Just because First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant St., is nearly 100 years old doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for new traditions, as those driving past the east side of the church can see.

Just because First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant St., is nearly 100 years old doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for new traditions, as those driving past the east side of the church can see. A cross made of tree branches and flowers stands on the east side of the building that was first constructed in 1888. Pastor Dave Carlson said that church member Becky Briggs had the idea for the cross, which was constructed for Holy Week. Elroy Aslakson bound the branches in the form of a cross and placed it in front of the church. The cross stood bare until Easter Sunday, when after having chicken wire attached, attendees to the church’s two Easter Sunday services where given flowers, provided by sisters Ellie Royal and Jan Spencer, to place on the cross. ‘It was our first year (to display the cross),’ said Carlson, who became pastor at the church on Palm Sunday last year, ‘but certainly it has inspired us to keep this up for years to come.’