Thursday, November 15

Teen Sentenced to Attend Church as Part of Probation

From: Tulsa World
MUSKOGEE - Attending church on Sunday for 10 years was one of the conditions a Muskogee County judge placed on a teenager whose sentence in a manslaughter case was deferred this week for 10 years.

Defense attorney Donn Baker said that although the church requirement is unusual, it is not something he intends to challenge.

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Tuesday, November 13

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Thursday, November 8

Man Who Lost Leg in Crucifix Mishap Sues Church for $3M

From: The Washington Post

ALBANY, N.Y. — David Jimenez was so elated over his wife’s recovery from cancer that he offered to clean the large crucifix outside the Hudson Valley church where he spent many hours praying for her to beat the disease. On Memorial Day 2010, he was scrubbing grime off the cross when the 600-pound marble statuary toppled over, crushing his right leg.

The then-43-year-old immigrant from Mexico was flown to Westchester Medical Center, where doctors had to amputate his injured leg. He’s suing the Roman Catholic church where he was hurt, and early next year his $3 million lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial.

Wednesday, November 7

Christian Emergency Network INCIDENT COMMAND BRIEFING 1PM


The CEN Incident Command Team briefing will take place today, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Christian leaders in emergency response will provide information on the churches role in meeting the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.

Situation Report

During the 75-minute conference call, Sandy Buresh, Program Director for the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) and CEN Incident Commander will describe the situation. Many areas are still unreachable, and lack power or sufficient housing for aid workers. As the snow melts, new flooding may further complicate response efforts. Without coordination, volunteers may be turned back by the National Guard, unable to find sufficient housing and also become victims.

Lisa Crump, CEN Prayer Officer and Director of the National Day of Prayer will present the critical prayer concerns, followed by Jim Morgan, Meet the Need President and CEN Logistics officer who will describe how churches can receive prayer coverage for their field response, and use the online Meet the Need platform to register needs and connect with donors and and volunteers who can respond. Victim Relief is providing access to chaplains trained in crisis counselling. CEN will present tools and training for assessing capacity and quickly organizing a response.

Mary Marr, President and Founder of CEN, will also be on the call. She encourages all church leaders to participate. “They’ll learn how to request help from the Christian community, or identify places to give aid, and access resources for organizing a recovery effort. Don’t become part of the disaster by trying to help without preparation.” 

Church Shooting Prompts Security Concerns

From: The Augusta Chronicle

It was once unthinkable.

An armed gunman on a church campus?

“That didn’t happen. Messing with the church back when I was younger was taboo,” said the Rev. Phillip Maxwell, the assistant pastor over security at Augusta’s New Life Christian Center. “Not anymore.”

The fatal shooting at a College Park megachurch two weeks ago reminds pastors that their churches are uniquely vulnerable.

Tuesday, November 6

NEW: LA Church Killing over Graffiti

From: Seattle PI

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The service was in full swing at the storefront church near downtown when a parishioner spotted a woman spraying graffiti on the building. He told her to stop, and she shoved him to the ground. Two other congregants rushed to his aid.

One of them met his death when a gunman stepped out of a waiting car and opened fire, killing the 25-year-old church deacon and wounding another worshipper.

Church Shooting Outside Atlanta Should serve as Warning

From: The Washington Post

In the wake of a fatal shooting of a man inside an Atlanta church led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar, a number of pastors of Washington area megachurches say such incidents underscore the need for increased security at church sanctuaries.

About 20 people were gathered for a Wednesday morning prayer service at the 30,000-member World Changers Church in College Park, Ga., where Atlanta police say a 52-year-old former maintenance man walked into the sanctuary and fatally shot a church volunteer.

Sunday, November 4

Texas Pastor Beaten to Death with Electric Guitar


FOREST HILL, Texas — A pastor in suburban Fort Worth was killed Monday by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, police said.

Forest Hill police did not say why the unidentified suspect attacked the Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., the founding pastor of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church.

The suspect, who police subdued by using a Taser, died a short time after being taken into custody.