Most of the time the visitor’s potluck after church after the service at Gethsemane Church runs smoothly. Today was the exception to the rule.
Kurt had a plate full of food on his plate. A dark harried woman came and sat down across from him.
"Hi, my name is Mandy, can I ask you what you name is?"
"I'm Kurt," as he extended his hand.
Mandy shook his hand and sat down. "Good to meet you Kurt. I've been coming to this church for 10 years. I have never seen you before, is this your first time?"
Kurt bit into a piece of chicken. "Yes it is."
Mandy pick up some of the egg salad with her fork. "Welcome to our church, I know you'll like it. Everyone here is very close.”
Kurt spooned up some rice and ate it then his face turned red and he started to cough.
Mandy's eyes narrowed. “Kurt, are you Okay?”
"I…I'm choking." Kurt put his hand over his mouth as he stood up.
Mandy rushed over to him and gave him some back blows then started the Heimlich maneuver that worked and Kurt started to breath normally again.
Mandy moved to his side. "Kurt, are you feeling better?"
Breathing heavily "Yes… I am."
Mandy pulled out a chair for him. "Why don’t you sit down and have a glass of water."
He stepped over to the chair and sat down. A grey harried lady brought him a glass and he sipped on it.
Mandy smiled, “You're lucky, I just happen to be a nurse. We don't want to loose you.”
Several people walked up expressed their gratitude that he was okay. Then pastor strolled up "I am Dennis Rice, the pastor of this church. Were glad that you're okay. We hope that you’ll come back. We love you and want to get to know you. Is there anything we can pray with you about?"
Kurt put out his hand. "Thank you pastor, I'm doing fine. There have been so many people that have come up and expressed their concern. It's overwhelming for me. I can’t wait until next Sunday."
Pastor patted him on the back. "That's good news Praise the Lord."
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