Friday’s Five – 9-25-15

Dear Coastal,

I told you “Game On!” was going to be awesome!  I can’t thank our Staff and all our Volunteers enough for all their hard work.  We have an awesome team at Coastal.  It was just a FUN day and everything fit together and communicated the message that it’s not “Game Over”, it’s “Game On!”  A special thanks to everyone who Tailgated.  You guys went above and beyond!  It was definitely something that we will do again.  And yes, the votes are in, but you’ll have to wait until Sunday for us to announce the winner.

– Keep inviting and bringing your friends.  I love, love, love meeting your friends that you invited!  This is a great series for your friends to hear that God has a wonderful plan for their lives.

– LIFE Groups began this week!  And from all reports it’s been a great start!  It’s still not too late to join a Group.  Sign up today on our website.

– I want to thank those of you who donated “bedding stuff” and money to the LOVE CAN Help A Child need this past week.  Everything has been taken care of and now has to be delievered and set up.  They are going to be meeting at the church at 1pm to take the bedding & supplies to the family.  They need a couple of men to help with the moving, loading, and set up.  They could also use some help with childcare at the church for the children of the families who will be serving.  It all should take about an hour & a half.  If you are interested in serving, please call Morgan Verdery at 706-717-0029.

Here are 5 other things to remember:

  1. Our last Beach Baptism Service of the year will be this Saturday (tomorrow morning), at 11am at Folly Beach County Park.  Respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up online.  We have free parking passes available at church.  Come and celebrate with those getting Baptized!
  2. New to Coastal?  Sign up for our next Newcomer’s Lunch – Sunday, October 4th, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Coastal, meet other new people and our staff, enjoy a great meal, and discover possible next steps.  Repsond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  3. Interested in getting more involved at Coastal?  Want to learn the “inside scoop”?  Attend our next FUELGathering, Saturday, October 10th, 10am-Noon.  Childcare provided.  FUEL is for all Ministry Leaders, Volunteers, and anyone interested in serving.
  4. October is Operation Christmas Child month!  Begin collecting toys, games, supplies, etc. that can fit in a shoebox.  Also, start gathering your shoeboxes.  You can bring your items and shoeboxes to church during the month of October.  There will be an insert in the bulletin with more information.  Our Packing Party will be at the church on Friday, November 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
  5. Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) Winter Retreat, January 15-18th in Pigeon Forge, TN.  $175 per student.  $75 deposit due November 8th.  $100 balance due December 13th.  See Michael for more information.

All In!  LOVE CAN!  Game On!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s Five – 9-18-15

Dear Coastal,

I can’t wait to see you and your friends for “Game On!” this Sunday!  It’s not too late to “make the ask” and invite someone to come.  What’s the worst that can happen?  They say, “No.”  Then you keep loving, keep serving, and keep praying.  And when the time is right, you invite again.  But if they say, “Yes!”, it could change their life forever and beyond!

You know the drill – Sunday is going to be awesome!  We’ve gone to great lengths to do our part to make it special.  But we need you to do your part.  Warmly welcome everyone you see.  Make it a point to talk to people you don’t know.  Smile.  Be helpful.  Pick up trash.  Park as far away as you can.  Sit to the FRONT & CENTER of each section in our auditorium.  If at all possible, come to the 8:45am service or the 11:45am service.  But most importantly, come to the service your invited guests will attend.

This past year, with the help and heart of Morgan Verdery, Amy Mark, and Vanessa Lopez, we started an ongoing ministry initiative called, “Love Can Help A Child.”  The focus of the ministry is meeting the needs of orphans, foster children, and chldren in our community in need.  Long term we hope to be a part of solving the foster child crisis in our community.  Right now we have a couple of families who are going through the Foster Family or Respite Care certification process.  I was overwhelmed by the response of our church to collecting backpacks/school supplies and providing Birthday Presents for all Foster Children with birthday’s in September.

One of the places we wanted to continue to grow in our involvement is at Oakland Elementary School.  Simply put, we made the offer that if there are children in need at Oakland, we would love to be a part of meeting those needs.  Well, we got a call this week about some children who were sleeping on the floor and needed bedding.  I made a couple of calls, the need was put on the Coastal Women’s Facebook page (Coastal Community Church Women’s Group), and in less than 24 hours, everything was either taken care of, or being arranged (we still need about $300)!  It all happened so fast, I knew many of you wouldn’t even be aware of it.  That happens a lot around here.  People are serving, loving, and sharing in our community, meeting needs in Jesus name!  I am so thankful to be a part of a church that genuinely cares about the community in which we live.

If you would like to help meet the $300 need, simply give on Sunday, designating the money, “Love Can.”  Any surplus money we collect will go to that Ministry.

Here are 5 other things to remember:

  1. Woohoo!  LIFE Groups begin this coming week!  It’s not too late to sign up.  There are 3 ways to sign up for a LIFE Group, but you only have to sign up 1 time/1 way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, on the LIFE Group Table in the Welcome Center, or online.  Sign up today!
  2. Our last Beach Baptism Service of the year will be on Saturday, September 26th at 11am at Folly Beach County Park.  Respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up online.  We have free parking passes available at church.
  3. We are helping to support Touching Lives Ministry and their goal to bring a child from Kenya to MUSC for care.  We are not asking for money – simply clean out your closet and place used shoes or purses/pocket books in the container in the Welcome Center.  See Gracie Beechler for more information.
  4. New to Coastal?  Sign up for our next Newcomer’s Lunch – Sunday, October 4th, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Coastal, meet other new people and our staff, enjoy a great meal, and discover possible next steps.  Repsond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. Feel free to make and bring your favorite appetizer and give it to a Tailgater to help feed the crowd on Sunday!

All In!  LOVE CAN!  Game On!  (I think I see a pattern!)

Pastor Chris

Friday’s Five – 9-11-2015

Dear Coastal,

I hope you’re getting pumped up about our new series, “Game On!” that we’re kicking off next Sunday, September 20th!  Pull out all the stops, do whatever it takes and invite and bring your friends to church!  Wear your favorite team jersey/shirt!  There will be a Tailgating Competition on our front lawn during all 3 services (so come early and plan to hang out after the service).  Respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card if you’d like to partcipate in the Tailgating Competition.  There will be prizes, giveaways, and the Kona Ice Truck!  We even have real tickets for you to use as invite cards for your friends!  It’s going to be an awesome day you won’t want to miss!

I can’t thank everyone enough for committing to pay for ALL 400 chairs we need for our new worship space so quickly!  Simply pay for your chair/chairs by the beginning of October.  Several people have asked me if there is anything else that isn’t covered in our loan that we need to pay for in the new building.  Yes, there is, mainly our kitchen appliances/supplies and the remodeling of our Coastal Kidz room/new Child-Check-In area.  We will price these needs out and hopefully have a pretty accurate figure next week.  Every dollar given to the new building, the All In Campaign, and these specific needs helps us to make a smooth transition and continue to grow and reach as many people as possible with the good news of the Gospel.

Here are 5 other things to remember:

  1. Most of our LIFE Groups begin the week of September 20th!  It’s not too late to sign up.  There are 3 ways to sign up for a LIFE Group, but you only have to sign up 1 time/1 way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, on the LIFE Group Table in the Welcome Center, or online.  Sign up today!
  2. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially becoming a Member of our church family?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, September 14, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided.  Respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up online.
  3. Our last Beach Baptism Service of the year will be on Saturday, September 26th at 11am at Folly Beach County Park.  Respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up online.  Maybe you don’t want to wait until September 26 and you don’t want to get baptized at the beach, well I’ve got GREAT news for you!  We’re actually having a Baptism this Sunday!  We have a couple of students who wanted to get baptized now, so we’re doing it on Sunday.  Love for you to join us!  If you want to get baptized this Sunday, please respond to this email.
  4. We are helping to support Touching Lives Ministry and their goal to bring a child from Kenya to MUSC for care.  Please place used shoes or purses/pocket books in the container in the Welcome Center.  See Gracie Beechler for more information.
  5. New to Coastal?  Sign up for our next Newcomer’s Lunch – Sunday, October 4th, immediately after the 11:45am service (approx. 1pm).  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Coastal, meet other new people and our staff, enjoy a great meal, and discover possible next steps.  Repsond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.

All In!

Pastor Chris

Friday Five – 9-4-15

Dear Coastal,

First of all, don’t forget this Sunday is a part of Labor Day weekend and we will only be having 2 Sunday morning services – 8:45am and 10:15am.

Even in the rain, LIFE Group Sunday was awesome!  I was so proud of all of our LIFE Group Leaders – their booths, the food, their enthusiasm – they really did a great job!  Most importantly A TON of poeple signed up for LIFE Groups!  Remember, there are 3 ways to sign up, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up at the LIFE Group Table in the Welcome Center, you can sign up on your Connect Card, or you can sign up online.   Online registration is available here.  Most of our LIFE Groups begin the week of September 20th.

Speaking of September 20th, we’re kicking off a new Fall series on that day called “Game On!”  Pull out all the stops, do whatever it takes and invite and bring your friends to church!  It’s a sports/football theme so wear your favorite team jersey/shirt!  The big idea of the series is that God wants to use you!  It’s going to be a great series to help prepare our whole church for all of the changes and growth coming with our new facility this Fall.

One of the fun things that we’re doing on that day is having a “Tailgating Competition” on our front lawn!  We already have 9 people signed up!  We want people to go all out and be as elaborate as possible in rooting for their favorite sports team!  It will be a great way to invite and bring our friends and a great way to fellowship and feed people between and after services.  Please respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday if you’d like to participate.  By the way, pick up as many “Tickets” on Sunday as you need to invite your friends to the 20th!

Here are 5 other things to remember:

  1. We only need commitments for about another 50 chairs for our new facility.  Let us know how many chairs you/your family intend to purchase on your Connect Card.  We’re asking everyone to buy a chair for every member of their family and the friends they will invite.  Chairs need to be paid in full by the beginning of October.  Cost – $50 per chair.  Please desginate your gift “chairs.”  You can pay for the chairs on Sunday mornings, online, or through TEXTing.
  2. Our regular Student Ministry 6.2.SIX kicks off the school year with a Back to School Bash on Wednesday night, September 9th!  There will be FUN, FOOD, & GAMES!  You, your 6th-12th Grade Student, and their friends won’t want to miss it!
  3. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially becoming a Member of our church family?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, September 14, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided.
  4. Our last Beach Baptism Service of the year will be on Saturday, September 26th at 11am at Folly Beach County Park.  Respond to this email or let us know on your Connect Card if you want to get Baptized.
  5. Everyone volunteers at Coastal and we always need more volunteers!  So, where is your ministry and where do you serve?  Like to get involved?  Respond to this email and we’ll help you find a place to volunteer.

All In!

Pastor Chris

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