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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
[email protected]

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
wa.cwfa.org

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]

November 19 Prayer Action Alert – You are the Light

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“You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:13

Dear CWA of Washington Friend,

President Ronald Reagan once said, “Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

Matthew 5:13 records one of Christ’s similes, comparing believers in Him to light.  As we move on from the 2018 midterm elections, please join me in praying and standing as one of God’s lights in this nation, our “shining city on a hill”, built on a Biblical foundation and knowing that our liberties come from a loving Creator.

Encourage a Legislator!
Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer. This next legislative session, CWA of Washington plans to deliver those prayers.

We need you to sign up to pray for a state legislator during the 2019 Washington state legislative session from January through April.  Our goal is to cover all 147 legislators with prayer this session, and we need your help to do so.  In addition, we ask you to mail a weekly encouraging postcard, that we will provide, to your assigned legislator.  Please click here to sign up today!  Please share this opportunity with other concerned people you know; prayer and action work together in this wonderful campaign!  Feel free to contact the state office with questions or to sign up.

Step it Up!
In our ongoing effort to protect and defend the family through prayer and action, we need to increase our presence in the current culture war.  Nationwide, we are seeing an alarming trend of attacking and undermining parental authority, religious liberty, and freedom of speech.   If you would like to more actively join Concerned Women for America as we put on the spiritual armor that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6 and stand with us, please consider attending or starting a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or building a Home Team of others who would like to join our effort.  Click here for more information or contact the state office.

It’s Time to Expand Our Influence!
As you know, CWA of Washington promotes the application of Biblical principles to all levels of public policy.  In order to expand our influence in this area, we need a Legislative Liaison to help out in Olympia.  This person would track legislation and network at the state capital. We provide the training.  If you or someone you know is concerned about the ungodly, anti-Christian attitude influencing our state legislators, please consider inquiring about this leadership position.

Pray, be aware, and get involved!

In His Service,

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

Action Alert: Do Not Lose Heart!

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CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF WASHINGTON

ACTION ALERT OCTOBER 17, 2014

Do not lose heart!

 

Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. John Quincy Adams

Election season is upon us, and as the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, CWA encourages you to VOTE YOUR VALUES! Vote for your family, your faith and your freedoms! Clearly, President Adams understood that we may not always win, but that we need to cast our votes. As Ronald Reagan said:

Freedom is not something to be secured in any one moment of time. We must struggle to preserve it every day. And freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.

John Quincy Adams again: Duty is ours; results are God’s. Those words were his answer to a question about why he didn’t become discouraged while fighting to end slavery in our nation. (America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, William J. Federer, 2000, p. 15). At this point in our history, it can be discouraging as we watch the nation’s leaders and citizens rebel against our foundation in Judeo-Christian values and principles, thus losing the moral and spiritual compass that guided us so well for over two hundred years. We must not lose heart, but instead, Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. (1 Cor. 16:13-14) Also, as stated in James 5:16, we must remember that The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Please stand with Concerned Women for America as we PRAY, EDUCATE AND ACT!

PRAY: For the November 4 elections around the country, that we the people will vote to preserve this greatest nation on God’s green earth as founded by unusually wise people after they studied various forms of government and decided on a constitutional Republic, prayed when they came to a standstill while writing our founding documents during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and struggled to reject tyranny and establish a country based on “we the people” and their Biblical faith.

EDUCATE: Study up on our history. Federer’s book quoted above is a good start, as well as the CWA national website: www.concernedwomen.org. Then share with others; it is amazing how few of us know our true history, and there is plenty to tell! For example, do you know when the phrase “under God” was added to the pledge of allegiance and why? Hint: Dwight D. Eisenhower

ACT: As you consider for whom to vote, you might check out the Heritage Alliance website where you will find their voter’s guide. You may find that guide at our state website: http://wa.cwfa.org or at http://www.heritagealliance.com/

Another way to encourage likeminded citizens to vote is simply to remind them to mail in their ballots before Tuesday, November 4. Ballots should arrive in our mailboxes this week, so consider who you might remind! Remember that if the righteous don’t vote, the righteous can’t rule!

Please remember that we are always looking for state activists to be Prayer/Action Leaders (PALS), Home Team Captains (HTCS) and Steering Committee members. Please see our website for a description of each of those positions: http://wa.cwfa.org.

Recruit other concerned citizens to join Concerned Women for America and help us grow in size and influence in Washington state as well as nationally. Share this newsletter with your like-minded friends and family members. Watch for President Penny Nance and other CWA spokeswomen on television and also on CWA’s national website!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director, CWA of Washington
P. O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA98072
425-869-1923
[email protected]

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Action Alert: Moral Decay

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CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA OF WASHINGTON

ACTION ALERT SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

MORAL DECAY

Dear CWA Member,

General Douglas MacArthur warned in a speech to the Salvation Army, December 12, 1951:

History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.

Benjamin Franklin wrote on April 17, 1787:

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote …

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion … are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.

If the church is the conscience of the government, should the government have power to silence its conscience?  During the Ugandan revival, Pastor Jackson Senyonga commented, “The condition of society is the report card of the church.”  Given the growth of secular government’s intrusion into our work, personal and religious lives, how is the church doing?  Who is able and should provide the moral and spiritual compass for the people?  Our government was founded to protect our inalienable God-given rights and President Ronald Reagan wisely pointed out that any government big enough to give you everything you need is also big enough to take away everything you have.  For years now, the government has failed to contain itself to the limits of the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Remember that our founders—both men and women, by the way, e.g. Abigail Adams’ influence on and support of John Adams– chose a constitutional republic as our form of government and wrote the Constitution to LIMIT what that government could do, thus protecting “we the people” from the tyranny we rebelled against in King George!

PRAYER:  What can “we the people” do?  First of all, we can pray that God will have mercy on us and that He will allow another revival based on Biblical principles and faith.   Please pray about and consider starting a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter or Home Team in your community with like-minded women and men.  Then we need to study and educate ourselves on our Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and stand up in defense of those founding documents.  Principles do not go out of date and neither do nations founded on them.  Finally, we need to act on those principles and our sincerely-held religious beliefs in order to produce public policy built on God’s moral and spiritual plumb line. CWA can help you with all of the above.  Go to the national website (www.concernedwomen.org) to educate yourself on the issues, then contact the state office to tell us where you want to be involved with CWA of Washington.

As a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader (PAL) or Home Team Captain (HTC) in your community, gathering your friends, church brethren and family once a month to pray for our nation, our faith, our families and our freedoms, you can help guide us back to God’s Word and the principles that have made this nation the place to which people from around the world seek to immigrate.

ACTION:  Next, step up and VOTE!  We need to encourage all like-minded citizens to vote, also.  The church has neglected this responsibility for too long, and the culture is suffering the consequences of that apathy.  When we choose not to vote, others who do not share our values choose our leaders and thus influence public policy through legislation that either ignores or opposes our values.  Your vote will determine not only your future but that of your children and grandchildren.  Otherwise, as President Reagan said:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

CWA of Washington’s Legislative Action Committee will be posting a voter’s guide and a way to contact other like-minded citizens to encourage them to vote on our website in mid-October.  Please check out those resources and share with others.

Speaking of the next generations, Young Women for America is spreading across America with a growing number of chapters on college campuses.  Follow their progress at http://concernedwomen.org/special-projects/ywa/ and share that information with young women on high school and university campuses.

EDUCATIONCWA President Penny Nance has been very active lately; you may listen to her and read CWA articles at the national website:  www.concernedwomen.org. Penny Nance has written a good response to another media attempt to brainwash American women into “I’m a victim!” mentality—which only progressive thinking can evidently protect!  Check out the article at http://concernedwomen.org/this-just-in-fembots-are-real-and-cosmo-is-their-leader-cosmopolitan-magazine-now-telling-readers-who-to-vote-for2/

As orthodox Islam continues its drive to dominate the world, we need to educate ourselves and others on the consequences.  While feminists choose silence, Penny Nance has addressed this issue boldly: http://concernedwomen.org/a-real-war-on-women/

Another source of education on orthodox Islam is Pastor Shahram Hadian, a valuable and experienced speaker who is available to address the true nature and history of Islam plus the blasphemous blending of Christianity and Islam called Chrislam.  Please check out his website and share the materials with others in your community:  www.tilproject.com.

More prayer needs:

  • Pray that the Body of Christ will take the lead in the culture, educating ourselves and others in our communities.
  • Pastors and other Christian leaders have a God-given responsibility to stand in the gap and speak the truth about pertinent issues. Churches and pastors have a lot of freedom to address Biblical and moral issues and to encourage people to vote in the November 4 elections.  Across the nation there are choices to be made; let’s choose wisely according to God’s Word and His principles!
  • Pray about becoming a CWA leader!  Talk with your friends and send in your application (attached).

You may update your CWA membership by making an annual tax-deductible gift of $25 in support CWA of WA at http://wa.cwfa.org.

Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?—Esther 4:14 (NKJV)

This verse is CWA’s national call to its members as we face the consequences of immoral decisions and Constitutional ignorance from our government and others in authority.  In order to live in peace, we must step into the gap for America and her families.  Pray for those government and church authorities, then educate yourself, and take action!  We look forward to standing alongside you as we fight for our faith, our families and our God-given freedoms.

In His Service Always,

Maureen Richardson

State Director

425-869-1923

[email protected]

P. O. Box 143 Woodinville, WA 98072