Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit

Come for a discussion of the impact the body of Christ can have on our state and the legal foundation we have to do so! RSVP Today! February 5

The day will start at 9:00am in the Capitol Rotunda with refreshments and a brief orientation on the workings of the capitol. Everyone will then be released to find their legislators, explore the capitol building, take tours, and learn more about their state government. We will end our time at the capitol with a picture on the steps and the singing of several patriotic songs.

Lunch will be held at Community Bible Church where the FHA team will give a further briefing on what is happening at the capitol, then Paul Weber and Tonya Shellnutt will be our keynote speakers! Mr. Weber, President and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, will examine the need for the body of Christ to have a greater impact on culture, and the opportunity we have to do so. Mrs. Shellnutt, Regional Alliance Director with Alliance Defending Freedom, will explain the Church Alliance program and discuss the resources and protections available to your church!

RSVP Today!

Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit – Sioux Falls Bus

Come for a discussion of the impact the body of Christ can have on our state and the legal foundation we have to do so!

The day will start at 9:00am in the Capitol Rotunda with refreshments and a brief orientation on the workings of the capitol. Everyone will then be released to find their legislators, explore the capitol building, take tours, and learn more about their state government. We will end our time at the capitol with a picture on the steps and the singing of several patriotic songs.

Lunch will be held at Community Bible Church where the FHA team will give a further briefing on what is happening at the capitol, then Paul Weber and Tonya Shellnutt will be our keynote speakers! Mr. Weber, President and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, will examine the need for the body of Christ to have a greater impact on culture, and the opportunity we have to do so. Mrs. Shellnutt, Regional Alliance Director with Alliance Defending Freedom, will explain the Church Alliance program and discuss the resources and protections available to your church!

The Sioux Falls Bus will load at 5:15am at the Walmart North parking lot (southeast corner) located at 5200 West 60th Street N. The bus will depart at 5:30.
Parking will be available for passenger’s cars at the same location.

Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit – Rapid City Bus

Come for a discussion of the impact the body of Christ can have on our state and the legal foundation we have to do so!

The day will start at 9:00am in the Capitol Rotunda with refreshments and a brief orientation on the workings of the capitol. Everyone will then be released to find their legislators, explore the capitol building, take tours, and learn more about their state government. We will end our time at the capitol with a picture on the steps and the singing of several patriotic songs.

Lunch will be held at Community Bible Church where the FHA team will give a further briefing on what is happening at the capitol, then Paul Weber and Tonya Shellnutt will be our keynote speakers! Mr. Weber, President and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, will examine the need for the body of Christ to have a greater impact on culture, and the opportunity we have to do so. Mrs. Shellnutt, Regional Alliance Director with Alliance Defending Freedom, will explain the Church Alliance program and discuss the resources and protections available to your church!

The Rapid City Bus will meet at the Flying J Truck Stop at 5:00am (Mountain Time) and will leave promptly at 5:15am. After the Event is over, The bus will leave Pierre at 2:30pm (Central Time)

 

Ministry Leaders’ Capitol Summit – With No Transportation

Come for a discussion of the impact the body of Christ can have on our state and the legal foundation we have to do so!

The day will start at 9:00am in the Capitol Rotunda with refreshments and a brief orientation on the workings of the capitol. Everyone will then be released to find their legislators, explore the capitol building, take tours, and learn more about their state government. We will end our time at the capitol with a picture on the steps and the singing of several patriotic songs.

Lunch will be held at Community Bible Church where the FHA team will give a further briefing on what is happening at the capitol, then Paul Weber and Tonya Shellnutt will be our keynote speakers! Mr. Weber, President and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, will examine the need for the body of Christ to have a greater impact on culture, and the opportunity we have to do so. Mrs. Shellnutt, Regional Alliance Director with Alliance Defending Freedom, will explain the Church Alliance program and discuss the resources and protections available to your church!

State Capitol Building: 500 E Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

Community Bible Church: 1516 N Harrison Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

New Faces – Great Places

The Christmas trees are gone from the Capitol Building. There are new names over the office doors and on some legislator’s desk tops. Your Family Heritage Alliance Action lobbying team is on the ground in Pierre. It must be January.

As we return to the Capitol, it is impossible to enter without a profound awe for the magnificent structure and the quality of the people that we have elected to serve here and their willingness to accept this responsibility.

We now have heard the Governor’s State of the State message, the Chief Justice’s State of the Judiciary message and the State of the Tribes message. It must be the end of the first week of the 94th Legislative Session.

It was a week for making new relationships with the new legislators and renewing ones with returning legislators, meeting and conferring with like-minded allies, and watching as bills are “dropped,” read and assigned to committees for consideration, for debate and determination if they will advance to a chamber floor for debate and decision.

Norman and I have already begun poring over the bills already filed and visited with legislators busy in the process of drafting a bill and securing the support of their colleagues.

We, in fact, have already determined that we will support HB1040, a bill that was passed by both houses of the legislature last year only to be vetoed by Governor Daugaard. It would level the playing field for homeschool students to qualify for South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships.

There were 591 bills and resolutions filed last session. There are only 88 bills and resolutions filed at this writing. So there is much more we will share with you in the weeks to come. Please the Legislative Radar to stay informed and engaged in the public square where the laws we must live by are made.

Norman and I will stay here in Pierre to advance and defend the values we hold dear for you.

CWA Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign

Dear CWA Friends,
It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning and we appreciate your faithfulness.
We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.
Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.
Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.
If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please email Linda Schauer at director@southdakota.cwfa.org to note your commitment and provide your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.
Linda Schauer
State Director
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
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SD Right to Life Scorecard

South Dakota Right to Life has release their 2017/2018 Legislative scorecard!

“Our legislative scorecard is out for the 2017-18 sessions just in time for the primaries. Feel free to print, copy, cut, paste, quote, and use the resource however you see fit. Make sure voters in your district know how your legislators are voting, and thank your legislator for standing up for LIFE! Don’t have a pro-life legislator? You can donate to South Dakota Right to Life PAC, 342 N. Sunset Dr., Mina, SD 57451. Specify which district race you want your funds used in. Questions about the scorecard? Email spencercody@hotmail.com”

SD RTL Scorecard

A Message from Jarvis Wipf – Capitol Commission

Mr. Wipf recently began serving as a chaplain to the capitol community this legislative session through a ministry called Capitol Commission. Here is his perspective on the 2018 Legislative session, along with more information on Capitol Commission.

“At the conclusion of this year’s legislative session, I was asked for a recap on the ministry of Capitol Commission.  For those who may not be familiar with Capitol Commission, it is a national missions organization with the goal of reaching Capitol communities for Christ.  We are non-political, so we do not lobby for legislation.  Our goal is to be a pastoral presence and help all legislators, regardless of party affiliation, become disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Before session started I spent several weeks traveling around the state meeting legislators to introduce myself and the ministry of Capitol Commission. From three-hour conversations over lunch, invitations to their homes, and multiple meetings at the office were all means of getting to know legislators. These early contacts were key as session started, because they gave me a base that helped introduce me to many other legislators and provided opportunities to minister that otherwise would not have happened.

Since this was my first session, I tried to immerse myself into the culture of the legislative session by attending as many functions as I could.  This included sitting in on committee hearings, watching session, eating lunch with as many different legislators as possible, and going to evening social events.  At social events in the evening there was time to engage in a longer conversations and this opened the door for more interactions in the Capitol.

During the second week of session I handed out an introductory Bible study to all the legislators with an invitation to an evening Bible Study.  A Bible study on the Gospel of John launched during week three with 12 legislators present.  This number stayed consistent throughout the rest of the session.

The Gospel of John presents Jesus in a way “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”  Studies from John included:  The Deity of Christ, Responding to the Light, The Humanity of Christ, John’s Testimony to Christ, Come and See the Christ, The Manifested Glory of Christ, and The Authority of Christ Over Worship. 

I printed this weekly Bible study and distributed it to all 105 legislators.  After a few weeks of reading the Bible studies some then attended the evening study.  Many  told me that although they were unable to come to the actual study, they really appreciated the written study.  One legislator told me that he was passing it on to his spouse, and they were discussing it together.  God’s Word will accomplish His purposes, and there is fruit from these Bible studies!  One legislator told me on the last day of session that they were “learning a lot” from the studies.

Functioning as a chaplain in the Capitol opened many doors to pray for a wide variety of needs.  From situations dealing with health issues of family members, to death, to wisdom in how to pitch a bill in a way that was honoring to God, to being a witness among their peers.  I was also honored to open both the House and the Senate in prayer.

This first session has been a great launch of the ministry of Capitol Commission.  I made connections with legislators that will continue to grow over time.  The Gospel and the greatness of Jesus were presented on a weekly basis.  Many spoke of their gratefulness for the presence of a chaplain on a daily basis, and I heard comments like “He is always in a strategic location.” Please continue to pray with me for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4).”

Jarvis Wipf – State Director – Capitol Commission

Contact: jarvis.wipf@capitolcom.org