Michaela and Brett have been attending Neighborhood Community Church for three consecutive weeks now and are at the post-service coffee time in the facility’s large activity room.
BRETT: I’m gonna see if there’s seconds on this decaf.
MICHAELA: Sure, go ahead mine is still too hot to drink. [Brett exits]
[A woman walks up to Michaela]
HANNAH: Hi, my name’s Hannah, I’ve noticed you’ve been here three weeks in a row and —
MICHAELA: Hi, I’m Michaela; yes we’ve been attending here while–
[Hannah reaches inside a large brown envelope and pulls out a keychain with a key and and a white business-card sized piece of cardboard attached to it.]
HANNAH: Well, here’s your keys to the church.
MICHAELA: (pauses, not sure what to say) My keys?
HANNAH: We want you to feel part of the family and if there’s anything you want to do to volunteer, we don’t want you sitting in the parking lot waiting for someone to arrive.
MICHAELA: Actually, the reason we’re coming here–
HANNAH: The four digit number on the card is your alarm code. Just make sure you enter by the back door or the front door; although the key opens other doors.
MICHAELA: (tries to give the keys back) I don’t think I can–
HANNAH: Oh it’s easy, as you walk in the box is beeping and you just type in the number.
MICHAELA: I don’t want to have to–
HANNAH: (sees someone in the distance) Oh, sorry, I gotta run. [Exits]
MICHAELA: (to herself) Well that was weird.
The Pastor walks up to Michaela guiding a woman he wants to introduce.
PASTOR: It’s good to see you back again, Kayla.
MICHAELA: Actually it’s Michaela–
PASTOR: Right. Michaela and Jeff.
MICHAELA: No, he’s–
PASTOR: This is Sarah, she’s in charge of our–oh my, I see someone I’ve been trying to catch up with for weeks; excuse me. [Exits]
SARAH: He’s too busy, that guy. Anyway, I noticed you signed up to attend the banquet on Saturday and wondered if you had any time in the morning to be part of our kitchen team to help us get started.
MICHAELA: That would be nice, we don’t have anything planned.
SARAH: Good. We need someone to start the potatoes. They need to be washed and peeled and cut, so we need that to take place early. Now, I noticed that Hannah gave you a key; we thought if the potato person started around 7:00 AM–
MICHAELA: Potato person?
SARAH: Yes, you’d be the first to arrive. The potato bag will be on the counter, there’s peelers in the top drawer to the left of the sink, and we’ll leave out a few big pots you can put them in.
MICHAELA: Well, I once did a 20-pound bag at church camp, so I suppose–
SARAH: Well these are 48-pound bags. Oh my! Is that Esther? This is her first Sunday back at church after her–well I’m not supposed to say am I? [Exits]
MICHAELA: (calls after her) Wait! Bags? [Brett returns]
BRETT: (holding a hot coffee and a large binder under his arm): Who was that? Did you find a set of keys? We should turn those in.
MICHAELA: It’s the keys to the church. I have to be here at 7:00 AM on Saturday to peel potatoes for the banquet, and I think I’m going to be working alone.
BRETT: They gave you keys to the church?
MICHAELA: Yes. I think we need to tell these people we’re only here for ten weeks while our place back home is getting renovated.
BRETT: Yeah, I tried that once a few minutes ago and it didn’t work.
MICHAELA: What’s with that binder?
BRETT: Oh, they found out what I work at, I’m now the chair of the finance committee.