Virginia Voice April 25, 2018

Released: Monday, April 30, 2018

VAIB| Virginia Voice

April 25, 2018

Future Conference Dates:

• September 27-28, 2018

• September 26-27, 2019

• September 24-25, 2020

• September 23-24, 2021

Strengthen: General Assembly Special Session

The General Assembly’s 2018 Special Session began on April 11. The purpose was to pass a budget, but

VAIB essentially had no budgetary concerns. As of April 9, the governor had signed, amended, or vetoed

any remaining bills. Regarding bills of concern to VAIB, the 2018 session is complete. In summary, we

are pleased that there have been no negative impacts on churches or religious liberties as a result of 2018

legislation.

Educate: Religious-Exempt Day Cares & Fingerprint Checks

If your church maintains a religious-exempt day care, you should now be receiving notices from the

Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) regarding fingerprint background checks for your staff

and volunteers. VAIB advises that you have these fingerprint checks completed for your workers and that

your church pay for the checks and not allow VDSS to pay for them! If you receive state or federal

money, even for fingerprint checks, you may be obligated for more than you think. Your day care

ministry could then be required to follow certain nondiscrimination policies in opposition to your

religious convictions. If you need further clarification, feel free to call the VAIB office.

Failure to perform fingerprint background checks for all staff and volunteers could result in serious

consequences for your day care! All background checks must be completed before September 30, 2018. If

your day care has had scheduling issues with Fieldprint, please contact the VAIB office.

Involve: Elections

VAIB is not a political organization. We do not endorse candidates or political parties. We do, however,

ask you to vote and stay in touch with elected officials regarding important issues. Personally, I’d like to

see more of our people run for office or work in government for the godly influence they could have. Too

often we criticize government but are unwilling to be part of the solution.

Candidates are even now campaigning for their parties. You can help determine those candidates by being

involved in the process. Let’s step up and encourage good candidates to run. Then pray and vote for those

you believe will stand for biblical values.

 

Closing Thoughts

April is a month of hopeful expectation for some and dread for others. The onset of spring brings new

growth and beautiful flowers. But it’s also when federal taxes are due. For me, April is when I’m back at

full speed visiting churches. It’s such a blessing to be back at supporting churches, some of which I

haven’t been able to visit for four or more years. We’re also excited to be in new churches, meeting new

brothers and sisters in Christ, encouraging them to consider helping shoulder the financial needs of VAIB.

If you or your church does not yet support VAIB, I want you to know that your donation would be greatly

appreciated in helping strengthen our voice at the General Assembly. VAIB has been vital in upholding

the religious liberties we all enjoy as believers here in Virginia.

Our 2018 schedule still has some openings, especially in the fall, and we are also now scheduling for

2019. Please call today to schedule a meeting (804-299-3986).

Your voice for Christian liberties!

Eddy Aliff

Executive Director

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