ALCAP - Alabama Citizens Action Program

ALCAP - Alabama Citizens Action Program ALCAP is an interdenominational ministry that, working together with the churches of Alabama, serves as “Alabama’s moral compass."

ALCAP is an interdenominational ministry that, working together with the churches of Alabama, serves as “Alabama’s moral compass.” We are a resource for churches, organizations and interested individuals who desire to make Alabama a safer state for every citizen. An ethical, moral and responsible lifestyle based on biblical standards is an attainable goal that will benefit the entire state. We are especially dedicated to protecting our children from the dangers associated with immoral behaviors and the temptations they face in life. We strive, through legislation, consultation and the American Character Builders educational programs, to provide young people, parents, and churches with the resources they need in order to make wise decisions in life.

Mission: ALCAP serves as a resource for churches, organizations and interested individuals working to make Alabama a safer state for each and every citizen. An ethical, moral and responsible lifestyle based on biblical standards is an attainable goal to benefit the entire state.

04/02/2020
www.labor.alabama.gov

I just sent the following information to everyone in our ALCAP database. If you are on our "ALCAP Alert!" list, you should be receiving it in your email inbox soon. Here is what I wrote...

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been asked by several pastors about the legality of hosting a “drive-up” church service, especially for Resurrection Sunday on April 12, 2020. After talking with a representative in the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), I am more convinced than I was previously that hosting “drive-up” services is a BAD idea. If someone in your congregation or community becomes infected as a result of attending a “drive-up” service at your church, it would not be a good witness to your community.

Having said that, I was informed by the ADPH representative that churches can make a formal request for an exemption. You will be required to answer several basic questions such as (but not limited to) the following:

*How will you insure that no neighbors are riding in automobiles with an individual family?
*How will you insure that people and automobiles will remain six feet apart?
*How will you insure that people remain in their automobiles? (I read this morning of a “friendly” church member who got out of his car and began going from car to car greeting people.)
*How will you insure that nothing (for example, offering plates) are passed from automobile to automobile?

If you insist on hosting a “drive-up” service and want to request an exemption, you must contact the following individual by mail:

Mr. Brian Hale, General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Your request will be studied and additional questions may be asked.

When talking with the ADPH representative, I commented that many pastors and churches were observing full parking lots at Lowe’s and Home Depot. She informed me that new guidelines were about to be issued in order to stem that activity. The ADPH is very concerned about the numbers of people at those stores, as well.

As I stated above, my strong recommendation is that churches continue to hold services via online videos and live-streaming, and avoid hosting “drive-up” services. The ADPH is expecting the coronavirus to peak in Alabama sometime around April 20, so “sheltering in place” is most crucial during these next few weeks.

Be assured of my prayers for the pastors and churches of this state as you use this pandemic to minister to people in your community in very unique and unprecedented ways. (I read of a pastor who led two people to Christ through FaceTime this week!) Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

On a different, but associated matter, in an "ALCAP Alert!" a week or so ago, we informed you that church employees would not qualify for unemployment based on Alabama law. However, we just received this notice from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. Church employees who have been terminated and laid off do now qualify for unemployment as a result of the CARES Act which was passed by Congress. This is certainly good news! (Not as GOOD as the Good News of Jesus, but it is still good news for church staffs in Alabama!)

Here is what we received from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions...

UPDATE: “Church employees terminated and laid off WILL receive unemployment compensation from Alabama under the CARES Act. They should file now at the Alabama Department of Labor website!” -ALDOL

The first link gives basic information; the second link gives detailed information about applying:

https://www.labor.alabama.gov/…/File%20for%20CARES%20Act.pdf

https://www.labor.alabama.gov/news_feed/News_Page.aspx (It is important to read what is on the home page, but then you will need to click on the drop down menu listed, “Unemployment.”)

The following is a revised, complete statement from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions in Prattville. THIS INFO...
03/17/2020
Alabama Department of Labor - UC Employer Information

The following is a revised, complete statement from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions in Prattville. THIS INFORMATION IS RELEVANT TO ALL CHURCHES, NOT JUST ALABAMA BAPTIST CONGREGATIONS.

Unemployment Insurance Is Not Available to Churches and Church Employees:

BY JIM SWEDENBURG
State Missionary

Churches and church employees are excluded by Alabama law from participating in unemployment insurance.

Making matters worse, Alabama law requires that churches display the unemployment insurance poster, even though it does not apply to church employees. The result is that those who see it are left with incorrect information.

As many Alabama churches close their daycares, mothers’ day out, preschools and afterschool programs, thousands of teachers will be unemployed.

If they file for unemployment benefits, they will discover they are ineligible.

In the past, we have observed that many unemployment offices are unaware of this quirky law and have contacted churches to investigate.

Be prepared for these things to happen. To read the rule, go to https://labor.alabama.gov/uc/employer.aspx#q3

There are some positive things you can do to help your people through this difficult time:

* First, tell them that they will not be able to collect unemployment. Most daycare directors who have been through State Board of Missions training during the past few decades are aware of this, but other church leaders are not, including some pastors, other church staff and personnel committee members.
* When you inform those affected, consider telling them in face-to-face meetings if possible. You may have groups or individuals meet with you, but they will receive it better if they hear directly from you.
* DO NOT MEET ALONE WITH EMPLOYEES! TAKE A WITNESS! This is a cardinal rule when terminating or laying off personnel. Others to be included in a face-to-face meeting might include the pastor, another ministerial staff member, the weekday committee chair, the chairman of deacons, the personnel committee chair, etc.
* Consider ways to encourage those affected. Some who are single will be losing their only income. In this case, they may be able to qualify for other public assistance such as EBT (Food Stamps).
* Most employees will expect some sort of severance pay, and most believe that two weeks is required. Actually the law does not require this, but it is certainly a good practice to provide some severance pay.

Remember, this is a difficult time for all Americans and very much so for those who are losing their jobs.

It is not wise to promise things you cannot fulfill, but you can be positive and optimistic.

There will be many unanswered questions when people come back to work. Will you have enough pupils to rehire everyone? Will some of your employees have taken other jobs in the interim? Will there be new laws related to rehiring or compensation?

The State of Alabama is working hard to mitigate the challenges we’re all facing, but of course they cannot do everything.

There are proposals at the federal level to immediately reduce taxes and to provide direct pay to individuals who lose their job because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We cannot possibly anticipate everything the future holds, but we absolutely do know Who holds the future.

In the words of our executive director and my state missionary colleague, Rick Lance: “The God of Psalm 46 will see us through this time of need. Remember, He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.”

Psalm 46:10 tells us to “be still and know that I am God.”

This is an opportunity in the midst of a frantic pace and the disruption of our routines to pause and remember He is God.

For more information, please contact State Missionary Jim Swedenburg at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283, or (334) 613-2283, [email protected]

The Alabama UC law provides that services performed in the employ of a church or convention or association of churches; or an organization that is operated primarily for religious purposes and which is operated, supervised, controlled or principally supported by a church or convention or association...

The Alabama Baptist newspaper
03/14/2020
The Alabama Baptist newspaper

The Alabama Baptist newspaper

The board of directors for the ALCAP - Alabama Citizens Action Program held its annual meeting on March 10. Several legislative items of interest, such as gambling, medical marijuana and yoga were discussed.
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SB165, “medical” marijuana bill (Sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson), is now being debated on the floor of the Alabama Senate....
03/12/2020

SB165, “medical” marijuana bill (Sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson), is now being debated on the floor of the Alabama Senate. The vote to allow the bill to be debated passed 22-7.

03/12/2020

Alabama State Senate is scheduled to debate the “medical” marijuana bill today. Pray that it fails!

A mom whose 19-yr-old died by suicide has a vital message for parents about marijuana today
03/07/2020
A mom whose 19-yr-old died by suicide has a vital message for parents about marijuana today

A mom whose 19-yr-old died by suicide has a vital message for parents about marijuana today

"You may be thinking, 'C'mon, Laura, it's no big deal – it's just pot.' 'Pot's legal, so it must be safe.' Or 'I did pot when I was a kid, too, and look, it didn't hurt me. 'Well, have you recently studied TODAY'S pot, and have you personally seen its effects on your children like I have?"

WATCH the pro-life Super Bowl ad that FOX won’t air
01/31/2020
WATCH the pro-life Super Bowl ad that FOX won’t air

WATCH the pro-life Super Bowl ad that FOX won’t air

This year’s Super Bowl should have no shortage of controversial ads, including spots featuring President Trump, Michael R. Bloomberg and drag queens, but there was one commercial that pro-lifers say was too hot for the network to handle.

Parents force middle school to back down on LGBT agenda
01/22/2020
Parents force middle school to back down on LGBT agenda

Parents force middle school to back down on LGBT agenda

Ohio MassResistance parents force middle school to back down on LGBT agenda Following radical “gay” speaker and intrusive survey – without parents’ knowledge! Parents organize and successfully fight back! January 19, 2019 The Van Buren Middle School in Kettering, Ohio. LGBT activists and the...

Your Child Has Already Been Targeted: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking
01/19/2020
Your Child Has Already Been Targeted: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking

Your Child Has Already Been Targeted: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking

I know it might seem ridiculous to think that one of us could have a child who has been human trafficked. Our minds just don't work that way. Our hearts refuse to believe human trafficking could happen to us. But that doesn't make it any less real.

Addiction Prevention Coalition
01/11/2020
Addiction Prevention Coalition

Addiction Prevention Coalition

"It’s not uncommon to disagree on ways to handle certain situations with a child. But it can feel like so much more is on the line when your child is using drugs or alcohol and needs support. Disagreements on communication, consequences, financial support, housing or other issues may leave you feeling like you’re not on the same page, and at a loss for how to move forward."

12/05/2019
Don't Become the Next Colorado

Don't Become the Next Colorado

Big Marijuana wants to go "Full Colorado" in states all across the nation. They are sugar coating the impact on kids and denying the staggering costs of lega...

Christian Action Commission
11/30/2019
Christian Action Commission

Christian Action Commission

Did you know state lotteries are exempt from Federal Trade Commission “truth-in-advertising “ regulation?

Excellent news article from Baptist Press. Our ministry, American Character Builders, is an auxiliary of the Alabama Bap...
11/20/2019
Half of pastors see opioid abuse in their own congregations

Excellent news article from Baptist Press. Our ministry, American Character Builders, is an auxiliary of the Alabama Baptist Convention. On our home page (www.AmericanCharacterBuilders.org), we have a packet of resources for use in schools and churches dealing with the opioid crisis in America. There is a 5-minute video that introduces the problem and shows how it transcends every demographic group. There are two non-religious lesson plans for use in public schools (one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers), and there are three Bible studies for use in local churches. There are also links to a variety of other resources and data concerning the opioid crisis.
All of the material is free to be downloaded and used in churches or public and private schools. Churches can partner with local schools using our materials to help educate the entire community on the problems and solutions to the opioid crisis in America.

Half of churches have been touched by addiction, according to data from LifeWay Research. Addict-turned-pastor Robby Gallaty says, 'Addiction is no respecter of persons.'

11/20/2019
Cannabis does NOT help people quit opioids, study claims

Cannabis does NOT help people quit opioids, study claims

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, reviewed six past studies covering more than 3,000 people and found no evidence that cannabis could help them kick opioid addiction.

11/16/2019

For the record: The ads touting all the money the Poarch Creek Indians are handing out in taxes and contributions is untrue. The Poarch Creek Indians are not paying a penny! All that money is coming from the pockets of losers who are deceived into playing the slot machines in their casinos!

The Christian Action League of North Carolina (CAL) is the similar to the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), and D...
10/26/2019
Christian Action League of NC

The Christian Action League of North Carolina (CAL) is the similar to the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), and Dr. Mark Creech, who wrote the following article is a personal friend.

AREN'T CHRISTIANS WHO CALL FOR ABSTINENCE FROM ALCOHOL, LEGALISTS?
Christian Action League Staff
Christian Action League

Many Christians hold that the Scriptures encourage abstinence from alcoholic beverages as the best position for maintaining a faithful Christian walk. Although the Christian Action League’s public policy position reflects tolerance and respect for people who choose to drink, the League is still frequently criticized by fellow Christians as “legalistic” for calling upon every believer to leave off drinking. Are Christians who call for abstinence from alcohol, legalist?

Read all of this article on the Christian Action League's website:
https://christianactionleague.org/arent-christians-who-call-for-abstinence-from-alcohol-legalists/

FOCUS
10/07/2019
FOCUS

FOCUS

"With at least a dozen recent deaths from vaping-related lung injury and confirmed cases nationwide topping 800, parents are right to be worried.

As use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high school students has skyrocketed, so has the number of parents unaware they have nicotine-addicted children. "

No comment. Just keeping friends of ALCAP and state pastors aware of the LGBTQ+ activists’s efforts to block religious f...
09/30/2019
Carmarion D. Anderson Joins HRC as Alabama State Director | Human Rights Campaign

No comment. Just keeping friends of ALCAP and state pastors aware of the LGBTQ+ activists’s efforts to block religious freedom in Alabama.

https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-announces-hire-of-carmarion-d-anderson-as-alabama-state-director/?fbclid=IwAR1017DdR59IhcEfZJvTH3h7h2gSyW192H4QqjtL9N494K2W7XBJeBXgjso

HRC announced the hire of Carmarion D. Anderson as the state director for HRC’s office and statewide efforts in Alabama.

We are praying for Governor Ivey through this difficult time in her life.
09/19/2019
Gov. Kay Ivey announces she has lung cancer

We are praying for Governor Ivey through this difficult time in her life.

The governor announced the finding today and said she is beginning treatment and will stay on the job.

Covert trip to massive Mexican meth lab inspires Alabama lawmen to ramp up drug fight
09/19/2019
Covert trip to massive Mexican meth lab inspires Alabama lawmen to ramp up drug fight

Covert trip to massive Mexican meth lab inspires Alabama lawmen to ramp up drug fight

A dozen of Alabama’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials last week traveled deep into the Mexican jungle – the belly of the beast as they describe it – to get a firsthand look at what they face in the war on drugs.What they came away with was shock and awe at the volume of illegal narcot...

Second meeting of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Study Commission. Some of us thought this commission was supposed to stu...
09/09/2019

Second meeting of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Study Commission. Some of us thought this commission was supposed to study whether or not medical marijuana should be legalized. However, the chairman, Sen. Tim Melson, who introduced the medical marijuana bill during the 2019 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, has made it clear he wants the commission to develop restrictions for medical marijuana, not decide whether or not to legalize it.

A Pastor's Heart: 10 Heartaches of Being a Pastor
09/08/2019
A Pastor's Heart: 10 Heartaches of Being a Pastor

A Pastor's Heart: 10 Heartaches of Being a Pastor

A pastor's heart often goes through heartache. I make no claim that pastors are perfect people. We can be arrogant and uncaring at times. But at the same time, most pastors I know are genuine, faithful followers of God who love their congregations.

COMPACT 2020
09/07/2019
COMPACT 2020

COMPACT 2020

CDC warns, “STOP VAPING!”

COMPACT 2020
09/06/2019

COMPACT 2020

PARENTS: It' may be an uncomfortable conversation to have with your teen, but it is a necessary one. Make time to talk about the dangers of SEXTING.

Surgeon General Says Get Off Pot
08/31/2019
Surgeon General Says Get Off Pot

Surgeon General Says Get Off Pot

“Marijuana use is on the rise, which, unfortunately, is not surprising given its targeted marketing and relatively easy accessibility,” said Eagle Forum President Eunie Smith.

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