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Giving Thanks

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Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

 

With the arrival of November and the soon celebration of Thanksgiving all across this great nation of ours, it is only fitting that I express my deep gratitude for you, our members, and our partners in ministry.

 

2022 has been an amazing year of opportunity and open doors. The Lord has seen fit to allow us to engage with our elected officials through the building of relationships as a result of prayer, office visits, telephone calls, emails, and work in the field. The Lord has made a way for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia to increase in influence through growth in our grassroots efforts by way of Prayer/Action Chapters whose purpose is to educate on the issues, pray over the issues, and act on those issues. Our CWA of Virginia leaders across the state have received excellent training and are making a difference in their individual communities thanks to your prayers and financial investment in our organization.

 

I would like to share one of my favorite Thanksgiving quotes. It will be my prayer for us all during this special holiday season.

 

“I think that it is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.” Charles Spurgeon

 

I would enjoy hearing from you during this Thanksgiving season. Feel free to reach out to me via email at [email protected] or give me a call at (434)238-2770.

 

Giving thanks for you,

Teresa Pregnall
Your State Director

CWA of Virginia Thanks Attorney General Miyares

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia recognizes the importance of election integrity and applauds Attorney General Jason Miyares’ decisive action for election integrity.

 

On Friday, September 9, Attorney General Miyares announced the creation of the Election Integrity Unit at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The 20-member Election Integrity Unit, composed of attorneys, investigators, and paralegals, will investigate and prosecute violations of election law, provide legal guidance, and work with law enforcement to ensure both legality and purity in Virginia’s elections.

 

In a press release, Attorney General Miyares stated, “I pledged during the 2021 campaign to work to increase transparency and strengthen confidence in our state elections. It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. The Election Integrity Unit will work to help to restore confidence in our democratic process in the Commonwealth.”

 

The right to a fair election is personal to the Attorney General as his mother fled from Communist Cuba, an oppressive regime that suppressed her right to vote and the right to speak freely.

 

Take Action!

Contact Attorney General Jason Miyares here and thank him for working to ensure Virginia elections are fair and transparent and that every legal vote is counted. Put “thank you” in the subject box and add your comments in the details box.

 

Forward this email to family and friends.

 

Join us in prayer: Father God, You tell us in Your Word that You “detest lying lips, but delight in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12:22. We thank you for Attorney General Miyares’ commitment to do this with our election system. Guide his Election Integrity Team to find any election fraud committed and effectively prosecute violations so that we can have fair elections representing the will of the people of Virginia. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, we pray, amen.

 

Thank you!

Looking Unto Jesus,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Our state legislators depend on our prayers and support. They have a difficult job and pouring God’s Word and encouragement into their lives, through handwritten notes, is just one way that we can show the love of Christ through the ministry of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia. Our Encourage-A-Legislator Program (EAL) does just that!

 

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent, or other, we need to pray and encourage them. As prayers are offered on behalf of our legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

 

This next legislative session, CWA of Virginia needs you to help us deliver prayers and notes of encouragement.

Answer the call. Sign up today!

 

Contact our EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli, to get involved. Janet has done an outstanding job administrating this program for 11 years! She looks forward to hearing from you! Janet can be reached at [email protected].com, or (434)525-6705. Provide her with your name and physical mailing address, along with how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Janet Stasulli, EAL Coordinator

Virginia: Help Us Ensure Election Integrity in 2022

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The 2022 elections are upon us, and we need your help to ensure that every eligible vote counts in Virginia! Here are ways to engage:

 

  1. Serve as challengers and watchers during early voting and on Election Day. Reach out to your local Republican or Democrat parties for information on qualifications and how to apply.
  2. Serve as Officer of Elections/Election Officer (poll workers.) Learn about Officers of Elections in Virginia and how to apply here. Use can also use the poll worker lookup toolto find information on being a poll worker in your community, including requirements, hours, pay, training, and more.
  3. Ensure Virginians are registered to vote. We have made it easy for you. Download our Conducting a Voter Registration Drive: Instructions and helpful tips.
  4. Be an informed voter by checking out CWALAC Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress-First Session and iVoterGuide.

 Other helpful links:

Election Dates

Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline – Voter registration deadline has passed.

Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EDT – Deadline for early voting.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EDT – Absentee Ballot Return Deadline.                                                                           

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – Election Day

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

General Election
Monday, October 17, 2022 – Voter registration deadline
Friday, October 28, 2022– Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot
November 8, 2022 – Election Date

Polls are open on election day from 6:00am-7:00pm.

 

Additional information on election dates.

 

Thank you for making a difference in Virginia!

 

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of Virginia Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022                             

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Teresa Pregnall (434) 238-2770  

  

Concerned Women for America of Virginia
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

 

Forest, Virginia – After eight years of a liberal-controlled governorship and some of the worst abortion laws in the nation, we praise God Virginia now has a governor, Glenn Youngkin, who is committed to advancing the rights of the unborn.

 

CWA of Virginia State Director Teresa Pregnall, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court decision:

 

“We are optimistic over the next year that the citizens of this great Commonwealth will send back to the Virginia Legislature those who value human life in the womb and who will send strong pro-life bills to the Governor. We also have a pro-life ally in Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears.

 

“The Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization; now it is up to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia to do our part. We stand ready to welcome women and unborn children and are prepared to support a culture of life that protects all.”

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

CWA of Virginia Hosts Chapter Leader Gathering

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia hosted Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the Commonwealth for a time of fellowship and encouragement, to discuss our She Prays She Votes – Get Out The Vote efforts for the 2022 election and to learn about the legislative process here in Virginia.

 

We are so grateful for the leadership that God has given and for the ways that our Chapter leaders are serving Him through the ministry of CWA of Virginia. We have openings all around our great state and are looking for women who are passionate and committed to education, prayer, and advocacy. Does this describe you? Contact me, Teresa Pregnall, State Director CWA of Virginia at [email protected] for more information.

Marching for Life Prayer Warriors

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By Dorana Sylvia, CWA of Virginia’s Stafford Prayer/Action Chapter Leader

 

I was absolutely overwhelmed by the love and joy I experienced at the Virginia March for Life. It was refreshing to see so many people in prayer, both young and old, marching with the common goal of celebrating life! I rejoice that I was able to have my three sons and my mother join me on this special day with my Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia family.

 

The Lord moved me to share my testimony, with many at the March, of having once been a late-term abortion ultra-feminist activist. I had believed the lie, yet God had a plan for my life. The common question was, “What made you change?” My response was a simple one, “Jesus Christ and the prayers of faithful Christians.”

 

God strategically placed in my path to get my attention survivors of abortion, children who had been conceived through incest, and rape victims who had kept their babies. How could I ever again advocate for abortion?

 

The people I met at the Virginia March for Life are those warriors who continue to pray for the lost and for God to save and restore those affected by abortion. While at the March, I never heard an insult toward women who have had abortions or were considering abortion. The message was clear: God is love, He is a forgiving God, women are not alone in their pregnancy, and God alone owns life.

 

The Enemy may try to come after our families and our children, but he is no match for my Savior, the Hope of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Join Us at the Virginia March for Life 2022

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Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia and thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state at the Fourth Annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Wednesday, April 27.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:
11:00 a.m.—Virginia March for Life Rally begins
Noon—Virginia March for Life begins
Where: The rally will be held on the Virginia Capitol Building steps, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219-3673.
Signs: We encourage you to bring life-affirming homemade signs.

I hope you will make plans to attend. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Committed to Prayer

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(Picture: Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares is prayed for by CWA of Virginia State Director Teresa Pregnall (top right) and Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders Ann Robeson and Cathy Tankersley.)

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (Amplified)

Concerned Women for America of Virginia is committed to prayer. We fully understand that there is a cultural battle raging in our state and across our nation. There is a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of those in positions of authority, as well as every citizen of this great Commonwealth.

Both prayer and active involvement are necessary if we are to make a difference for the cause of Christ. We understand that nothing of eternal significance is accomplished apart from prayer.

Would you prayerfully consider joining us on the frontline in 2022?

Thank you,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Building Relationships in Richmond

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia leaders and members continue to make visits to the State Capitol during our General Assembly Session. Our primary purpose is one of building relationships through prayer and encouragement.

Our prayer has been that the mighty name of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed in every office, every hallway, all along the way, and that many would be reassured, comforted, and emboldened by the mention of His name.

We are hopeful that by building stronger relationships with our legislators, an open door of opportunity will be had in forthcoming General Assembly Sessions, and that good dialogue, discussion, and legislation will be the fruit of our efforts.

What has God called on you to do in 2022?

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2022 is one month young and I have an important question to ask you, “What has God called on you to do in 2022?” Concerned Women for America of Virginia is growing and expanding our reach and influence and I want to personally invite you to prayerfully consider engaging with us through statewide involvement.
 
We are women of prayer and action.

  • We are pro-life
  • We are pro-family
  • We stand for the Constitution
  • We support parental rights
  • We stand for religious freedom
  • We defend our children’s education and work to protect their future
  • We know men and women are EQUAL but not the same
  • We are strong, unified, and courageous

If this describes you, here are ways you can get involved with us.

Prayer/Action Chapters
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed and strategic prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community.
 
CWA Influencer
CWA’s Influencers are Christian conservative women committed to staying informed on CWA’s current issues and activating prayer and action on a widespread scale by distributing CWA’s information to their CWA network via social media, email, and/or text, and also to their personal network and organization and church relationships. Consider becoming an Influencer today!
 
Whether you want to attend or lead a Prayer Action Chapter, be an Influencer in your network, or lobby state legislators, there IS a place for you! CWA of  Virginia is a place where you can impact the culture for Christ through education, prayer, and action. You ARE needed!

Email me directly at [email protected] or call me at 434-238-2770. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you very soon!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Forest Prayer/Action Chapter Heads to Richmond

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The Forest Prayer/Action Chapter participated in the February 2, 2022, Parent Advocacy Day sponsored by our ally, The Family Foundation. The Chapter attended a House Education Committee hearing and then headed to the House gallery to watch the Delegates gavel in for the session. Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22) recognized the Chapter from the House floor. It was also a day of connecting with local legislators and offering prayer and encouragement.

Before leaving Richmond, the group prayed around the flagpole at the Governor’s mansion, offering prayers for Gov. Glenn Youngkin, his family, and staff.

What’s at Stake in Virginia? – The Future of Women’s Sports

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The future of female athletics is on the line in the Virginia election. You need to know if the candidates will uphold the rights of female student-athletes to fair competition, or will force our daughters on the sidelines as boys identifying as girls cut in?

Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – the law that made it possible for women and girls to receive equal opportunities in education, including athletics.  So why are we having to fight to uphold these rights all over again?  Because liberals in the General Assembly passed a law signed by Gov. Ralph Northam that requires school districts to treat gender identity as a student’s sex.

We stand on the truth that God created male and female, and basic biology tells us that male bodies have advantages in athletic competition over female bodies. That’s not speculation – that is science.  But Democrats still press on with their radical agenda to overrule science and common sense at the expense of our daughters.

The only way to save women’s sports is by electing leadership from the statehouse to the Governor’s mansion who will protect our daughters and stop the push for destructive gender ideology in our schools.  Other states have succeeded; it’s time for Virginia to do the same.

We know that athletic participation is a key factor in developing confidence and leadership skills, but when girls feel defeated before the race even begins, they wonder why even try.  They deserve better.

Your vote matters.  Hold the line against radical gender ideology as you vote in this year’s election.  Give our girls the chance they deserve to excel in sports and in life.

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Dear CWA Friends,

We are excited to launch our 2022 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! For those who have not participated in our EAL program in the past, it focuses solely on prayer and encouragement for our state legislators. The EAL program is one of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s most valued programs. Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Regardless of whether legislators are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, or non-Christian, they need both our prayer and encouragement.

For more information about the EAL program click here. Please print and distribute to others who might want to participate in our program.

If you would like to participate, please contact CWA of Virginia’s EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and specify whether you would like to adopt one or two legislators.

Sincerely,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

iVoterGuide Resource

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is pleased to be able to partner with iVoterGuide to provide you with an up-to-date voters’ guide for the Virginia General Election. We pray that this information is helpful to you as you prepare to vote.

Important dates to know:

  • Friday, September 17 – Early Voting Begins
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • September 17 – October 30 – Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day

You can find your polling locations or mail-in ballot information by contacting your local voter registration office.

Thank you for your faithfulness!

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and iVoterGuide

To Vote … or Not

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There is much at stake in the November elections here in Virginia. Will you exercise your duty and vote?

The institution of government was ordained by God (Romans 13:1-4). It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process. According to the late U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson, people of faith are more to blame for the nation’s woes than are politicians.  Believers who are apathetic “abdicate their responsibility,” he said. He noted that lawmakers have authority to act only “with the consent of the governed. People of faith must understand the issues, vote intelligently, and advise elected representatives.”

Exercising our right to vote in elections is the most fundamental way to participate. Yet, surveys have shown that as few as one-half of church members who are eligible to vote are registered to vote, and not everyone who is registered actually votes.

Voter registration deadline in Virginia is October 12.

A Million Dollar Investment

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Have you ever thought of your right to vote as a form of currency? Let me explain – you can spend your money on purchases that you researched and know are the best choices for the money you are spending, or you can impulse buy, picking whatever catches your fancy at the moment.

When we consider what is at stake, the security of our families, and the future of our country, our vote should be treated like a million-dollar investment. Read “What’s Your Vote Worth?” and find out why.

Election season has begun in Virginia. Today, Friday, September 17, is the first day of in-person early voting at local voter registration offices. If you need to take advantage of early voting, you can do that starting today. Remember to research the candidates and vote knowledgeably.

What’s At Stake, Virginia? Safety

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As a mom, I can’t help but be concerned about our state and our nation’s future as I watch the massive leadership failures we have witnessed in recent years.

Current radically liberal leadership has failed us and is putting our families at risk. We are not safe.

Our children are not safe in our classrooms. Instead, they are targeted for indoctrination by those pushing radical race and gender-based theories that shame them for the way they were created.

Unreasonable mask mandates and erratic public health policies have distorted their educational development and threaten their liberties going forward.

Our economic future is not safe. Radical policies are crushing our bottom line. Everything from gas prices to the cost of meat in the supermarket —not to mention other necessities like healthcare and transportation— is skyrocketing with many red flags on the horizon.

Our streets are not safe. Who can forget the summer of riots and shameful chants to “defund the police” that kept us all in fear of going to nearby places where we knew rioters would gather?

Children in the womb are certainly not safe. To our shame, Virginia has become one of the most pro-abortion states in the country. Any and all reasonable restrictions are systematically being rejected in the radical liberal’s quest for abortion on demand, without restrictions for all nine months and paid for with taxpayer dollars.

But nothing can remind us more of the failure of leadership we are facing than the recent disaster in Afghanistan. After so many of our Virginia military families made great sacrifices in service of our nation, to see the debacle that transpired in the withdrawal just breaks my heart. It did not have to be that way.

With a young son training to be an officer right now, I am concerned about the long-term impact of our leadership’s failure in the Middle East. I am concerned for his safety and ours.

This is why I will be traveling around our great state, engaging our community in a time of prayer for the upcoming election.  We will keep you informed about important election dates and will provide you with information that we pray will be helpful to you and your family and friends as you make your decisions about voting.  Watch for our emails and pass them on to others.

Vote knowledgeably,

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Baby in womb

What’s at Stake? Life in Virginia

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In November, the citizens of Virginia will go to the polls to elect a governor, a lieutenant governor, an attorney general, and members of the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates currently has a Democrat majority (55 seats – 45 seats).

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia will be producing a series of emails to educate our members in Virginia as to what is at stake in the upcoming election.

The pro-life issue is the bedrock issue of many conservative organizations. The child’s size, development, environment, or degree of dependency does not change their fundamental being.  The unborn is human. And yet, about 863,000 unborn babies are aborted each year.

In March of 2020, on Good Friday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) signed a bill into law which expanded abortion coverage across the state. The bill made abortion a health care service in the state insurance exchange at any time during pregnancy – three months, six months, nine months. These plans often receive federal funding, so we as taxpayers are paying for these abortions.

This legislation was passed by the House and the Senate and sent to the Governor for his signature. The legislation repealed a ban on abortion coverage on the exchange. It also rescinded the required 24-hour waiting period, ultrasound, and counseling prior to an abortion. The law went into effect on July 1, 2020. In Virginia, babies can be aborted for any reason at any time during the pregnancy. It also allows physicians assistants and nurse practitioners to perform abortions, and it weakens building safety standards at abortion facilities.

With Virginia currently funding the abortion industry with millions of taxpayer dollars and heading into a critical election season where we will choose new state leadership, we need to come together to speak up for unborn babies who cannot speak for themselves.

Your vote is important! Think through the issues and then vote knowledgeably.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”  Edmund Burke (Irish Statesman of the 1700s)

Thank you,

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President