Friday’s 5 – 11-30-18

There are lots of exciting things going on this weekend at Coastal!  First of all, if you volunteer at Coastal in any ministry – in any capacity, let US show our APPRECIATION  to YOU by joining us for a special night of THANKS & VISION (an exciting announcement) TONIGHT, November 30th, at 6:30PM!  Oyster Roast, Hotdogs, & Chili!  Childcare provided.  I hope you can make it!  We also have a small gift for you!

Due to weather concerns (rain), the Outdoor Christmas Party has been postponed one week to next Saturday, December 8th.  If you have already prepared food, please freeze it at home for use next weekend (storage at the church is extremely limited). Donations (food, blankets, hats, & gloves) for next week’s event can be dropped off at the church during the day on Friday, 12/7 or on Saturday morning, 12/8.  However, we are still having our normal SATURDAY SERVE tomorrow morning at 8:30am!  We will be:  1. Volunteering at the Lowcountry food bank.  2. Preparing and delivering meals for S.C Strong and My Sister’s House.  3. Making handmade paper wreaths and cards for nursing home residents (great project for children).  So again, Saturday Serve is still on, but the Outdoor Christmas Party has been postponed one week.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Jones at Jonescg73@gmail.com or 843-870-4613.

I’d like to thank those of you who have already started to give toward our Annual Christmas Offering.  Remember, every gift counts and every gift matters!  However you choose to give, simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”  Our goal is $60,000!  The offering will be used for our Student Ministry (Winter Retreat expenses), Children’s Ministry (VBS & Facilities), and our Missions/Outreach (Summer of IMPACT, Saturday Serve, Oakland, Peru).  You can give using the Offering Envelope, you can give online from our website, you can give from our church app, or you can simply TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337.  Just remember to use the keyword, “Christmas.”

And speaking of Christmas, we begin our new Christmas series called, “Carols.” Each week we will sing a Christmas Carol/Hymn in church and then use that song to talk about the Christmas story and make application to our lives.  Don’t miss it!  And as always, invited and bring a friend!  People are very open to coming to church during the Christmas season.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. LAST CHANCE MEMBERSHIP CLASS!Don’t let 2018 go by without officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The last Membership Class of 2018 is Saturday (tomorrow) morning, December 1st, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our websiteor byresponding to this email.

2. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, December 2nd 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.

3. The Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank will FINALLY be at Coastal Community Church on Tuesday, December 4th from 2pm-7pm.  What we need you to do: Sign up online! Go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Coastal.  You will then choose a time that fits your schedule and create an account. On the day of the event, please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. Bring your ID and make sure you’ve had plenty of food and water the day of.  FYI: To donate blood, you must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 16 years old.  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.  Your donation can save up to 3 lives! Come and give blood and make an IMPACT!

4. Our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry is kicking off a brand new curriculum December 16, and all volunteers, including assistants and student volunteers, need to go through a Training Session.  The final available session is offered on Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12noon.  Please RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

5. We are in the planning stages of the Spring Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting, please sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or respond to this email.  LIFE Group Sunday will be January 27th and LIFE Groups will begin the week of February 10th.

P.S. Along with regular Sunday morning services on Sunday, December 23rd, we’ll have special Christmas Eve Services on Monday, December 24th at 5:30pm & 7pm.  There will be a special PJ’s & Pizza Party for Children ages Birth-5th Grade during both services in the Coastal Kidz Building.

Friday’s 5 – 11-16-18

I’M BACK!  I got back on Thursday morning and pretty much crashed!  It really was an AMAZING trip and experience!  But, as always when you travel, it’s great to be HOME!  Can’t wait to see everyone on Sunday!  Thanks for putting up with all the pictures and posts on social media.

Speaking of Sundays, we’ve got two more weeks left in James with our “Losing My Religion” series.  But I want to let you know about our next Sermon Series that will kick-off on Sunday, December 2nd.  It’s our Christmas Series and it’s simply called, “Carols.”  One of the universal appeals of the Christmas season is the music – specifically, Christmas music.  So, each week we’re going to be using a classic Christmas Carol to tell the Christmas Story and make application to lives today.  Don’t miss it!  And remember, people are searching, just like they were 2,000 years ago at His birth.  So make the ask and bring your friends to church!  God can use you to help change someone’s eternity!

I hope that you and your family have begun to prayerfully consider what you will give toward our Annual Christmas Offering.  Remember it is above and beyond your regular giving.  We can’t all give the same amount, but together we can all make the same sacrifice!  And that’s when God shows up and does a miracle!  Every gift counts and every gift matters!  You can give from now until the second week of January – 10 weeks.  However you choose to give, simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”  Our goal is $60,000!  The offering will be used for our Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and our Missions/Outreach.  You can give using the Offering Envelope, you can give online from our website, you can give from our church app, or you can simply TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337.  Just remember to use the keyword, “Christmas.”  If you are interested in making a large donation that we can use for a matching gift, please let us know.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. Our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry is kicking off a brand new curriculum soon and all volunteers, including assistants and student volunteers, will need to go through one of the two Training Sessions offered:  TONIGHT, Friday, November 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm OR Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12noon.  RSVP for a session on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

2.  Attention all Coastal Volunteers (if you serve in any ministry)!  Let US show our APPRECIATION  to YOU by joining us for a special night of THANKS & VISION (an exciting announcement from Pastor Chris) on Friday night, November 30th, 6:30PM!  Oyster Roast, Hotdogs, & Chili!  Childcare provided.  Please RSVP online, on your Connect Card, or respond to this email.

3.  LAST CHANCE MEMBERSHIP CLASS! Don’t let 2018 go by without officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The last Membership Class of 2018 is Saturday morning, December 1st, 9am-12noon.  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.

4.  The final Saturday Serve of 2018 will be on Saturday, December 1st.  We’ll be hosting an Outdoor Christmas Party at our normal tailgate location complete with banquet style seating, presents under a lighted tree and Christmas music.  You can sign up to bring a donation or food item on a table in the back of the auditorium on Sunday.

5.  New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, December 2nd 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.

P.S. The Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank will FINALLY be at Coastal Community Church on Tuesday, December 4th from 2pm-7pm.  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.  Come and give blood!  Your donation can save up to 3 lives!

Friday’s 5 – 11-9-18

Well, honestly, if I had thought this through I would have written this week’s “Friday 5” in advance and just had it scheduled for today.  But I did not.  So, I am literally sitting in my hotel room in Jerusalem after a long day full of glorious adventures typing away.  It’s 7 hours ahead here in Israel, so right now it’s about 9:45pm.  We’re on the 2nd half of our trip.  The first half we stayed at Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee as our home base.  Tonight we arrived in Jerusalem and this will be home base for the second half of our trip.  Tomorrow we hit Masada, Qumran, The Dead Sea (look or me floating), and Jericho!  I hope you’re enjoying all of my/our pictures on Facebook (friend me) and Instagram (follow me).  It really has been the trip of a lifetime!  I definitely think we’ll do it again – maybe in 2 or 3 years (let me know if you’re interested).

I’m going to keep this real short.  I just wanted you know that we’re safe (no “international incidents”. . . yet), we’re having a blast (haven’t kissed or been kissed by a Jewish girl . . .yet), I miss my wife, and I miss you guys!  It really is an overwhelming experience to take in.  I’m sure we’ll all be processing it all for months.  I remember many things from 36 years ago – much of Israel is timeless.  But much has changed.  Honestly, I’m the one who’s changed.  I had only been a Christian for a short time 36 years ago.  Now I’ve started and Pastored a church for over 28 years.  It’s a totally different experience!  So far, I would say the highlight was Baptizing several people in the Jordan River and then taking a swim there!

I won’t be there on Sunday.  Ryan will be preaching.  He’ll be in chapter 4 of James.  Don’t miss it!  And definitely don’t miss Sunday, just because I’m not there.  That would be quite pathetic especially during a series about losing religion and putting your faith into action.  I will be there the following Sunday and can’t wait to see everyone and hug your necks!

Keep us in your prayers!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1.  You should have received your Annual Christmas Offering letter from me this week!  I hope that you and your family will prayerfully consider what you will give toward this special offering – above and beyond your regular giving. We can’t all give the same amount, but together we can all make the same sacrifice! And that’s when God shows up and does a miracle!  You can begin giving toward the offering this week until the second week of January – 10 weeks.  However you choose to give, simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”  Our goal is $60,000!  The offering will be used for our Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and our Missions/Outreach.  You can give any Sunday over the next 10 weeks.  Or you can give any time using the Offering Envelope you received in the mail this week (or one you pick up from church), you can give online from our website, you can give from our church app, or you can simply TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337.  Just remember to use the keyword, “Christmas.”  If you are interested in making a large donation that we can use for a matching gift, please let us know.

2.  Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry is kicking off a brand new curriculum soon and all volunteers, including assistants and student volunteers, will need to go through one of the two Training Sessions offered:  Friday, November 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm OR Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12noon.  RSVP for a session on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

3.  Attention all Coastal Volunteers!  Let us show you our APPRECIATION by joining us for a special night of THANKS & VISION (an exciting announcement from Pastor Chris) on Friday night, November 30th, 6:30PM!  Oyster Roast, Hotdogs, & Chili!  Childcare provided.  Please RSVP online, on your Connect Card, or respond to this email.

4.  LAST CHANCE MEMBERSHIP CLASS! Don’t let 2018 go by without officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The last Membership Class of 2018 is Saturday morning, December 1st, 9am-12noon.  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.  The Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank will be at Coastal Community Church on Tuesday, December 4th from 2pm-7pm.  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. need blood.  It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.  Come give blood!  Your donation can save up to 3 lives!

P.S. I don’t know if you heard the good news!  But one week ago Friday night we packed and wrapped a total of 631 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child– a Coastal record!  This is a picture of everyone laying their hands on and praying for all the boxes!  Thank you Coastal for your generosity!  I love you and I love what we get to do together!

Friday’s 5 – 11-2-18

Okay, let me get this out of the way first.  Don’t forget that your clocks “Fall Back” one hour late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.  Supposedly, this is the “good” time change in that you gain an hour.  However, I will definitely miss the longer daylight.

This is a busy & exciting weekend for us here at Coastal!  Tonight at 6pm is our Operation Christmas Child Wrapping & Packing Party!  Actually, there will be some volunteers here at the church today at 11am getting everything ready.  If you’re available, come on over!  But don’t miss tonight!  It really is a great way to start off the Holiday Season – both Thanksgiving & Christmas!  And yes, we could always use more toys & supplies to fill boxes.  If you can’t bring them by early today, just bring them with you tonight.

Saturday morning is our monthly Saturday Serve event!  Saturday Serve meets the first Saturday of every month at 8:30am in the Welcome Center.  We explain all the different serving opportunities that day, pray, and then send everyone off.  It’s a tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving our community.  Chris Jones leads this ministry.  If you have any questions, shoot him an email.

The other reason I’m excited about this weekend is that I leave for our Israel trip on Sunday afternoon (we return to the states on November 14th)!  Actually, to say that I’m excited is quite the understatement!  I’ve been to Israel one other time – when I was 15 years old with my then Youth Pastor, Mike Diamond.  And one of the reasons this trip is so special is that Mike Diamond, now a Pastor, is going with us!  We’re going to be rooming together – just like old times!  While I’m sure that Israel & the Holy Land haven’t changed much in 36 years, I know I sure have. I’ll be posting A LOT of pictures and updates.  Follow me on Facebook & Instagram (jampastorchris) to keep up with our adventures!  And most importantly, please keep all of us in your prayers.  There are a total of 15 people going on this tour.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. Looking for a great place to serve and get connected here at Coastal?  Consider joining our 1st Impressions Team!  Each week 1st Impression volunteers are greeting people at the door, passing out bulletins, assisting with parking and so much more to help create a warm, welcoming environment for everyone!  If you are interested in volunteering, simply respond to this email or contact Chris Ranew at 706-941-2044 or chrisranew@gmail.com.

2. Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry is kicking off a brand new curriculum soon and all volunteers, including assistants and student volunteers, will need to go through one of the two Training Sessions offered:  Friday, November 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm OR Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12noon.  RSVP for a session on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

3. Attention all Coastal Volunteers!  Let us show you our APPRECIATION by joining us for a special night of THANKS & VISION (an exciting announcement from Pastor Chris) on Friday night, November 30th, 6:30PM!  Oyster Roast, Hotdogs, & Chili!  Childcare provided.  Please RSVP online, on your Connect Card, or respond to this email.

4. LAST CHANCE MEMBERSHIP CLASS! Don’t let 2018 go by without officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The last Membership Class of 2018 is Saturday morning, December 1st, 9am-12noon.  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. The Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank will be at Coastal Community Church on Tuesday, December 4th from 2pm-7pm.  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. need blood.  It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries.  Come give blood!  Your donation can save up to 3 lives!

P.S. Have you heard?  This Sunday is “Time Change Sunday”!  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour this Saturday night/Sunday morning!  With that extra hour of sleep, there is no excuse for missing one of our two services this Sunday morning at 9:30am or 11:15am!  See you Sunday!

Friday’s 5 – 10-26-18

This past week we had a first.  I’ve shared many times that we feed A LOT of people in our community through our Food Bank.  About 6 weeks ago, we got a phone call about a family over at Oakland Elementary School who was in desperate need of food.  We told them to send them over and we would take care of them.  The single mom explained how she had been sick and lost her job.  She recently got another job, but was struggling to feed her family.  We loaded her down with groceries.  She was overwhelmed.  Through tears, she told us that when she was back on her feet she would return the favor.  Well, this week that mom made good on her promise!  She came back to our church this week bringing large bags overflowing with food for our Food Bank!  She was so excited to be able to give back!

And speaking of Oakland, they had their “Trunk or Treat” last night (below are a couple of pictures of my “costume”)!  It was a huge success!  We gave away 400 hotdogs and enormous amount of candy!  Our church basically provided all the candy and food for the event.  One of the Teachers told me that having the candy provided was the difference in her being able to participate.  I want to thank all of you who donated candy.  I also want to thank all of you who give financially to our church!  It is your faithful, consistent, and generous giving that enables our church to do everything it does – things that you might not see on a Sunday morning, like feeding families in our community, making a child smile, and making an IMPACT at Oakland Elementary School.

Not only is our church making a difference in the lives of children here in our community, but through Operation Christmas Child we have the chance to change the lives of children around the world!  This is your last week to bring toys and supplies to fill a shoe box – see details below.  And again, it is your giving that makes this happen!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. 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 THIS Sunday, October 28th at 6pm.  The Spell’s are registered at Target and Amazon(just click on the links).  Dinner will be served (hamburgers & hotdogs)!

2. New to Coastal?  Join us THIS 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.

3. Being a Member of Coastal is really about being a part of a family.  The next Membership Class is THIS 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.

4. There is ONLY 1 WEEK 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 NEXT 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“.

5. 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.

P.S. Keep praying for your ONE – that person/those people in your life who are far from God and disconnected from the church!  Invite and bring them to Coastal!  Each and every Sunday we have guests who come to church for no other reason than a friend invited them.  And almost each and every Sunday at Coastal someone gives their life to Christ!  This week it could be YOUR FRIEND!

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