Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 207 JULY 2016 BODY OF CHRIST NEWS After The Marches & The Protest, What's Next? Iwanted to follow up from the June edition article I wrote on page 8 of this particular subject. After the marches and the protests, what's next. What's next is we continue to be pre-active; as opposed to pro-active. The point and advantage of being pre-active, is to strategize and work together with the law enforcement officials and government officials; before another killing of any race, but in par- ticularly the unarmed African Americans pop- ulations, that we saw the staggering numbers of the same in the June edition. In the article remind you, we were informed that unarmed African Americans were killed 5 times the rate of unarmed White Americans. Listen, I'm not condoning the kill- ing of any race, but I am shining a light on the fact that unarmed is unarmed, and how do you explain the disparity of the killings among the races. We also must take a look at what seems or what appears to be the universal language used by law enforcement officers " I feared for my life, I thought he/ she was reaching for my weapon or reaching for something." Those words seems to be the words that release officers from liability and responsibility of the taking of lives. We have to point out the fact that, the person(s) that are unarmed and run- ning away from the armed and aggres- sive person, are the ones that are in fear of their lives, which might explain why they are running away or from the armed and aggressive law enforcement officer. In the June Edition, I pointed out again the staggering numbers as it relate to the low numbers of officers charged with the killings of African Americans; there were 10 cases out of over 100 killings where the officers were even charged; and fewer than that where the officers were indicted. After The Marches & The Protests, what's Next? We continue to ask for and meet with law enforcement offi- cials and government officials. What we don't do is stay silent until it happens again. That would be pro- active. To me that's too late, noth- ing we can do after the fact, WHICH IS WHY I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT WE MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF BEING PRE-ACTIVE. Our son's and daughter's lives are at stake here. We meet and we continue to meet, we sit down with the chiefs of police in the Colorado metro areas, we have SERIOUS DIALOGUE THAT HOPEFULLY PRODUCES SOME SERIOUS STRATEGIES THAT WILL ADRESS THESE SERIOUS MATTERS. We want what appears to be other options available other than the taking of the lives of unarmed any races, not just the AFRICAN American lives. Let's come into agreement that meet- ing and reasoning together with law enforcement officials as well as are government officials, will produce good fruit. We're not anti law enforcement offi- cers, WE NEED THEM! AND WE NEED TO EXERCISE OUR FAITH! Faith without works is dead! You show me your faith and I will show you your works by your faith. FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS. FEAR CREATES MOUNTAINS. THEN YOUR FAITH HAS TO REMOVE THE MOUNTAINS YOUR FEARS CREATED! I BELIEVE WHEN WE MOVE, GOD WILL MOVE WITH US, AMEN! GOD BLESS YOU, I WILL SEE YOU AT THE MEETINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED! for more info: By John Young Personal Development For High School Students The Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. (CBI/CCI) presenting high school students an enrichment program that provides personal development experiences and special recognition. Maintaining good grades, community involvement and integrity are an absolute necessity for CBI program par- ticipants. Graduating seniors are Presentation to Society at Formal Gala “Beautillion” at the end of the academic year. “The Beautillion consisted: dinner, individual appearance of each beau and their parents/guardian, a formal military drill by the beaus, dance with the beau and their mother or female guardian, dance with their escort, presenta- tion of awards and or scholarships; Rites of Passage Ceremony for the beaus and their father, male guardian or significant male figure.” Hip Hop Church Changing Lives The Hip Hop Church of Denver, a fusion of faith, compassion, hip hop pursuits, and solace for God with a flair for helping the local homeless overcome their debilitating situations through Christ, continues to transform the lives of thousands through their approachable and ben- eficial Christian teachings, courte- sy of their renowned and energetic pastor: Michael Von Pennington. Borne from a passion for providing a path to both salvation and a stable life for individu- als hit by unforeseen obstacles that lead to rampant homelessness, Pennington wanted to create a safe, edu- cational, and open church for everyone to come take part in their shared passions and love of Christ. “My mother would take in home- less as my babysitters when I was younger, and would also bring them into our house to help and teach them about faith and love of God,” said Pennington. “It motivated me to give back and help these same people when I came of age.” No stranger to homelessness, Pennington found himself home- less in 2006 after a stint in the United States Army and being in the American rap music industry. Pennington’s oldest son, Devon Scooter Sutton, passed away, leav- ing him alone and devastated with an emotional toll he could not over- come. Pennington found a stable program called The Star Program run by the Denver Rescue Mission. “I was depressed beyond belief and felt I had nowhere to turn when I lost my son,” said Pennington. “The Mission showed me the love that awaits me with Christ, and moti- vated me to keep my head up and spread my compassion and under- standing with people struggling around America.” It has now been ten years since Pennington found himself at rock bottom, and he has been preaching the Word of God through his alter- native Denver-based church ever since. Also a student of hip hop and rap music, Pennington brings his passions for urban performances to the forefront of his church operation, enabling a further reach to indi- viduals who wouldn’t traditionally consider attending church. Pastor Michael trav- els to facilities and ministries around the country to speak on his life, lessons learned, and what God did to keep him moving forward in the spirit of the gospel. Intent on sharing his story with as many people as pos- sible, Pennington is in the process of writing a book on half of his life, set to be released in 2017. Pastor Michael walks in the foot- steps of the pastor who inspired him, Pastor Stephen E. Broden at Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, where Pastor Michael attend- ed a private high school and Jarvis Christian College. For more information, Pastor Michael can be contacted at 1 800 421 8440 or by visiting one of his many websites: www.pcofc1.wix. com/hiphopchurchdenver or www. By Pastor Michael Von Pennington John Young Let's come into agreement that meeting and reasoning together with law enforcement officials as well as are government officials, will produce good fruit. Michael Pennington COMMUNITY CHURCH NEWS