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More than 100 participate in Cross Walk tradition

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

A Newton tradition continued on Good Friday, April 18, as Christians from throughout our community gathered in worship and reflection to mark the last journey of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mission Coalition, an interdenominational group that serves the community in numerous ways throughout the year, has organized this event for almost ten years. Over 100 individuals followed the cross as it traveled to seven of the downtown churches, with stops for readings from scripture, prayer, and singing at each stop. It was a powerful shared experience for those who attended.

Such an event is made possible by the volunteers who led the worship at the different locations. Mission Coalition would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to: George Wilkening, Dave Stolper, Mickey Van Baale, Jane Repp, Linda Curtis-Stolper, Pat Summers, Joy Osborn-Daniels, Don Freeman, Noah Petersen, Joseph Malsom, Sarah Malsom, Caleb Pline, Jessica Petersen, Linda Wormley, Stormy Storm, Cindy Pollard, Zach Johnson, Mark Young, Bruce Curtis, Bev Curtis, Bruce Hoffmeier, David Lopez-Sander, Daniel Lopez-Sander, Zach Bey, Marie Quanbeck, Judy Monroe, Cassie Banwell, Bob Sandquist, Jon Thorpe, Kathy Trotter, Larry Hurto, and any others who may have been  involved in leading the event.

In a society that seems to value special effects above all else, the opportunity to spend a period of time quietly contemplating the enormous sacrifice and gift of Good Friday is a blessing. We encourage all believers to consider joining us when we mark Good Friday on April 3, 2015.

On behalf of

Mission Coalition,

Linda Curtis-Stolper

and Shirley Dont

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