Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

CNHI/SE Iowa

April 8, 2014

Oskaloosa church plans reenactment of Stations of the Cross

OSKALOOSA — Central Reformed Church is reenacting the Stations of the Cross this weekend to give people an understanding of the true meaning of Easter.

Actors from the congregation will portray six stations of the cross and the scenes will be set up in different areas around the church.

“It’s all from the final week of Jesus’ life,” Central Reformed Church Director of Outreach Andy Baker said.

The performances will be Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Central Reformed Church is located at 815 Second Ave. E. in Oskaloosa.

This is the second year for the church to stage the production. The congregation has invested much time and talent to the Easter presentation.

There will be about 50 actors and another 50 volunteers to do behind-the-scenes work such as lighting and makeup, Baker said.

“They’ve been building set pieces for months,” Baker said. “Everything is volunteer labor and material. Everybody is coming together.”

The inaugural performance was a spur-of-the-moment thing that the youth leader wanted to do and it drew more than 500 people. This year, with more planning and preparation, organizers hope for a larger audience.

“It was a very powerful thing,” Baker said of this past year’s performance. “It was a big, life-changing thing for people. That’s why we’re going all in this year.”

Baker said the performers are going for the “time machine effect” to give people a powerful experience. To understand what Jesus went through on the cross is “big,” Baker said.

“We really want it to be as accurate as we could be,” he said.

Baker said set designers and builders researched things such as the shape of Roman nails and what scars would look like.

Baker said the performance is open to the general public and there are no reservations and no attendance fee.

Baker said organizers are expecting more people from outside the congregation to attend the performance this year. Church members have been making ads, putting up posters and going on social media to promote the production, he said.

Baker said groups of 20 to 22 people can see the six Stations of the Cross in about 30 to 40 minutes.

1
Text Only
CNHI/SE Iowa
  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Picture veteran -T -M Veteran finally receives his medals OTTUMWA — A World War II injury may have saved the life of a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Iowa, but he lost friends and a box of military awards. Francis Hardy Harbour was born on Dec.16, 1919, in Drakesville. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941 as a mach

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 28, 2014

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 1.33.11 PM.png VIDEO: High-dive accident caught on tape

    A woman at a water park in Idaho leaped off a 22-foot high dive platform, then tried to pull herself back up with frightening results. Fortunately, she escaped with only a cut to her finger.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • How spy agencies keep their 'toys' from law enforcement

    A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.

    July 25, 2014

  • Russia's war on McDonald's takes aim at the Filet-o-Fish

    Russia said earlier this week that it had no intention of answering Western sanctions by making it harder for Western companies to conduct business in Russia.
    But all bets are off, apparently, when you threaten the Russian waistline.

    July 25, 2014

Features
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Fish Oil Plant Blast Kills One Two Huge Fires Burning in Northern California Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Suspect Dead, Marshals and Cop Wounded in NYC Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Arts, Humanities Awards Handed Out at WH Former Va. Governor's Corruption Trial Begins Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video $15B Deal on Vets' Health Care Reached Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. Maine Police Investigate Deaths of Family of 5 UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results