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Dogwood Grove’s building suffers total loss from firecomment (0)

November 14, 2013

By Neisha Fuson

Dogwood Grove’s building suffers total loss from fire

"What we’re seeing is the Christian community reaching out to a church that has just lost its building,” said Darrell Cook, pastor of Dogwood Grove Baptist Church, Adger.

The Mud Creek Baptist Association church nearly burned to the ground during the early morning hours of Nov. 7 and at press time the cause had not yet been determined. Although the Adger Fire Department was fighting to stop the fire, the morning light made it clear that the building was a total loss. 

Cook, who has served as pastor for more than three years, said Dogwood Grove Baptist is a significant part of the community because it is the only church in the area.

Church members and leaders met at the church site throughout the day Nov. 7, praying together and remembering events and ministries that took place in the church building, which was built in 1919. 

“Baptists are loving on us,” Cook said. Several churches offered their meeting spaces for Dogwood Grove to use, he said, and a church in Pleasant Grove offered, and later delivered to Cook, hymnals for Dogwood Grove to use Nov. 10. Cook said church leaders would meet Nov. 9 to discuss future plans and finalize where the church will meet temporarily. 

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief officials also contacted Cook and were prompt to offer help, Cook said, including how and when to send a mobile unit for the church to use.

Ken Maddox, director of missions for Mud Creek Association, said he is praying the church will see this as “an opportunity for them to reach out and look forward to the next 100 years of ministry” in the community. 

“God can take from the ashes and build up an even greater opportunity for ministry than we could have ever imagined before,” he said. 

And Cook hoped that the morning service Nov. 10 would be “meaningful,” where church members could grieve together but also think about rebuilding together. 

“God is good to us and it’s His Church,” Cook said, noting that the Sunday sermon would focus on the truth that the Word of God is constant, the Church will prevail and “the things we can touch are not the things that are permanent.” 

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