Governor Hutchinson Calls for Special Day of Prayer

Yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation designating Sunday, March 29, a special day of prayer in Arkansas.

The governor is calling on Arkansans to pray for the state of Arkansas and for the Nation amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The proclamation reads in part,

“As Arkansans, we strengthen our faith through prayer, and today, we come together united as a state seeking God’s reassurance and thanking Him for his guidance . . . In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are reminded of God’s promise, ‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ . . .”

You can read the entire proclamation here.

Please help spread the word that Sunday, March 29, is a special day of prayer for our state and country.

I hope you and your friends will join with us in praying for our state, our nation, and our leaders.

Updated: COVID-19 Recommendations for Churches

This afternoon Arkansas’ Secretary of Health and Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office issued a new health directive generally prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

You can read the directive here.

The directive does not apply to places of worship, like churches.

That means that churches are allowed to meet.

However, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the state strongly encourages churches to limit person-to-person contact at their meetings and help churchgoers practice social distancing of six or more feet.

Our friends at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. have put together a list of ideas and resources for churches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Research Council offers a list of ways that churches can meet and stay connected with each other without taking unwise risks or exposing people to the coronavirus.

Their ideas and resources include ways churches can gather, serve, and stay informed as the outbreak unfolds.

They also offer prayer requests for our nation and legal resources for churches.

You can download Family Research Council’s ideas and resources for churches here.

Pastors Day at the Capitol Coming in April

DSC_4853Pastors Day at the State Capitol
April 27, 2016
Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda
8:30 a.m.-Noon

An exciting, free, nonpartisan event for pastors, their spouses, and all other church leaders!

Light breakfast, and lunch provided!

Imagine the echo of Amazing Grace—the prayers of godly men and women—the Gospel openly proclaimed in Arkansas’ most prominent place—the State Capitol Building!

You can be salt and light by joining hundreds of pastors from all over Arkansas in the State Capitol Rotunda from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 27th for PASTORS DAY AT THE CAPITOL. This nonpartisan event will focus on worshiping God, praying for our leaders, ministering to those in authority, fostering better relationships between you and your legislators, practicing responsible citizenship, and learning how your congregation can do the same. Be encouraged, empowered, inspired, and informed.

  • Be a witness for Jesus Christ through prayer, praise, and worship in the Capitol Rotunda.
  • Fellowship with like-minded pastors from all over Arkansas.
  • See lawmakers debate bills and pass laws, and learn how the legislative process really works.
  • Tour the State Capitol Building.
  • Learn how you and your church can fulfill the biblical mandate to pray for those in authority.
  • Get to know some of Arkansas’ leading policy makers.
  • Meet Governor Asa Hutchinson, your state legislators, and other high-ranking state officials.

Agenda

 8:30 Meet and greet fellowship over a light breakfast with special guest Governor Asa Hutchinson.

9:00 Join with hundreds of pastors and elected officials for a prayer and praise service right in the rotunda of the State Capitol. What better place for a worship service!

 9:45 Assemble on the front steps of the Capitol for a huge group photo of all the pastors and church leaders along with our elected officials.

 10:00 Choose a breakout session. Visit a legislative committee hearing, tour the capitol, learn how a bill becomes law, go on a prayer walk around the Capitol, or go with experienced leaders to stop by various state offices to pray for whomever God directs. If you’re more “free-spirited,” you can launch out on your own and let God guide you in being a witness in the most important place in Arkansas—the State Capitol.

 11:30 Lunch will be provided. This will be a great opportunity for you to visit with your state representative and state senator in the Capitol Rotunda. Tours and a few activities may last until 2 p.m., but feel free to leave after lunch if you need to get back to your church for Wednesday services or other obligations.

Our State Capitol needs a godly influence.  Pastors, their spouses, and other church leaders can bring this life-giving influence!  You can be a part of this historic event.  Please join God’s people at the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. To register for this FREE event, click here or call 501-375-7000. 

We will register you and your group if you email us the name, address, and phone number of every member of your group. Contact:  Charisse@FamilyCouncil.org   Pastors, spouses, and other church leaders are welcome!