- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque church saw a large turnout for its Bless the Bikers ceremony in which a pastor prays for riders.

The Rev. Tom Shinkle of the Grand View United Methodist Church started the event last year that drew around 30 motorcycle, bicycle and tricycle riders, the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1d9vwGw ) reported in a story published Monday. This year, there were around 75 bikers, and Shinkle prayed with each person.

“Getting up on two wheels is a great way to understand living life,” Shinkle said. “We take risks and do our best to make wise decisions, and along with our abilities, we trust God to lead, guide and protect us.”

He said he plans on continuing the event next year and hopes that it will grow in size.

Joie Booth, her husband and her two sons have attended the ceremony both years. She says it’s “great (to have) any help you can get out there on the road.”

Communications manager Jannell Cannavo at Grand View said the event fits with the church’s mission.

“Connections and relationships are at the core of who we are at Grand View UMC,” Cannavo said. “Grand View is church whose hands, feet and hearts are always moving and growing.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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