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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Trouble At Faith Church
By Ken Ebright


Sometimes what we see is not reality. That was the case for people at Faith Church. Mrs. Johnson noticed something when she brought her garbage cans in from the street. A young single blond who was single lived in the house across the street. Pastor John, the pastor at Faith church, was seen entering her house.

Mrs. Johnson got on the phone and called Barb, “Hello this is Barb.”

“Barb, this is Mrs. Johnson.”

“Hey, how are you?” asked Barb.

Mrs. Johnson gave a heavy sigh, “I am okay, you’re not going to believe what I just saw?"

"You sighing is scaring me, What happened?” said Barb.

Mrs. Johnson stuttered for a second, “I saw....... Pastor John...... going into the house across the street where a single women lives.”

“Are you serious?” Barb sounded shocked.

Mrs. Johnson raised her voice, “I saw it with my own eyes!"

This story spread throughout the church in the following weeks. The rumor finally got to Bill Hennisy, the chief elder at Faith Church. When Bill found out he sat down to question the Pastor.

“Pastor, Mrs. Johnson saw you enter a house of a young single women at Maple Street. There also rumors that have been spreading that you were spotted at two different restaurants with this woman. As an elder of the church...”

Pastor interrupted Bill, “I need to stop you there. I love my wife Joan very much, we have been married for 20 years. Our wedding anniversary is coming up. The woman in question is someone I am paying to make a quilt as a anniversary gift for my wife. I went to see her to look at the quilt and see how it was coming. As for seeing her at two different restaurants.. that never happened.”

Pastor reaching behind him he put the quilt on his desk. “This is the quilt that I had made for my wife. I am going to wrap it up and giver it to her on Saturday.”

Bill got this relieved look on his face, “Pastor John, I am sorry, As the Chief Elder of this church I had to ask. The question is what are we going to do about this? We can‘t have this rumor go around the church and not squash it.”

“I understand," Pastor paused for a second. "This is a good lesson that could be taught about gossip.”

Bill smiled when he said, “Yes it could.”

The Pastor pick up what appeared to be his sermon notes and put it in a file divider on his desk. “I think it would be a good for me to change my topic for Sunday and talk about gossip.”

Bill shook his head in agreement, “I think that would be a good idea too.”


Pastor John walked up to the pulpit, “There was a person who had a high position at a church. He wanted to surprise his wife with a quilt for their anniversary. He obviously was not able to make a quilt, so he hired a woman who just happened to be young, single and attractive. He went over to her house to look at the quilt. There was a member of the church that just happened to live across the street. This church member gossiped and started a rumor that the pastor was seeing another woman. Of course as the story went around the church, people added things to it. Like seeing this person and young lady who had a high position at a restaurant. Well it just so happens, that that was me. The story that was spread was not true. Here is the quilt to prove it, i gave it to my wife last night.” pastor held it up.

The people who did this came up to pastor after the service and said they were sorry. the church moved on from this event.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
You make some great points and I liked that the pastor gave a sermon on the problem at hand. Just remember you font need to summarize with those last few words " the church moved on..." you told a good story let the reader figure put for thselves what the lesson is and that the church is sorry because they apologized. Keep up the good work and don't ever stop writing.
Jan Ackerson 11/07/10
Your first sentence is AWESOME!
Brenda Rice 11/07/10
I don't go to Faith Church, but I've been through some situations that would rival the one in your story. I enjoyed reading this and I want to encourage you to keep writing.