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Churches welcome bikers for worship

By Melanie B. Smith 340-2468

Leather-clad bikers won't look out of place in some upcoming worship services.

A church in Lester — whose pastor describes himself as a biker with a long ponytail, beard and blue jeans — will have two services Sept. 16 for motorcycle riders.

Keith "Willi" Williams, pastor of Freedom Christian Center, is linking the services to the Trail of Tears Bike Ride on Sept. 15. The event commemorates the forced removal of area American Indians to Oklahoma. Williams said he wants bikers to feel welcome at the church.

"Jesus died as much for them as he did for any other part of society," he said.

Last year, 50 to 60 bikers attended, said Sherry Reeder, who is promoting the services.

The Christian band Paul Says Hello will perform at a 10 a.m. service Sept. 16. A cook-off will be from noon to 5 p.m., with at $10 entry fee. Anyone may sample the food for a donation. The band 6th Hour will play at a 6 p.m. service.

Freedom Christian Center is on Salem-Minor Hill Road in north Limestone County. Call 771-5667 for more information.

Another church, Chapel Hill Baptist in Decatur, will have a service led by the Christian Motorcycle Association, Sunday at 10 a.m. Michael Callahan, pastor, said he appreciates the group's work and invites it each year.

Chapel Baptist is at 1816 Chestnut St. S.E. Call 221-5072 for more information.

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