Important Upcoming Events for Rebuilding Our Judeo-Christian Values and Founding Principles


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Please join like-minded friends in the Valley and from across Virginia to help rebuild our Judeo-Christian values and Founding principles in the culture and in the public square. You can make reservations or obtain additional information as noted under each event listed below.

Saturday, March 2: A similar Forum will be held at 1:15 p.m. in The Stonebridge Center at 43 Natural Bridge School Rd. in Natural Bridge Station just off the Natural Bridge I-81 Exit. This event is also free but seating is limited. Contact Tracy Evans if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: 40 Days for Lifebible-american-flag

Next Wednesday marks the beginning of the first 40 Days for Life campaign for 2013. This is a program of 1) prayer and fasting, 2) peaceful vigils, and 3) a community outreach aimed at saving lives and prompting abortion clinics to close their doors. For details, click on 40 Days for Life.

Tuesday, April 9: Shenandoah Valley Prayer Breakfast

The 50th annual Valley Prayer Breakfast will be held again at the JMU Festival Center from 7:00 to 8:45 a.m., featuring NFL record holder Todd Peterson and music by John Mandeville. Tickets are $20/person or $160/table. For reservations and details, go to

Saturday, April 27: HPC’s “Move for Life!”

The Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center is holding its annual “Move for Life” (formerly “Walk for Life”) beginning at 9:30, to include both the traditional “Walk” as well as a 5K run. For more information contact Susan Null at or call (540) 434­-0685.

Tuesday, April 30: Greater Hope Banquet

Sign up for Greater Hope’s 16th annual fundraising dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the JMU Festival Center in Harrisonburg with speaker Ron Citlau, author of Men Pursuing Purity. For details and reservations, write to or call (540) 574-4189.

Thursday, May 2: National Day of Prayer – for America

Start planning now for the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer – either by hosting an event in your church or as part of a community-wide observance on your town square. This year’s theme is “Pray for America” from Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.” For more information, promotional tools, and event ideas, go to

Friday, May 10: Forum’s “Celebration of Principle over Politics”

Save the date for the Forum’s 11th annual Gala at the JMU Festival Center at 6:30 p.m. with an outstanding “Profiles in Courage” speaker! Early Bird table reservations open on March 1, so begin lining up your tables now. Stay tuned for details.

Wed. – Fri., May 22-24: “Watchmen on the Wall” Pastors’ Summit

Especially for Pastors: Join hundreds of other pastors, church leaders, and members of Congress for the 10th anniversary Pastors’ Summit hosted by the Family Research Council at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill in DC. For details, go to Please contact the Forum for scholarship assistance, if needed. We would like to help.

For Faith, Family, and Freedom,

Dean_WeltyDean Welty

Dean is a VCA Board Member and Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley that helps build Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He also hosts a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action”.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views the Virginia Christian Alliance

About the Author

Dean Welty
Dean Welty is Founder and Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that works to defend and advance issues of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He has developed and led numerous seminars on “America’s Godly Heritage” and “Capstone: The Christian’s Role in Culture and Public Policy”, hosted a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action”, and is co-host of a weekly radio program entitled “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet”. He is a former public school teacher, overseas missionary, and senior diplomat with assignments in Asia, Washington, New York with the U.S. Mission to the UN, and as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill. Dean and his wife Janet live in Harrisonburg, VA.