Valley Family Forum

A Good Night In The Valley

Congratulations to Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) and his wife Suzanne who were awarded the Wilberforce Award at the Valley Family Forum's annual "Salute To The Family" dinner Friday night. A heartfelt thanks to the hundreds who turned out for the dinner to hear Bishop E.W. Jackson speak and to advance family values in the Shenandoah Valley and Commonwealth.

Valley Family Forum "Salute To The Family" Is Tomorrow Night With Keynote Speaker Bishop E.W. Jackson

If you haven’t reserved your seat for this Friday's Valley Family Forum "Salute to the Family," with special guest Bishop E. W. Jackson, time is running out. If you live or work in the Shenandoah Valleyare within driving range, or just want to make a night of it, we hope you will join us at this wonderful event. The program begins at 6:30 Friday, May 13, at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center in Harrisonburg. This year's theme is "A Celebration of God and Country."

Bishop Jackson is founder and Chairman of S.T.A.N.D., a national organization dedicated to restoring America's Judeo-Christian heritage and to preserving our Christian faith and values, and Exodus Faith Ministries, based in Chesapeake. He is a nationally acclaimed speaker, combining immense intellect and passion, whom no one forgets after hearing. He is an ex-Marine, Harvard Law School educated attorney, and frequent guest on the national media programs, including those on ABC, FOX News and NPR. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have covered him and he's even braved the liberals on MSNBC. Bishop Jackson also is the former chaplain at Boston Red Sox Services and for The Family Foundation.

The evening will include special music by The Faithful Men, plus the annual Wilberforce Award presentation. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For reservations, e-mail family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call 540-438-8966. The Valley Family Forum is a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation.

* This event is to benefit The Valley Family Forum and The Family Foundation and is not a campaign fundraiser for Bishop Jackson. Titles, party affiliations and references to elected offices sought are listed for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by The Family Foundation.

Bishop E.W. Jackson To Headline Valley Family Forum’s 10th Annual “Salute To The Family”

Here's another reminder of the Valley Family Forum's 10th annual Shenandoah Valley "Salute to the Family," with special guest Bishop E. W. Jackson. If you live in the Valley, or even outside of it, this is a terrific event that has gained a prominent spot on the political calendar each year. So, we hope you can join us in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, on Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the outstanding James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center in Harrisonburg. This year's theme is "A Celebration of God and Country." Bishop Jackson is founder and Chairman of S.T.A.N.D., a national organization dedicated to restoring America's Judeo-Christian heritage and to preserving our Christian faith and values, and Exodus Faith Ministries, based in Chesapeake. He is an ex-Marine, Harvard Law School graduate, acclaimed speaker, and frequent guest on national television and radio, including ABC, MSNBC, FOX News and NPR. He has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Bishop Jackson also is the former chaplain of the Boston Red Sox and for The Family Foundation.

The evening will include special music is by The Faithful Men, plus the annual Wilberforce Award presentation. Tickets are $25 per person, or $200 for a table of eight. For reservations, write to family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call (540) 438-8966. The Valley Family Forum is a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation.

Note: This event is to benefit The Valley Family Forum and is not a campaign fundraiser for Bishop Jackson. Titles, party affiliations and references to elected offices sought are listed for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by The Valley Family Forum or The Family Foundation.

Help Bring "In God We Trust Plates" To Virginia

Virginia drivers could have the option of a new specialty license plate on their cars next year if approved during the 2011 session of the General Assembly — the "In God We Trust" plate (depicted below). Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) and Delegate Dickie Bell (R-26, Staunton) are the patrons of the legislation that would create the plates. Because the General Assembly requires at least 350 pre-filed applications to be on hand for the legislation to be approved, anyone who is interested in obtaining these plates should file their applications as soon as possible (click here to download an application form). A $10 check must be included with the application (the address is provided on the form). If the plate does not get approved, the money will be refunded.

InGodWeTrust Plate

Although "In God We Trust" became the official motto of the United States in 1956, it first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864, during the Civil War, and continues to appear on both coins as well as paper currency to this day. However, the words first took root much earlier, when Francis Scott Key included them in the fourth stanza of "The Star Spangled Banner," which he penned in 1814 during the War of 1812

At least nine states already have approved similar "In God We Trust" license plates, including Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition, eight states have plates that include a reference to God, such as "God Bless America" and "One Nation under God."

For more information, contact the Valley Family Forum at family@valleyfamilyforum.org  or call 540-438-8966.

Wallbuilders Founder David Barton To Keynote Valley Family Forum Events May 24

The Prince William Family Alliance isn't the only regional Family Foundation affiliate proving that values voters not only never went away, but are, in fact, thriving. The Valley Family Forum, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, also proves the point with its robust growth and vigorous activism. On Monday, May 24, it will host David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders — one of the nation’s leading experts on America's Christian heritage — at its Annual Salute To The Family. The bad news is that the event already is sold out. But there is good news: To accommodate the demand, it has added a luncheon with Mr. Barton from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 24, at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center, and tickets are still available! 

Mr. Barton is an award winning author, nationally acclaimed speaker, and advisor to legislators and educators. He draws from original sources to remind us about what made America an "exceptional" nation from our earliest settlers to today. Who were our Founding Fathers, and how did their faith influence the formation of our government? What are the key principles on which America was founded and prospered, and to which we must now return? Why is this great history now being deliberately ignored and even re-written, and why does it matter to us now?

The theme of his speech will be, "Keys to Good Government — According to the Founding Fathers." If you have never heard David Barton we encourage you to attend the Valley Family Forum Luncheon on May 24. You will learn more about our nation's history in a half hour from him than you probably ever did in school.

Seats are $25 per person or $200 for tables of eight. For reservations or more information, e-mail family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call 540-438-8966.

Virginia News Stand: May 20, 2009

Leading off the news, again, is us. The Daily News-Record reports on the Valley Family Forum's 8th Annual Shenandoah Valley "Salute to the Family" dinner, where nationally broadcast radio talk show host Janet Parshall will be the featured speaker. But the statewide headlines are buzzing with the increasingly venomous Democrat gubernatorial primary campaign. They are questioning each other's character (thought that didn't matter), credibility, Democrat loyalty and ability. Former Delegate Brian Moran even found it necessary to slam Terry McAuliffe over a perceived "not sufficiently supportive of Barack Obama" attack radio ad — airing in urban media markets only, of course. Finally! It's getting fun — and there's three more weeks of this stuff to go.

News:

*Radio Host To Keynote 'Salute To The Family' (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Moran ad blasts McAuliffe over anti-Obama TV spot (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

In debate, Democrats question rivals' character, capability (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. Candidates Clash In Final Debate of Democratic Primary (Washington Post)

Democratic candidates hold last debate (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Gubernatorial hopefuls fine-tune their messages (Roanoke Times)

Legislators look into how Va. laws cover 'sexting' (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Keepsake season carries area team to Homeschool series (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Annual Valley Event To Feature Radio Talk Show Host Janet Parshall

The Valley Family Forum, in association with The Family Foundation, will host the 8th Annual Shenandoah Valley "Salute to the Family" dinner Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center in Harrisonburg. The Valley Family Forum is one of The Family Foundation's several local grassroots networks, serving pro-family citizens in the Shenandoah Valley region. This year's theme is a "Celebration of Freedom" and will feature keynote speaker Janet Parshall, who is an author, nationally syndicated radio talk show ("Janet Parshall's America"), and host and narrator of the TV documentary series, "Speechless: Silencing the Christians."

Harrisonburg's WHSV-TV/3 Executive Producer Kay Norred will emcee the program, which includes a spirited medley of inspiring music by local artists, "The Faithful Men" and pianist Miriam Clark.

Previous "Salute to the Family" speakers have included former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Focus on the Family Vice President Tom Minnery, former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, and Vision America Founder and President Rick Scarborough.

Reservations are $25 per person. Each table seats eight, so invite your family and friends to come along. If you don't live in the Valley, and are interested, it will be a great program, so we encourage you to attend. For more information, or to confirm your reservations, call (540) 438-8966 or e-mail family@valleyfamilyforum.org.

Virginia News Stand: December 15, 2008

It's all News today, folks. Enjoy. Family Forum 'Unveils' Agenda (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record) (This is about one of our chapters.)

Howell presents budget cut plans (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Howell offers budget ideas (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

GOP Caucus Vows To Tighten Belts Amid Fiscal Crunch (Washington Post)

Kaine, assembly face tough decisions on cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Cole picks redistricting committee in legislature (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Moran resigns Va. House seat (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Moran Resigns From Va. Assembly (Washington Post)

Moran ramps up Va. governor campaign (Washington Times)

Will Moran's resignation create a domino effect? (The Daily Press)

Parties picking nominees for Moran seat (Richmond Times-Dispatch 

Parties Try To Beat the Clock for Jan. 13 Vote (Washington Post)

Two-term governor is sought (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

"Come What May" In Harrisonburg July 12

The Valley Family Forum, a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation, is offering a special invitation to attend the Virginia premiere of a new pro-life feature film entitled Come What May at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on Saturday, July 12, with showings only at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets (and more about the movie) are available in advance through Advent Film Group (click here), with discounts for families of four or more. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the day of the showing. Proceeds from the movie will be shared with several Valley pregnancy centers. The movie is about Caleb and Rachel, two championship debaters at Patrick Henry College, who are caught in a tug-of-war between their parents, their conscience, their own budding romance, and Supreme Court differences over abortion and parental rights. The judges are stacked against them, but the greatest debate takes place before they ever enter the courtroom. The cast includes several Harrisonburg residents. 

Prior to the second screening, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Valley Family Forum will host a special reception. There is an additional charge for the reception and reservations are required. For more information, and to make reservations, contact 540-433-1577.

Come What May is produced by a new group of Virginia-based filmmakers who are committed to promoting Christian values through film. Director/Producer George Escobar is a Hollywood trained filmmaker who will be present at the premiere and the reception to introduce the movie and speak to guests. Also scheduled to attend are Escobar's co-producer, the screenwriter and several members of the cast.

This is the first of a series of movies planned for production over the next four years. The goal is not only to produce high quality family films but also to prepare a new generation of Christian filmmakers capable of producing and directing films like the highly successful Amazing Grace and Tales of Narnia series.

If you are in the area, we hope you plan to attend. Post your reviews here and let us know what you thought of Come What May, Bella and any other pro-life movies you may have seen recently.