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It is Better to be Rich & Guilty than to Be Poor & Innocent
 
Many of us were raised with the belief that justice would prevail if you were innocent and spoke truthfully.  On May 18th New Creation hosted the second session of the ‘Justice in the 21st Century’ series only to learn that innocence can have very little to do with the ultimate legal decision.

The speakers at last Saturday’s session were a person wrongly convicted, James West and Robert Singagliese, a Public Defender of Capital cases. Not only were their experience stories enlightening but the questions and discussion that followed were extremely informative.  It was during this period that the Robert Singagliese stated that frequently individuals were run over by the system. He also quoted Bryan Stevenson’s statement that “It is better to be rich and guilty than to be poor and innocent” in our legal system.  US current justice system’s structure requires that we accept a certain level of mistreatment, false guilty pleas and abusive treatment of people.  The lack of proper funding means that Public Defenders can be attempting to represent 20 individuals at a time.  There are too few investigators supporting the Public Defenders which mean that uncovering all the facts in a case is frequently impossible – missing facts equals missing justice.

The next session is this Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 pm in the church Sanctuary. The discussion for this session will be dealing with sentencing, added charges, the impact of the ‘for profit prison system’ and what preparations do the inmates have for returning to the community. 

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June will be a very busy month for the New Creation Family.  On June 10th, Trosa Moving will pack us up and move us to the 4705 property. We will need the assistance of everyone to have a successful move.  On June 16th, New Creation will have its farewell worship with the I Am Project (formerly Asbury UMC).  The service will be at 10:00 a.m.  New Creation's first worship service at our new address is Sunday, June 23rd.  Our worship time will change to 10:00 am.  Sunday School will start at 9:00 a.m.

We give thanks to God for our new home!

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How to Make the Offering About Love:The motivation for giving is love.

Years ago a widow gave her last two coins as an offering to God. Many still wonder what motivated such a sacrificial gift. Surely she did not expect to have her name engraved on a wall or have the street in front of the Temple named in her honor. She clearly did not anticipate her gift would be lifted up as an example for others to follow centuries later. So what motivated her gift? Maybe she was motivated by a heart-felt desire to declare her life had been blessed by a God who had always met her needs. Blessed by a God who loved her first and always. The widow’s sacrificial offering was the very best way she knew to express that she loved God first. She would love God always.

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