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April 17 Prayer/Action Alert: Be Refreshed

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“The generous prosper and are satisfied.  Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11:2

This is such a wonderful season to celebrate the reason for our faith and our hope!  We at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington wish you an Easter season full of blessings. Witness to others of the faithfulness of our loving God who refreshes us so that we can refresh others. Thank you for praying for our nation, for our state, and for our families.

Legislative Update
We are in the final two weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. All of the bills that CWA of Washington took a stand on have gone through the legislative process.  A hearty thanks to all of you who participated along the way through your prayers and actions.

Click on the bill number for additional information. 

Legislative Update
HB 1016, relating to hospital notification of the availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. Because of your support, this very good bill passed in the House 96:0 and in the Senate 46:0 with 3 excused. 

To our disappointment, a few bad bills passed:

SB 5082, promotes and expands social-emotional learning.

SB 5356, establishes the Washington state LGBTQ commission.

SB 5395, mandates that all public-school districts teach state-defined comprehensive sexual education.  Please continue to pray that this bill will not re-emerge.  Also, if you are concerned about the sexual education offered in your district, you may opt out your child.

CWA of Washington encourages parents to be fully informed about the state’s “comprehensive sexual health education” curriculum, and if the curriculum is considered unacceptable, then we recommend considering viable alternatives. One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values.  

At the national level in Washington, D.C., CWA is fighting hard against the so-called “Equality Act.”  Click here to educate yourself on the Equality Act and then contact our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and urge them to vote against this dangerous bill that will eradicate the gains women have fought so hard for over the last several generations.

Remember to be generous in your prayers and your witness for Christ Jesus, despite the opposition we see all around us.  God honors those who honor Him.  May this Resurrection Day refresh us as we remember the sacrifice made for all mankind so that we might be saved from the ways of the world and enjoy eternity with Him.

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

April 12 Prayer/Action Alert: Be Strong

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“But as for you, be strong and do not give up,
for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

“The only fight which is lost is that which we give up.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor

These were the encouraging words our state Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator mailed to those who are praying for our state legislators this session. I hope they are an encouragement to you today.

The 2019 legislative session ends on April 28, and we need you to keep praying and taking action! I so appreciate the faithful prayers and actions of those like yourself, those who volunteer within our Encourage-A-Legislator program, Steering Committee members, Prayer/Action Leaders and Home Team Captains. You are the heart and hands of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington!

40 Days for Life Update
This is it! With one week to go, we know of 374 babies spared from abortion because you answered the call to pray at your local 40 Days for Life vigil! Haven’t made it out yet? It’s not too late.

40 Days for Life is a wonderful opportunity to put one of our CWA core issues into action!  Please add your presence and prayers to your local 40 Days for Life gatherings.

Legislative Update
We are in the final three weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session.  Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for all three of your state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

For the bills listed below, click on the bill number to check the most current status and for additional bill information.

Keep Up the Pressure!

EDUCATION:
SB 5395 substitute – mandates state-defined comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools. Thanks to your efforts, this bill has stalled in the House Education Committee. However, it could be revived by House leadership or brought up in a special session.  Pray that won’t happen!

SB 5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. CWA opposes this bill because it would impose state-defined values on our children rather than families teaching their cultural or religious values.

Current status: April 9, passed through Rules Committee and is on 2nd reading.  Next, it will go to the floor and voted on by all members of the House of Representatives.

Take Action: Contact your two representatives through the Hotline to request a NO vote! 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:
SB 5356 substitute – relating to establishing the Washington state LGBTQ commission.  This bill would create a commission to protect a particular group of people.  We believe everyone’s rights should be equally protected based on the liberties outlined in the U. S. Bill of Rights.  Setting up a commission to specifically protect one group of people could jeopardize our constitutionally protected freedoms such as religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Current status: April 8, passed through the House Appropriations Committee and is on Rules 2 review, then headed to the House floor for a vote.  Already passed Senate 34:14.

Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356. 

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
HB 1016 relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.

Current status: Passed in the House 96:0. In the Senate: April 9 In Rules Committee for 2nd reading and headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

Take action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill. 

Remember, be strong and do not give up!  Pray and take action to protect your freedoms!

If you are interested in helping CWA grow in this state, please contact the state office through the telephone number, e-mail or mailing address below.  As a member, you are very appreciated!  This is your CWA!

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

March 27 Prayer/Action Alert

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“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” James Madison wisely warned us that we need to be informed. Given the ease of learning about what is happening in government, we have no excuse for not acting upon our concerns. Thank you for praying, being educated, and taking action on bills currently in the Washington State Legislature. Your responses are helping turn the tide on some very bad bills that would seriously infringe on our First Amendment rights and our family authority.

Legislative Update
We are in the final weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for any of your three state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.

For the bills listed below, click on the bill number to check the most current status and for additional bill information.

EDUCATION
CWA of Washington is actively engaged in opposing two very dangerous bills: SB 5395, Comprehensive Sex Education and SB 5082, Social Emotional Learning. Your calls and emails have been noticed, but we must keep up the pressure!

Substitute SB 5395 mandates state-defined comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools.This bill is an invasion of our families’ right to teach their values to their children at the appropriate ages. It also interferes with the people’s right to elect school board members who will represent their community’s values. CWA opposes this bill.

SB5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. As with SB 5395, this bill imposes state-defined standards for behavior and healthy relationships and ignores cultural and religious diversity. While we promote respectful treatment of all others despite differences, this bill would criminalize certain beliefs regarding sexuality.  CWA opposes this bill.

Immediate Action Needed!
The Executive Session for the Education Committee meets this Thursday, March 28, so we have until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to influence the committee. The chairman decides which bills the committee will vote on, so our input RIGHT NOW is especially important.

Please call the following four people and urge them to oppose both SB 5395 and SB 5082.

  1. House Education Committee Chair Sharon Tomiko-Santos (D-District 37) Phone: (360) 786-7944.
  2. Minority Leader Mike Steele (R-District 12) Phone: (360) 786-7832.
  3. Your state representatives. If you have already called, please call again.

Additional Action Item for SB 5395
From Research Mom, a frequent speaker at our CWA meetings:“Send a message to your school and our legislators by opting out of mandated sexual health education for your children TODAY!”

Fill out the “Washington State Parent and Student Opt-Out Notice” and submit a copy to your school AND email a copy to your two representatives and one senator. Email a copy to everyone on the House Education Committee

You may be told you must view the curriculum first (not necessary) or you may be told that the timing is wrong. By submitting this letter, you are putting themon notice that you are serious about taking your child out of sexual health education classes this year and in the future.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
SB 5356 relates to theestablishment of the Washington State LGBTQ Commission. There is no mention of religious liberty in the text of this bill nor any mention of people of faith on the commission. There is a very real danger to our First Amendment rights being outlawed if this commission is established. CWA opposes this bill.

Current Status: March 27 – Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 p.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356.

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
HB 1016-relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.

 Current Status: Passed in the House 96:0.
In the Senate: March 29 – Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 a.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill.

We must be watchmen on the wall for God’s principles, so please pray for our families and our state and our nation, that we remain One Nation Under God.

In His Service,

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

 

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CWA of Washington November Action Alert – God’s Light

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Dear CWA of Washington Members,

“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5

I am so weary of hearing liberal/progressive/secularist/humanist spokesmen moan and warn about the necessity of banning any expression of our historically traditional Christian faith, values, holidays, etc. as well as restricting our other First Amendment and other inalienable rights!  Those spokesmen ignore all the founding documents, journals, congressional minutes, etc., then re-invent our “rights” to fit their vision of a secular, humanist, “progressive” utopia where government employees supposedly understand and  know better how we should live, what we should believe, etc.  They advocate their choices, but they deny our choice not to participate in their ungodly behaviors although they totally offend us and conflict with our pro-life worldview.  This comes from the very group that has created the cultural and moral freefall that our nation and our families are suffering from, but they continue in their campaign to obliterate our Judeo-Christian foundation and clearly Biblical traditional worldview in favor of the incremental moral and cultural destruction that we are witnessing on a daily basis.  When you push God into the closet and release morally compromised people who seek their own ways, call good bad and bad good, then even erase all symbols of God Almighty and His Son Christ Jesus from public places, the military chaplaincy, public schools, etc., what can you expect but the deviant, corrupt, self-indulgent results we are witnessing?

Freedom to choose abortion in any circumstance and at any point of a pregnancy for any reason?  Freedom to marry whomever one chooses even though that relationship cannot yield the natural balance and God-endorsed purposes?  Our children being told in public schools that they cannot pray or even mention Jesus, and worse, teachers telling our children God is a myth and failing them if they refuse to comply?  Boys demanding to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and vice versa just because they choose not to identify with the gender on their birth certificates?  None of these issues stands apart from the real problem in this nation:  Moral degradation at an increasingly rapid pace, due to putting God and His Holy Bible in the closet and letting all sorts of moral depravity out!   Believers cannot pray in public?  We can’t display Christmas nativity scenes?  We cannot refuse to participate in abortion or homosexual marriages?  Military chaplains cannot pray in the name of Jesus Christ?  Crosses on churches and memorials must come down in order not to offend someone?  What about the fact that all of this offends us?  What about the First Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …?

Our founders believed that freedom would not survive long in America if the people turned away from God.  Founder James Madison said in 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia:  “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it.  We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity … to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” (America’s God and Country; William J. Federer; 2000; p. 411)  John Adams warned that our Constitution was written only for a moral and religious people and without those two, human passions would rip through that document like a whale goes through a net (Ibid.; p. 10; address to the military, October 11, 1798).

Right now in Bremerton, Washington, we have a football coach suspended for exercising his freedom of religion and choice as an individual before and after a football game to simply praise God Almighty on the football field.  No student, no administrator, NO ONE is forced to participate in his individual prayer, yet this is somehow a “separation of church and state” issue?  Again, the issue is about the disintegration of our culture, the falling away from and destroying our moral and spiritual foundations and the bullying and intimidation by the very people who lecture us on tolerance!

Forty-seven Congressional members have signed a letter to the Bremerton School District  expressing their outrage about the egregious attack on Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment Right to religious liberty and the free exercise thereof.  Click here to read letter.  Yet NOT ONE Washington State Member of Congress signed that letter!  Please call Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) at  202-224-3441 and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) at 202-224-2621 and your own district Representative to ask them why they are not supporting the First Amendment for all citizens; ask them to sign the aforementioned letter or send their own and to speak to this issue.   Click here to find out who your Representative is and how to contact him/her.

For more information on this issue, click here to listen to a speech by Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) on the senate floor.  For more insight into this and other issues, visit our national CWA website at ConcernedWomen.org.  Penny Nance, Mario Diaz and other CWA leaders are wonderful writers who will encourage you in a steadfast Judeo-Christian walk through this cultural jungle.

PRAY, EDUCATE, ACT!  Those are CWA’s three purposes.  If you are as outraged about the aforementioned issues as I am, please seriously consider supporting CWA with your prayers, share this action alert with others, and then step up to organize a Prayer/Action Chapter or Home Team in order to educate and activate other concerned citizens through a gathering in your home or church.  If we don’t change the course of this nation, think about who will!   Click here for a Leadership Application.

We also need more prayer warriors to pray for our state legislatures and other elected officials.  Please fill out the Encourage-A-Legislator form and send it back to me.  Click here for the form. Your daily prayers and weekly notes might just change one heart and save one soul.  Our prayers and notes are appreciated by believers serving us in Olympia and needed by non-believers!

Be a light for God in an increasingly dark world.  Let your Christ-like light shine and illuminate the field.  Darkness is eliminated when just one small light shines.

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
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