First Assembly of God needs
help with damages
Photo by Jennifer Boyd
The First Assembly Church of God in Loris saw the ugly effects of Hurricane Matthew. Their church experienced four feet of water, which demolished their sanctuary.
By Jennifer Boyd
The First Assembly Church of God located at 250 Heritage Road in Loris experienced unimaginable devastation after Hurricane Matthew reared its ugly head in the Loris area. Their nightmare occurred in their church that has been the cornerstone of the local community for over 30 years. Several local leaders attend this church. The church has done its part helping the Loris community. It’s time to return the favor.
Ten years ago, the First Assembly Church of God opened its doors to a new church located on the Highway 9 Business side of Loris. Their previous location, near Walnut Street in Loris, became a beacon of light in a community that had seen it’s share of darkness. They welcomed the poor, homeless, destitute, rich, lonely, happy and those searching for the word of God. Each deacon devoted countless hours saving souls, feeding stomachs, spreading the word of God and above all welcoming anyone who felt the need for assistance in seeking the message of God. The members have worked countless hours bringing the word of God to the masses while concentrating on local issues.
The congregation discovered, soon after the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, their church was beyond shambles. Earthworms, by the millions, had taken over their church that once filled souls seeking redemption. This awesome sight of worms was enough to close the doors. They were no match for the love the congregation had for their church, however.
They immediately began pulling out carpet and accessing the massive amount of damage being flooded by a hurricane of this magnitude. Every church deacon, member, pastor and child began the tedious task of demolishing and gutting the inside of their beloved church and sanctuary. Each person is working their weight in gold to get the church back into working order.
Gregory Martin, who is a member and president of the Loris Chamber of Commerce, said, ”Our dedication to the church reunited everyone together, which has given each of us the opportunity to modernize for this generation. We are excited about the future and what God is going to do in this new direction.” He and his wife, Morina, along with several other members, Chris and Pam Cox, Randy and Judy Gause, deacons Lucille Clift and Esther Boyd, are all looking forward to a fresh start. They are also looking for monetary donations and building donations.
If anyone is interested in donating time, supplies or funding contact the pastor at 250 Heritage Road, Loris, S.C. 29569 or Pastor Ryan Whitlow at 843-856-8180.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to everyone for your help
We would like to thank everyone for helping us make the 37th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival a huge success. Despite all the road closures and all the burdens brought on us during Hurricane Matthew, we really appreciated people coming out to support us!
We had a beautiful day and we hope it was a great day for you as well. We would also like to give thanks to all of our sponsors. Without them this festival would not exist. Please thank them for supporting us so we can do this annually. Platinum Sponsors: HTC, First Palmetto Bank, McLeod Loris Seacoast, City of Loris, WPDE and Gator 107.9. Gold Sponsors: Regal Cutting Tools, Loris Scene and Loris Times. Silver Sponsors: Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks, Blanton Building Supplies, Inc., CMMS Studio, Lewis A. Sikes Foundations, Loris First Assembly of God, Horry County State Bank, Pepsi and Tabor-Loris Tribune. Bronze Sponsors: Anderson Brothers Bank, Carolina Dental Care, Coastal Carolina University, Coastal Contract Services, Crossway Church, Dew’s Sugar Shack, Elliott Realty, Estelle Wright, Ezizzie Davis Foxworth, LLC Attorney At Law, Fowler’s Grill of Loris, Horry Auto & Trailer Sales, Janie and Stanley Prince, Little River Medical Center, Loris Rehab and Nursing Center, NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, RJ Corman Railroad Company, Railroad & Main Salon, Santee Cooper, The Front Porch Ministries and WLSC Tiger Radio. Friends of the Festival: A-Plus Auto Sales, CHF Industries, Inc., Coastal Performing Arts Center, Dr. Michael L. Mills, Horry Electric Cooperative, Josephs Law Firm, P.A., Security Finance, Shorty’s Grill and Wolpert’s Department Store.
We would like to thank all the Public Safety Units for keeping us safe during the storm and festival. Horry County Fire & Rescue, Horry County Police, Horry County Sheriff’s Department, Loris Fire Department and the Loris Police Department. Also, thanks to all who allowed us to use your property during the festival. American Hero, Blanton Building Supplies, For You, Inc., Carroll D. Padgett Jr., City of Loris, Graham E-Z Golf Carts, Horry Auto and Trailer Sales, Inc, Horry County Government, J.R. Suggs Sr. LLC, Josephs Law Firm, P.A., Loris Barber Shop, Michael E. Suggs, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Moore, Nathan “Buddy” Hardwick, Powers Pharmacy, Railroad & Main Salon, Silver Palms and WF Cox Company.
A special thanks to Mayor Henry Nichols and the entire staff of the city of Loris. They worked many hours to restore our city back to normal for us to showcase it during the 37th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival. And to our many volunteers and to all the people who attended. We can’t wait for next year!
Congratulations to the winners of the famous Chicken Bog Cooking Contest. Ronald Ward took home the first place win with Douglas Doyle as the runner up and People’s Choice Winner. Also, congratulations to Kyle Gore for winning Best in Show and Dock Hardee for taking home the Sponsor’s Award from the annual Loris Bog-Off Festival Car Show. Plus, Gage and Nick Conner winning the Youth and Adult Division of the Chicken Clucking Contest. It was a great day had by all.
Some pre-festival events were cancelled due to the storm and have now been rescheduled for the first of November. Game night will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Center for Health & Fitness beginning at 6 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner and bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are now available. Movie night will be held at the Loris Nature Park on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. It is free to the public. The featured film is Zootopia. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please bring a blanket or chair.
Thank you all for your support and always remember to SHOP LORIS FIRST!
EVERYONE being wished a fun and safe Halloween... Loris Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the Loris Bog-Off Festival Game Night for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Health & Fitness... Attorney Michael SUGGS always doing a fine job representing his clients... In conjunction with Hearts with Hands, join others for a time of prayer and support for the victims of Hurricane Matthew at the Ritz Plaza in Tabor City at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29... The Loris Parks and Recreation Department is having volleyball registration through Friday, Nov. 11, for ages 5-14... Shamaria MILLIGAN is having her birthday on Friday, Oct. 28... Makenna COOPER and Jessica LeAnn BENTON are both enjoying birthdays on Saturday, Oct. 29... Brad ALLEN will be a year older on Sunday, Oct. 30... Derrick GRISSETT will have his birthday on Monday, Oct. 31... Mary GORE is looking forward to her birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 1... Jennifer BOYD and Tiffany COX are both celebrating their birthdays on Wednesday, Nov. 2... Dennis STANLEY Sr. is enjoying his birthday on Thursday, Nov. 3...