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Members of St. Andrew Lutheran in West Fargo celebrate their beliefs with 'Cross Walk'

WEST FARGO - More than 50 members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church here participated in its 10th annual "Cross Walk" on Friday morning. The congregation carried a wooden cross from Office Depot on 13th Avenue South in Fargo to its church on First St...

Members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Fargo
Members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Fargo carry a cross along 13th Avenue South to the church in West Fargo while celebrating Good Friday. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO - More than 50 members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church here participated in its 10th annual "Cross Walk" on Friday morning.

The congregation carried a wooden cross from Office Depot on 13th Avenue South in Fargo to its church on First Street in West Fargo - a distance of two miles - to celebrate Good Friday.

"We do this to give a visual witness and reminder of what took place some 2,000 years ago," said Ken Koehler, St. Andrew's director of Christian education and youth ministry. "There are many, many cars driving by that see us in peaceful, prayerful procession."

Roughly half of the participating churchgoers walking Friday were the youths of the church, with college- and high school-age participants taking turns carrying the cross.

"I have done this since I was in the sixth grade," said Jonathan Jahnke, a West Fargo resident studying at Concordia University in Nebraska. "I think it is popular (with the youths) because it is very reflective."

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Jahnke said anyone can struggle in their faith, which can be an important part of growing in Christianity. Using a representation of how Jesus is believed to have struggled - like the cross walk - can help others, he said.

After reaching their church, congregation members attended a devotion service, with Scripture retelling the crucifixion.

"People often ask why this day is called 'good,' " Koehler said. "The good part is for us. The suffering Jesus went through has, in effect, saved us."

Readers can reach reporter Daniel Determan at (701) 451-5717

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