A Message from Your Senior Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I woke up this morning with a Jesus story on my mind. Specifically, Matthew 14:22-32.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it .

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Through no fault of their own, the disciples are caught in a storm. A storm that fills them with fear, fills them with dread, and leaves them uncertain if they are going to make it.

You may know exactly what they felt like. I know exactly what they felt like. The only difference is what is rocking their boat.

Instead of being tossed around by the wind and waves, we are being tossed around by what seems to be increasingly dire news.

But in the midst of their struggle, in the midst of their fear and confusion, Jesus comes to them. Jesus comes to them because this is who Jesus is, Emmanuel, God with us.

Jesus comes to the disciples and calls Peter to step out on the water. And, Peter does it. Peter walks on water until “he saw the wind.” So long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine. But when he took his eyes off Jesus, when he began to pay attention to the storm, he was filled with fear and began to sink.

In the coming days we can expect to hear increasingly sad and scary news and it will be very easy to let the wind and waves of this storm be the focus of our attention.

And if we do, we can expect to sink.

But, there is another way. It’s a way captured by an old gospel song I’ve found myself humming this morning.

Woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayin’ on Jesus.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayin’ on Jesus.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayin’ on Jesus,
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

Sisters and brothers by keeping our eyes, and our minds, on Jesus we will weather this storm together. And we may even discover that we’ve been walking on water.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson


An Update About Postponed Events

Several people have asked about upcoming events that have been suspended due to COVID-19. In particular, several people have asked about the Garage Sale.

I’ve had conversations with the leaders of this event and we are finalizing new dates both for pick-up/drop-off dates and for the event itself. As soon as these are finalized, I will let you know.

One way you can take advantage of the extra time we all have at home right now is by cleaning out closets and organizing the items you want to donate.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be used to support ministries and missions.
How We Can Best Love Each Other
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.

While meetings on campus are suspended, you can still worship from the comfort of home via our livestream Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

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.

You will continue to updated via emails like this one and can always refer to our website , Facebook page , and Instagram for more information.

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.



  • 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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