Solemn Assembly January 8

Amy Wagner, State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer writes the following:

Click above for the PowerPoint slide for this event.

Click above for the PowerPoint slide for this event.

The Black Hills NDP Team has scheduled another Solemn Assembly to begin the New Year and the Legislative Session. I am reminded of Daniel chapter 9 as we approach 2016. The time for Repentance is NOW. We must get on our knees and dig deep into our own hearts as we examine the consequences of sin against God. Yes, as Believers we live a “forgiven life”, but sin is serious business, and while we are forgiven, I believe,  we are also held accountable for sin as well as complacency. As we ride along on the coat tails of the Savior, do we just live? OR, do we repent, not only for the mistakes our society has made, but also the sin of our own hearts? Please join us with the idea that you too can repent and lay your heart open to the King of Kings.  could you please use the slide to announce in your church? Thank You!

January 8, 2016 at 7:00P.M.

 First Assembly of God
 South Highway 16

Amy Wagner, State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer.

SD Lawmakers Gather For Governor’s Budget Speech

red_DSC_0926On Tuesday, December 8, FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher, Youth Coordinator Norman Woods, and Public Policy Analyst Ed Randazzo, joined South Dakota lawmakers as they gathered at the state Capitol in Pierre to hear Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed budget for next year. Lawmakers paid particular attention to our Governor’s proposals and thoughts on Medicaid expansion here in South Dakota. Those in attendance were also looking for the Governor’s thoughts on the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s education recommendations but he ended up delivering little substance on that subject and will wait to do so until he delivers the State of the State Address in January. Fiscal responsibility and educational opportunities are core family values and thus capture the eye of FHA Action. Stay tuned!

Click here to see all the pictures from this event on our Facebook post.

FHA Action Legislative Briefings Bookend The State

red_DSC_0976FHA Action executed two almost perfect legislative briefings this month, as we officially start the ramp-up to South Dakota’s 2016 legislative session.  This year, we were joined by Americans For Prosperity as partners in the event, and their State Director and Lobbyist, Ben Lee, joined our Executive Director, Dale Bartscher in heading up this project.

In Rapid City, the legislative briefing was held on Saturday, December 12 at Dove Christian Center.  As always, the hospitality of the ministry team and the folks at Dove was amazing.  Also, we are so grateful for the help of our volunteers and several FHA Action folks who prepared all the breakfast goodies for this early morning “working breakfast”.  We had 52 in attendance including Rapid City’s Mayor, Steve Allender, representatives from the offices of all three members of our U.S. Congressional delegation, representatives from numerous advocacy groups, FHA and FHA Action board members and staff, 13 legislators, and several lobbyists.

Then on the Eastern side of the state, the FHA Action / AFP team held a second legislative briefing at the Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.  Central Baptist Church is Senator John and Kimberly Thune’s home church.  Central Baptist did a superb job hosting the event.  We had 51 in attendance at the Sioux Falls briefing, including representatives of all three of our U.S. Congressional Member’s offices in Sioux Falls, FHA Board Members, representatives from a host of ministries and advocacy groups, and 19 legislators.  As is universally the case, our Sioux Falls representative, LaVonne Fosness was so instrumental in pulling together all the moving parts and making the event a success.

Click here for our Facebook post on the Rapid City event

Click here for our Facebook post on the Sioux Falls event

FHA Action 3.0

Welcome to the new improved FHA Action website.  It is our passion at FHA Action to make the process of communicating with you an effective, well-oiled machine.  As South Dakota’s 2016 legislative session draws closer, we wanted to roll out something that truly would make it easier for us to communicate to you.  But a one-sided conversation isn’t a conversation.  So we also wanted to make the process of you communicating with us easier as well.  So here is what version 3.0 of delivers.  (By the way, we are still ramping this new site up, so for a few days yet, let’s call this version 3.0 beta).

  1. First and foremost, it was imperative that be mobile friendly (or “responsive” as the geeks call it).  As the mobile traffic on our site continues to increase, we wanted to make it ever so easy for the mobile user to get to and consume the information on our site.  But, we wanted to retain the robust user experience you have come to expect from the our site on a desktop computer.  So, we met and exceeded these goals.  The new site looks smashing on a mobile device (see pictures upper right), but also works nicely on a full-size monitor.
  2. You will notice a much flatter, more crisp, business look.  We think it does a great job of saying “FHA Action means business” when it comes to promoting and protecting the values you cherish.
  3. Going forward, all our news, blogs, article, and alert posts will allow our users to comment.  Comments will be mildly mediated to assure a civil discourse.
  4. Just when you thought our advocacy tools couldn’t get any better, well guess what — they did.  We have a new and improved Legislative Radar (which currently is only showing demo data since the legislative session hasn’t begun) and the same great Action Center tools for contacting your elected officials and letting them know what you are thinking.
  5. Version 3.0 delivers a site that is “searchable” from stem to stern.  So if you are looking for a particular bill or person, the search bar will be waiting for you at the top of the right sidebar on any page beyond the home page.
  6. Also, on subsequent pages beyond the home page, you will find a list of “tags” and “categories” in the right sidebar.  Consider those to be a quick search index of information on the site.
  7. Our new site employs new technology to make it easier for search engines to find us and the content on our site quickly and efficiently.  This will make it much easier for folks who aren’t yet acquainted with FHA Action to find us as they are searching for a particular bill or political issue.
  8. For the power users, we now have a site that can easily be syndicated or subscribed to.  Subscribers will get all our updates in the email in-box or in other “feed-readers” you may have installed.  Use the little “RSS” feed icon located in the top right of every page or located at other locations around the site.
  9. Yes, there is a lot more yet to come, but this isn’t a bad start for our 2016 web presence!  I so wanted to say something silly like “yes there does seem to be a disturbance in the force”, but I decided against it.  One of the really cool tools we are playing with is a new iPhone and Android app that will allow the users to stay up to date on the important alerts as they happen.  More on that in a future post I hope!