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Even as St. Paul's prepares to celebrate the church's 175th birthday next year, we are  keeping up with the times by creating a QR code as a way to collect offerings and donations.

For those not  yet in-the-know, QR stands for Quick Response. QR codes take the more familiar bar code (used to scan purchases) to the next level.

Invented by Masahiro Hara in Japan in 1994 for use in automoblile manufacturing, the application of QR codes spread rapidly when smart phones with built-in code readers later became commonplace.

The QR code for St. Paul's streamlines donations.

The code also allows visitors who pass through town during conventions and travel to donate to support our building and programs. Many who stop by ask how to donate, but are stymied because they don't carry cash or don't have time to call up the church's website and click through the pages.

How does one use a QR code?

For an iPhone, open the camera app and, if the device has it, enter the QR Code mode. Then line up the camera to the code so that all four corners are in view. The phone  automatically takes a snapshot. A visible link to the code's data will appear on the screen. 

For an Adroid 8 or later, press and hold the home button. Wait for the option to select the Lens. Once open, point the camera at the QR code and proceed to tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen to scan the code.

If your current device does not have a QR code reader, you may be able to download a free app.

Logistics change through the years.

The peace of the sanctuary and the love of community persists as it always has.

Thank you for being part of  St. Paul's, in any and all ways that suit you.