In light of COVID-19 and the requests of the NC Governor, we are canceling church services and events at our physical campus for the foreseeable future.
March 18, 2020
To the Meck Family:
We are called by God to treat others as we would want to be treated, and to serve and love those around us. While most of us are not at serious risk from COVID-19, we have many in our community who are—namely the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. If the spread of the virus is not quickly contained, not only will it put many we know and love in danger, but our medical system will be overwhelmed and unable to serve the vulnerable in need.
To provide the necessary social distancing for the spread of this virus to slow, the North Carolina Governor has asked to limit gatherings of people. As you know, the gathering of the Meck family on any given weekend brings together thousands. Even our smaller workshops and classes can exceed the “100 or more” limit that was initially requested in early COVID-19 restrictions.
As a result, we will be cancelling all weekend events and offering all of our weekend services exclusively through our Online Campus for the foreseeable future. Also, all weekday and weeknight classes and events will be cancelled or postponed. The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe has now closed as well. This is the most caring and loving response we can make for our community.
But just because we’re taking a break from physically gathering together doesn’t mean we’re taking a break! Through our Online Campus, you will be able to experience a full service as well as the beginning of our new series “The F Word.” You will be able to give online, interact with others as well as a pastor in the chat room, submit prayer requests and more. So gather your family together and experience this weekend’s service online.
I know that many of you are feeling anxious about the events of late. All of us should take appropriate caution, but as followers of Christ we should never give in to fear—rather, we are to meet all things with faith. Many of you know that one of my great historical mentors and heroines is Corrie ten Boom. I am reminded again of these wise words she once offered: “Worry doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” So reflect on the truth of these words from the Bible:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7, Msg)
We will continue to carefully monitor this situation and keep you abreast of any additional changes. It’s a privilege to serve as your pastor.