You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Bikes blessings will take ministry to the people

One event is next weekend in Springfield.

The three bikers were in line at Springboro’s classic ice-cream shop, the “K.” But their black jackets didn’t advertise skulls, drugs or rock stars. The star of their show is Jesus, and their worn leather attire was ablaze with crosses and promises of redemption.

Jeff Rose, a Kettering firefighter and associate pastor of Rejoicing Life Church of God, was one of those bikers. He was out gaining disciples while doing his favorite thing, riding his 2008 Victory Vision. His biker buddies were Ray and Tammy Collins.

“The phrase that CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) uses is, ‘Changing the world one heart at a time.’ And what I like about it is, we take ministry to people, we don’t wait for people to come to us,” said Rose, a 20-year minister who is also vice president of the Resurrection Riders. “Last year I prayed with about 300 people, and this year we’re expecting twice that many to show up.”

The Christian Motorcyclists Association is an international organization that “rides for the Son.” Rose will share a message about John 3:16 for the third annual Blessing of the Bikes on April 27 at Competition Accessories.

This is perhaps the most familiar scripture in the New Testament:

King James Bible:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This event is sponsored by Yeshua’s Cross, one of CMA’s chapters and the day’s main sponsor. The gathering includes food vendors and store specials. There will be no alcohol served at this event, but there will be plenty of fellowship and fun.

Another bikes blessing

A different bikes blessing events, the 12th annual Blessing of the Bikes will be held on May 20, in Dayton at Welcome Stadium.

Twelve years strong, this gathering attracted 7,528 bikers last year.

“The volunteer committee is thankful that the motorcycling community supports us, and we can show Dayton that bikers are great, generous people,” said Dick Stewart, who has served as chairman of the event for the past 12 years and recently turned over the reins to Bill Jenks. “We like to give back to the community.”

This Blessing of the Bikes is sponsored by the Dayton 73 Moose Riders and the Crystal Lake #2464 Moose Riders. The State Moose Riders are supporting two charities, A Special Wish Foundation and AMBUCS/GreeneBucs with this event. AMBUCS is a nonprofit service organization that is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for disabled persons. The latter is the Greene County chapter for the organization.

The May 20 event will be held at Welcome Stadium’s Lot D, 1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., and starts at 10 a.m. The blessing is at 1 p.m. Cost: $2 donation. For more information, call (937) 429-2721 or go online to

T.O.A.D. the Original American Dream, a rock band from Enon, will provide musical entertainment. The Rev. Dale Peterka will conduct the official blessing ceremony. WTUE-FM’s (104.7) B-Man and WHIO-TV’s (NewsCenter 7) James Brown will emcee the event. The day’s activities include a bike show, refreshments, door prizes and vendors with collector’s pins, patches, T-shirts, bandannas and bells.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

What’s under your feet at the playground?
What’s under your feet at the playground?

The playground: a universal source of fun for children. It’s also a place to burn calories, make new friends and develop skills like how to judge risks and make decisions. A good playground challenges and engages children but is also designed to keep them safe. One of the best ways to lower the chances of serious injuries is to make sure there...
Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth
Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth

Stacy Hudepohl hopes to expand the perception that certified nurse midwives simply exist to help women through natural childbirth. “A midwife is very similar to a nurse practitioner in that we care for women throughout their entire lifespan,” said Ms. Hudepohl, a certified nurse midwife, who practices with the Center for Women’s Health...
Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself
Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself

With spring in full swing, you’re probably heading outside with your friends and family to spend time bicycling, in-line skating or skateboarding. But before you head outside, make sure you take a few safety precautions to avoid common problems that will land you in the ER. “Each year we see injuries associated with biking, in-line skating...
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age. Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old. Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity. “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live...
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

A police officer is going viral after teaching a boy how to tie a tie when he was “too embarrassed” to ask for help. X’zavier was at the Indiana Statehouse recently to receive the “Youth of the Year” award from his local Boys and Girls Club, according to Inside Edition. X’zavier was escorted to the ceremony...
More Stories