Keynotes from The Sound of Music

I sat down to watch the classic movie “The Sound of Music” this past Sunday evening. I had seen it several times before, but I watched it with renewed interest. There was something deeper and more meaningful this time as I was drawn into the significance of the story.
The music was incredible, of course, but what impressed me and made the movie so moving, tender and powerful were several things:
LOVE: The expression of unselfish sacrificial love, respect and devotion throughout the film was in the spirit of the Christmas season. Love is what turned the hearts of the children from their mischievous ways. Maria and Capt. Von Trapp’s relationship was one of respect, purity, love and devotion.
GOD’S CALL: Maria’s Reverend Mother in the movie so beautifully stated that God has given each of us a calling in our life and dreams to fulfill. I believe that calling is different for each of us, but it has the same purpose and that is to bring God glory, which in turn produces peace and contentment.
FAITH AND ACTION: Opportunity for fear, retreat and defeat presented itself throughout the movie, but faith and determination was put into action to help overcome. We all have the assurance that we don’t have to face our challenges alone.
PATRIOTISM: Capt. Von Trapp’s love and devotion for his home county of Austria was inspiring. The movie doesn’t give us any detail about his service to his country but only speaks of his retirement. He is an example of why we need patriots in service to our state and country. His country’s situation is an example to us in our state of South Dakota and in America; could something like this happen to us? The movie suggests an element of complacency and lack of understanding in judging the times they lived in. We must all be proactive in electing people who will stand up for righteousness to preserve our freedoms.
TEAM WORK: We need each other to accomplish the goals that God has given us. The Von Trapp family couldn’t have escaped their uncertain future without the help of their dear friend and the sisters in the convent!
There are many parallels in “The Sound of Music” and the goals we have at Family Heritage Alliance. It is our desire to support the family; loving our children and honoring marriage between one man and one woman; a state where God is honored and families flourish. It is FHA’s calling.

There is no shortage of opportunities to put our faith into action. Each session bills are introduced in the state legislature which gives all of us opportunity to act. Many of the bills are not favorable to faith, family and freedom, but we won’t give in. We will take a stand for righteousness, and we will keep you informed.

We at Family Heritage Alliance also rely on teamwork. We live in uncertain times in that our values of faith, family and freedom are constantly being challenged. We are grateful that we live in one of the most conservative states in America. We must do all we can to protect and promote what God has established. Teamwork may take the form of a call to action, prayer and of course financial resources.

Thank you for your past support. We couldn’t do it without you. We know that’s an overused statement but it’s so true. FHA is your voice and your ally in our state legislature and in other areas of government. Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift that will allow us to put your faith and FHA’s faith into action? Both Family Heritage Alliance and FHA Action (our C4 site) need $20,000 to meet our goals. The legislative session will begin early January. WE NEED YOU!
Please pray and ask the Lord what He would like you to give. We would be very grateful for a year end gift. Also, would you consider adding a monthly gift to your budget? Your gift is an investment for you, your children, your grandchildren and the generations to come. You and I have the potential to shape history for God’s glory!

Gifts can be made using the buttons below,
or if you wish to mail your gift, they can be sent to:
P.O. Box 329 in Rapid City, SD 57709 or P.O. Box 87897 in Sioux Falls, SD 57109


-LaVonne Fosness

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I call it Anticipation Month.

The children and grandchildren anticipate Santa’s visit.

At Family Heritage Alliance we anticipate the joy of commemorating the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ and the gathering of family and friends.

Just beyond Christmas we anticipate the arrival of the new year and the inauguration of a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Constitutional Officers, Legislators and the beginning of the 2019 Legislative Session on January 8th.

We anticipate forging a positive relationship with our new Governor and her administration and the newly elected Legislators as well as renewing relationships with returning Legislators.

Last week, Executive Director Norman Woods shared with you a partial list of the legislation we anticipate will be considered in the upcoming session. They include Assisted Suicide, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Homeschool Education, Free Speech, Alienation of Affection, Sports Betting and more.

We anticipate a very busy schedule that will demand our full time active presence in Pierre and we need your financial help to make it happen.

Our annual Stand Banquets provided a much-needed financial boost, but we fell short of what we need, especially with regard to FHA Action, non-tax-deductible funds. In order to have a successful Legislative Session in 2019, we need $20,000 in FHA Action funds before January 31st. We urgently need your help to meet that goal!

We have also set a goal of raising $20,000 in 501(c)(3), tax-deductible funds before January 31st. These dollars will continue to equip our staff in networking, alliance building, CIT engagement, public education, and many other areas.

We anticipate that God, working through you, our loyal contributors, will help us meet these goals.

-Ed Randazzo

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We Need Your Help in 2019!

As 2018 draws to a close and our minds turn to homemade cookies and Christmas carols, I wanted to take a moment give you an update on FHA as well as explain our current goals. Since the Stand Banquets in September, we’ve had several irons in the fire. There have been several major successes in building the CIT Team network as more churches catch the vision and want to influence their culture, namely within the realm of public policy. Through those networks and other connections we’ve been active at the Rapid City School Board, voicing our opposition to their addition of problematic language into the policies of Western Dakota Tech. After the November election we began actively preparing for the upcoming legislative session which is shaping up to be a whirlwind! We have two Legislative briefings coming up, which will be a time for us to really take a deep dive with legislative allies and organizational allies into what we can expect to see this session. We are already aware of several issues that we expect to see this session:

Assisted Suicide: In the last election cycle, the proponents of a practice called “Physician Assisted Suicide” were unable to get the number of signatures needed to place the issue on the 2018 ballot. Because of this failure to reach the ballot, we expect to see a piece of legislation allowing this practice to be presented during the 2019 session.

SOGI: If you have seen any of our recent articles discussing the blue and white billboards that are popping up in South Dakota, you know that Colorado money is wanting to add Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to our statutory protected classes list. Our prediction is that a ballot measure in the coming years is the most probable avenue they will take, but a legislative attempt is still a real possibility.

Alienation of Affection: There has been a lot of discussion lately in the news media about the Alienation of Affection statute in South Dakota. This statute essentially allows someone to file suit against another person who allegedly broke up your marriage and alienated you from the affection of your spouse. Some claim this statute treats people as property, while others speak to the legal weight and importance the language gives to the institution of marriage.

These are only 3 of 12 bills that we are already expecting to see this legislative session, and we need your help! The Stand Banquets in September gave us a much-needed financial boost, but we fell short of what we need, especially with regard to FHA Action, non-tax-deductible funds. Because of this, we have set a goal of raising $20,000 in FHA Action funds before January 31st. In order to have a successful Legislative Session in 2019, we need your help!

We have also set a goal of raising $20,000 in 501(c)(3), tax-deductible funds before January 31st. These dollars will continue to equip our staff in networking, alliance building, CIT engagement, public education, and many other areas. Would you consider Family Heritage Alliance in your Year-End giving?

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Eddie’s Story – A #GivingTuesday Request

The first winter storm of the season is always a bit of a surprise. The day starts sunny and bright; construction workers run around on roof tops in t-shirts; moms take their kids to the park; homeowners put their plants on the porch to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine out of the fall. Then the storm front builds on the horizon. The roofers throw down tiles as fast as army ants; moms hurry their kids back home in strollers and bouncing on their hip; homeowners hustle their plants inside as the wind kicks up, blowing leaves from one yard to the next. There is a bite in the wind. And the storm descends. The snow swirls, then the white begins to accumulate, visibility ranges from vague to nothing. Whatever needed to be done is done, and everyone hunkers down to wait out the storm. Except for Eddie. And Phil and me.

We were heading home from Billings to Rapid with a stop off in Sheridan for fuel. The main difference between us and Eddie was that we were on four wheels and Eddie was on two. Of course, Phil had to connect. The front surfaces of Eddie’s bike were caked with ice and snow. The only part of him that we could see were his eyes.

“You remind me of my sons! I’m Phil.”

“I’m Eddie.”

“Where are you headed?”

“Billings to Denver.”

“Eddie, I have to ask. Are you doing this because you have to or because you want to?”

“Because I have to.” Bold, determined sigh.

“Eddie, do you know God?”

His eyes lit up. “Yes!”

“Can I pray for you?”

Again his eyes showed his approval.

Phil prayed for Eddie’s safety and courage and then gave him his cell number.

“Let me know when you get there. We’ll be praying for you all the way to the finish line.”

This isn’t just a cool, epic story. There is a parallel here that we don’t want you to miss.

The team at Family Heritage Alliance works on public policy. Much like the seasons of the year, politics has an ebb and flow, a dynamic of preparation, accomplishment, regrouping, planning. And much like Eddie, despite all the planning we can end up doing our work in some very uncomfortable climates. Not all our work is because we want to; much of it is because we have to. In order to see God honored in South Dakota, we have to take a stand, at times even opposing our friends. In order to see life being valued, we battle for the unborn and the elderly. In order to see families thrive, we support the education of our children from a Biblical worldview. And the climate is not always favorable.

But like Eddie, people come alongside us at FHA to pray for us, to point us toward resources and contacts, and to support us financially towards our goals. In this season in America and in the state of South Dakota, we cannot do this work without you. Your prayers and financial support are key in the success of this journey.

You may be wondering what happened to Eddie. He texted us late that night. He stopped in a small Wyoming town to spend the night. The hotel receptionist gave him a room and a meal at no charge. I’m sure that not only fed his body, but his soul as well. Eddie told Phil that he had no idea how his tires stuck to the road, but they did. “God must have done that.”

We are thankful that we reached out to Eddie and didn’t miss being a part of his adventure. Will you join us in being a part of what we can accomplish this year through FHA?

Today is #GivingTuesday, and the beginning of our end-of-year fundraiser. The recent Stand Banquets gave us a much needed boost, but we need an additional $20,000 in 501c4 Non-tax-deductible funds in order to be successful in the 2019 Legislative Session. We also are in need of $20,000 in 501c3 tax-deductible funds to support our continued work! Whether you are looking for a year-end tax-deduction or have a desire to support our efforts at the capitol, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $20,000 in 501c3 and $20,000 in 501c4 funds by January 31st!

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As always, checks to Family Heritage Alliance or FHA Action can be sent to PO Box 329, Rapid City, SD 57709. Thank you for standing with us through all types of weather!

-Phil & Charlotte Shively