February 27, 2011
I wanted to wait until the end of the month to report to you on our Second Annual “Pastors’ and Partners’ Commission to the Capitol”. The pre-registrations were encouraging and we ended up with more than double the attendees we had our first year. What a blessing to look across the room and see old friends reunited, new friends meeting and all fellowshipping and gathering for the same purpose.
We hold this event each year to spread the word about Capitol Commission Maryland and challenge believers with the importance of taking the gospel to our leaders in government. We intentionally choose to meet in Annapolis during the legislative session so that we can invite legislators to attend and ask those coming from out of town to set meetings with their representatives to pray with them in their offices. In 2011, these goals were met and the Lord gave us a fantastic day!
Mark Anderes, from Bay Area Community Church (Annapolis), shared beautifully in music. Tom Schetelich, a believing Baltimore attorney, related how judicial rulings can be respectfully challenged and reversed by believers. Delegate Andrew Serafini (Washington County) gave a moving testimony to how Jesus has changed his life and what that means to his approach to lawmaking in the General Assembly. To wrap up the morning, Tim Webster, pastor of Uniontown Bible Church (Union Bridge), brought a biblical exhortation from Acts 13, focusing on the impact the gospel can have on those in the political community. Praise the Lord for new as well as deepening relationships that resulted!
The session continues until April 11, so please keep praying for divine appointments and open doors to share Christ’s love. Contentious debate lies ahead for the legislature on major moral issues and we must all remember our struggle is spiritual, not against flesh and blood.
Before the next email update the Shepherd’s Conference will have already taken place. Each Capitol Commission State Director and our national board meet for this conference each March in Los Angeles for training, vision casting, prayer and encouragement. Please pray for a good time of renewal and strengthening for each of us.
God bless you for remembering us in prayer. I wouldn’t want to make that drive to Annapolis without knowing God’s people were holding me up. You make this ministry possible, so thank you!
State Director, Maryland