Friday’s 5 – 10-19-18

I can’t thank our Volunteers & Staff enough for all the hard work for our Tailgating Party last Sunday!  It was so much fun!  A special thank you to Shealy Pendarvis & Ricky Spell for providing all the Barbecue and feeding everyone!  And this year marks the first time we’ve ever had a WWF Tent!  “Wessel-Mania” – I laughed out loud when I saw that sign!!

On top of all that we Baptized 4 more people and had 694 people in attendance!  Our first service was at capacity.  In fact, we’re at the point of needing people to make the shift from the 9:30am service to the 11:15am service – to make room for more growth.  We’re also at the point of making plans to add a third service.  We’ll let you know when that happens, but right now we’re looking at the beginning of the year.  A third service simply expands our capacity to continue to grow and reach more people for Jesus.  These are exciting times Coastal!  Keep reaching out!  Keep praying!  Keep inviting!  Be willing to do whatever it takes to make room and reach people!

One of the marks of a church that is willing to do whatever it takes to grow is it’s willingness to serve.  A third service means expanding all of our Sunday Morning Ministries – Children’s Ministry, Cafe, Security, 1st Impressions.  Would you be willing to serve in any of these Ministries as we make preparations for growth?  If so, simply respond to this email and we will follow up with you!

And yes, if you’re wondering, we are making plans now for our next facility – a worship space & expanded children’s space!  Our current facility then becomes a dedicated Student & Community Center.  Late this past Spring we met with the architecture firm LS3P to work on the Master Plan for our property.  We will reveal those plans and next steps later in 2019.  For now, let’s continue to make the most of what we have for God’s glory!  Let’s work and serve and invite and give like it all depends on us!  Let’s pray like it all depends on God.  And then let’s walk by faith, trust God, and celebrate whatever He does!  I’m just thankful that I get to be a part of it with wonderful people like YOU!

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SUNDAY!  I’ve got a message we ALL need to hear!  It’s from James 2 and it’s on prejudice.  James 2:1 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than others?”  As always, this would be a GREAT Sunday to invite and bring your friends!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris
Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. Pastor Chris is participating in Oakland Elementary School’s Annual “Trunk or Treat” on Thursday night, October 25th, 5-6:30pm.  We are collecting candy for Pastor Chris and all the Teachers to pass out!  Please bring the candy to church this Sunday.  We’re also grilling hotdogs for the event.  See Pastor Chris if you would like to help.  He’s decorating his truck with a Clemson theme (of course)!  If you have any stuff he can use (or you’ll decorate a large pumpkin), respond to this email and let him know!

2. Pastor Ryan and his wife Gracie are expecting a Baby Girl!  You are invited to a church-wide Baby Shower (men & women) in their honor on Sunday, October 28th at 6pm.  The Spell’s are registered at Target and Amazon (just click on the links).

3. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, October 28th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

4. Being a Member of Coastal is really about being a part of a family.  The next Membership Class is Monday night, October 29th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our website, respond to this email, or sign up Sunday on your Connect Card.

5. There are ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT to bring toys & supplies for Operation Christmas Child!  Bring any toys that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 2nd, 6pm at the church.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your offering envelope, check, or text any amount to 843-277-8337 with the designation “occ“.

P.S. Looking for a way to serve our community and make an IMPACT?  Come and be a part of Saturday Serve!  Saturday Serve meets the first Saturday of every month (the next one is November 3rd) at 8:30am in the Welcome Center.  We explain all the different serving opportunities that day, pray, and then send everyone off.

Friday’s 5 – 10-12-18

Well, from all projections, it’s supposed to be an absolutely beautiful day on Sunday for our Tailgating Party!  The last I checked it’s supposed be 80 and sunny – almost “Fall-ish” for Charleston!  What in the world is a church Tailgating Party you ask?  Well, wear your Team Colors (if you have a favorite team – I wonder what I’ll be wearing) and then immediately after both services outside on our front lawn there will be Tailgating Tents, food, drinks, jump castles, Kona Ice, a climbing wall, and a Gaming Truck – all FREE!  And on top of all of that, we’re also going to be having outdoor Baptisms!!  You can sign up to get Baptized on our website or simply respond to this email.  Honestly, it’s just a great time of fun & fellowship – a chance to enjoy the day with your friends and family!  AND it’s the perfect time to invite and bring a friend to church and introduce them to Coastal!

By the way, I’ve got some great news – 3 more people gave their life to Jesus last Sunday at Coastal!  Woohoo!  Are you ready for this – we’re at 71 salvations for the year!!  71 people have crossed the line of faith and have asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord!  That’s what it’s all about Coastal!  That’s why we do what we do!  Keep inviting!  Keep reaching out!  Keep praying!  Pray for your ONE!  Pray for me and my message each week!  Pray that God would draw people to Himself at Coastal and that we would continue to lift up Jesus!

This Sunday we’re in week 4 of our series on James called, “Losing My Religion.”  James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  That’s what this series is all about, and that’s what I’ll be talking about on Sunday – James 1:19-27.

There are so many opportunities to do that here at Coastal – to put our faith into action.  Honestly, that’s what I feel this weekly email from me is all about – just us sharing opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and our world.  So don’t just be a “hearer” – be a “doer.”

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1.  Pastor Chris is participating in Oakland Elementary School’s Annual “Trunk or Treat” on Thursday night, October 25th, 5-6:30pm.  We are collecting candy for Pastor Chris and all the Teachers to pass out.  You can bring the candy to church any time between now and the 25th.  We’re also grilling hotdogs for the event.  See Pastor Chris if you would like to help.

2. Pastor Ryan and his wife Gracie are expecting a Baby Girl!  You are invited to a church-wide Baby Shower (men & women) in their honor on Sunday, October 28th at 6pm.  The Spell’s are registered at Target and Amazon (just click on the links).

3. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, October 28th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

4. Being a Member of Coastal is really about being a part of a family.  The next Membership Class is Monday night, October 29th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our website, respond to this email, or sign up Sunday on your Connect Card.

5. There are only 3 weeks left to bring toys & supplies for Operation Christmas Child!  Bring any toys that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 2nd, 6pm at the church.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your offering envelope, check, or text any amount to 843-277-8337 with the designation “occ“.

P.S. Speaking of putting your faith into action – that’s what your giving is all about.  It’s a tangible opportunity to make sure your walk matches your talk.  Or a better way to say it, to “put your money where your mouth is.”  You can give through our website, our App (yes, we have a FREE App), or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”  James 1:22

Friday’s 5 – 10-5-18

If you’re like me, you’re still in shock that it’s now OCTOBER!  I think it’s just that when so many of us think October, we think Fall season.  We imagine sweaters, oyster roasts, pumpkin spice everything, hay rides, and the Coastal Carolina Fair, NOT humidity that will slap you in the face.  But don’t worry, when our friends in the North are scraping windshields and shoveling sidewalks, we’ll be wearing shorts and playing golf.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.”  I’m curious, what season are you in right now?  A season of joy?  A season of growth?  A season of pain?  A season of peace?  A season of prosperity?  A season of hardship?  My guess is that God has you right where He wants you, for a season and for a reason.  Seasons come and go.  That’s also true of the seasons of life.  Whatever season you find yourself in right now, I pray that you make the most of it, that you give God thanks in the middle of it, and that you learn and grow through it.

Right now in our current season at Coastal, we’re working our way through the book of James on Sunday mornings.  We’re calling the series, “Losing My Religion.”  It’s all about putting our faith into action.  Last week we talked about the trials of life.  This week, I’ll be in James 1:13-18, talking about temptation.  I hope you’ll join us.  I hope you’ll allow God and His word to speak to you in whatever season you find yourself in.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1.  Looking for a way to serve our community and make an IMPACT?  Come and be a part of Saturday Serve!  Saturday Serve meets the first Saturday of every month (the next one is TOMORROW, October 6th) at 8:30am in the Welcome Center.  We explain all the different serving opportunities that day, pray, and then send everyone off.  This month we’ll be serving food at the North Charleston Tailgate Party, making meals for SC Strong & My Sister’s House, and visiting Jenkins Orphanage & Brookdale Assisted Living Facility.  Come out and put your faith into action!

2.  Our Annual Coastal Tailgating Day – is Sunday, October 14th!  Sign up this Sunday on your Connect Card for a Tailgating Spot.  We’d love to have 15-20 Tailgaters!  We’ll also have jump castles and other outdoor activities for the kids.  After each service, in the center of all the Tailgating Tents, we’re going to have an outdoor Baptism Service!  You can sign up to get Baptized on our website, on your Connect Card, or simply respond to this email. (The Mobile Blood Bank from the Red Cross had to reschedule to Sunday, October 28th.)

3.  New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, October 28th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

4.  Pastor Ryan and his wife Gracie are expecting a Baby Girl!  You are invited to a church-wide Baby Shower (men & women) in their honor on Sunday, October 28th at 6pm.  The Spell’s are registered at Target and Amazon (just click on the links).

5.  Being a Member of Coastal is really about being a part of a family.  The next Membership Class is Monday night, October 29th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our website, or simply respond to this email.

P.S.  Interested in serving on the First Impressions Parking Team?  We’re looking for some people with high energy who love welcoming people to Coastal!  It’s a great opportunity to greet guests, help keep everyone safe, and enjoy the camaraderie of a fun group of people (and you might get to drive a golf cart)!  If you’re interested, respond to this email or reach out to Chris Ranew at chrisranew@gmail.com or 706-941-2044.

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