The visit from the United Methodist Motorcycle Association was an exciting event and enjoyed by everyone. Eddie and Patty Gill, the founders of the United Methodist Motorcycle Association, rolled into town in with their huge motor home fully embellished with the image of Jesus on the side. Inside Fellowship Hall here at Grace UMC we had fifty people eager to hear the story of inspiration from Eddie on his million mile journey with Christ. His exciting words about his motorcycle ministry were a fitting finish after a masterful breakfast prepared by Gary Baumgarten and his crew. We enjoyed bacon and eggs along with sausage gravy and biscuits. Of course we could not have a Men’s breakfast without the spirited singing of a few of our favorite Methodist hymns.
After the meeting we went outside to have a blessing of the bikes before a handful of people journeyed up to Strawbridge Shrine outside of Westminster. There we had the distinct pleasure of coincidentally bumping into our old Pastor, Louis Piel. After a few words, handshakes and hugs among various members of Grace UMC with Louis Piel, during this unexpected encounter, we embarked on a tour of the Strawbridge grounds. Our tour guide, Elizabeth, provided us with a historical account of the life and home of Robert Strawbridge, the first Methodist preacher in America.
It was a great day of good food, fellowship and inspiration. We could not have had a nicer day for a motorcycle ride through the Fredrick countryside to Strawbridge.