Worship Services and Prayer Vigils

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If you know of vigils for Jimmy Creech and his second trial that are not on this list, please contact Laura Montgomery Rutt @ LMRutt@aol.com

Updated November 17

California

SACRAMENTO
WEDNESDAY, November 17

In support of Jimmy Creech - A prayer vigil will be held at St. Mark's UMC, in Sacramento on Wednesday, November 17, starting at 6:30 PM. The church is located at 2391 St. Mark's Way. For more information, call 916-483-7848

SAN FRANCISCO
SUNDAY, November 14

Join with MCC and Bay Area Soulforce Solidarity 7 pm Sunday, November 14, 1999 at MCC/San Francisco, 150 Eureka Street. Sponsored my MCC/San Francisco, Bethany United Methodist Church and Bay Area Soulforce Solidarity. The LBGT community and allies are invited to CELEBRATION OF RELATIONSHIPS. Whether you view HOLY UNIONS as a rite that is our right, or consider them just so much heterosexual hooey, please honor our community ally REV. JIMMY CREECH a United Methodist minister who has risked his ordination and profession to stand for the principle that LGBT people are entitled to equal status, treatment, support and opportunity in the church. (for more information on soulforce, see www.soulforce.org)

SAN FRANCISCO
TUESDAY, November 16

A prayer vigil on the eve of Jimmy Creech's second church trial, will be held on Tuesday, November 16, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Bethany United Methodist Church 1268 Sanchez Street SF. In attendance will be some of the "Sacramento 67" who also face trial and judgment by the church for participating in a holy union last May in Sacramento. Open door, free flow service: Come when you can - Go when you must.

SARASOGA
TUESDAY, November 16

Grace United Methodist Church in Saratoga California near San Jose is having a Vigil on Tuesday night at 7 pm. 19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga California. (408) 252-8268

Colorado

ARVADA
WEDNESDAY, November 17

Arvada UMC, in Arvada Colorado hold a prayer vigil on Wednesday Nov. 17 (no time given). The sanctuary will be open all day for people who want to stop by and spend some moments in prayer. The Church is located at 6750 Carr St, Arvada, CO 80004 (303)431-6005.

DENVER
TUESDAY, November 16

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Denver,Colorado, will be holding a prayer vigil Tuesday night at 6:45 pm. St. Paul's, Denver, is located at the corner of 16th and Ogden. For more information call 303-306-9411.

District of Columbia

WASHINGTON
TUESDAY, November 16

The "Of Sacred Worth" Group at Wesley Theological Seminary, a multi-denominational group for GLBT and Friends in the student, faculty and staff are planning a time of prayer and meditation focused on Jimmy's Trial for next Tuesday, the 16th. Our energy, love and prayers are headed in your direction! --The Rev. Dr. Wm. D. Aldridge, Jr. (Chip) email: caldridge@wesleysem.org.

Florida

MIAMI BEACH
TUESDAY, November 16

Inter-Faith Solidarity Service to Support Jimmy Creech Come to the Inter-Faith Solidarity Service on Miami Beach, Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 7pm, at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Adjacent to the Holocaust Memorial) 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach Please bring and tell all your friends - Everyone is WELCOME ! For additional information contact: Mr. Bob Skaggs (305) 756-1144 SoulforceSouthFl@aol.com.

Illinois

OAKPARK
WEDNESDAY, November 18

A prayer vigil for the trial of Jimmy Creech will be held at Euclid Avenue United Methodist, Oak Park, IL on Wed. Nov. 18 at 7pm. STANOLLIE@prodigy.net

Indiana

BLOOMINGTON
TUESDAY, November 16

On Tuesday, Nov. 16th at 6:30 First UMC, Bloomington, Indiana, will hold its' vigil/prayer service for the Creech Trial, CJHawking@aol.com.

Nebraska

OMAHA
TUESDAY, November 16

There will be a vigil at First United Methodist Church in Omaha at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 16 to pray for Jimmy and all involved in the trial. The church is located at 70th and Cass Streets. pholloway1@unl.edu

North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL
MONDAY, November 15

There will be a service of worship at Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC, on Monday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the Open and Affirming Covenant Group of United Church of Chapel Hill. Participants in the service will include Rev. Jimmy Creech, Rev. Jill Edens, the couple whose service they co-officiated at in April (Jim Raymer and Larry Ellis), and Barbara and Myles Walburn, who were part of the Soulforce 200 who went to Lynchburg, VA to meet with Jerry Falwell. Barbara will be attending the trial in Nebraska along with Larry and Jim. For additional information, contact Barbara Walburn myba@mindspring.com.

New York

BROOKLYN
WEDNESDAY, November 17

Park Slope United Methodist Church would like to invite you to participate in a prayer service in support of Jimmy Creech on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:30 pm. The trial would have begun that day and will be concluding on Thursday. During the evening we will view a video of Jimmy Creech preaching at PSUMC in October, 1998 following the Holy Union in Nebraska that first brought charges against him. The church is located at 6th Ave and 8th Street in Brooklyn. By Subway: take the F train to Seventh Ave, Brooklyn - you will come out at 7th and Ninth Street. Walk down 9th St. to 6th Ave. Turn right, one block. For more information, call the Reverend Liz Braddon at 718-768-3093.

BINGHAMTON
TUESDAY, November 16

Centenary-Chenango Street Church, Binghamton, NY, have announced a prayer vigil, to take place at the church on Tuesday (Nov. 16) at 9:15 pm in support of Jimmy Creech. gedoupe@ix.netcom.com

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY
WEDNESDAY, November 18

Members of Epworth United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City, OK, will be gathering for prayer and celebration of our brother, Jimmy Creech, Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Kemi39@aol.com

Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH
TUESDAY, November 16

Just to let you know, we are holding an interfaith Soulforce candle light vigil service entitled "Countering Spiritual Violence" in support of the Rev. Jimmy Creech, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8:00 p.m. EST, at the McKnight UMC in Pittsburgh, PA. In God's service, Scott McCormick, pastor revdad@earthlink.net

PHILADELPHIA
THURSDAY, November 11

We will be holding a meditation/prayer vigil/letter writing session on Thursday 11/18 at 12:00noon. The prayer time will be held in 226 Creese Student Center, Drexel University, 32nd & Chestnut Sts. Phila, Pa. The vigil will be open to all persons, but will include many college students and committed clergy and laity in the Eastern Pa area. All are welcomed to join us. Rev. Timothy Thomson-Hohl, Executive Director of the Asbury Protestant Ministry of the Wesley Foundation of Philadelphia (215) 895-2522 RevTim@drexel.edu.

Texas

THURSDAY, November 18
A COMMUNITY VIGIL FOR REV. JIMMY CREECH (And Vow Recommitment For Couples)

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
600 EAST 50TH STREET
7:30PM

SPONSORED BY: Metropolitan Community Church of Austin, Trinity United Methodist Church, and University Baptist Church.

This week the Rev. Jimmy Creech goes on trial within the United Methodist Church in Grand Island, Nebraska. He is charged with violating church policy by performing a holy union for two men. Rev. Creech faces the possibility of losing his credentials as a result of courageously supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered relationships. As a community we will pray for and honor Rev. Creech. The service will include a special recognition of the love shared between all couples; gay and straight. All couples present will have the opportunity to celebrate their relationship and recommit vows to each other. PLEASE JOIN US!

Washington

PUGET SOUND
WEDNESDAY, November 17

12 Reconciling United Methodists of the Langley (WA) United Methodist Church will be joining together for prayer at 5pm (PST), Wed. 11/17. We are a small, rural church located on a 50-mile-long island (Whidbey) in Puget Sound north of Seattle. larryleefox@yahoo.com

Wisconsin

MADISON
WEDNESDAY, November 17
THURSDAY, November 18

The University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1127 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin is showing its support of United Methodist minister, Reverend Jimmy Creech, during his trial in the United Methodist Church by holding two evening services of prayer, reflection and hope. Services will be held at 8:00 P.M. on both days of the trial. On November 17 the service will be held in its sanctuary. Its service on November on November 18th will be held in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 203 Wisconsin Avenue. Swebster2@aol.com