Friday’s Five – 10-28-16

Dear Coastal,

I know I say this a lot (and I mean it every time), you ARE NOT GOING TO WANT TO MISS THIS SUNDAY!!  This Sunday, October 30th is CHILDREN’S DAY!  It’s a day we’re setting aside to recognize the Children’s Ministry of our church – Coastal Kidz.  4 year olds and up will be in the service, our kids will be singing a couple of songs, there will be a Baby Dedication, Games, Food, a Petting Zoo, and even a World Champion Juggler (JamPastor Chris might also be making a special appearance – that’s all I’m saying)!  Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a friend – especially your friends with children!

3 Reminders – Parking, Seating, & Connect Cards:  If you’re a member or regular attender at Coastal, do your best to park in the school parking lot across the street.  We want to leave our closest parking for our guests!  In the auditorium, make an effort to sit to the front and center of each section.  This makes it easier for guests to find a seat (especially this Sunday with all the kids in the room).  Also, don’t forget that we want everyone to fill out a Connect Card each week.  Not only is this a simple way to take positive next steps in your Christian life, but it creates an atmosphere of postive peer pressure for our guests to fill out a card, which is our only way to follow up with them.  Can you tell that we care about our guests?  We do!  The church is the only organization that exists for those who are not yet members.  We want to create an environment where our guests (your friends, people God is drawing to Himself) feel as though they are our welcome, expected guests in our home.  Do your part to help us create that atmosphere.

Do you play an instrument?  Can you sing?  We are looking to expand our Worship Team at Coastal!  Auditions will be held on Thursday, December 1st, at 7pm.  If you are interested in auditioning as a vocalist or instrumentalist, please contact our Band Director, Christopher Rollins at chrisrollinsjr@gmail.com, 843-822-0301, or respond to this email.

Our WAVES Students are turning in their $100 deposits this Sunday for their Winter Retreat (January 13-16).  If you are interested in sponsoring a full or partial scholarship for a Student, please see our Youth Pastor, Ryan Spell.  The cost of the retreat is $225.

Friday’s 5:

  1. WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) Fall Costume Party – tonight, 6-9pm.  Costume Contest, Food, & Games (the Juggler is also giving the Students a special performance tonight)!  Invite and bring your friends!  You won’t want to miss it!
  2. Only 2 more weeks to bring toys, games, supplies,and shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!  There is a collection box in the Welcome Center.  Our Packing Party will be at the church on Friday, November 11th, 6:30pm.
  3. New to Coastal?  Interested in learning more our our church?  Like to meet our staff and key ministry leaders, other new people, and discover possible next steps?  Sign up and come to our next Newcomer’s Lunch on Sunday, November 13th, immediately following the 11:15am service.  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  4. Panera Bread is BACK!  And we need volunteers to join the team that picks up the bread each Sunday morning.  If you are interested or would like more information, respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. There is an important Security Team Meeting on Saturday, November 5th, at 9am.  This meeting is for all current Security Team members and anyone interested in serving and learning more about this Ministry.

UNSHAKABLE!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Chair Set-Up is back to its regular schedule – Saturday morning at 9am!  Come out and join us!  Great fun, great exercise, and a great way to serve the Lord!

Friday’s Five – 10-21-16

Dear Coastal,

My message this week in our UNSHAKABLE series is about one of the most common storms that we all face – the storm of illness.  It really is a part of life.  The most common prayer request every Sunday on our Connect Cards and in every LIFE Group I’ve ever been in has to do with illness.  But beyond the more common health related sickness that we all deal with regularly, my guess is that every single person who receives this email has a close personal friend or an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with cancer or some sort of life threatening/debilitating disease.  Well, as a believer, what do you do, how do you respond, what do you pray?  How do you stand strong and remain UNSHAKABLE?  Don’t miss this Sunday!

Our Youth Pastor, Ryan Spell mentioned this last Sunday, but don’t forget to check-in on Facebook from your mobile device when you come to church on Sundays.  It’s a great form of free marketing for the church.  On average, at least 200 people see someone’s “check-in”.  When you “check-in”, tag other people that are there, people that you’re sitting with, or me & our staff.  I saw someone’s “check-in” last week and one of their friends asked about the church!  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, wake up from your sleep Rumpelstiltskin and ask a student (they’ve already moved on to Snapchat and Instagram).

Friday’s 5:

  1. We have someone using our building this Saturday, so our Chair Set-Up will be at 7pm instead of 9am.  If you’ve never helped set up our chairs, this is a great way to serve!  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less!  Come out this Saturday at 7pm and lend a hand!

  2. WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) Fall Costume Party – Friday night, October 28th, 6-9pm.  Costume Contest, Food, & Games!  Invite and bring your friends!
  3. Mark your calendar now and make sure you don’t miss Children’s Day, Sunday, October 30th at Coastal.  4 year olds and up will be in the service, our kids will be singing a couple of songs, there will be a Baby Dedication (sign up on your Connect Card or repsond to this email), Games, Food, a Petting Zoo, and even a World Champion Juggler!  You, your kids, and their friends won’t want to miss it!  Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a friend!
  4. October is Operation Christmas Child month!  Begin bringing toys, games, supplies, etc. that can fit in a shoebox to church.  There is a collection box in the Welcome Center.  Also, start gathering your shoeboxes.   Our Packing Party will be at the church on Friday, November 11th, 6:30pm.
  5. New to Coastal?  Interested in learning more our our church?  Like to meet our staff and key ministry leaders, other new people, and discover possible next steps?  Sign up and come to our next Newcomer’s Lunch on Sunday, November 13th, immediately following the 11:15am service.

UNSHAKABLE!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Give TEXT Giving a try!  It’s simple, safe, and secure.  Text any amount to 843-277-8337.  After a quick sign up process, it’s a great way to give any time, any place, any amount as God blesses.  Try it today!

Friday’s Five – 10-14-16

Dear Coastal,

I don’t know about you – but I can’t wait to worship with my Coastal family this Sunday!  I’ve missed you!  And this Sunday (as always) is going to be AWESOME!  We’re having Baptisms in both services!  I can’t wait!  Baptism is a beautiful picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  It symbolizes new birth, a new beginning, a washing away of our sins.  It is an outward picture of the inward faith that we’ve placed in Christ.  It is our way of “going public” with our faith.  Colossians 2:12 says, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”  The Bible also says that when just one person finds their way home to God, that all of Heaven rejoices and celebrates (Luke 15).  So be at Coastal this Sunday and help us celebrate!

My message this week in our UNSHAKABLE series is all about dealing with the storm of doubt.  Ever struggle with doubts?  Are doubts keeping you from taking a next step in an important area of your life?  Don’t miss this Sunday!

3 beautiful baby boys were born this week to wonderful Coastal families – and more are on the way!  Our church is GROWING (one way or another)!  If you’re looking for a fruitful & fulfilling place to serve at Coastal, look no further than our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry!  They NEED you!  Whether it’s teaching, assisting, cleaning, holding babies, escorting parents, checking children in, or running a DVD player/computer, there is a place for you!  You’ll meet other awesome people like yourself, make new friends, serve God by serving others, and make an eternal difference in the life of a child.  You change the life of a child – you change the world.  Be a world changer and volunteer to serve in Coastal Kidz!  Respond to this email or contact Janet Rollins directly at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.  We will follow up with you!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Tonight, 6:30-8:30pm, our WAVES Student Ministry is having their Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction (auction closes at 8pm).  Tickets can still be bought at the door for $5.  All proceeds go directly to pay for the Winter Retreat in Pigeon Forge, TN, January 13th-16th.  Come out tonight and support our Student Ministry!
  2. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Our next Baptism Service is THIS Sunday, October 16th.  Respond to this email, or sign up today online.
  3. Mark your calendar now and make sure you don’t miss Children’s Day, Sunday, October 30th at Coastal.  4 year olds and up will be in the service, our kids will be singing a couple of songs, there will be a Baby Dedication (sign up on your Connect Card or repsond to this email), Games, Food, a Petting Zoo, and even a World Champion Juggler!  You, your kids, and their friends won’t want to miss it!
  4. October is Operation Christmas Child month!  Begin bringing toys, games, supplies, etc. that can fit in a shoebox to church.  There is a collection box in the Welcome Center.  Also, start gathering your shoeboxes.   Our Packing Party will be at the church on Friday, November 11th, 6:30pm.
  5. New to Coastal?  Interested in learning more our our church?  Like to meet our staff and key ministry leaders, other new people, and discover possible next steps?  Sign up and come to our next Newcomer’s Lunch on Sunday, November 13th, immediately following the 11:15am service.

UNSHAKABLE!

Pastor Chris

P.S. NO chair set up tomorrow (Saturday) morning!  Our Students & Volunteers will be setting up the chairs tonight after the Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction.

Good Sunday Morning!

Dear Coastal,

Wow – never in a million years when I planned this UNSHAKABLE series, with the tagline, “Standing Strong In the Storms of Life,” and the artwork of an aerial shot of a hurricane – never did I envision canceling one of services because of an ACTUAL HURRICANE!  But here I sit, early Sunday morning, in the darkness of my living room, without power, hoping I finish this before the battery of my laptop goes dead.

Well, what did I expect?  After all, this is hurricane season and this is Charleston.  And like I’ve said over and over again in this series, “Storms are a fact of life.  You’re either coming out of one, heading into one, or you’re smack dab in the middle of one right now.”

The truth is we could all just as easily say, “I didn’t expect to lose my job.  I didn’t think the economy would tank like it did.  Never in a million years did I think I would get cancer.  I never thought my husband would have an affair.  I never dreamed that my kids would make such poor decisions.  I never pictured being a widow at this age.  You’re not supposed to bury your children.”  And there you sit, all alone, in the darkness of your thoughts, wondering who to blame and will the pain ever stop.

Storms really are a part of life, whether we give them names like Hugo, Andrew, Katrina, Floyd, and Matthew, or names like depression, sickness, bankruptcy, cancer, divorce, and death.  God never promises us a storm free life, not even to the faithful, but He does promise to walk with us through the storm.  He promises to never leave us or forsake us.  And if we let Him, He even has the miraculous ability to use our greatest storm, our deepest pain, for our good and His glory.  There is help.  There is healing.  And there is hope.  His name is Jesus.  And that’s not just a trite saying, a t-shirt, or a bumper sticker.  If you will draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.  I know that to be true personally.

I’ll be honest with you, it feels really weird not to be getting ready to head to church this morning and worship together with you.  This has only happened a couple of times in 26 years.  So, make sure you take some time today to give God thanks today.  If you’re frustrated or angry, pour out your heart to Him.  Remember, His love for you is big enough – big enough to even handle your anger and pain.  Pray for those people who did not fare as well as you did through this storm.  Pray for people of Haiti.  Take some time today to help a neighbor.  Smile, laugh, hug your children.  Remember Coastal, we don’t just go to church – we what?  WE ARE THE CHURCH!  So let’s be the church, today and everyday, where we live, where we work, and where we play.  Let’s let the light of Christ shine through us, in our actions and in our attitudes.

I really believe that 27 years ago, in many ways, God used Hurricane Hugo to till the soil of people’s hearts, to prepare them for the Good News of the Gospel.  And I believe He can do the same thing today with Hurricane Matthew.  We’re in this UNSHAKABLE series right now for a reason.  My guess is that it will be easier than ever this week to invite someone to church, “Believe it or not, our church is in a series right now called, ‘UNSHAKABLE – Standing Strong In the Storms of Life.’  In fact, when we kicked off the series our church gave away generators and hurricane preparation buckets!  Each week we’re looking at a different storm that we all face – how to prepare for them, withstand them, and rebuild after them.  Come with me this Sunday!”  It doesn’t get any more relevant (and easier) than that!

Well, I can’t wait hear all your stories, HUG ALL YOUR NECKS, and see you and your friends next Sunday!  And speaking of next Sunday – we’re having a Baptism Service, Sunday, October 16, 9:30am & 11:15am!  It’s going to be an AWESOME PARTY!  I can’t wait!  I love you Coastal!  And I love what we get to do together!

I did it – 11% power left on my laptop!  Now if I can only find somewhere to go with wifi to send this thing!

Standing Strong With You – UNSHAKABLE,

Pastor Chris

Psalm 62:5-8, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

 

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