Crosswalk preserves memories of Good Friday

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Participants in the Crosswalk event on Good Friday proceed from Gillett High School. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Local Christians carried four crosses through the city of Gillett in the annual Crosswalk observance just after noon on Good Friday.

The ecumenical event goes back several decades in Gillett and was revived about 15 years ago by the Rev. Paul Carlson, pastor at Hillside Assembly of God.

Starting at the high school, the group made three other stops with Scripture readings and prayers led by Carlson, Bill Gruenstern of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley, retired pastor Richard Druckrey, and Kent Wallace of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The readings from the Gospel of Matthew recounted the last days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the resurrection celebrated Easter Sunday.

The group stopped at Tabor United Methodist Church and Gillett City Hall before finishing at St. John’s for a luncheon. A community Good Friday worship service was held at the Clock Church on Friday evening.