Friday’s Five – 5-26-17

Dear Coastal,

Our Youth Pastor Ryan really did a great job this past Sunday (even without a live donkey) – and so did Noah, Kristal, and all of our Student Volunteers!  Our Student Ministry had their last WAVES 6.2.SIX of the semester this past Wednesday night, but make sure you check out all their events & activities on their Summer Schedule!

On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal called, “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use popular or current movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  This year’s series is going to be called, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights” as we talk about relationships.  Each week we’ll be looking at what the Bible has to say about love, sex, dating, marriage, and relationships.  As always, we’ll be pointing people to Jesus! 

But why movies?  Well, I think you’d agree that our world still has a love affair with movies.  In fact, I’d go as far to say that people get a lot of what they believe about life, spirituality, and even God (their world view) from the movies they watch and the music they listen to.  Now, obviously I don’t think the world gets it right.  But instead of going to the extremes of condemning the culture or immitating the culture, why not do what Paul did in Acts 17 and use the idols of the day to point people to Jesus and Biblical truth.  That’s what this series is all about.  And in true Coastal style, we’ll have a lot of fun doing it!  In fact, on top of popcorn and give-aways, each week of the series all 1st time guests will receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET to Citadel Mall Theater.  In fact, if you bring a guest with you to church, come over the blue Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!

You might be wondering what I’m going to be preaching the next two weeks before we kick off, “At the Movies!”  Well, before Easter Sunday and “The Real ‘F’ Word” series, we were in a series called, “Joy” from the book of Philippians.  However, when we stopped the series on Easter Sunday, we never made it to the last chapter of Philippians, chapter 4.  So for the next two weeks I’ll be preaching two more messages in the “Joy” series from Philippians chapter 4.  In preparation for the next two weeks, I’d love for you to be reading Philippians 4 during your quiet time.  I realize a lot people will be out of town this Sunday for Memorial Weekend, but if you’re in town, don’t miss this Sunday!  My message will be about finding satisfaction in LIFE!  But if you’re are out of town, don’t forget that you can watch both services live from our website!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Sign up for one of our Summer Semester LIFE Groups!  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.

  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and pizza are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.

  3. Not only are we kicking off “At the Movies!” on Sunday morning, June 11th, but we’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park!  Over 20 people are getting baptized right now!!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

  4. On Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

  5. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  We’ll publish a list of the books soon and even have a table at the church on a Sunday with a small supply of all 6 books that you can purchase at a discounted price.  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word!  There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.

Friday’s Five – 5-19-17

Dear Coastal,

I know I must sound like a broken record at times, but WOW!  This past Sunday (Mother’s Day) was AMAZING!  We had 694 in attendance (4th largest attendance ever), a ton of guests, A TON OF BABIES for Baby Dedication, and just a lot of FUN!  But the most important thing that happened was that 2 more people indicated that they gave their lives to Jesus!  Two more lights that we’ll light up on our ONE sign!  Coastal, I hope you know that you are a part of something very special – a move of God!

This Sunday, May 21st, is Youth Sunday!  Our Youth Pastor, Ryan Spell, will be preaching in both services!  And yes, I will be in church, front and center!  A few people just assumed that I would be out of town because Ryan is preaching!  ARE YOU CRAZY?!  I wouldn’t miss it for the world!  I gave Teresa (Ryan’s mom) away at Ricky & Teresa’s wedding. I was there when Ryan was born.  I baptized Ryan.  I baptized his wife Gracie.  I married Ryan & Gracie.  Miss this Sunday?  Not on your life!  I will be smiling from ear to ear, full of joy and excitement!  I hope you will be too!  Noah Lyons, one of our students will be playing the guitar with our Worship Team.  Kristal Blumenstock, another one of our students will be giving our Welcome. And many of our students will be serving & greeting.  Make sure you’re there to offer your support and encouragement!  Plus, as always, God is going to show up in a powerful way and speak to you through Ryan and our Students!

We’ll also be supporting our Student Ministry by having Coastal Day at the Charleston Riverdogs Game!  You can help send our Students to Summer Camp by purchasing tickets for the game on Sunday, May 21st @ 5pm.  Cost of the Ticket is $12 (Tickets are $7 and $5 goes directly to the student).  See Ryan Spell, any of our Students, or Student Ministry Volunteers for tickets.

On another exciting note, our new Associate Pastor, Scott Whitaker is here!  He went ahead and came on up to Charleston to get moved in and Kelly and their daughter Emily will be joining him as soon as school finishes up down in Boca.  Feel free to shoot Scott an email (scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org) and welcome him to Coastal and Charleston!  Look for him on Sunday!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Sign up for one of our Summer Semester LIFE Groups!  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.  (LIFE Group Leader Training tomorrow, Saturday May 20th, 10am-Noon.)

  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and snacks are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.

  3. On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use popular movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  This year’s series is going to be called, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights” as we talk about relationships.

  4. We’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park, Sunday, June 11th!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

  5. Not to be outdone – on Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Did you know that Coastal has an App for your smart phone?  In fact, we’ve had one for a while now.  Go to your App Store (wherever you get apps) and search for Coastal Community Church of Charleston.  You’ll see our logo.  The App is FREE.  You’ll be able to keep up with all things Coastal, listen to messages, and even give!  Download it today and help us spread the word!

Friday’s Five – 5-12-17

Dear Coastal,

Don’t forget, this Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day! Woohoo! Whatever you do – don’t miss this Sunday at Coastal!  We’ll wrap up our series on Forgiveness by looking at the forgiveness of God expressed through Jesus’ encounter with the woman caught in adultery.  There will be a Baby/Child Dedication in both services – 14 Babies!  Our new ministry “Embrace Grace”, a support group for single pregnant women, will have a booth underneath the ONE sign in the auditorium.  We’ll be giving away a small gift to all the women present, with a few special giveaways at the end of both services. Outside on our campus, Kona Ice and Kieralee’s Sweets will be giving away FREE treats for everyone!

The following Sunday, May 21st, we’re calling Youth Sunday!  Our Youth Pastor, Ryan Spell, will be preaching in both services!  Noah Lyons, one of our students will be playing the guitar with our Worship Team.  Kristal Blumenstock, another one of our students will be giving our Welcome. And many of our students will be serving & greeting.  Make sure you’re there to offer your support and encouragement!  Plus, as always, God is going to show up in a powerful way and speak to you!

And then later that same day, we’re supporting our Student Ministry by having Coastal Day at the Charleston Riverdogs Game!  You can help send our Students to Summer Camp by purchasing tickets for the game on Sunday, May 21st @ 5pm.  Cost of the Ticket is $12 (Tickets are $7 and $5 goes directly to the student).  See Ryan Spell, any of our Students, or Student Ministry Volunteers for tickets.

On a personal note, I’m also excited about Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 28th.  My daughter Lydia will be in town from Los Angeles for a long weekend and bringing her boyfriend with her.  So on that Sunday, I’ll be preaching a stand alone message from the Old Testament on the wrath of God (just joking about the message part – wanted to see if you were still reading!).

Friday’s 5:

  1. Sign up for one of our Summer Semester LIFE Groups!  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.  (LIFE Group Leader Training on Saturday, May 20th, 10am-Noon.)
  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and snacks are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.
  3. On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use popular movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  This year’s series is going to be called, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights” as we talk about relationships.
  4. We’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park, Sunday, June 11th!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.
  5. Not to be outdone – on Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

Livin’ Forgiven!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Love to see some new volunteers (with our regulars!) for Chair Set-Up tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9am.  With just 6 or more people it takes less than 30 minutes, you get to meet other people, have some fun, and serve God by serving others!

Friday’s Five – 5-5-17

Dear Coastal,

This Sunday, I’ll be in Week 4 of, “The Real ‘F’ Word” series.  So far we’ve talked about receiving God’s forgiveness and forgiving others.  But for a lot of people, the most difficult part of forgiveness is forgiving yourself.  Don’t miss this Sunday as we talk about dropping the baggage of shame and guilt that a lot of people walk around carrying.

The following Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 14th is going to be AWESOME!  We’ll wrap up this series on Forgiveness by looking again at the forgiveness of God, this time expressed through Jesus to the woman caught in adultery.  It’s going to be quite a powerful day you won’t want to miss.  There will be a Baby/Child Dedication in both services.  Our new ministry “Embrace Grace”, a support group for single mothers, will have a booth underneath the ONE sign in the auditorium.  We’ll be giving away a small gift to all the women present, with a few special giveaways at the end of both services. Outside Kona Ice and Kieralee’s Sweets will be giving away FREE treats for everyone!

There’s another Big Day I want to go ahead and put on your radar.  On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use current popular movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  A couple of years ago, I decided to put a little twist on the series and use my own personal favorite movies – Jaws, Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gladiator, and Rocky.  While those are all great movies, I caught some good hearted flack from the ladies that these were all “Man Movies.”  Well, I heard your whiny voices loud and clear!  I decided to put a little twist on this Summer’s “At the Movies” series calling it, are you ready. . . “Chick Flicks & Date Nights!”  We’ll be using several all time classic “Chick Flick & Date Night” movies to do a relationship series and talk about dating, marriage, and sex.   

And as always, during the “At the Movies” series, all of our 1st Time Guests (your friends) get FREE Movie Tickets (and if your friend attends with you, we’ll give you a FREE Movie Ticket as well)! We give away a bunch of gifts!  We’ll have freshly popped popcorn in both services!  On one Friday night during the series, we’re going to have a Friday Night FREE Date Night Movie.  Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs, watch a movie in the gym on our Big Screens with your loved one (FREE childcare provided)!  It’s going to be awesome!  Sometime over the series we’ll also have a FREE Kids Movie Matinee at the Citadel Mall Theater.

This year’s “At the Movies” series kick-off is going to be extra special because later that afternoon we’re going to have a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park!  What! What!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Final plans for the Summer Semester of LIFE Groups must be turned in this week.  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. If you haven’t already contacted Julie with your Group Information, please respond to this email or give her a call at the church office – 843-571-1777.
  2. Our next Baby/Child Dedication Service is Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th.  If you would like to have your child dedicated, and have not signed up already, please let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday or respond to this email.  Please include Parent’s names, child’s full name, and the service you will be participating in.

  3. Sunday, May 21st is going to be Youth Day at Coastal!  Our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell will be bringing that morning’s message and our Students will be helping in various ways during both services.  Don’t miss it!  Come out and support Ryan & our Students, but most importantly, don’t miss what God has to say through Ryan.

  4. Help send our Students to Summer Camp!  Purchase tickets for a Charleston RiverDogs Game on Sunday, May 21st @ 5pm.  Cost of the Ticket is $12 (Tickets are $7 and $5 goes directly to the student).

  5. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and snacks are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.

Livin’ Forgiven!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Love to see some new volunteers (with our regulars!) for Chair Set-Up tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9am.  With just 6 or more people it takes less than 30 minutes, you get to meet other people, have some fun, and serve God by serving others!

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