Presbyterians Today

OCT-NOV 2017

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017 15 just do it, just do it!' " Started in November 2015, the Bikes Mission has been accepting, collecting and repairing bikes from a wide range of sources. Stubenbort estimated they have worked with 150 bikes, some of which were used only for pieces to resurrect others. "We got bikes of all sizes, shapes and conditions," Stubenbort said. "Some were in great shape and ready to go, some needed so much help, and some were going to be parts bikes." Initially, Stubenbort did many of the repairs in his garage and also stored the bikes there, but as the number grew, he quickly ran out of space. The church also housed some of the bikes, but that area also became too small in a short time. Sanders had a friend who owned an ice cream parlor with an unused basement, and that eventually became the main location where the bikes were stored and repaired. "When Stubenbort got involved in this and was able to move it into a little bit more reality, it was the perfect time because everything fell into place," Sanders said. "Every time there was a need, it seemed something happened that worked out for us." It was truly a community event as a local cycling club and students from two local colleges pitched in to provide some labor on the bikes. An area Girl Scout troop happily test-drove the bikes once they were repaired. And the youth at the residential treatment facility where Sanders works cleaned the bikes, numbered them for the cataloging, and crafted cards that were attached to the bikes. Each card included a blessing. "We had a lot of different partners come together that wouldn't normally work together," Sanders said. "We had three different counties working together. It was a really interesting group of volunteers." Like the volunteers, financial commitments followed the need, including a Calvin Church member who stepped in to pay the upfront $4,000 U-Haul bill. Sanders and his son made up half of the group of drivers and pas- sengers who made the trip to South Dakota. They hope the trip will become an annual tradition. In the meantime, the trip has allowed them to see their vision come full circle. "I was anxious and ready to do this 10 years ago," Sanders said. "Time isn't the same for God's plans." Mike Givler is the communications coordinator for the Synod of the Trinity. Doctor of Ministry Pastoral Care & Counseling Black Church Studies Advanced Practice of Ministry LOUISVILLE SEMINARY WWW.LPTS.EDU/DMIN Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offers a world- class Doctor of Ministry degree for less than $12,000. Our low tuition and block scheduling offer the financial and personal flexibility that busy religious leaders need. The basement of a Pennsylvania ice cream shop housed over 100 bicycles that were waiting to be transported to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. ROBERT STUBENBORT

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