The Supreme Court of Maryland, The Maryland Court of Appeals has spoken!

Attention City of Praise Members:

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The Maryland Court of Appeals (a seven judge panel), agreed with the decision from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

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          Rogues Denied!!

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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, lol.   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 & DeeDee 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!

Click Here to view the document:   MD Supreme Court decision – Jan 22, 2013

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Why We Won’t Go Back!

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                   PEOPLE OF PRAISE

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          To a  THEATER NEAR YOU SOON!!!

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Videos Showing more: Lies!!  Action!!  Disrespect!!  Deception!! Manipulation!!

    Backdoor Plans!!  Arrogance!!  Hostile Janitors!!  Power Grabs!!

More examples showing why the City of Praise Church members are not going back into our building just yet.

Remember: Who is the Pastor of Jericho City of Praise?  Who is the Pastor of the City of Praise Family Church?  It is Pastor

Joel Peebles!!   He served as one of the only two Assist Pastors in the history of the church. He also preached for over 20 years in the church.    

Remember: That the Six rogue self-appointed employees saw an opportunity to seize control over financial assets one of the largest churches on the east coast. They did so by falsely claiming to be the duly elected board of the church. They were never, ever elected by the church members. Now they will do anything to try and remain in the building.  Watch the videos !!

To see all of the videos you can select the Video Evidence tab on the left side of this page, then scroll down to example #2

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Pray with us let the truth be known.

We have not asked for their help. The members of the City of Praise church have not asked Michael Freeman to get involved in our business. Yet he has interfered again. His back door plan has been exposed to get the Freeman’s coveted prize, the Jericho City of Praise Church and Buildings. Please see the link below for the RED HOT inconvenient Truth about it.

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Click this link to see: RED HOT Inconvenient Truth

** People of Praise has received Video Evidence which shows incidents that have occurred when our leaders have been back to the Jericho property.  During the next few days you will be able to see what the Six Rogue, Self-Appointed, Ungodly, Unholy employees have written in their TRO complaint.  Then we will show the video that we have just received, that will show what actually happened. Then you be the judge as to who consistently tells the truth and who lies 100% of the time.  

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Why the Congregation has not gone back to our Building yet

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This article details why we, City of Praise Church (Jericho) will not go back to OUR building until we have complete control.

To view the article please click the link below.

People of Praise – Why We Are Not Back

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New Year’s Eve Celebration with the City of Praise!

The hottest spot in the DMV on New Year’s Eve will be at The Show Place Arena with Jason Nelson, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jekalyn Carr, Outreach 24/7  and you never know who else may show up. Join Sr. Pastor Joel Peebles, co-Pastor Ylawnda Peebles and the City of Praise church as we welcome in the New Year under the Glory Cloud at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Maryland. You know how we do!

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Show Place Arena!!!

Are the Freeman’s Poised for a Backdoor Attack on this Ministry?

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We believe that Opportunistic Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are attempting  to slide in the backdoor of the City of Praise Church(Jericho)

Like a shark that smells blood in the water. Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman have allegedly been waiting to make their move.  They are alleged to be the architects behind this whole church takeover attempt, with the goal of having the six employees give/sell the ministry to them. The six employees allowed Mike and Dee Dee Freeman to have the FICWFM regional conference at OUR church building in September 2012.  This event was planned well in advance of the Court of Special Appeals decision and took place a few days after the positive decision was handed down.   Pastor Joel, our board and congregation could have stopped the FICWFM conference but since Apostle Fred Price would be in attendance it was thought that if the Freeman’s would listen to anyone it would be Apostle Fred Price.  Apparently he has outgrown Fred Price.  These actions have offended the congregation whose years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets. This is a classic hostile takeover attempt.  First, get control of the board that holds the deed then have them sell/give the ministry to you.  The court of special appeals decision reversed the earlier decision made by Judge Dwight Jackson.  Consequently the six employees are no longer considered the legal board of trustees and do not hold the deed to the church.

Mike and Dee Dee Freeman’s actions are out-of-order.  We the membership have a default judgment against the six self-appointed employees.  A Default judgment is a binding judgment in favor of either party based on some failure to take action by the other party.  Default judgments arise in circumstances whereby one party to a suit has failed to perform a court-ordered action, and subsequently that failure has not only prevented the issue from being presented before the court but also results in the court settling the legal dispute in favor of the compliant party.

The original congregation is intact, alive and thriving under the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and our Board of Trustees led by Chairman William Meadows (chairman for the past 40 years.) The City of Praise church is NOT a new church.  Apostle Betty said during a service before she died that she was going to change the name of the church to the “City of Praise.”  After she died Pastor Joel and the board of trustees changed the name and showed the congregation the video of the service where she made the proclamation.  The church has been called “City of Praise” well before our leaders and other members were excommunicated. We are awaiting relief from the court which the judgment entitles us to. We have asked for a congregational vote to elect our board of trustees and that our church be put under a trustee until the vote occurs.  We have given the court a list of trustees that are acceptable to us. There are at best about 100 members left worshipping at Jericho, including a few elders and ministers. The church is financially solvent and is not dependent on tithes and offerings to maintain its solvency. No outside interference is warranted.  The congregation has not and will not ask Mike and Dee Dee Freeman for help.  On the contrary we ask that they butt out.

It is alleged that Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are planning on using OUR church again for their New Years Eve service. He told his congregation at the FICWFM regional conference in September that they will be back at Jericho on New Year’s Eve.  Again this is offensive to the congregation whose many years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets.   Why is Mike Freeman so interested in what happens to us in court?  There are pictures of him leaving the court-house minutes after the six employees and their lawyer exited the building when Pastor Joel won a case in the spring shortly before he was fired.    He was also allegedly seen going in the judge’s chambers. One question begs to be answered:  Why would Mike and Dee Dee plan a New Year’s eve program at our church when he knew that the special court of appeals had rendered a positive decision on our behalf and that we had a court date on November 30th for an ex parte hearing with a default judgment against these employees? The bible says in 1 Thess 5:22 “Abstain from ALL appearance of evil.”   If Mike Freeman follows his modus operandi, when he is ready to make his move, look for him to address his congregation crying ugly face crocodile tears being consoled by DEE DEE and his family. He will say something like he didn’t want to get involved but they asked him to help save the ministry. And he will only get involved to help sure up this ministry and build it back up and he is doing it as a favor because he loved Apostle Betty and held her in such high regard. LOL. He did not even offer a word at her funeral, they left early and they did not attend the burial.

Corrupt civil leaders are exposed, rebuked and disciplined; therefore, corrupt church leaders must be exposed and rebuked. In 1 Tim 5:20 the bible tells us “Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.” Apostle Betty taught us that all true Christians knowledgeable of God’s Law have the authority to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. Remember Jesus publicly denounced the corrupt scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23: “25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within are full of extortion and excess. 28 even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

The congregation is eager to have the court restore the rightful responsibilities of electing its leaders back to the people of the church and compel these six rogue employees to reveal how our tithes and offerings are being spent. We requested this information from the six employees over a year ago. In spite of it being against the law, they refuse to respond.The ex parte court hearing is rescheduled for Feb 8, 2013.  In an ex parte hearing one party presents a motion or legal action without the other party having representation or notice. We also have a court date on Feb 22, 2013 to force the six unelected employees to turn over the financial records. This entire matter can be resolved in the very near future.

UPDATE: City of Praise Church membership vs. The Unelected, Self-Appointed six Rogue Employees

Below is an update on the first of two court cases brought on behalf of the City of Praise Church membership (also known as members of the Jericho City of Praise church in exile).

Legal update on the first congregational law suit:

We have a judgment against the six rogue employees!

The six employees who have taken over the board were never ever voted on by the congregation. They appointed themselves and submitted false documents stating that they were elected by the congregation when no such election ever happened. And to make matters worse when asked to reveal how they are using our tithes and offerings, they have refused to produce a single record. As a non-profit entity in the state of Maryland, they are obligated to be transparent. The congregation is eager to have the court restore the rightful responsibilities of electing its leaders back to the members that built this church with their tithes and offerings.  The members of the City of Praise Church are expectant and eager for the court to require that the unelected board practice transparency by abiding by Maryland state law and federal laws that require all non-profits maintain open and accessible financial records.

Overview of Case CAL12-13537 (Articles case)

· Case was filed by congregation members April 2012 in Circuit Court Upper Marlboro

· Members of the congregation filed this lawsuit basically stating the six were never elected as trustees per Maryland law when the Maryland Church was formed in December 2010.  They abolished Jericho which was incorporated in Washington DC and created a new corporation in Maryland. This was done two (2) months after the death of Apostle Betty Peebles. These employees had no authority to do this.

· The court entered a default judgment against the unelected six as board of trustees in September 2012

· The unelected six tried to have the default judgment vacated in October 2012 and it was denied

· The unelected six filed a motion to have the case specially assigned to Judge Dwight Jackson on September 2012. This is interesting because our case is not associated with Pastor Joel and Elder Meadows case, we already have a ruling against the six by another judge and we are waiting for relief.

· The court held an exparte hearing October 26, 2012 which was immediately postponed pending a ruling on a motion to specially assign the case to judge Jackson.

· The case was specially assigned to Judge Dwight Jackson on October 26

· Attorneys Dennis Whitley and Erika Cole have now taken over the case for the six from Attorney Isaac Marks who was fired

· An exparte hearing was scheduled for 9am on November 30, 2012. The members of the congregation are the only ones at this hearing that have a right to present evidence and the purpose of the hearing is to seek relief now that a judgment has been granted. The relief that the congregation has asked for is that a congregational vote take place to elect a board to comply with Maryland corporate law and that the church be put under a court appointed trustee until the vote takes place (We have submitted a list of possible trustees to the court). Our lawyers filed for a continuance which has been granted.  The new court date is Feb 8 at 9am

These people don’t understand that they are fighting God and he always wins.  People of Praise this fight is not ours. We must forgive, show love and stay in prayer.  Ephesians 6:11-12 (KJV) Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.