Friday’s Five – 5-25-18

Dear Coastal,

Okay, it’s not the “Royal” Wedding, but by the time you read this, we’ll probably be on a plane heading to California for my daughter’s wedding.  Although I CAN promise you that Lydia & Andrew’s wedding will cost somewhat less than the $45 MILLION Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, for me personally, it will be far more captivating and beautiful!  I’ll try to take plenty of pictures and post them as quickly as possible.  It’s going to be a whirlwind of a trip – we leave on Friday, the wedding is on Sunday afternoon, and then we return late on Monday.  I’ll be walking Lydia down the aisle, Andrew’s Dad will be doing the opening part of the ceremony myself until he says, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”  I’ll respond and then “tag him out” and do the remainder of the ceremony (HOPEFULLY, I’ll be able to do the remainder of the ceremony).  Please keep all of our family in your prayers!We’ve already had a great sign up launch to SUMMER OF IMPACT – our opportunity together as a church to make an IMPACT for Jesus where we live, work, and play, right here in Charleston!  Our goal is to see over 2500 hours of community service from Saturday, June 2nd to Saturday, August 4th!    There are over 20 different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over those two months.

Just like Saturday Serve, we’re going to make it as easy as possible for you to sign up, show up, and serve.  There is a page on our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You click a button to sign up and that’s it.  You can also pick up a Catalog on Sunday that explains all of the opportunities and then sign up on your Connect Card.  On Sunday, August 5th we’ll conclude Summer of IMPACTwith a 2nd Beach Baptism AND a cookout/party immediately afterwards to celebrate all that God has done over the Summer!  So, go check out the website and dates, look at your calendar, and sign up for multiple events/days.

There are LOTS of days, times, and events to choose from – everything from serving our Veterans, feeding the homeless, helping the elderly, and much, much more – even opportunities for the whole family to do together!  I also want you to talk it up with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to join you.  Even people who don’t go to church and don’t know the Lord are looking for ways to do something significant with their lives.  Leverage that God given desire and invite people to join you!  Here’s the web address:  https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/outreach/

Making An IMPACT With You,
Father of the Bride – Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

 

1.  We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am. Well, we’re also hosting Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

2.  We have almost 20 people signed up for our BEACH BAPTISM Services on Folly Beach (down at the County Park), Sunday, June 10th, at 4pm!  Love for you to join them!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!  We’re having a 2ND BEACH BAPTISM on Sunday, August 5th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park.  We’ll also be having a church wide cookout/party at the Pelican Watch Shelter immediately following the Baptism on August 5th to celebrate Summer of IMPACT!

3.  Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!    Registration is now open! Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

4.  On Sunday, June 3rd, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series of the year – “At the Movies!” It’s where we use current, popular movies as a hook to talk about spiritual truth! This year’s theme is, “Heroes Assemble!”  As always with this series there will be popcorn and several fun giveaways!  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 to the blue Welcome/Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  So – who are you inviting?

5.  It is the faithful, consistent, generous giving of our people that make all of Coastal’s outreach and ministry possible – period.  There are multiple ways to give “digitally” at Coastal.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!  It’s simple, safe, secure, and convenient!  If you’re going to be out of town this weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

P.S. If you haven’t heard yet, Pastor Scott and I are leading a Trip to the Holy Land – a trip of a life time!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going or have any questions, reach out to Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

Friday’s Five – 5-18-18

Dear Coastal,

I want to share something with you that I’m extremely excited about.  Our church exists to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world.  LIFE & LOVE – a life worth living and a love worth giving!  That’s our purpose, our mission.  And we believe that one of the most powerful ways to accomplish that, to make a real IMPACT, is through serving.  How do I know that?  Because Jesus said that to find life, you give your life away in service to your neighbor.That’s exactly what we’re going to do this Summer together as a church – making an IMPACT for Jesus where we live, work, and play – right here in our beloved Charleston.  We’re calling it the Summer of IMPACT.  Our goal is to see over 2500 hours of community service from Saturday, June 2nd to Saturday, August 4th.    There are over 20 different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over those two months.  And just like Saturday Serve, we’re going to make it as easy as possible for you to sign up, show up, and serve.  There is a page on our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You click a button to sign up and that’s it.  We’ll also have a catalog available to explain all of the opportunities and each Sunday during Summer of IMPACT we’ll take a few minutes during our Sunday Service to highlight the week ahead.  On Sunday, August 5th we’ll conclude Summer of IMPACT with a 2nd Beach Baptism AND a cookout/party immediately afterwards to celebrate all that God has done over the Summer!

Here’s what I want you to do:  First and foremost I want you to pray.  Pray that we will be the hands and feet of Jesus as together we serve our community.  Pray that lives will be changed and people will be drawn to Jesus.  And then, quite simply, I want you to sign up. Check out the website and dates, look at your calendar, and sign up for multiple events/days.  In fact, you can start signing up today!  There are LOTS of days, times, and events to choose from – everything from serving our Veterans, feeding the homeless, helping the elderly, and much, much more, even opportunities for the whole family to do together!  I also want you to talk it up with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to join you.  Even people who don’t go to church and don’t know the Lord are looking for ways to do something significant with their lives.  Leverage that God given desire and invite people to join you!

Coastal let’s open up a BIG OL’ CAN OF . . . LOVE on Charleston and together make an IMPACT for the Kingdom!

https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/outreach/

Making An IMPACT With You,
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1.  Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration is TONIGHT, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Can’t wait to see you tonight!

2. We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am.  Well, it just keeps getting better!  We’ve also been asked to host Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

3. We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services at Folly Beach!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!  We’re having a 2nd Beach Baptism on Sunday, August 5th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park.  We’ll also be having a church wide cookout/party at the Pelican Watch Shelter immediately following the Baptism on August 5th to celebrate Summer of IMPACT!

4.  Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

5.  On Sunday, June 3rd, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series of the year – “At the Movies!” It’s where we use current, popular movies that people are seeing and talking about as a hook to talk about spiritual truth!  This year’s tagline/theme is, “Heroes Assemble!”  As always with this series there will be popcorn and several fun giveaways!  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 Welcome/Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  So – who are you inviting?

P.S.  Chair set-up this Saturday morning at 9am!  Love for you to join us!  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less!  Great exercise, great service, and great fun!

Friday’s Five – 5-11-18

Dear Coastal,
We are so pumped up about Mother’s Day this Sunday!  It’s going to be awesome!  There will be Kona Ice & Jump Castles for kids, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all women, a Mother’s Day photo booth, and fun giveaways after each service!  Don’t miss it!  Pull out all the stops and invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

I realize that for many people, especially women, Mother’s Day can be very painful.  I promise that my message on Sunday will be one of hope and strength.  While it’s not a “Mother’s Day” message specifically or a message geared only toward women, I am going to be talking about God’s Healing Grace – how God heals the hidden wounds of our lives.  One of the ways He does that is by renewing our minds with the truth of His word.  You see, many people, especially many women, struggle with hurt and pain and low self-esteem because they have believed the lies of this world about who they are and whose they are.

As with all “Big Days” make sure you come early (especially if you’re serving), park over at Oakland, and help us create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all of our Guests!  If you don’t have a preference, come to the 11:15am service – 9:30am will be packed!  I can’t wait to see you Sunday!

In Him,
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1 – Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration is next Friday night, May 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Please RSVP on your Connect Card on Sunday or simply respond to this email!

2 – We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am.  Well, it just keeps getting better!  We’ve also been asked to host Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

3 – We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services at Folly Beach!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!

4 – Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

5 – Coastal Pantry Food Drive!  We are collecting “pop top” canned goods (cans with a pull tab) to serve at our monthly Saturday Serve Tailgating Party for the hurting, hungry, and homeless in North Charleston.  You can bring your donations to the church during the week or on Sunday mornings you can drop them off in the Food Pantry in the Old Kitchen in the Coastal Kidz Building.

Friday’s Five – 5-4-18

Dear Coastal,

So where do you get the power and the strength to keep on keeping on when you feel like giving up?  That’s what this week’s message is all about as we kick off a new series called, “Amazing Grace.”  Don’t miss it!  Invite and bring a friend!

And speaking of inviting friends – be sure to pull out all the stops and invite your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers to church next Sunday for MOTHER’S DAY!  It’s going to be awesome!  There will be Kona Ice & Jump Castles for kids, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all women, a Mother’s Day photo booth, and fun giveaways after each service!  And Ladies, my message is going to take a look at 5 things that God says are true about you because of His grace!

One of the things that I SO LOVE ABOUT OUR CHURCH is the way we serve our community!  We’ve learned a few things over the years – when you’re serving your community, you can’t do everything.  Pick a few things (whatever God calls you to do) and do it well.  The other thing we’ve learned is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Partner with other people/organizations in your community who are doing great things and simply SERVE! 

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week over at Oakland Elementary School (the school right across the street from our campus).  We’ve showered them with LOVE this week – gifts, treats, and lots of food!  We’re so excited about hosting Oakland’s 5th Grade Graduation Service at our church – Wednesday, May 30th, 9:30am!  If you’d like to volunteer to serve at the graduation (cafe, golf carts, photo booth, 1st Impressions, ushers), simply respond to this email.

Tomorrow is our monthly Saturday Serve (it meets the first Saturday of every month)!  Meet in the Welcome Center at the church at 8:30am, learn about some awesome service opportunities (everything is explained and supplied), pray, and GO SERVE!  It’s that simple.  Most projects are done before noon.  If you haven’t been a part of a Saturday serve, you’re really missing out!  It’s open to anyone – invite your friends, family, and co-workers to join you!  That’s another thing we’ve learned – people (all people) want to give back and do something significant with their lives.  This is a tangible way to do just that!   

Friday’s 5

  1. Our WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) are going to the Charleston Riverdogs Game TONIGHT!  They will be leaving from the church at 6pm and returning at approximately 10pm.  The tickets are FREE!  Simply bring money for food or souvenirs!
  2. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  3. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration/Party is Friday night, May 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Please RSVP!
  4. We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or simply respond to this email.

  5. Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/VBS!  Spread the word and register today!  We also need wrapping paper tubes (don’t throw them away) donated NOW for VBS decorations.  Drop them off at the Coastal Kidz Child Check-In area.

ALL IN,

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We had another person give their life to Jesus this past week and two more people indicated they want to get Baptized!  Woohoo!  Keep praying for your ONE, for the growth of our church, and our IMPACT!  See you Sunday!

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