At The Gathering, a small church that is supported by First United Methodist Church in Fargo, those summoned can sing with beers in their hands. The church group meets every month in local bars, where they drink beer, sing traditional church songs and socialize.
"Every time I come away having gotten to know somebody better than I did before, whether it's a new person or somebody I've known for a long time," said the Rev. Cody Schuler, who got the idea from a Denver church. "So it really is a matter of it's what church is really about and that's community."