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UM Pro-homosexuality MFSA Organizes Second Creech Trial Event

From: "U.M. Cornet"

CORNET has received this communication from Laura Montgomery Rutt. Part I gives information for those who would like to support him at the trial itself. Part II gives some suggestions about how folk who will not be in Grand Island, NE for the trial can help.


As you all know, Jimmy will be facing his 2nd trial for performing a same sex union ceremony, and is being 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!


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.

Group Events:

*There will be a hospitality suite to serve as a gathering place and media center at the hotel.

*We hope to have a reception on Tuesday night 11/16/99 for those coming in the night before the trial.

*A place will be provided during the trial for those supporting Jimmy to fellowship, pray, sing, and talk during trial recesses.

*On Wednesday night, we will have a debriefing/pray/worship session at the Best Western after the first day of the trial.

Transportation: Grand Island has a small airport. United offers limited service to Grand Island. Lincoln is 2 hours away by car to Grand Island Omaha is 3 hours away by car to Grand Island.

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.

If you need transportation from Omaha, or if you will be traveling from Omaha to Grand Island by automobile, please contact Betty Dorr at 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.

(Limited Shuttle service is available from Omaha to Grand Island in the evening, and Grand Island to Omaha in the mornings)

If you plan on coming to the trial, please let us know, by emailing me at I will be serving as Jimmy's "Media, Publicity, and Logistic Coordinator.

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.

Thank you so much for you time and support,

Laura Montgomery Rutt "Media, Publicity, and Logistics Coordinator"  717-625-2629

Support for Jimmy Creech, Part II

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 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.


Laura Montgomery Rutt "Media, Publicity, and Logistics Coordinator"  717-627-7180

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