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Matter of Faith: Shell Rock man makes cross for neighboring church

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by Danielle Wagner

SHELL ROCK (KWWL) Standing five and a half feet tall, arms three feet long, a cross was made especially for First Baptist Church in Shell Rock.

Galen Eiben hand-crafted the cross at the request of his neighbor, Tamara Dicks. She said a wire cross on Easter Sunday was a tradition at her Presbyterian church growing up.

"We would sing songs and let people come put flowers on the cross and just representing the resurrection of Christ, and it was very powerful when I was a kid and I thought it would be really nice to do here," said Tamara Dicks.

Dicks asked Eiben to make a wire cross for the church, even though Eiben himself isn't a member of the church.

"I thought it couldn't hurt to ask, and I think it's good to work in your community and use the services in your community," Dicks.

Eiben agreed to volunteer his time.

"So I said yeah that sounds like kind of a fun project. One night I sat down with a paper and pencil and sketched it out. Didn't know quite how to replace the chicken wire. So then I thought, well, I haven't done any weaving. I think I'll try that," said Galen Eiben

Eiben said it took about eight to ten hours to finish his work.

"The cross itself is made out of rough sawn cedar, and just used some scrap pine to saw strips I could weave," said Eiben

Eiben's gift of carpentry is now a gift for first Baptist church.

"This is more than I ever expected. In my estimation it's a work of art. It's just beautiful," said Dicks.

 Tamara Dicks said during the church service, students in Awana will read Bible verses about Christ's resurrection.

The congregation will sing and be invited to place flowers on the cross, then lights inside the cross will be lit.

Dicks hopes the cross will help send a powerful message about Easter Sunday.

The church service with the cross will actually take place Sunday, April 19th. If you'd like to attend, it's at 6 in the evening at First Baptist Church in Shell Rock. That's on West Washington Street.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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