The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 18, 2014

28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

Other activities planned in the Valley for Easter

SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

The walk, by members of Christ Church in Beaver Springs, will begin at Shumaker Industries in Northumberland at 6:30 a.m. and end at the church.

In Danville, the Pine Street Lutheran Church is hosting a cross walk at 11 a.m. The walkers will stop at different places in the borough for meditation and end at the church sanctuary.

The following is a listing of some of the Valley activities:

n “Cross walk,” Christ Church in Beaver Springs

What: A 28-mile walk from Shumaker Industries in Northumberland to Christ Church in Beaver Springs.

When: Begins at 6:30 a.m. today.

More information: This is the second year the Beaver Springs church is conducting the cross walk, with about 35 church members and volunteers, all males 15 and older, said organizer Chris Harvey.

Last year, the walk was about 20 miles, from Selinsgrove to Beaver Springs, and took about 7.5 hours, Harvey said. This year, participants will pull the 100-pound, 12-foot by 6-foot cross 28 miles.

“Last year, what we saw from the community was unbelievable,” he said. “We had people come out on their porches and watch and say, ‘Thank you for doing this.’ ”

The walkers will have an escort vehicle — the church van — which will feature signs and lights to warn approaching vehicles, Harvey said.

n Danville area “cross walk”

What: Pine Street Lutheran Church is hosting a cross walk in the Danville area, where volunteers will carry a cross in honor of Good Friday.

When: Begins at 11 a.m. today.

Where: Procession will begin at the church gazebo at 407 Pine St. and proceed throughout the borough and stop at different places along the way for meditation and prayer. The walk will end at the Pine Street sanctuary.

More information: “There is something for everyone – opportunities to carry a somewhat heavy cross, readings that remind us of his final journey and the events of that Good Friday, prayer that guides us beyond Good Friday into our world today, contemplation as we walk and think of Jesus’ sacrifice and what it means for us today and witnessing to our community as we walk,” said the Rev. L. Keith Pittsnogle, Pine Street pastor.

People will also encounter other Danville residents, join in fellowship as they share a light lunch and quiet time in the sanctuary thinking about Palm Sunday and Holy Week in anticipation of Easter, he said.

For anyone unable to walk, the sanctuary of the church will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is fully handicapped-accessible.

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