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

One of my favorite prayers comes from the Book of Common Prayer .

As I prayed it this morning, this ancient prayer took on new meaning and prompted a new challenge for these days. The words of the prayer are:

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace; So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your name. Amen.

What does it look like to “reach forth our hands in love” when we are being advised to keep our distance from one another?

One way you could reach forth your hands today is to pick up the phone and call a friend, neighbor, coworker, or family member and simply let them know you are thinking about them. You might want to simply ask God to place the names or faces of a few people on your heart or in your mind and, as they come to mind, give them a call.

I know many people are adopting new technology to adapt to what is needed, but a piece of old technology is another way you could reach forth your hands, in a handwritten letter.

When was the last time you went to the mailbox and found an actual letter from a friend? You can brighten someone’s day by taking a few moments to share some favorite memories with a friend, with your parents, grandparents, your children or grandchildren.

I’m sure you can think of other ways you can reach forth your hands in love. These are the first two that come to my mind and I know you will be a blessing to whomever you call or write.

I’m praying for you and hold you all in my heart. I’m proud of how our congregation is responding to this tough situation and look forward to seeing you face-to-face again soon.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson


IMPORTANT UPDATE : Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the latest medical guidelines, our ministry team will be working from home starting Wednesday, March 18 . If you need help from one of your pastors or other members of our team, please contact them by email or by calling the church office at 225.924.6269 and leaving a message. We will respond as soon as possible.
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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