Third Creation Cruzin' Ride Slated
John Stoltzfus (left) Hiram Beiler (center), and Phil Stoltzfus participated in House of His Creations 2009 Creation Cruzin Motorcycle Ride, which raised $8,000. This years event, which will begin at the Family Center of Gap, 835 Houston Run Drive, on Sunday, June 27, at 1 p.m., will traverse 65 miles of scenic Lancaster County and include door prizes and a family-style meal.
By Ann Mead Ash
House of His Creation, a ministry with locations in Lititz and Coatesville and offices in Gap, that offers services to pregnant and parenting single young women, will hold its third annual Creation Cruzin' Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, June 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. This year's ride will begin at the Family Center of Gap, 835 Houston Run Drive, at 1 p.m.
There will be a preregistration discount for those who register by Friday, June 18, but registrations will also be taken at the beginning of the ride. Riders will receive a free T-shirt with registration, but additional T-shirts may be purchased.
This year's ride will traverse 65 miles of scenic Lancaster County and include at least one covered bridge. At about the halfway mark, the ride will pause at the Lititz location of House of His Creation. There will be a tour of the facility, a presentation about the program, and light refreshments. The ride will conclude at Hershey Farm Restaurant, located on Route 896 near Strasburg for a family-style meal.
Door prizes will include motorcycle merchandise and apparel, coffee, and shopping and restaurant gift certificates.
Last year's ride, which attracted 150 participants on 72 bikes and raised over $8,000, stopped at the Coatesville location of House of His Creation. This year, that facility is temporarily closed. "We're looking to expand and reopen the Coatesville House to serve women 18 and over," explained Rachel Johnson, community development director for House of His Creation. Johnson said that the group hopes to expand the program in Coatesville to offer a greater range of services to adult women.
House of His Creation has been a fixture in Lancaster and Chester counties for 30 years. The organization provides housing, education, life skills and parenting skills and helps young women manage personal finances and build healthy relationships. The goal is to support young women who are pregnant or single mothers to obtain education and employment.
"We're faith-based and Christ-centered," explained Johnson, who said that the houses are set up to reflect a family with a house mother and father to care for, assist, and support the girls. "Our goal and our focus is to introduce them to Jesus Christ and how that is life-changing," said Johnson. Additional goals are to help each girl become a better, more stable and loving parent and for each to complete high school or start a college education.
This year, organizers hope to attract 100 bikes to the ride and raise $10,000 for House of His Creation. The ride is scheduled to commence rain or shine, but should weather be severe, registrants are urged to meet at Hershey Farm Restaurant on Route 896 at 5:30 p.m. for a meal.
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