form to [email protected]. 2.) Consider giving by writing a check to “CWA” with “CWA of WA” in the memo line. Or, give online. 3.) Then, encourage others to do the same!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

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October 31 Prayer/Action Alert: Power, Love, and Sound Mind

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“For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

Greetings from our state office!  We so appreciate your membership in Concerned Women for America (CWA). Because of YOU, CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation!

When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy and told him that “God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” Paul was encouraging Timothy to use God’s gift of faith to influence others through his testimony of our Lord.  In Acts 5:29, the apostles responded to powerful people with, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

Our October 19 event in Everett, “For Such A Time As This,” both strengthened and equipped the attendees to fulfill both of these verses.

Here are some attendee comments concerning the event:

“Saturday’s CWA event went very well with 50 in attendance to hear four diverse speakers regarding areas where Christians need to be actively engaged in prayer and support for our Christian values, conscience, and outreach. Our freedom in living out our faith in America depends upon it.

“Valuable updates on changes in education and legislation in our state; Information about how to pray for Christians around the world; Great dramatization of Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China over 100 years ago!”

“We don’t get this information anywhere else!  Thank you, CWA!”

“The speakers shared so much good information and inspired us to become involved in our state and national public policy process. This is consistent with what the Bible says in Romans 13:1-3: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God”. Therefore, we need to have people of faith in the government to maintain the original intent of our Founding Fathers. Thank you, Jesus, for a great conference. Please keep us motivated to stay involved, especially since 2020 is an election year.” 

CWA of Washington is grateful to Pastor Shahram Hadian, Sharon Hanek, State Rep. Luanne Van Werven, and Susue Boer for making this an inspiring and memorable event for our attendees.

Take a Stand for Life!
The current 40 Days for Life campaign runs through November 3.  40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Click here for locations.

Pray
Please pray that concerned Christian citizens will engage in the spiritual and cultural battles happening all around us. Pray for our nation to remain “One nation under God.”

Volunteer
We have several volunteer opportunities with CWA of Washington:

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Washington alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Washington? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, call, and show up to testify on bills related to our seven core issues. Training is provided.
  • Encourage A Legislator! Please pray about participating in our prayer campaign for Washington State legislators for 2020.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Washington team.

Partner with Us
Concerned Women for America of Washington strives to keep you informed about state issues related to your family. Please support us with a gift either to our mailing address below or give online. If you wish to mail a check, please make the check payable to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of Washington” on the memo line. Thank you for your prayers and support for such a time as this. You are appreciated!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

September Prayer/Action Alert: Watch and Stand Fast

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Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Benjamin Franklin gave this advice, “A Nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.  It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” This quote supports what our Declaration of Independence says, “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.” America rose to greatness because our Founders built this nation on Judeo-Christian principles – principles that promote and protect individual rights. We must preserve these rights for future generations.

Register Today for October 19 Event: For Such a Time as This
We invite you to attend CWA of Washington’s upcoming event on Saturday, October 19 – an event to equip you to be a 21st Century Esther “for such a time as this.” These were the words Esther’s Uncle Mordecai used to encourage her to stand before the king to protect God’s people. We invite concerned women and like-minded men!

The event topics are the “War on Christians” and “One Nation Without God.” We will hear from State Rep. Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) and enjoy a drama presentation by Faith Heroines.  Our event will begin with a delicious lunch, followed by an exciting afternoon intended to educate and encourage you to be on the winning side of today’s spiritual battle to preserve and protect our families.  You must pre-register for the event and to reserve your seat for lunch. The deadline to register for the event (including lunch) is Saturday, October 12. If you just want to attend the event (no lunch), the registration deadline is Thursday, October 17.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) for more information and to register for this event.  You may also mail a check made out to Concerned Women for America with “CWA of WA meeting” on the memo line to P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA 98072. Cost per person: $25 with lunch (11:00 a.m.) or $5 attendance only (Noon).

Pray
Please pray that concerned Christian citizens will engage in the spiritual and cultural battles happening all around us. Pray for our nation to remain “One nation under God.”

Volunteer
We have several volunteer opportunities with CWA of Washington:

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Washington alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Washington? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, call, and show up to testify on bills related to our seven core issues.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Washington team.

Take a Stand for Life!
The next 40 Days for Life runs September 25 through November 3. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Click here for details.

Take a Stand for Truth!
Encourage students to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day on Thursday, October 3. Click here for details.

Partner with Us
Concerned Women for America of Washington strives to keep you informed about state issues related to your family. Please support us with a gift either to our mailing address below or give online. If you wish to mail a check, please write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line. Thank you for your prayers and support for such a time as this. You are appreciated.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

August 2 Prayer/Action Alert: For such a time as this…

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I pray this letter finds you hopeful, praising, and trusting God and His holy word. As you know, the battle between Biblical and secular worldviews is intensifying. Liberalism, progressivism, false religions, and those who are coming against Christians and their beliefs seem intent on destroying the Judeo-Christian traditions upon which our nation was built, whether in the spiritual, moral, or public policy realm. Nevertheless, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington continues to stand in the gap in the cultural war to promote and protect Biblical values among all citizens. Thank you for your participation. Together we will continue to

Pray
Please pray that concerned Christian citizens will begin to engage in the spiritual and cultural battles happening all around us.

Volunteer
We have several opportunities to engage as volunteers with CWA of Washington:

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Washington alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Washington? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, call, and show up to testify on bills related to our seven core issues.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA  of Washington team.

Save the Date
CWA of Washington is hosting an event in Everett on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Our guest speakers and drama presentation will educate you on the current war on Christianity and the tactics employed by those who wish to silence Biblical truth. The event will equip and encourage you to stand in the gap for Judeo-Christian values “for such a time as this.” Please set aside October 19 and plan to join us for lunch and an afternoon of education, inspiration, and fellowship with likeminded people! Watch for more information to come.

Take Action
Your Help is Needed: Conscience Care Rule — Action Center

In July, we had a huge victory surrounding the Title X program and a finalized rule we asked for your help generating comments on last summer. Yet again, we have the opportunity to back up the good work that President Trump is doing through the official rulemaking process.

We need your help commenting on this proposed pro-life rule so that it will move forward. Click here for more information on the Conscience Care Rule. The deadline to post comments is Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Partner with Us
Concerned Women for America of Washington strives to keep you informed about state issues related to your family. Please support us with a gift either to our mailing address below or give online. If you decide to mail a check please write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line. Thank you for your prayers and support for such a time as this. You are appreciated.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

June 25 Prayer Action Alert: Be a Light in the Darkness

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“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  John 1:5
“Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

We are called to be light in the darkness and to speak boldly because of our hope in Christ Jesus. Now more than ever, you are needed to be a light in the darkness!

Here are ways you can be light bearers in our state:

Attend or Start a Prayer/Action Chapter
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington Prayer/Action Chapters around the state gather monthly to pray, educate, and take appropriate action on issues related to CWA’s seven core issues: defense of family, sanctity of human life, education, sexual exploitation, religious liberty, national sovereignty, and support for Israel.  Please consider joining or leading a chapter in your community!  It is easy, and it encourages so many of us to regularly pray for our nation and our families as we witness the increasing cultural darkness. Contact our state office for more information on CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters or to find out how to start a chapter.

Pray and Take Action
Comprehensive sex education reminder. If you are concerned about the sex education class offered in your school district, you may opt your child out. Contact your local school for the opt-out protocol. Earlier this year, CWA of Washington recommended considering viable alternatives to the state’s sex ed curriculum. One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid Spokane has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values. Please visit their website to consider enrolling your student.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Drag queens are showing up in public libraries around the state to read books to young children from which parents might not approve. This is an outright assault on our children and parents are beginning to show up at library board meetings to protest this egregious attack on our culture values. Much prayer and action are needed on this very spiritually dark issue.

Update on Barronelle Stutzman. Over the past few years, we have prayed diligently for the case of Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman. Barronelle is the florist who was sued by our Attorney General because she declined to provide flowers to celebrate a same-sex wedding due to her religious beliefs. You can read about the update on her case here. Please continue to pray for Barronelle and the protection of our religious liberty.

Remember to check the CWA national website for updates on ongoing issues: Together, let us shed God’s light boldly into the cultural darkness!

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
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April 30 Prayer/Action Alert: Do not lose heart!

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“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

 

National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is this Thursday, May 2. Please consider participating in an NDP event near you.

Prayer/Action Chapters
Prayer is the most effective way to influence the culture for God’s Truth.  Please consider starting a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.  James reminds us that prayer without action is dead (James 2:20), so activate your faith and pray with others who share our Biblical worldview! Contact me today via e-mail or phone (425-869-1923)to learn how you can start a chapter in your local community.

Legislative Update
The 2019 Washington State Legislature has officially ended! We had some great victories this session. Because of your voice and the hard work of the pro-family coalition, which CWA of Washington is a part, we successfully stopped SB 5395; the state mandated, state-defined public school radical sex education curriculum. The universal home visitation bill, HB 1771, which would have allowed the government to invade the privacy of our homes and families, was also stopped dead in its tracks. And HB 1016, the rape kit bill, is headed to the governor for his signature.  Thank you for your prayers and actions!

Sadly, the Social-Emotional Learning bill, SB 5082,passed both houses and awaits the governor’s signature. Stay informed and alert to this issue in your local public schools.

At the national level in Washington, D.C., CWA continues to stand against the so-called “Equality Act.” Click here to educate yourself on the Equality Act and then contact our U.S. senators and congressmen and urge them to vote against this dangerous bill that will eradicate the gains women have fought so hard for over the past 40 years.

Do not lose heart!  Keep fighting the good fight to protect our families, our culture, and our God-given freedoms!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

 

To support our work, please consider donating online. If you choose to mail a check to our post office box, write “CWA” on the main line and “CWA of WA” on the memo line. 

Thank you!

April 17 Prayer/Action Alert: Be Refreshed

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“The generous prosper and are satisfied.  Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11:2

This is such a wonderful season to celebrate the reason for our faith and our hope!  We at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington wish you an Easter season full of blessings. Witness to others of the faithfulness of our loving God who refreshes us so that we can refresh others. Thank you for praying for our nation, for our state, and for our families.

Legislative Update
We are in the final two weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. All of the bills that CWA of Washington took a stand on have gone through the legislative process.  A hearty thanks to all of you who participated along the way through your prayers and actions.

Click on the bill number for additional information. 

Legislative Update
HB 1016, relating to hospital notification of the availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. Because of your support, this very good bill passed in the House 96:0 and in the Senate 46:0 with 3 excused. 

To our disappointment, a few bad bills passed:

SB 5082, promotes and expands social-emotional learning.

SB 5356, establishes the Washington state LGBTQ commission.

SB 5395, mandates that all public-school districts teach state-defined comprehensive sexual education.  Please continue to pray that this bill will not re-emerge.  Also, if you are concerned about the sexual education offered in your district, you may opt out your child.

CWA of Washington encourages parents to be fully informed about the state’s “comprehensive sexual health education” curriculum, and if the curriculum is considered unacceptable, then we recommend considering viable alternatives. One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values.  

At the national level in Washington, D.C., CWA is fighting hard against the so-called “Equality Act.”  Click here to educate yourself on the Equality Act and then contact our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and urge them to vote against this dangerous bill that will eradicate the gains women have fought so hard for over the last several generations.

Remember to be generous in your prayers and your witness for Christ Jesus, despite the opposition we see all around us.  God honors those who honor Him.  May this Resurrection Day refresh us as we remember the sacrifice made for all mankind so that we might be saved from the ways of the world and enjoy eternity with Him.

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

April 12 Prayer/Action Alert: Be Strong

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“But as for you, be strong and do not give up,
for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

“The only fight which is lost is that which we give up.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor

These were the encouraging words our state Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator mailed to those who are praying for our state legislators this session. I hope they are an encouragement to you today.

The 2019 legislative session ends on April 28, and we need you to keep praying and taking action! I so appreciate the faithful prayers and actions of those like yourself, those who volunteer within our Encourage-A-Legislator program, Steering Committee members, Prayer/Action Leaders and Home Team Captains. You are the heart and hands of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington!

40 Days for Life Update
This is it! With one week to go, we know of 374 babies spared from abortion because you answered the call to pray at your local 40 Days for Life vigil! Haven’t made it out yet? It’s not too late.

40 Days for Life is a wonderful opportunity to put one of our CWA core issues into action!  Please add your presence and prayers to your local 40 Days for Life gatherings.

Legislative Update
We are in the final three weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session.  Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for all three of your state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

For the bills listed below, click on the bill number to check the most current status and for additional bill information.

Keep Up the Pressure!

EDUCATION:
SB 5395 substitute – mandates state-defined comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools. Thanks to your efforts, this bill has stalled in the House Education Committee. However, it could be revived by House leadership or brought up in a special session.  Pray that won’t happen!

SB 5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. CWA opposes this bill because it would impose state-defined values on our children rather than families teaching their cultural or religious values.

Current status: April 9, passed through Rules Committee and is on 2nd reading.  Next, it will go to the floor and voted on by all members of the House of Representatives.

Take Action: Contact your two representatives through the Hotline to request a NO vote! 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:
SB 5356 substitute – relating to establishing the Washington state LGBTQ commission.  This bill would create a commission to protect a particular group of people.  We believe everyone’s rights should be equally protected based on the liberties outlined in the U. S. Bill of Rights.  Setting up a commission to specifically protect one group of people could jeopardize our constitutionally protected freedoms such as religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Current status: April 8, passed through the House Appropriations Committee and is on Rules 2 review, then headed to the House floor for a vote.  Already passed Senate 34:14.

Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356. 

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
HB 1016 relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.

Current status: Passed in the House 96:0. In the Senate: April 9 In Rules Committee for 2nd reading and headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

Take action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill. 

Remember, be strong and do not give up!  Pray and take action to protect your freedoms!

If you are interested in helping CWA grow in this state, please contact the state office through the telephone number, e-mail or mailing address below.  As a member, you are very appreciated!  This is your CWA!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

March 27 Prayer/Action Alert

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“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” James Madison wisely warned us that we need to be informed. Given the ease of learning about what is happening in government, we have no excuse for not acting upon our concerns. Thank you for praying, being educated, and taking action on bills currently in the Washington State Legislature. Your responses are helping turn the tide on some very bad bills that would seriously infringe on our First Amendment rights and our family authority.

Legislative Update
We are in the final weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for any of your three state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

For the bills listed below, click on the bill number to check the most current status and for additional bill information.

EDUCATION
CWA of Washington is actively engaged in opposing two very dangerous bills: SB 5395, Comprehensive Sex Education and SB 5082, Social Emotional Learning. Your calls and emails have been noticed, but we must keep up the pressure!

Substitute SB 5395 mandates state-defined comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools.This bill is an invasion of our families’ right to teach their values to their children at the appropriate ages. It also interferes with the people’s right to elect school board members who will represent their community’s values. CWA opposes this bill.

SB5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. As with SB 5395, this bill imposes state-defined standards for behavior and healthy relationships and ignores cultural and religious diversity. While we promote respectful treatment of all others despite differences, this bill would criminalize certain beliefs regarding sexuality.  CWA opposes this bill.

Immediate Action Needed!
The Executive Session for the Education Committee meets this Thursday, March 28, so we have until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to influence the committee. The chairman decides which bills the committee will vote on, so our input RIGHT NOW is especially important.

Please call the following four people and urge them to oppose both SB 5395 and SB 5082.

  1. House Education Committee Chair Sharon Tomiko-Santos (D-District 37) Phone: (360) 786-7944.
  2. Minority Leader Mike Steele (R-District 12) Phone: (360) 786-7832.
  3. Your state representatives. If you have already called, please call again.

Additional Action Item for SB 5395
From Research Mom, a frequent speaker at our CWA meetings:“Send a message to your school and our legislators by opting out of mandated sexual health education for your children TODAY!”

Fill out the “Washington State Parent and Student Opt-Out Notice” and submit a copy to your school AND email a copy to your two representatives and one senator. Email a copy to everyone on the House Education Committee

You may be told you must view the curriculum first (not necessary) or you may be told that the timing is wrong. By submitting this letter, you are putting themon notice that you are serious about taking your child out of sexual health education classes this year and in the future.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
SB 5356 relates to theestablishment of the Washington State LGBTQ Commission. There is no mention of religious liberty in the text of this bill nor any mention of people of faith on the commission. There is a very real danger to our First Amendment rights being outlawed if this commission is established. CWA opposes this bill.

Current Status: March 27 – Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 p.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356.

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
HB 1016-relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.

 Current Status: Passed in the House 96:0.
In the Senate: March 29 – Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 a.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill.

We must be watchmen on the wall for God’s principles, so please pray for our families and our state and our nation, that we remain One Nation Under God.

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

 

To support our work, please consider donating online here. If you choose to mail a check to our post office box, write “CWA” on the main line and “CWA of WA” on the memo line.  Thank you!

March 15 Prayer/Action Alert: For Truth

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George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains taken to bring it to light.” Amid a crumbling culture, we must stand firm to defend our Judeo-Christian values. History has taught us that strong families are the foundation of a strong nation.
Consider a Biblical sex-education alternative: Teen-Aid
As the state seeks to promote its definition of “healthy” relationships, the Body of Christ must continue to stand for God’s principles. Parents can opt their children out of the state standards for “comprehensive sexual health education” by submitting a written request to their school district’s Board of Directors or their school’s principal. Parents may also review the curriculum offered in their child’s school by written request. CWA of Washington encourages parents to be fully informed about the state’s “comprehensive sexual health education” curriculum, and if the curriculum is considered unacceptable, then we recommend considering viable alternatives.One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values. You can learn more about the program here.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
 We are in the second half of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators. Click here to find out who they are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for any of your three state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

Click on the bill number to check the status and for additional bill information.


EDUCATION
 SB 5395 mandates comprehensive sexual health  education for all public schools. CWA opposes this  bill.

Parents will always be the best teachers when it  comes to the issue of sex education, not the  government.

Current Status: There was a hearing on SB 5395 in the House Education Committee on March 12. I am thrilled to report that those who opposed the bill showed up en masse wearing stickers and specified clothing colors. The hearing room was filled to capacity as well as four overflow rooms. This was a clear testimony that “we the people” stand unified against the state interfering with local school districts and the citizens they represent, as well as disrespecting parental authority and family/religious/cultural values.

At this point, there are no further hearings scheduled, so pray, pray, pray for its defeat!

Take ActionCall all three of your state legislators again and urge them to vote NO on SB 5395!

SB5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. CWA opposes this bill.

Our schools are failing to teach basic needed educational skills. School hours must be dedicated primarily to the three R’s, not promoting subjective values. Wouldn’t modeling the Golden Rule solve many of the social issues?

Current Status: Senate passed 30:18. March 14 – public hearing in House Committee on Education; March 21 – executive session scheduled for the same committee.

Take Action: Call your two state representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5082.


RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
SB 5356 establishes the Washington state LGBTQ commission. CWA opposes this bill.

This commission is clearly intended to 1) improve and advocate for LGBTQ interface and equity in all aspects of state government, 2) advocate for legislation affecting LGBTQ people, 3) work as a liaison between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to economic and health equity, and 4) calls for the celebration of LGBTQ in art, etc. There is no provision for religious or moral objection anywhere in this bill. Would churches and other religious organizations eventually be forced to comply with the goals of the bill?

Current Status: March 8 – First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations.

March 20 – Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 p.m. (subject to change)

Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356.


SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
HB 1016 relates to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.

Current Status: Passed in the House 96:0. In the Senate: February 11 – First reading, referred to Health & Long-Term Care Committee. No further movement recorded.

Take Action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill.


“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  -Proverbs 16:3

PRAY! EDUCATE OTHERS! ENGAGE BY CONTACTING YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF SPECIFIC COMMITTEES!

Please keep yourself informed on issues of concern from a Biblical perspective at concernedwomen.org.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

To support the work of CWA of Washington, please donate online. If you choose to mail a check to our post office box, write it out to “CWA” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line. Thank you!

February 27 Prayer/Action Alert: For Freedom!

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Thomas Jefferson advised, “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington seeks to inform our members so that they can pray and take action effectively. Please diligently read this prayer/action alert, and both pray and take action.  For freedom!

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: I realize it can be overwhelming to have all these bills come to you at one time, so please consider studying and responding to just one bill per day or take action on those that most concern you.

Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for any of your three state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

Click on the bill number to check the status and for additional bill information.

EDUCATION:
URGENT! Substitute SB 5395 mandates comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools.CWA opposes this bill.

Consider opting your child/children out of sex education– As the state seeks to promote its definition of healthy relationships, the Body of Christ must continue to stand for God’s principles. Parents can opt their children out of the state standards for “comprehensive sexual health education” by submitting a written request to the school district’s board of directors or their school’s principal. They may also review the curriculum offered in their child’s school by written request.
Current Status: 2/27 Senate floor vote: First substitute bill passed 28:21. March 1:  First reading, referred to Education.
Take Action: Call your state representatives today and urge them to vote NO on SB 5395!

SB 5082 promoting and expanding social-emotional learning. CWA opposes this bill.
Current status:  2/28 Passed to Rules Committee for 2ndreading. Not yet scheduled for floor vote.

Take Action: Call your senator and ask for a NO vote on SB 5082. Our schools are failing to teach basic needed educational skills; school hours must be dedicated to the three R’s.

FAMILY:
SB 5683 and HB 1771– companion bills relating to establishing the Welcome to Washington Baby Act to create family supports through universal home visiting programs and a statewide family linkage program for resources and referrals. CWA opposes these bills.

Current status: SB 5683 and HB 1771: Both these bills have been stopped for this session, since they missed the March 1 deadline for moving out of fiscal committees.  While stopped for now, they could re-appear in a special session.
No action needed at this time.

SB 5185 for abortion notification died in committee.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:
SB 5356, relating to establishing the Washington state LGBTQ commission. CWA opposes this bill.

This commission is clearly intended to 1) improve and advocate for LGBTQ interface and equity in all aspects of state government, 2) advocate for legislation affecting LGBTQ people, 3) work as a liaison between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to economic and health equity, and 4) calls for the celebration of LGBTQ in art, etc. There is no provision for religious or moral objection anywhere in this bill. Would churches and other religious organizations eventually be forced to comply with the goals of the bill?
Current status: Senate Ways & Means passed this bill and referred it to Rules Committee.
Take Action: Contact your state senator and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356.

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
HB 1016 relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection…CWA supports this bill.

Current status: Passed in the House 96:0.
In the Senate: February 11 First reading, referred to Health & Long-Term Care Committee.

Take action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill.

PRAY! EDUCATE OTHERS! ENGAGE BY CONTACTING YOUR OWNLEGISLATORS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF SPECIFIC COMMITTEES! 

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143

Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

Thank you for supporting our work.  Please consider donating online to CWA of Washington.  If you prefer to donate by check, please write your check to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of WA” on the memo line, and send it to the address above.

 

February 21 Prayer/Action Alert: Be Encouraged

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Dear CWA of Washington Friends,

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil …” (Ephesians 5:11).

“… that you may wage the good warfare” (I Timothy 1:18b).

As I start to write this alert, I must ask if you are as tempted to be discouraged as I am?  As I prayed for God’s guidance, He reminded me of the two verses I placed at the top of this prayer/action alert.  May I encourage you by sharing that for the duration of a family medical emergency for the past two weeks, God has blessed our family in multiple ways, proving again that He is always watching and listening to our prayers.  As Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

During my short hiatus, we have witnessed a state legislature celebrate the right to euthanize babies even up to the moment of birth (please sign CWA’s petition by clicking here), and a governor declares that parents should be allowed to choose life or death for their newborn child.  However, gratefully, we also heard President Donald Trump declare that these children are created in the precious image of God and deserve our protection.  In Jeremiah 1:5b, God’s authorship of life is proclaimed, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” And then in Psalm 139:13-16, “For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.   Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” God has given women a precious, unique ability to carry the life God has created.  Because of your participation, CWA will continue to stand and fight for that vital role and privilege to be honored and for all children to be able to open up the gift of life, the very first unalienable right listed in our U. S. Declaration of Independence.

ENCOURAGE-A-LEGISLATOR!
We are excited to announce that we now have 95 CWA of Washington volunteers praying for specific state legislators during the 2019 session.  We still need another 52 willing prayer warriors to cover all state legislators with prayer.  Will you consider joining this campaign to bless every legislator with prayer? For more information and to sign up click here.

LEGISLATION
There are some good and some very terrible bills being considered in Olympia.  Please pray for/against these bills accordingly and then contact your legislators concerning them.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.  If you already know who your legislators are, you may want to simply call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington. To read the bills, check their status, and more, click on each bill number below. 

Family/Sanctity of Life:
SB 5185 relates to abortion notification for minors.  CWA supports this bill. 

This bill supports parental notification of abortion, thereby reinforcing the importance of the family and parental authority/care and protecting minors and their babies from their own immaturity. 

Current status: Referred to Senate Committee on Law and Justice:

Take action: Encourage the members of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and your state senator to support SB 5185 by moving this bill forward to a public hearing.

Education:
SB 5395/HB 1407 companion bills relating to requiring comprehensive sexual health education that is consistent with the Washington state health and physical education K-12 learning standards and that requires affirmative consent curriculum.  CWA opposes these bills. 

These bills change the original law which allowed districts to opt out and mandates that all state public schools participate.  There is minimal parental involvement and no mention of religious or moral conscientious objection for either teachers or families.  There is an opt-out and review of curriculum provision for parents or legal guardians upon written request, but no clear mandate to communicate this to parents. Click here to view the mentioned curriculum to understand why CWA opposes all mandatory participation. Sexual health curriculum begins on page 28. 

Current status: On February 12, there was a public hearing on SB 5395 in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. We await a vote.  HB 1407 is currently in the House Education Committee.

Take action: Please contact the members of both the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee, the House Education Committee, your senator, and your two representatives to express your response to mandating this curriculum in all districts. Ask them to vote NO on SB 5395 and HB 1407.

SB 5082 relates to promoting and expanding social-emotional learning.  CWA opposes this bill. 

The establishment of this committee further strengthens the subjective social-emotional learning (SEL) requirements already in Washington’s public schools.  There is virtually no parental involvement mentioned nor any mention of communicating with parents. An amendment to increase parental rights was rejected in committee.  Also, there is a mandate to include SEL standards in teachers’ training with no consideration of moral or religious conscience protection.  Who sets the standards for this SEL bill?  Families need to be well represented and have access to all information about their child. 

Current status:  On January 25, the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education passed the bill and sent it to Ways & Means which had a public hearing on February 7; substitute bill to create a permanent committee to promote and expand SEL with certain duties and members, to include ethnic commissions, tribes, states agencies, schools, families, and others.

Take action: Contact the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee as well as your senator and request that an amendment be added to protect a parent’s right to remove their children from this training when the teaching violates a family’s sincerely held religious or moral values.  Schools need to do a better job of teaching objective subjects (e.g., reading, writing, and arithmetic) rather than interfering with family value systems. 

Sexual Exploitation:
HB 1016 relates to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection.  CWA supports this bill.

In the case of rape, a woman needs the back-up of a sexual assault evidence kit. This bill would require that a hospital provide the necessary kit or have appropriate providers available or refer the woman to a local community agency to assist the patient in finding such a kit.  This is an issue that CWA has been active on for quite a while, thus insuring that evidence is available for prosecution of the crime.

Current status: On January 14, it was read and referred to the Health Care & Wellness Committee; majority did pass and referred to the Rules Committee.  February 5 read, and February 7 passed 96:0; moved to Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.

Take action: Contact the members of the Health & Long Term Care Committee as well as your senator to support this bill to protect women and assist in prosecuting offenders! 

PRAY!  EDUCATE OTHERS!  ENGAGE BY CONTACTING YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF SPECIFIC COMMITTEES! 

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]
P.O. Box 143

Woodinville, WA 98072
425-869-1923

Thank you for supporting our work.  Please consider donating online to CWA of Washington.  If you prefer to donate by check, please write that check to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of Washington” on the memo line.

 

 

 

 

 

January 18 Prayer Action Alert: Rock or Sand?

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Rock or sand?  On which foundation are you building your life?  On the Rock (God’s Word) or the sand (ideas of men)?  CWA has chosen for nearly 40 years to build on the rock of truth – God’s Holy Word.

In Matthew 7:24-27, we read this parable, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

New Year’s greetings from the state office of CWA of Washington!  We hope your year is off to a good start. As CWA of Washington prepares to encourage you to pray, get informed, and take action, we are focused on two statements from the national website (concernedwomen.org):

Our Mission: Concerned Women for America protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision: Concerned Women for America is leading a movement dedicated to impacting the culture for Christ through education and public policy. 

Join us in 2019!  Click here to partner with us! 

PRAYER: Encourage-A-Legislator! Our campaign to pray for all 147 state legislators in 2019 is up and running!  We are looking for more prayer volunteers to pray daily for a legislator and mail a weekly pre-printed postcard that includes encouraging quotes and Scripture. Please sign up here and encourage your friends to join this campaign. 

EDUCATION: Watch for state legislative e-alerts! As you may know, our state legislature started January 14. Once again, CWA alerts will be sent out to educate you on legislative bills related to our seven core issues: Defense of Family, Sanctity of Life, Education, Religious Liberty, Sexual Exploitation, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel. Please watch for the alerts and share them with others who are concerned about the moral direction of our culture. 

ACTION: Join thousands of pro-life citizens in Olympia this coming Tuesday, January 22 to MARCH FOR LIFE! People will begin to gather around 11:15 a.m. on the sidewalk leading to the capitol, and then at noon they will march to the capitol building steps. Pro-life leaders and legislators will speak about the sanctity of human life and our need to protect life from conception through natural death. Please join your fellow pro-life supporters for the March for Life, and then plan to spend some time inside the capitol visiting your own legislators to let them know you are in Olympia specifically for the March.  You can use your visit to encourage your legislators to represent your views on this and other issues of importance. Click here for more details.

Rock or sand? Please stand alongside CWA of Washington as we apply Biblical principles to all levels of public policy. Your membership and support are appreciated and needed: This is YOUR CWA! 

In His Service, 

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
425-869-1923
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]

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