We are deeply concerned for our friends in Davidson County, Putnam County, Benton County, Wilson County, and surrounding areas who have been affected by the tornadoes on March 3, 2020. We are especially praying for those who have lost family members.
Our response to this natural disaster is pray-give-serve. Brentwood United Methodist Church is a part of the Harpeth River District missional cohort with 6 other United Methodist Churches in the area: Franklin First United Methodist Church, Nashville Korean United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, The Village, and Trinity Church. As assessments are made, Franklin First (our cohort lead) will reach out to us and the rest of this cohort with any volunteer responses as the days and weeks unfold. We will keep you informed as those needs are identified.
We are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the ways we believe best protect our communities and the most vulnerable among us. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, we have adopted the CDC mitigation strategies in an effort to do our part to stop the progression of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and will provide regular updates as we learn more. Based on recommendations from the CDC and WHO, the BUMC campus will be closed until further notice.
BUMC's disaster response strategy includes three areas in which to minister:
- PRAY – Pray for all who are affected by the tornadoes and the first responders who work to bring relief and recovery.
- GIVE – Donate as you are able to the BUMC Disaster Response Fund, which goes to local partners who provide critical care and rehabilitation for individuals and families affected by disasters. We have also expanded our Disaster Response Fund to cover COVID-19 response to be able to help those in need due to the spread of coronavirus.
- SERVE – United Methodist Committee On Relief has requested hygiene kits and other supplies to provide basic necessities to our neighbors who have been displaced.
Important information to note in the midst of our campus closure:
- Staff and clergy remain available to you via email and phone while our campus is closed
- If you are a church member and urgently need to reach a pastor, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086
- If you are in crisis due to COVID-19, text HOME to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor. This is a free service available 24/7. This service is provided by Crisis Text Line and is not produced by BUMC.
- Williamson Medical Center and other local medical centers are asking for donations of hand-sewn masks in order to implement universal masking to strategically conserve as much personal protective equipment as possible as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The courtesy masks are not PPE and will not be used for any type of isolation. They are being worn only in non-COVID designated areas. You can donate hand-sewn masks at one of the WMC's designated drop off locations. You can also drop off masks at the church on Wednesdays between 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.