West Virginia Flood 2016

The West Virginia Flood of 2016
by David E. Zurek
July 18, 2016

I volunteered to help with “Mud Out” July 9-16, after the June 23 flash flood in West Virginia. Some areas received over 9” of rain in a short time. Of course because of the mountains the rain concentrates in the valleys, creeks and rivers and cannot drain quickly enough. It was said that some rivers flooded 28’ above normal levels. Some said it rose 8’ in 45 minutes, others said 2 feet/hour. Either way, when people noticed the flood, it was too late to escape. Only 2% of the people had flood insurance. Many were not in flood zones and never expected a flood. To make matters worse, there were looters robbing those who were able to escape. There were 1500 homes destroyed, 300 businesses destroyed and 2500 homes damaged. Twenty-three people died and some have not been found yet in spite of extensive searches.

We went to the 1st Baptist Church in Fairlea, an unincorporated town near Lewisburg. Greenbrier County, which includes White Sulfur Springs, was one of the worst hit. The Baptists Disaster Relief Team, part of the North American Baptist Mission Board (NAMB) was well represented and were the first civilian responders on site were the Virginia Baptists with 2 water purification /shower trailers, laundry trailer, mobile kitchen, two power washer trailers. Kentucky also sent a mobile kitchen trailer, and another semi storage trailer for food prep and distribution. The NAMB command trailer, tractor & semitrailer, and tool trailer were on site along with a Army surplus generator unit, dishwashing station, hand washing stations, a U.S. Foods self refrigeration trailer and a freezer trailer along with a forklift and a dumpster. A total of 3,600 meals were prepared and distributed on the very first day. We met Baptist volunteers from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Maryland, New York State and Ohio. The Red Cross, Franklin Graham’s “Samaritans Purse”, Salvation Army, and the National Guard were present in abundance as well.

There were other command centers around the state in damaged areas similar to the one I assisted.

We were dispatched with a tool trailer to homes as requested by NAMB to clean up. We crawled under the house’s to remove any wet insulation, or fiber ductwork; we took out the kitchen base cabinets, appliances, hot water heaters and any other equipment, which was ruined by the flood. We removed the drywall 4’ up from the floor along with the wall insulation and removed the flooring, and in some cases the plywood subfloor so that the floor sheathing could dry. Most of the homes we worked on did not have electricity. The Power Company had red tagged their meters and turned off the power for safety reasons. We had to depend on battery tools and muscle power.

The story, which was on the national news, was the burning house that floated down the fiver in White Sulfur Springs and hit the bridge. We heard the background on this one from a rescue squad volunteer. The lady of the house climbed up into her attic as the water rose around her. When her home floated, the gas line broke and filled her house with gas, then the electrical service line parted and the arc lit the gas that set the house on fire. The lady was rescued when the house hit the bridge but died 3 days later in the hospital.

An 82-year-old couple in Rainelle was trapped in their house with just their heads above the water. The husband, who suffered from dementia was held up by his wife but succumbed to hypothermia. The wife was still holding on to him until she was finally rescued about 18 hours later. Her body temperature was down to 87 degrees when she arrived at the hospital, and that was after riding in a warm ambulance covered with blankets.

One of the houses we worked on was Randy Gillam, Pastor of the White Sulfur Springs Baptist Church. His 14-year-old niece has not been found. The Grandfather tied her and two boys together with an extension cord when they were swept away. They bobbed to the surface several times and the last time she was gone. The bodies of the other three have been found.

We helped Barbara Long, an 81 year old, widow and former waitress at the Greenbrier. Her small home in White Sulfur Springs on Patterson Street has been gutted; all furniture, carpets, appliances and her Kitchen cabinets were piled into the street. She will receive a small amount of money from FEMA, but it will bee insufficient to repair her home and she lives on her small Social Security pension.
A group from Kaiser Baptist Church, in West Virginia, led by the Pastor, Jody Bean, came to work and brought $500 which had been collected and asked me to suggest a good use for it. I suggested Ms. Long and a meet was arranged and which led to an emotion filled but joyous occasion.

I would like to further help Ms. Long with replacing her Kitchen. If she agrees, I intend to make her new knotty pine base cabinets in my workshop and purchase the countertops. Her Kitchen now has exposed old-fashioned wood lath with a layer of drywall that needs to be repaired first.

The Dementia Seminar

Ministering to People with Dementia

This informative presentation was led by Rev. Kim Chafee, on Wednesday, August 3, 5:30pm. There were 66 people in attendance.

Here is what was covered in this practical seminar…

  • What is dementia?
  • What are the types of dementia?
  • What about Alzheimer’s?
  • What are the characteristics of each stage of Alzheimer’s?
  • What are some unique behaviors of advanced dementia?
  • Why is spiritual care and support so important?
  • What are the ways to communicate with a dementia patient?
  • What are some practical ways to provide spiritual care?

Also we discovered…

  • The power of music and the mind.
  • The role of the congregation in spiritual care.
  • Caring for the care-givers.
  • Ten ways to help an Alzheimer’s family.
  • There is local, professional, and practical help in our area!

[ Audio of the Presentation ]
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[ Here are the Slides We Promised ]

M-Fuge Parents’ Meeting

m-fuge-squareMFuge Philadelphia:  July 11 – 16, 2016

If you are interested in coming to camp, there may still be spots available! Contact Beth in the church office for details.

MFuge Parent Meeting – June 12th at 12:00 in the Attic!

Missions Discounts:

  1. Operation Inasmuch
  2. Thanksgiving Baskets
  3. Christmas by Candlelight
  4. Hope for the Holidays Program at the Union Mission
  5. Winter Shelter
  6. Vacation Bible School

For each event your kid has participated in, they will receive $10 off the cost of their MFuge trip, up to $50. (The total cost of the trip is $395.)

Final payments will be due at the parent meeting on June 12th. Be on the lookout for MFuge forms in your mailbox next week!

Church Picnic June 5


Don’t miss our annual Church Picnic! June 5 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the church.

There will be lots of food, 9 Square in the Air, KanJam, a cornhole tournament and a 3 lane bungee run!

Families bring a potluck dish with enough to share; drinks, plates, and plastic ware are provided. Fun begins at 3:00 while food begins at 4:30. The brief business meeting starts at 6:00.

Invite others to come with you. There will be tables inside and the pavilion is available.

Awana for May 8

THANKS to the parents that completed the Survey! You can still fill it out. Check your email for the link.

Next Meeting: May 8, Sunday from 4-6 pm

AWANA THEME: Bring Your Own Jump Rope! Fun games with jump ropes this Sunday.



Friday, May 20: End of Year Carnival Party! All kids are invited to attend. We will have games and snacks and the kids will be able to use all those AWAWA Bucks! Will need parents to stay with kids and enjoy the fun! More details to follow.

Sunday, May 22: Final AWANA Ceremony! Parents, family and friends are invited to attend. 4-6 pm in the Sanctuary.

AWANA Announcements:

Here’s your Weekly AWANA Checklist for everyone:

  • Arrive Early & Bring Parents (extra bucks for getting there early & we want to see your parents!)
  • Bring Dues (quarter)
  • Bring AWANA Handbook
  • Bring Friends! (you get extra points and your friends get to learn about Jesus and the Bible – what could be better?)
  • Get Ready to Have Fun!!! (cause we always have fun)

For Sparks and T & T: Bring your Bible (if you do not have one, let us know)

Cubbie info 5/8:

  • This week we will be working on bear hug 25 (2 more to go!!!!!!!!)
  • Make sure your cubbies vest is up to date (Remember all the apples go on the A side)
  • If you believe your child is missing any apples please contact Karen Strull
  • Please work on the cubbie song with you child (front of their book)

Thank you for your participation in helping our clubs run smoothly!

See You Sunday!
Ellie & Karen

King’s Builders Announcement

King’s Builders Mission Trip (June 13-18, 2016):


This is very short notice but we have worked out a King’s Builders trip to Red Springs Mission Camp in NC (about 45 minutes north of Pedro’s South of the Border). Milwaukee was a possibility but too far away.

No bus on this trip, let’s carpool. Can you stay the whole week or even part of the week?

The cost is $21 per day for lodging and meals. The church has a Builders Budget line so we can pay for gasoline.

Bring your tools and linens/pillow/towels.

Rather than building a church, this week is more about “World Changers” style projects, repair of homes in the community (perhaps roofing, building ramps, or repair of rotten flooring, etc.).

Donald Downs found Larry Osbourne with NC Baptist Men, who is working with a local pastor, Windell. He will call us closer to the event about the work.

We need about 12 men to commit to this project. Will YOU?

Here is MapQuest for directions – 4 hours, 20 minutes from KGBC.

Sunday April 24

There are a lot of things happening on April 24.

  1. Lynn Hardaway from the Bridge Network of Churches is going to bring the message in all three worship services.
  2. Scott Chafee will lead the congregational prayer time, that during this interim time, we will focus on our faithfulness and commitment to the mission of King’s Grant.
  3. This is Connie Cannon’s final Sunday as our Director of Preschool Ministries, so plan on stopping by the preschool welcome area during the reception in her honor. Let her know how much you appreciate all her care and coordination of our preschoolers and their families.
  4. Awana Clubs are meeting at 4:00 pm – AWANA THEME: Sports Night! Dress in your favorite sports gear! You don’t have to wear your uniform shirt / vest but you do have to wear tennis shoes.
  5. Awana Parent Meeting is this Sunday at 4:15 pm upstairs in Room 208/210. Short meeting to discuss next year’s AWANA! We need your input and want to keep you informed so please plan to stay!

Church Business April 17


The meeting after church was to take up two items of business:

  1. The church approved Amy Newberry to serve as our Director of Preschool Ministries, effective April 17, 2016.
  2. The church approved the Nominating Committee recommendation of the following members to serve on the Pastor Search Committee:
    1. Randy Dail
    2. Katie Goodmurphy
    3. Todd Mayo
    4. Lee MaDaniel
    5. Joan Peake
    6. Erica Strull
    7. Jim Zecchini

We must continue to be a people of prayer, especially during this time of transition. Pray for the search team and the task they have before them.

Men’s Golf Outing

golf-swingThe men’s Pooh-Pah golf tournament is scheduled for June 2-4, 2016. Contact Dave Mullins with your questions, but here are a few details…

  • Staunton, VA.
  • Day 1 – The Crossings at 11:30 am.
  • Day 2 – Two rounds at Ironwood at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.
  • Day 3 – Lakeview at 9:00 am.
  • Cost – $300 per men (includes hotel, two dinners, four rounds of golf) – check made out to King’s Grant Men’s Golf Association (NOT made out to the church) – by May 10, 2016.

Three days of golfing, hotel, meals… open to all men and their friends.