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Value Them Both Amendment

A Letter from President Justin Panzer

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In late 2019, a campaign was launched in Kansas to “Reverse the Ruling,” with the goal of overturning the Kansas Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt. This decision, you might remember, made abortion a constitutional “right” in the state. The Value Them Both Amendment, produced as part of this effort, came before the Kansas Legislature in early 2020 but was narrowly defeated.

The Value Them Both Amendment has now been reintroduced in the Kansas Legislature, with high hopes of securing the votes needed to get the amendment before Kansas voters. As legislators contemplate their vote, we have a wonderful opportunity to get involved and advocate for the sanctity of life. I’ve written a letter of support for the amendment, and I’ll also be offering the opening prayer at the Rally for Life on January 21 in Topeka (provided the event proceeds as planned).

You and the members of your congregations can help, too. Please keep this effort in your prayers and consider contacting your local Senate and House representatives. The more people legislators hear from, the more persuasive the message becomes!

Following are three options for getting involved and making your voice heard: 

1) Call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-432-3924. An operator will take a message and deliver it to elected officials.

2) Contact legislators through the Value Them Both Amendment page on the Kansans for Life website. (See the gray “Will you help?” box for options.)

3) Send an email message to your legislators and encourage others to do the same. (See the sample below, which can be copied and modified as needed.) Registered voters can locate their legislators by using the Open States System at https://openstates.org/

You can also check the Senate and House rosters for contact information.

Thank you for your efforts in defense of life. Whatever the outcome of the Value Them Both Amendment, we can take comfort in the words of John 1:4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

In the service of Christ,

President Panzer

Sample email

Dear (Insert Legislator’s Name),

Thank you in advance for your support for the Value Them Both Amendment during the 2021 Legislative Session. Unlimited abortion hurts women and babies, and this amendment is the only way to stop this from happening in Kansas. You have taken a public stance in support of life in the past. I look forward to you supporting this commonsense amendment when it comes up for a vote in the legislature.

If you are not planning to support the amendment this coming year, please inform me as soon as possible.

Respectfully,

(Insert Your Name)

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Jesse Tree, Christ’s Family Tree

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Apple of the garden. Rainbow of hope. Tent of promise. Ram of substitute. Ladder of heaven. Manger of Jesus. The Jesse Tree is filled with symbols telling the story of Jesus from creation to His second coming. Above all else the story of the Bible, Old and New Testaments alike, is the story of Jesus. He is the Seed, the Root, the Life, and the Firstfruit of Jesse’s tree.

Watch our Recast as our midweek children retell the story of the Jesse Tree, Christ’s family tree. Our readers take you through stories of Scripture readings, our midweek students summarize the stories through rhyme and sing us a song that points us to Jesus.

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