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First English continues lily-covered cross tradition

5:40 PM, Mar. 26, 2013
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First English continues its 44-year-old tradition of making a lily-covered wooden cross for Easter services each year. Historically, the approximately 10-foot tall wooden cross was made from the trunks of the church Christmas trees. The cross was the idea of Rev. Robert Herder and was first presented in 1969. That year the cross was decorated with 50 lily blooms by Glen Clements and his volunteers. Glen continued coordinating the project for over 25 years. The current cross is decorated with 225 blooms by volunteers coordinated by Debbie Mathias, who took over this task in the mid-90s.

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