Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake to host bike trip reunion July 13

  • As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake will host a bike trip reunion on Saturday, July 13. In the past, church youth would participate in 2½-week bike trips on the back roads of America, such as this trip in June 1982.

    As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake will host a bike trip reunion on Saturday, July 13. In the past, church youth would participate in 2½-week bike trips on the back roads of America, such as this trip in June 1982. Courtesy of Tim Verner

 
Submitted by Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake
Updated 7/9/2019 11:05 PM

As Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary, they couldn't possibly do so without including Pastor Arne Walker and his love of youth.

Growing up in a congregation where you couldn't wait to be old enough to participate in the annual bike-athon. It was not a one-day trip but 2½ weeks of bicycling on back roads, sleeping on the church floors, learning about yourself (cooking, cleaning and laundry), building lifelong friendships, all while strengthening our relationship with God.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The word of these "Bike Hikes" spread to friends outside the church who wanted to participate and our "family" of bikers grew. Who would have thought so much could come out of riding your bike?

To help celebrate the church's 125th anniversary, they invite everyone in the community to join them on a bike ride.

It will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. The bikers will ride on the Great Western Trail to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and back to church (approximately 15 miles). After the ride, come back to Grace for lunch and fellowship in the pavilion.

The celebration will continue on Sunday, July 14, with Pastor Walker as guest preacher at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. A luncheon will be provided following the 10:30 a.m. service. All are welcome to join the celebration.

For information, call the church at (630) 365-6751 or visit www.graceoflilylake.com. Follow www.facebook.com/GraceOfLilyLake/.

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