Friday’s Five

Dear Coastal,

First of all, and most importantly – 2 more people indicated on their Connect Card that they gave their life to Jesus this past Sunday!  Coastal, that’s why we do what we do!  That’s why we serve, that’s why we share, that’s why we love, that’s why we reach out, that’s why we invite!  Just think about the potential impact of those decisions, not just for those individuals, but for their families and friends for generations and on into eternity! 

Last Sunday we kicked off our “Summer Reading” series by talking about Tim Keller’s book, “Prodigal God” and Luke 15.  Reread the entire chapter of Luke 15 this week.  We’re on the same mission that Jesus had – to seek and save the lost.  There is no such thing as “good” people or “bad” people.  There are only lost people and found people.  And if you’ve been found, you help FIND other people!  Keep praying for your ONE!

Oh, I’m writing this from Los Angeles!  Our entire staff is out here this week for a Church Systems Boot Camp Conference!  We’re learning a lot, but yes, we’re also having a blast together!  The staff will be flying back tomorrow in time for church on Sunday, but Janet and I are staying a little longer to hang out with our daughter Lydia who lives here in LA.  Keep us all in your prayers!

Galen Moyer, from our church, will be preaching for me this Sunday!  Galen has spent his entire life in Ministry – as a Pastor of a local church and currently a Hospice Chaplain.  He and his wife Perry have served faithfully at Coastal in numerous roles over the years.  He’ll be using the book, “The Case for Christ” as the springboard for his message.  The following Sunday, August 6th, you’ll get a chance to hear our new Associate Pastor, Scott Whitaker preach.  He’ll be using the book, “The Greatness Principle.”  I promise you won’t want to miss the next two weeks! 

Friday’s 5:

  1. Don’t forget, especially over the Summer with so many people traveling, you can support the ministry of Coastal any time and any where by giving through our website, our app, or through TEXTing (843-277-8337).  Coastal is fully funded by the generous, consistent giving of it’s members – YOU!
  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know now!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.  If you are leading a Group, we need all your info by Friday, August 11th.
  4. If you have a rising 6th Grader, there is a Welcome to WAVES Party for your Student on Friday, August 11th, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant (FREE – includes jumping for an hour, pizza & drink)!  This is a great way for you and your student to meet our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell and other volunteers, answer any of your questions, and have a lot of fun!
  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, August 13th, 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 or simply by responding to this email now.

Happy Reading!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Mark your calendar now!  Our next BIG DAY is going to be Sunday, September 17th!  We’ll be kicking off a new Fall Sermon Series with Tailgating & Baptisms OUTSIDE!!  We’ll be signing up people for both soon!  Start praying for who you will invite!

Friday’s 5

Dear Coastal,

I can’t say enough good things about this year’s VBS!  Everything has gone so smooth!  Right now (despite some pretty sketchy weather) we’ve seen over 140 children!  Tonight is the Closing Program. For the Closing Program there will be a Big Party outside from 6-7pm with a petting zoo, jump castles, giant slide, FREE Kona Ice, and hotdogs!  At 6:30pm Ryan, Joe, AND ME will all be taking a pie in the face because the kids GAVE OVER $1000!  The money raised is going to the Lusungu Children’s Home in Zambia, Africa – our mission this week (you can still give tonight).  And then at 7pm everyone will go inside the auditorium for a magician, video, and songs from our children!  It’s been an AWESOME week!  Even if you haven’t been able to come out to VBS during the week, everyone is invited to come tonight and enjoy all the fun!  I know I say this all the time, but it’s true – WE HAVE THE BEST VOLUNTEERS AT COASTAL!

I also want to thank our church for your generosity – your giving!  Everything we do, including our VBS, is fully funded by the consistent, generous giving of our church – YOU!  And this year’s VBS was specifically funded through our Christmas Offering.  On top of that so many people have donated food, supplies, and their time!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Together we are changing the world – one child at a time!

Our entire Staff is heading out to Los Angeles this Sunday after church!  My Pastor’s Coaching Network will be meeting on Monday & Tuesday at a church in LA.  And then on Wednesday through Friday we’ll all be participating in a Church Systems Bootcamp Conference together!  Keep us in your prayers!  Growing churches require growing leaders and staff.  And we are blessed at Coastal with a great staff!  The staff will be returning to Charleston on Saturday, July 29th.  Janet and I will be staying back in Los Angeles a little bit longer to hang out with our daughter Lydia and for a much needed vacation.  I’ll be preaching this Sunday, July 23rd.  Galen Moyer will be preaching on July 30th.  Scott Whitaker will be preaching on August 6th.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our next Sermon Series, “Summer Reading,” begins this Sunday, July 23rd.  The idea for the series is that each week we’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 7 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 7 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 7 Books this Summer in order are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado, and “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”  We will have a very small amount (first come, first serve) of each book available for sale for only $5 per book!  You can also purchase each book online (Amazon or Christian Book Distributor).
  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know now!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.  If you are leading a Group, we need all your info by Friday, August 11th.
  4. If you have a rising 6th Grader, there is a Welcome to WAVES Party for your Student on Friday, August 11th, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant (FREE – includes jumping for an hour, pizza & drink)!  This is a great way for you and your student to meet our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell and other volunteers, answer any of your questions, and have a lot of fun!
  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, August 13th, 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 or simply by responding to this email now.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Ryan Spell is leading a Team of 13 people from our church for a Missions Trip to Peru on Monday, July 31st.  Keep them in your prayers!

Friday’s Five – 7-14-17

Dear Coastal,

We had one more person give their life to Jesus this past Sunday – one more light to turn on our ONE Sign, one more person who crossed over from death to life, one more reason to celebrate!  Keep it up Coastal!  Keep reaching out to your ONE!  Keep praying for your ONE and for the growth of our church!

VBS begings this Monday – July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!  Online Registration shuts down tonight!  This gives our Registration Team time to put everyone together in their groups.  But don’t worry, Walk Up Registration will still be available each night of VBS!  So keep spreading the word and bring kids with you each night!  The real heroes of VBS are all of our AWESOME VOLUNTEERS!  Not only is VBS life changing for all the kids, but it’s also life changing for our volunteers!  If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, reach out to Janet at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

The Embrace Grace (Ministry to Single Pregnant Moms) Baby Shower is one month away, Saturday, August 12th at 3pm, at the home of Heather Ranew (1515 Ashley Garden Blvd)!  The shower changes lives with EXTRAVAGANT LOVE! Will you consider being a part of this extravagant love by adopting a young, brave mom and showering her with the things she needs for her baby?  Select from the links below to purchase her gifts. You can also join together with a group of friends, your LIFE Group, co-workers, etc. to cover a list and bless a single young mom.  We would LOVE to have whoever is purchasing items to come and experience God’s tangible presence at the shower!  Once gifts are purchased & received, you can simply drop them off at the church.

Here are the links for each Mom and their wishlists:

Amber – https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1BLTRTF8YBJ43
Daisha – https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2OEF1MDDGXKM3
Rashwanna – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3SL173XXWV1T
Taylor – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/166LNHUZIJK6M
Tiffany – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/24LALZOGGCJ5

Thank you for blessing an Embrace Grace mom and her baby by purchasing gifts for her to open at the shower. Please continue to pray for these brave moms. If you would like to attend the Baby Shower, please RSVP with Morgan Wessel at morgan@thebountybox.com.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our next Sermon Series, “Summer Reading,” begins Sunday, July 23rd.  The idea for the series is that each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 7 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 7 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 7 Books this Summer in order are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado, and “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”  We will have a very small amount (first come, first serve) of each book available for sale for only $5 per book!  You can also purchase each book online (Amazon or Christian Book Distributor).

  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.

  4. If you have a rising 6th Grader, there is a Welcome to WAVES Party for your Student on Friday, August 11th, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant (FREE – includes jumping for an hour, pizza & drink)!  This is a great way for you and your student to meet our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell and other volunteers, answer any of your questions, and have a lot of fun!

  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, August 13th, 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 or simply by responding to this email now.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Mark your calendar now!  Our next Baptism Service is going to Sunday, September 17th!  We’ll be kicking off a new Fall Sermon Series with Tailgating & Baptisms OUTSIDE!!  We’ll be signing up people for both soon!

Friday’s Five – 7-7-17

Dear Coastal,

I can’t thank everyone enough for all the “Birthday Love” this past weekend!  The party (we definitely need to dance more often), the heartfelt cards, the thoughtful gifts, the calls and emails – all of it – so very generous, kind, and loving!  I am a deeply grateful Pastor of the best church family on the planet!  If this weekend was any indication at all, the 50’s are going to be awesome!

We have 2 more weeks of our “At the Movies” series before we start “Summer Reading.”  This week’s message is all about SEX!  As always, we will share the truth of God’s Word, but do so in grace and love.  For far too long the church has pretty much either defined it’s position on sex by what it’s against, or we’ve just been silent.  Don’t miss this Sunday as we talk about how to experience God’s plan for a great sex life!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food for our Food Pantry this Sunday.  There will be a drop off table in the back off the auditorium.
  2. There is a VBS Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting July 10th, 7pm-8:30pm!
  3. VBS is just over a week away – July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.  Make sure you fill out and turn in the VBS Voluteer Insert in your Sunday Program.
  4. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  5. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.

All In,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Our Students are leaving from the church on Saturday (tomorrow) at 7am for an all day Carowinds Trip.  The discounted tickets are all sold at this point, but there is still room for a few more students in the vans.  The cost would be $55 (ticket at the gate & transportation).  Contact Ryan Spell if you are interested – ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

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