To avoid mildew forming in a 72-hour time period, Merritt Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration began working diligently Tuesday night to extract water and ruined items out of the affected areas.
“The water had created a lot more damage than we first anticipated; it was all in the walls and carpet. My office has been completely ripped out. There was furniture damage and equipment underneath our sound booth was ruined. The membrane of the roof just peeled back and that’s where the water dumped in,” Simmons said while waiting with Pastor Corey Cox for an insurance claims adjuster Thursday afternoon. “Merritt came in and threw away all of the tiles, ripped up all of the baseboards, and once the insurance adjuster is here, we’ll find out if we need to replace any sheetrock. There’s no telling what the roof is going to cost; I just know it’s going to be at least $10,000. One Source Remodeling came and put some tar on the roof to temporarily repatch it in preparation of the rain this weekend, so hopefully it won’t leak. We don’t know if we’re going to do the work ourselves with the help of volunteers or contract it out.”
As Church Central restores what was built with members’ very own hands, worship service will temporarily move to Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) at 216 N. Clark St. Service will be held at normal times at 11 a.m. Palm Sunday with golf cart shuttle service available followed by a 3 p.m. Easter egg hunt at Freedom Baptist Church’s gymnasium featuring 2,500 eggs. Service on Easter Sunday, March 31, is slated at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at BCM.
“After I got to the church Tuesday and was trying to digest everything, my phone was just ringing off the hook with calls from different people in the community offering a space for us to worship. If we were to rush to make sure we could have church service here by Sunday, we were worried that we may have mold or mildew here; we need time to investigate the area better and make sure there’s no lasting effects from the damage,” Simmons said. “We’re thinking that it’s going to be at least two weeks of not having church here, but we’re not missing service for this interruption. I want people to know that if they were thinking about visiting our church then not to let this stop them from coming by; we’re going to have church wherever we are.”