Update for Monday, January 14, 2019

Tomorrow will mark one month since the fire and things are moving forward.

Cleaning of both the lower and upper fellowship halls is in progress.  The floor tiles have been removed from both areas, as have the vinyl treads on all the stairs.  The ceiling tiles in the lower fellowship hall have also been removed, and crews are set to begin cleaning the walls in the lower fellowship hall.

The crews are building scaffolding in the sanctuary and have been covered the pews with plastic so that they can begin cleaning the wooden ceiling slats.  Once the sanctuary ceiling and walls are cleaned, the next step will be cleaning the pews and the floor tiles.  Although the deodorization process and the manufactured air that is being pumped in have helped tremendously, the air quality will continue to be unhealthy until the pews, walls and tiles have all been cleaned.

Please continue to work on your inventory lists.  In conjunction with the lists, we have some good news and some less than good news (not bad, just less than good).  The cataloging of the damage by the insurance adjuster is ahead of schedule.  However, because smoke is considered an environmental toxin, personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency had to be brought in for the assessment process.  In some cases, they will determine what items can be kept and what must be thrown out.  And, unfortunately, there are a few areas in which everything in that area is a total loss and no walk-throughs will be necessary; Deacon Yancy will be speaking with those individuals one-on-one.

This is going be a long, slow process but please be patient.  The Bible tells us to “Be always humble, gentle, and patient.  Show your love by being tolerant with one another.” (Ephesians 4:2)  We will get through this!

NBMBC Communications Committee