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A sign of faith

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

September 7, 2008

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - It's 110 feet tall and 62 feet wide and on Sunday it was erected as more than one thousand people watched.

About 1, 400 members, family and friends of Sherwood Baptist Church turned out to the Sherwood Sports Park as a giant cross was erected.

It will be visible throughout the park and from the Albany airport as planes fly in.

The 5 foot wide base is made of .75 inch thick steel and buried 18 feet into the ground.

It's surrounded by 312 yards of concrete weighing more than 1.3 million pounds.

The church says it's a very large symbol of their faith.

"It's a witness that we love people because Christ firs loved us, and that we loved the community. We didn't do all this sports park for us, and just for our members, we did it because we wanted to invited people in the community to use this," said Dr. Michael Catt, Sherwood Baptist Church Pastor.

The cross is uniquely shaped to maximize viewing angles and withstand winds of more than 500 miles per hour.

Lighting and a fountain around the base of the cross is also in the works.

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