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ELDER CARE WHY DID APOSTLE HAVE BED SORES WHEN THE ROGUE BOARD CARED FOR HER?

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Is Mike Freeman working on a back door hostile takeover of Jericho The City of Praise!?

Fellow Believers in Jesus the Christ, We are asking that brothers and sisters in the faith from across the world PRAY for our Church. We have been in a battle of spiritual warfare for some time now. We are weary, but the TRUTH sustains us. If we had not lived through it, we would not believe it ourselves. It actually sounds like the plot for a sensational Tyler Perry film. This nightmare began when the pastor of another church began worming his way into our church business. As our beloved Apostle lay dying of cancer, Six Employees (including the janitor and her secretary) claimed to be the elected board of the church and from that moment on, they be-

gan hatching a plan to take over the church. They claimed that as Apostle lay dying unable to communicate (in the middle of the worst economic depression since 1929), she gave them raises in excess of $20,000. They claim that she appointed them to the board and removed Chairman William Meadows and Anne Wesley who had been on the board for 40 years. They claim that as she lay dying, she removed her only surviving son from the board!!! THEY EXPECT US TO BELIEVE THIS!? We all know that Apostle was a competent businesswoman. She knew the proper way under the law to change the board and this was not done legally. Apostle was compromised both physically and mentally, as any cancer patient would be. They took advan-

STUFF MIKE FREEMAN PROBABLY SAYS “Um...Apostle didn’t have any Jewelry.” “Um..I didn’t know it was crooked to have private meetings with Judge Jackson.” “Um...I thought it was perfectly honorable to keep Apostle Peebles from her family and put her in a nursing home under my wife’s maiden name so that her grandchildren wouldn’t be able to find her.” “Sure it makes sense that Apostle Peebles would reduce her grandchildren’s inheritance ...um..to give me, my wife, the janitor and her secretary most of her personal wealth.”

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Know The Truth Do Not Be Deceived! tage of her. They had her sign a contract giving them the authority to fire her! PEOPLE anyone who stood in Apostle Betty Peebles’ presence for 30 seconds knows that she would NEVER EVER sign a document giving the janitor and her secretary authority over her!!! The only question that the court is answering is was Pastor Joel Peebles a member of the board. There are mountains of documents (including their own depositions), which prove that Joel Peebles was and is a member of the board. That’s why the court of special appeals overturned the lower court decision. At http://www.peopleofpraisemd.com we have PROOF of this and other deceptions. The proof includes their depositions. Most important is that in their depositions, they admit that Pastor Joel Peebles had long been a member of the Board of Trustees and they admit that their treatment of Pastor Joel was underhanded. Their depositions also state that they are being paid for work that they do not perform. They say that Apostle did not trust them. The proof includes pictures, which are too gruesome to show of Apostle Betty when they and the Freeman’s were supposed to be taking such good care of Apostle. Apostle would not have bedsores the size of a man’s fist, if she had been receiving such good care. Why was Apostle checked into a hospital under the name Betty Wooten (Dee-Dee Freeman’s maiden name)? This made it even harder for the Peebles Family to find their dying mother/grandmother!!! Now they are making plans to turn our property over the Mike Freeman. We have consistently asked that they tell truth about what they have done with our tithes and offering AND tell the truth that they were never ever elected as they stated state in court documents. In the Name of Jesus The Christ, We Pray That The Truth Be Revealed, Members of The City of Praise Church (Formerly Jericho) http://www.peopleofpraisemd.com

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The Bible says that as a child of God I can ask for whatever I want and God is obligated to give it to me. I ask and then I trust God and act like it's already been given to me. That's all I was doing with Jericho. Calling those things that aren't as though they already are. You mean asking for other peoples church is wrong? You mean I can't tell my church that I'm in negotiations to acquire Jericho. I know I can't see it in the fresh but I believe that God has given it to me in the spirit.

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We are the 99%

MEMBERS FACT: The Church is the People and the People DO NOT Support the Unelected Rogue Board!

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ike Freeman, the secretary and the janitor want you to believe that under their leadership (Jericho) The City of Praise Church Ministries is in better hands. We beg to differ. We are the 99% and we follow the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and our board chairman, William Meadows. Last April when, Pastor Joel Peebles was “fired” by the rogue unelected board, they also excommunicated over two-dozen other church members. We now worship at Eleanor Roosevelt high school. We are the church because the church is the people. We are the 99% and we worship at Eleanor Roosevelt high school under the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and Chairman William Meadows. Rodney Walker thought his mentor Mike Freeman was handing him a readymade mega church. But when our leaders Pastor Joel Peebles and board chairman William Meadows left, we the 99% left with them. The only time the campus looks full is when they rent it out. They have turned it into a rent-a-center. They’ve rented it out to sororities, for New Year’s Eve Events and for other church conferences. To learn why we have not gone back to our church home even though the Maryland court of special appeals has given us the authority to do so, visit http://www.peopleofpraisemd.com.

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Open Letter to the Six Employees Who Claim To Be The Board from those you Excommunicated Open Letter to the Six Unelected Board Members,

Over four months ago, we received letters terminating our membership from the City of Praise Church. You boldly stated that because we did not “accept” you as the board of the church, we would no longer be allowed to attend the church that we have faithfully served. The major issue in the appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals was the reversal of the summary judgment. And to God be the Glory, the summary judgment was reversed in a unanimous decision by three-judge panel. As we continue to read the opinion from the Special Court of Appeals, we are overcome with joy. Today is truly a day to celebrate. Because of court’s decision to reverse the summary judgment of the lower court, we are now able to return to the church that we labored to build. Collectively our membership at City of Praise Church is over 350 years. But understand that our joy is not for ourselves alone. We celebrate the court’s decision for the thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ who chose to leave City of Praise rather than worship under your illegitimate leadership. These faithful servants will also be able to return to their church home. In these months since you stripped us of our membership, we have continued to worship under the Godly leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and First Lady Ylawnda Peebles. We have learned a great deal from their humility and steadfast determination to glorify God alone. They have mirrored the example of Christ by having hearts that forgive. In the 40 plus years of our church’s history, we have never settled disputes in the court. Our hearts still break when we think that you chose to sue Pastor Joel Peebles and Chairman Meadows less than four days after our beloved Apostle Betty died. Before she could even be buried, you chose to take her only surviving son to court claiming that he was never on the board and that you were elected by the congregation. We know that this is not true. But because we are following the example of our Pastor Joel Peebles who takes his counsel from the Lord Jesus Christ, we forgive you. In His Holy Name, The Formerly Excommunicated Members of City of Praise Church

Chairman Williams Meadows – Founding Member of the Church Over 40 Years of Service, Elder Bessie Ashworth – 29 Years of Service, Rod Chavez – 11 Years of Service, Bruce Crawford – 35 Years of Service, Joyce Ellis – 28 Years of Service, Elder Diane George – 25 Years of Service, Elder Robert George – 25 Years of Service, Denise Moore – 22 Years of Service, Bobby Henry – 22 Years of Service, Anaya Jamison – 13 Years of Service, Mark Robinson – 35 Years of Service, Karen Robinson – 20 Years of Service, Paulette Shelton – 14 Years of Service, Tree Walters – 35 Years of Service

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One of the greatest concerns of the People of Praise is the way Apostle Betty Peebles was treated when she was under the “care” of the rogue unelected board and Michael Freeman. If they were so concerned for Apostle Peebles’ health and wellbeing why was her daily care so poorly monitored? The People of Praise has documented proof that while Betty Peebles was under their care, she had bedsores the size of a man’s. If anyone knows anything at all about healthcare and caring for the daily needs of those who are bedridden, they know that it is very difficult to get bedsores this large if the patient is being properly monitored. It breaks our hearts to think that Apostle Betty Peebles (who took such pride in her appearance and setting an example of grace and elegance) would be left to literally rot in her own skin. Out of respect for Apostle Peebles and the Peebles family, we will not display the images of the bedsores, but Mike Freeman and your pawns on the unelected rogue board, you should know that we will never rest until the world knows how treacherous you have behaved towards this elegant woman of God.

While in the care of Freeman & the Rogue Six, Apostle Betty Peebles had Bedsores the size of a man’s fist

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Missing Jewelry Where is Apostle’s Jewelry? It’s an easy question? Why is it so hard to get a straight answer? Mike and Dee-Dee Freeman make such grand claims about being confidants and protectors of (Jericho) The City of Praise Church Ministries. Well let us be clear, we do not need your help. Our ministry has been vibrant for 40 years and it is growing even more under the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles, Co-Pastor Ylawnda Peebles and our longtime board chairman William Meadows.

Tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry have gone missing and Mike and Dee-Dee Freeman refuse to give an account of what happened to it.

But if you are so responsible and of such good character, why won’t you answer our questions? One of many questions that we have is, “Where is Apostle Betty Peebles’ jewelry?” We all know that Apostle Betty Peebles rarely left the house without being elegantly adorned in her lovely jewelry. It was a hallmark of her wardrobe.

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RESPECT Chairman William Meadows a Founding Father. The City of Praise Church began over 40 years ago when Bishop James Peebles and Apostle Betty Peebles formed a traveling choir. The choir eventually became what is today the City of Praise Family Ministries.

ows, her trusted confidant was sued by the rogue unelected board. These unscrupulous characters claimed that Apostle told them to remove Chairman Meadows from the board and replace him with the secretary, the janitor and others that she did not trust. Mind you all of this happened while she lay dying of cancer unable to speak, let alone make decisions.

One of the great heroes of our church is Chairman William Meadows. As people learn about what is going on at The City of Praise, one point that continues to be overlooked is the way Chairman Meadows has been treated.

As you are praying for our ministry, please pray for Chairman Meadows. He is a founding father of our church and deserves more respect.

The rogue unelected board claims that Chairman Meadows willingly signed himself off of the board on which he had served for over 4 decades. Chairman Meadows flatly denies this. Who do you believe? Do you believe the man that Apostle trusted with the Ministry for 40 years or these rogue employees who have proven themselves most untrustworthy?

To learn more about this ungodly attempt at a hostile church takeover visit http://www.cityofpraisemd.com/

Most of us never knew William Meadows’ first name, because Apostle always addressed him as Chairman. Less than four days after Apostle Betty Peebles died, Chairman William Mead-

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MOW Movie Of the Week

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION On October 26, 2012, not long after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed the decision of the lower court. The Six Self-Appointed Rogue employees filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in Maryland. Well the Ungodly, Unholy six employees kept telling their supporters that Pastor Joel and Chairman Meadows did not win anything with the court of special appeals decision. If that were true, then why did they immediately file an appeal? They attempted to tie up this case in the court system for another 4-5 years by filing an appeal. But God!! On Tuesday January 22, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court in Maryland has agreed with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and has denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari entered by the six Self-Appointed, Rogue employees. This means that the Court of Appeals of Maryland (the highest court) will not even entertain the thought of looking at their case. The court said that they saw no issue that would make them think an error occurred when the Court of Special Appeals overruled Judge Dwight Jackson. It said that he was wrong in giving the six Self-Appointed Rogue employees their summary judgment. They agreed that

there was sufficient evidence to show that Pastor Joel was in fact a member of the Board of Trustees all the time. Recap: So now you have the two highest courts in the State of Maryland, more than ten Honorable Judges stating that they do not see any reason why there should have been a Summary Judgment against Pastor Joel Peebles and Chairman William Meadows. There is too much evidence that support Pastor Joel! Click Here to view court document: http://www.courts.state.md.us/coappeals/grants/0113grants.html Pastors Michael & Dee-Dee Freeman your back door plan to get our church ain’t gonna work. Don’t measure for drapes. Jericho is not yours, never meant to be yours and it was never for sale. We Will Be Back!

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The Truth Always

Wins Out We have freedom in knowing the truth

On October 26, 2012, not long after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed the decision of the lower court. The Six Self-Appointed Rogue employees filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in Maryland. Well the Ungodly, Unholy six employees kept telling their supporters that Pastor Joel and Chairman Meadows did not win anything with the court of special appeals decision. If that were true, then why did they immediately file an appeal? They attempted to tie up this case in the court system for another 4-5 years by filing an appeal. But God!!

peals and has denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari entered by the six Self-Appointed, Rogue employees. This means that the Court of Appeals of Maryland (the highest court) will not even entertain the thought of looking at their case. The court said that they saw no issue that would make them think an error occurred when the Court of Special Appeals overruled Judge Dwight Jackson. It said that he was wrong in giving the six Self-Appointed Rogue employees their summary judgment. They agreed that there was sufficient evidence to show that Pastor Joel was in fact a member of the Board of Trustees all the time.

On Tuesday January 22, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court in Maryland has agreed with the Maryland Court of Special Ap-

Recap: So now you have the two highest courts in the State of Maryland, more than ten Honorable Judges stating that they do not see any rea-

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son why there should have been a Summary Judgment against Pastor Joel Peebles and Chairman William Meadows. There is too much evidence that support Pastor Joel! Click Here to view court document: http://w w w.cour ts. state.md.us/coappeals/ grants/0113grants.html Pastors Michael & Dee-Dee Freeman your back door plan to get our church ain’t gonna work. Don’t measure for drapes. Jericho is not yours, never meant to be yours and it was never for sale. We

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Lawsuits in the

House of God 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud— even your own brothers. In the history of (Jericho) The City of Praise Church Ministries, we

have never taken our disputes to court. Even in a case where the church was clearly defrauded by an unscrupulous contractor loosing tens of thousands of dollars, Apostle Betty Peebles understood how counter to Biblical principles such an action would be. But these rogue unelected board members don’t seem to care. They sued Pastor Joel and Chairman Meadows less than 4 days after Apostle Peebles died. Before her only surviving son was even able to lay his mother to rest, these jokers had him in court claiming that he was not a member of the Board of Trustees. We all know that this is a flat out lie. Pastor Joel Peebles has served on the Board of our church for nearly 2 decades. There are countless state, federal and church documents to prove it. Please go to http://www.peopleofpraisemd.com to get the full story.

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Things That Make Why was Apostle Peebles’ will changed when no one with the last name Peebles had access to her?

Why would Apostle Betty Peebles reduce the inheritance of her beloved grandchildren to leave Mike Freeman, the church secretary and the church janitor her personal wealth?

Why are we paying Clarence Jackson’s “company” good money to do the work that we are already paying Clarence Jackson to do?

Why would Apostle Betty Peebles give raises to the unelected board in excess of $20K in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression?

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ke You Go Hmm... Why would Mike Freeman check Apostle Betty Peebles into a public nursing home under the name Betty Wooten? His wife Dee-Dee’s last name is Wooten...making it even harder for her grandchildren to find her. How can you believe that we the Members, The Congregation, THE CHURCH will ever let you take control over The City... You bearers of rotten fruit.

Why won’t the Rogue Unelected Board show us what they are doing with the money?

Why is it so difficult for Jackson to report the amount of money that is generated from the cash only parking lot fees during Washington Red Skins games?

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This is the Statement Released by the Attorney of the Six-Employees It is 3 Sentences Long 8501 Jericho City & Bishop Peebles Drives Landover, Maryland & 20785 Contains 3 False Statements.

JERICHO BAPTIST CHURCH MINISTRIES, INC. Telephone 301.333.0500 | Fax 301.333.1270 www.jerichocop.org

op James R. Peebles, Sr., D.D. Co-Founder (1933 – 1996)

stle Betty P. Peebles, D.D. Co-Founder (1934 – 2010)

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on Gloria McClam-Magruder dent

Linda Pyles President

on Clifford Boswell

on Clarence Jackson

on Denise Killen

on Dorothy Williams

For Immediate Release Friday, February 8, 2013

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LANDOVER, MD -- The Board of Trustees of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries, Inc. (“the “Church”) is committed to continuing the vision established by Apostle Betty P. Peebles by honoring her wishes related to the operations of the Church. 2 The outcome of the motions hearing before Judge Jackson of the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County today did not alter the continued recognition by the Court that the current Board of Trustees is the lawful governing board of the Church. 3 Despite the fact that some continue to challenge the repeated conclusions of the Court as to the Church’s lawful governing board, the Board of Trustees of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries, Inc. will continue to focus on service to God, the Church, and the community. Contact:

Erika E. Cole, Esquire (410) 654-4300

1. They are not the board of trustees. They claim to have been elected by the members of the church and we the members NEVERelected them. Furthermore, in their own depositions, they say that Apostle did not trust them. Why would she appoint them as the board!? 2. Their authority has been rejected not only by the people of the church, but also by Maryland Courts. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals REVERSED the summary judgment issued by Judge Dwight Jackson!! And the Maryland Supremem Court refused to hear their case! 3. Wrong Song Ms. Cole. It’s not just “some people” who reject these six-employees, it is the thousands of members of the church who reject them because they are behaving counter to God’s will. We the people of the church are following God’s will and the proof is in the vibrant, enthusiastic, life-changing ministry that is growing everyday. We are the 99%. We are thousands strong! Meanwhile, the six-employees stare at eachother each Sunday. 14

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