Janesville church to build 60-foot cross
A 60-foot lighted steel cross visible from Interstate 90/39 will be erected at New Life Assembly of God Church on the city's northeast side and is considered by parishioners "a gift to the community."
The congregation at 2416 N. Wright Road has become known as the "fireworks church" or the "Freedom Fest church" because of the free festival it throws for residents to honor the Fourth of July, said the Rev. Michael Jackson, pastor at New Life.
"While Freedom Fest will continue, we want New Life to be known as the 'Church of the Cross,'" he said.
Between 500 and 600 people attend church there each Sunday, Jackson said.
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Last updated: 9:17 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013