SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) – Repairs continue at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Spring Lake. It is still working to rebuild nearly six months after Hurricane Florence devastated the 110-year-old church.
“This is what breaks your heart,” the pastor Floyd Benfield said.
Floodwaters overturned the pews, broke windows and destroyed Bibles. Then there was the smell.
“It does. When they gutted it all we had in here was the studs and the wall,” Benfield said.
The church was built in 1909 and never flooded until Matthew hit in 2016. Florence hit two years later.
“It’s a small congregation. It’s like family,” said Dennis DeLong of DeLong’s Repair and Remodel.
DeLong’s company is making the repairs. He’s also a parishioner here. Benfield baptized him.
DeLong said the work would have been done by now, but his tools were stolen twice from the trailer outside.
“They knew what they were looking for when they got in there. They stole all the tools that were worth anything,” DeLong said.
DeLong said he reported it to police. In all, he said he lost about $8,000.
They’re pushing forward in hopes of restoring the sanctuary to what it was.
“I guess you could say joy would be the best thing because that and the smiles. Even my guys, the closer we get, you can feel the emotions in the air,” DeLong said.
Benfield said the church has been holding services in its Fellowship Hall since December.
“Even in all the destruction and all the expenses of restoration we’ve gained, there is togetherness in the fellowship. It’s always been there, but it’s deepened,” Benfield said.
The church hopes to be back in the sanctuary by early April. There’s still money to be raised in order to fully rebuild.
The church has organized a Boston Butt Pre-Sell on April 20. The pre-order deadline is April 14. Call 910-436-0558 for more information.
There’s also a yard sale planned for May 4.