Marking Jesus’ journey
Annual Gordon Trek of the Cross scheduled for today
T he message of Good Friday will be told through the streets of Gordon for the 39th time today. The annual Trek of the Cross will begin at 12: 30 p. m. at Simpson United Methodist Church, 119 E. Biddle St. It will move east on Biddle Street, turn left onto Hobart Street and move to McKnight Street. Then it returns to Biddle Street, stopping at the church for a Good Friday service at 1 p. m. by the pastor, the Rev. Timothy Christman. The public is invited to walk along the route.
Jeffrey Nemeth, Frackville, will portray Jesus for the eighth time. He is the great- nephew of RoseYost, whose husband, Elmer, started the trek in 1979. ElmerYost played Jesus for the first 10 years. He had planned to do it for 12 years— one year for each apostle— but shortly after his 10th trek, he passed away. His nephew, Edward Labie, took over the role in 1989. Inwhat was supposed to be a two- year stint to complete Elmer’s 12 years, Labie continued the tradition until 2009, when he passed it over to his nephew, Nemeth.
Rose said Nemeth plans to keep the tradition in the family and pass it on to his son, who is 8 years old.
With it being a family affair, Yost said the trek’s longevity is a nod to her late husband.
“It’s really a tribute to him,” she said.
Yost, 83, plans to walk the trek this year. She said she has participated in every trek except one.
Yost said the trek has lasted for almost four decades because people still want to hear its message. She said her husband wanted to get thatmessage of Jesus’ passion to peoplewho couldn’t leave the house to get to church.
“I think it’s a tradition for the town… Thatwas the message, to get the GoodFriday message to people who could not get out,” Yost said.
Yost said many peoplewill come out to receive that message, especially if theweather is nice.
According to the National Weather Service, mostly sunny skies are expected today with temperatures in the mid- 60s with a calm wind.
Jeffrey Nemeth, Frackville, center, portrayed Jesus Christ with Daulton Smith, left, and Tanner Smith, both of Gordon, portraying Roman guards during last year’s Trek of the Cross in Gordon. This year’s event will begin at 12: 30 p. m. today. TOP: Jeffrey Nemeth Jr., Frackville, was part of last year’s procession.