Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

St. George, UT

 

Bike & Build Departs for Cedar City

Our visitors from Bike & Build departed St. George for Cedar City, on Sunday, July 8th. It was great having this group of exceptional young people with us again this year.

Twenty-eight bikers arrived at our door during the day on Friday, July 6th, and, after showers, were treated to a lasagne dinner provided by the St. George Lady Elks and a well-deserved night's sleep in the CE Building. Several of the bikers commented that this was their first home-cooked meal since May!

After an early pancake breakfast on the 7th, they headed out to work with Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah painting a house and building a deck for two families who applied to Habitat's "Touch of Kindness" program. At 6:30 pm, our congregation and the local Habitat team honored the group's work with a potluck supper of chicken skewers with sides and desserts provided by the congregation. Several of us commented that we had never seen so much food in Conklin Hall. Of course, there's no "free supper" so the Bike & Build team did a presentation on Bike & Build and answered questions. It was a truly amazing and inspirational night.

Breakfast came way too early (6:00 am) on Sunday morning and they were off on their way to Cedar City (via Highways 18 and 56), passing the 3200 mile mark on their ride which will finish on July 28th in Santa Cruz, CA.

Hosting a group like this takes a tremendous effort on the part of our congregation. We especially thank Gloria McGilloway and Carolynn Thomas and her Soup Kitchen team for organizing (and cleaning up after) the meals, Rev. Ralph and the Palm Sunday Breakfast crew for the Saturday breakfast, the Elks for the wonderful dinner on Thursday night and the entire congregation for their support at the potluck.

Plans are already underway to host the group again next year and we will need a LOT of help so start thinking about how you can participate.

We wish all of our new friends a safe and successful conclusion to their journey.