Friday Five: March for Life starts at 12pm, & more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. 

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1. MARCH FOR LIFE: Join the virtual March for Life 2021 LIVE today starting at 12pm

Watch the March for Life Rally and LIVE coverage of the March for Life beginning at 12 p.m. ET. The Rally will include inspiring speeches from pro-life leaders, information on how to stay involved in the pro-life movement all year long, and a performance by Christian singer and songwriter Matthew West. After the Rally, watch continued LIVE coverage of the March for Life, as a small group of pro-life leaders march in representation of pro-life Americans across the country.

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2. NSCW: This Week is National #SchoolChoiceWeek 2021

Every January, National #SchoolChoiceWeek (1/24-1/30) shines a spotlight on effective education options for children.

During National School Choice Week, schools and organizations across North Carolina partner with families to raise awareness about the different K-12 education options available to children. This not-for-profit effort is designed to inform and assist parents, while shining a positive spotlight on the importance of opportunity in education. In 2021, National School Choice Week takes place from January 24-30, 2021.

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3. WSOC-TV: City of Charlotte working on nondiscrimination ordinance

"With the sunset of HB142, the city of Charlotte is now working on a nondiscrimination ordinance. Mayor Vi Lyles made the announcement following public comment Monday after a speaker expressed a desire for Charlotte to implement one."

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4. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Lt Gov clashes with Board of Ed members over ‘radical agenda’ being added to standards

“During their Jan. 27 meeting, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and some of the Democratic members of the N.C. Board of Education clashed over whether the proposed changes to the social studies standards were an attempt to impose a political agenda or to simply include students of all backgrounds.

About an hour into the meeting, board member James Ford, a supporter of the new standards, said he was getting tired of ‘beating around the bush.’

‘And if we’re being honest and forthright, this debate is connected to a much longer, a much broader national discourse,’ said Ford.”

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5. SPECTRUM: Legislators Facing Coronavirus Relief, New Budget as Session Begins in Raleigh

“The North Carolina House and Senate convene[ed] at noon Wednesday to kick off what could be a busy and long session for 2021.The Republicans kept their majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly in the last election but they did not flip enough seats to overcome the governor’s veto.

There are some big obvious issues the North Carolina General Assembly will need to tackle, and the most pressing is the coronavirus pandemic.

The biggest items on the agenda for the coming months will be the state budget and redistricting."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS

LORD, you also have instructed us to pray for our governing officials, and we come to you in the spirit of this petition. We pray for our national government and its executive, legislative, and judicial servants. May they indeed be servants unto the people, and govern in a manner that protects liberty and virtue. In the same spirit, we pray for public servants across our state and local governments. May they all heed your mandate in Romans 13:4 to be in positions of authority as "God's servant" and for the "good" of the public. They govern in what we confess are difficult times. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the civic unrest, the hostile political climate, and the opposition of international opponents such as China, they are much in need of your incalculable wisdom. May they plead with you to give it to them, and may your grace respond in kind.

Protect we, the People, from this virus, and help quicken our social, physical, emotional, and economic recovery.


Amen

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North Carolina Values Coalition

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