Friday’s 5 – 3-27-15

Dear Coastal,

Easter Sunday, April 5th is now just 9 days away!  Are you tired of our countdown yet?  Well, believe it or not, we actually had someone call the church this past week and argue with us about the date of Easter.  It was an older woman who apparently had seen one of our Yard Signs and she called to tell us how dumbfounded she was that we could make such a stupid mistake because Easter, “My Dear”, is April 12th!  That’s a Southern thing – to criticize someone and call them “Dear.”  Michael assured her that we had not made a mistake and encouraged her to Google “Easter 2015.”  I’m not sure she knows what Google means, but at least she saw one of our Yard Signs!  And who knows – she just might show up at Coastal!

By the way, I love seeing all the Yard Signs around town this week and I love seeing everyone wear our “LOVE CAN” t-shirts!  Early this week I took one of our shirts to Jeff Watts in the hospital.  He’s the brother of David Watts (one of our bass players).  I knew Jeff would really like the shirt, because of the artistic nature of the shirt (the nod to Andy Warhol) and the simple message:  LOVE CAN.  Jeff was a talented man – a writer, director, and stage designer in the theater world of New York.  Jeff has been battling cancer and my Men’s Group has been praying for him for several years.  He passed away on Wednesday night.  On Thursday morning I got a text Gracen, his sister-in-law, with a picture attached.  It was a picture taken of Jeff, smiling with a friend, on his last day on this earth – wearing his LOVE CAN t-shirt!

Coastal, LOVE really CAN change the world!  I believe that!  Jeff believed that!  Do you?  If you do, then join me in praying for our community.  Join me in reaching out and inviting our friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  Let’s open up a big ol’ can of LOVE on Charleston!

Here are my FRIDAY 5:

  1. Consider giving a special “ALL IN” offering on Easter Sunday!  For those of you who are new, “All In” is simply the name of our Giving Campaign for the new buildng.  You can help us build our new building by giving above and beyond your regular giving and designating your gift – “ALL IN” or “new building.”  No gift is too small (or too big for that matter) and every gift counts!  We can’t all give the same amount, but together we can all sacrifice and give something.
  2. On Sunday, April 12th, Coastal will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary!  There will be one service at 10:15am and a lunch reception/party to follow!  You won’t have to bring a thing!  Just invite & bring friends to join in the fun!
  3. We need about 8 more volunteers to care for our children from nursery to kindergarten during our 25th Anniversary Service. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old to adults.  We will pay $20 for this service – 10am-Noon.  If you are interested in helping out or know someone who would, please contact Janet Rollins at: janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299 (cell).
  4. On Friday & Saturday, April 17th & 18th, our Student Ministry (6th-12 Grade) will be joining with 6 other area Student Ministries on our campus for a special GLOW Weekend – night of Worship, day of service, cookout, and more!  See Pastor Scott for more details and information.  The event is FREE but Students need to sign up by April 8th.
  5. On Sunday, April 19th, we are having our next Baptism Service!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, respond to this email, or sign up online.

Forever & Always ALL IN!

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

Friday’s 5 – 3-20-15

Dear Coastal,

Easter Sunday, April 5th is now just 16 days away!  We have multiple invite tools for you to use to invite your friends: our normal “You’re Invited” business cards, an Easter specific invite card, and on top of that, we still have some 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, or at a nearby busy intersection.  We also have a FREE “Love Can” t-shirt for everyone at Coastal this Sunday!

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!  Pray for good weather.  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 23,921 mailing invitations that will be going out to all 29407 & 29414 residents of West Ashley.

This Sunday we wrap up our “Happily Ever After?” series by talking about “How to Have A Fair Fight?”  Don’t miss it!

Here are my FRIDAY 5:

  1.  On Monday night March 23rd, 7-8:30PM, we will have a meeting for anyone interested in helping to plan, organize, and lead the different areas of VBS. Simply respond to this email if you would like to be part of our planning team.
  2. Consider giving a special “ALL IN” offering on Easter Sunday!  For those of you who are new, “All In” is simply the name of our Giving Campaign for the new buildng.  You can help us build our new building by giving above and beyond your regular giving and designating your gift – “ALL IN” or “new building.”  No gift is too small (or too big for that matter) and every gift counts!  We can’t all give the same amount, but together we can all sacrifice and give something.
  3. On Sunday, April 12th, Coastal will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary!  There will be one service at 10:15am and a lunch reception/party to follow!  You won’t have to bring a thing!  Just invite & bring friends to join in the fun!
  4. We need about 18 volunteers to care for our children from nursery to kindergarten during our Anniversary 10:15am service so all of our volunteers can participate in the celebration. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old to adults.  We will pay $20 for this service.  If you are interested in helping out or know someone who would, please contact Janet Rollins at: janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299 (cell).
  5. On Sunday, April 19th, we are having our next Baptism Service!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, respond to this email, or sign up online.

Forever & Always ALL IN!

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

P.S.  No Yard Work this Saturday morning.  Paul and his guys finished it up for us!

Friday’s 5 – 3-6-15

Dear Coastal,

This Sunday is what?  TIME CHANGE SUNDAY!  I know our clocks “spring forward” and we lose an hour, but I can’t wait for the longer days!  We’re also in week 3 of our “Happily Ever After?” series!  I hope you’re enjoying it!

The Easter countdown continues!  Easter is just 4 weeks away – Sunday, April 5th!  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?  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 thousands of mailing invitations that will be going out to all 29407 & 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.  In a couple of weeks 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!).  Pray for good weather.  How many people do you think we can reach this Easter?  Last year we had 651.  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 Things I want you to make note of:

  1. $100 deposits are due NOW for Student LIFE Mission Camp.  Camp dates are June 15-19 at Wake Forest University.  Total cost:  $330.  Balance due on May 1st.  Bring your deposit to church on Sunday.

  2. Family Game Night for all Clubhouse & Coastal Kidz Parents and Children, Saturday, March 14th, 5pm-7pm.  Bring board games and $5 for pizza per family!
  3. Consider giving a special “ALL IN” offering on Easter Sunday!  For those of you who are new, “All In” is simply the name of our Giving Campaign for the new buildng.  You can help us build our new building by giving above and beyond your regular giving and designating your gift – “ALL IN” or “new building.”  No gift is too small (or too big for that matter) and every gift count!  We can’t all give the same amount, but together we can all sacrifice and give something.
  4. On Sunday, April 12th, Coastal will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary!  There will be one service at 10:15am and a reception/party to follow!
  5. On Sunday, April 19th, we are having our next Baptism Service!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, respond to this email, or sign up online.

Forever & Always ALL IN!

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!

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