LIFE Group Orientation/Dinner

Our entire staff is in the process of organizing & planning out our LIFE Groups for the Fall/Winter Semester.  An important part of this process is making sure we’re all together on the same page, heading in the same direction.  To help us do that, we’re having a “LIFE Group Orientation and Dinner” at the church for all LIFE Group Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts this Friday night, August 1st – childcare provided.  This dinner/meeting is also for anyone interested in leading, assisting, or hosting in the new semester.

We’ll eat from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and our meeting will be from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  Obviously, we’re trying lure you with dinner (ham, green beans, mac & cheese, desserts), but this is a very important meeting.  Not only will this be a great time for fellowship, it will also be an opportunity for me to cast vision, talk about our LIFE Group expectations, and help us to plan out the upcoming semester.

New Sermon Series: “Summer Reading”

“Leaders are Readers!”  I wholeheartedly agree with that statement!  On Sunday, July 27th, we begin a brand new series at Coastal called, “Summer Reading.”  The idea for the series is simple.  I pick 6 different books that I consider worthwhile for the church to read.  We provide a small number of the books at a very discounted price and encourage you to read them.  Then, each week we use a different one of the books as a springboard for the message.

Here is a list of the books we’re using:  Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.  It’s a great book on prayer!  Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick.  It’s a great book on leadership that our staff is reading together right now.  Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer.  We used one of his books last year and this one is just as powerful.  The Dude’s Guide to Manhood:  Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits by Darrin Patrick.  The title should speak for itself.  I hope every man (and woman) in our church reads it!  Unglued:  Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa Terkeurst.  God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it.  It’s a book every woman (and man) ought to read.  And then finally, How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley, a great book on generosity.

Now before some of you freak out thinking that Pastor Chris has gone heretical and soft and has thrown out the Bible and is now preaching from other books or encouraging you to read other books instead of the Bible, throw away your email and take your medication.  That’s not what we’re doing.  If anything, I think you’ll discover that during this series you will find yourself compelled to go to scripture as we point people to the truth of His Word and a deeper relationship with God.  Some of you LOVE to read and need very little nudging to pick up a book and read it.  Others of you made a vow after school that you would never read another book again!  And then there is everything in between.  I hope that some of you will read all of the books and that all of you will read at least one of the books.  Growing Christian Leaders are Readers!  Join us this Summer and READ!

Baby Shower for Pastor Scott & Lori Huff

We are having a church wide (everyone is invited) Baby Shower for Pastor Scott & Lori Huff on Sunday, July 13, 5pm at the church!  They will have had several Baby Shower’s at this point so we are encouraging everyone to bring Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Babies-R-Us).  They are expecting a girl!  We will provide a dinner:  hamburgers/hotdogs, chili, baked beans, cole slaw, mac & cheese, cake, & drinks.  No childcare is provided.

“All In” Meeting/Dinner

If you are new to our church in the last 8 months, this invitation is for you. On Friday night, July 11th, 7-9pm we are having an “All In” Meeting/Dinner at the church and I wanted to personally invite you to come.  You may or may not have heard, but Coastal is in the process of building a new building on our property!  We hope to break ground later this Summer.

This past Fall, we launched into a campaign we called, “All In” that helped us to communicate the vision, the need, and the process of building our new building.  Since you are fairly new to Coastal, I want to give you the opportunity to be a part of what we are doing.  We will feed you dinner, provide childcare, and I will explain in detail what we are doing, how we are doing it, and how you can help.  Plus you will get to see the latest plans and hear all the most up to date information of where we are at in the process.

To RSVP, simply send an email to pastorchris@coastalcommunitychurch.org.   I hope you can come!  These are exciting times at Coastal!

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