Welcome to the virtual home for St. Mark the Apostle Coptic Orthodox Church of
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our church belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
in Egypt under the spiritual leadership of His Holiness
Pope Tawadros II Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
After several years of praying, searching, planning, praying, praying and waiting, we finally launched our building project earlier this year. We're excited, and we hope that you will be excited as well. This email is to update you with the construction progress and to ask you to keep praying for the work. Don't forget to check the latest video we have for the new church.
We have made tons of progress since January 2014. Let us see what is going on month by month.
January: We got all the approvals on the project.
February: We began cutting the trees and digging the two ponds.
March: We prayed the blessings of the foundations at the new site. The rough-in plumbing and electric work have been completed.
April: We started putting up the concrete slab.
May: We completed the water and sewer connections.
June: The ICF walls were installed.
July: Roof trusses were installed in the fellowship hall and the classrooms.
August: Roof trusses and dome framing started in the sanctuary.
The site you will quickly recognize that the walls are at least 70% set defining the windows and the doors. When walking onto the foundation one can identify the entrance, multipurpose room and the kitchen. With your prayers one can expect within the next few weeks more progress defining the fine construction reflecting the Coptic identity of our church.
On Sunday, March 16, and on the second annual commemoration of the departure of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III, the congregation of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church led by Father Antony Zaki arrived at the location of the new church in Carolina Forest. All of the deacons, young and old, proceeded to the future location of the altar, joyfully praising and singing hymns. Facing East, the members of the church gathered behind the deacons and was led in prayer by Fr. Antony. Father Antony placed the Holy Bible, a cross, a paper on the history of the church, and a list of the congregation's signatures into a leather box. After a passionate prayer, two shovels were used to dig the dirt directly beneath the future altar. The box was placed inside of the hole and every present member of St. Mark's Church took part in piling the dirt onto it. This box will be a time capsule for future generations, and through the Grace of God, marked the beginning of construction. For more photos and videos please visit https://copticmyrtlephotos.shutterfly.com/