PC recording time | The first blessing of bicycles was a blessing
CORN – Biker and veteran Kelly Mixson had heard of a ceremony called ‘The Blessing of the Bikes’ but hadn’t heard of it at Wheatland and he decided to do something about it.
According to the Michigan Lake County Chamber of Commerce website, “2022 is the 50th anniversary of the original ‘Blessing of the Bikes’. This event started with eight riders and four motorcycles in 1972 who met at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
To learn more about this event, you can go to: https://lakecountymichigan.com/blessing-of-the-bikes/
Mixson, who lives here in Platte County and is retired and a volunteer at his church, went to see his pastor at Memorial Baptist Church in Wheatland.
“When Kelly came to me and pitched the idea to me, I thought, ‘yeah sure, let’s do this,'” said Memorial Baptist senior pastor Chris Furl. “I did a little blessing service beforehand and talked about Ephesians 1:144 about the blessings we have in Christ. True to theme.”
The service actually began at 9:30 a.m. at the church located at 202 19 th street in Wheatland.
Furl then led the congregants and bikers outside and said a blessing to the two riders and their bikes. There were 23 bicycles involved in the blessing service.
“I’m a rider for the vintage motorcycle association,” Mixson said. “I thought, why can’t we do this to raise awareness in our community, so I went to Pastor Furl and he said, ‘absolutely’ and the next thing you know, it’s happening.”
The church then picked a date, posted the information on flyers and via social media, and bikers from all over Platte County showed up and participated.
“We had 23 bikes today and 53 people in the church,” Mixson said. “And we burned a whole bunch of hot dogs and hamburgers.”
Lunch was provided by the church and gave the tired bikers a hot meal before continuing their journey.
“It’s the first time we’ve done it and people had fun,” Furl said. “We also had a good crowd and it was a good day.”