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Topic: Potluck (Meal or Gathering) Deadline 7-26-12 @ 10 AM NY Time (07/19/12)
TITLE: New Beginnings
By Laura Manley
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Brittany had lots to do in a short time today. Her church sponsored the military ministry and the annual potluck was planned to the last detail. Just as she approached the bathroom Brittany’s cell phone rang. Now who would be calling at this early hour she thought while scurrying to her night stand where her phone lay.
On the other end of the line was one of the ladies from the church in a panic.
“Slow down, Carol. I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”
“Have you seen what the weather’s like? What are we going to do for today, Brittany? We’re supposed to have our annual potluck for the military out at the Base and look at it. How can we do that if it’s raining and cold and windy? This weather couldn’t have happened at a worse time? So what are we going to do, Carol? Huh, what?”
By the tone and speed Carol was talking, Brittany was worn out by the time she got a turn to speak.
“Well, I haven’t looked out, but I could hear the rain and the effects of the wind. Let me make a few calls and I’ll get back to you. It may take a little while since some of the people I need to contact may not be available yet.”
Satisfied that Brittany would handle things in her usual calm manner, Carol thanked her and hung up.
Oh, boy, what have I got myself into? Brittany thought as she hurried into the bathroom. She had left the water running in the shower while on the phone. Steam was permeating the room and it felt good to feel the warmth on such a cold, drab day.
Her shower was short and with a quick washing of her long blond-streaked hair, she grabbed the bright yellow towel on the towel bar. After her record-breaking shower, she threw the clothes on she had carefully laid out the night before. She was a planner and it especially was paying off this morning.
Now, she thought. We need some kind of covering for our potluck today, but where am I going to find it? As she was drawing on her memory bank, she made a fresh pot of coffee which quickly filled the air. Hubby would be home soon and he always appreciated a fresh cup of coffee after working the night shift.
She did kitchen putter while waiting for the coffee to brew and as she did, she remembered that one of the ladies in the church had a catering service. I wonder if June would be willing to provide some canopies. She checked her church directory and initiated the call.
June was home and fortunately up for the day. And as luck would have it, June was more than willing to help.
They both agreed that with the deployment of the troops in just two more weeks, it was vital that they be able to meet as many needs of those men and women. She thought about the ministry and how many soldiers had been led to Jesus as a result of past potlucks and other various meetings. To be able to send as many soldiers out on deployment knowing Jesus as their personal Saviour was a long-term goal of her church.
Snapped back into reality, Brittany realized she needed to contact Carol who she could visualize pacing the floor at her house.
“Okay, girl,” Brittany told Carol. “June has enough canopies to cover us for the day so no need to change any plans. Now, I need to work on the big potato salad and deviled eggs I plan to bring out today.”
Carol seemed relieved and another crisis had been avoided with just a little team work. Both ladies had worked so hard on this annual function; they couldn’t imagine it being cancelled.
As Brittany and Carol helped clean up after the potluck, the missionary of the Military ministry approached them with some very good news. Fifty-two of the precious men and women who had attended the potluck trusted Christ as their Saviour that day; the ending of a day of food, fellowship and gospel for some… the beginning of a new life for others.
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