A Message from Your Senior Pastor
“On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell
will not prevail against it.” — Matthew 16:18


Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
Early Wednesday morning someone burned down the Scout Hut.

Wednesday evening at Red Stick Together we passed out over 200 meals to families in our neighborhood.
When Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against His church you, Broadmoor, are what He was talking about.

Yes, things are hard right now. But in the darkness of this pandemic, the light of Christ is shining brightly through your prayers, your gifts, and your loving service.

Through our partnership with the Louisiana Rural Health Network, dozens of clinics and hospitals in the rural parts of our state are able to remain open and continue the ministry of healing thanks to the hundreds of homemade masks you have donated.

And two nights ago, your gifts made it possible for us to continue Christ’s ministry of feeding the hungry at Red Stick Together.

In less than two hours over 200 meals were distributed. The gratitude of the people was evident by the smiles on their faces and the tears in their eyes. One difference we noticed this week was we fed more families as opposed to just individuals.

Will Starkey, our facilities manager at Broadmoor, was one of the volunteers Wednesday night. He shared a story with me about a lady, with tears in her eyes, profusely thanking him and the church. She was one of the over six million Americans who have lost their jobs since the pandemic began. The meals we gave her were going to be the biggest meals she and her children had in over a week.
Like many of you, I am particularly grateful for the grocery store workers. As a way of saying thank you to them for their long hours keeping the stores open and running, we gave each worker we could a meal.

We were also able to give 26 meals to the paramedics and EMS workers stationed in the Broadmoor area.

Yes, Wednesday started off rather bad.

But, as Jesus said, the gates of hell will not prevail against His church.

Thank you, Broadmoor, for being a church that overcomes every obstacle and continues to live out our mission of meeting people where they are and helping them take their next step toward a Christ-centered life.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
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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