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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

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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]

ATT: Membership form; Leadership form

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

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