One of the most celebrated weeks in of the year for Christian churches kicked off on Palm Sunday with outdoor festivities around Douglas County.

Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches presented their yearly Easter-themed presentations on Sunday afternoon, March 28 on Lake St. in front of the Zion church building. During the three-hour event, more than 500 spectators lined up to walk through "The Journey of Hope," a come-to-life portrayal of the Bible's message of how Jesus was crucified before rising from the dead three days later.

First Lutheran Church did a self-guided walk at Big Ole Park on Sunday morning. Participants were given palms and enjoyed the nice weather on a trail walk around Lake Agnes.

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