On March 30, the Newton community came together for its annual ecumenical Good Friday worship event as the Mission Coalition sponsored the Stations of the Cross Walk. Walkers stopped at seven downtown churches — St. Stephen’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian, United Presbyterian, First United Methodist, First Lutheran, Congregational United Church of Christ and First Christian — to read scriptures, pray and sing.
Thanks to all who volunteered to take a role in leading the event: Rev. Karen Crawford, Barry Hurto, Rev. Merle Smith, George Wilkening, Shirley Stevens, Bruce Hoffmeier, Linda Kirchhoff, Jane Repp, Dave Stolper, Ken Johnson, Shirley Johnson, Rev. Don Freeman, Gordon Brand, Beth Brand, Rev. Gary Marzolf, Tori Reynolds, Judy Manusos, Bill Ehler, Duane Quanbeck, Judy Swenson, Marlys Amundson, Terry Ulrich, Steve Knight, Rev. Jessica Peterson, Suzanne Van Zandt, Craig Armstrong, Stormy Storms, Rev. Mark Young, Sue Pickett, Bev Curtis, Bruce Curtis, and Doug Oelke. Special thanks to Carol Macksey and Linda Curtis-Stolper for their efforts in organizing the event. Thanks, also, to members of the wider community who respected the procession as it crossed streets from church to church.
Good Friday 2019 will be on April 19. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us for a moving remembrance of Jesus’ final walk and sacrifice.
Linda Curtis-Stolper and
The Mission Coalition