Tim was the son of the pastor. Tim was being mentored by his farther. He was kind of an asistent pastor. He did some of the preaching. He sat in on deacon’s meetings and he shared in other pastoral duties. The church liked him and he loved the people at the church. It worked out well.
He and his dad were taking turns preaching though the book of john. They were both enjoying it quite a bitt. This Sunday was her turn.
A new family came in to the church that sunday. A husband wife and young adult children. Tim went over. “Hi welcome to gospel Baptist church.i’m tim Walters. I am the co pastor. My dad is sr pastor but i am in traning to be pastor. I am officiating this week. ” he said.
“I am rick larson. This is my wife sandra. This is my daughters ally and ashly. My other daughter are on there own.” he said. “It is really good to meet you. There is a welcome card in the buliton. Please fill it out and get it back to me. “He said.
Aly and tim’s eyes met. He was trying to in pastor mode right now. He felt tied to her somehow. He smilled at her and she smiled back. After talking to them for a bit he went up to the podium.
He got ready to oppen the service to order. He stood up. He gave anouncements then opened the service in prayer. He led the song service.
She was transfixed by him. She watched him closely. She liked the way he spoke.
He preached on john four. He preached on the women at the well. He preached on that God wants all to be saved. He preached that the gospel is available to all. He preached that the gospel is for all who believe regard of ethicity or past. He did out bring out true sprit.
There was a dinner after. Tim sat near the new family. He wanted to get to know ally. “So what brings you to oir church?” tim.asked rick the larson family patriarch. “My job. I am an emergency room doctor at Morrison general hospital. We moved from blake. I am taking over the e.r department. ” he said.
“I hope i dont need your services any time soon. “Tim said. “I hope not but if you will, i will do my best. From what i have seen, i have a really good team. ” rick said.
Ally laughed. He liked her laugh. “So are you in college ally?” he asked. “Yes i am taking clases in early childhood education. I am working at the college book store. ” ally said.
“I am im college as well.i am majoring in english literature. ” ashly her sister said. Tim knew that as a co pastor, he should get to know the whole family. He realy wanted to get to know ally. He decided to be friendly. Ashly seemed very nice. He was interested in ally.
“Oh mom i think it is time for my ‘medication’ ” ally said. “Oh yea i think your right. If you will excuse us.” sandra said. The two got up from the table.
He was curious what medication she was on. It was none of his bussiness. He respected her privicy.
She was fairly tall. She was 5.8 . she wore a pink and white dress with flower patterns. She wore sandles. She and her mom left the room.
After a few minutes ,she came back to the fellowship hall. They sat down. She was different. She did not seem as confident as she had been before. He did not understand it.
“So you probably keep prety buisy. ” tim said. “Yes i do. I like keeping buisy though. I imagine you keep buisy as well. ” she remarked. “Yes i do. I like to keep buisy as well. ” he said.
“I tell him that it is to give him a taste of what full time ministry is like. He has done well with it. He has proven good at managing his time. ” his farther the pastor said. “Both ali and ash have done well managing there time. We are proud of them.” ali’s dad said.
Tim could tell that her parents loved ali and ashly. They were very suportive. Tim always apreciated his parents suport as he traned for ministry. He came to suspect that her parents were just as suportive. He had a feeling that they were a close knit family. He was glad of that.
The fastivities at the church was dying down. People started to leave.the hospitality committee started to begin the process of geting the fellowship hall cleaned up.
“It was really good to meet you. I hope you will give our church a chance. We have a really good group. ” tim said.
“It was good to meet you. I am glad we got to visit your church today. ” rick said. “It was good to meet you ali.i hope things go well for you with your studies. ” he said. “Thank you. I hope the same for you. ” ali said. Ashly said goodbye to her as well.
In the car. “So what did everyone think of the church?” the father asked. “I liked it. The people are verry friendly. The preaching seems very sound. ” ali said.
“The preaching was verry good. I had a good first impreson. ” her mom said. “So what did you think of the preacher?” ashly asked. Ali blushed a bit. ” he seems really qualified. He knows his stuff. He seemw very mature for his age. He has a wisdom beyound his years. ” ali said.
The whole family gave her a bizare look. “What? ” she asked. They laughed. “Does someone have a crush on our pastor in traning?” the farther remarked. Everyone except for ali chuckled. ” why would you say that? He seems like a fine person but that does not meen anything. ” she said. “Ok. ” her dad said. They all laughed.
At home, her mom talked to her privately. “You do kind of like the pastor”s son?” her mom asked. “I bearly know him but he seams nice. “She said. “You think something could happen between you two?” her mom asked.
“I doubt it. I am sure he is at a verry different sprituel level then i am. ” she said. “I am sure he. Strugles like everyone else. ” her mom said. “He seems to be sprituely mature. There is not just that. There is the other issues as well. “She said.
“You cant use that as an excuse. It is a medical condition. It is no different then being blind or deaf or lame. ” sandra said.
“It is different. There is a stigma attached to it. Could he love an invilid?” she asked. “Hunnie! Your hardly an invilid! It may not be as big of a deal as you think it is. ” she tried to assure her daughter. ” i just dont know mom. ” she remarked.
At his house, tim got grilled by his family. “So ! How do you like the new family?” hia sister marissa asked. “They seem nice. I think that they would make a fine addition to our church. ” he said.
“Especially a certen member of said family.” his sister Anita commented. “I am not sure i know what your talking about. ” tim said. “I think you like alli , i think her name is. ” phil said.
“I dont know her. We bearly said two words to each other. Having said that i would not minf getting to know her. I will say that. ” he said.
“I think you like her more then your admiting?” marissa said. “Oh! I am not sure about that. ” he said. His siblings were prery sure.
Later on in the day he talked to his mom. “I do kind of like her but we did just meet. I should not rush it. I am not sure there is anything there. ” he said.
“You do want there to be. Your not sure there is. ” she said. “That is true.” he said. “Just see what hapends.” she said.”its posible that i might never see her again. They may decide not to come back. If that hapends this could all be mute anyways. “He said. “Perhaps. You never know.”she said. “I guess not. “He said.
“Dont assume any way.do take it slow. Dont get so negative. You dont know whats going to happen so don’t jump the gun either way. “She said. He knew she was right.
That night he headed back to the church. He got ready for the service. His family arived then other church memebers started to arive. He really hoped ali and her family would come.
After a while,he saw ali and her family come in. He tried to hide his excitement. He went over to her. “Hi welcome back. I am glad your hear. “Tim said. “Thanks. I am glad we could make it. ” ali said.
“So you like this area?” tim asked.”so far. “She said.”well i got to get ready. Agin i am.glad your hear.” he said.
Ashly wispered to ali,”ali and tim siting in a tree”. Ali gave her a dirty look. Ashly laughed.
Tim opened the service in prayer. After announcements and hyim singing,he preached on james. His theme was on faith without works.
She enjoyed his mesege. He got to say goodnight to her but she had to leave. They did not say long. He did get to say good night. He really hoped that they would make this church there home. He had no idea if they would.
End of part one.
Next up ali and her family show up for the mid