Bikers enjoy 2013 blessing

The 2013 Central Peninsula Biker Blessing coordinated by Kenai ABATE, on May 5 was a time of asking God’s blessing on us for the summer riding season. After a week of cold rain and even snow, the day turned out to be a beautiful one to be blessed and to ask for safety on the roads this summer.

Twenty years ago, the annual Bikers Blessing was the brainchild of Rev. Ron “Preacher” Elerick. In 1993, Preacher gathered a small band of bikers together in Homer and asked God’s blessing on them. Since then, his ministry has become an annual get-together for bikers of all faiths as well as none to celebrate the new season and ask God’s protection and help on the roads.

The Blessing grew and was moved to the central Peninsula, where the Nikiski Nazarene Church hosted it for several years. After Preacher succumbed to cancer in 2003, the event was hosted by the Kenai Christian Church.

This year, the Nikiski Nazarene Church volunteered to host the festivities with coffee, hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings, but most of all, a happy welcome and friendly handshake.

Homer has so many riders, the “Black Sheep” will host a second Biker Blessing on May 18 at 11 a.m. at the Homer Assembly of God.

The Black Sheep is a nationwide group of bikers who are available when life deals cruelly with us. They visit downed bikers in the hospital. They also help and pray with those dealing with loved ones in the hospital, therapy, and if that loved one passes on and life is suddenly irrevocably changed.

The central Peninsula Black Sheep representative is Alan Thye. Jason Evoy of Nikiski Nazarene Church is available for counseling. In Homer, Todd Cook, area contact for Black Sheep, and Black Sheep Chaplin Greg Newell of the Homer Assembly of God are also available.

— Submitted by Tom Redmond

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