From CNN: Church lobby ATM receives, but doesn't give
Donation stations. Giving kiosks. These are the euphemistic terms being used to describe the placement of ATM's in churches. Pastor Marty Baker of Stevens Creek Church, who owns the company who is providing many of these machines, will quickly explain that the machines only receive, not give. So much for picking up that Big Mac after church...oh wait, just use the handy "donation station" at McDonald's!
The picture of the "kiosk" above was not taken in Pastor Marty's church. This machine is located inside the Cathedral of Linz in Austria. Yes...a Catholic Church.
Friends, the moneychangers are in the temple...these machines are operated by a "for profit" company. Since when has an usher taken a cut from the collection basket after the Offertory?
Thanks to Catholic Church Conservation for the image.
A brief excerpt from an interview with Pastor Marty Baker:
"Baker has waded further into the 21st century than most fishers of American souls, as evidenced one Wednesday night when churchgoer Josh Marshall stepped up to a curious machine in the church lobby.
It was one of Stevens Creek’s three “Giving Kiosks“: a sleek black pedestal topped with a computer screen, numeric keypad and magnetic-strip reader. Prompted by the on-screen instructions, Marshall performed a ritual more common in quickie marts than a house of God: He pulled out a bank card, swiped it and punched in some numbers.
The machine spat out a receipt. Marshall’s $400 donation was routed to church coffers before he had found his seat for evening worship.
“I paid for gas today with a card, and got lunch with one,” said Marshall, 30. “This is really no different.”