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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: Bob's Departure
By Ken Ebright


There was a sense of tension, because of the hastily called meeting. You could hear a pin drop in the conference room.

After five minutes of silence, Mary who was a nurse finally spoke up.

"What do you think is going on?"

"I don't know, maybe were shutting down, " said George who was a counselor.

"You guys are assuming the worst," said Pat who was the women’s supply coordinator.

Pastor Bob walked in with a solemn look on his face, sat down, and let out a deep breath. "This is a sad day for me. I graduated from Luther Seminary, got ordained, instead of pastoring a church; the Lord led me into the pro- life movement. For the past 20 years, I have been the president of Life Action Crisis Pregnancy Center. Throughout the years, we have saved many babies from abortion. I have seen many happy mothers. I have seen the fruits of my labor. I have been able to speak in churches, not only about the pro- life movement, but I was able to present the gospel. I have always wanted to be a pastor of a church. It is time for a change; my dream has now come true. I have accepted a call to be the pastor of Hope Baptist Church. Two weeks from now I will leave as president of this ministry."

Mary started to cry, "We will all miss you."

Bob looked down at the table for a second, "I know my leaving makes you sad. It is sad for me because I will miss you guys. The Lord has opened a new time for me in my life. You all have been great to work with. Just look at all the pictures in the hallway. Those are babies we have saved, because of the Lord working through us."

George shook his head, "Pastor Bob, I will miss you too. Who will take you place?"

Pastor let out a breath, "It's sad for me to think about someone replacing me, but that would be up to the board."

Pat smiled, "You can't leave us: you've been so good to us."

Pastor smiled, "Those words mean a lot to me. I just feel the need to move on. I need a challenge. This will be a new phase of life for me."

Pat sighed, "Okay, Okay we will let you go. We want to wish you the best."

Pastor smiled, "Thank you."

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Nancy Bucca01/22/11
This is definitely a unique take on the topic. I hope the Center survives Bob's departure.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/23/11
You had a nice fresh take on the topic. Many people don't realize that pastors can have more than one calling. Be careful with your proofing remember when you combine two words together you use an apostrophe. For example we are becomes we're not were. The apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter(s). Overall a good message with intriguing characters. Keep writing!
diana kay01/24/11
yes it is certainly a new season when a well loved member of staff or a leader moves on. It reminds me of when out pastor left for a new calling.
thank you for reminding us of this interpreataion of the theme of season