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Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church. 

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventyfive percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom. 

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state.  

Competition between the various churches—early Americans thought–was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Biblical conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven years during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state-controlled church. 

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and to the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 signers’ homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war. 

Words from President John Adams reveal our foundational beliefs:  And may that Being who is Supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation.  (3/4/1797)

 And on October 11, 1798, he stated in an address to the military:  We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men and women who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won, and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without faith in the God of the Holy Bible is bondage to the world.

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]
wa.cwfa.org
 

June 14 Prayer/Action Alert – May We Not Pay for the Destruction of What God has Created

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Dear CWA of Washington Friend, 

Let us protect what God has fearfully and wonderfully made. 

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.

Psalm 139:13-16

The Title X program is a voluntary grant program that was created to educate and provide family planning services. Even though the law says that abortion is not family planning, abortion giants like Planned Parenthood have used this grant program as their own personal slush fund. But now we have the chance to stop it!

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is July 31, but we want to comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those we know to comment as well.

Don’t Miss Out on the Opportunity to Take Tax Money from Planned Parenthood!

Take Action:

·       Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.

·       Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

·       Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  Amen.”

 It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

 It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program. 

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected] 
wa.cwfa.org

Partner with CWA of Washington through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Washington. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Washington, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of WA” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Washington, P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA 98072. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

 

May 25 Prayer/Action Alert – We Have Such Hope

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

One of the verses Concerned Women for America likes to use often is from 2 Corinthians 3:12, “… since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech.”  There are several places where we can combine our hope and our prayers with great boldness of speech this summer.

First, you can attend or start a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area!  We so need to lift up our nation, state, communities, churches, and families in prayer to our almighty and loving Heavenly Father.  We currently have chapters in Bremerton, Des Moines, Edmonds, Olympia, Redmond, Snohomish, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Woodinville.  If your area is not listed, please consider applying for a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader position with CWA of Washington.  Prayer/Action Chapters typically meet once a month for 1-2 hours at a convenient time and location, comprised of concerned citizens with a heart to pray, learn and take action on CWA’s seven core issues.  The national office of CWA provides a monthly newsletter to assist you in your meetings. Or you can become a Home Team Captain by forming an online team that receives the CWA Newsletter and then prays and takes action individually. If you are at all interested please email me or give me a call at (425) 869-9123.  If you are ready to apply to become a leader, fill out an Application for Leadership form and send it to the address below. Or fill it out, scan it and email it to me.

Second, you can participate in Franklin Graham’s Tour of America in Washington State.  I plan to attend one or two of these prayer gatherings and sincerely hope to meet a lot of CWA friends there this summer!

 Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour

All events begin at 7:30 p.m. PDT

Tuesday, August 7 — Tri-Cities (Richland), Columbia Point Marina Park
Thursday, August 9 — Spokane, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
Sunday, August 12 — Tacoma, Cheney Stadium
Monday, August 13 — Monroe, Evergreen Speedway and Fairgrounds

The Decision America Tour was born in 2016 when Franklin Graham visited all 50 states, challenging Christians to lead lives rooted in Biblical principles and to pray earnestly for America. More than 230,000 people joined him as he traveled across the country. Last year, he continued the tour by going back to Tennessee and Texas, drawing more than 70,000 people to outdoor venues in 11 cities. After this year’s stops in California, Washington, and Oregon, Franklin plans to keep the momentum going next year with tour stops in the northeastern U.S.

Our nation needs you!  God bless you as you join other watchmen on the wall to protect the culture and our families by restoring this greatest nation on God’s green earth to our Biblical heritage!  Indeed, because of our Christian faith, we can have such hope!  Come join the prayer teams!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson

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

April 12 Prayer/Action Alert – Do Not Lose Heart!

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Dear CWA of Washington Friend,

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 encourages us, “Therefore we do not lose heart … For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  

We are certainly seeing spiritual, moral, and physical anarchy rising in our nation, as citizens with Biblical values are increasingly being mocked, fined, bullied, and even jailed simply for standing up for their sincerely held religious and moral values.  Plus, the 2018 legislative session was a huge disappointment for pro-life, pro-family citizens and a disaster for precious preborn babies and women’s dignity.  CWA of Washington opposed and fought to defeat contracted human surrogacy, mandated abortion insurance for all employers, and state interference in the doctor-patient relationship through a ban on counseling for gender dysphoria and related conditions.  All three of those bills (SB 6037, SB 6219, SB 5722) passed and were signed by Governor Inslee– much to our dismay–despite the lobbying of CWA of Washington members and members of other pro-family groups around the state.  This situation reinforces the importance of exercising our right to vote for legislators who will fight for Judeo Christian values in the public policy arena.

Yet, let us “not lose heart.” When we contact our legislators and they ignore us, we need to pray, then contact them again—if necessary, being a thorn in their sides. We simply cannot be quiet!

As for “the things which are not seen”, our members prayed for 101 legislators during the 2018 session through our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign.  This is outstanding!  A special thanks to those who participated.  While we didn’t see with our eyes the results we prayed for, our God heard our prayers, and we trust that He touched the heart of each one of those 101 legislators, drawing them one step closer to Himself.

Events

40 Days for Life reports that babies were saved and abortion facilities were closed during the just-ended 40 Days for Life campaign!  Thank you to all who went out to take a stand and to pray for the unborn and those blinded to the evil of abortion.  James 2:20 tells us that, “faith without action is dead”.  Thank you for taking action!  Go to the 40 Days for Life website to find out more and watch for information announcing their next campaign.

The “Day of Silence” Walk Out: The pro-homosexual Day of Silence is scheduled for Friday, April 27, during which students are encouraged not to speak at all in the classroom.  While some teachers enable this by preparing special lesson plans, other teachers refuse to participate and need your support.  In opposition, CWA of Washington has endorsed The “Day of Silence” Walk Out.  Click here to find out more about The “Day of Silence” Walk Out. If more parents speak up and discuss this issue with their school leadership, a walk out may not be necessary next year and Day of Silence would become ineffective.   Please visit the Day of Silence Walkout website on how to deal with the Day of Silence.  It is very important to realize that this movement seeks to undermine the Biblical truth, “ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” (Genesis 1:27).  We must not be silent!

National Day of Prayer (NDP): This is an annual event attended by thousands of citizens around the nation.  Please be a part of this year’s NDP on Thursday, May 3, by either attending a local event or planning one of your own.  This year’s theme is “Unity: based on Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Visit the NDP website for more information.

Prayer

Please be in prayer for our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech. Right now, there is a very important case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will have far-reaching consequences.  In Washington and California, laws have been passed that force pro-life clinics to post information on abortion clinics in their clinics and on all their advertising.  According to the First Amendment, the government has no right to censor speech, so why does it have the right to force citizens to say something opposed to their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs?  This principle is the same as in the cases about florists and bakers being forced to participate in activities counter to their sincerely-held religious or moral beliefs.  For more on this issue, please read CWA’s General Counsel Mario Diaz’s article,  CWA Stands for Free Speech at the U.S. Supreme Court which includes a video of CWA in front of the Supreme Court on the day the case was heard.

Partnership

Finally, partner with CWA with a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more.  This has TWO benefits: you become a part of CWA of Washington and CWA national.  All donations sent to CWA of Washington at P.O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA 98072 remain in Washington for state projects, activities, office supplies, transportation and more.  Please make checks out to “CWA” and write “Washington” on the memo line.  Or you can give online to CWA of Washington. Your donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!

Feel free to share this alert with other concerned citizens.  We appreciate your support and your prayers.  And remember: Do not lose heart!

Sincerely,

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

Watch: Students Walk Out After Female Speaker Declares Men and Women Are Different — ‘Nazis Are Not Welcome’

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When is truth not truth?  Is it when people decide to redefine it?  Apparently, that is what these university students believe!  Concerned Women for America of Washington will continue to stand for absolute truth as found in God’s Holy Bible:  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Gen. 1:27  Please pray with us for eyes and ears to be opened to God’s truth about this and other issues.

Click here to watch video.

March 7 Prayer/Action Alert: Use Great Boldness of Speech

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

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

Please take this verse seriously as a CWA member and speak out to our elected representatives! As you know, I have focused on some pretty horrible bills this session. Please take action immediately concerning SB 5722, SB 6219 and HB 1523.

Status:

  • SB 5722, which prevents conversion therapy on minors, has been passed in both the house and senate. It is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature or veto. Click here to read and track the bill.
  • SB 6219 which mandates that everyone buy abortion insurance has been passed in both the house and senate. It is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature or veto. Click here to read and track this bill. (HB 1523 is a similar bill and also headed for a signature)
  • Unfortunately SB 6037, which legalizes the purchase and sale of babies, was signed by the governor yesterday, Tuesday, March 6.

Take Action: Please call Gov. Inslee’s office at (360) 902-4111 and request that he veto SB 5722, SB 6219 and HB 1523. Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington. We must use great boldness of speech to win these important battles for the family and the sanctity of human life.

 More information on these bills:

  • SB 6219 Late last week, the Washington State House of Representatives approved SB 6219 which would mandate abortion coverage in insurance plans in our state. CWA strongly opposes this bill because it would promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights. The legislation is awaiting the Governor’s signature. SB 6219 not only promotes the destruction of human life but also violates the fundamental right to conscience guaranteed by both our state and national constitutions. The bill would forcibly compel many of this state’s citizens to act against their consciences.  If the governor signs this bill, there will likely be a legal challenge to it because of the lack of any conscience protection provisions.
  • SB 5722 Restricting the practice of conversion therapy has also passed both houses, but has not yet been delivered to the governor’s office for his signature. Nevertheless, if you want to preserve the traditional doctor-patient confidence and our ability to seek the treatment we need, please again ask for the governor to veto this awful bill.  It is a terribly one-sided bill, preventing licensed counselors from helping minors who want to change their sexual orientation or gender identity supposedly in an effort to prevent harm to involved individuals, but not preventing our schools from promoting those very same lifestyles.
  • SB 6037 Last Wednesday, February 28, around 1:00 a.m. the majority voted to legalize the purchase and sale of human babies with SB 6037, “The Uniform Parentage Act.” In this state, a woman has been able to volunteer to be a surrogate mother for couples who want a baby, but with the passage of SB 6037, this personal choice has been turned into a financial transaction. This bill sets virtually no limits on the sale or purchase of human babies, putting a woman’s womb up for rent and the child for sale.  All the amendments offered that would have put needed protections in the bill were rejected.  On Tuesday, March 6, Governor Inslee signed this horrific bill that shows total disrespect for a woman’s unique ability to produce children and for the baby thereby produced, putting a monetary and commercial emphasis on God’s beautiful plan for the family.

Please speak out now! Participate in our democratic Republic! The governor could sign these bills at any time.  Speak boldly and encourage others to do so as well. Pray, get educated, then take action—because we have such hope in our Savior Christ Jesus.

Sincerely,

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

February 21 Prayer/Action Alert: Love Your Enemies

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Dear Concerned Women for America of Washington Member,

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” – Luke 6:27, 28

In this intense culture war we now find ourselves in, we must not lose sight of Christ’s call to love others.  Keep this in mind not only when you are praying for the legislators that you disagree with, but also as you interact with them.  As you respectfully disagree with them, be sure to not leave out simple pleasantries such as “Good morning!” and “Thank you for your consideration of this matter.” Consider sending an email periodically letting them know that you are praying for them.  Don’t mention any public policy issues; simply let them know that you are praying for God’s blessing on them.  Consider including Scripture like Numbers 6:24-26 or Jeremiah 29:11. Our state legislative session ends on March 9, so act now before the session concludes.

OUTSTANDING!

I continue to get feedback from our Prayer/Action Alerts, letting me know that you are praying and acting on the issues on which we are taking a stand.  Outstanding!  Please know that you, your prayers, and your actions are immensely appreciated. Keep it up!

LEGISLATION

Not too much has changed since our last Prayer/Action Alert on February 9.  The only change is that in addition to contacting your representatives, we are asking that you contact the committees to which SB 6037, SB 5722, and SB 6219 are currently assigned.  Therefore, if you have contacted your representatives already on the issues below, then just focus on the first bullet point under SB 6037, SB 5722, and SB 6219.  And, of course, continue to lift up all of these issues in prayer and be sure to forward this alert to friends and family. Urge them to take a stand!

Note: When taking action on bills, you simply need to call the Legislative Information Center Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) with your comments, give them your address, and they will be sure your message goes to the correct legislators.  If you prefer to email your legislators, click here to find out who they are and how to contact them.

BILLS TO OPPOSE:   

1. SB 6037: Uniform Parentage Act (a.k.a contract surrogacy)

This Senate bill would promote paid contract human surrogacy. To put it simply, human beings would be bought and sold! Wouldn’t it be better for the state to promote adoption of the many children in foster care and state care rather than promote a baby-making business?  How can we take legislators seriously when they promote abortion at any point of a pregnancy, claiming the pre-born child is not a human being with the right to life, then turn around and claim its okay to rent a woman’s body to produce a child and set a price on that life?  Where is the logic in that perspective?

Status: SB 6037 passed the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee. It has a hearing scheduled both today and tomorrow.  Click here to read and track it.

Action:

  • Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee Ask them to oppose SB 6037 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  • If you haven’t already, as encouraged in the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your representatives to oppose SB 6037 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Pray the committee members and your representatives have more respect for women and motherhood than our senators have shown.

2. SB 5722: Restricting the Practice of Conversion Therapy on Patients under Age Eighteen

This bill makes it “unprofessional” conduct for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18.  This bill would shut down any options other than affirming therapy and take us down the slippery slope of restricting parental rights and religious liberty.  Why is it okay for a minor to choose to get an abortion, yet not choose to have conversion therapy?  If choice is discriminatory, it is not choice.

Status Update: This bill passed the Senate and passed in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16. It is now in the House Rules Committee.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled. Click here to read and track the bill.

Action:

  • Please contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose SB 5722 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  • If you haven’t already, as encouraged in the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 5722 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to enlighten the committee members and your representatives to the dangerous effects of this legislation on children, parental rights, and religious liberty.

3. SB 6219: Abortion Insurance Mandate

SB 6219 requires every insurance policy bought and sold in the state of Washington to pay for abortions and drugs that cause abortions (abortifacients).  It would enhance existing contraception coverage requirements and promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights of individuals, churches, businesses, and others.  It would forcibly compel many of our state’s citizens to act against their consciences.

Status: This bill passed the Senate and passed in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16. It is now in the House Rules Committee.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled. Click here to read and track this bill.

Action:

  1. Please contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose SB 6219 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  2. If you didn’t already contact your representatives in response to the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please do so now. Call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 6219 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Please pray that SB 6219 would be thwarted.

BILLS TO SUPPORT: We have noted the following three bills in our last two Prayer/Action Alerts.  Therefore, only take action if you have not yet done so.  Please diligently keep these bills in your prayers.  They have been buried in committee for quite a while.

1. Sanctity of Life/Family: If passed, HB 1003 and SB 5320 would require parental notification for abortions except in medical emergencies. Parental rights with regard to their minor children must be respected and upheld in order for God’s family structure to survive and flourish. When our children must have our permission to take any medications at school, isn’t it logical to respect the same level of parental responsibility and accountability for all medical decisions?

Status: HB 1003 was first introduced in the House in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee since January 2017.  Click here to read and track HB 1003.  SB 5320 was first introduced in the Senate in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since January 2017.  Click here to read and track SB 5320.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1003 and for your senators to support SB 5320.  Ask them to use their influence to move these bills forward. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Please pray that our legislators will re-consider their position on the sanctity of life, or at the least, parental rights.

2. Religious Liberty: HB 1178: Protecting the rights of religious freedom and conscience of individuals in their beliefs and practices from government discrimination. This bill restates the First Amendment, thus ensuring the protection of the rights of religious exercise and conscience from government discrimination, particularly in regards to the definition of marriage.

Status: HB 1178 was introduced in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since April 2015.   Click here to read and track this bill.

Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1178 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Pray our legislators realize our vulnerability without this legislation.

3. Support for Israel: HJM 4009: Condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Support for Israel is one of CWA’s core issues. This bill would stop the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and “the greatest friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East (p. 1, line 21-22 of the bill).”

Status: HJM 4009 was introduced February 2015 and has been stalled in the House Judiciary Committee since January 2017. Click here to read and track HJM 4009.

Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HJM 4009 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Pray the plans of the BDS movement would be thwarted by the passing of this bill.

Let us pray together that the Lord will soften the hearts of your senators and representatives.  Pray for them by name.  May the Holy Spirit draw them closer to the One who loved them enough to die for them.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.  Remember to love all those who oppose you – even friends and family.

Praying with you,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]
wa.cwfa.org

February 9 Prayer/Action Alert: Prayers of the Righteous Avail Much

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Dear Concerned Women for America of Washington Member,

I have had several encouraging responses to last week’s alert, and we’ve added more prayer warriors to our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign.  Thank you for your participation in our goal of covering every state legislator in prayer.  James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much.” It’s not too late – sign up for our EAL campaign today!  Click here to sign up to encourage and pray for one or more legislators this legislative session.

CWA LEADERSHIP

Please consider becoming a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader or Home Team Captain.  Just find one or more concerned citizens whose hearts are breaking about the increasing moral decay in our culture, then gather once a month to pray together as a chapter. Or, you can form a home team through social media to disseminate prayer and action items. We are called to be watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 22:30) to protect the culture from danger.  Now is the time to take this responsibility seriously!  Pray about this opportunity, then, if you feel led, contact me for more information.  I would love to hear from you!

LEGISLATION

Prayer, education, and action have always been Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) three guiding principles for protecting Biblical values.  Remember what James told us, “faith without action is dead” (James 2:20) and that our faith proves itself by our good works.

Note: When taking action on the bills below, you simply need to call the Legislative Information Center Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (Hours:  M-F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) with your comments, give them your address, and they will be sure your message goes to the correct legislators.  If you prefer to email your legislators, click here to find out who they are and how to contact them.

BILLS TO OPPOSE:  Last week’s alert gave you information on these three bills that need to be defeated in the legislature.  Thank you for contacting your legislators with your insights on these bills.  The first two bills have passed out of the Senate and are now in the House.  Therefore, please call your representatives concerning these bills.  The third bill is still in the Senate; therefore, you only need to call your senators on that one if you haven’t yet.

 1. SB 6037, Uniform Parentage Act (a.k.a contract surrogacy)

This Senate bill would promote paid contract human surrogacy. Simply put, human beings would be bought and sold! Wouldn’t it be better for the state to promote adoption of the multitude of children in foster and state care rather than promote a baby-making business?  How can we take legislators seriously when they promote abortion at any point of a pregnancy, claiming the pre-born child is not a human being with the right to life, then turn around and claim it’s okay to rent a woman’s body to produce a child and set a price on that life?  Where is the logic in that perspective?

Status: On February 7, SB 6037 passed the Senate.  It is now headed to the House. It has not yet been assigned to a House committee.  Click here to read and track it.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your representatives to oppose SB 6037 and express your opinion.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

 

Prayer: Pray that our representatives have more respect for women and motherhood than our senators have shown.

2. SB 5722, Restricting the Practice of Conversion Therapy on Patients under Age Eighteen

This bill makes it “unprofessional” conduct for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18.  This bill would shut down any options other than affirming therapy and take us down the slippery slope of restricting parental rights and religious liberty.  Why is it okay for a minor to choose to get an abortion, yet not choose to have conversion therapy?  If choice is discriminatory, it is not choice.

Status Update: This bill passed in the Senate and is scheduled to be heard in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16.  Click here to read and track the bill.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 5722 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.Prayer: Ask the Lord to enlighten the representatives to the dangerous effects of this legislation on the child, parental rights, and religious liberty.

3. SB 6219, Abortion Insurance Mandate

SB 6219 requires every insurance policy bought and sold in the state of Washington to pay for abortions and drugs that cause abortions (abortifacients).  It would enhance existing contraception coverage requirements and promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights of individuals, churches, businesses, and others.  It would forcibly compel many of our state’s citizens to act against their consciences.

Status: SB 6219 passed in the Senate and is now scheduled to be heard in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16.  Click here to read and track this bill.

Action:  If you didn’t already contact your representatives due to last week’s prayer/action alert, please do so now.  Call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 6219 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Please pray that SB 6219 would be thwarted.

BILLS TO SUPPORT: In addition to the first three bills to oppose, I have added three more bills which need our hearty support.  These three deserve to be heard but have been buried in committees.

1. Sanctity of Life/Family: HB 1003 and SB 5320, Requiring parental notification for abortion except in a medical emergency. Parental rights with regard to their minor children must be respected and upheld in order for God’s family structure to survive and flourish. When our children must have our permission to take any medications at school, isn’t it logical to respect the same level of parental responsibility and accountability for all medical decisions?

Status: HB 1003 was first introduced in the House in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee since January 2017.  Click here to read and track HB 1003.  SB 5320 was first introduced in the Senate in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since January 2017.  Click here to read and track SB 5320.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1003 and your senators to support SB 5320.  Ask them to use their influence to move these bills forward. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Please pray that our legislators will re-consider their position on the sanctity of life, or at the least, parental rights.

2. Religious Liberty: HB 1178, Protecting the rights of religious freedom and conscience of individuals in their beliefs and practices from government discrimination

This bill restates the First Amendment, thus ensuring the protection of the rights of religious exercise and conscience from government discrimination, particularly in regards to the definition of marriage.

Status: HB 1178 was introduced in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since April 2015.   Click here to read and track HB 1178.

Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1178 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Pray our legislator realize our vulnerability without this legislation.

3. Support of Israel: House Joint Memorial 4009, Condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel

 Support for Israel is one of CWA’s core issues. This bill would stop the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and “the greatest friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East” (p. 1, line 21-22 of the bill).

Status: HJM 4009 was introduced February 2015 and has been stalled in the House Judiciary Committee since January 2017. Click here to read and track HJM 4009.

Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HJM 4009 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Prayer: Pray the plans of the BDS movement would be thwarted by the passing of this bill.

Let’s pray together that our legislators will be convicted by the Holy Spirit, and that sanctity of life, parental rights, religious liberty, and Israel’s welfare will be supported.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.  Remember to educate others on these issues and pray they too will be obedient to the Word of God in all things.

Praying with you,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]
wa.cwfa.org

February 2 Prayer/Action Alert: Obedience to God

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Dear Concerned Women for America of Washington Partner,

Mighty prayer and action warriors, will you join with Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington to take back the Evergreen State for God’s glory?  More and more people are ignoring the Bible’s moral teachings, but Scripture cannot be dismissed.  In Matthew 24:35, Christ says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”  God’s principles and values are clear in His Word, and it is our responsibility as individuals and the Body of Christ to believe and do what He says –  even when it is inconvenient. Acts 5:29 says, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said:  ‘We ought to obey God rather than man.’” I don’t know about you, but there are many other things I would rather be doing than standing up for Biblical principles in the public square.  But I know the Lord calls us to obedience – not comfort. As the people of Christ, we need to ask ourselves regularly if we are willing to obey, regardless of the cost.

ENCOURAGE-A-LEGISLATOR

 It is not too late to start praying for a state legislator!  The 2018 session runs through March 8, and our senators and representatives continue to need prayer for God’s guidance.  I recently spoke with a state senator’s aide and asked if her senator was receiving the weekly prayer cards.  She confirmed that they were and how they were so appreciated.  So, please sign up for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign and help us cover all of our legislators with prayer this session! It is a simple commitment to pray every day for your assigned legislator and to send them an encouraging postcard once a week until the end of the session.  Please contact the state office by emailing us, calling 425-869-1923, or taking a minute to mail the form.  We will then assign you to a legislator and mail you the pre-printed postcards and a prayer guide.

LEGISLATION

There are many good bills and bad bills in Olympia right now.  As you may know, due to the current composition of the legislature, the good bills are unlikely to be heard in committee, much less be voted on, and the bad legislation is likely to easily pass.

With that said, we are still calling on you to take a stand on a handful of bills by contacting your legislators and challenging them to thoughtfully consider our position.  Regardless of what we think they will do, they need to be held accountable. They need to know that everybody is not with them. If we stay silent, it empowers them as they only hear from those who agree with their positions.  Let us do all we can to defuse their enthusiasm and possibly bring them one step closer to accepting the truth.

“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

Note: When taking action on these bills, you simply need to call the Legislative Information Center Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 with your comments, give them your address, and they will be sure your message goes to the correct legislator.  During your conversation, be sure to let your legislators know that you are a participant with Concerned Women for America of Washington.  If you prefer to e-mail your legislators, click here to find their names and contact information.

Family

 SB 6037, Uniform Parentage Act (aka contract surrogacy):  OPPOSE

This is the response I got from one senator’s office: “Thank you for writing in about SB 6037 on contract surrogacy.  The Senator is against this bill as it stands because he too believes in the dignity of the human person. He does not want women and children to be trafficked and treated like commodities, but respected like they should be.”  We thank the Lord for such senators.

Status:  SB 6037 passed out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice, and it has yet to be assigned to the next committee.  Click here to read and track it.

Wouldn’t it be better for the state to promote adoption of the multitude of children in foster and state care rather than promote a baby-making business?  How can we take legislators seriously when they promote abortion at any point of a pregnancy, claiming the pre-born child is not a human being with the right to life, then turn around and claim it is okay to rent a woman’s body to produce a child and set a price on that life?  Where is the logic in that perspective?

Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your senators to oppose SB 6037, and express your opinions on paid contract surrogacy for human beings.  If we do nothing, we pave the way for the opposition to succeed and further destroy God’s plan for His creation.

SB 5722, Restricting the Practice of Conversion Therapy on Patients under Age Eighteen: OPPOSE

This bill makes it “unprofessional conduct” for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18.

This is dangerous legislation.  Just last September, the American College of Pediatricians warned: “Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs.”  Further, they note that as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will naturally outgrow any gender confusion by the end of puberty.

Status: SB 5722 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.  Click here to read and track the bill.

In addition to being dangerous for the child, this bill is a threat to our family, parental, and religious rights. There are many parents who are grief-stricken about issues related to their children’s sexual identity.  This bill would shut down any options other than affirming therapy and lead us down the slippery slope of restricting parental rights and religious liberty.  Parents love their children and want the very best for them.  Shouldn’t parents be guiding their children rather than government officials?

While public education and culture are embracing and promoting sexual “freedom” of all sorts to our children, may we stand for and adhere to 1) the Word of God (“male and female He created them” – Genesis 1:27) and 2) biological facts – not feelings.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 5722.

Sanctity of Life

 SB 6219, Abortion Insurance Mandate: OPPOSE

This bill requires every insurance policy bought and sold in Washington to cover abortion procedures as well as drugs that cause abortions (abortifacients).  In addition it prohibits cost-sharing with the insured in the form of copays or deductibles for contraceptives and abortion.  It would enhance existing contraception coverage requirements and promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights of individuals, churches, businesses, and others. It would forcibly compel many of our state’s citizens to act against their consciences.  In addition to this being a life issue, it is a religious liberty issue as well.

Status: An amendment that would have protected conscience rights was rejected in committee.  SB 6219 passed in the Senate yesterday, and now the battle moves to the House. Click here to read and track this bill.

Action:  Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your representatives to oppose SB 6219, and express your opinion.

Please join us in prayer concerning these bills.  Pray that legislators will be convicted by their consciences and that the issues of sanctity of life, parental rights, and religious liberty will be supported.

This is why elections matter.  In order for our values and principles to be well represented, we must put like-minded people into office.  Please pray for Christians to take this responsibility seriously by voting for people who respect our foundational documents, and even running for office, if the Lord leads.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.  Remember to educate others on these issues and pray they too will be obedient to the Word of God in all things.

Standing with you,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]

URGENT: January 23 Action Alert – “Pray without ceasing”

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

This prayer and action alert is to inform you of two bills that need your immediate attention and opposition.  Please pray and take action quickly.

SB 6037: This “Contract Surrogacy” bill would allow for-profit contract surrogacy, allowing women to conceive and sell babies for payment, above and beyond medical expenses. The bill treats children as a commodity and will allow would-be parents to prey upon desperate women.

The State Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to vote on this bill on Thursday, January 25.

CWA of Washington strongly opposes this bill, because women and children are not commodities to be rented or sold.  Every human being has inherent dignity, but paid human surrogacy dehumanizes both the mother and the child by placing a price on the surrogate mother’s body and the child’s life. This has no consideration or respect for the woman as an individual, nor God’s plan for a woman’s unique and precious role as wife, child bearer, and mother.

Take Action TODAY:  

  1. Call and/or email members of the Senate Law & Justice Committee today to express your opinion on SB 6037.  Click here for their names and contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  2. Call and/or email your senator today to express your opinion on SB 6037.  Click here to find out who he/she is and how to contact him/her. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

SB 6219: The “Free Abortions for All” bill would 1) require that every insurance policy covering maternity care also cover abortions, and 2) require that the state fund abortions for those who don’t have insurance. Shockingly, the measure provides no conscience clause to protect any of us from forced participation. In the past, there has been a weak provision for religious or conscientious objection, but there is no such language in this bill.  For example, churches and other faith-based organizations employ and provide insurance for thousands of citizens, and this bill would demand that abortion is included in all of their policies.

SB 6219 is currently in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.  It has not been scheduled for a committee vote yet.

CWA of Washington strongly opposes SB 6219, because it is an affront to the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, and the free exercise thereof, and the conscience rights of all citizens.

Take Action:

  1. Call and/or email members of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee today to express your opinion on SB 6219.  Click here for their names and contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  2. Call and/or email your senator today to express your opinion on SB 6219.  Click here to find out who he/she is and how to contact him/her. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Every pro-life voice needs to be heard in opposition to these bills!  Please pass this information on to friends, family, and your pastor. Encourage them to both pray and take action.

 1 Thess. 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” Please pray for both of these bills to fail. Pray for the hearts and minds of those currently supporting these two bills to be changed.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action!

With you for the dignity of women and the sanctity of all human life,

Maureen Richardson

State Director

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

 

January 17 Action Alert – … that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life …

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

New Year’s greetings from the Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington office!  We hope you celebrated the Christmas season and enjoyed all that reminds us of God’s special gift of Christ Jesus, our Savior.

In this new year, we hope and pray you will stay committed to your Biblical principles and stand alongside CWA of Washington in our goals to protect families, religious liberty, parental rights in our children’s education and welfare, the sanctity of all human life, U.S. sovereignty, and the support for Israel—all through prayer, education, and action!

Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL)!  God’s people must continue to pray for all those in authority. In I Timothy 2:1-3, Paul exhorted Timothy, “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.” One way to obey Paul’s exhortation is to join our EAL campaign to pray for all 147 Washington State legislators. The 2018 session began on January 8, and we so need to cover all the senators and representatives with our prayers.  Please contact the state office by emailing us, calling 425-869-1923, or taking a minute to mail the form.

March For Life!  Join pro-life individuals from the state on Monday, January 22, in Olympia.  The event begins at noon by gathering on the Capitol’s front steps.  Enjoy listening to wonderful March for Life speakers as well as legislators.  Click here for more information.  Plan to visit your legislators to let them know you came for the march and that you want them to support the sanctity of human life in 2018.  If you can, make an appointment so that you have time to interact with either your legislators or their legislative aides.

Tracking, acting, and praying on state legislation. Now that the state legislative session has begun, CWA will be watching for bills related to our seven core issues.  We will notify you of the bills we choose, and we will encourage you to contact your legislators in order to participate in our democratic Republic by sharing your opinions and insights on our issues.  Watch for our alerts in the coming weeks, and please share them with other concerned citizens who need to become involved in our democratic process.  We are so fortunate to have this opportunity. Let’s not squander the privilege and responsibility by ignoring our civic duty.  Please pray, educate yourself, and then follow up with appropriate action in a letter, phone call, e-mail, and/or visit to your state representatives and senator.

Please renew your CWA membership so we can continue sending alerts, continue the EAL program, and we can continue representing your values in Washington.  Please renew your membership by filling out and sending in our membership form.  Be sure to write your check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line.  Or, click here to give online.

In His Service,

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

October 11 Action Alert – For Such a Time as This

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Autumn greetings to you!  After a short hiatus from my Concerned Women for America (CWA) role in August, I was off to attend the CWA Leadership Training Conference in September. The conference’s theme was “Our history lies before us … For such a time as this.” This quote is a reference to Queen Esther’s bold appearance before her husband, the king, to plead for her people’s protection and future in the midst of a pagan culture.  The conference educated and encouraged CWA leaders from around the nation and allowed plenty of time to pray with one another. We prayed for our nation’s future and for a new infusion of Biblical values and Constitutional principles through the prayer, education, and action of our fellow CWA leaders.

We enjoyed hearing from several speakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at our Capitol Hill Briefing, and Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, and others in the administration at the White House briefing.  I was blessed to lead the group in prayer on religious freedom, as others led in prayer for our other six core issues during our wonderful time of worship on the last day.

PRAYER

 We have several courageous Christian brothers and sisters in our state who have taken a bold stand for the free exercise of their religious liberty rights.  Coach Joe Kennedy lost his case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in August, but he has re-filed his case for a hearing before the entire panel of judges in the same court to retain his individual right to pray privately in a public place.  Click here to view Fox News’ August 24 coverage.  Since becoming a God-free zone, our public schools have become increasingly hostile to Christian religious expression.  Pray that Joe Kennedy will win his case as one small step toward reinforcing our First Amendment rights.

Florist Barronelle Stutzman continues to stand for her religious liberty and ability to live by her sincerely held beliefs in her privately owned business. The question is whether the government has the right to compel citizens to participate in events contrary to their religious principles. According to her lawyer Kristen Waggoner, the next step is to ask the United States Supreme Court to reverse the Washington court’s ruling.  Please pray that SCOTUS accepts this case and that our First Amendment rights are confirmed.

In Colorado, Baker Jack Phillips operates his business according to his Christian convictions and thus, was unwilling to use his creative talents to help celebrate a non-traditional marriage.  His case, Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, is headed to the U. S. Supreme Court and CWA has filed an amicus brief supporting Phillips’ freedom of speech and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.  Pray for a successful outcome for Mr. Phillips and for our religious freedom.

CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz expressed our concerns and the need for prayer in his recent article, Of Bakes and Stakes.

Continue to pray boldly for our country’s future as “One Nation Under God”.

EDUCATION

 CWA of Washington Educational MeetingOn Saturday, November 4, CWA will host a members’ meeting in Everett with the theme “Restore Us, O God” from Psalm 80:3.  Two well-known speakers will address CWA’s core issues: Family, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Education.  For more details and to view and print a flyer, go to our state website. Join us for lunch and fellowship at noon!  Registration deadline is Friday, October 27.  If you are a current member of CWA in the Everett area, you should have received a postcard recently.

If you need to update your membership, please click here and donate. Your contribution will support CWA activities in the state. Or, click here to print, fill out, and send in a membership form.

As of the start of this school year, Washington schools are now teaching new learning standards for health and physical education starting in kindergarten (follow the thread through Health Education Standards, Core Idea:  Sexual Health, #5 Self Identity).  If districts fully adopt the standards, politically correct concepts of gender identity and gender expression will be taught to children without parental approval.  I have previously written about this threat to every family’s right to guide their children’s moral upbringing.  This overstep by the state undermines that right.  Please be in prayer about this issue, and then educate yourself by accessing the website above and talking with other parents, as well as your children’s teachers.  Attend school board meetings and express your educated concerns about this issue.

ACTION

 Young Women for America:  Are your daughters or granddaughters concerned about the anti-Christian influences and environment in their high schools or universities?  Check out the website for CWA’s mission to grow Young Women for America.  Currently, there are YWA chapters at Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University. You may contact the national office through that website for more information.

 40 Days for Life: The sanctity of life is one of CWA’s seven core issues, so we encourage you to pray and take action by participating in this peaceful and prayerful semiannual event. This fall’s campaign runs from September 27 – November 5. There are seven Washington state locations: Everett, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Wenatchee. Click here to find where the closest gathering is to you. This is the largest fall 40 Days for Life campaign ever and is taking place in more than 715 cities around the world!  By the grace of God, 40 Days for Life has achieved proven results such as 13,305 babies spared from abortion, 154 abortion worker conversions, and 85 closed abortion centers. Join in this national campaign to save lives! If you are unable to attend a prayer gathering, please use this time for extra prayer to defend our God-given right to life.

Prayer Vigil for Life, Bellevue is based on 40 Days for Life and aims to encourage peaceful prayer on the sidewalk outside the Bellevue Planned Parenthood. Go to their website for information about their group, instructions, pro-life talking points, printable and pre-printed resources, and parking information.

It’s time to put feet to your prayers! As members of CWA, we all feel the call to stand boldly with hope to restore the Biblical values which have distinguished this nation as “One Nation Under God”.   If you would like to carry out this calling by bringing a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter or Home Team Network to your community, please fill out and send in the Application for Leadership, or contact the state office.  We would love to connect with you and help you establish a group of prayer warriors to stand for righteousness in your community, our state, and our nation!

For such a time as this,

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

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

May 18 Action Alert – Stand Fast and Pray Without Ceasing!

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Do you feel as if you’re in the midst of a social/moral tornado?  There is so much swirling around us right now that it’s sometimes hard to keep our focus on God and His Holy Word.  That is precisely when we need to stop and pray, bringing us back to focus and remembering Ephesians 6:10-20: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil … Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

May we continue as an organization, and individuals, to stand in these evil days; knowing that our strength to stand comes from God alone.

CWA remains the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.  I think Abigail Adams would be a member.  I own a t-shirt with one of my favorite quotes from her on it:  “If we are to have Heroes, Statesmen, & Philosophers we should have learned women.”  She wrote that in a letter to her husband. John. on August 14, 1776, while he was off fighting for the freedom of this nation and she was tending to all the business at their farm in Massachusetts, a role she continued to play for the many years that John traveled.  She might have been called a housewife in those days, but from the letters I’ve read from her to John and to Thomas Jefferson, she also was indeed a learned woman and one of the founders of our nation, supporting,encouraging, and emboldening many others from the home front.

PRAISE & PRAYER

40 DAYS FOR LIFE reports that this spring’s campaign saw 341 cities and 30 countries participate, making it their largest spring campaign ever.  Thirteen thousand unborn babies will live because of the wonderful, prayerful witness of community volunteers who stand quietly outside abortion facilities to demonstrate their love for babies and their parents.  Praise God!  If you were one of those volunteers, CWA thanks you.

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE – SPECIAL SESSION: The first Special Session officially ends May 23.   Pray for a “breakthrough” in the budget negotiations for basic educationContinue to pray for our state legislators and staff for strength, stamina, wisdom and discernment. 

PRAY FOR RIGHTEOUS RULERS IN WASHINGTON STATE!  Pray for Godly individuals to accept the call now to run for office in the upcoming years’ campaigns.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Continue to pray for wisdom and understanding for our President. Pray he will rise above the rhetoric surrounding him, follow the Lord wholeheartedly (even as King David with his mistakes), and step into the role God has purposed for him.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM / WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT – STUTZMAN CASE: The Washington State Supreme Court ruled against florist Barronelle Stutzman on Thursday, February 16, determining that the government can force Barronelle Stutzman – and by extension, other Washingtonians, to create artistic expression and participate in events with which they personally disagree.  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represented Barronelle Stutzman, whom the state attorney general and the American Civil Liberties Union sued for acting consistent with her faith. This case is being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.  This decision at the Washington Supreme Court clearly exhibits the need for religious liberty protections in this state and country. It will probably be September before we know if the Court will accept the case.  Pray that they will.

THOSE ENDURING RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION: Please continue in prayer for those in Washington state going through religious persecution – Mrs. Stutzman, the Stormans (case concluded), Coach Kennedy (no current details available), plus the Kleins in Oregon who lost their family bakery.  All of those individuals and their families have carried a heavy load and appreciated our prayers for justice to be served in their battles for their First Amendment rights to live out their sincerely held religious beliefs in the public arena, including their businesses and occupations.  Please keep them in prayer for peace and perseverance. The Kleins simply chose not to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding and for that choice they lost their bakery.  Coach Kennedy was fired for simply kneeling to pray after football games. The Stormans chose not to participate in any form of abortion, lost their case in Washington, then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which declined to accept their case. Stutzman’s case is ongoing. While the case details vary, it’s obvious that the outcome of all the religious liberty cases around the nation will affect each of us as we stand fast in defense of our religious liberty and Biblical principles.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

EDUCATION

GOOD FIRST STEP ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BY PRESIDENT TRUMP: Visit CWA’s national website for an insightful article by CWA’s Legal Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq.

ACTION

SIGN THE “JUST WANT PRIVACY” PETITION: No law should ever force girls or women to share their bathrooms, locker rooms, or gym showers with grown males.  “Just Want Privacy” needs to collect 330,000 signatures by July 1 to qualify for the ballot.   Initiative 1552 will require schools to maintain separate facilities for boys and girls and allow businesses to manage their private areas in the way they feel is best.  Excerpt from Initiative 1552, “The people of Washington state find they have a reasonable expectation of privacy and safety for themselves, their children, their families, and others in places separated for female use only or male use only such as restrooms, bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and changing areas, and that promoting and protecting their privacy and safety is a serious matter of legitimate public concern. The people further find that schools, in particular, are places where a child’s privacy and safety should be promoted and protected and that students should never be forced into environments where they may be viewed in various stages of undress by members of the opposite sex or gender, or where they may view members of the opposite sex or gender in various stages of undress. The people also find that forcing female and male students to share private facilities such as restrooms, bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and changing areas with each other will create significant risks of embarrassment, shame, emotional harm, or psychological injury to students . . . .” Copies of Initiative 1552 are available for pick up around the state (https://justwantprivacy.org/petition-request-form).  Please pick up petitions and gather as many signatures as possible.  Again, we have until July 1.

SUPPORT RELIGIOUS RIGHTS: HB 1602, relating to protecting the first amendment rights of school sports coaches and others; etc., sits in the House Judiciary Committee.  It would be wonderful to see the bill proceed to floor votes, but at the very least it is a good start and will appear again next year. Click here to view the bill text, its status, and more.

Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee.  Ask them to vote YES on HB 1602. Email and/or call them.  Leave a message for them after hours if that works best for you.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

Seek Him this day my friends, put on the armor of God, rejoice, pray without ceasing, give thanks.  Then, having done all, stand.

Thank you for being a part of CWA!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]
wa.cwfa.org
425-869-1923

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CWA of Washington April 7 Action Alert – Stand Fast Therefore!

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Who could have imagined that our nation and its culture would be in such an obviously downward moral spiral in 2017?  CWA was founded to counter the moral decline in our culture in 1979, which was surely a challenging time, unfortunately leading to the increasingly rapid decay of the social, moral and political climate of today.  God knew all of this was coming, of course, and His Word constantly encourages us to stand fast therefore:  “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.”  (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Visit the national website to keep up with CWA news.

PRAYER

 ENCOURAGE-A-LEGISLATOR CAMPAIGN:  If you are a prayer warrior in our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign, I thank you and encourage you to keep praying and sending in those postcards through the end of this year’s scheduled session on April 23.  Our legislators need all the prayers and encouragement we can give them!

PRAY FOR THOSE BEING PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH:  Please stay in prayer for these courageous Washington state Christians as they fight for our First Amendment rights to religious liberty and the free exercise thereof:  The Storman family in Olympia, Barronelle Stutzman in Richland, and Coach Joe Kennedy in Bremerton. Unfortunately, around the nation there are continuing attacks on Biblical principles and our Christian faith, whether through the media or government bureaucrats who have forgotten that they work for “We the People”.  We must stay involved through prayer and in support of our fellow believers.

EDUCATION

 INITIATIVE 1552 Safe Spaces for Women and Children:  This state initiative repeals the “open-bathroom rule” made by the Washington State Human Rights Commission in December of 2015.  I-1552 restores the rights of business owners to maintain gender-specific facilities, and requires public schools to maintain gender-specific facilities.  The State Attorney General determines the “concise description” and, as expected, chose to put the words “gender-identity discrimination” in that description.  However, this initiative would protect the 99.6% of the population that is not confused about their sexual identity and who have the right to expect privacy and safety in traditionally gender-specific spaces including bathrooms, showers, spas and locker rooms.

In order for Washingtonians to have the right to vote on I-1552, the Secretary of State’s office requires 330,000 petition signatures by July 7.  Please join in these efforts.  Go to the Just Want Privacy website to be part of the petition drive and encourage others to do the same.  All hands on deck!

ACTION

 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN: This year’s 40 Days for Life campaign concludes this Sunday, April 9. CWA of Washington wholeheartedly supports the ministry of 40 Days for Life. “40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.” Take Action:  Grab a pro-life sign and find the nearest campaign location to participate in this weekend.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support human life from conception through natural death.  For more information on 40 Days for Life and where the closest location is to you, click here.

PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE, BELLEVUE: A similar ongoing pro-life ministry to get involved with is Prayer Vigil for Life, Bellevue. “Our goal is to encourage peaceful prayer on the sidewalk outside the Bellevue Planned Parenthood.” Click here for more information.

PRAYER IS ACTION: CWA’s first priority is prayer.  With that in mind, I exhort you to remember Paul’s exhortation in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 to pray and intercede and give thanks for the governing authorities, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”  Consider gathering others at your church or in your neighborhood to pray with you.  James 5:16: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman!) avails much.”

START A CWA CHAPTER: If you are able, please apply to be a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader or a Home Team Captain with CWA. That way you will receive national newsletters with monthly updates for both prayer and action.  Click here to apply.

PARTNER WITH US: And remember that we are totally supported by your gifts which enable us to plan regional meetings and stay in touch with all of our state members. Click here to contribute online or fill out this form and send it in.  Make your checks payable to CWA and put CWA of Washington on the memo line.  Any amount is appreciated.

Thank you for your participation, your prayers and your membership.

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson

State Director
CWA of Washington
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
[email protected]

CWA of Washington March 3 Action Alert – Get Involved!

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Get involved. Stay involved.  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  As branches on the vine, we are to bear fruit:  “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”  What are you willing and able to do to produce fruit for our LORD?  Pray?  Educate others?  Take action by assembling a group of friends to pray?  Whatever your gift, you can use it to produce fruit!

We would love for you to organize a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter, join the state Steering Committee, and/or put your faith and education into action by contacting your own state and federal legislators to express your opinion on issues of importance to our Biblical worldview.  Choose your issue, choose your role, but please get involved!

PRAYER

PRAY FOR THOSE BEING PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH: I was disappointed recently by a speaker who claimed that Americans are not suffering any discrimination for their faith.  I wondered how he could make such a statement when Christian bakers, florists, pharmacists, and even coaches are being told right here in Washington state (as well as around this nation) that they cannot exercise their religious freedom in their public lives, particularly in their businesses or jobs.  For years, this state’s Attorney General and his office have been persecuting the Stormans in Olympia for their choice not to stock or dispense abortifacients and Barronelle Stutzman in Richmond for her polite declining to participate in a homosexual wedding by using her florist skills.  Coach Joe Kennedy was fired by the Bremerton School District for simply kneeling quietly after each football game to honor God.  Kennedy lost his job, but the Stormans and Stutzman stand to lose not only their businesses, but their entire life’s savings, in addition to the unnecessary stress caused by this government intrusion into their First Amendment right to religious liberty and the free exercise thereof.

Please stay in prayer for these courageous Christians as they fight for our religious liberty and the free exercise thereof.  There are so many more examples of this attack on Biblical principles and our Christian faith (e.g. in the military and in the public schools).  We must stay involved through prayer and in support of our fellow believers.

EDUCATION and ACTION

GREAT BILLS THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT: In my last action alert, I listed five legislative bills that CWA of Washington supported:  HB 1003, 1011, 1178, 1243, and 1649.  Those five bills promoted our core issues of sanctity of human life, family, and religious liberty.  For the committees these bills were in, February 17 was the last day to have bills read in order to pass them out of committee and to the respective floor for a vote in the house of origin. Unfortunately, none of the five bills was acted upon and therefore will likely see no further consideration this legislative session. We thank those who contacted the committees and expressed their support of these bills.  Our hope is that they will be presented again in our 2018 legislative session.

SUPPORT JUDGE GORSUCH: At the national level CWA has announced their support of President Trump’s nomination for the U. S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.  Click here for more information on this nominee and why he is a great choice.

Take Action: Click here to sign a letter to your Senator in support of Judge Gorsuch.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN:  The next 40 Days for Life campaign will take place from March 1 to April 9, 2017.  CWA of Washington wholeheartedly supports the ministry of 40 Days for Life. “40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.”  For more information on 40 Days for Life and where the closest location is to you, click here.

Take Action: Make plans now to participate in the March 1 – April 9 at the closest campaign location near you.

PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE, BELLEVUE: Another great ministry to get involved with is Prayer Vigil for Life, Bellevue. “Our goal is to encourage peaceful prayer on the sidewalk outside the Bellevue Planned Parenthood.” Click here for more information.

THANK YOU!

EAL: If you are a prayer warrior in our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign, I thank you and encourage you to keep praying and sending in those postcards!  Our legislators need all the prayers and encouragement we can give them!

Chapter Leaders: If you are a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, I thank you and encourage you to keep educating, praying and taking action with your members.  What you do is crucial to the effectiveness of both CWA of Washington and CWA National.

To apply for a leadership position with CWA of Washington, please contact State Director Maureen Richardson through the contact information below.

Partners: If you are a contributor to CWA of Washington, I thank you and encourage you not to stop.  Your regular generous support allows us to continue to make our voices heard concerning the pro-life and pro-family issues that need addressing.

CWA of Washington does not have any paid staff, therefore insuring that all funds go to the work at hand.

Consider upping your support of CWA of Washington, or for some, contribute for the first time.  Contribute online or send us a check to the address below.  NOTE: Be sure to write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line.

Thank you for being a part of Concerned Women for America of Washington!

In His Service,

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