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

Every Thursday morning the Federal Reserve reports the new Initial Unemployment Claims for our country. The report issued yesterday shows that 3,283,000 of our neighbors filed new unemployment claims.
The number is staggering. To put it into context, at the height of the 2008-2009 Financial Collapse the highest unemployment report was just over 650,000. This week’s unemployment numbers are five times the previous high.

As followers of Jesus, how do we respond when our neighbors are out of work?

Disciples of Jesus respond to this and every problem with prayer and loving, creative action. Prayer is always our first response. We go to God in prayer to ask God to give grace, and peace, and hope to our neighbors whose worlds have been turned upside down.

We pray for them and, at the same time, we prayerfully ask the simple yet powerful question, “Lord, what do you want to do through me?” and
then we listen for God’s voice as to how best to turn our prayers into loving and creative action.

We pray, we act, and in doing so we can watch God work through our creative and loving action to answer the prayers of our neighbors.

One of the ways our church is responding is by doubling the meals we are serving on Wednesday nights through Red Stick Together. Last Wednesday your generosity allowed us to feed 100 people. This week your generosity helped us feed 200 people.

Your gifts and service are how God will answer the prayers of our neighbors who are hungry and have lost their jobs.

This morning I remembered a prayer for the unemployed from the Book of Common Prayer . I invite you to join me in praying it today.

For the Unemployed

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of our land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Now that you have prayed. Here is a simple way you can act.

Southeast Ministries is in desperate need of cereal, grits, and oatmeal. The next time you go to the store please buy an extra box or two of these items and drop them off at the Southeast Ministries office located at 476 Sharp Rd, next to our church campus. Your gifts will be the answer to our neighbor's prayers.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
Help Us Continue Our Ministry
Even though our campus is closed, the ministry of Broadmoor United Methodist is still moving forward.

We are worshiping on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. via livestream , caring for our congregation through prayers and phone calls, feeding those in need at Red Stick Together, and helping parents minister to their children in this unprecedented time.

During this time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings as an expression of love and gratitude to God for his many gifts and to support the ministries of your church. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the church still needs your financial support, which makes our ministry possible.

There are three ways you can give safely at this time :

1. Text to give

2. Give online

3. Mail your gift to the church, 10230 Mollylea Dr.,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Please check out our new, updated GIVING page here for more information on how to support the ministries of Broadmoor .


You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
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 worship from the comfort of your home 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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