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20,000 pack Power Balance Pavilion for Easter service

6:25 PM, Apr 24, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - One of the largest church communities in Northern California gathered at Power Balance Pavilion for Easter Sunday service, with around 20,000 people attending, according to a Bayside Church leader.

With the exception of the area behind the stage, all lower and upper level seating sections were full to capacity, as was the floor in front of the stage, where the Kings play.

SLIDESHOW: Easter service rocks Power Balance Pavilion

"My husband said they don't even have that many people at the Kings' games," Bayside Church member Jennifer Mathes said. "It's bigger than I thought. Much bigger than I thought."

Praise band leader Lincoln Brewster tossed out the idea of having all 13 Bayside church campuses meet at Power Balance Pavilion.

Church leader Ray Johnston was all for it.

"I thought everybody was going to look at me like I had nine heads," Brewster said.

"Yeah, we actually did look at him. We thought, 'we're crazy, we'll never fill Arco,'" Johnston said.

Besides leading Sunday worship, Bayside Church also made the service a fund-raising effort for several local charities. Their goal was $300,000, and a church official said one person alone pledged $100,000.

Written and reported by Will Frampton, wframpton@news10.net

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