A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
Sometimes the only way out is through.

Sometimes we can go around things. Sometimes we can go over them.
Sometimes we can turn around and go a completely different way.

But sometimes the only way out is through.

Each night this week as we have gathered online at 5:00 p.m. for Evening Prayer we have read Psalm 23.

This week one verse has been resonating with me, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

Sometimes we have to go through dark valleys to reach our destination.

Dark and shadowy valleys are often scary. But the psalmist is not afraid. Why? Because he knows he is not alone. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me .”

Sometimes the only way out is through. That is why I am grateful for Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who promises us his presence as we walk through the dark valleys of this world.

I invite you to spend some time today reflecting on a time in your life when you had to go through a dark valley. Even though it may have seemed like God was absent, in what ways can you now see that God was with you? In what ways can your knowledge that God was with you then give you hope and strength now as we go through this valley of pandemic disease and social distancing?

I would love to hear from you about how you are experiencing God's presence during these days.

One of the ways I have experienced God's presence has been the time I am able to share with so many of you at 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily during Morning and Evening Prayer .

If you are on Facebook, you can join me live at those times each day for a brief prayer service, usually lasting less than 10 minutes. Click here to find my Facebook page. Or, you can join the Morning and Evening Prayer via Zoom, an online video meeting platform. Click this link to find more info on our website.

As much as I love joining with you in prayer via technology, I cannot wait until we are able to see each other face-to-face.

Until then, know I hold you in my heart. Pray for me as I pray for you.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson

PS -- Be sure to join us at 10:00 a.m. Sunday for LiveStream worship at www.broadmoormethodist.org/livestream.
How We Can Best Love Each Other
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending public events during the 14-day incubation period.

WORSHIP
While meetings on campus are suspended, please worship with us online via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AND SMALL GROUPS
Adult Sunday School classes and small groups are invited to continue the church-wide study of The Covenant: A Lenten Journey . The self-guided curriculum can be found here . You can do this study with your family from the comfort of your kitchen table.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Our congregational care team remains committed to offering excellent care to our congregation but is suspending in-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes. If you get sick, have a death in the family, or have another emergency, please call the church office at 225-924-6269 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the pastor on call.

Please use this form if you have additional questions about Broadmoor United Methodist’s response to the coronavirus. You can also call Mary Saltzman at 225-924-6269.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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