Friday’s 5 – 3-29-10

So, Easter Weekend is just 3 weeks away!  I say Easter Weekend because we are having 5 services over 2 days – Saturday night, April 20th, 5pm & 6:30pm, and then we’re having 3 services on Sunday, April 21st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  We’re kicking off a brand new series called, “This Is Jesus.”  Above is a look at the front of our postcard that will be going out to all of West Ashley, James Island, & John’s Island.  It has a “This is Us” (the popular TV show) feel.  The idea is – this is Jesus in and through US here at Coastal.  I like it.  I hope you do too!

I want to thank everyone who took Easter Tickets this past Sunday to give away.  We’ll have more this Sunday.  Take as many as you need!  And then next weekend we’ll have 200 Yard Signs available.  We need people who will put them in their yards and in strategic places around town with a lot of visibility.  The signs this year simply say, “EasterAtCoastal.com.”  It’s our Easter Landing Page were you can see all the info about our 5 identical Easter services, and you’ll have a chance to let us know which service you and your friends will be attending.  

If you haven’t already done so, please go to our Facebook Event page and let us know which Easter Service you’re attending.  Start sharing that page, so that it shows up on your feed and your friends see it and know you’re attending.  It’s great FREE advertising! 

Remember, at Coastal we work and serve and love and share and invite like it all depends on us.  We pray like it all depends on God.  We walk by faith, trust God with the results, and celebrate the outcome! 

Make sure you mark next Saturday, April 6th on your calendar.  It’s our next SATURDAY SERVE!  It’s the first Saturday of every month.  We meet at the church at 8:30am to debrief and then disburse to serve!  Come make an IMPACT in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus!  There is always something for the whole family!  And PLEASE, invite and bring someone to serve with you!  If you have any questions about Saturday Serve or ideas for future service opportunities, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. This Saturday (TOMORROW MORNING), March 30th, at 10am there is a Security Team Meeting in the 1st-5th Grade Auditorium of the old building.  This meeting is for all current Security Team members and anyone interested in joining the Team.  If you have any questions about this Ministry please contact Bryan Miller – 843-296-2991.  Help us create a safe environment at Coastal so that we can share and experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and world!

2. New to Coastal?  Join us THIS COMING Sunday, March 31st in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next 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.

3. As a part of our “Be The Church” series we’re really encouraging those of you who have not yet taken the step, to formalize your commitment to Coastal and officially make our church, your church family!  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, April 13th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our websiteyour Connect Card,or byresponding to this email.

4. As a part of our new series “Be the Church”, we’re having a “Ministry Fair” on Sunday, April 7th!  We’ll have a giant tent outside on our property where you’ll have an opportunity to visit different booths representing all the different Ministries of Coastal.  And most importantly, you’ll have a chance learn more about them and sign up to volunteer! 

5. With 5 Easter Services this year at Coastal it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!  In other words, we need everyone serving and volunteering at MULTIPLE SERVICES!  Check in with your LIFE Team Leader and go ahead and sign up now.  If you are not yet serving, you can indicate your interest on your Connect Card THIS SUNDAY and we will help you find a place to serve God by serving others!

P.S. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12th, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name, parent’s name, and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.  Baby/Child Dedications are a special time in the life of the family where you are making a commitment to raise your child in a Christian home.  It’s also a time for the church to make a commitment to do all that we can to support and encourage parents in their journey.

Friday’s 5 – 3-8-19

Okay, let me get this out of the way first.  This Sunday is Time Change Sunday! Your clocks “Spring Forward” one hour late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.  While we “lose” an hour this weekend, we do get longer days – which I love!  And this weekend is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in Charleston!  Whatever your plans are, make sure they include church on Sunday morning!  Somebody once said that “Sunday morning church is a Saturday night decision.”  Make the decision NOW to make it a priority – don’t wait until Sunday morning to make that call.

Speaking of Sunday, this Sunday we wrap up our series called, “The Vow.”  My message is all about conflict resolution.  Don’t miss it.  Even if you’ve missed this entire series, don’t miss this Sunday.  While the message is a part of the series, it can stand alone as is.  And it’s something that everyone needs to hear  – married, single, dating, old, or young.  

Next Sunday, March 17th we begin a brand new series leading up to Easter called, “Be the Church.”  Years ago we had a t-shirt made that on the front said, “Don’t just go to church.”  And then on the back it said, “Be the church.”  In this series we’re going to talk about what that means and how we live that out.  I hope you’ll rediscover the true meaning of church and that the church isn’t just a building — it’s a people, an attitude, and a hope for the world!

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow morning with your young children?  Come out to Oakland Elementary School’s Annual Carnival – 9:30am-12noon.  Last year our church provided and grilled several hundred hotdogs (Janet and I will be there again this year doing the same).  If you’re looking for a great way to serve our community and make an IMPACT, we’ll put you to work.  I could always use some help with the hotdogs and we could also use some more face painters!  I’ll be at the school by 8:30am setting up.  Simply respond to this email if you would like to come and serve.

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

1. Our Annual 40 Day Easter Fast starts on Monday, March 11th and will continue until Good Friday, April 19th!  It’s a 40 Day period of Fasting & Prayer leading up to Easter Sunday.  Fasting is simply denying yourself something physical for a set period of time for the spiritual purpose of focusing on prayer, the Word, and your relationship with God.  You can sign up this Sunday on your Connect Card or by responding to this email.  We’ll be adding you to a specific email group and will send out weekly notes of encouragement and information over the course of the fast.  If you would like to share with us what you’re deciding to fast, you can, but you don’t have to.  I hope you will consider joining your Coastal family in this Fast as we pray and prepare our hearts for Easter!

2. Attention all Coastal Kidz Volunteers (Birth-5th Grade):  There is a Coastal Kidz Meeting, Saturday, March 16th at 10am – OR – Sunday, March 17th immediately after the second service (choose one to attend).  We’ll be going over the new curriculum, planning for Easter, and brainstorming how we can continue to improve our Ministry!  Don’t miss it!

3. As you know, Coastal feeds A LOT of people in our community – hurting and hungry people who simply need a helping hand.  Well, our Food Bank is getting low.  Here are some items that we are in need of:  canned fruit with pull top tabs, “just add water” instant meals, peanut butter & jelly, canned meats & chili, cans of soup or pasta, dry pasta & canned sauce, rice & dry beans.  You can bring and drop food off on Sunday mornings or anytime during office hours during the week.  Thank you!

4. Our next Sermon Series starts Sunday, March 17th and is called, “Be the Church.” As a part of the series, we’re having a “Ministry Fair” on Sunday, April 7th.  We’ll have a giant tent outside on our property where you’ll have an opportunity to visit different booths representing all the different Ministries of Coastal.  And most importantly, you’ll have a chance learn more about them and sign up to volunteer!

5. We’re having 5 Easter Services this year at Coastal!  Two on Saturday night, April 20th, 5pm & 6:30pm, and then we’re having 3 services on Sunday, April 21st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  With 5 services it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!  In other words, we need everyone serving and volunteering!  Check in with your LIFE Team Leader and go ahead and sign up now.  If you are not yet serving, indicate your interest on your Connect Card and we will help you find a place to serve God by serving others! 
First Impressions: Chris Ranew / chrisranew@gmail.com
Cafe: Matt and Kathy Beam / mattbeam13@yahoo.com
Children’s Ministry: Janet Rollins / janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
Prayer Team: Billy Burnett / Billy.burnett@grsi.com
Security: Bryan Miller / bryan.bcmill@gmail.com

P.S. Check out our Easter landing page for our website – www.easteratcoastal.com!  You’ll see all the info about our 5 identical Easter services, and you’ll have a chance to let us know which service you and your friends will be attending.  In fact, we’ve also set up a Facebook Event for our Easter Services as well.  RSVP for a service and share our post with all your Facebook friends!

Friday’s 5 – 3-3-19

I can’t say enough great things about this past weekend at Coastal!  First of all Marvin & Sharon Thomas did such an awesome job with our Marriage Seminar!  We had over 50 couples attend!  And then Sunday’s Marriage Vow Renewal Service was so emotionally moving!  Over 100 couples renewed their Marriage Vows!  The Party afterwards was so much fun – the music, photo booth, cake, and the Food Trucks!  Our attendance on Sunday morning was 748!  We had 20 1st Time Guest Connect Cards filled out and 19 2nd Time Guest Connect Cards filled out!  But the best part of the whole day was that 3 more people gave their lives to Jesus!  That’s what it’s all about Coastal!  Keep praying!  Keep sharing!  Keep inviting!

On Saturday morning, March 9th, Oakland Elementary School is having their Annual Carnival.  Last year our church provided and grilled several hundred hotdogs (Janet and I will be there again this year doing the same).  This year they were wondering if we happened to have several people who could do Face Painting (they will provide all the paint and brushes).  I told them I’m sure we could round up a few folks (I already have a few volunteers).  It really is a great event and makes a huge IMPACT on behalf of our church.  Please respond to this email if you would be willing to help.  I could also use some help with the hotdogs!

I also want to let you know that our Annual 40 Day Easter Fast starts on Monday, March 11th and will continue until Good Friday, April 19th!  It’s a 40 Day period of Fasting & Prayer leading up to Easter Sunday.  Jesus said, “When you fast . . .”  In other words, Jesus meant for fasting to be a regular part of the Christian experience.  Fasting is simply denying yourself something physical for a set period of time for the spiritual purpose of focusing on prayer, the Word, and your relationship with God.  Last year, over 225 people signed up to participate in the Fast!  You can begin signing up this Sunday on your Connect Card or by responding to this email.  We’ll be adding you to a specific email group and will send out weekly notes of encouragement and information over the course of the fast.

What do you choose to fast?  It’s different for different people.  It’s probably the thing that first comes to mind when you start considering to fast. It might be some form of technology or social media that seems to have a stronghold in your life.  It could be television.  It might be some specific type of food or food group – sugar, caffeine, sodas, meat, etc.  It could be drinking or smoking.  It could be time – where you get up earlier each day for 40 days and have a quiet time.  It could be gossip or negative words.  You decide that for 40 days nothing negative will come out of your mouth.  It could be worry.  You pray.  You decide.  Read through Matthew 6:16-18.  Don’t make a big deal or a fuss about it.  Don’t post it on Facebook.  If you would like to share with us what you’re deciding to fast, you can, but you don’t have to.  I hope you will consider joining your Coastal family in this Fast as we pray and prepare our hearts for Easter!

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

1. We’ve had such a great start to LIFE Groups this semester!  People are still signing up each week, andit’s still not too late to join one.   The best way now to sign up for a LIFE Group is online from our website.  Go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!

2. Don’t forget to vote for Coastal in Charleston City Paper’s Best of Charleston list, “Best Place of Worship.”  It’s found in the “Attractions & City Living” Category.  Spread the word, especially on Social Media, and encourage your friends to vote for Coastal!  Voting ends on March 5th!

3. Our next Saturday Serve is THIS SATURDAY (TOMORROW), March 2nd!  We will meet at the church at 8:30am to debrief and then disburse to serve!  Come make an IMPACT in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus!  There is always something for the whole family!  And PLEASE, invite and bring someone to serve with you!  If you have any questions about Saturday Serve or ideas for future service opportunities, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.

4. Our next Sermon Series starts Sunday, March 17th and is called, “Be the Church.” As a part of the series, we’re having a “Ministry Fair” on Sunday, April 7th.  We’ll have a giant tent outside on our property where you’ll have an opportunity to visit different booths representing all the different Ministries of Coastal.  And most importantly, you’ll have a chance learn more about them and sign up to volunteer!

5. We’re having 5 Easter Services this year at Coastal!  Two on Saturday night, April 20th, 5pm & 6:30pm, and then we’re having 3 services on Sunday, April 21st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  With 5 services it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!  In other words, we need everyone serving and volunteering!  Check in with your LIFE Team Leader and go ahead and sign up now.  If you are not yet serving, indicate your interest on your Connect Card and we will help you find a place to serve God by serving others! 
First Impressions: Chris Ranew / chrisranew@gmail.com
Cafe: Matt and Kathy Beam / mattbeam13@yahoo.com
Children’s Ministry: Janet Rollins / janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
Prayer Team: Billy Burnett / Billy.burnett@grsi.com
Security: Bryan Miller / bryan.bcmill@gmail.com

P.S. Attention all Coastal Kidz Volunteers (Birth-5th Grade):  There is a Coastal Kidz Meeting, Saturday, March 16th at 10am – OR – Sunday, March 17th immediately after the second service (choose one to attend).  We’ll be going over the new curriculum, planning for Easter, and brainstorming how we can continue to improve our Ministry!  Don’t miss it!

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