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Church motorcycle club has first Biker Sunday

Church motorcycle club has first Biker Sunday

October 17, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

marlob@herald-mail.com

Two and a half years ago, native New Yorker Fabian Viera was able to find a new church.

More recently, he discovered an outlet for his passion for motorcycles under the same "steeple."

"We started the Wild Life Men's HonorBound Motorcycle Club at Bethel Assembly of God just two months ago," said Viera, who helped coordinate the group's first Biker Sunday, which attracted more than 70 motorcyclists.

The goal of Biker Sunday was to raise funds through the $20 registration fee to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, Viera said.

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As church let out around noon Sunday, many of the congregation members lingered in the East Wilson Boulevard parking lot to hear special music, get their free Wild Life T-shirts and sample the vendors set up for the event.

The special guest speaker at Sunday services was Russ Cockrum, a well-known biker.

Door prizes were awarded throughout the afternoon.

"I've been a motorcyclist for about 15 years," Viera said. "There are about 8 to 10 members in our club so far."

One of those members is Justin Repp, outreach minister at Bethel, who was dressed in biker clothing Sunday afternoon.

"We're hoping for more members to join us," Repp said. "We ride every Sunday and try to outreach wherever we go."

With an escort by the Hagers-town Fire Police, the bikers left the church and traveled through Hagerstown at 2:45 p.m. They headed west on U.S. 40 with plans to end at the church later in the afternoon.

"We're not sure where we are going ... we're just going to ride," Viera said.

The only requirements for Wild Life membership are a love of God, a love of motorcycling, a $55 one-time membership fee and attending church services.

"To me, it means I have other men with whom I can have fellowship," Viera said. "We are reaching people for Christ through our bikers for Christ."

For more information on the club or the church, call 301-739-1167 or visit the Web site at bethel-ag.org.

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