Friday’s 5 – 1-30-15

Dear Coastal,

I love our church!  I know I say that a lot, but it’s true!  I love what we get to do and who we get to do it with – I love you!  This past Sunday was so much fun!  I love LIFE Group Sunday!  I think you got the point on Sunday – we were created to be connected!  You must have gotten it because over 260 adults signed up for a LIFE Group!  And let me just say what an awesome job all of our LIFE Group Leaders did on their booths!  All of you went above and beyond, and it showed (although there were no losers in our voting, we did have some winners that will be announced on Sunday)!  For the next several weeks we will be encouraging everyone to sign up for a Group – on your Connect Card, at the LIFE Group table, or on our website!  There are 3 different ways to sign up, but you only have to sign up one way/one time.  Most Groups begin the week of February 8th!

If you didn’t see the pictures on Facebook or get the Push Notification from our App on your phone, DIRT IS MOVING for the new building!  We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s still very exciting!

Here are 5 Things I want you to make note of:

  1. This Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, we are asking everyone to please bring non-perishable food items (canned goods, cereal, box pasta/meals, etc.) with them to church to help re-stock our food pantry.  Our food pantry helps feed many hurting families throughout the month.
  2. Our next Baby/Child Dedication is going to be Sunday, February 8th.  If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email with which service you will be in and child’s full name.  (We will have another Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 10th.)
  3. We need more parking volunteers!  If you are willing to volunteer, please give Chris Ranew (706-941-2004) or Greg Orr (843-367-4051) a call.  They will put you to work!
  4. Our next Newcomer’s Lunch is Sunday, February 22nd, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  Our Newcomers Lunch is an informal gathering where you will enjoy a great meal, meet other new people, meet our staff, hear Coastal’s story, and learn about possible next steps.  Childcare is provided.  It’s a great next step for those who are new to Coastal!  You can sign up on our website!
  5. On Sunday, Februrary 22nd, we kick off a brand new series called, “Happily Ever After.”  It’s a series all about relationships – love, sex, dating, single/married.  You won’t want to miss a single week!  Invite & bring a friend!

LOVE YOU!

Pastor Chris (friend me on facebook if we’re not already friends)

P.S.  Give digital giving a try – either through our website or through mobile TEXT Giving (843-277-8337)!  They’re both simple, safe, and secure!

Coastal exists to share & experience LIFE – the life of Jesus!

Friday’s 5 1-23-15

Dear Coastal,

Don’t miss this Sunday!  Not only is it the second week of “This Is How We Roll,” but it is also LIFE Group Sunday!  What that means is that each one of our 3 services will end a little earlier, giving everyone time to go outside underneath a huge tent to check out all the different LIFE Groups this semester!  Each Group will have a table/display representing their Group.  You’ll be able to mee the leaders, check out the materials, and even enjoy some great snacks!  There will also be a ballot in your bulletin on Sunday where you can vote on the different booths – most creative, most informative, best sales pitch, best snack,etc.  As you can tell, it’s going to be a lot of fun.  You won’t want to miss it!  Invite & bring a friend!  By the way, LIFE Group sign ups are available NOW on our website!

Thanks for being so accommodating in parking across the street in the old Oakland Elemenatary School parking lot!  Everyone did an awesome job!  Keep it up!  We do need more parking volunteers now though.  If you are willing to volunteer, please give Chris Ranew (706-941-2004) or Greg Orr (843-367-4051) a call.  They will put you to work!

Here are 5 Things I want you to make note of:

  1. If you are leading, assisting or hosting a LIFE Group, please make plans to attend the LIFE Group Training Class on Saturday, January 24th (tomorrow) from 9am-11am.  Childcare is provided.
  2. If you are planning on going on the Peru Mission Trip on August 7-15, please turn in your deposit and see Scott Huff today!  Thanks!
  3. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, we are asking everyone to please bring non-perishable food items with them to church to help re-stock our food pantry.  Our food pantry helps feed many hurting families throughout the month.
  4. Our next Baby/Child Dedication is going to be Sunday, February 8th.  If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email with which service you will be in and child’s full name.  (We will have another Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 10th.)
  5. Our next Newcomer’s Lunch is Sunday, February 22nd, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  Our Newcomers Lunch is an informal gathering where you will enjoy a great meal, meet other new people, meet our staff, hear Coastal’s story, and learn about possible next steps.  Childcare is provided.  It’s a great next step for those who are new to Coastal!  You can sign up on our website!

LOVE YOU!

Pastor Chris (friend me on facebook if we’re not already friends)

Coastal exists to share & experience LIFE – the life of Jesus!

Friday’s 5 – 1-16-15

Dear Coastal,

This coming Sunday we kick off a new series called, “This Is How We Roll.”  For the next 4 or 5 weeks, we’re going to look at the purposes of the church.  And then we’re going to take it a step further, a kind of behind the scenes look and say, “And this is how this looks here at Coastal.  This is what we’re about.  This is how it’s played out here.  This is the culture here.  This is how we roll.”  Because it’s the first Sunday of the series, we’re also going to be giving away some fun stuff at the end of each service!  Invite and bring a friend!  It’s going to be fun!

Hopefully you heard the good new from me this week!  The site work on our property for the new building has begun.  What does that mean for you and me?  We temporarily lose all of our parking on that side of our campus.  We need everyone to start parking in the old Oakland Elementary School parking lot directly across the street from our field.  We want to save our parking at the first entrance side for guests and new people.  I am specically asking that NO VOLUNTEERS park on that first entrance side.  We all need to get healthy in 2015, so the extra steps will do us good!

Here are 5 Things I want you to make note of:

  1. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and becoming a Member?  Our next Membership Class is this Monday night, January 19, 6-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments provided.  RSVP on your Connect Card or on our website.
  2. If you are leading, assisting or hosting a LIFE Group, please make plans to attend the LIFE Group Training Class on Saturday, January 24th from 9am-11am.  Childcare is provided.
  3. Our LIFE Group brochure for the 2015 Winter/Spring Semester will be available this Sunday!  Take your time, look it over, and be prepared to sign up NEXT Sunday on LIFE Group Sunday, January 25th!  We’ll have a Big Tent outside (with heaters) and all of our Groups will have tables/displays.  You’ll be able to check out all the different groups, meet the leaders, enjoy some great snacks, and sign up for a LIFE Group!  Don’t miss it!
  4. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, we are asking everyone to please bring non-perishable food items with them to church to help re-stock our food pantry.  Our food pantry helps feed many hurting families throughout the month.
  5. Our next Newcomer’s Lunch is Sunday, February 22nd, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  Our Newcomers Lunch is an informal gathering where you will enjoy a great meal, meet other new people, meet our staff, hear Coastal’s story, and learn about possible next steps.  Childcare is provided.  It’s a great next step for those who are new to Coastal!  You can sign up on our website!

LOVE YOU!

Pastor Chris (friend me on facebook if we’re not already friends)

P.S.  Do you have or know anyone who has a Golf Cart that’s not being used, maybe sitting in a garage?  We’re looking for a couple more Golf Carts that we could use during construction to help with parking.  Let me know if you have one.

Coastal exists to share & experience LIFE – the life of Jesus!

Great News!

Dear Coastal Friends & Family,

I’ve got great news to announce!  Our new building project has officially STARTED!!  They pulled up on our property and started on the site work today!

I’ll be honest with you – it really affected me.  All I can say is that it’s been 25 years coming – portable (setting up and breaking down every Sunday) for 14 years, moving here 10 years ago, all the growth over the last 5 years (more than quadrupled in size – 457 on Sunday), and all the hoops over the last year just trying to get started.  When I walked outside, my heart started racing and I got emotional just watching them put up the fencing!  I told Janet I was going to put out some beach lawn chairs, an umbrella, and a fire pit and just sit, watch, and thank the Lord!

Well, I won’t do that, but I am thanking the Lord and I do want to thank YOU!  You are the reason we’re doing this!  Each one of you matters to God and has a story!  Jesus has changed your life and together we get to change the world – one life at a time!  I said it Sunday and I’ll say it again today, the new building is just a tool.  But it’s an important tool that we will leverage for God’s glory to keep reaching more and more people for Jesus!  We will fill it, fill it again, fill it again, and keep filling it until we have to figure out what to do next!  God is not finished with you or with Coastal.  In fact, He’s just getting started!

I also want to thank all of you who keep faithfully giving to Coastal and specifically to this project (“All In”).  You have been giving by faith.  Today your faith begins to become sight!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  We could not be doing this without your faithful, generous, consistent giving – period!  In fact, I want to encourage you to keep it up!  Together, let’s see what we can really give by faith.  Let’s see what God can accomplish through us.

I also want to challenge those of you who are new or who haven’t yet started giving to Coastal or this project.  Join us!  Join in with what God is doing here!  We’ve said it all along – we can’t all give the same amount, but we can all sacrifice together!  Every amount matters – large or small!  I’m believing that we can pay for this building and pay it off in record time!

In fact, just to show your support or excitement or to start giving for the first time, why not give right now through our website or through TEXTing.  Stop what you’re doing and give a gift of Thanksgiving!  After a 1 step sign up, you can give any amount, any time, any where to 843-277-8337.  In fact, add the word “building” or “allin” and it is designated for the new building.

I love you Coastal!  And I love what we get to do together!  I’ll try not to drive you crazy with pictures or updates, but I felt this was an important one.  I’ve said it all along, when I know, you’ll know!  Now you know!  Invite and bring someone with you Sunday – if you do, we’ll let you park down the first entrance!  Haha!

Loving You, Loving Jesus, & Loving Our Community!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s 5 1-9-15

Dear Coastal,

What a great start to the New Year this past Sunday as we Baptized 5 people!  It was such an awesome day!  My message was called, “The Year in Review,” as we took a look back at 2014.  This Sunday, my message is entitled, “The Year Ahead.”  We’re going to talk about what God has in store for us in 2015.  Don’t miss it!

Oh Coastal, we are soooo close to starting the construction of our new building!  In fact, I’m told that silt fencing, tree protection, the retention pond, and the construction entrance will all begin next week.  Here’s what that practically means for all of us:  we will temporarily lose all of the parking in the field and on that side of our campus.  So here’s what I need you to do.  Start parking in the old Oakland Elementary School parking lot directly across the street from our field.  We want to save our parking at the first entrance side for guests and new people.  I am specically asking that NO VOLUNTEERS park on that first entrance side.  We all need to get healthy in 2015, so the extra steps will do us good!

Here are 5 Things I want you to make note of:

  1. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and becoming a Member?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, January 19, 6-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments provided.  RSVP on your Connect Card or on our website.
  2. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in this next semester, we need to hear from you – NOW!  We need all different types of Groups – Study Groups, Service Groups, Social Groups!!  Please respond to this email or give us a call.
  3. If you are leading, assisting or hosting a LIFE Group, please make plans to attend the LIFE Group Training Class on Saturday, January 24th from 9am-11am.  LIFE Group Sunday is January 25th!
  4. Interested in sponsoring a Student (6th-12th Grade) for this year’s Winter Retreat?  The cost of the retreat per student is $175.  We have several students who could use financial assistance.  Any amount donated would be greatly appreciated.  Please see Pastor Scott for more information.
  5. Join me (Pastor Chris & our Staff) as we read through the Bible in 2015.  Pick up a One Year Bible or follow along in exactly the same reading plan at Youversion’s Bible.com site.  Go to – Reading Plans – Whole Bible – and it’s the trademarked plan entitled, “The One Year Bible” Reading Plan.  We also have a facebook group entitled, “Coastal’s One Year Bible Reading Group.”

LOVE YOU!

Pastor Chris (friend me on facebook if we’re not already friends)

Coastal exists to share & experience LIFE – the life of Jesus!

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