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The Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Gorsuch Family and Friends

As you know, President Trump has named Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado for appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

Today we held an ecumenical (whole household) Christian prayer service for Judge Gorsuch and his family at the Simpson Chapel inside the United Methodist Building here on Capitol Hill. The chapel is located exactly midway between the U.S. Senate office buildings, where the confirmation hearings will be held, and the United States Supreme Court, where the Nominee would take up his duties as an associate Justice.

Each step of the way during the Nomination Process, your Faith & Action team will be present — praying and relaying information to you, our support team, so that you can be informed and pray with us during this critical time in history.

 

Senate Confirmation Hearing for Nominee Neil Gorsuch Set for March 20

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Justice nomination on March 20. The hearing will conclude within three to four days.

Each step of the way during the Nomination Process, your Faith and Action team will be present — praying and relaying information to you, our support team, so that you can be informed and pray with us over this critical time in history.

The Confirmation Process to Becoming a Supreme Court Justice
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The Confirmation Process to Becoming a Supreme Court Justice

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was nominated a couple of weeks ago by President Trump to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court – a position that was held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  

The next step in the nomination process, which started last week, is that Judge Gorsuch will meet with as many senators as possible within an allowed time frame. Usually, the nominee meets with the opposing senators first, something that we have witnessed first-hand on Capitol Hill this past week!  

Sometime soon, Judge Gorsuch will face a series of hearings in which both the nominee and other witnesses make statements and answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is often a grueling experience for the candidate, which can last hours each day.  Though Faith and Action does not endorse a nominee, we are actively praying with and for the judge as well as the senators and everyone involved in the process. Our team will be present at the confirmation hearings and report back as they move forward.

Once the Senate Judiciary Committee finishes their inquiry, they will report out to the entire Senate who will then consider and vote on the nominee. A simple majority vote is required to confirm or to reject a nominee, but a successful filibuster could threaten the vote. If a filibuster occurs, 60 votes are needed in favor of cloture, which would allow debate to end and force a final vote on the confirmation.

Once the Senate confirms the nomination by an affirmative vote, the Secretary of the Senate attests to a resolution of confirmation and transmits it to the White House. The President then prepares and signs a commission, and affixes the Seal of the United States Department of Justice before the new Supreme Court Justice can take office.

A ceremony is held in which the Justice must take the Constitutional Oath. The final ceremony is when the Justice appears at the U.S. Supreme Court with the President and the rest of the Justices on the High Court to take his seat.

Each step of the way during the Nomination Process, your Faith and Action team will be present — praying and relaying information to you, our support team, so that you can be informed and pray with us over this critical time in history. 

Celebrating Black History Month – Thurgood Marshall & Justice Clarence Thomas

As we celebrate Black History Month here at Faith & Action, we decided to make this awesome video of our good friend Justice Clarence Thomas. Clarence Thomas serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Thomas was nominated by George W. Bush in 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the Supreme Court after the late Thurgood Marshall.

Judge Neil Gorsuch Visits the Senate

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been meeting with both Senate Democrats and Republicans during his confirmation process. Today Gorsuch will be meeting with Jeff Flake (R-Ariz), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

As Judge Gorsuch proceeds through the arduous confirmation process, our team will be praying and seeking tangible ways to be of assistance to him and his loved ones. The confirmation hearings are very public and often overwhelming, so we personally try to serve the nominee by offering a pastoral presence as well as a voice of moral encouragement.

Ministering to the Supreme Court Justice Nominee

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment” (Deuteronomy 16:18).

Last night, President Trump announced his choice to fill the vacated seat of Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States. In the coming weeks, all eyes will be on this new nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch – and Faith & Action is prepared to walk with him and his family through an often-difficult process of confirmation.  

For more than 20 years, the Supreme Court has been a focus of prayer and personal ministry for me and my ministry team, headed by Mrs. Peggy Nienaber. We don’t endorse a nominee – we choose instead to minister to their needs; coming alongside and providing emotional and spiritual encouragement during what will probably be the most exhaustive time of their life.  

So who is Judge Neil McGill Gorsuch? Judge Gorsuch is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is a proponent of originalism, the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founding Fathers would have interpreted it, and of textualism, the idea that statutes should be interpreted literally, without considering the legislative history and underlying purpose of the law.

Judge Gorsuch is a believer in a broad definition of religious freedom and sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Zubik v. Burwell. In his dissent of the 2007 case Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, Judge Gorsuch took the view that displaying a religious monument, such as the Ten Commandments, did not obligate a governmental authority to display other offered monuments, such as those from other religions.

As Judge Gorsuch proceeds through the arduous confirmation process, our team will be praying and seeking tangible ways to be of assistance to him and his loved ones. Because the role of a Supreme Court Justice is very confidential, we are very cognizant of the need to build a relationship with the nominee that honors their privacy. The confirmation hearings are very public and often overwhelming, so we personally try to serve the nominee by offering a pastoral presence as well as a voice of moral encouragement.

Can we count on you to walk alongside us as we prepare to minister to this judicial nominee? Your prayers are a very tangible way by which you can help this nominee and his family. And your financial support is a crucial means by which Faith and Action is able to minister to our nation’s leaders – including those being considered to the highest court of our land.

This week, we would like to give you a copy of the Special Edition Inaugural Gospel of John and Book of Romans booklet with your gift of $50 or more. And to make the process easier, you can go online or even call us at 202-546-8329 to donate $50, $100, $250, $500 or more. Of course, if you prefer, you can also send a check or money order made out to Faith and Action and mailed to 109 2nd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.  

Please keep Judge Gorsuch and his family in your prayers. As soon as a new Justice is confirmed, your Faith and Action team will be looking for the first opportunity to welcome him to our neighborhood!

Your missionary on Capitol Hill, 

Rev. Rob Schenck

 

We Need You to Pray for the Supreme Court Nominee 

Tonight, President Trump will announce the nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. We ask that you please PRAY for this nominee now! This is of extreme importance for every American who cares about our system of government, the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, and the effect that the Supreme Court decisions have on the American way of life.

This announcement also means that a new individual and family will appear in our field of ministry. Our Faith and Action team sees the Justices not simply as government actors, jurists, or legal philosophers—and they are all those things—but as people, distinct individuals. In that sense, they each have the same needs, the same issues, the same struggles, the same concerns, and the same idiosyncrasies as any of us do. In other words, they are human beings.

Our Faith and Action team is called to serve the spiritual needs of individuals and families with roles at the highest levels of the U.S Government. A new Supreme Court Justice fills that bill. As this nominee proceeds through the arduous confirmation process, our team will be praying and seeking tangible ways to be of assistance to them and their loved ones. We encourage our fellow Christians, and all Americans, to offer their prayers for the nominee and his family tonight and through the confirmation hearings.

Your prayers are a very tangible way by which you can help this nominee and his family. And your financial support is a crucial means by which Faith and Action is able to minister to our nation’s leaders – including those being considered to the highest court of our land.

Would you consider a gift of $50 or more to help us in this vital effort? You can go online or even call us at 202-546-8329 to donate $50, $100, $250, $500 or more. Of course, if you prefer, you can also send a check or money order made out to Faith and Action and mailed to 109 2nd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.  

Praying with you for our nominee,  

Rev. Rob Schenck

President Trump to Announce Supreme Court Justice Nominee

 

Tonight, President Donald Trump will nominate an appointee to the United States Supreme Court. After the President nominates an appointee to the bench, he or she would make rounds visiting privately with senators. The Judiciary Committee would complete a full background investigation, including one or more public hearings, and the nominee would be reported out to the full Senate with or without a positive recommendation. Finally, a vote would be taken, and, if a majority of senators cast an affirmative ballot for the nominee, he or she would be seated on the Court for an indefinite term.

The nature of our ministry at Faith and Action​ means we do not take sides in a nomination. Whoever is confirmed to the Supreme Court, left, right, or center becomes part of our mission field.

 

Supreme Court Justices See Greatest Miracle of All . . .

You know miracles happen—even here in Washington, D.C.!

You help us at this time of the year to remind all of our top government officials of the greatest miracle of all—the birth of the Savior at Bethlehem! You’ll see one way we do this in the photo above. The gentleman on the right with his back toward the camera is a sitting United States Supreme Court Justice who just walked past our Nativity Scene displayed in the front garden of our Faith and Action ministry center on Capitol Hill.

Every year, the Supreme Court Justices, U.S. Senators, members of Congress—even presidents in their motorcades—pass by our ministry center to look at the CHRIST-mas display. (And, at other times of the year, the Ten Commandments monument that sits in the same location!)

You make these miracles happen by your prayers and your generous financial support! As the end of the year approaches, we really need both your prayers and your generous tax-deductible gift: Right now, we’re $130,000 short of finishing in the black. If we don’t see at least that much come in over the next few weeks, we will need to borrow that money.

PLEASE HELP NOW WITH YOUR MOST GENEROUS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE END-OF-YEAR SPECIAL GIFT!

We’re praying for someone to give $25,000, $10,000, or $5,000. We need lots of people to give $2,500, $1,000, and $500 to clear this high hurdle. Are you one of those people? (You can make your gift securely using the Donate button, or call it in confidentially to Patty at 202-546-8329. You may also mail your check to Faith and Action, 109 2nd St NE, Washington D.C. 20002. For 2016 tax-deduction, be sure it’s postmarked by Dec 31!)

Thank you for praying—thank you for giving—and thanks for being a miracle in this miracle season!

Trusting God for a miraculous end-of-year for Faith and Action,

Rev. Rob Schenck

CBN News Covered Our Live Nativity on Capitol Hill

You may think the so-called separation of church and state might stop a celebration of Christ’s birth at the U.S. Supreme Court or your local city hall. But it’s perfectly legal! For the 13th year, camels, sheep, a donkey, people dressed like Israelite shepherds of old, and a phalanx of clergymen marched to the nation’s highest court and put on a Living Nativity scene. Full report here: http://go.cbn.com/14927