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April 18, 2014

Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

NEW CASTLE — Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe.

But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

The Shenango Township house of worship annually goes all out in decorating for Easter, much as it does during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons as well.

Perhaps most visible are large, illuminated letters erected in an adjoining lot that proclaim “Christ has died.” Positioned next to a Christian church, they can cause a few double-takes from  passers-by until Easter arrives, when they are replaced with the message “Christ is alive.”

Similarly, a tomb that through today contains the body of Jesus will be replaced tomorrow with the risen Christ. And with the conclusion of Lent, purple banners hangings inside the sanctuary will give way to white acoutrements also signifying the resurrection.

The church is located at the intersection of Butler and Willowbrook roads, and the exterior decorations are plainly visible from the highway.

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