Easter and Christmas are days when many people attend church, but they don't often go the rest of the year. At Crossroads/Heartland Church in Lodi, co-pastor Scott Hubbard estimates that 800 people came through the doors for the weekend's three services, some 300 more than on a typical Sunday.
"We cater to people (for whom) it's a new experience," Hubbard said after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. "Every church reaches a different kind of people. We are reaching a lot of people who have never been in church before or not in a long time."
As they do every week, Hubbard and co-pastor Chris Chavez shared time at the pulpit, giving their own perspective of their faith. Hubbard defined the difference between God and religion.
"This is about a relationship to God; it's not about religion," Hubbard said. "Jesus didn't come to Earth to start religions — Baptists over here, Assembly of God over there."
Hubbard also invited Easter worshippers to come back another time to learn other aspects of the Bible. Christmas celebrates Jesus' birth, while Easter celebrates His Resurrection from the cross.
"If you only come on Easter, I'm pretty stuck (on the Resurrection)," he said, smiling at the visitors at the service. "We talk about other stuff the rest of the year."
That includes topics like family, finances, relationships and eternity, he said.
Chavez focused his message on God knowing what your future is, even if you don't.
"He already understands your future," Chavez said. "God lives in the future."