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More churches receiving tithes over the Internet

In parishes and congregations here, electronic tithing is growing. People are making contributions to their churches by credit card, debit card or automatic withdrawal. “It’s the wave of the future,” said George Bowder, director of finance for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks. “People can sit down and plan their gift-giving so once they plan it, it doesn’t become a cumbersome project. People are actually going to our Web site and, under a secure process, pay a donation to their church by credit card or debit card.” But in the next breath, Bowder says not everyone is ready to make the Sunday offering electronically. His wife, Wanda, is a member of First Presbyterian Church, and she prefers making her monetary gift at Sunday worship. “She says, ‘I have a particular need to wrap my gift and put it in the basket so it is presented and offered at the offertory.'” Bowder explains. Full Story

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