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Tithing Goes High Tech

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Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA - Tree of Life Ministries in Lynchburg is making tithing high-tech

The church bought a new gadget church leaders nicknamed the "electronic usher."

Church-goers can now make a donation during service with a credit or debit card, because of an ipod-touch application called Square-Up.

The application company takes 2.75% of each purchase. And, the donor is emailed or text a receipt.

Church leaders say it's a sign of the times. Many younger, even older members, don't carry cash anymore. So, the electronic usher is catching on.

"The first week, ya know, people were a little leery. And then they see more people coming in and using it and they're more comfortable using it," said Debie Dodson, chief of staff, Tree of Life Ministries.

Debie Dodson says tithing has ticked up a bit since the electronic usher.

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