The Rev. Harrell Braddock Jr. is having an easy time settling in to his new position as pastor at First United Methodist Church of Olney thanks to his small town upbringing and history in the Young County area. Braddock, a Graham native, took the position as pastor at Olney’s FUMC earlier in the summer, and his first sermon was Sunday, June 23.
“It was a big crowd on the first Sunday,” Braddock said, adding that the congregation planned a covered dish luncheon to help welcome he and his wife, Jan. “We had, it seemed, a 30 yard long table of covered dishes. They’ve been very welcoming.”
So far, it has not been just members of the congregation who have been making sure the Braddocks are welcome. The pastor said many other members of the community have gone out of their way to make them feel at home.
“Lots of people have greeted us with open arms,” he said. “We’ve had people bring pies to the front door, and meals, from outside the church. We’ve never been in a community where people from outside the church do that.”
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