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DETROIT, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Christmas is more than a month away, but youngsters at Greater Grace Temple would tell you it happens on Nov. 9th!  That’s when the church will give away 100 FREE bicycles to children from financially strapped families.  No Christmas tree, no Santa but who’s complaining.  Big smiles will be everywhere.  It all happens Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.  (Families receiving the bikes have already been pre-selected.)

“For many people, one of their fondest childhood memories was receiving a brand new bicycle,” says Greater Grace Temple’s Senior Pastor BishopCharles H. Ellis III.  “We want to do something to help those families that have been hit hard by this economy.”  GGT and The Master’s Commission have given out over 2,500 free bikes since the giveaway started in 2004.

Greater Grace Temple is located at 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit, MI.  The Master’s Commission is a non-profit arm of Greater Grace Temple.  Formed in 1999, The Master’s Commission has since become a liaison between the corporate sector and the urban community: guiding corporations in their placement of charitable giving and providing programming that benefits the less fortunate.

Greater Grace Temple is one of the largest churches in the Detroit area.  The Senior Pastor is Bishop Charles H. Ellis III. The church was founded in 1927 with only three members. Today there are over 6,000.

Greater Grace has long been a spiritual pillar of the Motor City, as well as an influential part of the civic community with continued efforts and outreaches to make Detroit a better place. The church has hosted many pivotal community events, including the funeral of Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks.  Its new $35 million facility anchors the site known as “The City of David,” a 19-acre campus in northwest Detroit. The campus also includes Ellis Manor, an 89-unit senior apartment complex.  In 2007, the church purchased the historic New Rogell Golf Course, which was featured in Golfweek and Golf World magazines.  The course is located just across from the church.

Bishop Ellis is also the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), which is the world’s oldest Apostolic organization, and has over 1.3 million members.  He is a business administration graduate of Wayne State University with a major in accounting. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Aenon Bible College. He is married to Crisette Michelle, and is the proud father of three children: Kiera, Charles IV, and Kirsten who made her transition in 1994.

SOURCE Greater Grace Temple