I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of spring. I am dropping you a line today to tell you about a really neat organization that I am supporting in April. It is called the Face of America bike ride. This is an event that allows veterans and active duty men and women who serve in the armed forces to take part in a 2 day bike ride from DC to Gettysburg.
Here is the really cool part. The ride focuses on disabled veterans who ride adaptive bikes. So there are recumbent bikes customized to allow for prosthetic limbs, or hand cranked bikes that are peddled with arms rather than legs. My role in the ride is two-fold. First I ride with the group and assist those who need a help getting up the hills or encouragement. Many of the bikes are fitted with what looks like broom handles off the back of the bike so that my teammates and I can push those needing assistance up the hills. The second responsibility is that I need to raise funds for the ride so that the cost to those who have served our country is minimal (or free in some cases). It would be a blessing if you could support me on this ride. I will be joined from others from my church and we are excited to support the veterans.
I need to raise a minimum of $750 for the ride. The ride will be held on April 26-27 and will cover 110 miles. This will be the first time I will be riding, but I have heard from others that it is a powerful experience for all who are involved and support the race.
You can track some of my training progress at revbishop.com/foa2014 and hopefully track live where I am on the day of the race.
If you would like to donate to support me on the race please visit: http://worldteamsports.kintera.org/faceofamerica2014/cmbishop82
Thanks in advance for your support and partnering with me for this really great cause. IF you have any questions please feel free to ask. Have a great do and enjoy some of the spring weather that is coming our way.
At church we have a little book group on Goodreads that we are trying out. We are reading a little book by Mike Yaconelli called Messy Spiritually. When getting together today’s questions for the discussion I was reading over the chapters again and came across this gem”
[blockquote source=”Mike Yaconekki”]Churches are not only awe inspiring; They are odd inspiring, attracting and earthly assortment of Jesus followers. [/blockquote]
Thinking back to this past weekend’s worship experience finds this quote to be true. We played games, sung songs, danced, cried, laughed and poured ourselves out to embody what it is to be a disciple of Jesus.
There are times where I am blown away that I get to do this “odd job” for a living. I am so proud to be the pastor of the FaithPoint community. We are striving to be odd because odd means we are doing ministry in ways that have not been done yet. In 2000 years of the church existing there are still creative ways to connect with those who have not yet made the God connection.
If we are odd in the ways we live our call and reach those who need to connect then more power to us. There are hundreds of churches doing the same stuff with the same results. But to do something different we need to own our personal oddness and invite others into the adventure of life with God.