Friday’s Five – 12-29-17

Dear Coastal,

Good Friday morning Coastal!  I sincerely hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!  For those of you who have had some time off this week from work, I hope you got to spend time with family, have some fun, relax and refresh.  I know many of you are out of town and will be traveling back to Charleston this weekend.  I’ll be praying for safe travels.

Let me begin by saying what an awesome Christmas Eve we had at Coastal!  Our attendance was 675 with over 400 of those in the first service (we had to bring in more chairs)!  Next year we’ll definitely go back to tickets, so we can get a better feel for how many people will be in each service.  We had almost 40 1st & 2nd Time Guests turn in their Connect Cards!  I just LOVE when someone from Coastal comes up to me and introduces me to their guests!  I LOVE hearing about some of you trying your best to fill a row!  Most importantly 4 people indicated that they renewed their commitment to Jesus and 2 more people gave their life to Jesus!  Woohoo!  That’s what it’s all about Coastal!  That’s why we do what we do!

Oh and let me say that as a result of this past week’s offering, we are REALLY CLOSE to reaching our goal of $60,000 for our Christmas Offering!  I’m going to hold off telling you the grand total until after January 14th (the last Sunday to give), but let’s just say that we’re very close.  For those of you who want your offering to go toward your 2017 Giving Statement, this Sunday, December 31st is obviouslly your last Sunday to give.  Anything given after this Sunday will go toward your 2018 Giving Statement.  Our entire offering on Christmas Eve went toward the Christmas Offering total, but from here on out, remember, please use the designated word “Christmas” to give toward the Christmas Offering.  I’m always blown away by the generosity of our church!

This Sunday we’ll be wrapping up our “Grateful” series.  On January 7th, the first Sunday of the New Year, we’ll be kicking off a series called, “IMPACT”.  The word IMPACT is our theme for 2018 – making an impact with our lives in our church, our community, and our world!  The series will be specifically about how to share your faith with the world around you and make an IMPACT!  Don’t miss it!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Remember, there will only be ONE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE this Sunday for New Year’s Eve at 9:30am.  If you’re out of town or home sick, don’t forget you can always catch our services live online at https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/resources/live.
  2. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – Sunday, January 7th.
  4. Don’t forget that Coastal has a fully stocked Food Bank.  If you or any one you know is in need (especially over the Holidays), please drop by and pick up some food.  Spread the word!
  5. There will be a Security Team Meeting on Saturday morning (TOMORROW), December 30th, 9am in the auditorium – and we’re serving you BREAKFAST!  This meeting is for all current Team members and those interested in serving.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget – only ONE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, AT 9:30AM!

Friday’s Five – 12-22-17

Dear Coastal,

We had another person give their life to Jesus this past Sunday and 4 more people getting Baptized on January 7th!  Woohoo!  Keep it up Coastal!  Keep praying, keep sharing, keep loving, serving, and inviting!  Remember, we work like it all depends on us, pray like it all depends on God, walk by faith, trust God with the results, and celebrate the victory!  Together we are making a dent in Hell!  Jesus said, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”  We miss the emphasis of this verse in our English translations, because it sounds like we’re on the defensive.  You know, “Jesus will build the church, and by His power, in the end, we’ll be able to withstand the beating we take from Satan.”  But in the original language, we’re on the offensive, “Jesus will build the church and ultimately even hell itself won’t be able the withstand the butt-whupping WE’LL put on Satan!”  The church is marching forward and even Hell can’t keep us out!  That’s us Coastal – you and me – beating down the gates of hell, rescuing people, making an IMPACT, ONE life at a time!

It always bothers me when churches and Christians complain about people who only come to church on Christmas and Easter.  Listen, that’s why we exist – to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and world!  If you know someone who might come to church because it’s Christmas (probably more people than you realize) invite them to Coastal!  Becasue here’s what I guarantee you – we will lift up Jesus and we will share the good news of the Gospel!

So – you should know the drill by now – do whatever it takes and invite & bring someone to church with you this Christmas Eve!  We’re having 2 Family Christmas Eve Services on Sunday night, December 24th, 5:30pm & 7pm!  Nursery – 3year olds will be cared for in the Coastal Kidz Building, but all other children will be in the auditorium (there will be a “special guest” at the end of both services with giveaways).  Come early. Park over at Oakland to make more room for guests (the further away you park, the better).  Fill out your Connect Card (this encourages our Guests to do the same). Sit to the front & center of each section of the auditorium, making more room for others.  And then most importantly, during the entire service, PRAY!  Pray me, pray for my message, pray that all of it fits together and leads people to Jesus!

Remember, there will be NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES this Sunday – just our 2 Christmas Eve services at 5:30pm and 7pm.  If you haven’t done so yet, please volunteer to serve in one of the two services.

Friday’s 5:

  1. There are just three weeks left to give your gift toward our Annual Christmas Offering (now through January 14th)!  Remember, our entire offering on Christmas Eve will go toward the Christmas Offering.  Right now, we’re at $25,000!  I know that’s a long way from our goal, but it’s still worth celebrating!  We can’t all give the same amount, but we can all make the same sacrifice and give something.  Every gift counts – large and small!  To give toward the Christmas Offering, simply designate your gift with the word “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an IMPACT in our church, community, and world!
  2. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – Sunday, January 7th.
  4. As we strive to create a safe, nurturing enviromment for worship, learning, and serving, we’re forming a Medical Response Team made up of qualified individuals who would be on call in case of an emergency during our services to administer CPR, use the defibrilllator, etc. until an ambulance arrived. If you are trained for such situations and are interested in joining this Team, you can respond to this email, call Janet Rollins directly at 843-442-8299, or email her at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. There will be a Security Team Meeting on Saturday morning, December 30th, 9am in the auditorium – and we’re serving you BREAKFAST!  This meeting is for all current Team members and those interested in serving.

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget that Coastal has a fully stocked Food Bank.  If you or any one you know is in need (especially over the Holidays), please drop by and pick up some food.  Spread the word!

Friday’s Five – 12-15-17

Dear Coastal,

We had 9 inviduals join our church last week and after last Sunday’s message, “I’m grateful for my church,” we had another 15 people sign up for our Membership Class tomorrow morning!  That’s 24 people in just the last 2 weeks and another person gave their life to Jesus (that’s 60 people so far this year)!  This Sunday’s message is, “I’m grateful for my salvation.”  You know what I believe?  People are going to get saved this Sunday!  Invite and bring your ONE to church this week!  This Sunday could be their day – their “Birthday”!

I want to tell you something pretty cool that’s happening today that you’re a part of because you are a part of Coastal and give to our church.  This morning over at Oakland Elementary School every Student and Teacher is going to be given a FREE brand new “Oakland Orca” t-shirt (800 shirts) – designed and paid for by Coastal!  I wish you could see the excitement and joy in all the kids when they get their shirt!  Just like I said on Sunday, “I love my church!”  I’m so grateful to be a part of a generous church that is making an IMPACT in our community!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight a brand new Ministry opportunity at Coastal – a Medical Emergency Response Team.  As we strive to create a safe, nurturing enviromment for worship, learning, and serving, we would like to add a Team of qualified individuals who would be on call in case of an emergency during our services to administer CPR, use the defibrilllator, etc. until an ambulance arrived. If you are trained for such situations and are interested in joining this Team, you can respond to this email, call Janet Rollins directly at 843-442-8299, or email her at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  We just scheduled a LAST CHANCE Membership Class, this Satuday morning (tomorrow), December 16th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online or respond to this email.  This is the LAST MEMBERSHIP CLASS of 2017!
  2. If you haven’t heard yet, we’re having 2 Family Christmas Eve Services on Sunday night, December 24th, 5:30pm & 7pm!  Nursery – 3year olds will be cared for in the Coastal Kidz Building, but all other children will be in the auditorium (there will be a “special guest” at the end of both services).  There will be NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES that day.  Invite & bring your friends – as always it’s going to be AWESOME!  And if you haven’t done so yet, please volunteer to serve in one of the two services.
  3. Our 6th Annual Christmas Offering is in full swing!  Now through the second Sunday of the New Year, January 14th (just 4 more weeks), we are encouraging our entire Coastal family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering to this year’s special Christmas Offering.  To give toward the Christmas Offering, simply designate your gift with the word “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an IMPACT in our church, community, and world!
  4. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – Sunday, January 7th.

I love MY church!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Did you know that we had 72 Middle & High School Students at WAVES 6.2.SIX this past Wednesday night for their Christmas/End of the Year Party?!  Start praying now for their Winter Retreat, January 12-15, that many Students get saved and give their life to Jesus!

Friday’s Five – 12-8-17

Dear Coastal,

So . . . have you hugged your kids today?  Your spouse?  Have you told the people in your family that you love them and that you’re grateful for them?  Have you done it today?  We’re in a series right now called, “grateful” and last week was, “I’m grateful for my family.”  Instead of taking our families for granted, today let’s express our love and gratitude.  Don’t wait for a tragedy or a funeral to remind you to be grateful for your family.   This week’s message, “I’m grateful for my church.”  Don’t miss it!

Speaking of being grateful for my church, I was truly amazed that ALL the food was taken and given away last week!  Not because I doubted your heart, but simply because there was so much of it!  But then again, you really never cease to amaze me!

Our newly announced 2018 IMPACT Goal is to see 100 Salvations & 100 Baptisms for the year!  How are we going to make that kind of IMPACT?  Simple.  Just like last year – ONE life at a time!  Keep praying for your ONE!  Keep inviting and bringing people to church!  Keep spreading the word about Coastal!  And beginning in 2018 we’re going to make it even easier for people to get Baptized during our Worship services.  We’re purchasing a brand new portable Baptistry that will be ready for people to get Baptized each and every Sunday!  In fact, you can sign up now to get Baptized the first Sunday of the new year – January 7th!  Simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up online!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight a part of our 1st Impressions Team that we need to expand – our Parking Team.  Over the years, especially on Big Days & Special Events, we’ve always made sure we have volunteers in our Parking Lots, the Street Crossing, and our Golf Carts.  Well, we’re now realizing that we need volunteers in those areas each and every Sunday – helping people find parking, welcoming our Guests, and offering assistance (and yes, driving the Golf Carts).  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, call Chris Ranew directly at 706-941-2044, or email him at chrisranew@gmail.com.

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you haven’t heard yet, we’re having 2 Family Christmas Eve Services on Sunday night, December 24th, 5:30pm & 7pm!  Nursery – 3year olds will be cared for in the Coastal Kidz Building, but all other children will be in the auditorium (there will be a “special guest” at the end of both services).  There will be NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES that day.  Invite & bring your friends – as always it’s going to be AWESOME!

  2. Our 6th Annual Christmas Offering has begun!  Now through the second Sunday of the New Year, January 14th (5 more weeks), we are encouraging our entire Coastal family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering to this year’s special Christmas Offering.  Our goal is BIG – $60,000 – but what we keep learning over and over again is that we serve a BIGGER GOD!  To give toward the Christmas Offering, simply designate your gift with the word “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an IMPACT in our church, community, and world!

  3. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  4. WAVES Student Christmas Party – Wednesday night, December 13th at 6pm.  Bring a gift for the Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange!  Wear your favorite Christmas PJ’s or Christmas Sweater!  Invite & bring your friends!

  5. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  We just scheduled a LAST CHANCE Membership Class, Satuday morning, December 16th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.  This is the LAST MEMBERSHIP CLASS of 2017!

With a Grateful Heart!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s Five – 12-1-17

Dear Coastal,

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that today is December 1st!  Christmas is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  Have you seen the lights yet at J.I. County Park?  Do you have your tree up yet?  Guess what?  We have ours up at Coastal!  I can’t wait for you to see all the decorations!  Don’t miss this Sunday as we continue with our “Grateful” series!  This Sunday’s message:  “I’m Grateful for My Family.”  And yes, we’re back to our regular service times of 9:30am & 11:15am.

Tonight, 6:30-8:30, we’re having an Oyster Roast (and Hotdogs & Chili) for our Life Group & Life Team Leaders!  It’s our way to recognize & thank our Leaders, give thanks for this past semester, and cast vision for the new year. 

Come ready to help “Feed Charleston” this Sunday!  When you come to church there will be several tables of pre-bagged food.  We’re asking everyone to take a bag of food and give it to someone in need – a nearby shelter, a shut-in, someone in your community.  Start thinking now about who you will bless!  The overabundance of food is thanks to our good friends at Oakland Elementary School.  Their food drive enabled us to fully stock our Food Bank AND give away food this Sunday!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our Prayer Team.  One of the things that I love about our church and our Sunday morning services in particular, is that we have a group of people who are ready to pray with anyone in need or making decisions.  Yes, people can turn in their Prayer Requests on the back of their Connect Card, but sometimes you just need a fellow follower of Jesus to pray with you then and there during a service.  Our Prayer Team does that.  If you have a passion for praying with people, seeing people come to Christ and taking next steps, this may be the place for you.   If you are interested in volunteering, you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, or email Billy Burnett directly at billy.burnett@GRSI.com.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our 6th Annual Christmas Offering has begun!  Now through the second Sunday of the New Year, January 14th (6 more weeks), we are encouraging our entire Coastal family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering to this year’s special Christmas Offering.  Our goal is BIG – $60,000 – but what we keep learning over and over again is that we serve a BIGGER GOD!  To give toward the Christmas Offering, simply designate your gift with the word “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an IMPACT in our church, community, and world!

  2. If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Childcare will be provided. 

  3. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, THIS Sunday, December 3rd, 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.

  4. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is THIS MONDAY NIGHT, December 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  5. WAVES Student Christmas Party – Wednesday night, December 13th at 6pm.  Bring a gift for the Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange!  Wear your favorite Christmas PJ’s or Christmas Sweater!  Invite & bring your friends!

With a Grateful Heart!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Looking for a fun way to volunteer at Coastal that only takes 30 minutes?  Come help with Chair Set-Up on Saturday mornings at 9am!

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