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Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)
TITLE: Ashley Smashley
By Sheri Gordon
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I am SO excited about tomorrow. It’s promotion Sunday. That’s when everyone moves from the Sunday school class they’ve been in, to their new class. Well, not everyone. Just the kids that are in the older half of their class.
Anyways, I’m moving from the DORKY junior high room to the really cool high school room with couches and pillows instead of folding chairs and wood tables. I think I should have been in the HIGH SCHOOL room last year when I was a freshman, but our church does this dorky thing where 7th-9th graders are all in the junior high room, which doesn’t make sense since 9th grade is HIGH SCHOOL so why are freshman in the junior high room? But since nobody asked my opinion, whatever.
So, the best part is Ashley won’t be going since she’s just a freshman now. And I’ll have Randy Masters all to myself. I can’t wait. I didn’t get to see him this summer because his family goes to some dorky camp to help handicapped kids. I used to say “retards” until I heard Randy tell someone that wasn’t nice, that they were God’s children too, made in His image, blah, blah, blah. Randy calls them “mentally challenged”. So, even though I think retards is easier, I smiled and nodded so that Randy would see that I’m a really nice person, and that he should want to hang out with me.
I have to go find the perfect outfit to wear. I’m going to pray that God will give me sweet dreams of Randy and let me sit by him tomorrow.
I have a MAJOR problem. That’s why I’m writing in you this morning, before I go to church. Except you wouldn’t know it’s morning, but I do. Anyway, Mom reminded me of the letter I got from Pastor Tommy, the HIGH SCHOOL youth pastor. Everyone’s supposed to take a Bible verse to class this morning, and be ready to share about how that verse has “impacted” our life – whatever that means. What am I going to do? I didn’t even look at my Bible this summer. And I never paid attention in Sunday school – my friends and I were too busy making fun of the dorky 7th and 8th graders, like Ashley Smashley. (Isn’t that a funny name? I just made it up. Courtney will think it’s hilarious.)
So I need to come up with something really good to impress Randy. Maybe something about kids since he helps retards, I mean “mentally challenged” kids. This is so dorky. If it wasn’t for Randy I wouldn’t even want to go to Sunday school.
This was the WORST day of my life. I am NEVER going back to church. EVER.
First, the rules changed. Now the HIGH SCHOOL room is for 9th graders too. Can you believe it? Ashley was in MY room.
If that wasn’t HORRIBLE enough, I was so MAD that I raised my hand to be the first one to share my Bible verse, to get Randy’s attention. I chose Matthew 19:14 – “Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I shared how sometimes I watch my little brother without my mom even having to pay me to babysit. I talked about how Jesus loves the little children and so do I.
Some kids laughed but I thought it was a really good verse and I knew Randy would think it was cool that I like kids so much.
Anyway, then Ashley Smashley went because she thought it was so cool because she had the same verse. Then SHE talked about helping at a camp for depraved or deprived (I don’t know what the difference is) kids this summer. And so of course Randy starts talking about his camp, and the next thing I know, Pastor Tommy is asking Ashley and Randy to be with him on a committee to find ways to help children in our own community. And I said that I wanted to help too, but Pastor Tommy said he only needed two co-leaders and that since I also liked children maybe I could help in the nursery during Sunday school once a month because they needed help.
I really don’t even like kids. I JUST LIKE RANDY. I wish I hadn’t chosen that stupid verse for Sunday school. MY LIFE IS RUINED.
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