Upcoming Events for God and Country for April and May


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34b32ab0209418a72e3ab8adefe1fe80“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.  Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes in vain.”  (Ps. 127:1)
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  (Jesus:  Mt. 5:16)
“… and that with your good works and well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men and even those who speak against you.”  (I Peter 2:12-15)

Greater Hope Banquet

Monday, April 24:  How does one offer hope and healing for those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through Christ’s transforming love?  This complementary dinner features speaker Danny Wallace at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene beginning at 6:30 with a Silent Auction from 5:30.  To learn more about him, go to www.dannywallace.org.  For reservations, call (540) 574­-4189 or write to kkipps@greaterhope.org

AVA Care:  Move 4 Life

 Friday, April 28:   Join a family-friendly walk and 5K run to help celebrate life and raise support for AVA Care and the women they serve, including those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.  Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. with events beginning at 6:00.  It will be held at the JMU University Recreation Park located at 1090 Devon Lane in Harrisonburg.  For more information, go to www.themoveforlife.org or call (540) 236­-8193.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 4:   The theme of this year’s 66th annual observance is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!  Hear Us … Forgive Us … Heal Us” taken from Daniel 9:19.  It brings people together at events across America to pray for our communities and for our nation.  More than 30 of these will take place in the Valley from Winchester to Roanoke.

One such event will be at First Presbyterian Church on Court Square in Harrisonburg beginning at 7:00 p.m.  To find out more about this Day of Prayer, including promotional materials and other helps for planning an event in your own community, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

Family Forum’s Celebration of “God and Country”

Friday, May 19:  The Forum is hosting its 16th annual fund raising dinner at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. and featuring the return of Bishop E.W. Jackson with an electrifying call for a “New Christian Awakening” in America.   

Early Bird table reservations of eight for preferred seating are now available at $200/table.  To confirm, write to family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call (540) 438­-8966.  Individual seating reservations will become available on April 1, space permitting. 

Calling All Pastors:  FRC Watchmen Summit in DC

Wednesday – Friday, May 24-26:  The Family Research Council is hosting its annual summit for pastors at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington similar to that described in item No. 7.  This is an outstanding event, so please encourage your pastor to attend!  For more information and to register, go to www.watchmenpastors.org/national-event

Save the Date:  Memorial Day Celebration

Monday, May 29: The Steve Wingfield Association will hold its 5th annual Celebration at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds to honor veterans, military personnel, and first responders.  As always, it is family friendly and spiritually inspiring with mouth-watering food, great music, a classic car cruise-in, and much, much more.

Working and Walking Together, We Can Make a Difference!

For God and Country,


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.