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January 22nd, 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Urgent Request III / Events Update
Family Covenant Ministries Information and Activities


1. Urgent Request III:
a. Family Covenant Ministries Homeschool Rally

2. FCM Upcoming Activities

a. Ice Skating
b.Rally at the Capitol
c. Skiing
d. Art Festival
e. Air-soft Weekend
f. Details to follow on these events-
 1. Graduation Meeting, Spring 2020
 2. Mother Daughter Tea Spring 2020
 3. Father Son Retreat, Fall 2020

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URGENT REQUEST III
 
Purpose of Rally
 
The ultimate objective is to teach legislators about what home schooling is (and, perhaps more importantly, what it is not).  We want to demonstrate our numbers, involvement, and willingness to participate in the political process. All communication with members of the General Assembly should be personal, friendly, and helpful (encouraging).  

Talking Points
 
Accordingly, each email should include the following:
 
1. identify the writer as a home school parent or student who is part of FCM (THE statewide home school organization and voice),
 
2. identify the writer as a constituent, or if not, then state that they are part of the community of home school parents/students that are concerned about protecting and defending the home school statute, as written, in the state of Missouri,
 
3. express the desire to keep home school education separate and distinct from any other form of institutional education (e.g. public and private education, etc.),
 
4. express that home schooling is schooling at home.  Parents have the fundamental right and duty to teach their children without governmental intervention, oversight, or involvement,
 
5. encourage legislators to resist efforts to statutorily commingle home schooling students and families with public schools,
 
6. invite the legislator to learn more about home schooling from them.
 
7. inform the legislator of the rally on January 28, 2020.
 
SB 875
 
FCM’s Position on SB 875
 
Our lobbyist and attorney, David Klarich, writes: Please note the introduction of SB 875 (Sen. Emery) that prohibits a public school from being a member of an organization or association that prohibits a home school student from participating in any event or activity offered by a public school in the school district in which the student resides.
 
My recommendation is that FCM testify FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY on this legislation and NOT in oppositionThe principled home school position is that students/parents should not be commingled with government schools.  Home schooling is schooling at home. Parents have the right and duty to teach their children. This legislation prohibits public schools from membership in an association that prohibits home school students from participating in public school activities.  FCM does not advocate for quasi-home school status, and FCM should teach legislators that such participation is neither beneficial for public schools nor home school families.
 
Meet with Your Senators and Representatives 
 
Legislator Lookup – Missouri Senate
 
Rescuing Our Children -and Our Nation
 
There is a reason the Deep State globalists sound so confident about the success of their agenda-they have a secret weapon: More than 85% of America children are being indoctrinated by radicalized government schools. From the sexualization of children and the re-shaping of values to deliberate dumbing down, this threat is dangerous—not just to our children-but to the future of faith, family, and freedom. Tom DeWeese
 
Why would any homeschooler want to give up their right to privacy? Why would any homeschooler want to be comingled with government schools? Why would any homeschooler relinquish their right to educate their children without government oversight? Why would any homeschooler place our homeschool statute in jeopardy, risk every other homeschoolers’ right to educate their children without government oversight, and ultimately destroy home education and the last hope America has for maintaining our liberty!
 
FCM/CHEF HOMESCHOOL RALLY  
Tuesday January 28th
10:30 am-12:30 pm
State Capitol Rotunda (Indoors) Jefferson City
 
Rally Speakers
 
Please Note: We are honored that Saralee Rhoads, Leader and Author responsible for our Homeschool Statute and founder of our first state organization, will be speaking at our rally. Saralee is now homeschooling her grandchildren.
 
Representative Ben Baker-Homeschooling father
Representative Mike Moon-Homeschooling father
Senator Bob Onder-Homeschooling father
Senator Andrew Koenig-Homeschooling father 
Jon and Candy Summers- CHEF/FCM Leaders
David Klarich- FCM Attorney and Lobbyist, Past MO Representative, Senator, Homeschooling Father
Bill and Saralee Rhoads-Leaders and Authors responsible for our Homeschool Statute and founder of our first state organization
Bob Wells-Author, Speaker, Author, Homeschooling Father who testified on CHEF’s (FCM) behalf in opposition to HB 540 in 1999, which CHEF/FCM successfully defeated
Jedidiah and Josiah Summers
 

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FCM Upcoming Activities


Ice Skating
Saturday, January 25th, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Please Note:
For the very first time we will be hosting the event at
Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park Saturday January 25th due to Clayton skating rink being closed this season for renovations.

Admission $8 Skate Rental $7
All payments will be made directly to Steinberg rink the day of.

400 Jefferson Drive 
For map and directions: 
http://www.steinbergskatingrink.com/iceskating/

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FCM Skiing and Snowboarding Friday, Feb. 7th, 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the best outdoor wintertime sport at a fabulous price. 
Join us for a Moonlight skiing session Friday February 7th at Hidden Valley Ski from 4:00pm to 1:00am.
17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Wildwood, MO

Snow Pass-Lift and Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rental  (Ages 13 and above) $56.00. For ages 5-12 only $50.00
Ski Lesson (Ages 8 and above)  $20
Board Lesson (Ages 8 and above)  $25

There is a warm viewing area and food available. Call Josiah with any questions at 314-910-2697. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make payments out to:
FCM c/o Josiah Summers
PO Box 586
Fredericktown, MO
63645
All payments must be here by February 4th!

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Mother Daughter Tea
Spring 2020 Details to come

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FCM (CHEF) 26th Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest, Saturday, April 18th at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131, conveniently located just off highway 40 on Lindbergh Blvd., between highways 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.
 
We offer 3 categories for submission:  Fine Arts, which includes drawings and paintings; Assorted Arts, which includes such projects as sculptures, origami, string art, fabric art, mosaics, needlepoint, knitting, macramé, woodwork, etc.; and Photography (no video will be accepted).
 
Art Festival Categories Age Eligibility:
 
Fine Arts                         Ages 5 and up
Assorted Arts                         Ages 5 and up
Photography                         Ages 10 and up
 
Each eligible participant may submit up to 2 projects in each category.
 
For example:  Homeschooled children ages 5 and up may submit up to 2 projects in the Fine Arts category AND up to 2 projects in the Assorted Arts category; AND ages 10 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest.  Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.
 
Our families are cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem United Methodist Church. Before the awards ceremony, admire the artwork while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cookies, cold drinks and classical music performed by homeschooled children and families.
 
Saturday, April 18th 4:30-5:30 Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)

6:00-7:00 FCM Art Festival awards ceremony

9:00 Project retrieval and clean-up

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION
 
Saturday, March 21st           
Early registration form submission - $5.00 per project for all registrations postmarked by this date. Early fee maximum per family: $60.

Saturday, April 4th           
General registration deadline (MUST be postmarked by this date)-$6.00 per project. General fee maximum per family: $72.

Saturday, April 11th                       
Deadline for project drop-off
 
Saturday, April 18th                          
FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of winners
 
 
To download the registration form, and for additional details on registration procedures, drop-off locations, guidelines for acceptable artwork, etc., click on these links, Registration FormProject Identification Form, Guidelines and Procedures. If you have any questions, please contact Joe or Teresa Carr at (314) 521-5668 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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FCM 35th Annual Graduation 

If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parents’ names, address, phone, and email address to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so we may send you the information for our meeting, rehearsal, and graduation ceremony. 

To give you an idea of the focus of our graduation you may read the godly and inspiring charge, “Destined to Make a Difference,” which was presented by Bob Wells in 2010 by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/. Click on “Services” and scroll about half way down the page.

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Air-soft Weekend 
April 24th-26th, 2020

Join us for a weekend of Airsoft gaming and training.

Whether you are wanting to boost your air-soft gaming experience, gain an edge on being able to work effectively in small tactical groups, work on pre-military training, or just looking for an enjoyable and informative weekend, join us along with instructor Chester Misener, for a wonderful weekend of training and fellowship.

Learning the techniques used by active military branches, you will be receiving light infantry training.
Introduction to CQB. Understanding the basic concepts of building infiltration and fighting room to room.
 
Arrival time: Anytime after 2:00pm on Friday April 24th
 
Gear Needed:
-Air-soft gun (an AEG rifle is highly recommended)
-Rugged clothes (camo preferably) durable for running and crawling around in the brush
-Type of water carrier, i.e. canteen, camel pack, water bottle
-Bio-degradable BB’s (.20 gram recommended, dark color preferable)
-Rain gear (just in case)
-Camping equipment
 
List of topics covered:
-Safely deploying/ controlling weapons
-Small group patrolling and observation, situational awareness.
-Setting up patrol base
-Patrol base operations
-Route recon
-CQB/Building infiltration, room to room fighting
                       
Registration:  $95 per person. Pay upon arrival
All meals included, extra snacks are encouraged.
 
Contact info: Josiah Summers
314-910-2697

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See you soon!
-The Summers Family

 


 
January 13th, 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Family Covenant Ministries/CHEF Homeschool Rally 

Tuesday January 28th
10:30 am-12:30 pm
State Capitol Rotunda (Indoors) Jefferson City
 
Rally Speakers
 
Representative Ben Baker-Homeschooling father
Representative Mike Moon-Homeschooling father
Senator Bob Onder-Homeschooling father
Senator Andrew Koenig-Homeschooling father 
Jon and Candy Summers- CHEF/FCM Leaders
David Klarich- FCM Attorney and Lobbyist, Past MO Representative, Senator, Homeschooling Father
Bob Wells-Author, Speaker, Homeschooling Father who testified on CHEF’s (FCM) behalf in opposition to HB 540 in 1999, which CHEF/FCM successfully defeated
Jedidiah and Josiah Summers
 
The Forces Behind Last Year’s Proposed Alteration to Our Homeschool Statue are Still at Work This Year
 
As you know, last year, FCM/CHEF stopped HB 857 and HB 1139 from altering Missouri’s homeschool statute. Both bills were dangerous infringements on our liberty.
 
Legislation is in the works again this year to permit homeschoolers to participate in government school activities, which will forever entangle us with government schools and their far reaching oversight.  
 
Sadly, there are homeschoolers today that want to be public school students at home-they just don’t want to go to the building. And strangely, the proponents of this push in Jefferson City are coming from Representatives that were homeschooled. This is a huge problem because it has confused many Representatives and Senators as to what homeschooling really is and what it is not.
 
In fact, Representatives and Senators are so confused as to what homeschooling really is that HB 857 passed through committee last year. It was not until you flooded Representatives with hundreds of emails and calls that we stopped it in the Rules Committee. CHEF/FCM has simply lost most of our longtime allies in the House and Senate due to term limits.
 
This is why it is imperative for us to come together once again and educate this new set of Representatives and Senators on what homeschooling really is, and not what they are being told- namely, that homeschooling is government schooling at home and that most homeschoolers want to participate in government school activities. That simply is not true. Only a small fraction of homeschoolers want to become a part of government schooling.
 
Call to Action
 
Due to lobbyist, David Klarich’s vigilant labor, Jon and I have not needed to activate the homeschooling community since 1999 when CHEF/FCM held the largest rally ever held in our State Capitol’s rotunda. It was a force of great magnitude. And through God’s grace and Bob Wells stellar testimony on behalf of CHEF/FCM, we won that battle.
 
It has been 20 years since we have requested your presence at our Capitol. Please heed our plea.
 
To keep our liberty, we need you once again. This must be as monumental because the Representatives and Senators that serve in our Capitol need to see you-not just David Klarich every day on your behalf-but hundreds and hundreds of families opposed to altering our wonderful homeschooling statute.  
 
A Very Clear Separation Between All Government Agencies Is Paramount to Our Liberty
 
The Representatives behind last year’s proposed legislation were, and still are, willing to forfeit homeschoolers liberty to please a few of their constituents that want their children to participate in government schools’ activities by granting government schools the authority to require homeschoolers to submit their curriculum and grades for approval before participation is granted.
 
The Far-Reaching Implications
 
This dangerous infringement on our liberty grants the government the right to invade a parent’s privacy, not only through identification as homeschoolers, but also divulging what they are teaching their children, and then exposing their children’s privacy of thoughts through viewing the student’s work.
Actually, legislation last year granted investigators the right to review WHAT parents are teaching and what their children are learning based on government school standards, which in fact then brings into question WHAT constitutes educational neglect.   
Are parents teaching evolution as truth? Are parents teaching the Koran? Do the parents provide LGBT lessons? Climate Change instruction? Are they…?
I (Candy Summers) graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis-a state university that educates and certifies government teachers.
I can tell you most emphatically that my education at UMSL was all about training me to make immoral humanistic socialists out of the children that attended my public-school classes. 
I was taught evolution, the Koran, all about LGBT lifestyles, climate change…I was forced to watch men having sex with men. I was taught that we evolved from monkeys; that there are no absolutes; everything is relevant; families are nothing more than groups of people; women have been down trodden for years; women make far better leaders than men; marriage is archaic; women should be free to have sex with whomever they choose and not be confined in a marriage; children should be taken from their parents early to make them creatures of the state; living in communes is ideal; our ancestors were stupid; our Founders were chauvinist, bigoted racist pigs; communist third world countries have far superior governments…I could go on and on and on.
Why would anyone want homeschoolers to give up their right to privacy?
Why would anyone want homeschoolers to expose their beliefs to officers of the government?
Last year’s bills, and this year’s proposals, would absolutely lead to constant and unrelenting entanglement between government bureaucrats and homeschoolers creating a constant need for protection from legal defense attorneys!
Presently we are Free to educate our children as we see fit! Free to teach what we want without government oversight of any kind!
 
We are not required to register.
 
We are not required to show any government official anything, except under very peculiar circumstances, mostly involving divorce cases, which has only happened a handful of times over the past 33 years of our leadership, our daily log, which serves a very clear and valuable purpose as a defense to any investigation.
 
The daily log is an indispensable safeguard to protect our privacy of beliefs-an unalienable right, which no lawmaker has a right to disregard, violate, transgress, infringe, or invade!  
Our present homeschool statute clearly created a very clear separation between the government and homeschooling families, which is paramount to our liberty!!!!!
Homeschooling Represents the Greatest Threat to the Educational Agenda of Government Schooling
 
“State agencies, school boards, and law enforcement agencies desire to identify and single out homeschoolers for the purpose of control.
 
One must understand that the agenda of the academic elite in this nation mandates that the largest body of children as possible be included in the educational “brain-washing” scheme of government schooling in order for their social agenda to be effective.
 
Homeschooling represents a growing and effective threat to that agenda which must be controlled or eliminated! So, what does this mean to us as homeschoolers? Simply this: In order for us to be able to withstand the increasing pressures which will come to bear on homeschooling in America, we must have a foundation of strength upon which we base our reasons for homeschooling. If we do not, we will ultimately lack the diligence, courage and endurance necessary to maintain that right and simply allow this privilege to be gradually stolen by the state bureaucracy.
As I think we can see, this is another thinly veiled attempt to introduce accountability of Home Educators to not only the Prosecuting Attorneys but to the local Public Schools and School Boards.  These “agents” cannot legally be considered as the “watchdogs” or “snoops” who have responsibility to patrol the H.S. community. And this potential is getting even greater as some Home Schoolers are increasingly submitting themselves to the “perks” of their Public School districts for sports activities, special extra-curricular activities.  As these parents expose their identity and their students, more and more scrutiny will be available for these watch-dogs to report “suspicious activity” or violations of the law.Bob Wells
“We won on parental rights. We are a free stateWe neither register, ask permissionor submit test scores. If the state has probable cause of educational neglect, a log of hours answers the question. Easy, right? 
 
We are a free state, based on the premise that our children do not belong to the state. They belong in the family. Parents have the inalienable right to care for them.” Saralee Rhoads

Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

“There is no doubt that the gospel message is contentious. Christians around the world are dying every day because of it. Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.
 
“Nearly one Christian is killed every hour around the world for practicing their faith. ‘Reports suggest that about 200 million Christians around the world are at risk of physical violence, arrest, torture, even death simply because they live and practice a faith that is not acceptable to the rulers in that part of the world.’” (Breitbart)
 
Today’s academic institutions are shutting out competing worldviews. Professors who question evolution will not receive tenure and will most likely be dismissed. Don’t even think about getting hired if you oppose abortion and don’t bow before the altar of sexual and gender dysmorphia.
Senate Democrats are opposing lawyers who are up for judicial posts if they are not pro-abortion and gender-diverse friendly. Decades ago Leftists appealed to free speech and tolerance to gain a seat at the academic table. Once there, they shut the door behind them. “Toleration” is now a form of hate speech.” Gary DeMar

Our Duty to Secure the Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves and Our Posterity  
 
Our biblical worldview makes all the difference in where we stand on issues. And as Charles Spurgeon poignantly stated: It is not so much knowing right from wrong as knowing right from almost right.
 
As stated in the Preamble of the US Constitution, the principle purpose of our Republic is to Secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity. Accordingly, strong families and a limited constitutional government are the most important pillars of our Republic.

CHEF/FCM believes parental rights come directly from God and are unalienable. 
 
The State of Our Union by Saralee Rhoads
 
To maintain the hard-fought liberty we all presently enjoy, homeschoolers must rally together as one body, without fragmentation-a condition that leaves us vulnerable.
 
The Birth of our Wonderful Homeschool Law: Reprint of an article written in 1983
 
Let’s take a look at the environment surrounding our first legislative battle—that of giving birth to our wonderful homeschool law. The following is a reprint of an article from September 15, 1983, and it describes the mindset of our people.
 
The good news is that we have a totally unified board as to our legislative objectives, and we hope that this will bring much needed unity to our entire organization.
 
As many of you know, we won our class action lawsuit in St Louis. The federal judge has declared the present Missouri law covering homeschooling to be “constitutionally vague” and that it will become void May 15, 1986. It will be up to the legislature to write a new law. We are therefore focused again to deal with the legislative process, but hopefully we can avoid some of the mistakes made in the past. 
 
To begin with, we must have a clear idea of what we want the law to say. It is obvious that in order to have unity among ourselves, we must go with the least restrictive law possible. The board has decided that the best way to accomplish this is to modify the existing law rather than push for a new law. 
 
In terms of principle, the board has unanimously agreed that “WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW FOR ANY REGISTRATION, SUPERVISION, OR CONTROL OF HOME BASED PRIVATE EDUCATION BY ANY STATE AGENCY!”
 
We believe that this position is constitutionally and morally pure, and we would choose to resolve the matter in the courts rather than compromise this concept. 
 
The only part of Missouri law that deals with home based education is 167.031.  Private education is not regulated by the state of Missouri. Homeschooling is “private based home education” and should not be regulated by the state. We are a part of the private education sector.
 
This is a pure and solid stand that we believe will stand the test of the United States constitution. 
 
Once we leave this stand and accept regulation, we will never escape the ever tightening tentacles of government restriction and control.
 
 This board, to the last member, is willing to stand firm on this. 
 
We feel confident that the homeschoolers of Missouri can unite together on this, and therefore, will be able to send a strong, clear message to our legislators.
 
Having stated this clear objective, we must now mobilize ourselves for legislative action. 
 
We must begin to prepare ourselves now to meet the legislative challenge of the coming session. 
 
We intend to wage the battle both in the arena of public opinion and in the legislature. 
 
We believe that truth is on our side, and it is a cause whose time has come.
 
 If all efforts in the legislature fail (and we must be realistic about this), we will seek relief in the courts. 
 
The question is, “How much are your children worth?” and “How strongly do you believe in homeschooling?” 
 
WE do not intend to scare anyone away, but there comes a time when we must stand up for our rights. We are convinced that our organization will grow both in strength and in numbers due to our strong stand on constitutional grounds. May God help us get this message across.
 
Now, 37 years later, I am appalled at the lack of unity on the homeschool front. Time has produced hybrids of home education, by which our legislative initiatives may be clouded.
 
We must stand on principle, on the least restrictive reach of the law, and most of all, together.
 
I believe it is time for a statewide rally where we can again educate our lawmakers on the past.
 
If we fail to learn from our past, our children will be fighting this same battle all over again, but with much more difficulty than we experienced.”
 
Saralee Rhoads is co-founder of FHE with husband, Bill Rhoads-longtime friends of Jon and Candy Summers. Saralee and Bill Rhoads left FHE because FHE had departed from its original purpose and service to the homeschooling community. Bill and Saralee, along with the grandparents of home education in Missouri, Jim Rogers, and other leaders, asked Jon and Candy Summers to make CHEF/FCM, the state organization of Missouri. Jon and Candy have faithfully and diligently labored full time for the past 33 years to serve Missouri homeschoolers.

 


 
January 5th, 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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URGENT REQUEST

 
FCM/CHEF Homeschool Rally 
Tuesday January 28th
10:30 am-12:30 pm
State Capitol Rotunda Jefferson City


Please help us protect Missouri’s homeschool statute from revisions that will entangle us with government schools and allow government oversight!

We need all families to come to the Capitol to show support for our Homeschool Statute which has served us well for the past three and a half decades.

Even if your children have graduated and don’t have children of their own right now, please make certain that you stand in the gap for your children’s children!

Representatives and Senators have stated that they will be watching to see how many families oppose altering Missouri’s homeschool statute.

Hundreds of families have moved to Missouri because it is considered the best and safest state in which to homeschool, thanks to God’s gracious mercy, David Klarich’s diligent labor on our behalf, and FCM/CHEF’s hard work to educate and protect you.

Please help us protect our inalienable right to educate our children as we deem best.

Call every homeschooler you know and get them to Jefferson City on Tuesday January 28th!

More details to follow.

Working Hard on your behalf for 33 years!
The Summers Family