Friday’s 5 – 3-21-14

Dear Coastal,

The Easter countdown continues!  Easter is just 4 weeks away!  The time is now to start praying and inviting!  In fact, if you would like us to specifically join you in praying for the people you are reaching out to, write their first names on your Connect Card this Sunday.  Our Staff, Elders, and Prayer Team would love to join you in prayer.  You can also respond to this email with their names.

Our service times are staying the same for Easter.  However, we are having all 3 services outside, on our property, underneath a BIG TENT (larger than any we’ve rented before!).  We’re calling it an Outdoor Community Easter Service (pray for good weather).  It should be a lot of fun!

Michael Wright, our new Worship Pastor (if you missed the Big Announcement on Sunday), will be leading worship on Easter Sunday!  He will then join Coastal full time beginning Sunday, May 4th!  Woo-hoo!  I’ll share more about Michael later and how we can all help make his transition a smooth one.

Our FREE Tickets for each Easter service have arrived!!  Use them as an invite tool.  You can pick them up this Sunday!  They also help us to gauge when a particular service is going to be full.

Here are 5 more things I want you to know about:

  1. Mobile (TEXT) Giving is now available!  Text any amount to 843-277-8337 and follow the instructions!  Give it a try!  it’s safe, simple, and secure!  Even if it’s not going to be the regular way in which you give, I would encourage you to register.
  2. Our next Newcomers Lunch is Sunday, March 30th, immediately following the 11:45am service.  This is for anyone new to Coastal who has not been to a Newcomers Lunch.  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, respond to this email, or right now on our website.
  3. Prayerfully consider making a contribution to your “All In” Campaign commitment on Easter Sunday!  If you are new to Coastal and would like more information about our New Building Campaign, see me or respond to this email.
  4. We are already beginning to make preparations for the Summer Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group or if you simply have a creative idea for a Group, please respond to this email or indicate it on your Connect Card.
  5. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs Game!  Sunday, May 4th, 5pm.  Tickets $10 (Student Ministry Camp fundraiser).  Kids eat free!  See Scott Huff for tickets.

Have a great weekend!  See you and your friends on Sunday as we continue with our series, “Hello, My Name Is”!  We’ll be looking at Jabez!

Always & Forever All In!

Pastor Chris

The Egg Drop Question

I’m actually surprised that more people haven’t asked the question yet.  I’ve been asked it a few times, but not as many as I thought I would.  The question is, “Are you doing the Egg Drop this year?”  Maybe people just assume we’re doing it, because, you know, it’s our thing now and we’ve done it for 5 years in a row.  Or maybe people assume we’re not doing it because they haven’t heard anything about it.  Either way, I thought I would answer the question and explain.

After 5 years and literally thousands and thousands of eggs (close to 200,000 plastic candy filled eggs to be exact), Coastal will NOT be doing an Egg Drop this year (2014). The reason why is simple.  Our church is growing and we’re building a new building on our property (the Egg Drop field) to accomodate the growth.  Although we haven’t broken ground yet, we weren’t sure when that would happen when we started the process.  And as you may or may not know, the Egg Drop takes months and months of planning and preparation.  It now looks like we will break ground sometime in June.

So be on the lookout for other churches around the area having one and give them your support!  And thank you for participating faithfully and spreading the word.  And a huge thank you to those of you who have volunteered over the years (you have the t-shirts)!  We could not do what we do without you!  Be on the lookout – you know Coastal!  We will always be looking for creative ways to reach out to and serve our children and community.

As always, we’d love for you to come check out our church! We have 3 services: 8:45am, 10:15am, & 11:45am!  This Easter we’re having an Outdoor Community Easter Service, at those same times, underneath a HUGE tent on our property!  It’s going to be a blast!  We’d love to see you!

Friday’s 5 – 3-14-14

Dear Coastal,

Easter is just 5 weeks away!  Did you hear that?  EASTER IS JUST 5 WEEKS AWAY!  I know that there are some churches and Christians who complain about people who only show up at church on Easter.  Not me!  And NOT Coastal!  If you know churches and people like that, tell them to send their guests to Coastal!  Instead of complaining about it, let’s take advantage of it.  Let’s pull out all the stops and make them feel at home and welcome.  And most importantly, let’s share Jesus with them.

So what can you do?  Most importantly, you can start praying.  Pray for our church and everyone that will be invited.  Ask God to use Coastal to draw people to Himself.  Pray for all the people you will be inviting.  Pray for my message.  Pray for the 16,000 mailing invitations that will be going out to all 29414 residents of West Ashley.

Start inviting.  Make a list of everyone you know and start inviting.  Use Social Media.  Send personal messages.  Walk across the hall at your office.  And then be open to the Holy Spirit throughout your day asking Him to put other people in your path that you can invite.  Take home an Easter Yard Sign.  Two weeks before Easter we’re going to have Easter Yard Signs available to anyone who would be willing to put one in their yard, especially those of you who live in a busy neighborhood.  The week before Easter, help us blitz West Ashley with the rest of our Yard Signs.

This Easter we are having our 3 normal service times, but we are having them outside, on our property, underneath a BIG TENT (larger than any we’ve rented before!).  We’re calling it an Outdoor Community Easter Service (pray for good weather).  It should be a lot of fun!  We’re also using tickets for the 3 services as an invite tool.  So as soon as the tickets arrive, you can start reserving seats for the service you will attend.  They also, help us to gauge when a particular service is full.

How many people do you think we can reach this Easter?  Our largest service ever was just over 600.  Can we do that again?  Can we blow that away?  I don’t know.  Will you do your part?  I believe God is looking for people and churches to draw people to Himself.  Beg God to look no further than you and Coastal!

Here are 5 more things I want you to know about:

  1. Mobile (TEXT) Giving is now available!  Text any amount to 843-277-8337 and follow the instructions!  Give it a try!  it’s safe, simple, and secure!
  2. 1st Impressions Team Dinner/Meeting this Saturday night (tomorrow), 5:30pm at the church.  Dinner & Childcare provided.  This is for anyone currently serving in 1st Impressions or those interested in serving.
  3. Prayerfully consider making a contribution to your “All In” Campaign commitment on Easter Sunday!  If you are new to Coastal and would like more information about our New Building Campaign, see me or respond to this email.
  4. We are already beginning to make preparations for the Summer Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group or if you simply have a creative idea for a Group, please respond to this email or indicate it on your Connect Card.
  5. Our next Newcomers Lunch is Sunday, March 30th, immediately following the 11:45am service.  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or right now on our website.

Have a great weekend!  See you and your friends on Sunday as we continue with our series, “Hello, My Name Is”!  We’ll be looking at Deborah!

Always & Forever All In!

Pastor Chris

Students to Carolina Ice Palace

On Friday, March 28th, from 6-9pm, Coastal’s Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is taking a trip to the Carolina Ice Palace.  The cost is $10 and includes skates.  Meet at the church at 5:15pm if you need a ride.

Outdoor Community Easter Services

Join us this Easter, April 20th, at Coastal Community Church for 1 of 3 services, outside on our property, underneath a BIG TENT!  Our service times are the same:  8:45am, 10:15am, or 11:45am.  Invite and bring a friend!  The dress is casual – come as you are.  The messages apply to every day LIFE!  The music is ROCKIN’!  We have an awesome Children’s Ministry during each service for your kids!  You’ll be glad you came!

Register Today for FREE Tickets to the Service you will attend!  The Tickets help us gauge the size of each service and when a particular service might be full.  Feel free to use the tickets to invite your friends!  We will either mail them to you or you can pick them up at Coastal – depending on what you indicate on the Registration Form.  Obviously, no one will be turned away without a ticket.  They are simply a tool to build momentum, track each service, and a way to invite our friends!  See you Sunday!

Easter Tickets

To register for your FREE Easter Tickets, simply fill out this form, indicating which service you will attend and how many tickets you need. You can either pick up your Tickets at Coastal or have them mailed to you.
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1st Impression Ministry Dinner/Meeting

On Saturday, March 15th, at 6pm, we are having a Dinner/Meeting for all 1st Impression Team members at the church.  It will be a great time of fellowship, training, and vision casting as we prepare for Easter, growth, and our new facility.  The 1st Impression Ministry is an easy “on ramp” for serving and it is also one of the largest, most important ministries at Coastal.  It’s purpose is to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for our guests so that they would return to Coastal and take the next step in their spiritual journey.  We want our guests to feel like our welcome, expected guests in our home.

So don’t miss Saturday, March 15th!  Our menu is:  Barbeque, Mac-n’-cheese, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Dessert, Tea & Lemonade.  Childcare is provided!  Let us know you’re coming on your Connect Card on Sunday.

Online Connect Card