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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Camping (07/11/05)

TITLE: Settling in
By darlene hight


Category: Slice of Life Illustration
Aprox. 5 mins.

Synopsis: Sometimes as Christians, we fix our eyes on the temporary while forgetting the eternal. This sketch is a lighthearted look at that all too human trait.

Cast: One male- Russ One female- Cindy
Camping attire

Props: Free standing pup tent, two lawn chairs, two small logs for campfire, rose bush and bag of marshmallows

Setting: General Stage

Scripture: II Cor. 5:1 NIV

Russ: [sitting in lawn chair looking as if contemplating a problem]

Cindy: [enters from behind the tent] This place is great! I love getting up in the cool morning, just after the sun comes up and going for a nice, invigorating hike. You really should have joined me. The view from the peak is outstanding! [A beat] Did we run out of ice?

Russ: [still somewhat distracted] No, we still have plenty of ice.

Cindy: Didnít I see you drive out of the park awhile ago?

Russ: Yeah, I went into to town to buy some rose bushes.

Cindy: Rose bushes?

Russ: Well Yeah, I know how much you like roses. So, I thought that this place could use a couple of bushes. Iím just trying to figure out where to plant them.

Cindy: Youíre going to plant rose bushes?

Russ: I was thinking about over near that rock.

Cindy: Russ, this is a campground. Iím not sure that they are going to like you planting rose bushes.

Russ: [standing] Are you kidding? Look at this place. You would think that they would have put out a few flowers. Theyíve barely landscaped at all.

Cindy: I could be wrong but I think that they are shooting for the rustic charm look.

Russ: Thatís why I went with roses. They seem to fit in with the whole rustic thing.

Cindy: WellÖ.still this is just a campsite. Itís not like weíre going to be here after this week.

Russ: I wanted to talk to you about that. You know this place is only about an hour from work and you did say that you really like it here right?

Cindy: YesÖ [Skeptically]

Russ: Well, why couldn't we just stay? [Looks as if she should think heís brilliant for having thought of it]

Cindy: [as if heís lost his mind] Because, itís a campground.

Russ: Well, I know we just have the tent right now. But, I was thinking about building a little cabin, maybe, over by that stand of trees. What do you think?

Cindy: I think that maybe the air is a little too thin and the blood isnít circulating to your head. Russ, you canít just build a cabin.

Russ: Why not? We are renting this place. A tentís not going to be too comfortable once winter hits.

Cindy: Thatís it! This is ridiculous! Next thing that I know, youíll be calling the cable company, putting in a mailbox and planting those mini sunflowers all around it!

Russ: Your right! I forgot to get a mailbox! [Slaps his head as if to say what was I thinking and exits]

Cindy: [looking exasperated and shaking her head] [calls after him] Russ! Where are you going? You canít put in a mailbox. Iím not even sure if they deliver out here. This isnít our home. Itís just a campsite. [Sits down in the chair confused, resigned]This isnít our home. [Picks up a marshmallow and pops one in her mouth] [Lights out] [Waits a beat and then exits]

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Lynda Lee Schab 07/18/05
Entertaining entry. I could picture the scene clearly as I read. I enjoyed the banter and, once I re-read the synopsis, the message came through.
Great job!
Blessings, Lynda
Cyndie Odya-Weis07/18/05
nice scene! and great spiritual psycho-drama.
Nina Phillips07/19/05
Nice skit, enjoyed reading, a little humorous. Very good. God bless ya, littlelight
Beth Muehlhausen07/22/05
Cute! A fun way to point your audience toward "the eternal perspective'. Enjoyed your creativity.
Melanie Kerr 07/22/05
Very good! I liked the message that came across so clearly. I also like that you experimented with a different kind of genre too - well done!
Suzanne R07/23/05
Wow - does this ever illustrate the passage! I love it! And it is refreshing to have a different genre too.
dub W07/23/05
Good skit, fit for many church events. Thanks.
Debbie OConnor07/23/05
Great work! I can definitely see this being done in churches prior to the sermon. Very professional.
Julianne Jones07/23/05
An entertaining skit with a great message. Since this is the second article I've read on camping that follows this thread I have to ask myself is God trying to tell me something?!
Shari Armstrong 07/24/05
Very cute :) A nice twist having it in play format.
Deborah Porter 07/26/05
Darlene, what a creative entry this was! Just popping in to let you know that "Settling In" was in the semi-finals for the Camping Challenge and wasn't that far off making it into the Editors' Choice. So be encouraged. Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)