Friday, September 25, 2009

Hayward Wesleyan's Response to H1N1

This will be announced next Sunday -- and will also be included in our bulletin during the flu season. (Special thanks to Pastor Tim Young who put this good common sense advice together.)

1. If you don’t feel well -- stay at home!
If you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or sore throat, it might be best to stay home, rather than risk infecting someone else.

2. Use good cough and sneeze etiquette!
Make sure that your cough and sneeze are covered, to prevent from spreading the germs.

3. Wash your hands often!
You can’t wash your hands enough, this will reduce the possibility of spreading germs. We will have hand sanitizers around the church, if you can’t wash your hands, this is the next best thing, until you can.

4. You don’t have to shake someone’s hand or hug them if you don’t want to.
Don’t take it personally, if someone doesn’t want to shake your hand, or wants to be hugged by you. Find another method of greeting, that doesn’t require touch.
5. Let’s keep trusting in the Lord, and keep loving one another!
Let’s don’t be paranoid, but let’s be cautious!


  1. naomi8:28 AM

    I hope those hand sanitizers are going to be in all of the classrooms! :) Maybe some kleenex too...

  2. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Wonderful suggestions Mark!

    These should be followed at all times not just because of H1N1.

    If we dearly love our fellowman, we would never want to do anything to make them ill. I know we are all suppose to share. But not germs!

  3. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is recommending elbow bumps instead of handshakes or other forms of close contact greeting!
    Try the 'Elbow Bump"

  4. Anonymous11:52 AM

    How do we respond to the spiritual germs more nasty and dangerous that go around in a Church?

    People who promote their own family/friends/agenda at all cost.

    People who remain silent when they see injustice done.

    People who have no compassion for others, young and old.

    Children suffered from physical, mental and emotional abuse and no one intervened.

    Outcasts suffered isolation and no one intervened.

    Discouraged individuals suffered from depression and no one intervened.

    Elders , seen as no longer useful, were pushed aside and no one intervened.

    I, trying to follow Jesus’ commands (as you do to the least of these, you do to me), spoke out.

    If I qualify I plan on getting the shot for the H1N1 virus. I definitely received the ‘shot of death’ from the leaders of the church because I was the messenger crying out about the spiritual virus.

    I was just hoping for the jar of ‘spiritual sanitizer’.