JANESVILLE — In 2003, the leadership of New Life Assembly of God adopted a new vision statement: “To make the Janesville area Christ conscious.”
Love it or hate it, the new, 60-foot cross on the church’s grounds fits that vision.
Construction of the cross started April 29, and a crane last week lifted the top section of the cross into place, bringing it to its full height. Church Deacon Wayne Korsberg slid into a fall-restraint harness as volunteer workers from the church used a lift to fasten sections of white, corrugated steel to the cross frame.
The cross weighs an estimated 25,000 pounds, will be lit by three lights and sits in enough concrete that it should withstand winds up to 90 mph, The Janesville Gazette reported.
The community reaction to the cross has been surprising, Korsberg said.
“Everyone I’ve talked to has reacted positively so far. A lot of people from the neighborhood have come by, and some of them have actually donated to the project,” he said.
Korsberg said he hopes people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian, will flock to the giant metal cross.
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