2012 Looks to be a Promising Year!

Motorcycles at the gas station stop

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Christian Sport Bike Association has big things planned for 2012, but first, lets take a brief look back at the 2011 riding season.

For the second year in a row we were dealt with another harsh winter with record snowfall and cold. It was a relief when March rolled around and the weather improved. It was also a sign that riding season was just days from beginning. As the remaining snow melted, the sound of motorcycles began filling the air and the environment surrounding us started to come to life with color. Indeed the time was finally here and the CSBA Pennsylvania chapter held their first breakfast and ride of the 2011 season on April 2, which ironically was a cool day compared to the weeks prior. The ride was nearly cancelled, not due to the cold, but rather the threat of rain. This threat would loom over us for the rest of the season.

For the first time since we had been gathering for our monthly rides, we had to cancel or shorten several rides due to the rain. It is normal for it to happen once, maybe twice a year, but this year it happened in excess of three times. Given the planning and logistics involved in producing the rides, it was quite frustrating to be dealt these repeated disruptions. Despite that we still were able to encourage fellowship within the organization, assist folk during some of life's struggles, and follow the example of Jesus. All in all it was a great season and we met a lot of new and returning friends!

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2011 Riding Season Comes to a Close

CSBA May 2011 ride bikes at lunch stop

The 2011 riding season as come and gone quicker than we could have imagined. Overall the season went extremely well. The amount of crashes were greatly reduced this year, but attendance was down by about 40%. A big part in the decrease in attendance was likely a result of our Philadelphia and New Jersey friends being unable to attend many rides this year due to other commitments. We missed them and hope to reconnect with them again in 2012! The good news is that the lower attendance did open the door for more folks to have the opportunity to lead groups this year, with a support backbone from other members. Additionally more members contributed their suggestions for ride-routes and spent time examining them prior to ride day to make sure their were no detours or unexpected situations. Their assistance was greatly appreciated and will be sought after again during this coming season.

Weather played a major role this year, effecting more rides than ever before since the Pennsylvania chapter was started. A few rides had to be cancelled and a few others were cut short due to heavy rains. While disappointing, it still enabled us plenty of opportunity to connect with folks, provide support to those dealing with difficult life struggles, and continue to tend to the spiritual needs of motorcyclists. We also were able to spend a weekend to support our friend and CSBA race team chaplain, Joe Cotterino at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia during one of his races and ministry events. Fun was had by all who attended and we can't wait to do it again next year!

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Devotion: Psalm 15

Cross and sun rays A psalm of David
1. LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
2. The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
3. Whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;
4. Who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
5. Who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

As we look at the first verse we see two questions, that both ask who can have access to God. In verses 2-5 it answers that question. Even though we are under the grace of Christ, these words still have truth and apply to us. May we all be gracious as God is to us.

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