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RCA Joins 2008 Bike Tour


Cyclists from the Reformed Church in America (RCA) are joining cyclists from the Christian Reformed Church for next summer’s cross-continental bicycle tour in support of the poor.

The Sea to Sea 2008 Bike Tour is a 3,750-mile (6,000-kilometer) cycling trek starting June 30 from Seattle, Wash., and ending nine weeks later in Jersey City, N.J., on Aug. 30. Funds and awareness generated by the tour will support programs that alleviate local and global poverty.

Tour organizers were quick to approve the partnership agreement with the RCA. “This is a key partnership,” said Claire Elgersma, chair of the tour’s steering committee, “not only because we have double the churches and members to draw on in support of this tour, but also because it demonstrates that this project is about bringing people and churches together from various streams toward a common goal.”

The two denominations are about the same size (1,000 congregations and close to 300,000 members each in North America), although the RCA has a greater percentage of its churches located in the United States.

Registration for the tour closes Jan. 31, 2008. Currently, 138 cyclists are registered to ride all or part of the route.

For more information about the tour or to support this project, see

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