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Posted on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 6:09 p.m.

Kampus Korner in Ypsilanti to offer gas discounts and an optional prayer

By Lisa Carolin

If low gasoline prices along with some coffee and donuts and perhaps a prayer appeal to you, Kampus Korner gas station in Ypsilanti is the place to be on Saturday morning.

Members of the Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, which is located around the corner from the gas station at 819 N. Huron St., will be volunteering their time at the gas station from 9 a.m. to noon, manning the pumps, helping at the store, and providing prayers on request for what they're calling their first gas "buy-down.''

"Sometimes people just need an encouraging word, or a smile from a passerby, or maybe even the assistance of a stranger," said Paul Knickelbein, a church administrator. "We hope that through the gas buy-down we can be that encouragement to our community."

"The best thing about the buy-down is that it sends a positive message," said Hussein Hamid, manager of Kampus Korner. "The partnership with the church is a privilege for us."

The event will occur from 9 a.m. to noon and during that time, gas will be sold for $2.49 a gallon. Hamid said there will be a limit of 10 gallons per customer.
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Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 12:50 p.m.

Well may they be blessed as they believe. People un-selfishlly giving back to those who & don't deserve the gift. Whether you are saving money or not you can't help thinking about what they are doing. Pretty cool.

Paul Knickelbein

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 11:57 a.m.

Thanks for your comment A2comments - however you might have misunderstood the idea above... No - you don't HAVE to listen to a prayer - in fact there will be no pressure about that at all. If someone asks - we will have folks available to pray (but only if you would like to.) We feel our congregation has been blessed and we would like to give back to the community. We do that in a number of ways - and this is an additional way that we can share with everyone.


Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 11:22 a.m.

Based upon a price of $3.22, you'd save $7.30 on ten gallons but have to listen to a prayer. I've never understood when an organization spends this kind of money, because I believe that everyone that hears about it is just trying to save money and isn't interested in the church. But it's their money.