Become Involved with the 2018 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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

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

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

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

Urgent: Show Your Support for Student Privacy in Austin!

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

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

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

This is what we need from you:

Pray

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

 

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

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

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

Share this alert with likeminded friends.

 

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

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

-Luke 17:2 (ESV)

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

Thank you,

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
P.O. Box 1386
Orange, TX 77631
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Capitol Hill Brief — More Good News

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Though there is much more work to be done, the Trump Administration has been receptive to our efforts for more focused attention on religious freedom internationally, and especially the tragic situation for Christians around the world.

The appointment of Kristina Arriaga as Vice Chair to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is an encouraging development.  Kristina Arriaga was the Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom and a great friend of Concerned Women for America.

We worked with her and Becket on many religious liberty landmark cases, including Hosanna Tabor and the Hobby Lobby cases.  Her commitment to the protection of religious liberty for all is unquestionable and we applaud the Trump Administration for her appointment.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

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

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

Click here to view flyer for more information.

 

CWA of Georgia Launches “Feisty & Feminine Workshops”

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Do these women speak for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12 Action Alert – Pray Without Ceasing!

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

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

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

Contact the state office for more details.

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

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

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

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

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson

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

Capitol Hill Brief — More from Vice President Pence and the Trump Administration

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I told you yesterday about Vice President Mike Pence’s encouraging address before the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians recently.  Here is a bit more of what he said about the Trump Administration’s commitment to this problem:

“The suffering of Christians in the Middle East has stirred America to act, and it brings me here today. President Trump … [has] made it clear that America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need.  Our administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers not only across the Middle East but across the world. This President knows the terrorists will not stop until we stop them. And under President Donald Trump, we will stop them.”


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Some Good News

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The church in America is slowly rising up to face the challenge of our persecuted brethren around the world, especially in the Middle East.

A recent gathering sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association brought together hundreds of church leaders from around the world gathered for the first ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.

The summit brought together about 600 Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox leaders and persecution victims from more than 130 countries. Vice President Mike Pence took the time to address them.

He said, “Our Administration is fully committed in bringing relief and comfort to believers not only across the Middle East but across the world.”


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Additional details:

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your support!

Bev Ehlen
Missouri State Director
Concerned Women for America

Capitol Hill Brief — A Daunting Challenge

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Let me tell you why we continue to raise awareness for the critical situation of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

The issue of Christian persecution and religious liberty around the world is not an easy situation, as we might think. There are no simple solutions. That’s why it can be easily forgotten.

The unique cultural, religious and political realities that exert pressure on all sides are daunting.

But the enormity of the problem should not paralyze us. The United States must continue to lead on the issue of religious freedom around the world, for we have been given that burden by the blessings we have received from Almighty God.

Where much is given, much is required.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign this powerful petition today at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.