We asked our 2015 new members a few questions to get a picture of who they are and how they came to make BDUMC their church home. We asked them how they found us, which service they attend, their hobbies, and “If you could have lunch with any person, living or deceased, who would it be?”
Ty and Oran Thornton found our church through their good friends, Kelly and Jeremy Searcy who were already attending. Ty is from Ash Grove and already knew a lot of others who attended, so it really felt like home. They said, “We like to casually stroll into the 11:00 service at least 10 minutes late. The Thornton’s are not early morning kind of folks.” After two years of attending, they felt like joining the church was overdue. “Everyone has loved us and welcomed us and our children since the first service we attended.” Ty would have lunch with her cousin Derek, who passed away when they were children, and Oran would have lunch with his brother, Brad, who died when he was 20 and Oran was 10.
Nancy answered for Nancy & Jim Copeland. They found the church though Facebook and attend the the 9 AM service. Nancy has joined the Knitwits, and Jim has taken a few turns mowing the church lawn already. Nancy would have lunch with Jim’s mom, who she never got to meet.
Debora Barnes attends the 11 AM service. She was looking for a new church and was already friends with our pastor. She loves the small church atmosphere and the “friendly, warm members.” Debora has joined the Knitwits and golfs and gardens in her free time. Debora would have lunch with her Grandmother Branch.
Carol Maples attends the early service with extended family. She found out about BDUMC from her sister Pam and brother-in-law Steve. They also, literally, brought me here many years ago for Christmas Eve service. She says that “over the years, I had become to feel ‘at home.’ I enjoyed being with family, the welcoming atmosphere, and the messages emphasizing God’s love.” She spends her very limited free time with family, friends, traveling and just relaxing. She couldn’t decide among loved ones who are gone for her lunch date (including Jesus), so she would choose to lunch with Malala Yousafzai.
Grant Cameron attends the early service. He says, “I was attending a mega church and Gregg Johnson posted on FB, ‘if you want a good Easter Service without the loud music and smoke on stage then you should come to BDUMC,’ so I came Easter Sunday 2014. I had been to many churches trying to find a home over the years and I had never found the love and acceptance as I do at BDUMC. The fact that I can call Pastor Kim at anytime and talk about anything I need to is simply amazing.” Grant enjoys spending time with family, flea marketing and spending peaceful moments on his back porch enjoying nature. If he could lunch with anyone it would be his Mom’s Dad, Johnny Grant Copeland, who went to be with the Lord when his Mom was 12.