Archive for January, 2011

Texas missionary slain by gunmen in Mexico

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



DALLAS (AP) — A woman described by police as a U.S. missionary died at a South Texas hospital Wednesday after her husband brought her mortally wounded over a Rio Grande bridge from Mexico, where he said she had been shot in the head by gunmen in a pickup truck. The husband relayed to Texas authorities […]




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First cross metal detectors, then enter Goa churches

| January 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Panaji, Jan 23 (IANS) The next time you want to walk down the solemn church pews in Goa, you might just have to duck under door frame metal detectors first. And frisking points and handbag scanners may just come in next. Faced with increasing instances of desecration and break-ins, authorities in the Archdiocese of Goa […]




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Church Vandalism Closes Church for a Week

| January 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Volunteers showed up at Eureka Christian Church to help clean up, but were shocked to find more damage than they could handle. Some people snuck into the church gym and had a ball blasting three fire extinguishers. "It's everywhere. It's on the tables, on the chairs, on the lights, and on the floor. It's just […]




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Alabama man sentenced for synagogue graffiti

| January 23, 2011 | 1 Comment



MOBILE, Ala. – A south Alabama man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to spraying anti-Semitic graffiti on a Jewish synagogue. The Justice Department announced Friday that 24-year-old Thomas Hayward Lewis admitted to violating federal civil rights law when he scrawled slurs on the Congregation Tree of Life Messianic Synagogue […]




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Church victimized financially, spiritually by alleged $160K theft

| January 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



BUFFALO – The theft of $160,000 from a Buffalo church could mean the loss of its full-time pastor and a reduction in outreach work. “Right now, the funds we have are not going to be able to support a full-time pastor,” said the Rev. Jennifer Seder of Buffalo’s Fountain of Life United Methodist Church. “We […]




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Police: MinSec resident stole from church

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



People worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton on Sunday morning while a man ransacked desks, went through coat pockets looking for change and cigarettes and stole a leather jacket from the house of worship, a church member said. "We feel violated that the man was prowling around while we were having church services," said […]




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Security advisory issued for Goa churches

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



Goa archdiocese has issued a security advisory asking all church committees in the state to increase vigilance in and around churches. The 15-point advisory was issued after police asked Church authorities to step up security following a spate of thefts and desecrations of statues. “We need to be responsible for our things,” said archdiocese spokesperson […]




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Allen church cancels mission trip to Mexico

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



Long after drug-related violence caused most U.S. churches and ministries to stop crossing the Mexican border for mission work, Suncreek United Methodist Church of Allen continued. But now even Suncreek has canceled a house-building trip to the Ciudad Juarez area. The five-member group was set to leave Thursday and return Jan. 31. “I’m heartbroken,” said […]




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Woman accused of stealing $160,000 from Buffalo church

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



BUFFALO — A Riverton woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly embezzling over $160,000 from a Buffalo church. Deborah A. Moore, 46, of the 1200 block of Stanton Airport Road, was employed at Fountain of Life United Methodist Church. She took the money between October of 2009 and December of 2010, a press release from the […]




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Sunday’s collection was stolen

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



NEWMARKET — Sunday's collection at Newmarket Community Church — about $1,500 in cash and checks — was reported stolen from the church thrift shop Monday afternoon. Money collected from churchgoers each week is used to fund church operations, according to the Rev. Josh Gray. The church's collector took the money on Monday morning to deposit […]




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Local Woman Sentenced In Theft Of Thousands From Local Church

| January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



WACO (January 18, 2011)–Patricia LeDawn Poehls, who now goes by the name Ryleigh Joe Trish Wilson, was sentenced to six months in jail and then was taken into custody Tuesday morning after pleading guilty in November to theft over $100,000, but under $200,000 in a case involving the theft of tens of thousands of dollars […]




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$1,500 reported stolen from Newmarket church

| January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



NEWMARKET — Sunday’s collection at Newmarket Community Church, amounting to $1,500 in cash and checks, was stolen from the church thrift shop Monday afternoon. The money was from the church’s weekly Sunday collection, which is used to support multiple facets of church operations, according to Pastor Josh Gray. The church’s collector took the money on […]




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Case opened into kidnapping of Buryatia Evangelical Church pastor

| January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



Chita, January 18, Interfax – The Interior Ministry of Russia's Republic of Buryatia has opened a criminal case into the abduction of Resurrection Evangelical Church pastor Yevgeny Medvedev in Ulan-Ude. "The pastor sustained minor injuries. A wound on his neck was stitched up. Experts are now working with him," ministry spokeswoman Lidia Tsybikova told Interfax. […]




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FBI Probes Theft Of Donation Checks To Synagogues

| January 18, 2011 | 1 Comment



NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The FBI is investigating the theft of checks for charity that were sent to dozens – possibly even hundreds – of synagogues. Members of the synagogues and other officials are left wondering who is stealing the checks, and how the thieves are getting the checks cashed into accounts around the […]




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Vandalism of Montreal synagogues prompt police investigation

| January 18, 2011 | 1 Comment



Police have opened an investigation after five synagogues and a Jewish school in Montreal were targeted by vandals within a few hours, sparking concern as well as condemnation from public figures. The institutions, all limited to west-end residential neighborhoods with large Jewish communities, had windows broken overnight between Saturday and Sunday. Damage was minor. Jewish […]




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