A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This afternoon Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order halting any gatherings of 250 people or more until Monday, April 13. This is an important and necessary step to halt the spread of COVID-19.

I realize this may seem like a drastic step. The fact is our own history proves that taking quick and decisive action at the beginning of a pandemic saves lives.

As the flu of 1918 began to sweep the United States the city of St. Louis took dramatic steps to limit public gathering. The city of Philadelphia did not. The result? Philadelphia had an infection/death rate over 5x higher than St. Louis. We want to be like St. Louis, not Philadelphia.

Therefore, our church will closely monitor and follow the science-based guidelines issued by Governor Edwards. We will offer weekly worship via livestream beginning this Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. I hope you will join us then.

The single best way we can fulfill Jesus' Greatest Commandment is by doing everything we can do as individuals and as a community to "flatten the curve" through good personal hygiene and social distancing.

I will be in regular communication with you in the coming weeks to help you stay informed and let you know when we will be able to resume regular activities. You will continue to updated via emails like this one and can always refer to our website , Faceboo k page , and Instagram .

I also invite you to join with me in prayer. I found this prayer from the 1929 Book of Common Praye r that is appropriate for the coming days.

In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality

O Most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee to thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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, you can watch an abbreviated worship service via livestream this Sunday, March 15 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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