Friday’s 5 – 6-28-19

That’s right – our next sermon series (another Coastal Summer tradition) is “Summer Reading.”  Each week of the series we’ll be using the subject matter from 6 great books as the basis for that week’s sermon.  At Coastal we believe that “Leaders are READERS!”  So get reading!  You can still pick up a copy of the books (at a great price) at Coastal on Sunday morning.  Here are the books, author, dates, and link to purchase them at Amazon:  “A Trip Around the Sun” by Mark Batterson – July 14th, “Glory Days” by Max Lucado – July 21st, “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff – July 28th, “I Declare War” by Levi Lusko – August 4th, “The Daniel Dilemma” by Chris Hodges – August 11th, “Strengthening Your Grip” by Charles Swindoll – August 18th.  

This Sunday at Coastal we’re in week 5 of “At the Movies” and I’ll be using the movie “Toy Story 4” to talk about one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible and one of the foundational passages for our church.  DON’T MISS IT!!  And speaking of “Toy Story 4”, on Wednesday morning of this week we took 280 people to see the movie on us!  It was so much fun!  And since this is our 10th Anniversary of “At the Movies,” and a Disney theme, AND our VBS theme this year is ROAR, we’ll also be taking everyone to see the new “Lion King” on Wednesday morning, 10am (doors open at 9:30am), July 24th!   Spread the word, invite and bring friends!  For “Toy Story 4” they gave us 3 theaters.  For “Lion King” they’re giving us at least 5!  You can sign up to come to the movie on your Connect Card starting this Sunday or by simply responding to this email. 

It’s hard to believe that “Summer of IMPACT” is coming to a close this weekend.  Our last project is tomorrow morning, 9am-11am, helping out at St. Vincent’s Furniture Outreach, 3941 Saint John’s Avenue, in North Charleston.  This outreach provides donated furniture for those in need in the community. St. Vincent’s partners with organizations such as My Sister’s House, S.C. Strong and 180Place. Clients who complete these programs are given assistance with housing and St. Vincent’s provides the furniture. Volunteers will assist with the loading of donated furniture into other volunteers’ trucks for distribution to those in need.  If you’d like to volunteer to serve, go to our website TODAY and sign up and then show up tomorrow morning in North Charleston.  

I really can’t say enough good things about the IMPACT that’s been made this Summer through our church.  Over the course of this past month we had approximately 350 Volunteers and over 1000 Volunteer Hours!  Here’s an overview of what was accomplished:

  • Fed the homeless 140 hamburgers and hotdogs and provided clothing to the struggling in North Charleston.
  • Served in two nursing homes.
  • Sewed nearly 200 pillowcases for MUSC Children’s Hospital.
  • Opened the doors of the church for two school graduations.
  • Prepared meals for up to 60 people, each night, across three nights at the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Prepared care packages for children in crisis at Lowcountry Orphan Relief.
  • Constructed 5 Community Blessing Boxes to be placed and serviced by Coastal.
  • Sorted through thousands of pounds of food at the Lowcountry Food Bank here in Charleston and in Myrtle Beach (thanks to our Students during their week of Camp).
  • We packed 100 bag lunches for struggling veterans through the Soldier’s Angels Program (all through donations).
  • We packed 65 Blessing Bags and distributed them on the street (all through donations).
  • Coastal worked with St. Vinny’s Furniture Outreach in organizing their donations and warehouse.

I want to specifically thank the Leaders of the different projects:

  • Steve and Tonia Gibbs – Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  • Evelyn Wallingford and Kim Jones – Ryan’s Case for Smiles
  • Rachel and Dustin Speer – Ronald McDonald House
  • Toby Wessell and Phil Votaw – Project Blessing Boxes
  • Jen Johnson – Lowcountry Food Bank
  • Ken Bartlett – Soldier’s Angels
  • Chris Crosby – Weekly Help at the Summer of IMPACT Tent
  • Rudy Polito – St. Vinny’s Furniture Outreach

And of course, I also want to thank Chris Jones, our Missions & Outreach Director.  Not only does Chris have a HUGE heart for serving and outreach, but he is a Logistics Mastermind!  Feel free to shoot him an email or text to thank him for his efforts and let him know what IMPACT this Summer has had on your life.  Chris Jones – 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.

I love you Coastal!  And I love what we get to do together!  Most importantly, thanks be to God who makes all of this possible!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. VBS Crew Leader Meeting – TOMORROW, Saturday, June 29, 10:00-11:30 am.  All crew leaders, assistants, and group managers, even if you’ve done it before, need to attend ONE Orientation Meeting either Saturday, June 29, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM OR Monday July 8, 7:00 – 8:30PM, @ Coastal in the 1st – 5th grade auditorium in the Coastal Kidz building. Hopefully it will make you more prepared for the week and answer any questions you may have.  Please let Janet know if you need childcare for either meeting.  We now have over 150 children pre-registered for VBS!!  Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  If you haven’t done so yet, please register your kids today!  If you have any questions about VBS please contact Janet Rollins at 843-442-8299 or janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
  2. Saturday, July 6th is our next Saturday Serve!  If you haven’t come to a Saturday Serve yet, do so this month!  I promise you, you’ll be glad you came and that you will receive so much more than you give.  We meet in the Coastal Café at 8:30am. After a few minutes of getting to know one another, leaders of multiple projects will brief you on the particulars of the projects they are leading. Afterwards, you’ll choose the project that’s of interest to you and off you’ll go!  All projects are typically finished before lunchtime, so it’s not a sacrifice of your entire Saturday.  Come out and help us tangibly share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with our community!
  3. Our Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is heading to Carowinds on Friday, July 12th.  Please by at the church no later than 8am!  They will return to the church at 8pm.  The cost for the trip is $30 and includes ticket and transportation.  Please bring money for food.  Contact Ryan Spell for more information – ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8985.
  4. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, July 21st 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 or on your Connect Card.  You can also simply respond to this email and let us know that you’re coming.
  5. In case you missed our Beach Baptism on Sunday, June 9th – don’t fret!  We have another one scheduled to close out the Summer on Sunday, August 4th, 4pm out at Folly Beach County Park.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We call it “going public” at Coastal. It’s an important next step after salvation.  And there is something very powerful about getting Baptized in the ocean!  Bring your whole family out to Beach after church on that Sunday and then we’ll gather together for the Baptism Service at 4pm (Look for the Coastal flag)!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or respond to this email to sign up today!

P.S. Don’t forget you can now catch a rebroadcast of our entire live service here at Coastal Community Church on Sunday nights at 6pm!  If you join the service online feel free to login and chat with us. We will have a Pastor or Staff member available throughout the entire service each week in the chat room for live prayer as well as to answer any questions. Just like on Sunday morning, make sure you get a chance to fill out our Online Connect Card. And just like Sunday morning you’ll be able to give your tithes and offering and help support the ministry here at Coastal. We regularly now have close to 200 (sometimes more) unique viewing devices from around the country watching our morning services. That could easily represent hundreds of people. This will simply add another opportunity for us to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and world!! 

Friday’s 5 – 6-21-19

We had such an AWESOME Father’s Day at Coastal this past Sunday!  But the best part of the day was that 4 more people gave their life to Jesus and 4 more people expressed a desire to be Baptized!  Coastal, I am telling you – what you and I are a part of is not normal!  Don’t ever take it for granted that new guests come to church each and every week, that people are excited to come and worship, that kids want to go to church, that people are out in our community serving, making an IMPACT, that every Sunday people make decisions and give their life to Jesus!  We are a part of a move of God!  You see, God is moving all around us, all the time.  He’s just looking for faithful, wiling people to use!  So make it your prayer to God, “Look no further, use me!  Use our church!”

I can’t say enough great things about “Summer of IMPACT” this year – so many people loving and serving our community, making an IMPACT for Jesus!  And what we’re hearing over and over again from our volunteers is the IMPACT it’s having in their own lives!  In fact, if you have a story to share about what a difference “Summer of IMPACT” has made in your life, I’d love to hear it!  Shoot me an email.  

Although Saturday Serve (1st Saturday of every month) & loving and serving our community never stops here at Coastal, this concentrated, all out effort is only for the month of June.  So basically, you’ve got 1 week left to join in the adventure!  Go to our website and sign up for multiple opportunities to IMPACT our community with the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!  For example, tonight here at Coastal a group will be packing lunches for veterans in the community (Soldier’s Angels and VA Medical Center).  And tomorrow (Saturday morning) we’ll be meeting here at Coastal and then off to the tailgating location for Project Bags of Blessings.  All the details for these and next week’s opportunities are on the website.  If you have any questions at all, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.  Go to our website, check out the times and dates, and sign up today!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Our next Summer Sermon Series (another Coastal tradition) starts Sunday, July 14th – “Summer Reading.”  At Coastal we believe that “Leaders are Readers!”  Each week Pastor Chris will use the subject matter from one of six books as the basis for that Sunday’s message.  You can pick up a book list, description, and dates from your bulletin.  We even have a small number of the books for purchase on Sunday morning.
  2. In case you missed our Beach Baptism on Sunday, June 9th – don’t fret!  We have another one scheduled to close out the Summer on Sunday, August 9th, 4pm out at Folly Beach County Park.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We call it “going public” at Coastal. It’s an important next step after salvation.  And there is something very powerful about getting Baptized in the ocean!  Bring your whole family out to Beach after church on that Sunday and then we’ll gather together for the Baptism Service at 4pm (look for the Coastal flag)!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or respond to this email to sign up today!
  3. VBS Crew Leader Meeting – Sat., June 29, 10:00-11:30 am.  All crew leaders, assistants, and group managers, even if you’ve done it before, need to attend ONEOrientation Meeting either Saturday, June 29, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM OR Monday July 8, 7:00 – 8:30PM, @ Coastal in the 1st – 5th grade auditorium in the Coastal Kidz building. Hopefully it will make you more prepared for the week, and answer any questions you may have.  Please let Janet know if you need childcare for either meeting.  We now have over 100 children pre-registered for VBS!!  Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  If you haven’t done so yet, please register your kids today!  If you have any questions about VBS please contact Janet Rollins at 843-442-8299 or janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
  4. One of our “At the Movies” traditions has been to take everyone to a new release morning matinee at Citadel Mall Theater – on us!  So go ahead and mark this Wednesday morning, 10am, June 26th on your calendar!  We’re taking everyone (you, your kids, and your friends) to see Toy Story 4!  The theater will be open at 9:30am.  Just show up and we’ll be outside for a head count.  (And since this is our 10th Anniversary of “At the Movies” and a Disney theme, we’ll also be taking everyone to see “The Lion King” on Wednesday morning, July 24th!)
  5. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, July 21st 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 or on your Connect Card.  You can also simply respond to this email and let us know that you’re coming.

P.S. If you weren’t in church this past Sunday, then you might have missed the exciting news – Scott Huff will be joining our Staff here at Coastal as an Associate Pastor in August!  7 years ago, Scott and Lori Huff moved to Charleston for Lori to complete a Fellowship at MUSC.  Scott was our Youth Pastor for those 3 years.  When Lori’s Fellowship was complete they moved back to Lexington, KY.  Lori has accepted a position at East Cooper Hospital and they will be moving back to Charleston and back to Coastal!  Coming out of a long and fruitful Student Ministry, Scott will be a great resource to Ryan and our entire Student Ministry Team.  Among other things at Coastal, Scott will focus on College/Young Adult Ministry.  Feel free to send Scott an email and welcome them home!

Friday’s 5 – 6-14-19

I told you the weather was going to be great out at Folly on Sunday afternoon . . . AND IT WAS!  It was another AWESOME experience as 23 more people were buried with Jesus in Baptism and raised to walk in new LIFE!  We actually have another Beach Baptism already scheduled to close out the Summer on Sunday, August 4th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park.  So if you are interested in participating, simply respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday!

DON’T MISS FATHER’S DAY AT COASTAL THIS SUNDAY & INVITE AND BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU!!  There is a Baby/Child Dedication, a great gift for all the men present, fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice, jump castles, and our Annual WING FEST (all you can eat wings after both services)!  Make plans to bring Dad and the whole family!  I’ve got a great message that we all need to hear – especially our men!  We’re in week 3 of “At the Movies” and I’m going to be using “The Lion King” to talk about leaving a legacy to our children.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. It’s hard to believe that Summer of IMPACT is already half way over.  Although Saturday Serve & loving and serving our community is a constant and ongoing part of our church, this concentrated, all out effort is only for the month of June.  So basically, you’ve got 2 weeks left to join in the adventure! Go to our website and sign up for multiple opportunities to IMPACT our community with the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!   If you have any questions at all, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.   Go to our website, check out the times and dates, and sign up today! 
  2. Starting this Sunday, June 16th (we promise we’re ready to go) we are launching a NEW ONLINE SERVICE at 6pm!  We are still offering the same live streaming of our morning services, but we will rebroadcast one of our live services at 6pm complete with worship!  We’ll also have a Staff Member/Pastor each week watching live, leading/responding to the comments, prayer requests and interactions.  We regularly now have close to 200 (sometimes more) unique viewing devices from around the country watching our morning services.  That could easily represent several hundred people.  This will simply add another opportunity for us to share the Good News of the Gospel with the world around us.  It also makes it easier for the people in our church community to catch a service if they miss it on Sunday morning!
  3. On Saturday morning (tomorrow), June 15th, at 8am WE NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS to come help unload, clean out, and organize one of our storage containers behind our building.  One of the constant needs of a growing church is storage space.  We have the space, it just needs to be better utilized.  This project will make a huge impact on multiple ministries at our church.  Once the container is cleaned out, we’ll be installing shelves.  If you are available and willing to help, please respond to this email.  The more volunteers we have, the faster this project will get done.  If you have any questions about the project please contact Ricky Spell at 843-442-3320 or rickyspell@aol.com.
  4. Please pray for all of our Students (6th-12th Grade), Volunteers, and Ryan Spell as they (around 50 people) head to Summer Camp this coming week in Myrtle Beach!  This is definitely one of the highlights of the year for our Student Ministry.  Each year, many of our Students either give their life to Christ or recommit their life to Christ during this week.  They are leaving from the church on Monday morning at 11am.  Please be at the church with your Student, all forms, and any remaining money no later than 10:30am ready to go!
  5. Guess what?  We already have close to 100 children pre-registered for VBS!!  Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme this year is ROAR!  Life is Wild – God is Good!  Sign up your kids today!  And make sure you check out all the VBS Volunteer opportunities and sign up to serve (see bulletin insert).  Our greatest need is Crew Leaders!  VBS is our biggest outreach of the year for children!  If you have any questions about VBS please contact Janet Rollins at 843-442-8299 or janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org

P.S. One “At the Movies” tradition has been to take everyone to a new release morning matinee at Citadel Mall Theater – on us!  So go ahead and mark Wednesday morning (time to be announced later), June 26thon your calendar!  We’re taking everyone (you, your kids, and your friends) to see Toy Story 4!  And since this is our 10th Anniversary of “At the Movies” and a Disney theme, we’ll also be taking everyone to see “The Lion King” on Wednesday morning, July 24th!

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