Baby/Child Dedication!

We are having our next Baby/Child Dedication service on Father’s Day, June 15, during the 11:45am service.

3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

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 or as a church.

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.  We commit to being a help, an example, and a resource in raising their children.

“At the Movies” Series Kick-Off!

The Summer is just about here!  To kick off the Summer, on Sunday, June 8th, we roll out one of our favorite series here at Coastal:  “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use current blockbuster movies as a “hook” to talk about spiritual truth and we do it in true Coastal style.  We’ll have a lot fun, give away a lot of stuff (all 1st time guests get FREE movie tickets to Citadel Mall Theater), eat a lot of popcorn, and most importantly point people to Jesus!  Invite and bring your friends!

BIG SUR “Student Ultimate Relay”

Attention all Coastal Students!  This Wednesday, May 28th come and compete in the BIG SUR “Student Ultimate Relay”.  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!

Only 2 Services for Memorial Weekend!

This Sunday, May 25th (Memorial Weekend), there will only 2 Sunday morning Worship Sevices – 10:15am & 11:45am.  We’ll be continuing our Battlefield series with a message on Temptation.  We’ll also have a time to recognize and pray for those who serve or have served in the Military.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Friday’s 5

Dear Coastal,

That’s right – only 2 Worship Services this Sunday for Memorial Weekend – 10:15am & 11:45am.  We’ll be continuing our Battlefield series with a message on Temptation.  We’ll also have a time to recognize and pray for those who serve or have served in the Military.  Hope to see you Sunday!

The Summer is just about here!  To kick off the Summer, on Sunday, June 8th, we roll out one of our favorite series here at Coastal:  “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use current blockbuster movies as a “hook” to talk about spiritual truth and we do it in true Coastal style.  We’ll have a lot fun, give away a lot of stuff (all 1st time guests get FREE movie tickets to Citadel Mall Theater), eat a lot of popcorn, and most importantly point people to Jesus!  Invite and bring your friends!

And then to make June 8th even more AWESOME, we’re having a Beach Baptism at Folly Beach County Park at 5pm! If you’d like to get Baptized in the ocean at Folly Beach, you can sign up on Sunday on your Connect Card, you can sign up online, or you can simply respond to this email.  Come early, bring your “beach stuff”, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends and family!  We’ve got 50 free parking passes to the 1st 50 people that want them!  On the weekend, unless you have a Park Pass that’s a $10 value that we’re giving away for FREE.

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

  1. LIFE Group Sign-Up has begun!  You can register online today or this Sunday at church.  LIFE Groups begin the week of June 8th!
  2. Student LIFE Missions Camp balane due this Sunday!  Please see Pastor Scott with payment and any questions.
  3. BIG SUR “Student Ultimate Relay” this Wednesday, May 28th, 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!
  4. On Father’s Day, June 15th we are having another Baby/Child Dedication Service during the 11:45am service.  Sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or respond to this email if you are interested in participating.
  5. VBS this year is July 21st-25th!  This year’s theme is, “Weird Animals – Where Jesus’ Love Is One of a Kind.”  Our VBS Closing Program will be Sunday night, July 27th.  We are in need of 100 pool noodles for VBS – green, yellow, orange, purple or blue.  If you’d like to volunteer for VBS, please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in the bulletin and place it in the offering plate on Sunday!

Always & Forever All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Mark Sunday, July 6th (4th of July Weekend) on your calendars!  We’re going to have 1 combined outdoor service & a barbeque!

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Dear Coastal,

Guess what?  Our new Worship Pastor, Michael Wright, is officially here and will begin leading worship full time this Sunday!  He actually got here on Wednesday and led worship for our Students!  His fiance, Joy Brackett, will be in town this weekend as well. We might get to see her from time to time over the Summer and then obviously, she will join Michael after their wedding in late July.  Make an extra effort to be here on Sunday and introduce yourself to them.

And then Coastal, make me proud and simply do what you do best, love on them both and welcome them to Coastal and Charleston!  Over the next month, while he looks for an apartment, Michael will be living with Scott & Lori Huff.  Feel free to invite Michael out to lunch or have him over for dinner – a great way to get to know him.  Or maybe invite him out to some “Charleston thing” with you and your family.  I’m very proud of and excited about the Staff Team we are building here at Coastal!  I hope you are too!

Coastal, I want to brag on you and thank you for a moment.  You guys are such a generous people.  Whether it’s our food pantry, VBS, Student Ministry, a hurting family, Peru, or blessing one of our Staff during a difficult time, your generous, consistent giving never ceases to amaze me.

Which brings me to our “All In” Campaign.  I’ve not really said a lot about the Campaign since it began, but here again, you guys amaze me.  The key to any Giving Campaign is consistency from the entire church family.  And like we said at the very beginning of the Campaign, it’s not equal amounts, it’s equal sacrifice.  We can’t all give the same amount, but we can all pull together and sacrifice.  And every week, seeing the wide variety of gifts coming in from such a wide variety of people for “All In” just blows me away.

Very soon, we hope to announce the closing of our loan and a ground breaking ceremony.  If Easter Sunday taught us anything, it’s that our current facility is not adequate for our growth and the new building is simply a tool that will enable us to continue to grow.  If you are fairly new to Coastal and would like to join in and help us fund our new building (a multi-purpose building that will seat 450-500 people on our property), simply designate your check, offering envelope, pay pal, or text “AllIN” or “Building”.

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

  1. Our next Membership Class is tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 3rd, 9am-12pm.  Childcare and light refreshments provided.  Even if you haven’t signed up, we take walk-ins!  Our Membership Class is the way you formalize your commitment to Coastal.
  2. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs Game!  This Sunday, May 4th, 5pm.  Tickets $10 (Student Ministry Camp fundraiser).  Kids eat free!  Pastor Scott was able to get a few more tickets – see him on Sunday.

  3. 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!
  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, the table in the Welcome Center, 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.

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