At one New Hampshire congregation, sweltering July heat resulted in a Sunday worship attendance of zero. Even the pastor stayed home. Instead, worshipers gathered on Wednesday evening in the cool comfort of the basement fellowship hall.
The hot summer of 2012 thinned the numbers in the pews more than usual, causing some churches to rediscover Wednesday night worship.
Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Lonsdale, Minn., revived its midweek worship this year but attracted few regular Sunday worshipers.
"It's not a substitute for Sunday. It doesn't make up the difference [in reduced summer attendance]. For us, it's just an alternative style of worship," said Howard E. White, pastor.
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