Iowa City church welcomes new handcrafted crucifix

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City church has welcomed a new handcrafted crucifix after nearly 14 years of planning.

The Trinity Episcopal Church presented and blessed the crucifix during a short ceremony in between Sunday services. One side of the cross will be for everyday use, and the other will be displayed during Lent and Easter.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/17No91H ) clergy members drew up designs and carved images over the years, but never finished the piece. Finally, brothers Jim and Chuck Hawtrey started work on the crucifix last year and finished in May.

The crucifix is carved from a Texas red cedar tree. It will be displayed during service or used for lessons during Sunday school.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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