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Rachel LaForge, center, leads worship at The Gathering every Tuesday with campus pastor, Matt Mallino, far left. Photo credit: Andre Gonzalez

The Gathering

A contemporary change in the path of God

Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor

Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m., Grace’s Youth Center in the Horizon Outlet burst out in praise, as a contemporary group of young adults join one another to attend Port Huron’s newest worship community, The Gathering.
Originally established at Oakland Church in Oakland Township, co-founders Gabe Bahlhorn and Dominic J. Russo are, according to their website, thegatheringlive.com, “determined to see the up and coming generation develop a passion for their creator that is undeniable.”
The Gathering had a large opening day, where over 80 people attended the first worship on Feb 25, 2014.
“We had a bigger turnout than we expected,” said Andre Gonzalez, a leader at The Gathering, “It’s really great out here, and the hearts are pure and ready for change.”
The actual worship starts at 8 p.m., but arriving early holds a treat, as The Gathering serves a dinner for attendees.
“If you’re a broke college student, get your butt down here and enjoy some free food, an awesome band and some new friends,” says Kristi Duty, a Port Huron native who has been involved with The Gathering for over 2 years.
Duty, attracted to the community after struggling through several trials and tribulations in her life, speaks of what The Gathering has done for her.
“I grew up in a rough home,” says Duty, “I always read my Bible and knew about God, I can feel him in my heart and he keeps me protected.”
“God is there, and he always wants you, even when you’re a mess. He seeks you out and loves you in your darkest moment,” Duty said.
Duty was just accepted to Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI to further her studies and commitment to Christ.
Sean Hurley, a band member of the worship group, says “this is exactly what I needed.”
“I’ve been leading worship for around 4 years,” said Hurley, “God is really using us in a huge way.”
If you are interested in following The Gathering, you can find their Tuesday worship at Grace’s Youth Center, located at 1661 Range Road Suite B160 in Kimball.
On Thursdays, The Gathering is at Oakland Church at 8:30pm. Oakland Church is located at 5100 North Adams Road in Oakland Township.