UCG’s Ministerial Services has put out an announcement reminding people who are sick to not attend services.
Announcement for all congregations:
We have all been following the news reports on the spread of the swine flu around the world. No one knows how serious this may become. Currently the danger is listed as a Phase 5 on the “pandemic” scale. Phase 6 is the highest on this particular scale and indicates a serious problem in at least two regions of the world.
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to be wise in your conduct. If you are ill with a fever, runny nose, sore throat or any type of illness that could be transmitted to others, you should stay home from services. We have a number of elderly members and a number of infants in our congregations. In the Old Testament quarantine was used to stop the spread of disease. Out of love for the brethren, we should voluntarily stay away from services if we believe there is a chance we have something that could be spread to others. Thank you for your cooperation and display of love for the brethren.
I applaud the even-handed approach UCG has taken in this matter, and I would encourage all COG organizations to review their own policies and take reasonable and responsible actions to limit the spread of this illness. Remember, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” ~Lk 6:31