Come to any of our four Legislative Review Events for a full debrief of the 2018 Legislative Session, and an update on what’s coming next!
What was the most rewarding part of the Capitol Summit in Pierre?
“Ushering prayer into the capitol”
“Praying with the legislators”
“Dr. Kenyn Cureton was a wonderful speaker.”
“Meeting State Officials”
“Filling the capitol with praise to God as we sang three songs on the steps in the rotunda”
“Meeting with like-minded believers”
PASTORS, as an encouragement to you, here is what people said regarding their pastors not being able to come:
“… I want to know from my pastor, where our church stands on the issues…”
“As Christians, we may not “like” politics or government, but we cannot afford to not be involved, concerned & engaged.”
“…it is important for leaders who are Christians to gather in Pierre and let their legislators know how they should vote in light of morals and values.”
“Do not fear, come to Pierre! You have influence! Come put [it] into action at the Capitol.”
“Your role is important in our country.”
“Need to be involved and concerned in what is happening legislatively in the State. Need to understand what your support means to the legislators.”
“Come fight for our State and country through the power of the Lord.”
On February 6th Pastors and Ministry Leaders from across the state converged on the Capitol for a day of education and encouragement.
The day began with a light breakfast in the Rotunda including a quick briefing on capitol protocol and a list of what was on the legislators’ agenda for the day. Teen Pact alumni gave a Capitol tour. Our guests were then able to connect with their legislators, to pray with them, and to see part of the legislative process. Before leaving the capitol the whole group met on the Rotunda steps for a picture with the governor and for singing in that great hall. What an amazing sound!
Dr. Kenyn Cureton from Family Research Council brought a great challenge to the legislators focusing on the godly legacy of Ronald Reagan (his birthday was February 6th) and his implementation of godly morals in every area of government. Dr. Kenyn also encouraged the Ministry Leaders to live out “I am a Soldier of the Cross, Here I Stand!”
God is doing an incredible work in our State. He is giving the church the opportunity to impact our culture with His Love and Truth. We want to take every opportunity to shine as a city on a hill.
It’s that time of year again! Every year we invite Pastors, Priests and ministry leaders the State Capitol for a day of networking and inspiration.
Bus transportation is available from Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
The day starts at 9:00am (CST) in the Capitol rotunda with a light breakfast and coffee, then a brief presentation. We update everyone on the recent happenings at the capitol, introduce them to our family-value allies, and give them an explanation on the layout of the building.
After the presentation everyone is free to explore the capitol, pray with their elected leaders, or take a tour led by FHA Interns (or do all three!). After a picture on the capitol steps, everyone leaves the capitol and goes to Community Bible Church in Pierre for lunch.
This year our keynote speaker is Kenyn Cureton, Family Research Council’s Vice President for Church Ministries! Kenyn will share his heart as to why we as Christians are called to influence every aspect of our culture with Christ’s morals. Then at 2:30, we explain the many resources we have brought with us on the resource table, and you’re off! Home in time for supper.
When: February 6, 9am to 2:30pm
Where: Capitol Rotunda
Who: Pastors, Priests & Para-Church Ministry Leaders.
New for 2018: Every attendee is welcomed to invite a youth member from their church to shadow them for the day! Take a young person with you who you believe will appreciate a hands-on experience at the Capitol!
FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher and FHA Action Lobbyist and Youth Coordinator Norman Woods traveled the very familiar road to Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Once again they were assisted by Sioux Falls FHA Representative LaVonne Fosness as we held a Sioux Falls area FHA Legislative Review Luncheon. Seventy-Four energetic guests filled the room at the Linwood Wesleyan Church as their lead Pastor Bob McHenry opened the event in prayer.
We were honored to have in attendance these elected officials: Senators Jim Bolin and Jim Stalzer, along with Representatives Steven Haugaard, Leslie Heinemann, Isaac Latterell, Sue Peterson, Marli Wiese and Larry Zikmund.
It was a treat to welcome Owen Shay, Constituent Service Representative for Congresswoman Kristi Noem (SD) to our event. Owen brought us up-to-date with some of the happenings and decisions made in Congresswoman Noem’s office.
A special treat for Dale was the presence of his sister Cheryl. Cheryl, and her husband Ernie, live in Sioux Falls and often attend FHA events but this day was special. Cheryl was celebrating her birthday and Dale surprised her with a birthday cake complete with candles. This only but goes to prove…the FHA is ‘Family’ in more ways that one 🙂