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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020
12-1 p.m. via ZOOM
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Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
National Day of Prayer – Madison has organized a ZOOM prayer conference from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
The Wisconsin National Day of Prayer (WNDP) group also invites you to pray in the comfort of your home on May 7 or drive to the area being prayed for in your community. This is something you can participate in as an individual or in family groups. We are believing God for a groundswell of prayer to rise up for our nation today and everyday. We are praying in agreement with Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
The WNDP group provides the following prayer suggestions as you gather your family, get in your car and drive to your local schools, places of government, businesses and more. (Note: This is a 2-page document.)NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – DRIVE BY PRAYER
2020 | Week of April 27 | Radio Transcript #1357
Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so.
In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state legislature and the Department of Public Instruction, a private-school/homeschool law was passed. This law clearly defines what a private school is, including required number of instructional hours and what constitutes an acceptable curriculum, and also legalizes home education. That this law has remained virtually untouched for the past 37 years is nothing short of miraculous, and the home-education part of it is still one of the best in the country.
Homeschooling and traditional private schools are two of the educational options Wisconsin parents have today for the education of their children. Over the intervening years, we’ve added others, such as the nation’s first Parental Choice Program, known more commonly as the voucher program. This program allows parents who qualify to send their children to a private school, including a private religious school, using a voucher issued by the state. (more…)
April 9, 2020 – Madison, WI – Yesterday afternoon we began receiving phone calls, texts and emails alerting us that county health departments around the state were telling churches they cannot do drive-in services at any time during the time of Governor Evers’ Emergency Order No. 12 (Stay-at-home order), including at Easter.
As we investigated this situation, we realized that some directive was given to the county health departments from someone at Department of Health Services, which is, of course, currently operating with the authority of the Governor.
The DHS directive directly contradicts what the state legislature’s nonpartisan Legislative Council said about such services under EO #12 and also what several attorneys have told us was permissible under this EO.
Fortunately, once we shared this information with our friends at Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, and with our corporate attorney, Mike Dean (a constitutional expert in his own right), they quickly stepped in earlier today and sent the Governor a letter asking him to immediately (by 2 p.m.) “clarify, correct and restrain local government officials” from telling churches they can’t do drive-in services this weekend and even threatening to fine and /or give them jail time if they proceeded.
We have also sent the Governor a letter asking for him to clear up this mess immediately. Our press release with links to our letter and to WILL’s letter to the governor is available HERE. We urge you to read this.
As of 1:50 p.m., Governor Evers issued a press release in which he said drive-in church services that respect social distancing are permitted. I am very, very confident if WILL and WFC had not spearheaded an effort to hold the Governor accountable, this “clarification” would not have happened.
In addition, we believe WILL will soon make available some guidelines for churches to help them understand what they can and cannot do and still be in compliance with the EO #12. We will let everyone know about those and where to find them as soon as that happens.
Getting our letter to the Governor has been challenging. I sent it via the only email address we have and also tried to hand deliver it at the capitol, to no avail. We are now sending it overnight priority and made it available to him by Twitter.
And please pray. Our prayers for our elected officials are critical right now, as are our prayers that God will protect us and our freedoms in the midst of all this crisis and chaos.
As of 1:50 p.m. today, Governor Evers clarified and corrected what county departments have been telling churches about holding Easter-related services in their parking lots with people staying in their cars while they attend the service.
See his response below:
“Today, Gov. Evers reiterated options for religious gatherings and services. Religious organizations and places of worship have inquired about opportunities to continue offering faith-based services and gatherings while still complying with the governor’s “safer at home” order.
Under the governor’s order, churches and religious entities are considered essential. Any gathering must include fewer than 10 people at a time if it occurs in a room or confined space. Thus, churches and religious entities wishing to conduct services while still complying with the governor’s order may, for example, conduct services via:
- Parking lots with congregants staying in cars, avoiding person-to-person contact;
- Streaming online; and
- Having small gatherings (fewer than 10 people in each room) with multiple services.”
A link to his press release can be found here:
Posted by Wisconsin Family Action on Thursday, April 9, 2020
Wisconsin Family Council Asks Governor To Clarify Confusion and To Respect Religious Freedom of Wisconsin Churches & Citizens
Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Council has sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers asking him to immediately clarify and correct what county departments have been telling churches about holding Easter-related services in their parking lots with people staying in their cars while they attend the service.
Earlier today, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) sent Governor Evers a letter laying out the legal issues involved and asking that he “clarify, correct, and restrain local government officials who are using Emergency Order #12 …to ban drive up religious services conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines.”
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, commented, “Numerous legal opinions made it clear that the governor’s Emergency Order No. 12 allows for parking-lot services, a position also held by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Council. Never has Wisconsin needed strong churches and ministries more than now. Our citizens need to be able to safely, and within the orders from officials, worship together, especially at Easter. The governor and his administration should be looking for ways to encourage that rather than to completely dismiss that idea, which is what county health departments have told churches. We have asked the governor for an immediate response so that churches and worshippers may appropriately gather during this Easter season.
“We are grateful to WILL for quickly reminding the Governor of the legal issues and for calling on him to urgently clarify and correct this situation.”
Wisconsin Family Council is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.
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