Legotte attends Mount Zion Community Fellowship Church, a black church led by the Rev. Oscar Rossum. Sundays at Mount Zion are filled with enthusiastic gospel music.
Gallatin attends Faith United Church of Christ in York, a white church with a more sedate church choir. Both congregations meet at Faith UCC's 509 Pacific Ave. church.
Sunday, the women sat in the same pews at the same time and heard both musical styles during "cultural diversity Sunday" at Faith UCC. Their congregations were joined by a third York church, First Spanish United Methodist Church,
"Even though I didn't understand the language, I understood the spirit of God," said Legotte, of York. "God's love and his spirit is not just in one race."
The special service was organized by Rossum, the Rev. Ron Oelrich of Faith UCC and the Rev. Juan Jacome of First Spanish. Maria Jacome, Juan's daughter, and Mayra Jacome, his wife, served as interpreters.
About 250 people attended and enjoyed a fellowship luncheon afterward.
"It was uplifting," Gallatin, of York Township, said of her first exposure to black church music. "If someone did not have any religion at all, they would have had a feeling of love and spirit, and not any feelings of color at all."
Oelrich and Rossum have long planned the cultural service and contacted Jacome a few months ago.
"He accepted right away," Oelrich said. "My goal was to be the church of Jesus Christ in all its variety."
The service included plenty of emotion, as well as unscripted funny moments as the various pastors, interpreters, singers and musicians improvised their way through the program.
"I wish you could see what you all look like from here," Oelrich said at one point. "You're beautiful. God must be smiling to see us all gathered here in one place."
Mayra Jacome said First Spanish and its 70 to 80 congregants were thrilled to be welcomed into the Faith UCC family.
"It was wonderful to share not just the language," she said, "but the different ways that we can praise the Lord."