At approximately 3:45 p.m. on December 12, 2011 we received a
phone call from our church monitoring service that there our system had been
activated. We receive a fair amount of false alarms, but this was real.
The church secretary had locked up, armed the system, and left more than an hour
earlier. One of the deacons drove by to check on the situation. He was met
by the Horry County Fire Rescue crew already on the scene. They quickly
setup and addressed the potential catastrophe. The road in front of the
church (Highway 50) was shut down and soon became filled with more than a dozen
emergency vehicles. Flames could be seen coming from the nursery window on
the back side of the building as well as several places on the roof. Smoke
was billowing from the same window and the attic vents. Neighbors gathered and
several offered their condolences and mentioned their prayers for us. The
hardworking fire fighters soon had contained and extinguished the fire.
The damage is significant, but appears to be repairable. As news spread by
phone and media announcements, several members stopped by the facility to pray
and offer encouragement.
The updates on the progress of the rebuilding are below
listed given with the most recent at the top of the page.
On April 27, 2012, we received our certificate of occupancy
to begin using our facility again. Our first service back in the building
was on April 29. There is still more work to be done, but we thank the Lord that
we can once again have the use of our facility to do the work of the ministry.
April 17, 2012
The painting is complete except for some
Carpet and tile is complete
Counter tops are installed
Outside windows are in place
Fire & security systems are going in
April 10, 2012
The painting continues
Carpet nearly complete
Nursery receiving counter is installed
Ceramic tile work continuing
April 5, 2012
Chair rail and baseboard nearly finished
Interior doors installed
Ceramic tile being installed on kitchen
Closet doors installed in classrooms
Front and rear doors replaced
April 3, 2012
Internal electricity is turned on to the
All cabinetry is complete
Recessed lights and chandelier replaced
March 23, 2012
Finishing touches on drywall
Overhead lights begin to be installed
Contaminated grout removed from tile floors
in bathrooms, entry ways, and kitchen
Over head storage built-in over classroom
March 13, 2012
Hallway storage room built
Ceiling textured and painted white
Nursery cabinetry installed
Classroom closets built
Some of the baseboard installed
March 9, 2012
The final coat of mudding for the drywall is
complete and the sanding commenced.
The auditorium was completely repainted with
a richer tone to enhance the contrast
March 1, 2012
The sheetrock passed inspection on Thursday.
The drywall team began mudding the walls
The team accomplished a remarkable amount of
progress in a short period of time.
February 29, 2012
The insulation inspection passed on Feb 27th.
The sheetrock began going up the same
The ceiling gets two layers of sheetrock
throughout the building and that part is done.
They hope to have the sheetrock done this
They intend to begin and maybe finish the
mudding next week.
February 25, 2012
The stucco work was completed on the gable
end as well as the areas above the nursery windows.
Sheetrock was delivered and placed in rooms
throughout the building ready for the hangers.
Two sections of side walk were damaged by a
delivery vehicle (fixable).
The building passed inspection on rough-in
HVAC, electrical, security, & audio.
The vinyl fascia was completed.
The wall insulation was hung.
February 17, 2012
The rough-in electrical will be completed
The HVAC installation continues with
completion projected for Feb 22.
The stucco work on the end gable begins with
extensive scaffolding set in place.
February 9, 2012
Final cleaning of the nursery area and walls
rebuilt that were destroyed.
New layout for the nursery rooms improve the
function of our ministry to the precious little ones.
February 7, 2012
The last of the nursery was cleared out and
A&I prepared to begin replacing burned studs in the walls.
Once completed, the nursery will have a newer
layout that will make it more efficient for the workers.
February 6, 2012
After 8 weeks of waiting, we were finally
given permission to begin demo on the two nursery rooms where the
Much of the contents of the nurseries was
burned or charred beyond use.
The HVAC contractor is beginning his
The roof passed inspection by county code
February 1, 2012
Additional work was needed on the roof
including the reopening of the roof to replace some piggy-back
Having completed the structural work, the
roofers wanted to finish putting the remaining shingles on the
building as soon as possible.
January 27, 2012
The steeple is power washed and then painted
a bright semi-gloss white causing it to veritably glow.
The auditorium carpet was given an initial
steam cleaning to see if the smell of smoke could be removed.
January 19, 2012
Letters went out to bondholders requesting
that our bank's inspections and oversight be sufficient for all
Work continued on the roof with the goal of
completion by tomorrow.
January 17, 2012
We are still being told that we
are on target to be back in our building by the end of March.
Work on the roof is rapid.
Trusses have been replaced, new plywood is down, and tar paper
covers the structure. We are dried-in within 2 days.
January 16, 2012
Work on the roof began today and
a great deal of progress was accomplished.
The nursery rooms have still not
be released for demo and refurbishing. The appliance manufacture has
not been over 5 weeks in coming to inspect.
January 5, 2012
Meeting regarding the
disbursement of insurance proceeds as the building is repaired.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
This morning Mike Evans, our
treasurer, and I met with personnel from our bank and had a
conference call with representatives of our bond company.
The outcome of the meeting was:
- An explanation of
how inspections and disbursements of insurance funds would be handled.
No draws on the funds in escrow would be allowed unless all three
entities (bank, bond company, & church) agreed.
Our bank, as the primary lien holder, would be making inspections on the
progress in remediation at regular intervals. They have a construction
department that is very experienced in overseeing these matters.
The suggestion was made that the bond holders be given the opportunity
to waive their right to be represented by the bond company and trustee
attorney in lieu of having their interested represented by the bank.
This would save the church significant expenses and expedite the process
The bond company agreed to draft a waiver that would be acceptable to
the trustee attorney, approved by the church, and distributed to the
bond holders for signatures.
Carl Wood, Pastor
January 3, 2012
Updated pictures from the
December 25, 2011
Our Christmas Day service was a
wonderful time of worship.
The local news station came out
to do an update on our church.
Note: the reference to "the man upstairs" is not a quote from Pastor
LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF)
Members of Anchor Baptist Church in
Little River held their Christmas
morning services in a funeral home,
after a fire two weeks ago destroyed the
church's permanent building.Pastor Carl Wood
says the situation isn't ideal, but the
fact that his congregation has any place
to be together on Christmas is a
miracle.Wood says the loss
of their building has brought the church
and the surrounding community closer.
Other churches and non-members have
offered support and space, like Lee
Funeral home."Lee Funeral Home
immediately made their facility
available to us for Sunday morning
services and then we've had a couple
other offers. We're using a church for
Wednesday night's service and we've been
meeting in homes," said Wood.Members are
grateful to have a place to worship and
say it's not about the church itself,
but the people who come together to
pray."We can worship
the Lord anywhere we are and to know
that they're going to go ahead and
worship the Lord here. I'm just thankful
for a place that they've got to go
worship," said Cindy Lang, who's
visiting the church.Wood estimates the
permanent building was about 70-percent
destroyed. He hopes insurance will cover
the damage, but he's not absolutely
say the fire sparked from a small
refrigerator in the nursery.
December 15, 2011
Update after first service in a
temporary meeting location
Thursday, December 15, 2011
We enjoyed a wonderful service last night in the facility of Lee
Funeral Home. We had an open time for questions and comments
followed by a time in the Word and in prayer. Several indicated
approval at the idea of having Sunday evening service in the
form of several informal home meetings. We will be announcing
where these locations will be. We are working on plans for our
midweek service. Sunday mornings (10 & 11 a.m.) will be at Lee
Funeral Home. More information to come.
Carl Wood, Pastor
December 13, 2011
Open letter from Pastor Wood
regarding the fire.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The out-pouring of love through online comments and phone calls has been overwhelming. Thank you all so very much. I feel so unworthy. 1 Peter 4:12 reminds us to "...think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." We should think of this as an opportunity to be refined by the Lord. I praise the Lord that the fire damage was not as bad as we first thought.
The building is not a total loss and appears to be repairable with a great deal of work and finances. We are already talking with some reputable disaster recovery companies.
We will be meeting with the fire inspector and insurance adjuster this morning. This should answer a lot of questions about the adjustments that will need to take place for our services and other planned programs. We will inform the congregation through phone notifications and emails. Pray for God to use this for His glory and that we would benefit from the 'sifting' the Lord intends for us. Great is His Faithfulness!
There is coming a day when all things will "melt with a fervent heat." With this thought in mind, the Lord challenges us with the question, "what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness" (2 Pet 3:10-11). "Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen!" (Rom 15:33)
Carl Wood, Pastor
December 13, 2011
Inspections were done by the fire
department, the insurance adjuster, and Horry County Code
Our building is deemed
uninhabitable and unusable until repaired.
Partial usage of the building
within a few weeks is dismissed as an option. The end of March
2012 is the target to be back in.
December 12, 2011
A fire began in the afternoon
after everyone had left the building.
A small refrigerator in the
infant nursery is suspected to have contributed to the fire's start.