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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tossing in the Chips

I was once a part of a small church start here in Las Vegas. Many times as the offering plate was passed, locals, having won a few extra dollars the night before would frequently put part of their winnings in as the plate passed.

My father-in-law, usually at the behest of his wife, was one of those guys. If he had won big during his visit, you would see a bucket of quarters passing along through the church.

I was reminded of this today when I read the following story in the local Las Vegas Breeze.

Las Vegas Churches Accept Gambling Chips

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but there are more churches in Las Vegas than Casinos. Many of those churches are Catholic.

Not surprisingly, many worshipers at these churches have taken to giving their weekly offerings not with cash or check, but with local casino chips.

Since the churches are receiving chips from many different casinos, the local diocese has had to develop a procedure to collect and cash in the chips from their various parishes around the valley.

The diocese collects all of the chips from the local parishes and then sends them to the Nevada Franciscan Monastery in Boulder City for sorting. Once this is done, the chips are then taken to the appropriate casinos to be cashed in.

This is all done by the Chip Monks.

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Comments on "Tossing in the Chips"


Blogger James' Muse said ... (10:45 AM) : 

Wow. The Chip Monks. That actually hurts.


Blogger Pastor David Curtis said ... (11:27 AM) : 

Yes, but can these 'Chip Monks' sing?


Anonymous Gordon Mallon said ... (12:22 PM) : 

So, do you think I will be able to drum up support for taking the church building fund and putting it all on red?


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (1:39 PM) : 

Gordon, I guess red would be the appropriate color wouldn't it?

Actually Dave, I think they chant...

James, take an aspirin. Bayer is good.


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