The Rev. Alex Garncarz has preached into the camera lens lately and tended his flock over the internet. He looks forward to returning to the pulpit and facing full pews.
But live-streaming services from Zion United Church of Christ in Peru has had an unexpected benefit. Garncarz launched an online giving program to facilitate tithing during the novel coronavirus pandemic and participation rocketed to 30%. Garncarz hasnâ€™t been able to pass the collection plate but offerings are coming in, anyway.