Come to Church in a Bar and Bring Your Dog

A nondenominational church in Austin is conducting Sunday services in a bar and allowing dogs to attend with their owners.

The City Community Church meets Sunday mornings at La Zona Rosa, a music venue and bar, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Church members say meeting in a bar and allowing dogs are ways to serve the community and make people feel comfortable.

Organizers say it takes an hour and a half to make the switch from bar to church by cleaning up beer bottles and installing baby gates.

Scott Harmon says when services are over "it's back to a bar."

Rev. Matthias Haeusel says most dogs are well-behaved, although things got awkward when a German shepherd recently tried to eat one of the smaller dogs.

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