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UPDATE to COVID-19

COMPASSION in the COVID CRISIS

Dr. Brewer's SUMMARY of COVID-19 actions.

LINK to PPE request form for your hospital or clinic.

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40 Days of Hope & Encouragement

 

VIDEO DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT, April 7
Our 40 Days of Hope & Encouragement video is from senior Missions & Ministries major Shea Smith. She says: "We have a lot of reasons to complain, but we have even greater reasons to worship. … in the middle of a pandemic, God is worthy to be praised."

 

 

VIDEO DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT, April 6
Our 40 Days of Hope & Encouragement video is from Dr. John Fream, senior pastor of Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, La. He challenges us to “rise up and be the champions God has called us to be.”

VIDEO DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT, April 3
Our 40 Days of Hope & Encouragement devotional is from Director of Athletics Reni Mason, who says to “be encouraged every day” and encourage others.

VIDEO DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT, April 1
From LC student Tanner Guidry, who advises "press into God" during these difficult days.

VIDEO DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT, March 30
from Laurie Short, who has previously spoken in LC Chapel. Laurie compares social distancing and travel restrictions to the Apostle Paul's activities while in prison. He didn't just sit there. 

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April 6 DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
Assistant to the President Ms. Jennifer Dykes

A Full Meal 
“And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over,” Ruth 2:14.

Whenever we are privileged to eat the bread that Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, satisfied with a full and sweet provision. When Jesus is the host, no guest goes empty from the table. Our head is satisfied with the precious truth that Christ reveals; our heart is content with Jesus as the altogether lovely object of affection; our hope is satisfied, for who do we have in heaven but Jesus? And our desire is fulfilled, for what more can we wish for than to "gain Christ and be found in him"? Jesus fills our conscience until it is at perfect peace, our judgment with persuasion of the certainty of His teachings, our memory with recollections of what He has done, and our imagination with the prospects of what He is still to do.

As Ruth was "satisfied," so is it with us. We have drunk deeply; we have thought that we could take in all of Christ; but when we have done our best, we have had to leave a vast remainder. We have sat at the table of the Lord's love and said, "Nothing but the infinite can ever satisfy me; I am such a great sinner that I must have infinite merit to wash my sin away." But we have had our sin removed and found that there was merit to spare; we have had our hunger relieved at the feast of sacred love and found that there was an abundance of spiritual food remaining. There are certain sweet things in the Word of God that we have not enjoyed yet, and that we are obliged to leave for a while; for we are like the disciples to whom Jesus said, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now."

Yes, there are graces to which we have not attained, places of fellowship nearer to Christ that we have not reached, and heights of communion that our feet have not climbed. At every banquet of love there are many baskets left.

From “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg (and submitted by Assistant to the President Ms. Jennifer Dykes).

 

April 2 DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
Mr. Fred Holt, VP for Enrollment Management

1 Peter 5:6-7

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (NASB).

How do we humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God (deliverance and discipline)? By casting our anxiety on Him. He gives us more than we can bare in order to bring us to the humility of casting the anxiety we cling to.

When I first read this, I didn’t know what it really meant.  I trust God. I know He is sovereign. I’ve been praying for the current situation and others.  But I haven’t truly been casting my anxiety on Him.  I cling to it because I think I can control it, remedy it, cure it, plan for it, or fix it.  But the truth is that I cannot do any of those things. Only He can.  Therefore, I need to humble myself before His mighty hand, casting my anxiety on Him.  When I do, I find peace, I find a God who wants to deliver, who wants to heal, who wants to express his faithful love for me.

This word casting (in this form), occurs only one other time in the NT.  In Luke 19:35, they cast their garments on the colt and sat Jesus on it.  There is no hidden meaning, no word play.  It means that if I have on a coat and I don’t want to carry it anymore, I cast it on something or someone and I no longer must carry that garment.

God wants to be our burden bearer. Why? Because it shows His power and brings Him glory.  But the second half of the verse is tied to the first, “because He cares for you.”  He cares about you’re the thing that is bringing you worry and anxiety.  We must trust that He cares for us. Truly cares for us.

How many times have you seen someone you love going through a trial and wanted so much to take that burden from them; to carry it for them but you can’t because you do not have the ability.  But HE does!  He sees it and He wants it and He WILL take it on Himself.  But we must cast it first. Be specific in your request.  Don’t just say, Lord I trust You and You are sovereign, and You will work it out for my good and Your glory, eventually. All of this is true, but He wants specifics.

“Lord, I don’t know how I am going to pay the mortgage next month. My business is faltering due to this disease. There is no help in site, no bailout coming. I’m scared. I don’t know how to look my wife and kids in the eyes and tell them I don’t know how we are going to buy food next week or even put gas in the car to get to the store.  I’m overwhelmed, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I’m just so scared. Lord please take this from me!” He wants our heart, broken and hurting.  He wants it all!  I am not knocking this out of the park.  I still cling to my worry and anxiety. I do so out of pride.  But I want to be rid of worry, fear and anxiety.  I know you do as well.

Today, take time to humble yourself and really cast all your anxiety, fears, and worries on Him!  Let Him carry the for you.  Not just because He can, but because He wants to.

 

March 31 DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
Dr. Rick Brewer, President

Dear I-Campus Family,

I pray that this email finds you doing well. Our devotional for today is bring provided by Dr. Brewer. As you read this devotional, please remember to pray for the people battling the COVID -19 virus along with vast needs within our communities, state, nation, and world.

"Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord." ~ Psalm 70:1

Martin Luther wrote the renowned hymn "A Mighty Fortress" probably in the period of 1527-1528. It is one of the most translated hymns, being translated into over 200 languages. It erroneously is oft ascribed as the Battle Hymn of the Reformation written to celebrate the event by Luther; The Festival of the Reformation commemoration was not celebrated in Luther’s lifetime. The hymn rather was written it is believed to be a hymn of comfort. Scholars suggest several things that led to its writing: a man that embraced Luther’s teaching was martyred in August, 1527; in the Fall of 1527 a plague swept through Wittenberg; in December 1527 Luther wrote a colleague saying “We are all in good health except for Luther himself, who is physically well, but outwardly the whole world and inwardly  l and all his angels are making him suffer.”; in January 1528 Luther wrote saying he was battling the worst time of temptation (the German word he used was Anfechtung  which refers to affliction, trial, suffering and temptation[i][i]) in his life and in May, 1528 following six months of wrestling with God in prayer to heal his baby daughter Elizabeth she died.[ii][ii] In addition to all of these devastating trials he constantly was burdened with the heavy abuses in the Roman church and the displeasure of many for his biblical stance.

Thus out of Luther’s adversities and grief he wrote a hymn of comfort for all that experience troubles and trials.

A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.   ~ Martin Luther (1483-1546)

James Hastings wrote, “What we need most is certainty of God, that we may hold fast our faith in Him, We shall still be beset by mystery, and the world's sorrow and our own pain will still remain a terrible problem, but we shall see enough to make us willing to believe and wait. We shall let every experience of trial and sorrow bring some lessons to withdraw our hearts from the love of the material. We shall learn to look upon the whole discipline of life as a means of sanctification."

Click this link and reflect upon the great hymn Luther wrote as it is sung and give praise to God!

https://youtu.be/8XUYZoguhEQ

Dr. Rick Brewer, President.

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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
Because some of our students, especially in rural areas, have no W-fi access, Louisiana College is asking for churches to make Wi-fi available to such students. If necessary, the student(s) would remain outside of church buildings when accessing the Wi-fi as a guest on the system. If you are willing to provide this access, please send an email to communications@lacollege.edu. Please include in the email your church’s name and address, as well as the contact information needed to affect this ministry of your church to our students. If you need technical assistance, please indicate that also in the email. We may be able to offer such help via telephone.

 

 

Louisiana College updates COVID-19 response

Posted March 17, 2020

PINEVILLE, La. (LCNews)—Based on advisories from local, state, and federal health officials, Louisiana College administrators have updated responses to the coronavirus COVID-19.

All public events previously scheduled for the current semester have been postponed.

The May 9 Commencement services are rescheduled for August 8 and will be held in Guinn Auditorium: one at 10 a.m. for undergraduate students and the other at 2 p.m. for graduate students. Both services will be livestreamed.

On March 30 and for the remainder of the semester, face-to-face classes will transition to online classes for remote learning. “For students without Wi-fi access, we are asking local churches to give students access to their Wi-fi,” said Louisiana College President Dr. Rick Brewer.

For students who opt to remain on campus for the rest of this semester, Louisiana College’s food service will remain uninterrupted. However, all cafeteria meals will be take-out. No meals will be served in the cafeteria. For the foreseeable future, LC is discontinuing all campus food service to the local community. During the March 23-27 Spring Break, the Den and Starbucks will be closed. Subway will remain open.

The Student Success Center will be available to assist all students with online tutoring. Although public libraries are closed, Louisiana College’s library remains open only for resident students and faculty Monday through Friday. LC’s Online Writing Center remains available.

Preview Day has transitioned to a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, April 17. Students and parents will be notified how to access this online event.

All LC employees will vacate the campus during Spring Break.

For employees whose supervisors determine are able to work remotely, telecommuting will begin March 30.

Louisiana Athletic Club is closed for two weeks and will reassess after two weeks transpire.

“All of our existing plans remain tentative given the fluidity of our national health situation and the decisions made at the local, state, and federal levels,” Brewer said. “We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the Louisiana College family as we continue to seek the best course of action through flexibility, compassion, and prayer.”

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MEMORANDUM

TO:  Louisiana College Residential Students
FROM:  Ms. Hannah Nyman, Director of Residential Life
DATE:  March 16, 2020
SUBJECT:  Housing

(After reading this memo, be sure to complete the HOUSING SURVEY at the button that immediately follows this memo.)

Louisiana College administration has suspended in-person classes March 16 – March 20 and has rescheduled Spring Break for March 23 – March 27 in response to concerns regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Residential students may opt to remain on campus, and college food services will be available for the week of March 16. Food services will remain in operation.*

We trust that you will follow all the advice from state and federal health officials, as we strongly suggest that you limit your travel and avoid known areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while away from campus, notify Hannah.Nyman@lacollege.edu and Janet.Sanders@lacollege.edu.

To help clarify what Louisiana College is doing, please read the following info:

  • - The College will operate within its normal business hours next week.
  • - Spring Break will be March 23-27; Campus Offices will be closed.
  • - Classes migrate to 100% Online March 30.
  • - The Residence Halls remain open.
  • - *We are working with Sodexo to provide meals through The Den or Cafeteria March 21-28 for students who cannot depart campus during Spring Break.

You will need to choose if you will reside on campus for the duration of this non face-to-face class period or if you will be living off campus during this time. We understand several of you may need to stay on campus this week and would like to depart for Spring Break March 21-28. You may do this but will need to indicate that choice among the options below. Please know if you depart for Spring Break and decide to return to campus housing you may be subject to a health screening upon returning. 

No non-residential students, or current residential students who move home during this time, may visit your residential space. Should our campus have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will employ measures including quarantining. 

NOTE: If you leave for Spring break and return to campus, you MUST convey that in the survey below. Further, you MAY be required to undergo a health screening and you MAY be required to remain on campus until/if the College returns to face-to-face classes.

All students who were on campus Friday, March 14 and completed the previous form regarding your plans MUST COMPLETE THE SURVEY AT THE LINK BELOW because dates and requirements have changed.

If you choose to leave campus, then you will need to check out of your room with your RA and turn in your room key. Take your valuables with you. If you left campus this past weekend, you can return to campus to gather your valuables.  But you MUST do so during regular business hours if possible and you MUST NOTIFY Hannah.Nyman@lacollege.edu with the time you plan to return.

Please understand that this situation is fluid, and Louisiana College reserves the right and has the responsibility to adjust responses and actions according to state and federal mandates and/or according to our best judgement.

When you complete the survey, click SUBMIT. Your answers will be recorded and the form will be sent to appropriate personnel.

 

HOUSING SURVEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Louisiana College suspends classes;
reschedules Spring break
(posted March 13, 2020)

PINEVILLE, La. (LCNews)—Louisiana College administration will suspend in-person classes March 16 – March 20 and will observe Spring break the week of March 23 – March 27 in response to concerns regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19.

“These precautionary steps come from an abundance of caution and our concern regarding the health, well-being, and safety of our Louisiana College family,” said Louisiana College President Dr. Rick Brewer. “A two-week break gives our President’s Leadership Team ample time to consider inter-related campus logistics. This also enables faculty to ramp-up as we migrate to online instruction and other remote learning methods beginning March 30."

Current online classes will continue.

Residential students may opt to remain on campus, and college food services will be available for the week of March 23, but not for Spring break, as is usual.

“Our hope is to return to face-to-face classes on April 20, but that is not a fixed decision,” Brewer said.

The College’s highly promoted Preview Day that was set for March 21 has been postponed to April 18.

“Because COVID-19 has created extremely fluid circumstances, our Team remains vigilant and flexible as this situation changes locally and nationally,” Brewer added. “We have consistently consulted resources and advisories from the Center for Disease Control and the Louisiana Office of Public Health. We will continue to follow those as well as upcoming governmental directives.”

Brewer said the college is not closing but will remain in operation, thus requiring staff to report to work as usual with the exception of Spring break.

Louisiana College Athletics is suspended until further notice.

“At such a time as this, our entire Louisiana College family must recognize the flexibility and sacrifice required as we all help each other in these days,” Brewer said.

 

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Louisiana College prepared for possible illness
(Posted March 5, 2020)

by Norm Miller

PINEVILLE, La. (LCNews)—Louisiana College administrators implemented proactive and reactive measures March 3 in anticipation of a possible outbreak of the Corona Virus on campus.

“The first consideration is to maintain the proper perspective with an understanding of the risks involved,” said President of Louisiana College Dr. Rick Brewer. “While we advise the maintenance of a calm approach, the measures we have implemented and are prepared to implement are based on information from the Center for Disease Control and the Louisiana Office of Public Health.”

Additional hand sanitizers will be installed in classrooms on Monday, March 16. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer.

The President’s Leadership Team and Louisiana College’s Academic Council are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to launch the College’s Continuity of Operations Plan that facilitates the bulk of academic work to be completed online should the need arise to discontinue face-to-face classroom instruction.

Please see www.lacollege.edu for pertinent updates.

An email to the entire faculty, staff, and student body sent March 3 relayed public health information and details in this news release. Also, detailed informational flyers and/or posters regarding preventative and responsive measures have been distributed to every student’s room in residence halls and are displayed in classrooms. Professors will emphasize this information several times in class.

David Holcombe, MD, MSA, is the Regional Administrator and Medical Director for the Office of Public Health for our state. He will address the entire Louisiana College family on campus at his earliest convenience.

All campus residents have been advised to wash their hands often, and Louisiana College will soon have bottles of hand sanitizer in every classroom to augment the hand sanitizing stations strategically located on campus.

Louisiana College’s Health Center notes that only a few cases of the common cold have been reported, and persons with such symptoms are immediately advised to visit an urgent care clinic or their personal doctor.

In a statement released by Louisiana College’s food service vendor, Sodexo stated:

In light of the recent escalation in the Covid-19 situation in a number of countries, Sodexo is coordinating globally to manage its business continuity and pandemic plans to support and protect its employees and consumers across all of its geographies. 

The health and safety of Sodexo employees and consumers is our utmost priority.

Sodexo reinforced our existing rules for food safety, personal hygiene and infection control which will minimise the risk of this, or any other virus, spreading. Sodexo is also restricting all non-essential international business travel until further notice. This action is being taken as a precaution.

Local teams have been proactively managing the response with our clients since the outbreak was first announced, ensuring business continuity and the safety of the teams and consumers in the various geographies where we operate. 

As the situation is an evolving one, Sodexo teams are adhering to guidelines of health advisories and local authorities and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Locally, Sodexo has assured Louisiana College administration that a two-week supply of food will be maintained in the unlikely event of a quarantine situation. Relative to this, Louisiana College has a Continuing Operations Plan that utilizes technology to continue all classes online if necessary.

Storer Services provides maintenance and janitorial services to Louisiana College. Storer has advised Louisiana College administration of the steps underway regarding COVID-19:

[Storer’s] multi-surface cleaning chemical and disinfectant is Virex by Diversey. It is the chemical of choice for all cleaning purposes, from schools to hospitals. The unique chemical design protects against a broad spectrum of germs, bacteria, and viruses. We disinfect all frequently touched surfaces daily, however with your request, we will pay particular attention to the following areas:

- Doors, door knobs, and handles
- Light switches
- All bathroom surfaces
- Desks and table surfaces
- Chair frames
- Counters and ledges
- Drinking fountains

Our staff has been trained on the proper usage and application of this product and will address these areas daily.

“We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that our entire Louisiana College family has been advised and is prepared regarding COVID-19,” Brewer said. “We will maintain such vigilance until informed otherwise by the public health officials. And to help avoid the possible spread of germs, I have asked everyone on campus to greet each other with fist bumps only.”

While some media are over-emphasizing this illness, Brewer said, “If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then Louisiana College will always err on the side of caution when the safety, health, and well-being of campus inhabitants are concerned.”

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Posted March 5, 2020