Friday’s Five 4-25-14

Dear Coastal,

In spite of all the elements, we had an AWESOME Easter at Coastal! First of all, I can’t say enough about our AWESOME Volunteers! I know I say that all the time, but I mean it. Each one of our teams knocked it out of the park!

I met so many new people! So many Coastal people proudly introduced me to their friends. I saw some “old friends” as well! One couple was simply walking their newborn baby in a stroller on our street, heard the music, and came to church!

Speaking of the music, it was great to have our new Worship Pastor, Michael Wright, lead worship for us!  The long weekend we spent together more than confirmed his calling to Coastal!

Tons of prayer requests! Lots of new volunteers! Lots of people recommitted their lives to Jesus! And 3 people came alive as they gave their lives to Jesus! Oh and by the way, we had our largest attendance ever – 651! The best is yet to come Coastal! I love you and I love what we get to do together!

Easter was great and it was something that we will build on, but don’t be discouraged if your friends didn’t come to church.  Keep praying!  Keep inviting!  We are not responsible for their responses.  We are responsible for casting seed – so keep casting!

We kick off our new series, “Battlefield” this Sunday!  We’re going to be talking about some of the common enemies that we all face in life and discover how we can defeat them.  (Our own Allen White did the mural on the stage and the graphic for our website.)

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

  1. Our next Membership Class is next Saturday, May 3rd, 9am-12pm.  Childcare and light refreshments provided.  Sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or register directly from our website here.
  2. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th.  We’re having a Baby Dedication Service during the 11:45am service on Mother’s Day.  If you would like to participate, either respond to this email or indicate on your Connect Card on Sunday.  It’s going to be a great day!  Lots of gifts and giveaways!  Plus we’re going to have a photographer at church taking family photos!
  3. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs Game!  Sunday, May 4th, 5pm.  Tickets $10 (Student Ministry Camp fundraiser).  Kids eat free!  Sign up for your Tickets at the kiosk in the Welcome Center and see Pastor Scott for payment and tickets.
  4. Don’t miss SERVEFEST on Saturday, May 17th, 9am-Noon, at Coastal.  Our Servolution LIFE Group is spearheading an opportunity to serve in many different ways and many different organizations around Charleston.  See the insert in your Sunday Bulletin and show up ready to serve on May 17th.
  5. Our next Newcomers Lunch is Sunday, May 18th, immediately following the 11:45am service.  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or right now on our website.  Our Newcomer’s Lunch is a great way to meet other new people and our Staff, learn more about Coastal and possible next steps, and enjoy a great meal!  Childcare provided.

Always & Forever All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Only 2 services on Memorial Weekend Sunday, May 26th (10:15am & 11:45am).  Our next Beach Baptism is Sunday, June 8th, on Folly Beach at 5pm.

Battlefield

On Sunday, April 27th, we begin a brand new sermon series entitled, “Battlefield.”  We’re going to be talking about defeating the common enemies that we all face.  Some of those enemies include:  temptation, worry, fear, depression, debt, and porn.  Ultimately, as Christians we know that because of Jesus we have won the victory and we are on the winning team!  But along the way, Satan wants to do everything in his power to make sure we live defeated lives.  In fact, Jesus said that Satan’s job is to, “steal, kill, and destroy.”  However Jesus came “to give life in all of its fullness.”  Our hope is that this series will help you face & defeat the enemy and live in victory!  Don’t miss it!

Easter Sunday 2014

In spite of the weather and being outside underneath a tent, we experienced an Easter Sunday I will never forget at Coastal! First of all, I can’t say enough about our AWESOME Volunteers! I know I say that all the time, but I really mean it. Each one of our teams knocked it out of the park! They worked long. The worked hard. And they enjoyed every minute of it!

I met so many new people! So many Coastal people proudly introduced me to their friends. I saw some “old friends” as well! One couple was simply walking their newborn baby in a stroller on our street, heard the music, and came to church! Even some of the people I invited came to church!

Speaking of the music, it was great to have our new Worship Pastor Michael Wright lead worship for us! Talk about a “Baptism by Fire!” And he did more than just survive. He did a great job! The long weekend we’ve spent together more than confirms his calling to Coastal! Can’t wait for Joy Brackett to join him in ministry here at Coastal!

I missed my friends Scott Huff & Lori! My heart is heavy for their loss. I know they would have much rather been in Charleston, experiencing Easter at Coastal than mourning the loss of a loved one, but they are right where they need to be – loving on family. Honestly, I wish I could be there with them. Scott is so much more than a Youth Pastor and “the announcement guy” here at Coastal (although he’s not bad at either).

Tons of prayer requests! Lots of new volunteers! Lots of people recommitted their lives to Jesus! And 3 people came alive as they gave their lives to Jesus! Oh and by the way, we had our largest attendance ever – 651! The best is yet to come Coastal! I love you and I love what we get to do together!

Baby Dedication

On Mother’s Day, May 11th, during the beginning of the 11:45am service (3rd service), Coastal will be having a Baby/Child Dedication Service.  Baby or Child dedications are special occasions.  The purpose of dedicating a child is just that – to dedicate the raising of a child in a Christian home.  It is a symbolic and public way of acknowledging that children are a gift from God and that we don’t take lightly our responsibility as parents.

At Coastal we believe that baby dedications are a family affair.  Not only is a child being dedicated to the Lord, but it is also a dedication the parents make – to raise their children in the training and instruction of the Lord.  It’s a parent’s outward way of giving thanks, sharing joy, and committing to be the mom or dad that God has called them to be.

It is also a way of including the church in this monumentous task and celebrating the gift of our children with them.  We commit to being a help, an example and a resource in raising their children.

If you are interested in participating on May 11th, please contact the church office or sign up on your Connect Card.

Friday’s 5 – 4-4-14

Dear Coastal,

Okay, it’s time!  Make the ask!  Easter is now 2 weeks away!  We have multiple invite tools for you to use to invite your friends:  the FREE Tickets (sign up for yours on Sunday or reserve them online today), our normal invite business cards, a large card mailer that will be sent out to all 29414 residents (good for mailing to friends-pick them up at the ticket booth), and a small invite card in your bulletin.

On Sunday, pick up whatever best suits you and people you will be inviting.  On top of that,  we have yard signs available!  Pick up a yard sign and put it in the front of your yard, closest to the street where people can see it.

We had lots and lots of names that were turned in on Sunday.  If you would like us to specifically join you in praying for the people that you’re inviting, write their first names on your Connect Card this Sunday.  Our Staff, Elders, and Prayer Team would love to join you in prayer.

Our service times for Easter are the same (8:45am, 10:15am, 11:45am).  However, we are having all 3 services outside, on our property, underneath a BIG TENT!  We’re calling it an Outdoor Community Easter Service (pray for good weather).  It should be a lot of fun! Our new Worship Pastor, Michael Wright, will be leading worship for us!  He will then join Coastal full time beginning Sunday, May 4th!

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

  1. We begin a new series right after Easter called, “Battlefield.”  We’re going to take a look at the some of the common enemies that we all face in our Christian life – worry, temptation, pornography, debt.  Can you think of others?
  2. Attention all Students:  BIG SUR (“Student Ultimate Relay”), Wednesday, April 16th, 6:26pm-8:15pm!  High School (Wear Blue) VS. Middle School (Wear Red) in the ultimate relay!  Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet!  There will be food!  Invite your friends!
  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, respond to this email, or let us know on your Connect Card.
  4. We are making 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!  Pick up Tickets at the Easter Ticket Booth.

Always & Forever All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We already have 316 tickets that have been reserved for Easter!  That does not include children in our Children’s Ministry!!  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS FOR YOU & YOUR FRIENDS TODAY!

P.S.S. Sign up for Mobile TEXT Giving & give it a try!  843-277-8337

BIG SUR

Attention all Students:  Don’t miss  BIG SUR (“Student Ultimate Relay”)!  Wednesday, April 16th, 6:26pm-8:15pm!  High School (Wear Blue) VS. Middle School (Wear Red) in the ultimate relay!  Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet!  There will be food!  Invite & bring your friends!

Online Connect Card