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Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

On Good Friday, Christians across the globe celebrate the crux of their faith — recalling the events leading to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

For the 2017 edition, the “good news” also is pushing Detroit’s New Life Family Church to give back.

The church’s second annual $10K Gas Giveaway provides free gas for Detroiters at a BP Gas Station, 4125 Eight Mile, as well as free oil changes at City Oil Change, 18200 Livernois.

The gas and oil changes are being distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at 9 a.m.

The aim is for the 10-year-old congregation to ensure at least 500 Detroiters have a good Friday, coordinators said.

“Our ministry is postured to celebrate Jesus just as many other churches will this week, but we wanted to make sure that we demonstrated him as well,” Pastor Welton T. Smith said in a statement. “Our annual $10K Gas Giveaway is just one of the many great things we are blessed to do. Our ministry is full of young adults who love Detroit and are always willing to do what it takes to love on their own. Emulating our love for Christ, we proudly blame Jesus for doing what we do.”

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