The 6 p.m. Saturday worship services at the Community Grace Brethren Church of Goldendale, Washington, are designed to be casual and family-centered.
Pastor Greg Howell (standing, red shirt) preaches the same message he does Sunday morning, but much of the rest of the service is tailored for the Saturday evening crowd, most of whom do not return for Sunday services.
Last night family pastor Matt McCoy began the service with announcements. After some praise and worship choruses Pastor Howell led a scriptural exploration of “Mary: the Mother of the God-Man” oriented to Mother’s Day weekend themes.
Children participated in the service by reading scripture, and a number of spontaneous testimonies preceded the message. Attenders sat at round tables, and the service concluded with everyone retiring to the Fellowship Hall for a tasty fellowship meal of fajitas and strawberry shortcake.