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South Orlando Church Members Welcome Bikers

posted on April 10, 2013, under Church by

by Dan Forbes

South Orlando Church members created a designated parking area to accommodate the many motorcyclists, including Olga Bryant, left, and Matt Logie, who participated in the special biker Sabbath.

South Orlando, Fla., Church members stepped outside their comfort zone of community outreach on Sabbath, February 23, by welcoming Adventist Motorcycle Ministry, Ezekiel’s Wheels, Christian Motorcycle Association members, and other riders to a day dubbed as, “A Little Bit of Hog Heaven.” (The word “hog” is a term of endearment bikers use in reference to Harley Davidson motorcycles.)

Partnering with Harbor House of Central Florida, a domestic violence shelter, church members and Pastor Dan Forbes referred to the event as “a real game changer” in their service to the community.

The day was filled with activities designed for bikers who rode from as far away as Tampa for the event. The church sanctuary and fellowship hall were decorated for the occasion in a biker motif which included two motorcycles. The church was filled to capacity, and special provisions were made to accommodate the many motorcycles that showed up in the parking lot.

After the fellowship luncheon, bikers departed for a charity ride which raised $425 for Harbor House of Central Florida. (Photo: Olga Bryant)

Bikers and dignitaries from the community shared their testimonies and comments during the worship experience. The gift bags, awards, literature, and gift certificates given to bikers were donated by the church, individuals, Florida Hospital, a local restaurant, the Florida Conference Literature Evangelism Department, and the local Harley Davidson dealer.

After the worship service, bikers, visitors, and members enjoyed a fellowship luncheon followed by a charity ride that raised $425 to benefit Harbor House in its efforts to end domestic violence.

Recognizing the enthusiasm and excitement the event created, the Church Board gave support to planning an even bigger and better program next year.

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