The Reverend Jimmy Creech will be facing his 2nd trial for performing a same sex union ceremony. He is charged with violating the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church.
Anyone who feels they have the ability and means to attend the trial is greatly encouraged to do so. We all need to support one another! Suggestions follow.
Laura Montgomery Rutt
Credit: The photograph of Jimmy Creech was taken by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.
Date: November 17 - 18, 1999 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, Nebraska (Pastor is a member of MFSA)
Hotel Accommodations: Best Western Hotel, 3333 Ramada Rd., Grand Island, Nebraska The rooms contain 2 queen beds and will accommodate 1-4 people. A block of rooms have been reserved at a rate of $57/night. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, whirlpool, free continental breakfast, free complimentary drinks in the evening, and free shuttle. The church where the trial will be is about two miles away.
To access this special rate, call Best Western nationally at 1-800-528-1234 or locally in Grand Island at 308-384-5150 and give the dates of the nights of November 16 and 17. Ask for the special rate given to the Jimmy Creech group.
For people coming in groups, it is recommended that you rent a car, and drive to Grand Island if you are flying into Omaha or Lincoln. (Limited Shuttle service is available from Omaha to Grand Island in the evening, and Grand Island to Omaha in the mornings)
If you need transportation from Omaha, or if you will be traveling from Omaha to Grand Island by automobile, please contact Betty Dorr at firstname.lastname@example.org and 402-333-7064, and let us know if you have any room in your car for any additional people, and the time/date you will be leaving Omaha.
If you plan on coming to the trial, please let us know, by emailing me at email@example.com. I will be serving as Jimmy's "Media, Publicity, and Logistic Coordinator.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT
If you would be willing to help in any other way, please let me know. If you can not attend the trial, please help support a vigil or worship service in your church at the time the trial is taking place.
1) Help plan a prayer vigil or service during the trial. I have already heard from several people that they are planning to do this in the church. If you would like a sample liturgy from Broadway, who will be doing a prayer vigil, please feel free to email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will mail packets to those who request them. And please let me know if you are planning one, as we would like to know how many are taking place (for press and other related reasons) My email address is below.
2) Help to pay some of the expenses associated with the trial. Several people have emailed and asked where to make a contribution. You may send financial support to MFSA, c/o Katherine Johnson 212 East Capitol Street, NE Washington DC 20003 Checks should be made payable to MFSA, with "Creech Defense Fund" on the memo line.
3) Send letters or cards of support for Jimmy to me at: Jimmy Creech, c/o Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom, PO Box 5211, Lancaster, PA 17606. I will deliver all cards and letters to him the night before the trial.
Thank you so much for you time and support.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CIRCULATE WIDELY.
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