Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia

Volunteers Needed On January 9 For Virginia Stands For Life Gathering

Thanks to all of you who have signed up to come to our Virginia Stands for Life Gathering on January 9. If you haven't already registered, please click here to sign up. The pre-registration makes planning much easier for us prior to the event. With the great response we are getting, we are going to need a lot of volunteers to help us on that day. If you are passionate about standing up for those who cannot stand for themselves and want to know what you can do to help, please e-mail Marie at marie@familyfoundation.org. She will send you the details of what our various needs are. Thank you in advance for helping us with this effort.

We also are excited to announce that in addition to the 18 pro-family groups we listed as coalition partners in our last post, we have added numbers 19 and 20: The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and The American Family Association. We are very honored to have these great groups joining us in this effort and we look forward to working with all of our coalition partners to proudly and clearly remind our legislators and elected officials that we are pro-life and we are the majority!

PFFV To Host Unique Pastors' Roundtable December 9: Invite Your Pastor!

As The Family Foundation undertook the exciting adventure of forming Pastors For Family Values, we knew that there would be differences among the pastors to whom we reached out. We had high hopes that we could bridge the theological or stylistic differences that separate our Sunday morning practices with unity on pro-family issues.   

More than a year after the formation of this group, our hopes have been greatly exceeded by a God who, as usual, has chosen to do immeasurably more than we asked or imagined. We have seen, on multiple occasions in the same room, white and black, Catholic and Protestant, Baptist and Presbyterian, rural, suburban and urban pastors come together. We have watched as relationships have formed over the common bond of the defense of the unborn and traditional marriage, and much more. We have been overwhelmed as together we have signed legislative petitions, joined in press conferences, broken bread at numerous PFFV luncheons around the commonwealth, taken trips to the nation's capitol and, most importantly, worshipped.  

On Tuesday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m., PFFV presents a unique opportunity to sit down together and hear from Bishop Francis DiLorenzo (Catholic Diocese of Richmond), Pastor Mark Becton (pastor of a Richmond-area Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia church) and Bishop Gerald Glenn (Chief Servant for Pastors For Family Values). 

These three men may differ on serving the Lord's Supper, lifting hands in worship or how baptism occurs, but they share a common vision that Virginia protects the family, the unborn and the marital bond. Please invite your pastor to come hear each of them speak and stay for a question and answer period. This is a free event but, due to limited seating, does require a RSVP. Please call 804-343-0010 and reserve your and your pastor's seat. 

PFFV Pastor Roundtable

Tuesday, December 9

              1:30 - 3:00 p.m.            

The Family Foundation Offices

830 East Main Street, Richmond

  12th Floor Conference Room

                       

Prayer Rally Tomorrow For State Police Chaplains

By now most Virginians are familiar with the decision of Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty, a political appointee of Governor Tim Kaine, to order state police chaplains to cease praying "in Christ's name." Six state police chaplains resigned their duties as chaplains over the decision (see our commentaries, here). In the beginning of October, The Family Foundation participated in a capital press conference with several pastors from around Virginia in support of the religious liberty rights of state police chaplains and to urge Governor Kaine to reverse an order telling the chaplains they can't pray "in Jesus' name."

You were faithful when we asked you to contact Governor Kaine and state police Superintendent Flaherty and urge them to reverse the chaplain prayer policy!

Now, we are asking you to consider joining other Virginians for a "Pray in Jesus Name" prayer rally, on Saturday, November 1, at the Capitol Square Bell Tower, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (900 Bank Street) in downtown Richmond. This free, non-partisan rally will include pastors, policymakers, political, civic, and church leaders, a praise band, a gospel choir, and a time of prayer for the chaplains, our nation and our government. Please arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. so the event can begin promptly. 

You will hear the following individuals share their hearts and prayers at this event:

    » Mat Staver, Dean, Liberty University School of Law     » Dr. Rick Scarborough, Vision America     » Pastor Victor Torres, New Life International Outreach     » Bishop Darryl Husband, Mt. Olivett Church     » Delegate Charles W. "Bill" Carrico (R-5, Independence)     » Dr. Jeff Ginn, Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia      » Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, "Chaps"

For more information about this event, click here, at the Pray In Jesus Name Web site.