The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 31, 2016 - 7:20 AM

Financial Peace University is coming to Mills Chapel Baptist Church.

More than 4.5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s FPU. The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

“The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion,” said Jamie Ellis of Ramsey’s organization. “Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.”

FPU will be held at Mills Chapel, 85 Country Club Road, starting Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. Contact the church for more information or to register.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” Ramsey said. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, “Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money,” an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons.

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Michael Chrisman, an Ohio bookbinder, has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for thefts connected with replica Gutenberg Bibles.

The defendant sent false invoices claiming that he completed more than 70 sets of replica Gutenberg Bibles, but he failed to complete all but a handful of sets and instead pocketed the victim’s money to pay for personal expenses.

“Mr. Chrisman tricked the victim into paying false invoices for hand-bound Gutenberg Bible facsimiles that were never completed, and the defendant repeatedly lied to cover up his fraud,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn.

In 2010, Chrisman entered a bookbinding contract with the victim, who had obtained replica loose-leaf pages of the Gutenberg Bible.

The original Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed in Western Europe using movable metal type, and the few remaining original copies are among the most valuable books in the world. Chrisman agreed to bind the replica Gutenberg Bible pages using traditional 15th century binding techniques, including hand-binding the pages in pigskin leather with brass clasps.

The victim agreed to pay Chrisman’s invoices for each completed set, and the victim planned to sell each replica two-volume set for $12,500 when the entire project was complete. From October 2010 through June 2013, Chrisman sent approximately two dozen invoices to the victim falsely charging him up to $5,500 for each completed Gutenberg Bible set, in addition to bills for supplies.

In reality, Chrisman completed binding for only five of the more than 70 sets, resulting in a loss to the victim of more than $480,000. Chrisman lied to the victim repeatedly about his progress.

Chrisman, 53, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Steve C. Jones. His sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release, and Chrisman was ordered to pay $483,403 in restitution.