"As real and raw as Sunday"
Founded in Brighton in 2005, the church added an Ann Arbor branch last spring. (The name comes from the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 2 verse 42, which describes the founding of the Christian church). Meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton, it's already pulling in about 300 folks weekly--thanks in part to a very contemporary church band. "Our idea is: let's play music that people actually like, as long as it's good music and it's about good things," says Boris. "We've done Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'--what could be more appropriate than that?--and the Stones' 'Satisfaction' and the Beatles 'With a Little Help from My Friends.' And we especially like the Foo Fighters, songs like 'All My Life,' which is one of our videos, and 'Come Alive,' which we did last Easter."
The music at the 2|42 is so popular that Boriss says some people come just to hear it. "It's harder to say for sure in Ann Arbor because it's a newer campus, but I know they do up in Brighton. Some of the members of the band and I have played bars in downtown Brighton and over at Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney, and after our set, people come up to us and ask about us, and we say who we are and that we play in church. And they say, 'Oh come on!' and we say, 'Yes, and we're the same in both places, and so is the music.' And some of those people have started coming to church."