Love Life Family Christian Center Pastor Kevan Lancaster, right, his wife Kathy Lancaster, left, and TCF Youth Mentoring founder Thomas Barnes, center, stand among the more than 200 bicycles that the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance is giving out to local families.

Love Life Family Christian Center Pastor Kevan Lancaster, right, his wife Kathy Lancaster, left, and TCF Youth Mentoring founder Thomas Barnes, center, stand among the more than 200 bicycles that the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance is giving out to local families.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Macomb County churches giving out more than 200 bicycles, 400 Easter baskets

By: Brendan Losinski | C&G Newspapers | Published March 22, 2021

 More than 200 bicycles and 400 Easter baskets will be given out by churches in the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance, thanks to people including Love Life Family Christian Center Pastor Kevan Lancaster, pictured.

More than 200 bicycles and 400 Easter baskets will be given out by churches in the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance, thanks to people including Love Life Family Christian Center Pastor Kevan Lancaster, pictured.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe church is taking the lead on providing more than 200 bicycles and 400 Easter baskets to Macomb County children in time for the holiday.

Love Life Family Christian Center, and its fellow churches in the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance, teamed up with Toys for Tots and TCB Youth Mentoring for a collection last Christmas. So much was collected that they wanted to give the rest out for Easter.

“The partnership between the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance and TCB for our Christmas program had a ton of overflow left,” explained TCB founder Thomas Barnes. “We blessed more than 700 families and 27 community organizations with toys and other items. The influx of toy donations and financial donations was so much, we had an overflow. So when we were done, we stored it at Love Life Family Christian Center so we could offer spring gifts.”

The bikes and baskets will go out to children through churches and several partner organizations that will individually organize their own distributions.

“We’re going to divide them up between all of the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance churches and community organizations, and we will pass them out to kids in the community around Easter to make sure they have a good summer,” said Love Life Family Christian Center Pastor Kevin Lancaster.

The new bikes required assembly and were put together by employees of DTE Energy.

“We originally were going to ask volunteers to help us put the bikes together, but DTE Energy contacted us and they wanted to be a better community citizen and do more work in the community and picked up all 204 bikes, and they put them all together,” said Lancaster.

“Advancing Macomb in Mount Clemens sent out the request for help putting the bikes together, and this is how DTE got involved. They responded to their call for help,” added Barnes.

The organizers of the giveaway felt that providing children with bicycles in time for the spring was a good way to get kids active and something many children need after living through the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year.

“The coronavirus has affected our children in a way we will never get back,” said Barnes. “As a way to jolt them into the spring and summer season, we thought it would be a good idea to have these offerings in all of the churches and community organizations attached to the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance.”

Lancaster hopes this will help families in the community and remind people that churches such as Love Life Family Christian Center are available.

“I want people to realize that Love Life is a community church, and we are here to meet the needs of the community and be a safe place for the community,” he said. “That is why we are doing the things we do — including this bike program.”

More information is available on the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance website, www.mcma86.com, and more information, including the list of participating churches, will be posted to the alliance’s Facebook page.

“Each individual church and community organization will have discretion on how they distribute these gifts, but they will make sure their congregations have access to the bikes and baskets,” said Barnes. “Each church and organization (is) responsible for coming here and picking them up.”

Both men want people to take time to recognize how difficult the last several months have been for many children.

“Check on your kids. It’s been crazy this year,” Barnes said. “When the numbers come out about how Macomb County schools are doing in light of everything they’ve had to put up with, I think it will show a huge impact. Adults have had to put up with a lot during corona, but kids are the ones that really felt it. They had everything taken away from them: their sports teams, their in-school educations, their best friends, their girlfriends, their proms, everything. Their sense of normalcy is gone. That’s why we thought it was important to continue to run programs like this one.”

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