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It’s Biblical, It’s Easy, and It’s Effective! Join Our Encourage-A-Legislator Team Today!

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Dear Friend,

It’s Biblical!

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -I Timothy 2:1

More “encouragers” are needed for our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2019 Maine legislative session.

Our legislators will be required to make important decisions on many issues that will affect our state and our families. Undoubtedly, much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Will you join us in these efforts?

We appreciate the faithfulness of those among you who have been “encouragers” since we first launched our EAL campaign many years ago. We trust it has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to our lawmakers over the years.

It’s Easy!

Will you commit once again to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Or, if you have never participated, don’t miss out!  Each month you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse and inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service, note your prayers for him or her, then add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

It’s Effective!

Many legislators responded to your encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical mailing address and phone number. Postcards and instructions will be sent to you just prior to the opening of the 2019 Maine legislative session.

Help us recruit more “encouragers” by printing this informative flyer and providing it to your church family and friends.

You are appreciated!

Catherine Carsley
EAL Coordinator

Penny Morrell
State Director

CWA of Maine Thanksgiving Message: Expressing Gratitude for Freedom

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I love Thanksgiving, but sadly it seems, one of the most endearing American holidays has been relegated to the back of the holiday line. Christmas commercials are showing up in the middle of Thanksgiving cooking shows, and Santa and the reindeer have trumped the Pilgrims on most retail shelves.  Retail stores open on Thanksgiving before Black Friday.

The true meaning of Thanksgiving is this – the Pilgrims set aside this very special day to give thanks to God and to acknowledge how utterly dependent they were upon Him. They sacrificed much to begin a new life in a new and unknown land which would afford them the liberty to freely worship the true and living God.  We owe much to these early settlers. America’s Judeo-Christian heritage took root when the Pilgrims and Puritans set foot upon this continent.  In the book America’s Providential History, authors Beliles and McDowell say this of the Pilgrims, “God had prepared those of humble beginnings to be a light of liberty to an entire nation.”

Are you willing to be a “light of liberty” to this generation? “The early settlers and founders of our nation had an understanding that what we had as a nation came from God, came from Biblical principles, so the first and foundational freedom in our nation is the right to worship God; the right of conscience,” notes David Barton, founder and president of Wall Builders.  God, not government, is the source of all liberties.

“We have forgotten that so many of our rights are God-given, and so, if they are given by the government, then the government is free to regulate them, tax them, or simply take them away,” Barton says.

As we approach Thanksgiving, may we give thanks to God for the courage and fortitude of the families, men, women and children who came to our nation not simply to practice their faith but to create a society built on Scriptural values. During the first winter, half of the Pilgrims died, and during the second winter, half of the remaining settlers also died. Those are sacrifices we cannot afford to take lightly.  “Here we are today enjoying the fruits of their labor, a goal they were willing to give their lives for.” – Barton

Let us remember the vision and sacrifice of our nation’s early founders, for it is because of their God-inspired effort – which we celebrate each Thanksgiving – that we have the freedom to freely and publicly worship the true and living Savior.

We at Concerned Woman for America of Maine wish you a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving. We are grateful for all of you and what you mean to the life of CWA.

Penny Morrell
State Director
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

Vote “NO” On Question 1 ~ Stop the Scam

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As you may know by now, the referendum process in our state has been overtaken by radical left wing and Democrat party bad actors.

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

If you haven’t already voted early, which you can do at your municipality’s town office, please be sure to vote “No” on Q-1 on November 6.

Question 1 on the November 2018 ballot would increase income taxes by more than $300 million annually in order to fund a new government program of home care services. 

  • This would be the largest tax increase in Maine’s history.
  • All seniors over the age of 65 and those with disabilities would be eligible for the new program.  There is no income eligibility test; millionaires could receive services.
  • A quasi-privatized new board would be created to run the program; most of the program’s structure is not created by the referendum and is delegated to this new board.
  • It is highly unlikely that the taxes raised would meet all the demands and so new waitlists are contemplated by the referendum.
  • There is a significant forced-unionization component for some of the homecare workforce as well.

Because we are a small state, out-of-state players know that if they can get legislation like this through Maine, it can then sweep the country.  Mainers need to say “No.”

Take Action:

  • Vote “No” on Question 1 on the Maine ballot November 6.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act on this issue.

Please pray with me: “Dear Father, protect the state of Maine from out-of-state players that use our referendum process to ask us to vote on far-left proposals that hurt our citizens and are not in the best interests of Maine. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son.  Amen.”

Summary Of Q-1: 

Household income tax.  At its most basic, the referendum requires a new 3.8% payroll tax on Maine “adjusted gross income” above $128,400 on all individual and joint filers in Maine.  Each of these provisions requires further explanation.

Employer Tax.  Contained within this 3.8% tax is an obligation on certain employers of certain wage earners to pay half of the tax (1.9%).  When these employees file their personal income taxes, they can count the tax paid by the employer as a credit against their 3.8% tax obligation.

Read more about this issue on the Maine State Chamber of Commerce website. 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org
(207)-465-6015

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

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Thank Sen. Collins For Voting to Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh!

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Many on the left are still up to their Saul Alinsky tactics of abuse, threats, and protesting U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and her staff.  Remember in the New York Times how, amongst several things, it was reported that one call came in to a staff member saying he hoped she was raped and impregnated?!  Well, they are still up to it, as they were outside her home on Sunday demanding to meet with her.

We Maine women are so proud of Sen. Collins and the historic, brave, and concise speech she gave on the floor of the U. S. Senate when she told America that she would be supporting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Let’s stand and give an offering of thanks to the senator.

Take Action:

  • Vote in the Bangor Daily News poll to show that Mainers appreciate Sen. Collin’s decision. This morning the poll showed 48% in support of her decision.
  • Write a note of appreciation to Sen. Collins via email and/or snail mail.  Be sure to let her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray with me, “Father, please protect Sen. Susan Collins, her family and her staff from those who so vehemently oppose her right now.  Without Your protection, we are not protected.  Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.  Amen.”

Our lawmakers rarely receive thanks for the work they do.  We are quick to criticize, but slow to empathize or be thankful.  Sen. Susan Collins is more than worthy of our thanks for her work done to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  May we not be slack in well doing.  Thank you. 

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16 ). 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Time to Sign up for the 2019-2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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Dear friends,

We thank God for our wonderful volunteers who facilitate our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project every year. Some of you have been with us from the beginning.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators. Starting the second week in January of 2019 our EAL participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day that they are in session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators. Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent, or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.

Each year, we recruit over 186 volunteers to help us out with our EAL program, and this year we are asking if they will be willing to keep and pray for their Legislator for the entire legislative session. The 129th session runs from January through June 2019 and reconvenes January through April 2020. Will you volunteer for this inspiring ministry?

Once signed up, participants receive a packet near the end of December. The packet includes instructions, the name, and biography of their assigned legislator, and 10 CWA of Maine EAL postcards.

Year after year, we receive many letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement they received.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at encourager@maine.cwa.org or call me at (207) 212-9394. I will need your name, address, phone number, and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Please forward this on to friends and family whom you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Catherine Carsley
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine

Sen. Collins Deserves Better!

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Our Senator, Susan Collins (R-Maine), and her staff have been under attack from the far left regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  My op-ed regarding this issue was published in the Kennebec Journal recently, Senator Collins Deserves Better.

Since that time, the accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh has been the left’s latest last-ditch effort to delay and ultimately destroy the candidate’s chances for confirmation.

Both Sens. Collins and King (D-Maine) need to hear from you again.  The other side has made their message clear. It is imperative that our Senators know where we stand.

We would never want to overlook, diminish, or accept the abuse of women in any form. Yet, the evidence before us suggests this accusation just does not fit with the well-attested character of this man.

During his 25 years of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been vetted by the FBI six times and never has a red flag been raised. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) kept this information to herself from late July until just now. The timing is not coincidental.

Unlike Sen. King (D-Maine), Sen. Collins voted to confirm President Trump’s last nominee, Judge Gorsuch.  Our hope is that she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and email both your senators, even if you contacted them recently. With this new development, it is important for them to know that you still support Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Sen. Collins’ contact information is here and Sen. King’s is here.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action on Judge Kavanaugh’s behalf.

Please Pray: Redouble your efforts in prayer for truth and justice in this matter.  Pray with me, “Father, we pray You will protect Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family with Your presence in a strong and recognizable way during these days of extreme pressure.  We ask for truth to prevail and for the ultimate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

For more information and help with calling or writing to your senators, please visit Concerned Women for America’s Women for Kavanaugh web page.  

Unless there is more to this charge, we simply should not — cannot — abandon Judge Kavanaugh at this important hour.  You are called for such a time as this.  Thank you! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Encourage Sen. Susan Collins to Confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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If our senator doesn’t hear from us and only hears from the left, she will be able to say that we don’t care. Please do not give her reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land. She needs to hear from you in order to justify a confirmation vote!

If you don’t do it, who will?

With the confirmation hearings concluding today, it’s important that she hear from you as soon as possible.

Take Action:

  • Call, text, e-mail and write Sen. Susan Collins (R) and politely ask her to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Click here for all of Sen. Collins’ contact information.
  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will move Sen. Collins to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., has thoroughly vetted Judge Kavanaugh and is pleased that President Trump nominated him to this important position. We must stand with them and their families and make our voices heard supporting them.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!