Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.
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1. YOU’RE INVITED: 🎉 Now, it’s time to celebrate!
We want to invite you to join us at this year’s Celebration of Carolina Values, where we plan on having a celebration 50 years in the making. Gather with us for an unforgettable evening full of hope and promise for the future of unborn children and their mothers. In addition to celebrating the reversal of Roe, we’re honored to be joined by the woman who made that happen: Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch.
While there is still much work to be done protecting the unborn in our state, we hope you consider joining us on October 20th for a day of celebration. Click here to learn more and purchase your individual event ticket for $150.
2. NC VALUES: NC School Board Endorsements
Yesterday we were excited to share with you our endorsements for the 2022 NC school board races in select counties.
This is the first year the organization evaluated school board candidates. Seven counties were selected, including Wake, Winston-Salem/Forsyth, Greene, Pitt, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, New Hanover, and Guilford counties.
In addition to endorsements, we have sponsored a number of other election tools to ensure you vote this important election. Among them are iVoterGuide, and our Legislative Scorecard.
If you are not already registered to vote, you have until October 14th to get register. After this, you can still register to vote, but only in-person during one-stop voting.
3. THE HILL: New poll shows tight Senate race in North Carolina. Budd and Beasley debate tonight.
“North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Rep. Ted Budd leads Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley by 1 percentage point, according to a poll released on Monday. The SurveyUSA-WRAL poll found Budd garnered the support of 43 percent of respondents in the race to replace retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), compared to Beasley’s 42 percent support. Thirteen percent said they were undecided.”
“Budd and other Republicans have looked to tie their Democratic opponents to high inflation rates, attacking the party’s sweeping spending packages that passed Congress in recent months. Seventeen percent of voters said abortion is the most important issue following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which has energized Democrats. Those voters backed Beasley by 67 percentage points.”
As this article from Smoky Mountain News notes, pro-life positions continue to be an important issue for NC General Assembly candidates this election.
Also, don’t forget to tune in at 8pm tonight to Budd and Beasley’s debate, hosted by Spectrum News 1.
4. NATIONAL REVIEW: Newsom Signs Bill Making California ‘Sanctuary’ for Child Gender Transition
“On Thursday, California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that would facilitate child gender-transition tourism from other states. The bill, spearheaded by Democratic state senator Scott Wiener, aims to make California a ‘sanctuary state’ for out-of-state children to receive so-called gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy without the knowledge or consent of their parents. The bill includes a number of provisions designed to insulate residents of red states that have banned child gender-transition from prosecution.”
This comes shortly before every House democrat voted against parental rights legislation.
5. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Justice Department Targets Pro-Lifers Again
“Amid accusations that it is targeting pro-lifers to silence and intimidate, the Justice. Department has charged 11 more pro-life activists with violations of the Freedom of
Access to Clinic Entrances Act for blocking the entrance of an abortion clinic in 2021. The 11activists were charged with FACE Act violations stemming from their 2021 “blockade” of anabortion clinic in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. This blockade was peaceful, pro-life activist AJHurley told The Daily Signal on Wednesday evening.”
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility! LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more.
LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.
Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'” (Matthew 18:1-6)
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