After soaking in eight inches of water over the summer during the flooding, having its inner workings torn up and finally replaced with new renovations, the Foley Baptist Church is holding an open house as a thank-you to the community and a declaration that the church and its associated services are back in business.
Danny Parsons, a member of the church, said the water that came into the church was soaked up by the drywall and insulation, and the floors, carpeting and lots of drywall had to be replaced.
“We went around like four foot up and cut all the drywall out, and all the insulation,” Danny said. “Then we had a big section of floor in the sanctuary that we actually had to replace the floor joists and everything.”
The parishioners carried out pews, the organ and piano and the churches sound system before the waters got high enough to damage them, and have returned those things where they belong as repairs conclude.
“We’re 99 percent there, we’ve just got a few little things, very few little things,” Danny said. Debbie Wallace helped Danny and Paula Parsons and the rest of the congregation with coordinating the recovery efforts.
The congregation has actually been back in the church since October, holding service while the repairs were still in-progress.
“We’ve been still renovating and stuff like that as we were still having service,” Danny said.
Given the scale of the repairs, Paula said the church figured while it had the chance, it might make the best out of a bad situation. The ceiling in the sanctuary, for example, needed repairing too, among other work done to the church.
To show off all this work, on Feb. 23 the church will hold an open house “to let the community and the area people know we’re still there, we’re back in business and doing God’s work.”
“And to also show appreciation to a lot of our contractors that helped us…everybody that had a hand in it we want to thank and we’re inviting them to come and see how it looked after it was all done,” Paula said.
The church is also looking at ways to prevent the flood from happening again, Danny said, so all that work isn’t for nothing.
“We’re looking into putting a concrete wall around part of the church and things like that,” Danny said. “So we’re just not going to sit back and say ‘we hope it don’t happen again,’ we’re looking into different things.”