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Cross contributions

Henry Schulte, a pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Boerne, Texas, had several crosses displayed on his office wall and, he says, "People thought I had a cross collection when all I had was a bunch of crosses!" The number of crosses at St. John grew when an architect designed the interior of the sanctuary with a super-sized narthex. She said she would be installing sound absorbing board on one wall. Schulte, former bishop of the Southeastern Texas Synod, thought each family could bring a cross and hang it on the wall (a nameplate would be placed beneath it). Crosses were made from various materials: wood, door keys, bike rims or special stone; others bought their cross, Schulte reports. More than 300 families contributed to the wall, which he says has become the most talked-about feature of the $3.2 million facilities.


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