We live about 1/2 mile from a large Catholic church and private school. Twice a week, the parking lot fills with more cars than on Sunday morning. Everyone is there to play Bingo. I'm not sure what you pay upfront to join and what percentage of that amount goes to the church, but there is a fairly large pot for the winner. When I first saw the sign advertising the nights I was really shocked ~ gambling in the Lord's House?? Apparently Holy Redeemer is simply following in the footsteps of Christ the King and other churches. Can't get enough from the plate? Hire a caller, rent one of those funny rolling bin things and let's make enough money to sponsor that yearly carnival, guaranteed to bring in the dough. Or cheddar, whichever you prefer.
I'm just not sure that money should be changing hands in the Father's house. I'd pretty much stopped thinking about the Bingo nights until today. I saw a sign advertising a $5,000 Texas Hold 'Em tournament. At the church, across the street.