Friday’s Five – 8-26-16

Dear Coastal,

Well, I hope you’ve begun to figure out what Group you plan on joining this semester or at least that you’re as excited as I am for LIFE Group Sunday this week at Coastal!  That’s right!  It’s time to get everyone signed up for the Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  LIFE Group Sunday is similar to a Job/College Fair, but for LIFE GROUPS! You’ll come to our Worship Service & check in your kids, just like normal, but our Worship Service will be a little shorter and then we’ll dismiss our adults (not the children) to go out to the giant tent to check out all the different groups (we’ll let you know when to go pick up your kids at the normal time).

Not only will you get to check out all the different Groups, but you will get to meet the Group Leaders, enjoy some great snacks, and have a BLAST!  You also get to vote: Best Overall Booth, Best Snack, Best “Sales Pitch”, Most Creative, Most Informative (the only time we allow judging at Coastal). And most importantly – you can sign up for a LIFE Group! Don’t miss it!  And as always – invite & bring a friend!  In fact, I’ll be talking about Friendship on Sunday!

Speaking of LIFE Groups, I want to put a plug in for something special my Bod4God LIFE Group is doing that anyone, even if you aren’t signing up for my Group, can participate in.  On Monday night, 7pm, August 29th, Steve Reynolds, the author of “Bod4God”, “Get Off the Couch”, and “Healthy Renegade Pastor” is coming to Coastal live and in person for a Bod4God Rally!  It’s going to be a great night of fun and inspiration all centered around healthy living!  Even if you can’t join my Group this Semester, come out, have some fun, and be inspired to get healthy!  We’re even going to give away some fun stuff – a FitBit, a County Park Pass, 2 Six Month Gym Memberships & a Certificate for 5 Personal Training Sessions with a Personal Trainer all from ChuckTown Fitness (my gym)!

And on top of that, on Tuesday morning, 9:30am-12noon, Steve Reynolds is hosting a Healthy Renegade Pastor’s Workshop at our church for Pastors and Church Staff.  We’ll be giving away his book, “The Healthy Renegade Pastor” and feeding everyone a healthy lunch from Verde – all FREE.  And because we’re the Host Site, Steve told me that any Ministry Leaders or Volunteers from our church that are available can also participate.  Yes, it’s geared to Pastors and Staff, but the information is really for anyone that wants to get healthy.  So if you’re available on Tuesday morning and would like to hang out with me and our staff, I’d love for you to come!

Let me know if you can come to either of these events – Monday night or Tuesday morning!  Let’s get healthy this year together!  #fitby50

Friday’s 5 (okay 6 – but there’s just so many exciting things happening at Coastal!):

  1. Our Church is GROWING and so is our Nursery!  If you are looking for a Geat Place to serve, love, and give back – our Nursery in the Coastal Kidz Ministry NEEDS you!  “One person, in one service, once a month makes a HUGE IMPACT!”  There is no such thing as the “Black Hole of Nursery” at Coastal – in other words you won’t get stuck in there if it’s not a fit and you won’t miss worship.  So, if you are willing, able, and interested, simply respond to this email and we will put you in touch with Janet – our Children’s Director.  Or you can email her directly at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  2. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal as your church family?  Climbing up the Leadership Ladder here at Coastal and need to become a Member?  Sign up for our next Membership Class, Saturday, September 17th, 9am-12noon.  Refreshments & Childcare provided.  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or you can sign up online now.
  3. New to Coastal and interested in taking next steps?  Like to meet other new people, our Staff, and learn a little bit more about our church?  Sign up and come to our next Newcomer’s Lunch, immediately following our 11:15am service on Sunday, September 11th (approx. 12:30pm).  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or you can sign up online now.
  4. We’re having a BIG DAY on Sunday, September 18th as we kick off our new Fall Sermon Series, “UNSHAKABLE – Standing Strong in the Storms of Life.”  It’s based on the book that I wrote the forward to, that we give away.  I really believe it’s going to be a great series and more importantly an easy way to invite and bring friends!  In fact, use the book as an invite tool to bring your friends!
  5. We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again – our 2nd Annual Tailgate Party & Competition – Sunday, October 2nd – 9am-1pm (before, during, and after church)!  If you are interested in participating, representing your team, sharing your favorite grub, possibly winning some cool prizes, and having a whole lot of fun, simply respond to this email and let us know.  You can sign up to participate on your Connect Card beginning next Sunday.
  6. On Friday night, October 7th, our WAVES Student Ministry is having a Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction.  This will be their one big fundraiser for the Fall.  Students will be selling tickets starting next week for $5.  All proceeds go directly to pay for the Winter Retreat in Pigeon Forge, TN, January 13th-16th.  Let Ryan Spell know if you are willing to help with the dinner (provide spaghetti noodles, sauce, bread, salad).  If you:  own a business, work for a generous company, have any connections, have some cool (and valuable) stuff you are willing to part with, or can donate any goods and services, please contact Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org or sign up on your Connect Card and he will contact you.

ALL IN!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Don’t forget – there is only ONE service on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 4th at 9:30am.

Friday’s Five – 8-19-16

Dear Coastal,

This Sunday, we will have our Fall LIFE Group Catalog available!  I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it and begin figuring out what Group you will join!  And not only do we have a lot of new AWESOME Groups, but Julie & Ashley did an awesome job of putting the Catalog itself together.  We really “raised our game” so to speak with this new catalog.  In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s already available online!  You can get a preview and go ahead and sign up for a Group!

Speaking of LIFE Groups, I want to put a plug in for something special my Bod4God LIFE Group is doing that anyone, even if you aren’t signing up for my Group, can participate in.  As we’ve been telling you, LIFE Group Sunday is next Sunday, August 28th.  Well, on Monday night, 7pm, August 29th, Steve Reynolds, the author of “Bod4God”, “Get Off the Couch”, and “Healthy Renegade Pastor” is coming to Coastal for a Bod4God Rally!  It’s going to be a great night of fun and inspiration all centered around healthy living!  Even if you can’t join my Group this Semester, come out, have some fun, and be inspired to get healthy!  We’re even going to give away some fun stuff!

Friday’s 5:

  1. There is a Planning Center Training Meeting for all Ministry Leaders on Tuesday night, August 23rd, 6:30pm at the church.
  2. There is a mandatory LIFE Group Training for all Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts for all Groups, even on-going & athletic groups, next Saturday, August 27th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 28th.
  3. WAVES 6.2.SIX (6th-12th Grade) has begun meeting regularly again on Wednesday nights!  6-6:26pm – Food / 6:26-8:15pm – Games, Worship, Message, Groups!  Make sure your Student is there and brings their friends!  It’s going to be a great year in Student Ministry.
  4. There is only ONE service on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 4th at 9:30am.
  5. We’re having a BIG DAY on Sunday, September 18th as we kick off our new Fall Sermon Series, “UNSHAKABLE – Standing Strong in the Storms of Life.”  It’s based on the book that I wrote the forward to, that we give away.  I really believe it’s going to be a great series and more importantly an easy way to invite and bring friends!  In fact, use the book as an invite tool to bring your friends!

ALL IN!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We’d love for you to join us for Chair Set-up, Saturday morning (tomorrow) at 9am.  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less – plus it’s a lot of fun!  Next week, we will be setting up chairs on Thursday night, August 25th, at 6:30pm (there will be a Funeral Service at out building on that Friday).

Friday’s Five: 8-12-16

Dear Coastal,

I’m really getting excited about our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  We’re planning on having our catalog available at church and online next Sunday, August 21st.  You’ll have a week to check out all the Groups and then LIFE Group Sunday will be August 28th.  LIFE Group Sunday is where we have a GIANT TENT outside with booths representing all of the different groups (kind of like a Job Fair for Groups)!  You’ll get to check out all the Groups, meet the leaders, enjoy a lot of great snacks, and have a BLAST (you even get to vote for the best booths)!  It really is a lot of fun!  We then give everyone about a month to sign up for Groups and then all LIFE Groups begin the week of Sunday, September 11th.

Well, like it or not, kids go back to school in Charleston County on Monday.  We have a lot of children (and teachers) at Coastal!  Please keep all of them in your prayers.  Continue to pray specifically for our Community Neighbors, Oakland Elementary School and now Orange Grove Middle School (the schools directly across the street from our campus).  We’ve had a wonderful relationship with Oakland for a long time and now we are building one with Orange Grove.  In fact, they will begin using our facility for PE during the week from 12noon to 3pm beginning September 1st.  If you have some time during your lunch break or throughout the school day to volunteer to read with a student once a week or twice a month, let me know.  We’d love to help you schedule that.  They are always looking for reading volunteers (especially men).

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you’re planning on leading a LIFE Group this Fall, you’ll be getting a proof of your information going in the Catalog.  Make sure you read it, make any corrections/edits and respond quickly to Julie.  A mandatory LIFE Group Training for all Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts for all Groups, even on-going & athletic groups, is Saturday, August 27th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 28th.
  2. TONIGHT: WAVES (6th-12th Grade) Back to School Bash – 8-11pm, at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant, cost $10l!!!  Spread the word – invite & bring a friend!!  Make sure you’ve filled out SkyZone’s waiver on their website.  WAVES 6.2.SIX begins meeting regularly again this coming Wednesday night!  Make sure your Student is there and brings their friends!  It’s going to be a great year in Student Ministry.
  3. There is a Prayer/Decision Team Meeting/Training on Tuesday night, August 16th, 6:30pm at the church.
  4. There is a Planning Center Training Meeting for all Ministry Leaders on Tuesday night, August 23rd, 6:30pm at the church.
  5. Bod4God Rally with author/founder Steve Reynolds, Monday night, August 29th, 7pm at the church.  The rally is for anyone who is interested in losing weight, getting healthy, and interested in being a part of Bod4God in the Fall.

ALL IN!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We’d love for you to join us for Chair Set-up, Saturday morning (tomorrow) at 9am.  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less – plus it’s a lot of fun!

Friday’s Five – 8-7-16

Dear Coastal,

Wow!  If this Summer is any indication, we’re going to have an awesome Fall of growth at our church.  Usually, over the Summer I don’t really pay much attention to our attendance.  People are out of town, traveling, vacations, etc. and our attendance will flucuate a lot from week to week.  But what I do pay attention to however, is the number of 1st time guests we have.  Well, we have had a ton of guests this Summer!  In June & July alone, just 8 weeks, we’ve had 80 1st & 2nd time guest Connect Cards filled out (which represents a lot of people)!  Keep inviting!  Keep reaching out!  Pick up some “You’re Invited” Business Cards or some copies of the “Unshakeable” book and use them to invite people to church.  Oh, in case you’re wondering – we had 470 in attendance this past Sunday!

So – we need your help – don’t forget to sit to the center and front of each section (make plenty of room for guests and other people as they come in), especially in the 9:30am service.  Also, we need EVERYONE to fill out a Connect Card.  That creates positive peer pressure for our Guests to fill out a card – which is the only way we can follow up with people.

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you’re planning on leading a LIFE Group this Fall, we need all of your Group information turned in this week as we prepare for the Fall Catalog.  A mandatory LIFE Group Training for all Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts for all Groups, even on-going & athletic groups, is Saturday, August 27th, 10am-12noon.
  2. Our last Summer Movie Night will be tonight, 7pm.  We’ll provide popcorn, nachos, hotdogs, and drinks.  ALL FREE!  Bring lawnchairs or a blanket.  We’ll be showing the old Disney classic, “Swiss Family Robinson.”
  3. Friday, August 12: WAVES (6th-12th Grade) Back to School Bash – 8pm-11pm, at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant, cost $10l!!!  Spread the word – invite & bring a friend!!
  4. Coastal’s next Membership Class is Monday night, August 8th, 6pm-9pm in our old auditorium.
  5. There is a Prayer/Decision Team Meeting/Training on Tuesday night, August 16th, 6:30pm at the church.

ALL IN!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We’d love for you to join us for Chair Set-up, Saturday morning (tomorrow) at 9am.  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less – plus it’s a lot of fun!

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