Virginia’s Eight Great Fall Events

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For Life, for Gatherings, for Renewal, & for Votes

 Summary of Opportunities and Events

Against a background of growing racial, ideological, religious, and political divides, plus instances of physical violence, it is time to come together again as One Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.   

To that end, attached below is information about a range of groups that work at the local, state, and national level to defend and promote the core Judeo-Christian values and constitutional principles on which America was founded and has prospered.  See details below.

 Hurricanes:   The Valley Responds

  1. The Valley Responds:  In response to the call last month for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Valley contributed 521 buckets of urgently needed items, six pallets of water, and six pallets of other miscellaneous materials for the Steve Wingfield Evangelistic Association to collect and distribute to the victims.  An additional $7,000 came in to defray the cost of the shipping.  Laus Deo!

Although this project has ended, the need continues in the wake of Hurricanes Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico.  Please go to the following websites for information on how to help: and

‎AVA Care Dinner

  1. Tue., Oct. 3:  AVA Care of Harrisonburg (formerly known as the Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center) invites you to its annual fundraising banquet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the JMU Festival Conference and Student Center.  The featured speaker will be Chris Johnson, Pastor of the Divine Unity Community Church. 

For more information or reservations, please contact Susan Null at or call 434-7528.

First Friday Lunch

  1. Fri., Oct. 6:  The Harrisonburg/Rockingham First Friday lunch will be held at 12:00 at the Wood Grill Buffet, 1711 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg

This is a monthly opportunity for Valley Patriots to affirm and promote the Judeo-Christian values and Constitutional principles on which America was founded and has prospered, including issues of Life, Faith, Family, Freedom, and a fiscally sound and Limited Constitutional Government.

We would appreciate your donation.

The speaker will be Cynthia Dunbar, former member of the Texas State Board of Education who worked with David Barton to preserve historic references to America’s Godly Heritage in public school textbooks.  She is also the National Committeewoman to the RNC for VA and past member of the drafting committee for the Republican Party Platform.  For more information, go to

For reservations, please RSVP to Donna Moser at 540¬-432¬-1750 or  

Family Foundation Gala in Richmond

  1. Saturday, Oct. 7:  The Family Foundation of Virginia is holding its annual fundraising Gala beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

The featured speaker will be Eric Metaxas, author of Amazing Grace, a biography of William Wilberforce and his heroic campaign to end slavery in Britain, and another biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, spy, and martyr.

For reservations, go to or call (804) 343¬-0010.

FRC Values Voter Summit in DC

  1. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 13-15:  The Family Research Council is again hosting its annual Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC from Friday to Sunday.  The Summit gathers hundreds of Christian Patriots from across America for speeches from a long list of nationally known leaders and informative workshops.  For more information and to register, go to

National Awakening Conference

  1. Fri. – Sun., Oct. 21:  Bishop E.W. Jackson, founder and president of S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), is hosting a National Awakening Conference on Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00 at the Bible World Church in Chesapeake, VA.  The featured speaker will be David Barton, president and founder of Wallbuilders.

Bishop Jackson will also be speaking on Friday evening and Sunday morning at “The Called” church which he pastors in Chesapeake.   For more information and to register, go to or call (757) 375¬-6444.

Wycliffe Associates Banquet

  1. Sat., Nov. 4:  You are invited to a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, and fantastic news from Wycliffe Associates Area Director Tony Tophoney.  The banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church located at 1600 College Avenue in Harrisonburg.  

Tony will speak about new translation methods and innovative technology that are bringing translators closer than ever to Speaking God’s Word Into Every Heart and to reaching their goal of having the entire Bible translated into every language by the year 2025.  (Note:  Tony will also be our guest on Crossroads this weekend.)

For banquet reservations, call Tony at 1-800¬-475¬-1062 or e-mail him at

 Voting Our Values

  1. Tue., Nov. 7:  Please be sure that you are registered to vote for our state-level candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, as well as for delegates to the VA General Assembly. 

This is a critical election in Virginia.  Now more than ever, there is a wide chasm between the two major parties and their candidates on our core values of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom.  Their differences are clearly exposed in their party platforms and in their voting records, confirming who believes in these core values and who does not.  That gives us a clear choice, and every vote counts.

Onward and Upward, for God and Country,

Dean Welty


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.