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Friday’s 5 – 7-12-24

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  I can not say enough great things about VBS this week!  First of all, we saw 329 children and had approximately 200 volunteers!  And speaking of volunteers, I know I say this all the time, but we really do have the best volunteers on the planet!  We could not do all that our church does without you!  And you’ve done so much this week, with excellence, joy, and enthusiasm – even during that crazy lightning/rain storm on Tuesday when we LOST POWER and then lost power AGAIN last night!  But nothing phases you guys!  I am proud to be your Pastor!  And most importantly, I’ve just loved hearing all the stories this week of children learning about and loving Jesus.  That’s why we do what we do!  By the way, this is also why we give sacrificially here at our church.  And this is why we’ll continue to walk by faith and trust God for big things – so that we can reach the next generation for Jesus!

Speaking of giving sacrificially, right now (not counting tonight’s offering or anything you’d like to give on Sunday) our VBS offering is approximately $30,000!  That means all Shanty Homes for Peru are paid for and we can start paying for the next 15 passenger van.  

But remember, VBS is not quite over yet!  Tonight is our Party and Closing Program!  From 6pm-7pm (weather permitting) we’ll be outside for hotdogs, Kona Ice, and jump castles.  And then at 7pm we’ll come inside for songs and a slide show!  It’s all FREE, and you’re invited to join us!

One last note about VBS.  To pull off a week long event of this magnitude, with this many moving parts, this many kids, and this many volunteers, it requires great leadership.  Janet Rollins and Aly Huggins are great leaders and have done a great job!  Like all great leaders, they are quick to defer and point to all of their leaders and volunteers.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I am truly humbled by what we get to do together!

In His Service & Yours!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, July 12th;  Monday, July 15th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, July 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, July 13th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, July 16th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, July 17th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, July 18th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, July 18th, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  Friday, July 19th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones.
  2. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  3. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs is quickly approaching! Join us Sunday, July 28th at 5pm for a game between the Charleston Riverdogs and the Annapolis Cannon Ballers at Joe Riley Ballpark. Tickets are FREE and so is parking! To reserve your tickets, simply text the word TICKETS to 843-571-1777 and then click on the link you receive back to fill out the form. Tickets will be sent to you by the email you submit so you can download them digitally to your phone for entry into the ballpark that night. There are no physical tickets for Riverdogs games. Arrive early in any Coastal t-shirt and watch our Youth Pastor, Jacob Bonetti, throw out the first pitch before the game starts.
  4. This Fall, when we come back to the Sermon on the Mount, we decided to make our sermon series a church wide Spiritual Growth Campaign.  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s church-wide in the sense that we want to involve everyone at our church at every level:  everyone hearing the same Sunday morning messages corporately, all of our LIFE Groups studying the same material in small groups of 10-15 people, and a daily devotional for everyone’s individual quiet time.  Together, we’ll all be studying, discussing, learning, praying, and striving to live out the greatest teaching we have from Jesus!  I truly believe that this Fall is going to continue to usher in a season of tremendous spiritual growth at our church.  For so many people, it’s going to be one of those turning point moments in their life.

    How can you help?  We’re looking for LIFE Group Leaders!  Last semester we had 58 Groups.  This coming Fall we need 75+ Groups!  In many ways, for our Leaders, this will be a little bit easier of a semester.  We’re ALL going to be doing the same study, so you don’t have to fret about what to choose.  And WE are going to be providing the teaching material.  In fact, we’re going to record our Pastors giving a 10-15 minute teaching for each week’s lesson.  We’ll also provide all the Small Group questions with your own discussion guide.  All you have to do is facilitate the meeting.  We’re also going to stress/recommend Groups of 10-15 people meeting in homes and as much as possible, moving away from the church building.  Again, we really believe this is going to be a tremendous season of spiritual growth for our church!  If you are interested in hosting, assisting, or leading a LIFE Group, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, August 4th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!

P.S. Many of you know by now that Heidi Smith, from our church, died on June 28th.  Her funeral service will be held at Coastal, tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, July 13th, at 4pm.  

Also, Teresa Spell’s Dad (Pastor Ryan Spell’s Grandfather), Merrill Hanna, passed away this past Sunday.  There will be a Graveside Service at Carolina Memorial on Rivers Ave. on Monday morning, July 15th, at 11am. Please continue to lift up in prayer these families and their loved ones.

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Friday’s 5 – 7-5-24

The best week of the Summer for Kids is finally here!  If you’ve been out of the country or under a big rock, VBS starts this coming Monday-Friday night, July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade!  There will be a closing program on Friday night, July 12th, for children & parents with hotdogs, Kona Ice, jump castles, all outside from 6-7pm – all FREE!  And then at 7pm we’ll come inside for songs and a slide show!  This year’s theme is “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE NOW. This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins. Online Registration will be closed TONIGHT, Friday night, July 5th at 6pm.  After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS. So, the time is NOW – please register here: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/vbs/

Why am I personally so passionate about VBS?  Well, when I was a young kid, the Summer after my dad died, a friend invited me to VBS, and the following week, at Camp, I gave my life to Jesus and answered the call to be a Pastor.  My life was forever changed by a simple invitation from a friend, by that friend’s mom who picked me up each and every night and brought me to VBS, by a church willing to make the investment, by a bunch of volunteers who gave up their week to make an IMPACT in a young kid’s life.  

What about you?  What are you doing next week that’s going to potentially change a child’s life and change the world?  Will it require a sacrifice of your time?  Absolutely.  Will it mean that by the end of the week, you’ll be exhausted?  You bet.  Will you be unable to get the VBS songs out of your head for the rest of the year?  That’s a given!  But I make no apologies in challenging you to join us next week as a VBS Volunteer, because Jesus said that we find true life when we give our lives away.  I’m a product of a loving church and a loving, giving group of volunteers who sacrificed and made a difference in my life.  And now as a by-product of that sacrifice – so are you.  I promise you, you’ll be glad you served, and it will be one of the best experiences of your life!
   
So here’s what I’m asking you to do.  If you don’t already have a place to serve next week, please go to our website and sign up today.  You can also serve by staying after church this Sunday and help us stack and pack the chairs and move some furniture around the building to prep and decorate for VBS.  We’ll also need some volunteers to help set up the chairs on Thursday night after VBS to get ready for our Friday night Closing Program.  And then, of course, we’ll be tearing everything down and cleaning up on Friday night after VBS to get everything ready for Sunday.  There are still a few food needs for the week of VBS.  If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items, go sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A9A82DA4FE3-48645655-coastal#/.  If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or Aly Huggins at aly@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

And finally, I just want to thank everyone for all the love you’ve shown me, your Pastor, this past week for my Birthday!  I am now 57 years old!  I am constantly overwhelmed by all the expressions of love shown to me and my family!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Coastal is not just a church that I attend or a job where I work.  It’s a family that I’m a part of!  I say it all the time, but I sincerely mean it – I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I am truly humbled by what we get to do together and that I am a part of it!

Diving Into the Friendship of God With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  TODAY, Friday, July 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, July 5th;  Monday, July 8th;  Friday, July 12th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, July 6th.  We meet in the Auditorium at 8:30am, Project Leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we go out and serve!
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, July 9th, 8am-12:30pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge). 
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, July 11th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, July 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, July 13th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones.
  2. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  3. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs is quickly approaching! Join us Sunday, July 28th at 5pm for a game between the Charleston Riverdogs and the Annapolis Cannon Ballers at Joe Riley Ballpark. Tickets are FREE and so is parking! To reserve your tickets, simply text the word TICKETS to 843-571-1777 and then click on the link you receive back to fill out the form. Tickets will be sent to you by the email you submit so you can download them digitally to your phone for entry into the ballpark that night. There are no physical tickets for Riverdogs games. Arrive early in any Coastal t-shirt and watch our Youth Pastor, Jacob Bonetti, throw out the first pitch before the game starts.
  4. This Fall, when we come back to the Sermon on the Mount, we decided to make our sermon series a church wide Spiritual Growth Campaign.  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s church-wide in the sense that we want to involve everyone at our church at every level:  everyone hearing the same Sunday morning messages corporately, all of our LIFE Groups studying the same material in small groups of 10-15 people, and a daily devotional for everyone’s individual quiet time.  Together, we’ll all be studying, discussing, learning, praying, and striving to live out the greatest teaching we have from Jesus!  I truly believe that this Fall is going to continue to usher in a season of tremendous spiritual growth at our church.  For so many people, it’s going to be one of those turning point moments in their life.

    How can you help?  We’re looking for LIFE Group Leaders!  Last semester we had 58 Groups.  This coming Fall we need 75+ Groups!  In many ways, for our Leaders, this will be a little bit easier of a semester.  We’re ALL going to be doing the same study, so you don’t have to fret about what to choose.  And WE are going to be providing the teaching material.  In fact, we’re going to record our Pastors or a Staff Member giving a 10-15 minute teaching for each week’s lesson.  We’ll also provide all the Small Group questions with your own discussion guide.  All you have to do is facilitate the meeting.  We’re also going to stress/recommend Groups of 10-15 people meeting in homes and as much as possible, moving away from the church building.  Again, we really believe this is going to be a tremendous season of spiritual growth not only for our church!  If you are interested in hosting, assisting, or leading a LIFE Group, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. Even if you can’t personally serve next week during VBS because of work or you’re out of town, there is still something everyone can do to be a part of this LIFE changing experience in a very tangible way – through your generous giving!  While our VBS is completely FREE, it does cost something.  However, at Coastal we don’t consider it an expense – it’s an investment, in children and the Kingdom!  This year’s special VBS Offering will be going towards 2 things:  1. Our Peru Missions Team this Summer will be building 25 “Shanty Homes” at a cost of $25,000.  2. If/when we reach that goal, the remainder of the offering will go towards the purchase of a second 15 passenger van to take volunteers to outreach projects and to pick people up and bring them to church on Sundays.  So, pray about what God would have you give.  You can give this Sunday, each day during the week of VBS, or next Sunday.  Simply use the keyword “VBS.”

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins Sunday, July 21st!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the graphic above or on the insert on Sunday.  This Sunday, July 7th, we’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church.  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember, “leaders are readers!”

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Friday’s 5 – 6-28-24

Another Summer of IMPACT is almost in the books!  I say almost, because there are still 3 more projects left – 2 today & 1 on Sunday (see below).  I know we say this every year, and we’ve said it over and over this month, but it really has been the BEST SUMMER OF IMPACT EVER!  The 58 projects in June saw a total of over 1000 volunteers and almost 3000 volunteer hours!  Please pray for all the seeds of love that were planted, that they will bear much fruit for years to come!  Much thanks goes to Chris Jones, our Pastor of Outreach here at Coastal.  As you can tell, much prayer, planning, organization, and preparation, have all gone into Summer of IMPACT.  And part of what makes Chris Jones such a good leader is that he knows that none of it would be possible without all of our great Project Leaders and the countless volunteers (YOU) who willingly, joyfully served all month long.  But, as you know, even as June comes to a close, serving never comes to a close at Coastal.  Serving and loving our community is not relegated to one day or even one month at Coastal.  It’s something we do all year round!  It’s a part of our culture.  In fact, you can now go to our website and already see and sign up for 185 outreach projects lined up from July 1st all the way through the end of the year!  That’s approximately 31 projects a month!  

Okay Coastal, VBS is now 1 week away from this Monday night: July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  Are you ready for this?  We already have 266 children pre-registered!

There are 4 Big Needs for VBS:

1. Simply put, with as many kids as we will see, we need MORE VOLUNTEERS – YOU!  Please GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND SIGN UP TODAY!   You can also TEXT “vbsvolunteer” to 843-571-1777 to volunteer.  There is a place for you! 

2.   If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE.  This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins.  Online Registration will be closed Friday night, July 5th at 6pm.  After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS.  So, the time is NOW, please register here: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/vbs/.  You can also TEXT “vbs2024” to 843-571-1777 to register your child.

3FOOD!  At Coastal, we try to provide a mini meal for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time. If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A9A82DA4FE3-48645655-coastal#/ to sign up.

4. MONEY!  This years VBS Offering will be going towards 2 things:  1. Our Peru Missions Team this Summer will be building 25 “Shanty Homes” at a cost of $25,000.  2. If/when we reach that goal, the remainder of the offering will go towards the purchase of a second 15 passenger van to take volunteers to outreach projects and to pick people up and bring them to church on Sundays.  You can begin giving now through the week of VBS.  Simply designate your offering “VBS.”

If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or Aly Huggins at aly@coastalcommunitychurch.org. It really is the BEST week of the Summer!  I hope you’ll be a part of it!  I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!

Making An IMPACT With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Food Bank: TODAY, Friday, June 28th, 1pm-4pm.  The Lowcountry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in our community. Working with our community partners, this project will have us serving in the Charleston Regional Food Center. Please be sure to wear closed toe shoes. You must be over the age of 12 to volunteer and be accompanied by an adult if younger than 16. Meet at 2864 Azalea Drive, North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, June 28th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Community Blessing Box Resupply Project:  Our church helps to provide non-perishable food and hygiene items to 16 individual blessing boxes in our community.  On Sunday, June 30th, during all 3 services look for the Table in the Welcome Center and pick up to bag of food & supplies with an address for a Box.  This is a great project for families with children!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  Friday, July 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, July 5th;  Monday, July 8th;  Friday, July 12th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, July 6th.  We meet in the Auditorium at 8:30am, Project Leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we go out and serve!
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, July 9th, 8am-12:30pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge). 
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, July 11th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, July 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, July 13th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones.
  2. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  3. As a fun way to celebrate the Summer and our “At the Movies” series, we’d like to take any children from our church and their friends (and children at heart) to the 10am special showing of the new “Inside Out 2” movie at Citadel Mall Cinema, Tuesday, July 2nd – ON US (concessions on you)!  Doors open at 9:30am.  RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email with the number of tickets you’ll need.  We’ll meet you at the front door of the Theater on July 2nd!  Parents, if you’d like to read a good review of the movie, go to https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/inside-out-2-2024/
  4. This Fall, when we come back to the Sermon on the Mount, we decided to make our sermon series a church wide Spiritual Growth Campaign.  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s church-wide in the sense that we want to involve everyone at our church at every level:  everyone hearing the same Sunday morning messages corporately, all of our LIFE Groups studying the same material in small groups of 10-15 people, and a daily devotional for everyone’s individual quiet time.  Together, we’ll all be studying, discussing, learning, praying, and striving to live out the greatest teaching we have from Jesus!  I truly believe that this Fall is going to continue to usher in a season of tremendous spiritual growth at our church.  For so many people, it’s going to be one of those turning point moments in their life.

    How can you help?  We’re looking for LIFE Group Leaders!  Last semester we had 58 Groups.  This coming Fall we need 75+ Groups!  In many ways, for our Leaders, this will be a little bit easier of a semester.  We’re ALL going to be doing the same study, so you don’t have to fret about what to choose.  And WE are going to be providing the teaching material.  In fact, we’re going to record our Pastors or a Staff Member giving a 10-15 minute teaching for each week’s lesson.  We’ll also provide all the Small Group questions with your own discussion guide.  All you have to do is facilitate the meeting.  We’re also going to stress/recommend Groups of 10-15 people meeting in homes and as much as possible, moving away from the church building.  Again, we really believe this is going to be a tremendous season of spiritual growth not only for our church!  If you are interested in hosting, assisting, or leading a LIFE Group, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is TOMORROW, Saturday, June 29th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins Sunday, July 21st!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the insert on Sunday.  This Sunday, June 30th, we’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church.  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember, “leaders are readers!”

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Friday’s 5 – 6-21-24

 It was another awesome day at Coastal this past Sunday!  Evidently, our men love a clean car, because they loved the “Magic Cleaner Gel” that we gave away.  And evidently, our people love inviting their friends to church – we had 28 1st & 2nd Time Guest Connect Cards turned in, and we gave away 64 movie tickets!  Our in-person attendance was 1125 people (another 723 online)!  Oh, and between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we dedicated 43 children!  Wow!  Keep it up Coastal – keep inviting and bringing your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors (and keep having those babies – haha)!

Next week is the last full week of Summer of IMPACT.  There are still plenty of opportunities left to serve during this final week of SOI.  Don’t let this last week go by without YOU being a part of it.  Go to our website, check out the remaining projects, and sign up today!  But, as you know, even as June comes to a close, serving never comes to a close at Coastal.  In fact, when you signed up to serve for SOI, you probably noticed that we’ve got projects lined up all the way through the end of the year!!  

VBS is now 2 weeks away from this Monday night: July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  We already have 228 children pre-registered!  There are 4 Big Needs:

1. Simply put, we need MORE VOLUNTEERS – YOU!  To pull off a VBS like we do at Coastal, reaching around 300 children, it requires A LOT of people.  Please GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND SIGN UP TODAY!   You can also TEXT “vbsvolunteer” to 843-571-1777 to volunteer.  There is a place for you! 

2.   If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE.  This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins.  Online Registration will be closed Friday night, July 5th at 6pm.  After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS.  So, the time is NOW, please register here: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/vbs/.  You can also TEXT “vbs2024” to 843-571-1777 to register your child.

3FOOD!  At Coastal, we try to provide a mini meal for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time. If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal1#/ to sign up.

4. MONEY!  This years VBS Offering will be going towards 2 things:  1. Our Peru Missions Team this Summer will be building 25 “Shanty Homes” at a cost of $25,000.  2. If/when we reach that goal, the remainder of the offering will go towards the purchase of a second 15 passenger van to take volunteers to outreach projects and to pick people up and bring them to church on Sundays.  You can begin giving now through the week of VBS.  Simply designate your offering “VBS.”

If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or Aly Huggins at aly@coastalcommunitychurch.org. It really is the BEST week of the Summer!  I hope you’ll be a part of it!  I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!

Making An IMPACT With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  TODAY, Friday, June 21st, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, June 21st, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Bags:  TODAY, Friday, June 21st, 7-8pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Sleep In Heavenly Peace Build-A-Bed Project:  We will be building and assembling beds for children in need in the Charleston Community.  Saturday, June 22nd, 9am-1pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Landmarks for Families (CYD) Tailgate: Monday, June 24th, 10am-2pm.  Landmarks for Families is empowering our community’s children and families with safe environments, essential resources and educational and emotional supports they need to succeed. We’re sending a tailgating team to provide a tailgate lunch to the youth who are working to overcome a host of different challenges. Not only is this an opportunity to provide a hot meal but also encourage young people who need our love and support.
    Sleep In Heavenly Peace Bed Delivery: Monday, June 24th, 9am-12noon and Wednesday, June 26th, 5pm-8pm.  We’ll be delivering beds from our Saturday Bed Build to children all over Charleston without beds.
    Patriot Villas Workday:  Tuesday, June 25th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Wednesday, June 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Sewing Project:  Wednesday, June 26th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet in the Chapel.
    Lowcountry Food Bank: Thursday, June 27th, 10am-1pm.  The Lowcountry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in our community. Working with our community partners, this project will have us serving in the Charleston Regional Food Center. Please be sure to wear closed toe shoes. You must be over the age of 12 to volunteer and be accompanied by an adult if younger than 16. Meet at 2864 Azalea Drive, North Charleston.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, June 27th, 11:30am-1pm.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, June 23rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. As a fun way to celebrate the Summer and our “At the Movies” series, we’d like to take any children from our church and their friends (and children at heart) to the 10am special showing of the new “Inside Out 2” movie at Citadel Mall Cinema, Tuesday, July 2nd – ON US (concessions on you)!  Doors open at 9:30am.  RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email with the number of tickets you’ll need.  We’ll meet you at the front door of the Theater on July 2nd!  Parents, if you’d like to read a good review of the movie, go to https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/inside-out-2-2024/
  4. This Fall, when we come back to the Sermon on the Mount, we decided to make our sermon series a church wide Spiritual Growth Campaign.  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s church-wide in the sense that we want to involve everyone at our church at every level:  everyone hearing the same Sunday morning messages corporately, all of our LIFE Groups studying the same material in small groups of 10-15 people, and a daily devotional for everyone’s individual quiet time.  Together, we’ll all be studying, discussing, learning, praying, and striving to live out the greatest teaching we have from Jesus!  I truly believe that this Fall is going to continue to usher in a season of tremendous spiritual growth at our church.  For so many people, it’s going to be one of those turning point moments in their life.

    How can you help?  We’re looking for LIFE Group Leaders!  Last semester we had 58 Groups.  This coming Fall we need 75+ Groups!  In many ways, for our Leaders, this will be a little bit easier of a semester.  We’re ALL going to be doing the same study, so you don’t have to fret about what to choose.  And WE are going to be providing the teaching material.  In fact, we’re going to record our Pastors or a Staff Member giving a 10-15 minute teaching for each week’s lesson.  We’ll also provide all the Small Group questions with your own discussion guide.  All you have to do is facilitate the meeting.  We’re also going to stress/recommend Groups of 10-15 people meeting in homes and as much as possible, moving away from the church building.  Again, we really believe this is going to be a tremendous season of spiritual growth not only for our church!  If you are interested in hosting, assisting, or leading a LIFE Group, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, June 29th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. It is with our deepest sympathies that I want to let you know that Ted Bernados died Tuesday morning at MUSC.  Ted was the father of Prisca Denton.  Prisca and her family have been a part of the Coastal family for over 30 years.  Most recently, Ted was a part of our Chair Volleyball Group.  The Funeral Services for Ted will be at Coastal’s auditorium tomorrow, Saturday, June 22nd:  Visitation – 12noon;  Service – 1pm;  Graveside immediately following service at Carolina Memorial in North Charleston. 

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Friday’s 5 – 6-14-24

First of all, before I jump into this Sunday and Father’s Day, let me just say that this past Sunday was truly AMAZING!  We had a great kickoff to our “At the Movies” series with 1122 people in person and another 789 people online.  We had lots and lots of guests, gave away lots of movie tickets, and ate A LOT of popcorn!  But the best part of last week was definitely Sunday afternoon at Folly Beach where WE BAPTIZED 77 PEOPLE!!  That’s the most people we’ve ever baptized at any one time, and a ton of people came out early, enjoyed time at the beach, and celebrated with us!  It was truly miraculous – something I will never take for granted or never forget!

I know I say this every year (because it’s true), but this has already been our BEST SUMMER OF IMPACT EVER!  The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm with all the different projects has been so high you can almost reach out and touch it!  Each and every project has gone so well – great leaders, lots of volunteers, and lots of NEW volunteers!  And we are just past the mid-way point.  There are still lots of opportunities left.  Go to our website, check out the remaining projects, and sign up today!

One thing for you to consider about Summer of IMPACT:  it is your generous, consistent giving that enables our church to do all that we do – including Summer of IMPACT.  This month alone we’re putting on 10 different Tailgate Parties, feeding literally hundreds and hundreds of people in our community.  Our church gladly buys all the food and supplies for these and other projects.  But when I say the church, keep in mind that means YOU.  YOU are the church.  People tend to travel and go on vacations over the Summer, which is great (Janet and I are looking forward to getting away later this Summer).  Just remember that the Ministry and IMPACT of Coastal continues whether you’re here on a Sunday or not.  And everything we do is made possible by your consistent, generous giving.  You can give through our website or simply text “GIVE” to 843-571-1777.

This Sunday is FATHER’S DAY!  And yes, it’s going to be AWESOME!  There will be FREE Kona Ice for everyone, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all the guys, and some fun giveaways (yes, probably some MEAT) at the end of each service!  Don’t miss it!  Invite and bring your friends!  And remember, every 1st time guest (and the person who invited them – YOU) gets a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater during our entire “At the Movies” series!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you and your friends over the weekend!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    NHC-Magwood Nursing Facility: Friday, June 14th, 9am-11am.  Bring your family and let’s love on the residents of NHC nursing home!  We will bring them some snacks, music, and fun!  Meet at 2230 Ashley Crossing Dr.
    Hollywood Clothing Distribution:  Saturday, June 15th, 8am-11am.  We’re traveling to Hollywood to help distribute clothing to those in need! If you’ve ever wanted to help take part in what Coastal’s clothing ministry is doing in the more rural areas of Charleston, then come and make an impact with us!  Meet at Highway 165 Town of Hollywood.
    First Responder Appreciation:  Monday, June 17th, 9am-11am.  We’re hosting a Firefighter/EMS appreciation event right here at Coastal! Come serve up some coffee, doughnuts, and bagels as we tell them thank you for serving us!
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, June 18th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, June 19th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Sewing Project:  Wednesday, June 19th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet in the Chapel.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, June 20th, 6-8:15pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, June 21st, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, June 21st, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Bags:  On Friday, June 21st, 7-8pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Sleep In Heavenly Peace Build-A-Bed Project:  We will be building and assembling beds for children in need in the Charleston Community.  Saturday, June 22nd, 9am-1pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 23rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – THIS COMING Wednesday night, June 19th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. This Fall, when we come back to the Sermon on the Mount, we decided to make our sermon series a church wide Spiritual Growth Campaign.  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s church-wide in the sense that we want to involve everyone at our church at every level:  everyone hearing the same Sunday morning messages corporately, all of our LIFE Groups studying the same material in small groups of 10-15 people, and a daily devotional for everyone’s individual quiet time.  Together, we’ll all be studying, discussing, learning, praying, and striving to live out the greatest teaching we have from Jesus!  I truly believe that this Fall is going to continue to usher in a season of tremendous spiritual growth at our church.  For so many people, it’s going to be one of those turning point moments in their life.

    How can you help?  We’re looking for LIFE Group Leaders!  Last semester we had 58 Groups.  This coming Fall we need 75+ Groups!  In many ways, for our Leaders, this will be a little bit easier of a semester.  We’re ALL going to be doing the same study, so you don’t have to fret about what to choose.  And WE are going to be providing the teaching material.  In fact, we’re going to record our Pastors or a Staff Member giving a 10-15 minute teaching for each week’s lesson.  We’ll also provide all the Small Group questions with your own discussion guide.  All you have to do is facilitate the meeting.  We’re also going to stress/recommend Groups of 10-15 people meeting in homes and as much as possible, moving away from the church building.  Again, we really believe this is going to be a tremendous season of spiritual growth not only for our church!  If you are interested in hosting, assisting, or leading a LIFE Group, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or let us know on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, June 29th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. At Coastal, we try to provide a “mini meal” for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time.  If you are able to help provide any of these food items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A9A82DA4FE3-48645655-coastal#/ to sign up. If you are unable to prepare or shop for food, but would like to donate towards our food items, designate “VBS” with your giving.

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Friday’s 5 – 6-7-24

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  What an amazing kick off to “Summer of IMPACT” – so many Volunteers, such great Leaders, so many lives touched and seeds planted!  On Saturday Serve alone, this past Saturday, we had 222 Volunteers tackle 11 different projects!  But we’re just getting started!  There’s still plenty of different projects left.  Simply click on this link: Summer of IMPACTtake a look at all the different opportunities, find the project(s) right for you, and then sign up today!

I know I say this a lot – but don’t miss this Sunday at Coastal!  We’re kicking off a favorite sermon series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  We’ve been doing this series for 15 years.  Collectively, more guests come to this series than any other!  People LOVE movies!  So leverage that, use our Invite Cards, microwave popcorn invitations, and invite and bring your friends to church.  ALL 1st Time Guests will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  There will be popcorn, movie trailers, and cool giveaways!  Like I said, “DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY & BRING A FRIEND!”  This year’s series theme is “Childhood Favorites.”  Each of our Pastors will be sharing their favorite childhood movie and bringing a powerful message straight from God’s Word.

As our church continues to grow, don’t forget to please park over at Oakland Elementary School (down the first drive past the Greenway, on the right, before you get to our church).  It makes for a much easier transition between services.  Also, we are always in need of Sunday morning volunteers, especially 1st Impressions & Coastal Kidz!  If you served in the past or during a big day like Easter – we need you!  Reach back out to your Ministry Leader, and make their day by volunteering to serve.  If you’ve never volunteered before – there is a place for YOU!  Respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.

And finally, hopefully by now you’ve heard about our Beach Baptism Service this Sunday, June 9th, 5pm at Folly Beach County Park (see details below).  Are you ready for this?  Right now we have 82 people confirmed getting Baptized!  WOW!  That just blows me away!  God is moving in a powerful way at our church!  Make sure you’re a part of it!  If Baptism is your next step, what are you waiting on?  And don’t let anything get in the way of witnessing this miracle of God on Sunday out at the Beach!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you over the weekend!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, June 7th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, June 7th; Wednesday, June 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Oakland Elementary School 5th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Oakland’s Graduation on TODAY, Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, June 8th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, June 8th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!
    Community Blessing Box Resupply Project:  Our church helps to provide non-perishable food and hygiene items to 16 individual blessing boxes in our community.  On Sunday, June 9th, during all 3 services look for the Table in the Welcome Center and pick up to bag of food & supplies with an address for a Box.  This is a great project for families with children!
    Coastal Beach Baptism Serve Team:  On Sunday, June 9th, 3:45pm-6pm be a part of the Team that serves, greets, and prepares everything for our Beach Baptism at Folly Beach.  Meet at Folly Beach County Park. 
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, June 11th, 8am-12:30pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Sewing Project:  Wednesday, June 12th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet in the Chapel.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, June 13th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Charleston Vets Potluck:  On Thursday, June 13th, 6pm-8:30pm, join us as we prepare a home-cooked meal for the veterans out at Charleston Vets.
    NHC-Magwood Nursing Facility: Friday, June 14th, 9am-11am.  Bring your family and let’s love on the residents of NHC nursing home!  We will bring them some snacks, music, and fun!  Meet at 2230 Ashley Crossing Dr.
    Hollywood Clothing Distribution:  Saturday, June 15th, 8am-11am.  We’re traveling to Hollywood to help distribute clothing to those in need! If you’ve ever wanted to help take part in what Coastal’s clothing ministry is doing in the more rural areas of Charleston, then come and make an impact with us!  Meet at Highway 165 Town of Hollywood.
    First Responder Appreciation:  Monday, June 17th, 9am-11am.  We’re hosting a Firefighter/EMS appreciation event right here at Coastal! Come serve up some coffee, doughnuts, and bagels as we tell them thank you for serving us!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 23rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, June 19th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.  

    Bring your whole family, come out early, and have some fun!  You do have to pay for parking at the park.  If you have a Gold Pass, the parking is free.  The Baptism Service will start right at 5pm.  We’ll be down at the beach, closest to the park entrance side.  Look for the Coastal Box Truck & Tent checking people in and the Coastal flag on the beach.  Traffic can be heavy on Folly Road, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.  Can’t wait to see everyone on Sunday! We also have a Beach Baptism scheduled for the end of the Summer on Sunday, August, 11th.
  5. Don’t miss Father’s Day this year at Coastal, Sunday, June 16th!  We’ll have a fun gift for all the men, giveaways at the end of each service, and FREE Kona Ice.  We’re also having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. At Coastal, we try to provide a “mini meal” for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time.  If you are able to help provide any of these food items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A9A82DA4FE3-48645655-coastal#/ to sign up. If you are unable to prepare or shop for food, but would like to donate towards our food items, designate “VBS” with your giving.

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Friday’s 5 – 5-31-24

This Saturday (TOMORROW), marks the beginning of  “Summer of IMPACT” with something we call Saturday Serve!  I hope you’ll join us – the June Saturday Serve is basically a big pep rally for Summer of IMPACT!  If you’re unfamiliar with Saturday Serve, it’s really the backbone of all of our serving here at Coastal and something we’ve been doing for over 7 years now on the first Saturday of every month.  We meet at the church at 8:30am, hear a “pitch” from the leaders of the different projects, pray, and then you pick what you want to do, and go serve.  It’s that simple and that easy!  All of  the different projects are well led, well organized, and A LOT OF FUN!  We would love to see you in the morning!  We even have a new t-shirt for all Summer of IMPACT 2024 Volunteers that you can pick up tomorrow.  Go to our website and sign up for Saturday Serve and any of our 58 different projects this month!  Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our own community!  


Also, don’t forget that we kick-off “AT THE MOVIES” NEXT Sunday, June 9th!  “At the Movies” is a sermon series where we take current or popular movies and use them as a hook to dig into God’s Word and boldly proclaim truth.  ALL 1st Time Guests will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  There will be popcorn, movie trailers, and cool giveaways!  Make sure you pick up the microwave popcorn invite tool this weekend to invite your friends to the series.  As a part of the series, we’re also taking anyone who is available to see a FREE children’s movie (TBD) on Tuesday, July 2nd, 10am at the Citadel Mall Theater!

I want to give you an EXCITING update on our Beach Baptism, also NEXT Sunday, June 9th (see all the info below).  The most people we have ever Baptized at any one time at Coastal was last year’s Beach Baptism service with 46 people getting Baptized.  Guess how many people are now confirmed to get Baptized on Sunday, June 9th, 5pm at Folly Beach County Park?  Are you ready for this?!  Drumroll please. . . . . . 72 PEOPLE! Is that awesome or what?  God is definitely doing something exciting at Coastal right now!  I remember the days when we had less than 72 people at church!  And who knows where that number will end up at?  If you would like to join us in getting Baptized at the Beach, go to our website and sign up today! Spread the word, share with everyone you know what God is up to at Coastal, and come out early to the Beach that day and celebrate with us!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do TOGETHER!  And I can’t wait to see you over the weekend!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, May 31st, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, June 1st.  This Saturday Serve also serves as the kick-off of Summer of IMPACT!  There will be 11 different projects!   We meet in the Auditorium at 8:30am, Project Leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we go out and serve!
    Blood Drive:  TOMORROW, Saturday, June 1st, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.
    NHC-Magwood Nursing Facility: This Sunday, June 2nd, 2-4pm.  Bring your family and let’s love on the residents of NHC nursing home!  We will bring them some snacks, music, and fun!  Meet at 2230 Ashley Crossing Dr.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, June 3rd;  Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island. 
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Monday, June 3rd, 12pm-3pm.
    Patriot Villas Workday:  Tuesday, June 4th, 5-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts at Charleston Vets:  Wednesday, June 5th, 6am-9am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Orange Grove 8th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Orange Grove’s Graduation on Wednesday, June 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.
    Carolina Voyager 8th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Carolina Voyager’s Graduation on Wednesday, June 5th, 5pm-6pm.
    Sewing Project:  Wednesday, June 5th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet in the Chapel.
    VBS Prep:  Thursday, June 6th, 6pm-8pm.  Come help prep decorations and various supplies for this year’s Vacation Bible School!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, June 7th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Oakland Elementary School 5th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Oakland’s Graduation on Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, June 8th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, June 8th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 23rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, June 19th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.  We also have a Beach Baptism scheduled for the end of the Summer on Sunday, August, 11th.
  5. Don’t miss Father’s Day this year at Coastal, Sunday, June 16th!  We’ll have a fun gift for all the men, giveaways at the end of each service, and FREE Kona Ice.  We’re also having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. At Coastal, we try to provide a “mini meal” for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time.  If you are able to help provide any of these food items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0844A9A82DA4FE3-48645655-coastal#/ to sign up. If you are unable to prepare or shop for food, but would like to donate towards our food items, designate “VBS” with your giving.

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Friday’s 5 – 5-24-24

Typically, Memorial Weekend officially marks the end of the school year and the beginning of Summer.  But no matter when you or your child gets out of school this year, the month of June always means one thing at Coastal – Summer of IMPACT!  That’s right, and June 1st is NEXT SATURDAY!  Now if you are fairly new to Coastal or you’ve been in hibernation, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (58 different projects)!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Like everything we do at Coastal, each outreach project has a leader and each project is well-organized and fully funded.

In fact, the first week alone (7 days) of Summer of IMPACT there are 23 different projects to choose from!  10 of those project will be on Saturday Serve, Saturday June 1st, 8:30am at the church!  Historically, that Saturday Serve is one of the biggest of the year – kind of a kick-off/pep rally for Summer of IMPACT!  You’re not going to want to miss it!  We even have a new t-shirt (see picture above) for SOI 2024 that we’ll start giving out on June 1st at Saturday Serve!

So, it’s time to stop talking about it, and start doing it!  Here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

Scroll down and click on the big blue, “CLICK HERE TO SERVE” button.  That will take you directly to the sign up/registration page.  Take a look at all the opportunities.  Find the projects right for you and then sign up!  You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, if you want to make a difference this Summer, this is the way to do it!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!   If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do TOGETHER!  And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday! 

Making An IMPACT With YOU!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, May 31st, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, June 1st.  This Saturday Serve also serves as the kick-off of Summer of IMPACT!  There will be 10 different projects!   We meet in the Auditorium at 8:30am, Project Leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we go out and serve!
    Blood Drive:  Saturday, June 1st, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.
    NHC-Magwood Nursing Facility: Sunday, June 2nd, 2-4pm.  Bring your family and let’s love on the residents of NHC nursing home!  We will bring them some snacks, music, and fun!  Meet at 2230 Ashley Crossing Dr.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, June 3rd;  Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island. 
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Monday, June 3rd, 12pm-3pm.
    Patriot Villas Workday:  Tuesday, June 4th, 5-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts at Charleston Vets:  Wednesday, June 5th, 6am-9am.  Meet at Coastal
    Orange Grove 8th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Orange Grove’s Graduation on Wednesday, June 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.
    Carolina Voyager 8th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Carolina Voyager’s Graduation on Wednesday, June 5th, 5pm-6pm.
    Sewing Project:  Wednesday, June 5th, 5pm-8pm.  Meet in the Chapel.
    VBS Prep:  Thursday, June 6th, 6pm-8pm.  Come help prep decorations and various supplies for this year’s Vacation Bible School!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, June 7th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Oakland Elementary School 5th Grade Graduation:  Coastal is hosting Oakland’s Graduation on Friday, June 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, June 8th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    2nd Saturday/2nd Meal: Saturday, June 8th, 9am-12noon.  Come serve with us as we prepare a hot meal in the Coastal kitchen and then deliver those meals to one of our awesome ministry partners – organizations like Charleston Vets, S.C. Strong, Brighton Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and more!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. On Sunday, June 9th, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series traditions here at Coastal – “AT THE MOVIES”!  This year’s theme for the movies is “Childhood Favorites” (hence, the “retro” feel for this year’s graphic).  As always, there will be popcorn, movie trailers, and cool giveaways!  Make sure you pick up the microwave popcorn invite tool this weekend to invite your friends to the series.  ALL 1st Time Guests (and the person who invited them – YOU) will receive a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater throughout the entire series!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, June 19th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.  We also have a Beach Baptism scheduled for the end of the Summer on Sunday, August, 11th.
  5. Don’t miss Father’s Day this year at Coastal, Sunday, June 16th!  We’ll have a fun gift for all the men, giveaways at the end of each service, and FREE Kona Ice.  We’re also having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 5-17-24

Wow – we had an amazing Mother’s Day this past Sunday at Coastal with 1400 people in attendance (and another 891 online)!  We had 32 children participate in Baby/Child Dedication over our 3 services (the most ever)!  By the way, we have another Baby/Child Dedication coming up on Father’s Day, June 16th.  You can go to this link and sign up online or you can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Between the Photo Booth, the zipper bag/gift card, Kona Ice, the Give-aways at the end of each service, and the service itself – I hope every woman walked out of Coastal on Sunday feeling encouraged and loved!

On Sunday, June 9th, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series traditions here at Coastal – “AT THE MOVIES”!  In fact, this is our 15th year doing the series!  If you’re new to Coastal, don’t worry, we’re not preaching from the movies themselves.  We simply use them as a hook to talk about spiritual truth straight from God’s Word.  This year’s theme for the movies is “Childhood Favorites” (hence, the “retro” feel for this year’s graphic).  So, each one of our Pastors will be using a favorite movie from their childhood.  Just out of curiosity – what were some of your favorite childhood movies?  Reply to this email and let me know!  As always, there will be popcorn, movie trailers, and cool giveaways!  Make sure you pick up the microwave popcorn invite tool this weekend to invite your friends to the series.  ALL 1st Time Guests (and the person who invited them – YOU) will receive a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater throughout the entire series!  We’ll also be taking the kids (and anyone who wants to come) to a FREE movie over the Summer! We’re still working out the details, but we’ll let you know soon.  So mark Sunday, June 9th on your calendar, and start praying about who you will be inviting and bringing to church during the series! 

If you and your family haven’t yet signed up for multiple projects for  Summer of IMPACT, it’s time to do so!  And I seriously encourage you to spread the word with your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers, especially those people in your life who don’t have a church home or who aren’t even believers.  Why?  Because God created everyone with the desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself and to make a difference.  And believe it or not, most churches don’t have a very good reputation for serving and loving their communities unconditionally.  So leverage Summer of IMPACT as a way to include those who might not darken the door of a church, but would be willing to volunteer in the community.  Don’t you see?  Not only is Summer of IMPACT a great opportunity to serve and bless our community and you – but it is also an opportunity for outreach with your friends!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do TOGETHER!  And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas – Today, Friday, May 17th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, May 21st, 12pm-3pm.
    Brighton Place Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Brighton Place community (here in West Ashley – near Citadel Mall) on Wednesday, May 22nd, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and
    help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, May 23rd, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, May 24th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, May 24th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. RIVERDOGS GAME UPDATE:  We have rescheduled our Coastal Day at the RiverDogs Game for Sunday, July 28th at 5pm.  All tickets will need to be requested by texting the word “tickets” to 843-571-1777 and then filling out the form on the link you receive in return. No ticket requests from the previous game are being held. You must RE-request the number of tickets you would like.
  3. Are you grieving the loss of a spouse or do you know someone who is?  Join one of the FREE special GriefShare sessions THIS Monday, May 20th at 2pm or 6pm at Coastal.  Register at www.GriefShare.org or contact Freeda (540-903-5030) or Sue (616-443-6553).
  4. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen one of our Beach Baptism videos, watch the one above (make sure you have a box of tissues nearby)!  We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.  We also have a Beach Baptism scheduled for the end of the Summer on Sunday, August, 11th.
  5. One of the things we get asked A LOT is, “When are we going to have a Coastal Store?  Are those hoodies or zip ups that I see the Staff wearing available to buy?”  Well, guess what? Coastal now has an ONLINE STOREwith t-shirts, hats, and other merch available for purchase!  Throughout the year, more seasonal items will be added.  For example, be on the lookout for a Nike Polo for the Summer!  During the Fall, we’ll add hoodies and zip ups!  If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 5-10-24

In the first picture above I’m holding one of the many gifts for all the Teachers & Staff over at Oakland Elementary School for Teacher Appreciation this week – ICED COFFEE!  We also showered them with movie tickets, gift cards, candy, handwritten notes, and lots and LOTS of FOOD!  In fact, while many of you are reading this, we’ll be serving them shrimp & grits for breakfast with Janet’s homemade cheddar cheese biscuits (an annual tradition).  I know I say this all the time, but it’s true – all of this is made possible through your consistent, faithful generosity!  

In fact, that’s true of ALL the Outreach that our church does.  We couldn’t do it without YOU!  And speaking of Outreach & YOU, it’s time for YOU to start signing up for Summer of IMPACT!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized. 

So here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

Take a look at all the opportunities. Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up!  You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, this is the way to do it!  And if you sign up for a SOI Project, we have a little gift for you at church on Sunday – a Coastal Box Truck Air Freshener!  But you only get one if you sign up!

One last thing, and it also has to do with money, making an IMPACT, and your generosity.  Jessica & Jon Zawko, who led our Financial Peace University LIFE Group this past semester, shared some exciting news with me.  Their LIFE Group (about 12 people who reported) paid off $109,420 in personal debt this semester!  They also put away $19,200 in savings!  Is that AWESOME or what?  I’m so proud of them!  You say, “Okay Pastor Chris, I see the money and making an IMPACT part, but what does that have to do with generosity?”  Well, did you know that we purchased a Ramsey Site License and all of the Financial Peace University resources are provided to you for FREE (we also did that for two high schools here in Charleston)?  That’s right!  People are hurting and struggling with their finances today, and we want to provide real help and resources.  Simply go to our Resources page on our website and look for Financial Tools.  It will take you to a sign up page with our passcode.  Again, ALL of that could not be done without YOU and your generous, consistent giving to our church!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do TOGETHER!  And I can’t wait to see you over the weekend (Double Tailgate & Sunday morning)! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, May 10th & Monday, May 13th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, May 10th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Tomorrow, Saturday, May 11th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, May 14th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, May 15th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, May 16th, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, May 17th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. RIVERDOGS GAME UPDATE:  We have rescheduled our Coastal Day at the RiverDogs Game for Sunday, July 28th at 5pm.  All tickets will need to be requested by texting the word “tickets” to 843-571-1777 and then filling out the form on the link you receive in return. No ticket requests from the previous game are being held. You must RE-request the number of tickets you would like.
  3. This Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day!  There will be fun giveaways at the end of each service, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, Baby/Child Dedication, and a special gift for all women!  Pull out all the stops and invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers (pick up some of our Invite Cards)!  We’re even adding extra chairs to make room for everyone!  Come early, park far away, and go out of your way to make our guests feel welcome and at home.  A BIG DAY also means extra Volunteers!  Talk to your LIFE Team Leader, go to Planning Center, and sign up today! 
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  5. One of the things we get asked A LOT is, “When are we going to have a Coastal Store?  Are those hoodies or zip ups that I see the Staff wearing available to buy?”  Well, guess what? Coastal now has an ONLINE STOREwith t-shirts, hats, and other merch available for purchase!  Throughout the year, more seasonal items will be added.  For example, be on the lookout for a Nike Polo for the Summer!  During the Fall, we’ll add hoodies and zip ups!  If you have any suggestions, please let us know.  In fact, the 10th person in my inbox to reply to this email that this is a great idea, will receive a $25 credit to be used in our online store!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. Are you grieving the loss of a spouse or do you know someone who is?  Join one of the FREE special GriefShare sessions on Monday, May 20th at 2pm or 6pm at Coastal.  Register at www.GriefShare.org or contact Freeda (540-903-5030) or Sue (616-443-6553).

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Friday’s 5 – 5-3-24

I know I say this all the time, but I’m really excited about so many things coming up in the life of our church!  First of all, next week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week over at Oakland Elementary School!  Our church has something special planned each day next week – gifts, treats, and LOTS OF FOOD!  It’s our way to celebrate and serve the heroes right across the street from our church.  And all of it is made possible through your consistent, faithful generosity!

And then of course, we’ve got Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th!  Mother’s Day is always a “BIG DAY” at our church!  And when I say, “BIG DAY,” you should instinctively know what that means.  It means you pull out all the stops and invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers (pick up some of our Invite Cards)!  We’re even adding extra chairs to make room for everyone!  It means you come early, park far away, and go out of your way to make our guests feel welcome and at home.  A BIG DAY also means, “all hands on deck” for our Volunteers!  If you’re already serving on a LIFE Team, talk to your LIFE Team Leader, go to Planning Center, and sign up today!  If you’re not serving, a big day like Mother’s Day is a perfect time to start.  Sign up on our website today or on your Connect Card this Sunday! It really IS going to be a fun day!  We have a special gift for all women (not just moms), a fun giveaway at the end of each service, a photo booth, Baby/Child Dedication during each service, and FREE Kona Ice for everyone!

That leads us right into June where we’ve got SUMMER OF IMPACT (the entire month of June – see below), “At the Movies” Sermon Series (starts June 9th), our Beach Baptism (June 9th – see below), Father’s Day (June 16th), Coastal Night of Worship (June 19th), and CSM Summer Camp(June 25-29).  WHEW!!  And then, of course, there is VBS and a Missions Trip to Peru!  But that’s July and another Friday 5!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, May 3rd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, May 3rd;  Monday, May 6th;  Friday, May 10th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, May 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, May 9th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, May 10th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, May 11th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. RIVERDOGS GAME UPDATE:  We have rescheduled our Coastal Day at the RiverDogs Game for Sunday, July 28th at 5pm.  All tickets will need to be requested by texting the word “tickets” to 843-571-1777 and then filling out the form on the link you receive in return. No ticket requests from the previous game are being held. You must RE-request the number of tickets you would like.
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  5. Summer of IMPACT is now less than a month away!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (58 different projects)!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized. 

    So here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:
    Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

    Take a look at all the opportunities. Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up! You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, this is the way to do it!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 4-26-24

There is no doubt that many, many people today are hurting, hopeless, and afraid.  So Coastal, let’s DO something about it!  If you want to make a difference, if you want to change the world, it’s not going to happen by crafting the most shared or liked social media post.  Let me tell you where we can ALL start – SUMMER OF IMPACT!  For those of you who are new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is all about serving and loving our community – where we live, work, parent, and play.  It’s a month long emphasis that kicks off every Summer at Coastal.  Honestly, it’s what we do all year long, just exponentially during the month of June.  And  guess what?!  SIGN UPS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!!!!!


Summer of IMPACT is where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service. Given the 58 DIFFERENT SERVING OPPORTUNITIES, there is literally something for everyone.  Nearly every serving opportunity is family friendly.  We’ll be serving veterans, the homeless, the elderly & sick, children in crisis, those who struggle with drug & alcohol addictions and more.  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month.  You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that simple!  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized.  

Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/.  Take a look at all the opportunities.  Find the projects that are right for you and sign up today! 

If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, if you want to “be” the church, this is the way to do it!  I truly believe that everyone who calls Coastal home can sign up for at least one event.  But here’s what I would also encourage you to do – invite friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers to join you!  You don’t have to be a member of Coastal to participate.  And get this, you don’t even have to be a believer to participate!  Truthfully, I think this is the best way we have to show people what a difference Jesus truly makes in our lives.

So one last time – EVERYONE, GO TO THIS LINK AND SIGN UP TODAY!!
https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

If you have any questions about Summer of IMPACT and any of the projects, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones – (843) 870-4613.

Sure, these are dark and difficult times.  But it’s times like these where the light shines the brightest!  Coastal, that’s you and me!  Let’s be the light for all the world to see!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, April 26th;  Friday, May 10th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, April 26th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, May 3rd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, May 3rd;  Monday, May 6th;  Friday, May 10th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, May 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, May 9th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, May 11th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal Community Church’s Internship Program is an eight-week, Summer Ministry experience designed to give participants (ages 16-26) a glimpse into life in ministry. Passionate & gifted participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. If you’re interested in providing housing for out of state interns, please reach out to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Find out more by visiting our internship program page at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/internships.
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  5. Are you grieving the loss of a spouse or do you know someone who is?  Join one of the FREE special GriefShare sessions on Monday, May 20th at 2pm or 6pm at Coastal.  Register at www.GriefShare.org or contact Freeda (540-903-5030) or Sue (616-443-6553).

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 4-19-24

People are searching.  Call it whatever you want, but people are searching for fulfillment, for meaning, for significance.  They want to be happy.  The problem is they are searching for it in all the wrong places, and it’s leaving them empty.  They’re chasing after “the good life.”  But what they really want, what they really need, whether they recognize it or not, is the life that Jesus offers – the BLESSED life!  The good news is that God wants to bless your life – but not in the way the world understands blessing.  

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ most famous teaching, He tells us how to live the life that God blesses.  In fact, He begins His teaching with these 8 powerful, extraordinary statements.  We know them as “the Beatitudes.”  Each one of them begins with the word, “Blessed.”  But, again, they’re not what you might think.  Last week, we started with the first one, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Poor and blessing definitely don’t seem to go together.  But what we discovered is that Jesus was talking about people who humble themselves and realize their need for God.

This Sunday, we are going to look at the 2nd of these revolutionary statements that Jesus made.  And it’s another one of these almost upside/down statements that leaves you scratching your head.  Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  We don’t even like to use the word MOURN.  We live in a society that’s addicted to entertainment and the pursuit of pleasure.  We want to lighten up, loosen up, live it up, and laugh it up.  In fact, we take great pains to do everything we can to avoid sorrow and pain.  The mantra for many today would be something like this, “Blessed are those who manage to laugh their way through life.”  And again, there’s nothing wrong with having a good sense of humor or having a good time.  But the reality is, there isn’t a person reading this, who hasn’t experienced the truth of Proverbs 14:13, “Laughter can conceal a heavy heart; when the laughter ends, the grief remains.” 

And so while the world wines and dines and laughs itself into delirium, the Word of God continues to whisper the wisdom of Jesus.  And here that wisdom is saying, “If you’re truly interested in deep joy and lasting fulfillment, then blessed are the sorrowful. Happy are the sad.”  Now, what in the world does that mean?  What, exactly, is He describing?  Again, probably not what you might expect ,but you’ll have to come to church on Sunday to find out!  Haha – how’s that for a cliffhanger?!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas: TODAYFriday, April 19th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Brighton Place Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Brighton Place community (here in West Ashley – near Citadel Mall) on Wednesday, April 24th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, April 25th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, April 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, April 26th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, May 3rd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, May 3rd,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, May 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal Community Church’s Internship Program is an eight-week, Summer Ministry experience designed to give participants (ages 16-26) a glimpse into life in ministry. Passionate & gifted participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. If you’re interested in providing housing for out of state interns, please reach out to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Find out more by visiting our internship program page at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/internships.
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  5. Are you grieving the loss of a spouse or do you know someone who is?  Join one of the FREE special GriefShare sessions on Monday, May 20th at 2pm or 6pm at Coastal.  Register at www.GriefShare.org or contact Freeda (540-903-5030) or Sue (616-443-6553).

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 4-12-24

Something that you’ll hear me say from time to time is, “If a church isn’t constantly trying to reach the next generation for Christ, that church will eventually die.”  I’m so thankful to be a part of a church that makes children, students, and young adults a priority.  Let me share just a few examples:

– CHILDREN: I seriously can not say enough good things about our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade) – and it’s not just because my wife Janet is our Children’s Director!  Janet has been building a phenomenal Team – Aly Huggins, Assistant Director;  Tracy Gundy, Nursery Coordinator;  Erin Strand, Pre-school Coordinator;  Natalie Faust, Elementary Coordinator.  And then, of course, it’s the awesome army of Volunteers who serve, love, and teach, week in and week out!  I would seriously stack our Team and their volunteers up against group around the country!  They are planting seeds of the Gospel that will bear fruit for all eternity!  And by the way, with a growing ministry like ours, there is always a place for you to serve in Coastal Kidz!  Reach out to Janet, or go to our website and sign up today!  One place to get involved and experience the joy of our Children’s Ministry is VBS (see below)!  You can sign up your children and volunteer to serve today!

– STUDENTS: One of the best hires we made 2 years ago was Jacob Bonetti, our Youth Pastor.  He has a genuine and sincere faith, he loves the Lord, loves God’s Word, loves Students, and loves Coastal.  He is a Team Player and a Team Builder.  Just like our Children’s Ministry, he is building an awesome Team of Volunteers who love, teach, lead, and serve our Students each and every week!  They meet on Sunday nights, doors open at 5pm, and their program is from 5:30-7pm.  In fact, let me plug two things going on in Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) right now:  

1. SQUADS!  Each week, students are put in their teams (squad) and can compete for points by doing different things (such as dressing up in each week’s theme, Scripture memory, inviting friends, etc.). It’s very competitive and a lot of fun!  They still have worship, a message, prayer, and Discipleship Groups, but they also have a game built around the SQUADS competition!  They’re also taking up an offering each week with the goal of giving $1000 to build a Shanti Home in Peru for a family in need.  At the end of the year, the #1 Squad gets a prize! Oh, and they also have food each week!  

2. FUGE CAMPS!!! – June 25-29 (Tuesday-Saturday)  CSM is headed to Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina for an amazing week at FUGE CAMPS!  Students will love every second of this week as they worship, participate in Bible study, go to recreation, pick tracks (activities) to do each day, and of course, there is a MEGA RELAY! It is going to be a transformative week, and we’d love for your student to come! The event costs $350, but do not let money be the reason your student does not attend! Also, you do not have to complete payment until June 6th!  So, go ahead and register while spots are limited so your student is LOCKED IN, then you can pay when convenient for you!  Reach out to Pastor Jacob if you have any questions about Student Ministry.  CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP

– YOUNG ADULTS:  We have a first this year for Coastal – something we’ve never done before:  An 8 week Summer Internship for Young Adults, ages 16-26, June-July.  This 8-Week Program is designed to give participants ministry experience and a glimpse into the life of someone in ministry.  Participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal Staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. Interns are paid $200 a week ($1600 total).  If you’re interested in providing housing for out-of-state Interns, please reach out to Rachel Speer.  To learn more about our internship program or to apply for the program itself, go to our website today.  All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024.

These are just a few of the ways that we are raising up the next generation of Jesus followers here at Coastal!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY,  Friday, April 12th; Monday, April 15th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, April 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, April 16th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, April 17th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, April 18th, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, April 19th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday night, April 18th, from 6pm-9pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Let us know on your Connect Card if you need childcare.
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.
  5. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, April 14th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

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Friday’s 5 – 4-5-24

It truly was an AMAZING Easter weekend at Coastal.  I can’t thank our Staff and Volunteers enough for all your hard work.  I’m still blown away by all the people who were here, the friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers who were invited, and the stories of life change that I’ve been hearing about.  And like I said over the weekend, “We’re just getting started!”  God is definitely up to something here at Coastal, and I’m just humbled and honored to be a part of it.  I hope you are too!

This Sunday we’re kicking off a brand new series on the greatest sermon ever preached.  And no, it’s nothing me or any of our other Pastors have preached – haha!  It’s a sermon that Jesus Himself preached.  We typically refer to it as the Sermon on the Mount.  It’s the longest, continuous teaching of Jesus that we have.  It’s Jesus uncut and uncensored.  It’s found in Matthew chapters 5-7.  And while it’s only 3 chapters, we’re going to take our time, and make our way through it verse by verse, section by section.  Much like we did with the book of Romans, we’re going to start now, take a break during the Summer with our “At the Movies” and “Summer Reading” series, pick back up in the Fall, take a break during the Holidays, and then finish up in the beginning of the new year.  But this will be our major emphasis most of the next year.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is essentially teaching us what it means to be His disciple, what it means to be His follower.  And that’s why I’m so excited about this series!  Do your best not to miss any of it, and as always, invite and bring someone with you!

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month – which can only mean one thing!  It’s Saturday Serve!  I hope you’ll join us – 8:30 am, at the church.  You’ll listen to our Project Leaders pitch all the different projects, choose a project you’re interested in, and then go out and serve!  It really is that simple and easy.  But that, in no way, describes the IMPACT you’ll make, and the blessing you’ll experience, being the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus right here in our community.  By the way, that describes something else that is just around the corner – Summer of IMPACT!  Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we normally do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (58 different projects)!  There is something for everyone.  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized.  We unveiled our Summer of IMPACT calendar this past weekend.  You can start signing up for projects on May 1st!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, April 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, April 5th; Monday, April 8th;  Friday, April 12th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, April 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Saturday, April 6th, 4:30-7pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, April 9th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, April 11th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, April 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday night, April 18th, from 6pm-9pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Let us know on your Connect Card if you need childcare.
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  We bought 1000 tickets to give away and we have just over 100 left!
  5. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, April 14th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 3-29-24

Woohoo!  It’s finally here!  The first of our 6 services, over the next 3 days, BEGINS TONIGHT!  I can’t wait to celebrate with you and your friends & family!  Our service times are:  Friday (TONIGHT), March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday (TOMORROW), March 30th, 4:30pm, 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  It’s still looking like our Saturday at 6pm service is going to be the least crowded service of the six if you want to avoid the crowds.  So, one last time, if you haven’t done so yet, please go to our website and let us know which service you and your guests will be attending.  Historically, our Sunday, 10am service is PACKED!  We will be adding extra chairs, and we will have our Chapel open and set up for overflow.  So, I need our regular Coastal folks to be prepared to move over to overflow to help make room if necessary.  Remember, it’s not about you.  We’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach as many people as possible.

But most importantly, it’s still not too late to make that call, send that email or text, walk across the street or the office, and invite someone to church this weekend!  You never know the power of a simple invitation.  43 years ago a friend from school invited me to church.  One week later, I ended up giving my life to Jesus and committing to full-time Christian ministry!  Simply put, it changed my life!  Who do you know that needs Jesus?

A few other quick reminders about Easter at Coastal:  Parking & Seatingreally is important on Big Days like Easter, especially Sunday morning.  Please, please park as far away as possible (at Oakland Elementary School – the first right immediately past the Greenway) and sit to the front and center of each section.  And this is important – COME EARLY, especially if you or your guests have children to check in!  With more guests on our campus, make sure you’re even MORE gracious, kind, loving, and helpful to everyone!  Again, it’s not about you. 

PRAY!  Pray for everyone who has received an invitation to come to church.  Pray that not only will they say yes, but that their hearts will be open and receptive to the Gospel.  Pray for me, my voice, my energy, and my message.  Pray for our Worship/Tech Team.  Pray for Coastal Kidz and all the children they will see over the weekend.  Pray for all of our Volunteers that they will be ambassadors for Jesus and His church this weekend and all of our Guests will feel like our welcome, expected Guests in our home.  And speaking of Guests, make sure you escort yours to Guest Services to receive their free gift.  Fill out a Connect Card (yes – there will be giveaways at the end of each service) and encourage your Guests to do the same.  As a Staff and as a church, we started working on and planning for Easter back in January.  Yes, there is still time to invite people, but for the most part the work has been done.  Now, we continue to pray like it all depends on God.  We walk by faith and trust Him.  And then we celebrate the results!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

He Is Not Here! He Is Risen!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, April 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, April 5th; Monday, April 8th;  Friday, April 12th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, April 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Saturday, April 6th, 4:30-7pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, April 9th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, April 11th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, April 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. One of the ways our church marks the beginning of Summer every year is through something called Summer of IMPACT!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we normally do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June!  There is something for everyone.  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized.  You’ll be able to see a calendar of all the projects this weekend at Coastal and you can start signing up May 1st!
  3. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Coastal will celebrate all the women in our lives with fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice for all ages, a family photo station, and Baby/Child Dedication in all 3 services.  If you would like your child to participate in the Dedication Service, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, April 14th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!

P.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children is now open!  Go to our website and register today!

P.S.S. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 9th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 3-22-24

Obviously there has been a big build up for Easter, but don’t think for a second that everything slows down and comes to a screeching halt after Easter at Coastal.  In fact, just the opposite is true.  Here are 4 things that I’m excited about that I want to share with you:

– Mother’s Day, May 12th, is going to be awesome!  Ladies (all women, not just moms) will receive a special gift from the church!  And yes, there will be Kona Ice, Giveaways, and a Photo Booth.  But Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) means Baby/Child Dedication at Coastal.  We’re capping each service at 10 families per service, so sign up on your Connect Card this weekend for the service of your choice – first come, first serve!

– SUMMER OF IMPACT!  If you’ve been at Coastal over a Summer, you know what this is all about.  It’s basically the Outreach/Serving projects we do during the month ON STEROIDS for the month of June!  This year there are over 58 different projects – something for everyone, almost every day of the month of June.  You’ll get to see a calendar insert on Easter Sunday!

– BEACH BAPTISM!  This is always a special highlight of the year!  We usually have a Beach Baptism at the beginning of the Summer and the end of the Summer.  Our first one will be Sunday, June 9th, 5pm, at Folly Beach County Park.  If you are interested in getting Baptized at the Beach, you can go to our website and sign up today!

– VBS AT COASTAL! Mark your calendars now – July 8th-12th, from 6-8:15pm each night for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  This year’s theme is “Scuba – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  You’ll be able to start registering your children and signing up to serve over Easter weekend!

Wow!  And that’s just 4 things around the corner I’m excited about!  It doesn’t even include our annual kick off of “At the Movies”, Summer Camp for our Students, a Missions Trip to Peru, and Coastal Day at the River Dogs!  Keep reading below for all the information on Easter Weekend!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, March 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, March 22nd and Friday, March 29th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, April 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, April 5th and Monday, April 8th,  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, April 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Saturday, April 6th, 4:30-7pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. The most important thing we can do to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter is to PRAY!  Hopefully you’ve already been praying during our 40 Day Easter Fast. To help mobilize our church even further in prayer, our Prayer Team is organizing two events that you can participate in.  We’re conducting a Prayer Walk on Wednesday, March 27th at 5pm at Coastal – everyone welcome.  We’re also conducting a 24-hour Prayer Vigil (from your home).  We’re praying in 15-minute increments for a continuous 24-hour period beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 28th, until 6:30pm on Friday, March 29th.  If you’d be interested in joining in the Prayer Vigil, click on this linkand sign up for a time slot.
  3. Well, it’s time – time to make the ask and invite your friends to church this Easter!  Our Easter services are now officially ONE WEEK AWAY!  Hopefully by now you’re well aware that we’re having 6 identical services over three days (see times and dates above).  And speaking of making the ask, what’s the worst thing that can happen?  They say no.  And by the way, just because someone says no, keep praying, keep loving, keep serving, look for the open door and ask again later.  But think for a moment about the best thing that could happen.  You could be used by God to literally affect someone’s eternity.  It’s possible that they hear the Good News of the Gospel and give their life to Jesus!  We have the opportunity to literally change the trajectory of entire generations by a simple ask.  Don’t  believe me?  You’re a part of Coastal today because a friend invited me to church when I was 13 years old.  One week later from that ask, I gave my life to Jesus and felt God’s call for ministry.  Make the ask! 

    For those of you on Social Media, please go to our Easter at Coastal webpage and click on the “Download Shareable Easter Invite Images” button.  A zip file containing a folder of different images will automatically download on your computer.  These are great images to use on Facebook and Instagram to get the word out and invite people to Coastal for Easter!

    And while you’re on our Easter At Coastal page, make sure you go ahead and register for the service you and your family and friends are planning to attend!  That way we can let people know when a service is reaching capacity.  Make sure you connect with your LIFE Team Leader and sign up now to serve at one or more of our services (see contact info. below).  If you are not currently serving in a Ministry, Easter is a great time to get started! 
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, April 14th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!

P.S. To pull off a big weekend like Easter with 6 services, we need 2 things to happen:  1.  We need our current volunteers to serve multiple services. Please keep in mind that Sunday will need the most volunteers.  2. We need new volunteers to start serving!  If you’ve never volunteered before, Easter weekend is a great time to start!  You can sign up to serve on your Connect Card this Sunday or you can go to our website and sign up today!  Our LIFE Team Leaders will follow up with you and get you started!

You can also contact our LIFE Team Leaders or Staff directly (contact info below).  Each one of our LIFE Team Leaders is AWESOME, and they will step you through the process. I promise you that what you will receive in return, is far greater than any sacrifice you think you will make.  Sign up today!

Janet Rollins: Coastal Kidz
janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
843-442-8299

Pastor Scott Huff: 1st Impressions
scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org
859-230-5129 

Matt & Kathy Beam: Cafe
mattbeam13@yahoo.com
843-296-0203

Bryan Miller: Security Team
bryan.bcmill@gmail.com
843-296-2991

Pastor Chris Jones: Prayer Team
chrisjones@coastalcommunitychurch.org
843-870-4613

Pastor Ryan Spell: Worship, Tech, & Online Engagement
ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org
843-442-8985

Rachel Speer: Office Volunteers
rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org
501-940-0293

P.S.S. Coastal Community Church’s Internship Program is an eight-week, Summer Ministry experience designed to give participants (ages 16-26) a glimpse into life in ministry. Passionate & gifted participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. If you’re interested in providing housing for out of state interns, please reach out to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Find out more by visiting our internship program page at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/internships.

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Friday’s 5 – 3-15-24

2 WEEKS UNTIL EASTER!  Okay Coastal, make sure to pick up and take advantage of all the tools we give away to make it easy to invite someone to our Easter Services.  We have tickets, invite cards, yard signs, social media graphics, and this Sunday we’ll add postcards to your arsenal.  But all of those tools are useless unless you actually reach out to someone.  I also hope you’ll access the most powerful weapon you have in your arsenal – prayer – and join us for our Prayer Walk and Prayer Vigil (see below)!  Please pray for all the people everyone from our church will be inviting, pray for all the people who will receive a postcard in the mail or see our yard signs or billboards.  Pray for our services, our Volunteer Teams, our Staff, and my message.  Pray that many people will respond to the good news of the Gospel and take next steps in their spiritual life.

To pull off a big weekend like Easter with 6 services, we need 2 things to happen:  1.  We need our current volunteers to serve multiple services. Please keep in mind that Sunday will need the most volunteers.  2. We need new volunteers to start serving!  If you’ve never volunteered before, Easter weekend is a great time to start!  And 1st Impressions and Coastal Kidz is a great place to start.  Go to our website and sign up today!  Our LIFE Team Leaders will follow up with you and get you started.  

One last thing about Easter – go to Easter at Coastal and let us know which service you plan on attending by reserving your spot!  It lets us know when a service reaches capacity.  I know we keep saying it, but we really want to encourage our people (YOU) to attend on Friday and Saturday, to make more room on Sunday.  If you plan to come that Sunday, please try to come to the 8:30am or the 11:30am service and park at Oakland.  Typically, the 10am service is PACKED!  But most importantly, as we always say, come to the service that you can get your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to come to, yes, even if it’s Easter Sunday at 10am!.  And obviously, if you’re serving, come to the service that best suits your serving schedule.  Here are the Easter service times:  Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30 & 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am!  

This Sunday, I’ll be closing out our “Financial Freedom” series.  It’s my prayer that this series has been challenging, encouraging, and helpful.  I hope you have a better understanding of why the church should never be apologetic when it comes to talking about money and why a series like this is so important today.  I also hope that you’ve seen the heart of our church during this series – a generous, openhanded church.  Think about all the things that we’ve done during this series – all of the Dave Ramsey materials free for anyone from our church, D-Day where we paid down a $1000 of debt for 3 different people, the free Will & Estate Planning seminar where we gave away a free will package from an Attorney, our reverse offering last Sunday where we gave away $10,000 to our church to spur on a movement of generosity!  Wow!  It has truly been an amazing series that many people are going to look back on as a real turning point in their lives.  This Sunday I’m going to take some of the big principles that we’ve talked about during this series and pull them all together in one final message.  Don’t miss it!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor and leading alongside such wonderful people!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, March 15th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, March 19th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, March 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, March 21st, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, March 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, March 23nd, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Carolina Bay Easter “Spring Fling”:  Saturday, March 23rd, 3:30pm-7pm.  We’re setting up tents and tables with Easter Crafts for the children/families of Carolina Bay.  Meet at the park at Carolina Bay at 3:30pm to help unload and set up.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. The most important thing we can do to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter is to PRAY!  Hopefully you’ve already been praying during our 40 Day Easter Fast. To help mobilize our church even further in prayer, our Prayer Team is organizing two events that you can participate in.  We’re conducting a Prayer Walk on Wednesday, March 27th at 5pm at Coastal – everyone welcome.  We’re also conducting a 24-hour Prayer Vigil (from your home).  We’re praying in 15-minute increments for a continuous 24-hour period beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 28th, until 6:30pm on Friday, March 29th.  If you’d be interested in joining in the Prayer Vigil, click on this linkand sign up for a time slot.
  3. Coastal Community Church’s Internship Program is an eight-week, Summer Ministry experience designed to give participants (ages 16-26) a glimpse into life in ministry. Passionate & gifted participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. If you’re interested in providing housing for out of state interns, please contact the church office.  Find out more by visiting our internship program page at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/internships.
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. On Saturday, March 23rd, from 4-7pm, our church will be participating in the Carolina Bay Spring Fling/Easter Egg Hunt!  We’ll be providing a craft area for all the children.  We’ll have our Coastal tents, tables, and supplies for 300+ children!  Here’s what we need – VOLUNTEERS!  Now, there are A LOT of Coastal people who live in Carolina Bay.  If you would be willing to be a volunteer and simply welcome and greet people, help children at a craft table, help set up / break down, and be a Coastal Ambassador, please sign up online.  Even if you can help for an hour or two, just let me know. Set up begins at 3:00PM. And you don’t have to live in Carolina Bay to help – anyone is welcome!

P.S. We’re having a Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th OR Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.

P.S.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children will open Easter weekend!

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Friday’s 5 – 3-8-24

It’s now just 3 WEEKS UNTIL EASTER!  It’s time – time to start making those phone calls, sending those texts, extending those invitations!  Go to Easter at Coastal and download our shareable graphics to use on Social Media.  And while you’re there please don’t forget to let us know which service you plan on attending by reserving your spot!  It lets us know when a service reaches capacity.  We really want to encourage our people (YOU) to attend on Friday and Saturday, to make more room on Sunday.  If you plan to come that Sunday, please try to come to the 8:30am or the 11:30am service.  Typically, the 10am service is PACKED!  But most importantly, as we always say, come to the service that you can get your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to come to.  And if you’re serving, come to the service that best suits your serving schedule.  Here are the Easter service times:  Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30 & 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am!  

Speaking of serving, please talk to your Ministry Leaders now and VOLUNTEER FOR MULTIPLE SERVICES!  6 services means that it’s “All Hands On Deck.”  We need everyone!  If you’re not serving on Sunday morning yet, Easter is a great time to start.  Sign up to volunteer on your Connect Card this Sunday, and we’ll get you plugged in.  It will be one of the most worthwhile things you do, being used by God to be a link in the chain of people taking next steps and coming to know Jesus!  If you’re not sure where to volunteer, 1st Impressions and Coastal Kidz is a great place to start.

Hopefully you’ve heard by now, but this Sunday at Coastal, as a part of our “Financial Freedom” series, we’re doing a “Reverse Offering.”  We’re going to pass our blue offering buckets around and instead of putting anything in, we want everyone in the room to take one envelope out.  Inside the envelope you’ll find somewhere between $5 and $100.  Now, if you need the money, keep it.  But what we’re encouraging everyone to do is to use the money as a start, to possibly add to it, and use it as a small seed of blessing, for someone else.  Maybe you do something as simple as pay for the meal of the next person in the drive through, or leave an extra large tip for your server.  Maybe you make and take a meal to a shut-in or to the firemen at a fire station.  Maybe you help pay for someone’s mission trip.  Maybe you and your friends or your LIFE Group pool your money together and pay a bill for a single mom struggling to make ends meet.  You pray about it, get creative, and see what God does through you.  Make it something for the whole family to do together.  And then send us an email, or post something on social media, using the hashtag #coastalgivesback, telling us about your experience.  Are you ready for this?  We’re giving away a total of $10,000 in cash for our church to be a blessing.  I can’t wait to hear all about your experience and what God led you to do!

The most important thing we can do to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter is to PRAY!  Hopefully you’ve already been praying during our 40 Day Easter Fast. To help mobilize our church even further in prayer, our Prayer Team is organizing two events that you can participate in.  We’re conducting a Prayer Walk on Wednesday, March 27th at 5pm at Coastal – everyone welcome.  We’re also conducting a 24-hour Prayer Vigil (from your home).  We’re praying in 15-minute increments for a continuous 24-hour period beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 28th until 6:30pm on Friday, March 29th.  If you’d be interested in joining in the Prayer Vigil, click on this linkand sign up for a time slot.

And finally, I want you to welcome Tracy Gundy and Natalie Faust to our Coastal Staff Team!  Tracy will be serving as our Nursery/Toddler Coordinator and Natalie will be serving as our Elementary Coordinator in Coastal Kidz.  Janet and Aly are building an AMAZING Team!  And God is building an AMAZING Family here at Coastal!  I’m just humbled and honored to be a part of it!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor and leading alongside such wonderful people!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, March 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY Friday, March 8th & Monday, March 11th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, March 12th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, March 14th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, March 15th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, March 19th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, March 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. At Coastal, we believe in making an impact one life at a time. We’re hosting an Impact Evangelism Seminar THIS Sunday, March 10th, 5pm- 8pm, in the Coastal Chapel. Come learn practical tools to help build your confidence to share your faith without fear.  Sign up online or RSVP on your Connect Card, and let us know if you’ll need childcare! Dinner provided.
  3. Coastal Community Church’s Internship Program is an eight-week, Summer Ministry experience designed to give participants (ages 16-26) a glimpse into life in ministry. Passionate & gifted participants will gain valuable experience while working alongside Coastal staff members in areas of Administration, Outreach, Worship Arts, Production & Communications, Children’s, or Student Ministries. If you’re interested in providing housing for out of state interns, please contact the church office.  Find out more by visiting our internship program page at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/internships.
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. On Saturday, March 23rd, from 4-7pm, our church will be participating in the Carolina Bay Spring Fling/Easter Egg Hunt!  We’ll be providing a craft area for all the children.  We’ll have our Coastal tents, tables, and supplies for 300+ children!  Here’s what we need – VOLUNTEERS!  Now, there are A LOT of Coastal people who live in Carolina Bay.  If you would be willing to be a volunteer and simply welcome and greet people, help children at a craft table, help set up / break down, and be a Coastal Ambassador, please sign up online.  Even if you can help for an hour or two, just let me know. Set up begins at 3:00PM. And you don’t have to live in Carolina Bay to help – anyone is welcome!

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

P.S.S. Mark your calendars now – Coastal’s VBS is July 8th-12th, 6-8:15pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  This year’s theme is, “SCUBA – Diving Into Friendship With God!”  Registration for Volunteers and children will open Easter weekend!

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Friday’s 5 – 3-1-24

March 1st – can you believe it?!  Well, either way, it’s here.  And that means one thing – EASTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!  In fact, the first of our 6 Easter Services is now 28 days away!  Here is the schedule:  Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30 & 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am!  

This Sunday, make sure you pick up all the Easter Invite Tools: tickets, invite cards, & yard signs!  And yes, go ahead and go to Easter at Coastaland let us know which service you plan on attending and how many people you’re bringing with you.  While you’re there, make sure you download our shareable graphics to use on Social Media.  We really want to encourage our Coastal people to attend on Friday and Saturday, to make more room on Sunday.  If you need to come that Sunday, please try to come to the 8:30am or the 11:30am service.  Typically, the 10am service is PACKED!  But the most important thing is to come to the service that you can get your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join you.  And if you’re serving, come to the service that best suits your service schedule.  

Talk to your Ministry Leaders now and please volunteer for multiple services.  6 services means that it’s “All Hands On Deck.”  We need everyone!  And if you’re not serving on Sunday morning yet, Easter is a great time to start.  Sign up to volunteer on your Connect Card this Sunday, and we’ll get you plugged in.  It will be one of the most worthwhile things you do, being used by God to be a link in the chain of people taking next steps and coming to know Jesus!  If you’re not sure where to volunteer, 1st Impressions and Coastal Kidz is a great place to start.

And finally, I want to share something with you that’s deeply sad.  Justin Mysock, a 43 year old man who had been coming to Coastal for about the last 6 months, tragically took his own life on Sunday night.  Honestly, not a lot of people at our church knew Justin, but those who did, knew that he struggled deeply.  Family, friends, and those at Coastal who prayed with him or talked with him, offered help and encouraged him to seek professional help.  Even last week, he was in my Wednesday morning Men’s Group and shared that he was struggling.  Multiple men encouraged him, offered to help, and gave him their number.  But, one of the things that I’ve learned over the years, is that we can’t force people to accept or get the help they need. We can’t take responsibility for their actions.  And obviously, when someone gets to that point, they’re no longer thinking clearly.  

But it is a wake up call for all of us that what we do here at Coastal matters, that people need the Lord, they need help, and they need hope.  It’s a reminder to open our eyes and our hearts to not only see the hurting and hopeless all around us, but to act.  Make that phone call.  Have that conversation.  And if YOU are hurting, struggling, and need help, we’re here for you, and we have resources.  Not only do we provide LIFE Groups and Pastoral Counseling, but we have a list of recommended professional counselors that we regularly share with those in need.  Rudy Polito, from our church, works with an organization (NAMI) that provides support and resources for those who struggle with mental illness.  We have Celebrate Recovery that meets regularly on Tuesday nights, 6:30pm in the Chapel.  Celebrate Recovery is not just for those who battle alcohol and drug addiction.  It’s for anyone who struggles with hurts, habits, or hangups (pretty much includes all of us).  Then, of course, we offer Grief Share, for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Grief Share meets here at the church on Mondays at 2pm and then again at 6pm.  Pray for Justin’s family & friends that he leaves behind, including his 2 boys, 12 year old twins.  Pray for our Pastors and Staff as we communicate the love of Christ to a hurting world.  And pray for all the people that together we will be reaching out to this Easter.  Jesus truly is the hope of this world!  Now let’s make sure they know it!  Make sure you tell and show the people in your life today how much they are loved!  Speaking of which, I love YOU!  I love being your Pastor and leading alongside such an awesome team here at Coastal!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, March 1st, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Today, Friday, March 1st;  Monday, March 4th; Friday, March 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, March 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, March 9th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. At Coastal, we believe in making an impact one life at a time. We’re hosting an Impact Evangelism Seminar next Sunday, March 10th, 5pm  – 8pm, in the Coastal Chapel. Come learn practical tools to help build your confidence to share your faith without fear.  Sign up online or RSVP on your Connect Card, and let us know if you’ll need childcare! Dinner provided.
  3. As a part of our Financial Freedom series, we are offering a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar!  The Seminar will be in our Auditorium THIS Sunday, March 3rd, at 4pm (come a few minutes early, seminar will start ON TIME).  Childcare provided (come early if you need childcare, seminar will start ON TIME).  Go online and sign up today!  During the seminar we will be drawing names and giving away a Will Package with an Attorney.
  4. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, April 21st, at 5pm at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game!  Reserve your FREE tickets by texting TICKETS to 843-571-1777.  Tickets will be distributed digitally to your email.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. On Saturday, March 23rd, from 4-7pm, our church will be participating in the Carolina Bay Spring Fling/Easter Egg Hunt!  We’ll be providing a craft area for all the children.  We’ll have our Coastal tents, tables, and supplies for 300+ children!  Here’s what we need – VOLUNTEERS!  Now, there are A LOT of Coastal people who live in Carolina Bay.  If you would be willing to be a volunteer and simply welcome and greet people, help children at a craft table, help set up / break down, and be a Coastal Ambassador, please sign up online.  Even if you can help for an hour or two, just let me know. Set up begins at 3:00PM. And you don’t have to live in Carolina Bay to help – anyone is welcome!

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

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Friday’s 5 – 2-23-24

We had a great kick-off to our “Financial Freedom” series this past Sunday with over 1100 people in attendance (another 927 online)!  We’re calling this Sunday, “D-Day” as I’ll be talking about the steps to getting out of debt.  To “put our money where our mouth is,” we’ll be drawing a Connect Card at the end of each service to give away $1000 to help someone pay down their debt.  To receive the debt pay down, the winner will simply contact our Office Manager and provide the details of the debt they would like to pay down.  We’ll take care of the rest!  If the winner is already debt free, they can designate someone else from Coastal to pass along the benefit, and we will contact them.  It’s going to be a powerful, exciting Sunday – don’t miss it!  Invite and bring your friends and FILL OUT YOUR CONNECT CARD!   

Our Spring semester of LIFE Groups started this week!  I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things!  Personally, I lead a Wednesday morning LIFE Group, and it was so great to see everyone and get started!  We have awesome leaders, and I can’t wait to hear the stories of community, connection, and change!  Many of our Groups are full, but for those that aren’t, it’s still not too late to join.  Go to our website and sign up today! If you have any questions about Groups, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff.

It looks like it’s shaping up to be a large group of people that we’ll be taking to Peru this Summer – July 20-27!  Don’t forget, if you are interested in going, your $1000 deposit is due this Sunday.  If you have any questions about the trip or the deposit, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff.

There’s one more debt I want to remind you about.  And it’s got nothing to do with finances.  It’s the debt that each person owes God because of our sin.  The Bible says that “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard.”  You and I have all gone our own way and lived apart from God’s principles.  And so that’s a debt you owe.  Here’s the bad news, the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.”  In other words, you can never repay this debt, in and of yourself.  You can’t be good enough and try to make up for all the bad things you’ve done.  You can’t work your way into heaven.  You can’t earn God’s favor.  There is nothing you can do to overcome that debt. 

You are hopeless and helpless, EXCEPT for what Jesus has already done for you.  “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  You see, that’s what the cross is all about.  God loved you so much that even though you chose to violate His law and go your own way, He wants you to come home.  And He knew that there was nothing you could do to make up for that.  But there was one who could pay the price for all of our sin, because He was perfect.  And that was His one and only Son Jesus.  And so He sent Him to this earth as the payment for our sin.  So when we ask Jesus to come into our life and forgive us of our sin, He does that.  And then God cancels the debt.  He wipes it clean.  It is forgiven for all of eternity.  That’s why Jesus said, “It is finished!” on the cross.  In other words, it’s paid for.  So when you ask Christ to come into your life, He cancels the debt.  Colossians 2:14, “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” 

I sincerely hope a lot of people at our church decide to become financially debt free.  That’s a process, and it might take several years to accomplish that.  But here’s the good news, listen to this.  Are you ready?  In an instant, you can become spiritually debt free, forgiven, and brand new!  Isn’t that awesome?  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor and leading alongside such an awesome team!  And I love what we get to do together! 

See you Sunday!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, today, Friday, February 23rd & Friday, March 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Today, Friday, February 23rd, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, March 1st, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, March 1st;  Monday, March 4th; Friday, March 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, March 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, March 9th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. At Coastal, we believe in making an impact one life at a time. We’re hosting an Impact Evangelism Seminar on Sunday, March 10th, at 5pm in the Coastal Chapel. Come learn practical tools to help build your confidence to share your faith without fear.  RSVP on your Connect Card, and let us know if you’ll need childcare!
  3. As a part of our Financial Freedom series, we are offering a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar!  The Seminar will be in our Chapel on Sunday, March 3rd, at 4pm.  Childcare provided.  RSVP on your Connect Card or go online and sign up today!  During the seminar we will be drawing names and giving away a Will Package with an Attorney.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Easter comes early this year – Sunday, March 31st!  Coastal will be having 6 Easter Services over 3 days: Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30pm, 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  Remember it’s all hands on deck!  Sign up now to serve in multiple services!  Our goal is to have over 2500 people in person over Easter Weekend!  Start praying now for the people you will be inviting and for the people the church will be reaching out to through all of our advertising.

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

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Friday’s 5 – 2-16-24

I know sometimes I must sound like a broken record, but it was another amazing Sunday at Coastal this past week!  It was LIFE Group Sunday!   We had 1124 people in-person, 810 online, and 2 more Baptisms!  I want to thank those of you who have been parking at Oakland and those of you who shifted from the 10am service to either the 8:30am or the 11:30am service – please keep it up!  I can’t thank all of our LIFE Group Leaders enough for all of their hard work and creativity!  They “knocked it out of the park” again!  The excitement, fun, and enthusiasm in the room was palpable!  Plus, are you ready for this, so far we’ve had over 1134 total signups for LIFE Groups!  That’s AWESOME!

While some of our LIFE Groups are already full, many are not.  So go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!  Once you sign up for a LIFE Group, your Group Leader will contact you with all the important information.  Most LIFE Groups begin THIS coming week.  If you have any questions about Groups, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff.  

The big push between now and Easter Weekend will be Volunteers!  So, reach out to your LIFE Team Leader and start signing up to serve on Planning Center now.  Easter comes early this year – Sunday, March 31st!  Coastal will be having 6 Easter Services over 3 days: Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30pm, 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  Remember it’s all hands on deck!  Sign up now to serve in multiple services!  Our goal is to have over 2500 people in person over Easter Weekend!  Start praying now for the people you will be inviting and for the people the church will be reaching out to through all of our advertising.

And finally, if you haven’t heard, this Sunday, February 18th, we kick off our “Financial Freedom!” series. During this series we’ll be giving away all of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace resources for FREE (to you AND anyone you bring to Coastal)!  We have a Financial Peace LIFE Group this semester (Monday nights, 6:30pm beginning February 19th)!  Go online and sign up today!  On Sunday, February 25th, we’re giving away $1000 in each service to help someone pay down their debt.  On Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, we’re hosting a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar with an Attorney to answer any of your questions.  During the seminar we’re giving away a Will Package from the Attorney for FREE (a $1500 value)!  Go online and sign up today!  During all 3 services on Sunday, March 10th, we’ll be giving away thousands of dollars in something called a “reverse offering.”  People will literally be taking envelopes of money out of the blue offering buckets and then encouraged to use the money as “seeds” to creatively bless someone in our community.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor and leading alongside such an awesome team!  And I love what we get to do together! 

See you Sunday!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, February 16th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, February 20th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, February 21st, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, February 22nd, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, February 23rd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, February 23rd, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, March 1st, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, March 1st, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal’s Annual 40 Day Easter Fast begins THIS Monday, February 19th, and goes through Good Friday, March 29th!  Start thinking now about what you’re going to give up to help prepare yourself and our church spiritually for Easter.  Sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday to let us know that you will be participating in the fast.
  3. As a part of our Financial Freedom series, we are offering a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar!  The Seminar will be in our Chapel on Sunday, March 3rd, at 4pm.  Childcare provided.  RSVP on your Connect Card or go online and sign up today!  During the seminar we will be drawing names and giving away a Will Package with an Attorney.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is NEXT Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is TOMORROW, Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email or sign up on our website.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

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Friday’s 5 – 2-9-24

The next couple of weeks are going to be exciting at Coastal with 2 BIG DAYS!  First of all, this Sunday, September 11th is LIFE Group Sunday!! What is LIFE Group Sunday you ask?  For those of you who are new to Coastal, let me explain.  Our Sunday morning worship service is pretty much the same, but just a little shorter.  We do that because we want to make plenty of time before and after each service for you to visit a table/booth representing each one of our 57 different LIFE Groups (kind of like a Job/College Fair, but for Groups)!  You’ll be able to meet other people checking out all the Groups, meet the different Group Leaders, enjoy some yummy snacks, and ask any questions you might have.  There will even be FREE Kona Ice outside for everyone!  I promise it will be a great day and a lot of fun!  But most importantly, SIGN UP FOR A LIFE GROUP!  In fact, many of our LIFE Groups are filling up fast.  Go online and sign up today!

And then the following Sunday, February 18th, we kick off our series called, “Financial Freedom!”  Hopefully by now, you’ve heard about all the exciting, practical things we’re doing during this series.  We’ll be giving away all of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace resources for FREE!  We’re going to give them away to you AND anyone you bring to Coastal!  We’ll have a Financial Peace LIFE Group this semester (Monday nights, 6:30pm beginning February 19th)!  Go online and sign up today!  On Sunday, February 25th, we’re giving away $1000 in each service to help someone pay down their debt.  On Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, we’re hosting a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar with an Attorney to answer any of your questions.  During the seminar we’re giving away a Will Package from the Attorney for FREE (a $1500 value)!  During all 3 services on Sunday, March 10th, we’ll be giving away thousands of dollars in something called a “reverse offering.”  People will literally be taking envelopes of money out of the blue offering buckets and then encouraged to use the money as “seeds” to creatively bless someone in our community (we’ll explain it during the series).  It’s going to be awesome!

And speaking of practical, here are some very practical things I’m asking you to do.  1. Pray.  Pray that God would use our church and our people to draw people to Himself as we lift up the name of Jesus!  Pray for me and my messages.  Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in a mighty powerful way!  2. Pull out the stops, and invite and bring a friend to church with you, especially over the next two weeks!  Step out in faith, be bold, and make the ask!  3. If at all possible, consider going to the 8:30am service or the 11:30am service to make more room in the 10am service.  4. Park over at Oakland Elementary School.  This simple gesture will make the transition time between services go so much smoother.  See you and your friends on Sunday!  By the way, I absolutely LOVE IT when you introduce your friends to me!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, February 9th & Monday, February 12th, all dates 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there,TODAY, Friday, February 9th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Tomorrow, Saturday, February 10th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, February 13th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, February 15th, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, February 16th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, February 20th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, February 21st, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal’s Annual 40 Day Easter Fast begins Monday, February 19th, and goes through Good Friday, March 29th!  Start thinking now about what you’re going to give up to help prepare yourself and our church spiritually for Easter.  Sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday to let us know that you will be participating in the fast.

    And speaking of Easter, it comes early this year – Sunday, March 31st!  Mark your calendars now, Coastal will be having 6 Easter Services over 3 days: Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30pm, 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  Remember it’s all hands on deck!  Sign up now to serve in multiple services!
  3. Attention All Coastal Kidz Volunteers!  We are offering one more Coastal Kidz Training through Zoom THIS Monday evening, February 12, 8PM – 9PM.  This is for all Coastal Kidz volunteers, adults and students, newer volunteers, and those who have served for many years, who have NOT YET attended one of our January trainings.  This is a time for us to learn and grow as Coastal Kidz Volunteers and to adapt and improve how we serve our Coastal Kidz.  

    Sign up for the meeting at this link to let us know you’ll be there:
    https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=YlJLK1AyRWVOZUk9

    Here’s the Zoom info:
    Coastal Kidz Volunteer Training
    Feb 12, 2024 8PM
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81820864489?pwd=RgsLjBH8j3xdkTWAooib5bslPN2ukn.1
    Meeting ID: 818 2086 4489
    Passcode: kidz
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

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Friday’s 5 – 2-2-24

So, have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  If you haven’t heard, we have unveiled our 2024 Spring Semester LIFE Group Catalog!  And just like college, your favorite classes (LIFE Groups) will fill up fast!  Some, in fact, have already reached capacity.  So, go to our website right now, check out all the different Groups and sign up today.  Most of our Groups start the week of February 18th.  Now, I can already hear some of your excuses.  And here is the biggest one of all.  “But Pastor Chris, I just don’t have the time for a LIFE Group.  I’m too busy.”  Please hear this with all the love I can muster.  You have time to do whatever it is you value – tv, social media, sports, hobbies.  It’s just not that important to you yet.  So, as we move into the New Year, think about what matters most in this life (your spiritual life, community), let that determine your values and priorities, and in turn let those values and priorities set or reset the habits and routines of your life.  I promise, it’s a decision you won’t regret!

Next Sunday, February 11th, is LIFE Group Sunday!  Before and after each service you’ll be able to check out all the Groups offered this semester, browse the tables in the Welcome Center representing those Groups, meet the different Group Leaders, and ask any questions you might have!  It’s a BIG Day here at Coastal and a LOT of fun!  Invite and bring a friend and don’t miss it!

And then the following Sunday, February 18th, we kick off what I believe is going to be a LIFE CHANGING series here at Coastal!  We’re going to do some things during this series that we’ve never done before.  The series is called, “Financial Freedom!”  And before you freak out, thinking, “Oh no, a series on money!  I knew it!  The church just wants my money!”  First of all, if you really feel that way about the Lord and about our church, keep your money.  We don’t want it, and God doesn’t want it either.  God wants what it represents – your heart.  And if you’re not a joyful, generous giver, God doesn’t have your heart.  Let’s just be honest with each other. Our world is in a financial mess!  Families are in a financial mess and are falling apart.  The world’s way just doesn’t work.  But God’s way does!  So let’s take this issue back!  Let’s boldly proclaim God’s word and help people honor God with their finances, break the chains of materialism, get out of debt, and leave a legacy for future generations!

Here are some of the things that will happen during the series.  Beginning February 18th, we’re going to give away all of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace resources for FREE!  We’re going to give them away to you AND anyone you bring to Coastal!  Oh and speaking of Financial Peace and LIFE Groups – we actually have a Financial Peace LIFE Group this semester (Monday nights, 6:30pm beginning February 19th)!  Go online and sign up today!  On Sunday, February 25th, we’re giving away $1000 in each service to help someone pay down their debt.  On Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, we’re hosting a FREE Will & Legacy Planning Seminar with an Attorney to answer any of your questions.  During the seminar we’re giving away a Will Package from the Attorney for FREE (a $1500 value)!  During all 3 services on Sunday, March 10th, we’ll be giving away thousands of dollars in something called a “reverse offering.”  People will literally be taking envelopes of money out of the blue offering buckets and then encouraged to use the money as “seeds” to creatively bless someone in our community (we’ll explain it during the series).  WOW!  Like I said, it’s going to be a series like no other!!  Chains are going to be broken, marriages are going to be healed, and lives are going to be forever changed!  I love you Coastal!  I love getting to be your Pastor!  And I love changing the world with you!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, February 2nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, February 2nd;  Monday, February 5th;  Friday, February 9th; Monday, February 12th, all dates 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Blood Drive:  Tomorrow on Saturday, February 3rd, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot. 
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, February 8th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, February 9th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, February 10th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, February 13th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal’s Annual 40 Day Easter Fast begins Monday, February 19th, and goes through Good Friday, March 29th!  Start thinking now about what you’re going to give up to help prepare yourself and our church spiritually for Easter.  Sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday to let us know that you will be participating in the fast.

    And speaking of Easter, it comes early this year – Sunday, March 31st!  Mark your calendars now, Coastal will be having 6 Easter Services over 3 days: Friday, March 29th, 7pm;  Saturday, March 30th, 4:30pm, 6pm;  Sunday, March 31st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  Remember it’s all hands on deck!  Sign up now to serve in multiple services!
  3. Attention All Homeschool Families:  We’re having a Valentines Homeschool Mingle on Friday, February 9th, 10am-12pm.  There will be crafts, food (pizza), and fellowship – you’ll get to meet and hang out with other Homeschool families!  This is not a drop-off event, but a time for the whole family. Please RSVP through Natalie Faust at either 443-907-2400 or njudway@gmail.com.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Coastal’s Young Adults (College-30ish) are invited to join us at the SC Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 16th, at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 per person.  Email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org to reserve your spot by Sunday, March 10th.

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Friday’s 5 – 1-26-24

Well, for those of you who don’t know, today is a special day.  It’s my wife Janet’s 60th Birthday!  Now, normally a husband can get into trouble for sharing his wife’s age.  And by the way, if it’s not your wife, you definitely don’t ask a woman’s age.  But in this case, I think Janet will let it slide.  After all, age is just a number.  And how does that saying go, “You either get older, or die young.”  I keep telling her that 60 is the new 40.  I don’t think she’s buying it, but I don’t think 60 could look any better.  And I couldn’t be more proud of and in love with anyone on this planet!  

Leading up to today, several people have asked me if we’re going to have a Big Party for Janet.  The answer is no.  First of all, at a church our size, who do we invite?  Or better yet, who do we not invite?  And then it becomes a big church event.  And honestly, that’s just not Janet.  Now trust me, as a Pastor’s wife for over 36 years, Janet has organized, planned, led, served, cooked, and cleaned for more church events than I can count.  But she doesn’t like being the center of attention.  She doesn’t like the pressure of feeling like she has to be “on.”  Truthfully, it’s one of the many things I love about my wife.  Instead, our plans are to enjoy the day together, talk to our kids, open a few presents, and cook and enjoy a meal together (and a few other little surprises – I can’t share everything here – she does read this).

And speaking of being a Pastor’s wife, most people have no idea how much a Pastor’s wife does, how much they give, and how much they sacrifice.  I would not be the Pastor I am today, without her.  Coastal wouldn’t be Coastal without her.  Many of you don’t know this, but Janet was our very first Worship Leader (she has a beautiful voice).  She led worship at Coastal for many years.  And what’s crazy, is that for a while she actually led worship AND was our Children’s Director AT THE SAME TIME!  And now, she’s been our Children’s Director for over 20+ years!  Very few people understand the weight and responsibility she carries.  And yet Janet carries it all with grace and love and humility.  She is a smart, strong, servant leader.  She is my encourager, confidant, counselor, teacher, proof reader, and best friend.  Every idea, sermon series, step of faith, new initiative, and staff hire was first run past Janet and her wisdom (okay, I do sneak some of my jokes past her approval – haha).  She is the best wife, the best mom, and the most beautiful woman I know!  

Later this year, after VBS, Janet is going to retire from being Coastal’s Children’s Director.  Aly Huggins, our Assistant Director, will move into that role (by the way Aly is transitioning into that role now and doing a great job).  But don’t worry, Janet’s not going anywhere.  I’m sure you’ll still see her serving in Coastal Kidz or one of many other ministries around Coastal.  Honestly, I’m not sure what the next chapter holds for my wife.  But I’ll tell you this, I’m excited to see it all unfold.  You see, Janet is more than a Children’s Director, more than a Pastor’s wife.  Like you, she’s a child of God and a daughter of the King, seeking to use her gifts selflessly for the Kingdom until Jesus comes again or calls her home.  In the meantime, I’m just blessed to call her my wife!  And if she’s been a blessing to you at all, feel free to shoot her a text, send her an email (janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org), or better yet, tell her in person on Sunday and give her a hug!  I love you Janet, I love being your husband, and I love what we get to do together on this side of eternity and here at Coastal!  And believe it or not, it still feels like we’re just getting started and the best is yet to come!  Happy Birthday!

A Grateful Husband!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, January 26th & Friday, February 9th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, January 26th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, February 2nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, February 2nd;  Monday, February 5th;  Friday, February 9th, all dates 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, February 3rd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Blood Drive:  On Saturday, February 3rd, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.  Check out the insert in your bulletin on Sunday and use the QR Code to schedule an appointment!  Let’s help our community!
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, February 8th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Double Tailgate Day: Meeting Street & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, February 10th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. As we begin 2024, we are having a Coastal Kidz volunteer training for all Coastal Kidz adult and student volunteers. This will be a time of fellowship, planning, brainstorming, and vision casting as we continue to make Coastal Kidz an amazing place for children to learn about God’s love and His Son Jesus as they grow to become faithful followers of Christ.

    We are offering the training this Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Childcare and dinner are provided. Please RSVP that you will attend and if you need childcare:

    Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=bGVSY21UUFJoQWc9
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NUZRblVzNW5TTnM9
  3. Attention All Homeschool Families:  We’re having a Valentines Homeschool Mingle on Friday, February 9th, 10am-12pm.  There will be crafts, food (pizza), and fellowship – you’ll get to meet and hang out with other Homeschool families!  This is not a drop-off event, but a time for the whole family. Please RSVP through Natalie Faust at either 443-907-2400 or njudway@gmail.com.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. The 2024 LIFE Group Catalog has arrived!  That’s right, and this Sunday you’ll receive a copy.  In fact, you should also be receiving one in the mail soon (feel free to use one as an invitation and give it away).  I’m so excited about LIFE Groups this semester.  Once again, we have the most Groups we’ve ever had in one semester – 57!  You’ll have several weeks to check out the catalog and get signed up.  LIFE Group Sunday (like a job/college fair, but for LIFE Groups) will be Sunday, February 11th – always a BIG Day at Coastal!  And unless otherwise indicated, most Groups begin the week of February 18th and last 8-12 weeks.  And if you want to get an early jump, go to our website, check out our catalog and start signing up today!  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org

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Friday’s 5 – 1-19-24

Well, I’ve got some EXCITING NEWS to share with you!  Our Christmas Offering Goal for this year was $125,000.  Drumroll please . . . .we reached and SURPASSED our Christmas Offering Goal with a grand total of $170,588.50!  Wow!  Just WOW!  We will definitely be increasing our goal for next year – haha!  Your generosity never ceases to amaze me Coastal!  It is your consistent (not just at Christmas or special occasions), generous (above and beyond) giving that enables our church to do all that it does here, in the community, and around the world!  And speaking of Christmas around the world, we found out that our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were delivered to the following countries this year:  Panama, Ecuador, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, Peru, and Honduras (and certain hard to reach places that they can not list).  

In my end of the year message a few weeks ago, I said that by the end of 2024 I can see our church averaging over 1000 in weekly in-person attendance.  Little did I know that the next two weeks we would already be well over 1000 in attendance!  In fact, the last two weeks have been our largest (non Big Day) in-person weekly attendance in the history of our church.  Plus we’ve already Baptized 6 people this year!  Last year our goal was to Baptize 100 people.  And in 2023 we ended up Baptizing 114 people!  This year our goal is a BIG ONE – 200 people!  

We talk a lot about Next Steps at Coastal.  Maybe your next step is Baptism.  What is Baptism, and why is it important?  Well, first of all, let me simply say this – Jesus did it, He commanded it, and that should settle it!  Baptism is the outward expression of the inward conversion that God has done in our heart by faith.  It is a physical act, a physical ceremony that depicts an awesome spiritual reality. Now, in and of itself, Baptism doesn’t save you.  It’s your faith in Christ that does that.  And if you haven’t given your life to Christ and you get Baptized, you’re just getting wet.  Baptism, you see, is a beautiful picture of our salvation.  It also beautifully pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It symbolizes the washing away of our sins and new life.  We are ready any service, any Sunday for your Baptism.  Typically, we have 2 very large Beach Baptisms over the Summer.  If you are ready to get Baptized, you simply need to let us know when.  You can do that 1 of 3 ways:  respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card any Sunday, or sign up on our website.  We will follow up with you and get it scheduled as soon as possible.  

Maybe you’re new to our church and your next step is our Newcomer’s Reception (see below).  Maybe you’ve been coming to Coastal for a while and you’re ready to officially make our church family, YOUR church family.  Then your next step is our Membership Class (see below).  And guess what?  Whatever your next step might be, we are honored to walk on this journey with you!

One last thing Coastal – I have a favor to ask of you.  We say all the time that we are willing to do anything short of sin to reach people.  I want to put that to the test.  If you’ve been to church the last two weeks, you know that the second service (10am) is PACKED!  In fact, if you come in late to that service, it’s getting hard to find a seat.  With our current 3 services, our church can grow to a church of around 1500.  But for that to happen, we need some people in the 10am service to go to either the 8:30am service or the 11:30am service.  Now, most importantly, come to church!  If, for some reason, the 10am service is the only service you can come to, then we’ll see you at 10am.  And if you’ve got friends coming, you come to whatever service is convenient for them. Also, if you serve at 8:30am or 11:30am, come to the 10am. But if at all possible, start coming to the earlier or later services to make room for others.   And as always, please sit to the front and center of each section.  This makes it easier on our ushers trying to find seats for people.  And please continue to park as far away as possible, using Oakland Elementary School’s parking lot down the first drive just past the Greenway.  Coastal, these are all great “problems” to have.  Honestly, they’re not problems at all – they’re opportunities.  They’re opportunities for God to see where our priorities are at and if we’re willing to do anything it takes to reach people for Jesus!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, January 19th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Wednesday, January 24th, 12pm-3pm.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, January 25th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, January 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, January 26th, 4-6:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, February 2nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. As we begin 2024, we are having a Coastal Kidz volunteer training for all Coastal Kidz adult and student volunteers. This will be a time of fellowship, planning, brainstorming, and vision casting as we continue to make Coastal Kidz an amazing place for children to learn about God’s love and His Son Jesus as they grow to become faithful followers of Christ.

    We are offering the training twice: This Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM or Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. You only need to attend one. Childcare and dinner are provided.

    Please RSVP for which training you will attend and if you need childcare:

    Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=cVI2R1hEZ0p6TU09
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=SEYvR1RWZjVycjg9

    Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=bGVSY21UUFJoQWc
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NUZRblVzNW5TTnM9
  3. Attention All Homeschool Families:  We’re having a Valentines Homeschool Mingle on Friday, February 9th, 10am-12pm.  There will be crafts, food (pizza), and fellowship – you’ll get to meet and hang out with other Homeschool families!  This is not a drop-off event, but a time for the whole family. Please RSVP through Natalie Faust at either 443-907-2400 or njudway@gmail.com.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, February 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website or on your Connect Card and indicate if you need childcare!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & Assistants:  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person TOMORROW, Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org

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Friday’s 5 – 1-12-24

WOW!  We had an incredible start to the New Year at Coastal!  We kicked off a new series called, “Alignment.”  During the series we’re looking at five prayers, that when you pray them, you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will always answer them with a resounding, “YES!”  Last week we talked about the Eternal Prayer, the prayer of salvation.  We had 1090 people in-person and another 928 people online!  We had 11 people renew their commitment to Jesus, 3 people gave their life to Jesus, and 3 people were Baptized during the services!  It truly was an amazing day!

This Sunday we’ll be talking about the “Restoration Prayer.”  It’s the prayer a believer prays when he or she has blown it, has sinned in what some would consider a “big way,” and now comes to their senses and wants to come home.  It’s a prayer of humble repentance.  To help you prepare for Sunday’s message I would encourage you to read Psalms 51:1-12.  This is the prayer of restoration that David cried out to God when his sin of adultery and murder was brought to light.  I really believe that this Sunday is going to be powerful.  Don’t miss it and do whatever you can to invite and bring people with you.

I also want to give you a little heads up on our next series that we’ll be kicking off on Sunday, February 18th called, “Financial Freedom.”  I’ve been the Pastor of Coastal for over 33 years, and I realize that every time the word “finances” or “money” comes up in the church, some people get nervous.  But quite frankly, we need this.  Our country needs this.  So many people today are under financial stress.  Poll after poll lists financial stress as one of the leading causes of divorce in our country.  Our church needs this.  Week after week, we get prayer requests turned in related to money, debt, and finances.  And so we need to talk about this.  I really believe that God is going to do some amazing things here in our church during this series.  A lot of people are going to begin digging out of the financial mess they’re in and pay down a lot of debt, marriages are going to healed, and people are going to be set free.  Believe it or not, historically, any time we do a series on finances, we see a lot of decisions and a lot of salvations.  Why is that you ask?  Because ultimately, money and finances are a heart issue.  Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”  

But trust me, we’re going to go out of our way to communicate, express, and share the generosity, help, and resources of our church to everyone who walks through our doors.  In fact, let me share with you a few special things we’re going to do during this series.  First of all, for EVERYONE who comes to Coastal during this series we’re going to provide all of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Resources!  During one of the weeks of the series, when we talk about getting out of debt, we’re going to give away $1000 in each service to help pay down someone’s debt.  On the Sunday we talk about living generously, we’re going to do a “reverse offering”!  I’ll explain more about it later, but instead of putting money IN the blue offering buckets when they are passed, everyone will take OUT an envelope from the offering buckets.  In those envelopes will be random denominations of money.  Some might have $5, $10, or $20.  Some might have $50 or $100.  No matter the amount a person receives, we’re asking everyone to think of a creative way to use it to be a blessing.  Now, if someone simply needs the money to personally meet a need, by all means, use it.  But what we’re really excited about is to hear about all the seeds of love that are going to be planted!  Some of you might get together with your LIFE Group or friends and pool your money together and do something really cool!  And then, on top of all that, I want to go ahead and encourage you to think about joining the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace LIFE Group that we are going to be offering this semester! It will be Monday nights, 6:30pm, at the church, starting February 19th.  You’ll be able to sign up once the LIFE Group Catalog comes out.  As you can see, this is going to be a series on Finances LIKE NO OTHER!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, January 12th;  Monday, January 15th;  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, January 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, January 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, January 16th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, January 17th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, January 18th, 6-8:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, January 19th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. As we begin 2024, we are having a Coastal Kidz volunteer training for all Coastal Kidz adult and student volunteers. This will be a time of fellowship, planning, brainstorming, and vision casting as we continue to make Coastal Kidz an amazing place for children to learn about God’s love and His Son Jesus as they grow to become faithful followers of Christ.

    We are offering the training twice: 
    Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM or Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. You only need to attend one. Childcare and dinner are provided.

    Please RSVP for which training you will attend and if you need childcare:

    Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=cVI2R1hEZ0p6TU09
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=SEYvR1RWZjVycjg9

    Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=bGVSY21UUFJoQWc9
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NUZRblVzNW5TTnM9
  3. Attention All Homeschool Families:  We’re having a Valentines Homeschool Mingle on Friday, February 9th, 10am-12pm.  There will be crafts, food (pizza), and fellowship – you’ll get to meet and hang out with other Homeschool families!  Please RSVP through Natalie Faust at either 443-907-2400 or njudway@gmail.com.
  4. Okay Coastal, this Sunday, January 14th, is the last day to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  I can’t wait to see what the final amount will be – in other words, what God has done through YOU!  I will make the announcement in next week’s Friday 5 and in church next Sunday!  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

    Speaking of Giving, your Year-End Giving Statements will be emailed out in mid January.  Text the keyword “ME” to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Financial Administrator, Kathy at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & Assistants:  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

P.S.S. Speaking of Finances and Generosity, I wanted to make you aware of something our church (YOU) has been doing this past year.  We are so serious and intentional about making a difference in people’s personal finances, that not only did we purchase a Ramsey Site License for our church that enables us to give away resources, but we also Sponsored two local High Schools (St. Johns & West Ashley) here in Charleston County that enabled them to teach Dave Ramsey’s Personal Finances to their Students.  Both schools had 60+ students this year!  

Here are just a couple of quotes from the students who actually took the class:

“Learning about personal finance is important and I learned how to make a good budget and how to save up for things without getting into debt.”

 “This will help me to eventually be successful and purchase a car, house, and other items using cash instead of relying on credit cards.”  

“I worked to save for a car from the age of 13 to 15. This helped to take stress off of my parents and at the age of 16 I got my car.” 

Again, Coastal, we could not do ALL that we do in the community and the world without YOU and your consistent generous giving!  Thank you!  Together, we are making a true IMPACT!

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Friday’s 5 – 1-5-24

ALIGNMENT.  What comes to mind when you hear that word?  Maybe you’re driving down the highway and as your speed reaches 50mph you notice your car has a little shake.  Alignment.  You’re driving down beautiful Ashley River Road with towering oak trees just a few feet from the road and you notice your car has a slight drift to the right.  Alignment.  You went to see family over the holidays and you slept on a sleeper sofa.  Alignment – haha!

Well, beginning this Sunday, the first Sunday of the new year, we’re going to be kicking off a 5 week series called, “Alignment.”  In some ways, this is a series on prayer.  But I promise this is not like any series on prayer that we’ve ever done before.  Because during this series, I’m not going to talk about what prayer is, or why prayer is important, or even why you should be praying more.   No, in this series, I want to share with you five prayers, that when you pray them, you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will always answer them with a resounding, “YES!”  

Really this series is all about alignment – aligning our lives with God’s plan, God’s will, and God’s word.  If we’re honest, much of our prayer life is just reminding God of our problems – praying through our problems.  Now, listen, pray through your problems with God.  Share your struggles.  Share the desires of your heart.  God wants you to do all of that.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  But, He wants more than that for you.  He wants alignment.  He wants you and I to align our lives with His plan, His purposes, His will, and His word.  An immature person ONLY prays through their problems.  They just ask for things.  They’re not thinking about alignment, aligning their life with God’s best or God’s will.  

But the mature believer, when they pray, they’re not just praying through their problems, they’re praying through God’s promises.  And when we do that, when we align our lives with His word and we pray His promises, the answer is always YES!  1 John 5:14-15, “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.  And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”  And that’s what this series is all about!  Don’t miss it!  And don’t forget that we’re back to our normal service times: 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

Happy New Year!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, January 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Today, Friday, January 5th & 12th;  Monday, January 8th & 15th;  9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Tomorrow, Saturday, January 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, January 9th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, January 11th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, January 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, January 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, January 16th, 12pm-3pm.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. As we begin 2024, we are having a Coastal Kidz volunteer training for all Coastal Kidz adult and student volunteers. This will be a time of fellowship, planning, brainstorming, and vision casting as we continue to make Coastal Kidz an amazing place for children to learn about God’s love and His Son Jesus as they grow to become faithful followers of Christ.

    We are offering the training twice: Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM or Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. You only need to attend one. Childcare and dinner are provided.

    Please RSVP for which training you will attend and if you need childcare:
    Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=cVI2R1hEZ0p6TU09
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=SEYvR1RWZjVycjg9

    Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=bGVSY21UUFJoQWc9
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NUZRblVzNW5TTnM9
  3. Coastal Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back on beginning this Sunday night, January 7th!  Doors are open at 5pm and service is from 5:30-7pm!  Parents, make sure your Student and their friends are here!
  4. There are 2 weeks (this week & January 14th) left to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  Much of our Outreach is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  Among other things we are using the offering to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

    Speaking of Giving, your Year-End Giving Statements will be mailed out in mid January.  Text the keyword “ME” to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Financial Administrator, Kathy at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 17th, from 9am-12pm, in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!

P.S. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & Assistants:  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org

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Friday’s 5 – 12-29-23

Happy New Year everyone – well almost!  2024 is just about here!  But guess what?  No matter what 2024 brings, Jesus is still on the throne, God is still in control, and our mission is still the same: “to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!” 

I sincerely hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas!  And let me say how awesome our Christmas Eve services were at Coastal!  We had our largest Christmas Eve services ever  – 1594 people in person!  I want to thank all of our volunteers who served so joyfully!  We could not do what we do without you!  I especially want to thank all of our Tech Team & Worship Team who came very early and were here for all 4 services over 2 days!  There is just something special about lighting candles and worshipping together.  (If you’re available, we’ll be taking down all of our Christmas decorations this Tuesday at 9am.  We could use your help!)

Don’t forget that we only have 2 in-person services this Sunday – 10am & 11:30am (no 8:30am services).  But you’re not going to want to miss it.  I’ll be preaching from one of our foundational passages at Coastal – Luke 15.  If you get a chance, read the chapter in advance and see if you can find at least 3 common threads in the stories that Jesus tells.  Not only will Sunday will be a great opportunity to look back at 2023, but it will help focus our vision for 2024!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!  Hold on to your fork Coastal – the best is yet to come!

Happy New Year!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Today, Friday, December 29th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    “Un-Decorate our Campus:  On Tuesday, January 2nd, come over to the church at 9am and help us take down all of our trees and decorations! 
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, January 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, January 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, January 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. As we begin 2024, we are having a Coastal Kidz volunteer training for all Coastal Kidz adult and student volunteers. This will be a time of fellowship, planning, brainstorming, and vision casting as we continue to make Coastal Kidz an amazing place for children to learn about God’s love and His Son Jesus as they grow to become faithful followers of Christ.

    We are offering the training twice: Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM or Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM. You only need to attend one. Childcare and dinner are provided.

    Please RSVP for which training you will attend and if you need childcare:

    Sunday, January 21, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=cVI2R1hEZ0p6TU09
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=SEYvR1RWZjVycjg9

    Wednesday, January 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Training Session: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=bGVSY21UUFJoQWc
    Childcare: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NUZRblVzNW5TTnM9
  3. Coastal Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is off for the Holidays! Their first gathering in the new year will be Sunday night, January 7th (doors open at 5pm and service is from 5:30-7pm)!
  4. There are 3 weeks left to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  Much of our Outreach is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  Among other things we are using the offering to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

    Speaking of Giving, your Year-End Giving Statements will be mailed out in mid January.  Text the keyword “ME” to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Financial Administrator, Kathy at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org
  5. ATTENTION Young Adults! Join us at the PASSION Conference on January 3-5 in Atlanta, GA for an unbelievable lineup of speakers, musicians, and more!  We will be joining up with 60,000 other young adults from around the globe!  The deadline to reserve your spot is TODAY, Friday, December 29th.   Click HERE to see the details and how to pay/reserve your spot today!  If you have any questions, reach out to Scott Huff.

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

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Friday’s 5 – 12-22-23

So, are you ready for Christmas?  Well, ready or not, it’s ALMOST here!  Which means of course, that our Christmas Eve Services are almost here!  This year we’re having 4 Christmas Eve services – Saturday, December 23rd, 4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th)! I hope you are ready to invite & bring your friends!  Remember, it’s not too late to invite someone.  Make the ask!  What’s the worst thing that could happen?  Better yet – what’s the BEST thing that could happen?  Think through all your contacts – social media, work, neighbors, friends, family – and invite them to come!

Also, Christmas Eve services are one of those times where it is “all hands on deck.”  In other words, if you serve in ministry and you’re not out of town, we NEED YOU TO SERVE.  Contact your Ministry Leader and let them know which services you are available ASAP.  Every ministry needs plenty of volunteers (and extra volunteers) to pull off Christmas Eve and create a welcoming atmosphere.

Pray for me & my message.  Pray that people give their lives to Jesus and get saved!  Pray for our Worship Team that they would lead people to worship Jesus.  Pray for all our Ministry Volunteers, that they would serve Jesus by serving others.

Here are a few other important reminders:

– Be helpful, friendly and welcoming to all our guests!

– Introduce yourself & talk to people you don’t know.

– This is important – park over at Oakland to make more room for guests.  The further away you park, the better.

– Fill out your Connect Card.  This encourages others to do the same. 

– Sit to the front & center of each section of the auditorium.

– Coastal Kidz (Birth-5th Grade) will be fully operational during all 4 services.

– If you are serving during a service, PLEASE COME EARLY. 

– Our V.I.P. Volunteer meeting will be at 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday in the Gathering Space as usual.

Don’t forget that our entire offering on Christmas Eve (all 4 services) will go toward our Christmas Offering!  Prayerfully consider what you and your family can give.  You might also consider making a year-end sacrificial gift. 

Well, I think that’s about it.   For those of you who are traveling or out of town – HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Safe travels and please keep us in your prayers!  And remember, if you can’t make it in person, you will be able to watch all of our services live online.  Can’t wait to see the rest of you and your guests over the weekend!  Also, please note that we will only have 2 Services on Sunday morning, December 31st (New Year’s Eve), 10am & 11:30am.  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!

Merry Christmas Eve!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, December 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, December 28th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, December 29th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, January 5th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, January 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, January 6th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Don’t forget, we’re having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).  Please be in touch with your LIFE Team Leaders about serving!  During all 4 services our Coastal Kidz are encouraged to wear their PJ’s and enjoy pizza and a Christmas Movie with a message!  

    Also, please note that we will only have 2 Services on Sunday morning, December 31st (New Year’s Eve), 10am & 11:30am.
  3. Coastal Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is off for the Holidays! Their first gathering in the new year will be Sunday night, January 7th (doors open at 5pm and service is from 5:30-7pm)!
  4. There are 4 weeks left to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  Much of our Outreach is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Our goal is $125,000 and right now we are over half-way to our goal.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  Among other things we are using the offering to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

    Speaking of Giving, your Year-End Giving Statements will be mailed out in mid January.  Text the keyword “M”E to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Financial Administrator, Kathy at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. ATTENTION Young Adults! Join us at the PASSION Conference on January 3-5 in Atlanta, GA for an unbelievable lineup of speakers, musicians, and more!  We will be joining up with 60,000 other young adults from around the globe!  The deadline to reserve your spot is Friday, December 29th.   Click HERE to see the details and how to pay/reserve your spot today!  If you have any questions, reach out to Scott Huff.

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

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Friday’s 5 – 12-15-23

Are you ready for this?!  Christmas is just 10 days away!  I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I also hope you’re praying about who you’re going to invite and bring to one of our 4 Christmas Eve services – Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th)!  By the way, keep praying, but it’s time to actually start inviting!  Reach out to friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?  They say no.  What’s the best thing that could happen?  They come, they hear the Gospel, they receive Christ, and their lives are forever changed!  That’s why we do what we do!  That’s what Christmas is all about!

I’m also excited about tomorrow – Christmas at Charleston Vets!  We meet in the Gather Space tomorrow, Saturday, December 16th, at 10am.  Consider coming early at 9am for chair set-up. Even if you’ve never done chairs before, we can make you an expert in just a matter of minutes!  After a few minutes of discussing how the day is going to go, we will load a bunch of supplies & food on the trucks, pray, and then carpool over to Charleston Vets (parking is somewhat limited). We should be finished with the project around 2pm.

We’ve got some exciting things planned for the veterans. We’re going to be offering a home cooked BBQ meal with all the sides!  By the way, if you have signed up to provide one of the sides, we need those items at the church, hot & ready to serve between the hours of 8am & 9:15am. We’ll be standing by at the glass auditorium doors. We’ll meet you at your car with a cart to move your items inside. Please be advised that any food that isn’t prepared and ready to serve won’t be used at the event. We simply won’t have time to cook or reheat any food items. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

We’re going to be providing every veteran a stocking full of goodies, and Christmas gifts! We’ll be setting up a hot chocolate and coffee bar, Christmas music, a visit from Santa and more! We’re going to have a great time. Whereas we will need your help in all these areas, it’s important to stress the point that the most important job of all is the interaction with the veterans. In fact, there will likely be more of us than those we’ll be serving. However, we’re going to flood and saturate Charleston Vets with the love of Christmas and of Coastal!  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, December 15th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
Packing & Staging Christmas at Charleston Vets:  Come help us get everything ready for our Christmas Party out at Charleston Vets!  TODAY, Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm, at the church.
Christmas Party at Charleston Vets:   It’s a Christmas Party with music, a home-cooked meal, Christmas gifts, stockings, and coffee & hot chocolate bar.  This will largely be the only Christmas these veterans will get.  In other words, Coastal is Charleston Vet’s Christmas.  Saturday, December 16th, 10am-2pm. Meet at the church. (see above for more info)
Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, December 19th, 12pm-3pm.
VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, December 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, December 21st, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, December 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, December 15th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Packing & Staging Christmas at Charleston Vets:  Come help us get everything ready for our Christmas Party out at Charleston Vets!  TODAY, Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm, at the church.
    Christmas Party at Charleston Vets:   It’s a Christmas Party with music, a home-cooked meal, Christmas gifts, stockings, and coffee & hot chocolate bar.  This will largely be the only Christmas these veterans will get.  In other words, Coastal is Charleston Vet’s Christmas.  Saturday, December 16th, 10am-2pm. Meet at the church. (see above for more info)
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, December 19th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, December 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, December 21st, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, December 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Don’t forget, we’re having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).  Please be in touch with your LIFE Team Leaders about serving!  During all 4 services our Coastal Kidz are encouraged to wear their PJ’s and enjoy pizza and a Christmas Movie with a message!  

    Also, please note that we will only have 2 Services on Sunday morning, December 31st (New Year’s Eve), 10am & 11:30am.
  3. The final CSM for this calendar year is December 17th and we have a fun Christmas party planned!  Make sure your student brings a gift (no more than $10) for this event which will take place during normal youth hours (doors open at 5pm and service is from 5:30-7pm)! WE WILL PROVIDE DINNER FOR OUR STUDENTS THIS WEEK!!!
  4. There are 5 weeks left to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  Much of our Outreach is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Our goal is $125,000 and right now we are just under half-way to our goal.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  Among other things we are using the offering to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

    Speaking of Giving, your Year-End Giving Statements will be mailed out in mid January.  Text the keyword “M”E to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Financial Administrator, Kathy at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. ATTENTION Young Adults! Join us at the PASSION Conference on January 3-5 in Atlanta, GA for an unbelievable lineup of speakers, musicians, and more!  We will be joining up with 60,000 other young adults from around the globe!  Click HERE to see the details and how to pay/reserve your spot today!

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

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Friday’s 5 – 12-8-23

WOW – what a great kick off to “Christmas at Coastal” this past Sunday!  All the decorations were a huge hit, we had a big crowd (955), lots of guests, a Newcomer’s Reception, our new Coastal Christmas ornament (still have plenty if you didn’t get one), and we had our 113th Baptism of the year!  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

This Saturday, TOMORROW, there are 3 great serving opportunities.  First of all, we are Tailgating downtown at Joseph Floyd Manor.  In addition to our normal tailgating fun, we’ll be doing a couple of special “Christmas things” – providing a stocking with goodies, and a coffee & hot chocolate bar for all the residents!  If you are interested in serving, you can sign up online, and meet at the church at 10am.

Next, we are providing a Children’s Craft Station at two large neighborhoods in West Ashley (Boltlon’s Landing AND Carolina Bay) for their Christmas Festivals!  For the Bolton’s Landing project (10am-1pm), we’ll meet at the church at 9am.  For the Carolina Bay project (2pm-5pm) we’ll meet at the Carolina Bay Park at 1pm.  Not only is this a great opportunity to represent Coastal and to love on a neighborhood in West Ashley, but it’s also an opportunity to invite people to our Christmas Eve services!  Sign up for either project online.

And then, on Saturday, December 16th, we’re hosting Christmas at Charleston Vets!  It’s a Christmas Party with music, a home-cooked meal, Christmas gifts, stockings, and coffee & hot chocolate bar.  This will largely be the only Christmas these veterans will get. In other words, Coastal is Charleston Vet’s Christmas.

And as always, you guys never cease to amaze me!  The food for this event has already been accounted for and ALL the Gift Tags have been taken from the Gift Tag Tree.  If you took a Gift Tag, please return the gifts, unwrapped with the gift tag from the tree, no later than Wednesday, December 13th.  But there are two ways left to help: 

1.  Link for Stocking Stuffers Signup

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5A92FA0F58-46334575-christmas

2.  Signup to serve at the event (or any of our other outreach events)! coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions

A couple more exciting things:  On Monday and Tuesday of this coming week, we’re meeting with LS3P (our Architects) as we begin to make plans for our next building – a worship space that will seat approximately 1000 people!  And finally, Aly Huggins is our new Assistant Children’s Director, working alongside my wife Janet.  She was already serving in Coastal Kidz as our Elementary Coordinator and now she’s moving into this new role.   Exciting stuff!  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  TODAY, Friday, December 8th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, December 8th & Friday, December 15th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Joseph Floyd Manor Tailgate: Saturday, December 9th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then head downtown to put on a Tailgate for the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor.
    Bolton’s Landing Holiday Market Serve Team: Saturday, December 9th, 9am-1pm.  We’re setting up tents and tables with Christmas Crafts for the children of Bolton’s Landing.  Meet at the church.
    Carolina Bay Christmas Festival Serve Team: Saturday, December 9th, 1pm-5pm.  We’re setting up tents and tables with Christmas Crafts for the children/families of Carolina Bay.  Meet at the park at Carolina Bay.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, December 12th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, December 14th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Packing & Staging Christmas at Charleston Vets:  Come help us get everything ready for our Christmas Party out at Charleston Vets!  Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm, at the church.
    Christmas Party at Charleston Vets:   It’s a Christmas Party with music, a home-cooked meal, Christmas gifts, stockings, and coffee & hot chocolate bar.  This will largely be the only Christmas these veterans will get.  In other words, Coastal is Charleston Vet’s Christmas.  Saturday, December 16th, 10am-2pm. Meet at the church.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, December 19th, 12pm-3pm.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Don’t forget, we’re having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).  Please be in touch with your LIFE Team Leaders about serving!  During all 4 services our Coastal Kidz are encouraged to wear their PJ’s and enjoy pizza and a Christmas Movie with a message!
  3. There is a Coastal Security Team Meeting TOMORROW, Saturday, December 9th, 10:30am-11:30am at the church.  This meeting is for all current Security Team Members or those interested in serving.  Lunch (hamburgers & hotdogs) provided immediately following the meeting.  Please email Brigette Callahan to let us know you plan on attending.
  4. Don’t forget to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  Much of our Outreach is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Our goal is $125,000.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  Among other things we are using the offering to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and then follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”
  5. There will be two informational meetings with Q&A in between services in the Chapel THIS Sunday, December 10th. Please stop by to meet with Pastor Scott and hear about the trip, cost, and dates for our Peru Mission Trip in 2024!

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.  Training for new Spring LIFE Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, January 20th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leader’s Training will be online on Thursday, January 25th, 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

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Friday’s 5 – 12-1-23

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” – at Coastal that is!  I can’t wait for you to see our campus over the weekend!  You’re definitely going to want to get a family picture!  

There  are so many exciting things happening at Coastal:

– First of all, tomorrow is SATURDAY SERVE!  Show up at Coastal at 8:30am, hear a “pitch” from the Leaders of 8 different projects, choose where you want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and then go serve!  I seriously can’t think of a better way to start the Christmas season!  

– And then on Sunday, we kick off our “Christmas at Coastal” series!  Over the next 3 weeks we’re using the 3 different “angelic encounters” (Zechariah & Elizabeth, Mary & Joseph, the Shepherds) to tell the Christmas story.  As always, you won’t want to miss it!  This Sunday also happens to be “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day” (see below).

– On Saturday, December 9th, there are 3 more serving opportunities.  You can serve on a Tailgate at Joseph Floyd Manor.  Or you can help with a Children’s Christmas Craft Station at either Bolton’s Landing or Carolina Bay.  If you live in either neighborhood, we’d especially love your help (see details below).  The cool part is that both neighborhoods reached out to our church to help.  Of course, we said yes!  

– On Saturday, December 16th, we’re hosting Christmas at Charleston Vets!  It’s a Christmas Party with music, a home-cooked meal, Christmas gifts, stockings, and coffee & hot chocolate bar.  This will largely be the only Christmas these veterans will get. In other words, Coastal is Charleston Vet’s Christmas.

Here are some specific ways you can help with Christmas at Charleston Vets:

1.  Link for Meal Signup (We’re providing pulled pork BBQ)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5A92FA0F58-46306447-christmas

2.  Link for Stocking Stuffers Signup

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5A92FA0F58-46334575-christmas

3.  Christmas at Charleston Vets “Gift Tag Tree” in the lobby, outside the auditorium on Sunday, December 3rd and December 10th. Secure a tag with “wish list items” for veterans at Charleston Vets. Return the gifts, unwrapped with the gift tag from the tree, no later than Wednesday, December 13th. Volunteers will be available at the tree, at all three services on the 3rd and the 10th to help with questions and assisting with signing up.

4.  Signup to serve at the event (or any of our other outreach events)! coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions

– 4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).  Please be in touch with your LIFE Team Leaders about serving!

– And finally, during all of this, don’t forget to give to this year’s Annual Christmas Offering!  As you can see, there is so much Outreach that happens at Coastal.  Much of it is funded every year through our Christmas Offering.  Our goal is $125,000.  What we’ve  discovered is that we reach our goal when EVERYONE participates.  We can’t all give the same amount, but we can all make a sacrifice.  Every gift counts, every gift matters.  When you give, simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”  

Coastal, let’s leverage this season and all the miracles associated with it!  Invite & bring a friend each week of this series and on Christmas Eve.  Invite someone to come and serve our community with you.  Let’s make this the best Christmas ever!  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS: 

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, December 1st;  Monday, December 4th; Friday, December 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, December 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, December 8th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, December 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Joseph Floyd Manor Tailgate: Saturday, December 9th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then head downtown to put on a Tailgate for the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor.
    Bolton’s Landing Holiday Market Serve Team: Saturday, December 9th, 9am-1pm.  We’re setting up tents and tables with Christmas Crafts for the children of Bolton’s Landing.  Meet at the church.
    Carolina Bay Christmas Festival Serve Team: Saturday, December 9th, 1pm-5pm.  We’re setting up tents and tables with Christmas Crafts for the children/families of Carolina Bay.  Meet at the park at Carolina Bay.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. This Sunday is “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!”  That’s right, on Sunday, December 3rd, come to Coastal in your “ugliest” Christmas Sweater (or just fun, festive Christmas attire)!  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’ll even have a gift for you!  Don’t forget, we’re having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, December 7th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, December 3rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. There will be two informational meetings with Q&A in between services in the Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 10. Please stop by to meet with Pastor Scott and hear about the trip, cost, and dates for our Peru Mission Trip in 2024!

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to take a moment to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and tell you how very thankful I am for you and for the privilege and honor of being your Pastor.  Paul’s words in Philippians 1:3 are very real to me, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”

Each year brings with it ups and downs, joys and sorrows, big & small changes – and 2023 has been no exception.  Through it all, it is my prayer that we are a grateful people and just a little bit more like Jesus.  It is my prayer, that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of today and this weekend, that you will choose to see all the blessings in your life and be reminded that the greatest of those is that you belong to Jesus!  

Read Ephesians 1:3-8 and be reminded of just some of your blessings today: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”  

Whether you and your family are here in Charleston or out of town this weekend, I hope to see you at Coastal on Sunday – in-person or online!  We begin decorating our facility for Christmas next week and kick off our “Christmas at Coastal” series on Sunday, December 3rd.  Take advantage of this season and this series and invite your friends to church! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Chris

P.S. This weekend & the week ahead will see the largest traffic of onlline shopping of the year!  While you’re shopping, don’t forget that you can also GIVE ONLINE.  You can give through our website, or TEXT the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and follow the simple instructions. This would be a great weekend to give to our Christmas Offering!  Simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”

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Friday’s 5 – 11-17-23

On Monday of this week, we delivered over 900 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to the local OCC distribution site!  Your love and generosity never cease to amaze me!  On Tuesday, while our Volunteers were serving at Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution, I had the privilege of sharing with their organization’s leaders that, as a result of our Christmas Offering, our church was going to fully fund half of next year’s Food Distribution (6 of the 12).  To say that they were excited and grateful is an understatement!  Yesterday, we reached out to Mike Kennedy with the New Life Children’s Home in Peru and told him that we’re planning on sending them $10,000 from our Christmas Offering.  Again, I wish you could hear the excitement and gratitude in his response!

So Coastal, it’s now time to start giving!  To give, all you have to do is designate your gift “Christmas” on your check, offering envelope, online, or TEXTing (843-571-1777).  You can give your gift over the next 9 weeks (starting this Sunday, Nov. 19th – Jan. 14th) at any of our regular Sunday morning services, or anytime through TEXTing or our website.  You might also consider giving it all at once during one of our 4 Christmas Eve Services (Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm).  Our entire Christmas Eve offering will go toward our Annual Christmas Offering.  Again, this year’s goal is $125,000!  The money will be going to purchase another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, a Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  If you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11am out at Folly Beach, I’ll be taking a “polar plunge” and Baptizing at least another 5 people (we’ve already Baptized 105 people this year)!  Not only would I love for you to come out and celebrate with these people, but if you’d like to join them and get Baptized, please respond to this email and let me know.  We’ll be at the Folly Beach County Park (not the pier).  The only requirement for Baptism is that you’ve given your life to Christ.  It is an act of obedience, a public declaration of your faith.  It beautifully symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  It also symbolizes new life and a washing away of our sins.  Again, if this is your next step, what are you waiting on?  If the beach in November is not your thing, we can be ready any Sunday, any service – just let us know!  

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re having 4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pmI Please note, there will be NO SERVICES on Sunday morning of Christmas Eve, December 24th.  Instead, there will be 4 identical Christmas Eve services spread out over 2 days – 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, both at 4pm & 6pm.  Reach out to your Ministry Leader and start signing up to serve.  Big Days and Special Services mean “all hands on deck.”  Yesterday, we walked through the Christmas Eve Service itself with Pastor Ryan & Tim, our Music Director.  I’ll just say it’s going to very powerful!  You won’t want to miss it!  Please start praying about who you will be inviting and bringing to Coastal!  But don’t wait for Christmas Eve to invite your friends.  This whole Christmas season is a great opportunity to reach out to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE,
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS
     
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, November 17th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Coffee & Doughnuts at the “Giving Thanks to Veterans” Charity Match –  Saturday, November 18th, 6am-9:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, November 21st, 12pm-3pm.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, November 24th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, December 1st & Monday, December 4th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, December 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, December 8th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. December is just around the corner!  And it’s not too early to start planning for Coastal’s “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!”  That’s right, on Sunday, December 3rd, come to Coastal in your “ugliest” Christmas Sweater!  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’ll even have a gift for you!  We’re also having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, December 7th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, December 3rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. Oakland Elementary School Teacher Classroom Wishlist Tags!  This Sunday, November 19th is the last day to bring back your gift items for Oakland Elementary School.  You can drop off your items at the kiosk just outside the auditorium.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

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Friday’s 5 – 11-10-23

I can’t thank our Worship Team, Tech Team, & Prayer Team enough for an amazing, inspiring, and encouraging Night of Worship!  If you were there (and around 350+ people were!), you know it was just a simple night of worship and response.  We took communion, people prayed together, and 6 more people were Baptized (3 were Baptized on Sunday)!  In fact, we have now Baptized 105 people this year!  On Saturday morning, November 18th, at 11am, I’m going to be Baptizing 4 people out at Folly Beach (their idea).  Yes, it’s November, and yes, the water is going to be cold – but I can’t wait!  If you want to take the “polar plunge” with them and get Baptized out at the Beach, respond to this email to let me know, and I’ll give you the details. 

There is something else exciting getting ready to happen at Coastal that I want to share with you – our 11th Annual Christmas Offering!  Over the years, this offering has made a huge IMPACT on our ministry!  

For example, in the past our Christmas Offering has enabled us to:

 fully fund “Summer of IMPACT”

 dig & power a well for a community in Haiti 

 re-roof our entire building   

– renovate a home for a family on Wadmalaw Island

 fully fund VBS  pay for our Easter Outreach

 Oakland Elementary School Annual T-Shirt

 Student Ministry Camp & Retreat

 Box Trucks for Community Outreach

 renovate our Chapel

– a new 15 passenger Van

– sound equipment

God has used our church and the Christmas Offering to do all of that and so much more!   Well, beginning Sunday, November 19th, through Sunday, January 14th (9 weeks), we are encouraging our entire Coastal family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering to this year’s Christmas Offering.  

To give, all you have to do is designate your gift “Christmas” on your check, offering envelope, online, or TEXTing (843-571-1777).  You can give your gift during those 9 weeks (Nov. 19th – Jan. 14th) at any of our regular Sunday morning services, or anytime through TEXTing, or our website.  You might also consider giving it all at once during one of our 4 Christmas Eve Services (Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm).  Our entire Christmas Eve offering will go toward our Annual Christmas Offering.

Why a Special Offering?  It’s a way for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in a bigger way in 2024.  It’s a way for us to sacrifice together as a church family and give generously.  Christmas is all about giving.  Many people during this time of year are in fact looking for opportunities to give.  And there is no better place to give than to your local church.

What is our goal and where is the money going?  Our overall goal is $125,000!  Is that a big goal?  Yes!  Can we reach it?  Absolutely!  As always, I am very excited about where this year’s money will be going and the potential Kingdom impact.  The money will be used for another Box Truck for Clothing Distribution, New Life Children’s Home in Peru, VBS, Sudan Mission Trip, & Soldier’s Angels Food Distribution.  The money is also used for Benevolence & General Outreach.  Let me specifically explain each project for this year’s offering:

Box Truck.  We now have 2 Tailgating Box Trucks and 1 Clothing Distribution Box Truck.  To put it simply, we are in need of another Box Truck for giving away clothes.  We still have volunteers using their vans and vehicles to transport clothes.  Another Coastal Box Truck would meet a huge need!

VBS.  VBS at Coastal is AWESOME!  We see hundreds of children and don’t charge a thing.  We don’t see it as an expense.  We see it as an investment – an investment in the next generation, an investment in the Kingdom.

Peru Mission – New Life Children’s Home.  A portion of this year’s Christmas Offering will go to providing Christmas for all the children in the orphanage and their workers.  It will also help cover expenses and salaries for the Children’s Home. 

Sudan – Empower One.  As a church, we are looking at getting involved with a new mission organization called Empower One.  They are planting churches and reaching one of the largest unreached people groups in the world – the Sudan in Africa.  We hope to send a small Team there in 2024.

Soldier’s Angels Monthly Food Distribution.  Through the Low Country Food Bank, Soldier’s Angels provides approximately 70 lbs. of groceries to 200+ local veterans who find themselves facing food insecurity.  Coastal already provides Volunteers each month who help with organizing, sorting, preparing, and loading the food.  We will be footing the bill for half (6) of this year’s Food Distributions!

How much should you give?  Prayerfully consider giving a gift that will stretch your faith and include your whole family.  For some people, coming up with “extra” money is difficult.  We’ve learned that as we give, God provides.  Maybe you decide to give up eating out or buying coffee for 9 weeks and give that money to the Christmas Offering.  Maybe you sell something or have a yard sale.  For some people $1000 above your regular giving is a huge sacrifice.  For others, it’s not.  Someone might decide to cover the whole cost for the Box Truck, VBS, or any of our other projects.  

Just like our Giving Campaigns over the years and all the other Christmas Offerings we’ve done in the past, we can’t all give the same amount, but TOGETHER, we can ALL make a sacrifice.  That’s when God does a miracle, when together we ALL step out in faith. 

Remember, this offering should be over and above what you regularly give.  If you’re not regularly giving (weekly, monthly), use this time of year to start.  If you’re not tithing (10% of your gross income), step out in faith and start tithing.  Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what God can do through us as together we stretch our faith.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Chris Rollins

PS – If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The easiest and fastest way to give to the Christmas Offering is through TEXTing the word “GIVE” to 843-571-1777 and follow the simple instructions.  Just make sure you designate your gift “Christmas.” 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS 

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, November 10th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, November 10th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: TOMORROW, Saturday, November 11th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, November 14th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, November 15th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, November 16th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, November 16th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, November 17th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Coffee & Doughnuts at the “Giving Thanks to Veterans” Charity Match –  Saturday, November 19th, 6am-9:30am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – Okay everyone, this is it!  This Sunday, November 12th, is the last day to bring back your Operation Chistmas Child Shoeboxes!! 
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, December 7th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, December 3rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. Oakland Elementary School Teacher Classroom Wishlist Tags!  ALL tags have been taken.  So now, simply purchase the items and return them to the church (tagged, but not wrapped) by Sunday, November 19th.  Questions?  Contact Rachel at rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

P.S. We are in the planning stages for our SPRING LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this new year?  The Spring Semester begins in February and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

P.S.S. December is just around the corner!  And it’s not too early to start planning for Coastal’s “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!”  That’s right, on Sunday, December 3rd, come to Coastal in your “ugliest” Christmas Sweater!  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’ll even have a gift for you!  We’re also having  4 Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 23rd,  4pm & 6pm and Sunday, December 24th, 4pm & 6pm (no Sunday morning services on the 24th).

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Friday’s 5 – 11-3-23

It’s hard to believe that this week marks TWO YEARS since we’ve been in our new facility!!  Let that sink in for just a moment.  Look at the pictures above – just a small, small sampling during construction.  Our new facility has literally affected almost everything we do in such a positive way, and it gets used almost every day of the week.  Two years ago, during the first 4 weeks in October, our average Coastal Kidz attendance was 104.  This year, those same 4 weeks, Coastal Kidz has averaged 236!  Our overall attendance average 2 years ago during the first 4 weeks of October was 495.  This year, those same 4 weeks, our overall attendance has been 927 (in September we were over 1000 two different times)! All of that in just 2 years!  

What’s funny to me, is that in some ways, we already take all of it for granted – like this is just the way it’s always been.  I understand how that happens, but I never want to do that.  Sure, buildings and facilities are just tools.  But when they are leveraged for ministry and for the Kingdom, they can make a huge IMPACT!  And for me, they also symbolize our faith.  They are something tangible and physical that remind me that a group of people decided to step out in faith and trust God, that we believed that God wasn’t finished with us, that He wants us to keep growing and keep reaching our community, and leave a legacy for the generations to come.  I never want to forget that, and I never want to take any of that or our growth for granted.  

It also reminds me of the generosity of our church, that a group of people dared to believe God with their finances and sacrificially give above and beyond to make it happen!  But do you know what else it reminds me?  That God’s not finished with us, that there is more to be done, there are more people to reach with the Gospel, there are more children to share Jesus with, there are more hurting people to heal, more hungry people to feed, more people to clothe, more lives to change.  

And guess what?  Last week, I had a meeting with LS3P, our architect, to begin the process of planning for our next building phase – a dedicated worship space that seats close to 1000 people and more Coastal Kidz space!  We probably won’t get started on that for at least another year, but we learned a long time ago, that you’ve got to start planning early.  But I can see it!  Can you?  It’s obvious to me that God is not finished with Coastal, and He’s not finished with YOU!  So join us in this mission to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!  Step out in faith and attempt something great for God!  Keep reaching out and inviting your friends and neighbors to join us at Coastal!  Keep giving your money generously and sacrificially to support the vision and mission here!  Keep serving and loving our community with us!  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!  And I can’t wait to see you Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS 

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, November 3rd, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Chair Set-Up:  Come and help set up our chairs in the auditorium, TOMORROW, Saturday, November 4th, 7:30am. 
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROWSaturday, November 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Blood Drive:  THIS Saturday, TOMORROW, November 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.  Go online and schedule an appointment!  Let’s help our community!
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, November 6th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, November 9th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, November 10th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, November 10th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, November 11th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox for children in troubled countries/areas all around the world!  You guys are AMAZING!  We had 1000 shoeboxes that we were handing out – and they are ALL gone!  So now we’re simply asking you to fill the boxes you took home and then bring them back to the church between now and Sunday, November 12th.  Way to go Coastal! 
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – THIS Wednesday night, November 8th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, December 3rd, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. Oakland Elementary School Teacher Classroom Wishlist Tags!  ALL tags have been taken.  So now, simply purchase the items, and return them to the church (tagged, but not wrapped) by Sunday, November 19th.  Questions?  Contact Rachel at rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

P.S. Grief Share will be hosting a free, one night event THIS Monday, November 6th, at 2pm OR 6pm, called, “Surviving the Holidays.”  This event will help you discover how to deal with the difficult emotions of the holiday season, give helpful tips on how to survive social events, and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue Muoio at s.muoio@outlook.comwith questions or register at www.griefshare.org

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Friday 5 – 10-27-23

The story goes that when the British and French were fighting in Canada in the 1750s, Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec and to wait for the British land forces to arrive so he could support them when they attacked the city.  As the admiral waited, he became annoyed by the statues of the saints on the towers of a nearby cathedral, and so he commanded his men to shoot at them with the ships’ cannons.  When the signal was finally given to attack, the admiral was  helpless because he had used up all his ammunition shooting at the “saints.”

Unfortunately, the same could be said about a lot Christians today.  God calls on us to do something great for Him, but often we have nothing left to give because we’ve used up all our energy attacking each other.  The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:15, “But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.”  

Don’t miss this Sunday as I’ll be wrapping up Romans 14, where the Apostle Paul addresses how Christians relate to each other when it comes to non-essential, debatable issues.  Romans 14:13, “So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”  The message here is clear:  love will not put a stumbling block in our brother or sister’s path.  That’s the whole point of this passage.  It all comes down to whether or not we are acting in love.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!  See you Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, October 27th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, today, Friday, October 27th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Today, Friday, October 27th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Chair Set-Up:  Come and help set up our chairs in the auditorium, TOMORROW, Saturday, October 28th, 8pm.  Many hands make for quick and light work!  Usually Chair Set-Up is in the morning, but because of the CSM Conference it’s in the evening this week – 8pm.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, November 3rd, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, November 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Blood Drive:  On Saturday, November 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.  Check out the insert in your bulletin on Sunday and use the QR Code to schedule an appointment!  Let’s help our community!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox for children in troubled countries/areas all around the world!  You guys are AMAZING!  We had 1000 shoeboxes that we were handing out – and they are ALL gone!  So now we’re simply asking you to fill the boxes you took home and then bring them back to the church between now and Sunday, November 12th.  Way to go Coastal!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, November 8th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. The Way Young Adult Gathering – All young adults (college to 30ish) are invited to join us this Wednesday night in the Chapel at 6:30pm. There will be dinner along with worship, a message, and table discussions with other young adults. Invite a friend and come hang out with us!
  5. Oakland Elementary School Teacher Classroom Wishlist Tags!  ALL 150 tags have been taken.  So now, simply purchase the items, return them to the church (tagged, but not wrapped) by Sunday, November 19th.  Questions?  Contact Rachel at rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

P.S. Grief Share will be hosting a free, one night event on Monday, November 6th, at 2pm or 6pm, called, “Surviving the Holidays.”  This event will help you discover how to deal with the difficult emotions of the holiday season, give helpful tips on how to survive social events, and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue Muoio at s.muoio@outlook.com with questions or register at www.griefshare.org

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Friday’s 5 – 10-20-23

This past Sunday, as we are making our way through Romans, we found ourselves at the end of Romans 13 where Paul is telling us to live and love with a sense of urgency.  Romans 13:11-12, “This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.”  Paul is saying, “Hey!  It’s time to wake up!  You don’t know when Jesus will come again or call you home!  It’s time to be a living sacrifice NOW.  It’s time to be dedicated to God NOW.  It’s time to use your spiritual gifts, it’s time to be rightly related to each other, it’s time to start loving the way God would have us love.  The time is NOW!  Wake up!”

And we don’t know, do we, when Jesus will come again or call us home?  I saw reminders of that truth several times this week alone.  Pastor Scott’s 93 year old Grandpa (Kathy Love’s Dad) passed away.  They left early this morning for his funeral tomorrow in Illinois.  Tracy Gundy’s 49 year old brother, Eric Russo, died this week. He had been in a week long coma from a stroke that was brought on by a slow bleed at his brain stem.  He leaves behind a wife and two children.  I met with Tracy and her family yesterday to talk about his funeral on Monday.  Dawn & Raef Judd were in Tennessee this past weekend visiting her cousin in the hospital who was in serious condition from a freak mountain bike accident.  They were literally getting ready to head home when they found out that her cousin’s brother, who was driving in from Atlanta with his girlfriend, was in a car accident that killed the girlfriend.  They were just 15 minutes from the hospital and now were being brought to that same hospital by ambulance.  All this week, all reminders that we don’t know when our time is up in this life, and God calls us home.

I don’t know when Jesus will return, but I see everything that’s happening in Israel and around the world and wonder if “that day” is soon approaching.  In Matthew 24 Jesus said, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. . . And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. . . Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. . . But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. . .Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”  Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.”

By the way, please join me in praying for Israel.  In Psalms 122:6-9 David said this, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.  O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces.  For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.”  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.”

Again, I don’t know if “that day” is today or even tomorrow.  But I do agree with the Apostle Paul, that it’s time for the people of God, the church, to wake up and live with a sense of urgency.  In 2 Peter 3:14-15, Peter said this, “And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.  And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.”

I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And until Jesus comes again or calls us home, let’s be faithful in sharing and experiencing the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world – so that more people would be saved!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Chair Set-Up:  Come and help set up our chairs in the auditorium, TOMORROW, Saturday, October 21st, 8am.  Many hands make for quick and light work!
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, October 26th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, October 27th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, October 27th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, October 27th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, November 3rd, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, November 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox for children in troubled countries/areas all around the world!  You guys are AMAZING!  We had 1000 shoeboxes that we were handing out.  As of today, I think we might have about 20 left!  So now we’re simply asking you to fill the boxes you took home and then bring them back to the church between now and Sunday, November 12th.  Way to go Coastal!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, November 8th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. Attention Coastal!  On Saturday, November 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve), our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.  Check out the insert in your bulletin on Sunday and use the QR Code to schedule an appointment!  Let’s help our community!
  5. Oakland Elementary School Teacher Classroom Wishlist Tags!  Choose a classroom wishlist tag in the Welcome Center (we only have about 40 left), purchase the items, return them to the church (tagged, but not wrapped) by Sunday, November 19th.  Questions?  Contact Rachel at rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org

P.S. Grief Share will be hosting a free, one night event on Monday, November 6th, at 2pm or 6pm, called, “Surviving the Holidays.”  This event will help you discover how to deal with the difficult emotions of the holiday season, give helpful tips on how to survive social events, and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue Muoio at s.muoio@outlook.com with questions or register at www.griefshare.org.

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Friday’s 5 – 10-13-23

One of the things I love about our church is its generosity!  We see it in so many ways – our people’s consistent generous giving, all of our Outreach, Giving Campaigns over the years, special offerings (VBS, Christmas), Food Bank, Clothing, Operation Christmas Child, Peru, and just ALL the stuff and resources we give away (too many to name).  One of the ways that generosity is displayed is through our relationship with Oakland Elementary School.  It is a beautiful, special relationship that has been forged over 19 years of serving, giving, and loving.  Just in the last 2 weeks alone we hosted their Fun Run (for the entire school) on our campus, had almost 30 volunteers go through a Training to become Reading Partners at the school, provided clothes for a child in need, and gave earbuds/headphones to an entire grade level.  

Well, one of the things that has become a yearly tradition for us is our Oakland Elementary School Teacher Wishlist Tree/Tags.  The Tree and Tags (pictured above) are located in the Welcome Center in front of the auditorium.  Each tag represents a need in a classroom (paper, pens, notebooks, markers, wipes, snacks, etc. – nothing too expensive).  And if you know Teachers, you know they are notorious for taking care of the needs themselves, making do, or even worse, going without.  We don’t want to let that happen!  And this is what I also know about Teachers: they are so overwhelmed with joyful gratitude for the small act of kindness.  So, pick up aTag or Tags in the lobby this Sunday, purchase the items, and return them (tagged, but not wrapped) by Sunday, November 19th.  We will distribute the items as they come in.  If you have any questions about your items, contact Rachel Speer.  Oh, we are also collecting bags of candy for their Trunk or Treat!  You can drop off the bags of candy between now and Sunday, October 22nd.  Their Trunk or Treat is at the school on Thursday, October 26th, 5pm-7pm, and is open to the community.

One last thing – don’t miss this Sunday!  It’s going to be a special day in the life of our church.  We will be officially recognizing and setting apart 4 new Elders at Coastal:  Chris Ranew, Dustin Speer, Ricky Spell, and Scott Whitaker.  Feel free to reach out to these guys and give them some encouragement! 

I love you Coastal and I love your generous hearts!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love sharing and experiencing the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with you, here in Charleston and around the world!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there today, Friday, October 13th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  Today, Friday, October 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, October 17th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, October 18th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, October 19th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox for children in troubled countries/areas all around the world!  We are asking our church (YOU) to simply pray and ask God how many shoeboxes He wants you to fill, take home the shoeboxes we provide, pack them as a family, and then bring back your completed boxes to the church between now and Sunday, November 12th.  Our kiosk in the Welcome Center will be filled with the remaining shoeboxes ready to take home each Sunday (until they’re gone).  There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday with suggested items to fill the box.  We only have 290 boxes remaining out of the 1000!  Way to go Coastal! 
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, November 8th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. Attention Coastal!  On Saturday, November 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm (during Saturday Serve, our church is hosting a Blood Drive!  The Blood Connection mobile truck will be in our parking lot.  Check out the insert in your bulletin on Sunday and use the QR Code to schedule an appointment!  Let’s help our community!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S.  We could still use some Small Group Leaders & Host Homes for the Coastal Student Ministry Conference that we’re hosting the weekend of October 27th-29th.  This truly is an opportunity to make an eternal impact in the lives of the next generation for Jesus!  I am trusting and believing that you will respond!  If you have any questions, if you would be interested in being a Host Home, or if you would be willing to be a Small Group Leader, please reach out to Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

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Friday’s 5 – 10-6-23

I know it might seem crazy talking about Christmas in early October, but if you’ve visited any retail stores the last couple of weeks, Christmas displays are already out.  Well, one of our favorite missions that we support here at Coastal is Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox for children in troubled countries/areas all around the world.  What we are asking our church (YOU) is to simply pray and ask God how many shoeboxes He wants you to fill, take home the shoeboxes we provide, pack them as a family, and then bring back your completed boxes to the church between now and Sunday, November 12th.  

Our kiosk in the Welcome Center will be filled with the remaining shoeboxes ready to take home each Sunday (until they’re gone).  There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday with suggested items to fill the box.  This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to teach your children about generosity, the true meaning of Christmas, and the love of Jesus.  Help us reach our goal of packing over 1000 shoeboxes this year and share the love of Jesus (and the Gospel in their own language) with children all around the world!  Pray about how many boxes your family would be willing to pack, step out in faith, grab a few shoeboxes on Sunday, and help us do just that!

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for the love shown to my wife Janet while her mom has been in the hospital in North Georgia.  She’s not home from the hospital just yet, but she has definitely improved, and we hope she’ll be home soon.  Her name is Nancy (just like my mom).  Please continue to keep her recovery in your prayers.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes today, Friday, October 6th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is tomorrow, Saturday, October 7th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve! 
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, October 9th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, October 10th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, October 13th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Friday, October 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, October 14th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is this Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Mark your calendar for our next Coastal Night of Worship – Wednesday night, November 8th, 6:30-8pm!  Invite your friends and family to join us for a night of prayer, worship, and encouragement.  RSVP now for childcare (birth-kindergarten) on your Connect Card.
  4. Attention Coastal!  Our church is collecting large bags of individually wrapped candy to help with Oakland Elementary School’s Trunk or Treat.  Their Trunk or Treat is Thursday, October 26th, 5pm-7pm, and we are collecting candy beginning this Sunday through, Sunday, October 22nd.  You can drop your candy off at the bin on the kiosk in front of the auditorium.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S. If you live in Carolina Bay, Shadowmoss, Village Green, or one of several other West Ashley neighborhoods that get a monthly neighborhood magazine, make sure you check out our ad for the many Support Groups we offer at Coastal.  One of those Support Groups is “Grief Share.”  They will be hosting one of their annual seminars called, “Surviving the Holidays.”  It’s a free, one time event on Monday, November 6th at 2pm or 6pm that will help participants prepare for difficult emotions this Holiday Season and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue (616-443-6553) with questions or register today at www.griefshare.org.

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Friday’s 5 – 9-29-23

I want to let you know about something exciting happening in Coastal Student Ministry!   We are putting on and hosting our first ever CSM Conference called “Serve Weekend 2023!”  If you are a parent of a student or have any Middle or High School students in your life, trust me, you want them to be a part of it!  This event is happening October 27-29 (Friday night-Sunday Morning) at Coastal. It’s a three day event that costs $50. Click this link to register your student right now!  This event will be full of diving into God’s Word, worship, service, games, and hanging out with each other.  Students will get to serve on a service project on Saturday and will spend Friday and Saturday night at a host home of a member of the church with their small group.  We are expecting God to move in big ways in the heart of Students.  If you have any questions, if you would be interested in being a host home for a small group of students, if you would be willing to serve or lead over the weekend in any capacity, or if you would like to provide a $ scholarship for Students to attend, please reach out to Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  The picture above is from CSM on Sunday nights where they are now regularly seeing over 60 Students each week!

I’ve had the chance to visit several of our LIFE Groups this week.  Our Pastors and Staff help serve as Coaches, visiting our various LIFE Groups, and encouraging our Leaders.  And let me just say that our Leaders are doing a fantastic job!  My heart is so full this week, seeing people all over Charleston gathering together, digging into God’s Word, praying together, and just doing LIFE together!

And speaking of LIFE Groups, God is up to something in my Wednesday morning Men’s Group!  We had 41 men this past Wednesday morning at 7am at the church!  Our Men’s Group has a pretty simple format.  We provide coffee and typically some biscuits for breakfast.  We gather together as a large group for some announcements and praises.  Then we break up into small groups where we dig into God’s Word and discuss that week’s sermon.  We also ask 2 questions:  How are doing? & How can we pray for you?  That’s it.  But that in no way describes the laughter, the camaraderie, and the fellowship that we experience.  It’s one of the most looked forwarded to things I do.  41 MEN!  God is moving!  Join us this Wednesday men – you need this!  

I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, September 29th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Oakland Reading Partners Orientation:  We’re looking for volunteers to be a part of a Reading Program at Oakland Elementary School.  Orientation and Training Meeting, Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm (see #3 below).
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, October 6th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, October 7th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve! 
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, October 9th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, October 10th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Friday, October 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a real IMPACT in the next generation right here in our community?  Join the Oakland Elementary School Reading Partners Team!  As a Reading Partners Volunteer at Oakland Elementary School, you’ll work closely with a K-5th Grade Student who is struggling with reading.  You’ll help provide one-on-one tutoring and support through structured lessons and engaging activities – all of which is provided through Reading Partners.  If you are interested, RSVP on your Connect Card for the Orientation & Training Event at Coastal THIS Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm.
  4. Coastal Young Adult ministry is having its first monthly worship night THIS Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00pm in the Chapel!  This event, being called “The Way,” is for anyone from college age to early 30’s to attend. There will be worship, message, discussion, & community!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S. If you live in Carolina Bay, Shadowmoss, Village Green, or one of several other West Ashley neighborhoods that get a monthly neighborhood magazine, make sure you check out our ad for the many Support Groups we offer at Coastal.  One of those Support Groups is “Grief Share.”  They will be hosting one of their annual seminars called, “Surviving the Holidays.”  It’s a free, one time event on Monday, November 6th at 2pm or 6pm that will help participants prepare for difficult emotions this Holiday Season and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue (616-443-6553) with questions or register today at www.griefshare.org.

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Friday’s 5 – 9-22-23

It’s been another exciting week at Coastal!  First of all, our new semester of LIFE Groups started this week!  I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things!  Personally, I lead a Wednesday morning Men’s Group, and we had 32 men our first week!  It was so great to see everyone and get started again!  We have awesome LIFE Group Leaders, and I can’t wait to hear the stories of community, connection, and life change!  Many of our Groups are full, but for those that aren’t, it’s still not too late to join.  Go to our website and sign up today!  We’ve now had over a 1000 signups for LIFE Groups – our largest ever!

And then, of course, we jumped back into our sermon series, “A Revolution of Faith,” on the book of Romans.  As a part of this series, we’re emailing out a daily devotional (Monday-Friday) as we make our way through the book of Romans.  The Pastors/Staff are writing the devotionals and doing a GREAT job!  I hope you’ll include them as a part of your daily devotional life.

Several things have happened recently that have reminded me of the brevity, the mystery, and the purpose of life.  First of all, we hosted a funeral at our church last Saturday for a 22 year old young man who died tragically in a motorcycle accident.  Funerals are always difficult, but they are especially emotional when it’s for a young adult.  Earlier this week an 18 month old little boy from our church had a stroke and has been in MUSC Children’s Hospital.  Our church has rallied around this family praying for their little boy.  Are you ready for this?  On Wednesday night, this little boy literally went from the NICU of the Children’s Hospital, to being SENT HOME!  The Doctors were amazed!  He’ll be on a journey of tests and therapies, but it is nothing short of a miracle!  You can imagine the roller coaster of emotions this family has been on.  And then a Pastor friend of mine that I’ve known since I was 13 years old (he was the Dean of the Camp I went to when I got saved) had a stroke last week and now the family has called in Hospice.  He’s in his early 80’s and has been the Pastor of his church for almost 55 years, faithfully serving and loving Jesus.

I definitely don’t have easy answers for everything that happens in this world.  I don’t understand it all.  But I do know this: life, real life, is too short, too fragile, and too precious, not to be grateful for every moment we have and not to have God right at the center of all of it.  And somehow, someway, our God, if we allow Him, does have the miraculous ability to weave all of it together – the triumphs and the tragedies, the ups and the down – for our good and His glory.  This world is definitely not our home.  We are simply passing through.  But in the meantime, let’s make the most of every opportunity, let’s live life to the fullest, and let’s love people and point them to Jesus!  Hug your family tight today and remind them how much you love them!  And speaking of love – I love YOU Coastal!  I am humbled that I get to be your Pastor!  And until Jesus calls me home or comes again, I am grateful for every second we get to spend together on this side of eternity living for Jesus!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  TODAY, Friday, September 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there TODAY, Friday, September 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, September 28th, 11:30am-1pm.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, September 22nd and 29th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Oakland Reading Partners Orientation:  We’re looking for volunteers to be a part of a Reading Program at Oakland Elementary School.  Orientation and Training Meeting, Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm (see #3 below).
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, October 6th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, October 7th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve! 
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, October 9th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, October 10th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Kits:  On Friday, October 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a real IMPACT in the next generation right here in our community?  Join the Oakland Elementary School Reading Partners Team!  As a Reading Partners Volunteer at Oakland Elementary School, you’ll work closely with a K-5th Grade Student who is struggling with reading.  You’ll help provide one-on-one tutoring and support through structured lessons and engaging activities – all of which is provided through Reading Partners.  If you are interested, RSVP on your Connect Card for the Orientation & Training Event at Coastal on Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm.
  4. Coastal Young Adult ministry is having its first monthly worship night on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00pm in the Chapel!  This event, being called “The Way,” is for anyone from college age to early 30’s to attend. There will be worship, message, discussion, & community!
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S. Join us for Chair Set-Up THIS Saturday, September 23rd at 8am.  With 10 or more people it takes less than 30 minutes.  I hope you’ll join us!

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Friday’s 5 – 9-15-23

First of all, I just want to say what an AWESOME LIFE GROUP SUNDAY we had this past Sunday!  I can’t thank all of our LIFE Group Leaders enough for all of their hard work and creativity!  They “knocked it out of the park!”  The excitement, fun, and enthusiasm in the room was unbelieveable!  Plus, are you ready for this? So far we’ve had over 649 individual adults sign up for LIFE Groups and over 981 total signups (meaning some of you LOVE you some LIFE Groups and have signed up for multiple groups – haha)!  That’s AWESOME!  We also had 1070 people in attendance this past Sunday!  

Don’t forget that this Sunday, September 17th, we jump back into our Romans series, “Join the Revolution!”  For the next 11 weeks, we’ll be going through Romans 12-16.  After 11 chapters earlier this year of deep and profound theology about what God has done for us in Christ, these last 5 chapters of Romans become very practical.  They’re all about how we should live out these great truths in our everyday lives!  So don’t miss any of it!  We’ll also be emailing out a daily devotional, Monday-Friday that will coincide with each week’s passage from Romans.  I’m praying that God will use this series and this semester as a great season of growth in your life and in the life of our church. I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 

Join the Revolution!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    VA Stand Down for the Homeless:  Coastal will be providing a Tailgate for Veterans attending the VA’s Stand Down for homelessness. Today, Friday, September 15th, 10am-1:30pm.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, September 19th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, September 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, September 21st, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, September 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, September 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, September 29th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Oakland Reading Partners Orientation:  We’re looking for volunteers to be a part of a Reading Program at Oakland Elementary School.  Orientation and Training Meeting, Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm (see #3 below). 

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a real IMPACT in the next generation right here in our community?  Join the Oakland Elementary School Reading Partners Team!  As a Reading Partners Volunteer at Oakland Elementary School, you’ll work closely with a K-5th Grade Student who is struggling with reading.  You’ll help provide one-on-one tutoring and support through structured lessons and engaging activities – all of which is provided through Reading Partners.  If you are interested, RSVP on your Connect Card for the Orientation & Training Event at Coastal on Wednesday, October 4th, 1-2:30pm.
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is officially back for their Fall semester! They meet on Sunday nights, 5:30pm-7pm (doors open at 5pm), for games, worship, a message, and small groups.  Bring your Students, and we encourage them to invite a friend!  They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S. Now that school is back in session and all of our LIFE Groups get started next week, we are stacking and packing all of our chairs each Sunday after the 11:30am service and setting them up each Saturday morning.  Many of our LIFE Groups will be signing up for Chair Set Up each Saturday, but we could always use help.  The first Saturday of each month, chair Set-Up is at 7:30am (one hour before Saturday Serve).  The second Saturday of each month, Chair Set-Up is at 9am (one hour before Double Tailgate).  All other Saturdays, Chair Set-Up is at 8am.  For example, THIS Saturday, September 16th we’ll be setting up chairs at 8am.  Saturday, September 23rd at 8am.  And Saturday, September 30th at 8am.  With 10 or more people it takes less than 30 minutes.  I hope you’ll join us!

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Friday’s 5 – 9-8-23

The next couple of weeks are going to be exciting at Coastal with 2 BIG DAYS!  First of all, this Sunday, September 10th is LIFE Group Sunday!! What is LIFE Group Sunday you ask?  For those of you who are new to Coastal, let me explain.  Our Sunday morning worship service is pretty much the same, but just a little shorter.  We do that because we want to make plenty of time before and after each service for you to visit a table/booth representing each one of our 55 different LIFE Groups (kind of like a Job/College Fair, but for Groups)!  You’ll be able to meet other people checking out all the Groups, meet the different Group Leaders, and ask any questions you might have.  Our Cafe will be open and serving coffee and cupcakes!  The Groups will have their favorite candy at their tables and there will even be FREE Kona Ice outside for everyone!  I promise it will be a great day and a lot of fun!  But most importantly, SIGN UP FOR A LIFE GROUP!  In fact, many of our LIFE Groups are filling up fast.  Go online and sign up today!  

And then, on Sunday, September 17th, we jump back into our Romans series, “Join the Revolution!”  From Sunday, September 17th, through Sunday, November 26th, we’ll be going through Romans 12-16.  In the first 11 chapters of Romans, we dealt with a lot of theology.  And now in these final chapters, that theology becomes very practical.  I love how this section begins.  In fact, Romans 12:1-2 is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  WOW!  As I like to say, “That’ll preach!”  So don’t miss any of it!  We’ll also be emailing out a daily devotional, Monday-Friday that will coincide with that week’s passage from Romans.  And then to top it all off, LIFE Groups begin the week of September 17th as well! 

And speaking of practical, here are some very practical things I’m asking you to do.  1. Pray.  Pray that God would use our church and our people to draw people to Himself as we lift up the name of Jesus!  Pray for me and my messages.  Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in a mighty powerful way!  2. Pull out the stops, and invite and bring a friend to church with you, especially over the next two weeks!  I recently shared an interesting quote from Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer) with our Staff, “Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”  Step out in faith, be bold, and make the ask!  3. If at all possible, consider going to the 8:30am service or the 11:30am service to make more room in the 10am service.  4. Park over at Oakland Elementary School.  This simple gesture will make the transition time between services go so much smoother.  See you and your friends on Sunday!  By the way, I absolutely LOVE IT when you introduce your friends to me!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 


 LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, September 8th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there TODAY, Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  TOMORROW, Saturday, September 9th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  TOMORROW, Saturday, September 9th, 4:30-6:45pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speerfor more info.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, September 12th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, September 14th, 11:30am-1pm.  
    VA Stand Down for the Homeless:  Coastal will be providing a Tailgate for Veterans attending the VA’s Stand Down for homelessness.  Friday, September 15th, 10am-1:30pm.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, September 19th, 12pm-3pm.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, September 20th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, September 21st, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, September 22nd, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, September 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston. 

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a real IMPACT in the next generation right here in our community?  Join the Oakland Elementary School Reading Partners Team!  As a Reading Partners Volunteer at Oakland Elementary School, you’ll work closely with a K-5th Grade Student who is struggling with reading.  You’ll help provide one-on-one tutoring and support through structured lessons and engaging activities – all of which is provided through Reading Partners.  If you are interested, RSVP on your Connect Card for the Orientation & Training Event at Coastal on Wednesday, October 4th at 1pm.
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is officially back for their Fall semester! They meet on Sunday nights, 5:30pm-7pm (doors open at 5pm), for games, worship, a message, and small groups.  Bring your Students, and we encourage them to invite a friend!  They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Thursday, October 19th, 6-9pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!

P.S. We set a goal back in January to Baptize 100 people this year!  We are now at 95!  What about you?  Is Baptism your next step in your journey of faith?  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  In the New Testament, people believed and then they were Baptized.  Baptism in and of itself doesn’t “make” you a Christian, it just shows that you are one.  It’s a symbol that beautifully pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  And at Coastal, we are ready to Baptize you any Sunday, any service.  Sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or go to website and sign up today.  After you sign up, someone from our Staff will contact you and answer any of your questions. 

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Friday’s 5 – 9-1-23

So, have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  If you haven’t heard, we have unveiled our 2023 Fall Semester LIFE Group Catalog!  And just like college, your favorite classes (LIFE Groups) will fill up fast!  Some, in fact, have already reached capacity.  So, go to our website right now, check out all the different Groups and sign up today.  Most of our Groups start the week of September 17th.  Next Sunday, September 10th, is LIFE Group Sunday (see below)!  Don’t miss it – it’s always a lot of fun!

This weekend is Labor Day weekend.  Most people have Monday off from work.  A lot of people will be taking that last hurrah, that last getaway, that last trip to the beach this weekend, before the rhythm and routine of the Fall sets in.  Even though schools have been back in session for almost 2 weeks now, Labor Day weekend feels like the end of Summer and beginning of the Fall.

So let me ask you, what does the rhythm and routine of your life look like right now?  And most importantly, where does your spiritual life fit in? Is it a small piece of the pie that you’re desperately trying to fit in to an already overcrowded, busy schedule?  Or is it the most important thing, permeating every part of your life, the priority through which everything else flows?  Does the rhythm and routine of your life include reading your Bible, gathering together regularly with your church family in worship, LIFE Group, fellowship, prayer, giving, serving?

Here’s the good news.  You choose the rhythms and routines of your life.  You set the priorities.  If you don’t, the urgent will always win the day.  And the urgent, regardless of how pressing it feels in the moment, is usually not the most important.  For example, join a LIFE Group this semester.  Make it a part of the rhythm of your life.  I can already hear some of your excuses.  And here is the biggest one of all.  “But Pastor Chris, I just don’t have the time.  I’m too busy.”  Hear this with all the love I can muster.  You have time to do whatever it is you value – tv, social media, sports, hobbies.  It’s just not that important to you yet.  So, as we move into the Fall, think about what matters most in this life, let that determine your values and priorities, and in turn let those values and priorities set or reset the rhythms and routines of your life.

One last thing – who have you been inviting to church with you?  You never know the power of a simple invitation.  Next Sunday, September 10th, is LIFE Group Sunday, always a great opportunity to invite people to Coastal!  It’s  a chance to share with people just how much we value community.  And then on Sunday, September 17th, we jump back into our Romans series as we finish up this powerful book!  Pray about who you will be inviting.  Step out in faith, be bold, and make the ask!  See you over the weekend!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love what we get to do together! 


 LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, September 1st, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, September 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, September 8th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  Saturday, September 9th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Saturday, September 9th, 4:30-6:45pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 8th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. All Young Adults are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 6th, at 6pm for our Fall Kick-Off Event!  We will meet on the Coastal front lawn for a low-country boil with lawn games and music!  Spread the word – invite and bring a friend!  For more information, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is officially back for their Fall semester! They meet on Sunday nights, 5:30pm-7pm (doors open at 5pm), for games, worship, a message, and small groups.  Bring your Students, and we encourage them to invite a friend!  They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. LIFE Group Sunday is September 10th!  After each Sunday service you’ll be able to check out all the Groups offered this semester, browse the tables in the Welcome Center representing those Groups, meet the different Group Leaders, and ask any questions you might have!  It’s a BIG Day here at Coastal and a LOT of fun!  Invite and bring a friend and don’t miss it!

P.S. Okay, this picture is obviously not our church, and not our 10am service, BUT, we’re growing and the 10am service is starting to reach capacity!  You could greatly help us out by attending either the 8:30am service or the 11:30am service (especially for LIFE Group Sunday, September 10th).  And no matter which service you attend, please sit to the front of each section and leave available seating on the end of each row. We also need help with parking.  Please leave our small parking lot out front and the parking closest to Coastal over at Orange Grove for guests and new people.  And then truthfully, park as far away as possible.  Park in Oakland’s parking lot (take a right immediately past the Greenway, before you get to Orange Grove).  Both of these small steps with enable our church to continue to grow and make room for more people.  

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Friday’s 5 – 8-25-23

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  What an amazing weekend we had at Coastal last week!  Of course, it all started with Community Outreach.  On Friday we had a Tailgate at Patriot Villas.  On Saturday morning we went downtown and helped Mt. Carmel UMC with their Back to School Supply Giveaway.  We gave away food, clothes, and school supplies!  Also on Saturday, we had 41 people go through our Membership Class – our largest ever!  And then on Sunday morning we had 983 in attendance!  On Sunday afternoon we baptized another 28 people out on Folly Beach!  And get this, back in January I announced that our BHAG (BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL) for this year was to baptize 100 people.  Are you ready for this?  We are now officially at 94 people being baptized for the year (I’m pretty sure we’re going to break 100 – haha)!

It’s just amazing what’s happening at Coastal right now!  But we’re just getting started!  This coming Sunday, in your bulletin, you’ll be receiving your  2023 Fall Semester LIFE Group Catalog and you can start signing up for a Group!  Actually, many of you have probably already received one in the mail.  Our mantra here at Coastal during LIFE Group sign-up is that there are multiple ways to sign up for a Group (online, Connect Card, sign-up sheets), but you only have to sign up one time, one way.  And yes, you can sign up for multiple Groups!

I love what we do here at Coastal on Sunday mornings!  I do!  I love everything about it.  I love the music.  I love watching people come to faith.  I love all of our LIFE Teams and our Sunday morning Volunteers.  Sunday mornings at Coastal is an exciting place to be.  I don’t understand how you would ever want to miss it.  But. . . there is one weakness with a crowd.  It’s hard to grow in a crowd.  You don’t live out/walk out your faith in a crowd.  You need community.  And that’s what our LIFE Groups are all about!  This semester, we have 55 different LIFE Groups to choose from – activity Groups, study Groups, support Groups, and more!  There is something for EVERYONE, every day of the week!  Unless otherwise indicated, most Groups begin the week of September 17th and last 8-12 weeks.  Make sure you check out our catalog and start signing up today!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love being in community with you!  


LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, August 25th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there TODAY, Friday, August 25th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, August 25th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, September 1st, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, September 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, September 8th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, September 8th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  Saturday, September 9th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Saturday, September 9th, 4:30-6:45pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, August 27th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. All Young Adults are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 6th, at 6pm for our Fall Kick-Off Event!  We will meet on the Coastal front lawn for a low-country boil with lawn games and music!  Spread the word – invite and bring a friend!  For more information, please contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is returning THIS Sunday, August 27 from 5:30PM-7:00PM (doors open at 5PM). We are kicking off this year’s CSM in STYLE!  We will have a fun filled introductory night where students will be able to fellowship together and have a great time!  There will be pizza;  the gym will be full of fun stuff to do;  we will have a game truck; and there will be bubble soccer!  We pray this will be a great time for students to reconnect with each other as well as their leaders after a long summer. We’d love for your student to be there, and we encourage them to invite a friend! They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

  5. LIFE Group Sunday is September 10th!  After each Sunday service you’ll be able to check out all the Groups offered this semester, browse the tables in the Welcome Center representing those Groups, meet the different Group Leaders, and ask any questions you might have!  It’s a BIG Day here at Coastal and a LOT of fun!  Invite and bring a friend and don’t miss it!

P.S. We are GROWING!  As a result of that growth, I need you to help me with 4 things, especially as we prepare for the Fall.  Here are the 4:  parking, seating, service choice, and volunteering.  Parking – leave our small parking lot out front for guests and new people.  And then truthfully, park as far away as possible.  Park in Oakland’s parking lot (take a right immediately past the Greenway, before you get to Orange Grove).  We send the Golf Carts that way.  We’ve still got some space available in the field behind the church as well and down the first drive, but Oakland’s Parking Lot has plenty of room.  Seating – sit to the front and center of each section of chairs.  This makes it so much easier for those with 1st Impressions who are ushering.  Service Choice – our 10am service is quickly reaching capacity.  We don’t have room for more chairs.  What we really need is for some of you to move to the 8:30am or 11:30am service.  Volunteering – to meet the needs of a growing church, requires a large and growing number of volunteers (especially Coastal Kidz).  So, if you’re not serving on Sunday mornings, start serving.  By the way, these are GREAT problems to have!  In fact, they’re not problems, they are opportunities.  Keep praying, keep inviting, keep serving and together let’s “make more room for Jesus!”

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Friday’s 5 – 8-18-23

I’M BACK!  Janet and I got back from our vacation earlier this week.  We went to Knoxville, TN to see our daughter and her husband, and then we drove up to Cincinnati, OH to see some life long friends.  We had a great time, but as always, it’s also good to be home!  

Speaking of home, for every home or family to thrive and function well, there are certain things that have to get done.  In other words, we all have to pitch in and do our part.  Well, the same is true of a church family.  For OUR Coastal family to grow, thrive, and function well, there are certain things that have to get done.  We call those “things” – ministry.  And at Coastal, all of those ministry opportunities take place through our LIFE Teams.  For the month of August, there has been a real push on finding a place to serve in the family here at Coastal on Sunday mornings.  In fact, we’ve said, if you call Coastal your home, you should be able to answer this question, “What is my ministry and where am I serving on Sunday mornings?”   

Well, I’d like to highlight one possible LIFE Team for you to serve on here at Coastal – our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth – 5th Grade).  We strongly believe that if our church is going to continue to grow, we must have a growing, thriving Children’s Ministry.  We also believe that if you help change the life of a child, you change the world!  Simply put, join Coastal Kidz and be a WORLD CHANGER!  The truth is that Coastal Kidz is simply trying to keep up with the growth of our church!  And because of that, there are so many opportunities for both men and women to serve – from Child Check-In, to Lead Teacher, to Classroom Assistants, to holding babies in Nursery.  In fact, because of the growth of our church, we’re even looking at the possibility of using our Chapel on Sunday mornings for Coastal Kidz and adding another classroom.  But for that to happen we need MORE volunteers – YOU!  So, stop what you’re doing right now, go to our website and sign up to get involved with Coastal Kidz!  As always, if you have any questions, or would just like to see what happens on a Sunday morning in Coastal Kidz, reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

Whether it’s Coastal Kidz, Prayer Team, Security, Tech, Worship, First Impressions, Cafe, or Online Engagement (whew!) – you should be serving!  But you should be serving, not just because there is a need (there is always a need).  You should be serving because this is your FAMILY!  Sign up today or this Sunday!

One last thing, Teachers have made their way back to their classrooms, and Students will be joining them this Wednesday in Charleston County!  One of the things that Janet and I look forward to every year is seeing all the first day of school pictures on social media!  No matter what school looks like for you and your family this year – public, private, charter, homeschool, or even college – will you join me in praying for our Teachers, Students, and Parents?  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love making an IMPACT with you right here in our community!  


LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, August 23rd, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock –  Thursday, August 24th, 11:30am-1pm.  As you know, our church feeds A LOT of people!  Come help us prep Coastal’s Food Pantry!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, August 25th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, August 25th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, August 25th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, September 1st, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve:  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, September 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is NEXT Sunday, August 27th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is TOMORROW, Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email or sign up on our website.  Breakfast & childcare provided!
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is returning NEXT Sunday, August 27 from 5:30PM-7:00PM (doors open at 5PM). We are kicking off this year’s CSM in STYLE!  We will have a fun filled introductory night where students will be able to fellowship together and have a great time!  There will be pizza, the gym will be full of fun stuff to do, we will have a game truck, and there will be bubble soccer!  We pray this will be a great time for students to reconnect with each other as well as their leaders after a long summer. We’d love for your student to be there, and we encourage them to invite a friend! They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. All of our FALL LIFE GROUP information is in and our new catalog will be available NEXT Sunday, August 27th!  Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person this Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please email Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park THIS Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 8-11-23

I love our volunteers here at Coastal – I do!  I truly believe we have some of the best volunteers any church could imagine.  I think the reason we have a high number of committed volunteers here at Coastal is two-fold.  People will serve when they fall more deeply in love with Jesus.  Service is an outflow of a love relationship with Jesus.  The key is to grow in your love for Jesus and when you do, you’ll understand who He has made you to be, and then you’ll WANT to serve Him by serving others.  What do we say here at Coastal?  We don’t want to “guilt” you into serving or giving.  Instead we want to “GRACE” you into it, because of all that He has done for you.  You are loved more than you can imagine – you are treasured more than you know.  Let His love for you become the motivation for your serving and giving!

Here’s the other reason I believe we produce a lot of committed volunteers.  We consistently teach that the Christian life is fundamentally a life of servanthood.  That’s our primary position – servant.  Jesus is our Master and we are His servants.  Whatever He says goes.  In our world where we are the center of the universe and everything revolves around me and my needs, we have to continually remind ourselves that we serve God by serving others, by putting others ahead of ourselves.  And even in the modern church where we have created a culture of finding a church that offers the best and the most and “I didn’t get anything out of that service” and “I’m burned out” and “I’m too busy” and “I’ve served my time,” somewhere in all of that, we have forgotten that we are here to glorify God, reach out to people who are far from Him, and to be a servant to all.  It’s not about you.  It’s about Him.  Matthew 20:26-28, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

We talk about life all the time here.  We exist to share and experience what?  The LIFE and LOVE of Jesus.  Jesus came that we might have LIFE and have it more abundantly.  Well, Jesus said something very interesting about LIFE in Luke 9:23-25, “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.  If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.  And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose or forfeit your own soul in the process?”  Jesus is saying that we find our lives not by focusing on ourselves, but by giving away our lives for the sake of Him.

The month of August, as we move into the Fall, we’re focusing on finding a place to serve in the family here at Coastal on Sunday mornings.  It’s real simple.  If you call Coastal your home, ask yourself this question – what is my ministry and where am I serving on Sunday mornings?  Whether it’s Coastal Kidz, 1st Impressions, our Cafe, the Security Team, the Tech Booth, the Prayer Team or countless other opportunities, there is a place for you!  Go to our website, check out all the different opportunities to serve, and sign up today!  Or, this Sunday, make sure you sign up on your Connect Card, or at all the different LIFE Team Sign-up Sheets just outside the auditorium.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  And I love serving alongside of you!  

In His Service & Yours!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, August 11th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.  
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, August 11th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there TODAY, Friday, August 11th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Chair Set-Up: We’ll be setting up our chairs for worship, TOMORROW, Saturday, August 12th, 9am!
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  TOMORROW, Saturday, August 12th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, August 15th, 12pm-3pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night:  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, August 17th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, August 27th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is returning on Sunday, August 27 from 5:30PM-7:00PM (doors open at 5PM). We are kicking off this year’s CSM in STYLE!  We will have a fun filled introductory night where students will be able to fellowship together and have a great time!  There will be pizza, the gym will be full of fun stuff to do, we will have a game truck, and there will be bubble soccer!  We pray this will be a great time for students to reconnect with each other as well as their leaders after a long summer. We’d love for your student to be there, and we encourage them to invite a friend! They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. All of our FALL LIFE GROUP information is in and our new catalog and will be available on Sunday, August 27th!  Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please email Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 8-4-23

Our church is GROWING!  You can track it, and see it in every measurable category – attendance, Baptisms, serving, giving, and Groups.  And if what we’re seeing, even over the Summer, is any indication of what’s to come, this Fall is going to be CRAZY exciting!  I believe we’re going to start seeing over 1,000 people in-person on a regular basis each Sunday (we’re already seeing that on special days)!  One such example of growth – we’ve gone from 38 LIFE Groups last semester (our biggest number ever) to 54 LIFE Groups this Fall!  I’ve already made the call to our architects at LS3P to begin the process of preparing the plans for our next building phase on our campus – an 800-1000 seat auditorium!  Now, we’re not ready to start building just yet, but what we’ve learned is that in the City of Charleston, it’s best to get “all your ducks in a row” and be prepared as early as possible so that you’re ready when it’s time to pull the trigger.  We also need to pay down our current loan and get prepared financially (eventually another Giving Campaign).  So if you’ve got a few million (or thousand) dollars laying around, and you want to make a Kingdom IMPACT, let’s talk!  You think I’m joking – haha!  

But as we prepare for the Fall and all that God is doing here at Coastal, here’s what I really want you to do:  ask yourself this question – what is my ministry and where am I serving on Sunday mornings?  For the month of August, we’re focusing on everyone, who calls Coastal home, finding a place to serve on Sunday mornings.  At Coastal, we call our Ministries – LIFE Teams.  Simply put, with the growth of our church – we need you (and you need this too)!  

Sunday morning is still the primary way in which new guests get connected to our church.  And to create an environment where those people feel like our welcomed, expected guests in our home, it requires a large and growing volunteer army.  Are you serving in that army?  Now, we don’t want to guilt anyone into serving.  Instead we want to “grace” you into it.  I want you to be so overwhelmed and blown away by the undeserved love, grace, and blessing of God that you are begging us for a place to serve on Sunday morning!

Over the next month, you’ll see a LIFE Team insert with all the different ministries in the bulletin, you’ll hear from different LIFE Team volunteers on stage, in the pre-show, and online.  There will be sign up sheets on the kiosk outside the auditorium, and you can sign up on your Connect Card.  But the simplest way to enlist in that LIFE Team army is to go to our website, check out all the different LIFE Teams, and click on the ones that interest you!  I promise our Leaders will quickly follow up with you, and you’ll experience the joy of serving!  It’s that easy to get started!  Just one person, one service, once a month, makes a HUGE impact!  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together in our community, our world, and right here in our church on Sunday mornings!  See you over the weekend!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY Friday, August 4th (and Monday, August 7th & Friday, August 11th), 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is tomorrow, Saturday, August 5th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, August 8th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock:  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!  Thursday, August 10th, 11:30am-1pm.  
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, August 11th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, August 11th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  Saturday, August 12th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, August 27th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Breakfast & childcare provided!
  4. CSM (Coastal Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) is returning on Sunday, August 27 from 5:30PM-7:00PM (doors open at 5PM). We are kicking off this year’s CSM in STYLE!  We will have a fun filled introductory night where students will be able to fellowship together and have a great time!  There will be pizza, the gym will be full of fun stuff to do, we will have a game truck, and there will be bubble soccer!  We pray this will be a great time for students to reconnect with each other as well as their leaders after a long summer. We’d love for your student to be there, and we encourage them to invite a friend! They won’t want to miss it!  If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. All of our FALL LIFE GROUP information is in and our new catalog will be available on Sunday, August 27th!  Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.  If you have any questions, please email Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 7-28-23

The reports coming from our Peru Missions Team have been so exciting!  They’ve been building homes, passing out Bibles and blankets, feeding people, and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.  They’ve seen joy in the midst of unspeakable poverty, and they’ve had experiences and made friends that will last a lifetime and beyond!  And if you’re receiving this email, more than likely, you’ve been a part of it all and helped make this trip possible!  How you ask?  Through your generous & consistent giving!  In the months ahead we’ll be praying about how to strengthen our relationship with the Mission in Peru.  And yes, we’ll definitely be going back, as we continue to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!  Our Team will be returning on Saturday (tomorrow).  Please keep their safe return in your prayers.  Like you, I can’t wait to see them and hug their necks on Sunday!  And I can’t wait to send more people back to Peru and other places around the world!  Pray about personally joining us on our next trip!

While they’ve been in Peru, I’ve been in Washington, DC this week for my Pastor’s Coaching meeting.  I’ve only been to DC once in my life (about 30 years ago), but really didn’t get to see much.  On this trip I got the chance to see the Museum of the Bible, the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the MLK Jr. Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  It seems like a lot, but it really was just the tip of the iceberg of things to see and experience in Washington, DC.  

Probably the most moving place I got to visit was Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the Guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Over 400,000 Veterans are buried at Arlington.  It was a humbling and sobering experience.  It also made me very grateful for all the Veterans we have at Coastal and to be a part of a church that loves and serves the hurting, hungry, and homeless Veterans in our community.  I realize that we are facing a lot of problems in our country today and that the divisions seem to be greater and deeper than ever before, but I believe we still have much to be grateful for in our great country.  I am so thankful to God for the birth of our Nation and the privilege that was mine to be born here in the land of the free and home of the brave.  I will be making my way back home today (Friday).  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together right here in our community, our Nation, and all over this world!  See you Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday (TODAY), July 28th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday (TODAY), July 28th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday (TODAY), July 28th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, August 4th (and Monday, August 7th & Friday, August 11th), 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, August 5th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, August 8th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Thursday, August 10th, 11:30am-1pm.  Coastal feeds an enormous amount of people.  Come to the church and help keep our Food Pantry organized (and have a lot of fun while you’re at it)!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, August 11th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, August 11th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  Saturday, August 12th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, August 27th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. The whole church is invited to a Special Worship Service!  This Sunday night, July 30th, at 6pm, we are having an Ordination Service to ordain Jacob Bonetti into full time Christian Ministry as a Pastor.  Jacob has been our Youth Pastor here at Coastal for over a year now and has done an excellent job.  God’s call on his life is evident and obvious to all, and it’s time to officially recognize it.  We’d also encourage you to bring him a card with a handwritten note of encouragement.  There will be a table for cards & any gifts (not required). Childcare (Nursery & Preschool) will be provided during the service.  There will be a brief reception immediately following the service.  Please respond to this email if you plan on attending (so we can plan on food) and let us know if you need childcare (how many children). 
  5. We are in the FINAL planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  If you are Leading a LIFE Group this semester, please turn in all your Group information to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.orgthis week.

    Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 7-21-23

This Sunday, July 23rd, I’ll be kicking off another favorite Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal –“Summer Reading”!  “Summer Reading” is where we pick a group of books for you to read over the Summer, and then the subject matter of each of those books becomes the sermon topic for that particular Sunday.  Now before some of you freak out, thinking that I’ve gone heretical, thrown out the Bible, and I’m now preaching from other books instead of the Bible, throw away your email and simmer down.  That’s not what we’re doing.  We’re not preaching from the books themselves.  If anything, I think you’ll discover that during this series you will find yourself compelled to go to scripture as we point people to the truth of His Word and a deeper relationship with God.  

Here is the Book List and the order in which we will be using them:

Created to Dream by Rick Warren
Out of the Cave by Chris Hodges
The Problem of Jesus by Mark Clark
Don’t Hold Back by David Platt
Please Sorry Thanks by Mark Batterson
The Bible Made Easy for Kids by Dave Strehler
Jesus Loves Me by John Dickerson

So, I hope you’ll pick up one or two or all of them and read them over the Summer.  After all:  Leaders are what?  Readers!  Retired Admiral James Stavridis of the US Navy once said this, “The single best way a leader can learn and grow is through reading.  So many of our best leaders develop and enhance their ability to lead through endless contact with books.”

One last thing, please keep our Peru Missions Team (25 people) in your prayers!  They leave tomorrow and will return next Saturday, July 29th.  Pray for them and the people of Peru they will be serving.  I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I love what we get to do together!  See you Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, July 26th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock –  Thursday, July 27th, 11:30am-1pm.  As you know, our church feeds A LOT of people!  Come help us prep Coastal’s Food Pantry!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, July 28th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, July 28th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, July 28th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, August 4th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, August 5th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Coastal Student Ministry – Attention all Parents of a rising 6th grader:  Tonight, July 21, 7-8:15pm, there will be a parent meeting in the Chapel. Pastor Jacob will provide food and the meeting will detail the mission of Coastal Student Ministry and cover what a typical night at CSM looks like! This meeting is important because you will not only learn “what” Coastal Student Ministry does, but you will learn the “why” behind everything your student will experience!  If you and your student plan to attend, RSVP by emailing Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org

    One more thing! Pastor Jacob is always looking for adults who want to invest in students either through leading biblical discussions in small groups or by something as simple as welcoming students to their Sunday evening gatherings! If you’re not currently serving in student ministry in some way, would you prayerfully consider this possibility? It’s a tremendous way to make a difference and you will most definitely be blessed by joining our awesome CSM volunteer team! If you’re interested at all, you can check the “Student Ministry” box on your Connect Card on Sunday morning or you can email Pastor Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. The whole church is invited to a Special Worship Service!  On Sunday night, July 30th, at 6pm, we are having an Ordination Service to ordain Jacob Bonetti into full time Christian Ministry as a Pastor.  Jacob has been our Youth Pastor here at Coastal for over a year now and has done an excellent job.  God’s call on his life is evident and obvious to all, and it’s time to officially recognize it.  We’d also encourage you to bring him a card with a handwritten note of encouragement.  There will be a table for cards & any gifts (not required). Childcare (Nursery & Preschool) will be provided during the service.  There will be a brief reception immediately following the service.  Please respond to this email or let us know on your Connect Card if you plan on attending (so we can plan on food) and let us know if you need childcare (how many children). 
  5. We are in the FINAL planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

    Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Friday’s 5 – 7-14-23

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  I can not say enough great things about VBS this week!  First of all, it has been the largest VBS we’ve ever had, with 335 children in attendance and approximately 200 volunteers!  And speaking of volunteers, I know I say this all the time, but we really do have the best volunteers on the planet!  We could not do all that our church does without you!  And you’ve done so much this week, with excellence, joy, and enthusiasm!  I am proud to be your Pastor!  I’ve just loved hearing all the stories this week of children learning about and loving Jesus.  That’s why we do what we do!  By the way, this is also why we give sacrificially here at our church.  And this is why we’ll continue to walk by faith and trust God for big things – so that we can reach the next generation for Jesus!  Honestly, the real question is, what does VBS look like next year at Coastal with another 50-100 kids?  And yes, the obvious question is, “When do we get started on our next building?”  Don’t worry, when the time is right, we’ll step out in faith and get started on that next phase (sooner than later).

Speaking of giving sacrificially, right now (not counting tonight’s offering) our VBS offering this week is over $13,000!  And 8 grocery carts are filled with food for our Food Pantry!

And VBS is not quite over yet!  Tonight is our Party and Closing Program!  From 6pm-7pm (weather permitting) we’ll be outside for hotdogs, Kona Ice, and jump castles.  And then at 7pm we’ll come inside for songs and a slide show!  It’s all FREE, and you’re invited to join us!

One last note about VBS.  To pull off a week long event of this magnitude, with this many moving parts, this many kids, and this many volunteers, requires great leadership.  I know she’s my wife, but Janet Rollins, our Children’s Director, is a great leader!  Like all great leaders, she is quick to defer and point to all of her leaders and volunteers.  But Janet, I’m proud of you – GREAT JOB!  I love you Janet, I love being your husband, and I am truly humbled by what we get to do together!

Shining the Light of Jesus with You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  TODAY, Friday, July 14th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, July 14th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Saturday, July 15th, 4-6pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, July 18th, 12pm-3pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, July 20th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, July 26th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Food Pantry Sort & Stock –  Thursday, July 27th, 11:30am-1pm.  As you know, our church feeds A LOT of people!  Come help us prep Coastal’s Food Pantry!
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, July 28th, 8:30am-11:30am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, July 28th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, July 28th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Peru Missions Trip Needs – There are 25 people from Coastal going on a Missions Trip to Peru, July 22nd-29th.  Not only are we sending them with $10,000 to build 10 homes, but there are still several other needs the group has, that we can help meet:

    20 – #11 wrenches (ratchet style preferably)
    20 – 1000 piece bags of candy (tootsie rolls or similar – soft candy is best just not milk chocolate because it melts)

    If you can help with any of these items, go to the following Sign-up Genius link and sign up today:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040948AAA72EA4F94-peru

    Bring these items to the church this Sunday, July 16th.  If you have any questions, email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. The whole church is invited to a Special Worship Service!  On Sunday night, July 30th, at 6pm, we are having an Ordination Service to ordain Jacob Bonetti into full time Christian Ministry as a Pastor.  Jacob has been our Youth Pastor here at Coastal for over a year now and has done an excellent job.  God’s call on his life is evident and obvious to all, and it’s time to officially recognize it.  We’d also encourage you to bring him a card with a handwritten note of encouragement.  There will be a table for cards & any gifts (not required). Childcare (Nursery & Preschool) will be provided during the service.  There will be a brief reception immediately following the service.  Please respond to this email or let us know on your Connect Card if you plan on attending (so we can plan on food) and let us know if you need childcare (how many children). 
  5. We are in the planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

    Training for new Fall Life Group Leaders will be offered in-person on Monday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm or Saturday, August 26th, 9-10:30am.  Returning Leaders’ Training will be online on Thursday, August 24th from 8-8:45pm.  All Leaders only need to attend one session.  RSVP on your Connect Card.

P.S. We are planning our 2nd BEACH BAPTISM of the Summer out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, August 20th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

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Jacob’s Ordination

I just wanted to personally invite you to a special worship service that we are having at Coastal.  On Sunday night, July 30th, at 6pm, we are having an Ordination Service to ordain Jacob Bonetti into full time Christian Ministry as a Pastor.  Jacob has been our Youth Pastor here at Coastal for over a year now and has done an excellent job.  God’s call on his life is evident and obvious to all, and it’s time to officially recognize it.  For those of you who’ve never been to an Ordination Service, it’s a special night of worship and prayer.  And I promise you’ll walk away inspired to serve in greater ways in the Kingdom.  

Even if you don’t have a Student in Jacob’s Ministry, Jacob is one of your Pastors on Staff here at Coastal, and I’d love for you to come.  I’d also encourage you to bring him a card with a handwritten note of encouragement.  There will be a table for cards & any gifts (not required). Childcare (Nursery & Preschool) will be provided during the service.  There will be a brief reception immediately following the service.  Please respond to this email if you plan on attending (so we can plan on food) and let us know if you need childcare (how many children). 

Much Love! 
Pastor Chris

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Friday’s 5 – 7-7-23

Woohoo!  The best week of the Summer for Kids is finally here!  If you’ve been out of the country or under a big rock, VBS starts this coming Monday-Friday night, July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade!  There will be a closing program on Friday night, July 14th, for children & parents with hotdogs, Kona Ice, jump castles, all outside from 6-7pm – all FREE!  And then at 7pm we’ll come inside for songs and a slide show!  This year’s theme is “Stellar – Shining Jesus’ Light.”  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE NOW. This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins. Online Registration will be closed THIS Sunday night, July 9th at 6pm. After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS. So, the time is NOW – please register here: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=alFlVEY3ajI2L3M9

Why am I personally so passionate about VBS?  Well, when I was a young kid, the Summer after my dad died, a friend invited me to VBS, and the following week, at Camp, I gave my life to Jesus and answered the call to be a Pastor.  My life was forever changed by a simple invitation from a friend, by that friend’s mom who picked me up each and every night and brought me to VBS, by a church willing to make the investment, by a bunch of volunteers who gave up their week to make an IMPACT in a young kid’s life.  

What about you?  What are you doing next week that’s going to potentially change a child’s life and change the world?  Will it require a sacrifice of your time?  Absolutely.  Will it mean that by the end of the week, you’ll be exhausted?  You bet.  Will you be unable to get the VBS songs out of your head for the rest of the year?  That’s a given!  But I make no apologies in challenging you to join us next week as a VBS Volunteer, because Jesus said that we find true life when we give our lives away.  I’m a product of a loving church and a loving, giving group of volunteers who sacrificed and made a difference in my life.  And now as a by-product of that sacrifice – so are you.  I promise you, you’ll be glad you served, and it will be one of the best experiences of your life!
   
So here’s what I’m asking you to do.  If you don’t already have a place to serve next week, please go to our website and sign up today.  You can also serve by staying after church this Sunday and help us stack and pack the chairs and move some furniture around the building to prep and decorate for VBS.  We’ll also need some volunteers to help set up the chairs on Thursday night after VBS to get ready for our Friday night Closing Program.  And then, of course, we’ll be tearing everything down and cleaning up on Friday night after VBS to get everything ready for Sunday.  There are still a few food needs for the week.  If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items, go sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal1#/.  

Even if you can’t personally serve next week because of work or you’re out of town, there is still something everyone can do to be a part of this LIFE changing experience in a very tangible way – through your generous giving!  While our VBS is completely FREE, it does cost something.  However, at Coastal we don’t consider it an expense – it’s an investment, in children and the Kingdom!  The children and families of VBS will be asked to do 2 things as a part of our VBS Mission this week (and you can join them).  There will be a canned goods/non-perishable food drive/competition.  This will help supply our Food Bank which feeds hundreds of families in our community.  We’ll also be taking up an offering that our Peru Missions Team will use to build 10 homes in Peru!  Our goal is $10,000!  So, be gathering up your canned goods and pray about what God would have you give.  You can give this Sunday, each day during the week of VBS, or next Sunday.  Simply use the keyword “VBS.”  If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

And finally, I just want to thank everyone for all the love you’ve shown me, your Pastor, this past week for my Birthday!  I am now 56 years old!  I am constantly overwhelmed by all the expressions of love shown to me and my family!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Coastal is not just a church that I attend or a job where I work.  It’s a family that I’m a part of!  I say it all the time, but I sincerely mean it – I love you Coastal, I love being your Pastor, and I am truly humbled by what we get to do together and that I am a part of it!

Shining the Light of Jesus with You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, TODAY, Friday, July 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: TOMORROW, Saturday, July 8th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, July 11th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, July 14th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, July 14th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Saturday, July 15th, 4-6pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, July 18th, 12pm-3pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, July 20th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Peru Missions Trip Needs – There are 25 people from Coastal going on a Missions Trip to Peru, July 22nd-29th.  Not only are we sending them with $10,000 to build 10 homes (see VBS offering above), but there are several other needs the group has, that we can help meet:

    20 – #11 wrenches (ratchet style preferably)
    20 – 1000 piece bags of candy (tootsie rolls or similar – soft candy is best just not milk chocolate because it melts)
    20 – soccer balls (deflated) with air pumps and spare needles

    If you can help with any of these items, go to the following Sign-up Genius link and sign up today:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040948AAA72EA4F94-peru

    You can drop these items off at the church, between now and Sunday, July 16th.  If you have any questions, email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, August 19th, 9am-11:45am in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  4. Beginning the week of July 10th, Coastal will be emailing out Mid-Year Giving Statements.  To make sure you receive yours, please TEXT the keyword “ME” to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  Mid-Year giving Statements are something we’ve done over the years here at Coastal as an opportunity for you to see, mid-year, where you are in your giving.  It’s also an opportunity for me as your Pastor to thank you for being part of our effort to “share and experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!”  We couldn’t do what we do without your faithful, consistent, generous giving – period.  We are 100% fully funded by your giving.  If you have any questions about your statement, please reach out to our Financial Administrator Kathy Love at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. We are in the planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins July 23rd!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the graphic above.  We’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church (until they are sold out).  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember – leaders are readers!

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Friday’s 5 – 6-30-23

Technically, another Summer of IMPACT is in the books!  I say technically, because although today is the last day of June, Summer of IMPACT culminates tomorrow, July 1st, with Saturday Serve!  I hope you can join us tomorrow morning at 8:30am.  I know we say this every year, and we’ve said it over and over this month, but it really has been the BEST SUMMER OF IMPACT EVER!  Please pray for all the seeds of love that were planted, that they will bear much fruit for years to come!  Much thanks goes to Chris Jones, our Pastor of Outreach here at Coastal.  As you can tell, much prayer, planning, organization, and preparation, have all gone into Summer of IMPACT.  And part of what makes Chris Jones such a good leader is that he knows that none of it would be possible without all of our great Project Leaders and the countless volunteers (YOU) who willingly, joyfully served all month long.  But, as you know, even as June comes to a close, serving never comes to a close at Coastal.  Serving and loving our community is not relegated to one day or even one month at Coastal.  It’s something we do all year round!  In fact, you can continue to go to our website and see outreach projects lined up all the way through the end of the year!  

Okay Coastal, VBS is now 1 week away from this Monday night: July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  Are you ready for this?  We already have 261 children pre-registered!  

There are 4 Big Needs:

1.  VOLUNTEERS!  With that many children, it’s “ALL HANDS ON DECK!”  Go to our website and sign up today: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=VEpxLzRBYW5TVDA9 I can promise you 2 things – you’ll be exhausted at the end of the week and you’ll say it was the BEST week of the Summer!

2.  FOOD!  At Coastal, we try to provide a mini meal for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time. If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items (still need French Bread, Mac ‘n Cheese, Hot Dogs, Buns, Chips), go here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal1#/ to sign up.

3.  PRE-REGISTRATION! If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE NOW. This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins. Our Registration Team is already working hard at gathering all the information and putting groups of children together. Online Registration will be closed Sunday night, July 9th at 6pm.  After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS. So, the time is now, please register here: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=alFlVEY3ajI2L3M9

4. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD/MONEY!   These 2 needs are actually a part of the week of VBS itself – our Mission for the week – but I want to go ahead and make you aware.  The children and families of VBS will be asked to do 2 things as a part of our VBS Mission.  There will be a canned goods/non-perishable food drive/competition.  This will help supply our Food Bank which feeds hundreds of families in our community.  We’ll also be taking up an offering that our Peru Missions Team will use to build 10 homes in Peru!  Our goal is $10,000!  So, be gathering up your canned goods and pray about what God would have you give.  Any money given above and beyond the $10,000 will be used for Coastal Outreach.

If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!

Making An IMPACT With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, TODAY, June 30th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is TOMORROW, Saturday, July 1st.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, July 7th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor: Saturday, July 8th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, July 11th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, July 14th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Peru Missions Trip Needs – There are 25 people from Coastal going on a Missions Trip to Peru, July 22nd-29th.  Not only are we sending them with $10,000 to build 10 homes (see VBS offering above), but there are several other needs the group has, that we can help meet:

    20 – #11 wrenches (ratchet style preferably)
    20 – 1000 piece bags of candy (tootsie rolls or similar – soft candy is best just not milk chocolate because it melts)
    20 – soccer balls (deflated) with air pumps and spare needle

    You can drop these items off at the church, between now and Sunday, July 16th.  If you have any questions, email Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. As a fun way to celebrate the Summer and our “At the Movies” series, we’d like to take any children from our church and their friends (and children at heart) to the 10:30am special showing of the new “Little Mermaid” movie at Citadel Mall Cinema, this Wednesday, July 5th – ON US (concessions on you)!  Doors open at 9:45am.  RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email with a number of tickets you need.
  4. Beginning the week of July 10th, Coastal will be emailing out Mid-Year Giving Statements.  To make sure you receive yours, please TEXT the keyword “ME” to 843-571-1777 to view and update your contact information.  Mid-Year giving Statements are something we’ve done over the years here at Coastal as an opportunity for you to see, mid-year, where you are in your giving.  It’s also an opportunity for me as your Pastor to thank you for being part of our effort to “share and experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!”  We couldn’t do what we do without your faithful, consistent, generous giving – period.  We are 100% fully funded by your giving.  If you have any questions about your statement, please reach out to our Financial Administrator Kathy Love at finance@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. We are in the planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins July 23rd!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the graphic above.  We’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church (until they are sold out).  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember – leaders are readers!

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Friday’s 5 – 6-23-23

It was another awesome day at Coastal this past Sunday!  Evidently, our men love them some IBC Root Beer and Beef Sticks!  And evidently, our people love inviting their friends to church – we had 23 1st Time Guest Connect Cards filled out, and we gave away 54 movie tickets!  Our in-person attendance was 1015 people (another 714 online)!  Oh, and between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we dedicated 37 children!  Wow!  Keep it up Coastal – keep inviting and bringing your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors (and keep having those babies – haha)!

Next week is the last full week of Summer of IMPACT, culminating next Saturday, July 1st with Saturday Serve.  There are still plenty of opportunities left to serve during this final week of SOI.  Don’t let this last week go by without YOU being a part of it.  Go to our website, check out the remaining projects, and sign up today!  But, as you know, even as June comes to a close, serving never comes to a close at Coastal.  In fact, when you sign up to serve for SOI, you probably noticed that we’ve got projects lined up all the way through the end of the year!!  

VBS is now 2 weeks away from this Monday night: July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  We already have 231 children pre-registered!  There are 4 Big Needs:

1.  VOLUNTEERS!  Go to our website and sign up today: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=VEpxLzRBYW5TVDA9 I can promise you 2 things – you’ll be exhausted at the end of the week and you’ll say it was the BEST week of the Summer!

2.  FOOD!  At Coastal, we try to provide a mini meal for our VBS snacks since we meet during many families’ dinner time. If you are able to help provide any of these last remaining items, go here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal1#/ to sign up.

3.  PRE-REGISTRATION! If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD ONLINE NOW. This really makes the check-in/registration process go so much smoother when VBS begins. Our Registration Team is already working hard at gathering all the information and putting groups of children together. Online Registration will be closed Sunday night, July 9th at 6pm.  After that, you will only be able to register at our campus each night in-person before VBS. So, the time is now, please register here: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=alFlVEY3ajI2L3M9

4. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD/MONEY!  Now, these 2 needs are actually a part of the week of VBS itself – our Mission for the week – but I want to go ahead and make you aware.  The children and families of VBS will be asked to do 2 things as a part of our VBS Mission.  There will be a canned goods/non-perishable food drive/competition.  This will help supply our Food Bank which feeds hundreds of families in our community.  We’ll also be taking up an offering that our Peru Missions Team will use to build 10 homes in Peru!  Our goal is $10,000!  So, be gathering up your canned goods and pray about what God would have you give.

If you have any questions about VBS, please reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!

Making An IMPACT With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas:  TODAY, Friday, June 23rd, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there TODAY, Friday, June 23rd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  TODAY, Friday, June 23rd, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Sleep In Heavenly Peace Build-A-Bed Project:  We will be building and assembling beds for children in need in the Charleston Community.  TOMORROW, Saturday, June 24th, 10:30am-1pm, at Coastal.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Bags:  On Tuesday, June 27th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, June 28th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Charleston Vets –  Thursday, June 29th, 6am-9am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 29th, 6-8pm.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, June 30th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, July 1st.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT Project HighlightSaturday Serve – All of our SOI projects (see above) are important, but each week we’re going to highlight one.  The next Saturday Serve is July 1st (technically after SOI), but it does serve to close out Summer of IMPACT.  On Saturday, July 1st, be at Coastal at 8:30am, listen to our Leaders share about their projects, and then pick the one where you want to serve.  It’s that simple.  So if you’re able and available, sign up today!
  3. As a fun way to celebrate the Summer and our “At the Movies” series, we’d like to take any children from our church and their friends (and children at heart) to the 10:30am special showing of the new “Little Mermaid” movie at Citadel Mall Cinema, Wednesday, July 5th – ON US (concessions on you)!  Doors open at 9:45am.  RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email with a number of tickets you need.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, June 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. We are in the planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins July 23rd!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the graphic above.  This Sunday, June 25th, we’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church.  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember – leaders are readers!

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Friday’s 5 – 6-16-23

First of all, before I jump into this Sunday and Father’s Day, let me just say that this past Sunday was truly AMAZING!  We had a great kickoff to our “At the Movies” series with 946 people in person and another 841 people online.  We had lots and lots of guests, gave away lots of movie tickets, and ate A LOT of popcorn!  But the best part of last week was definitely Sunday afternoon at Folly Beach where WE BAPTIZED 46 PEOPLE!!  That’s the most people we’ve ever baptized at any one time, and a ton of people came out early, enjoyed time at the beach, and celebrated with us!  It was truly miraculous – something I will never take for granted!  

I know I say this every year (because it’s true), but this has already been our BEST SUMMER OF IMPACT EVER!  The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm with all the different projects has been so high you can almost reach out and touch it!  Each and every project has gone so well – great leaders, lots of volunteers, and lots of NEW volunteers!  And we are just past the mid-way point.  There are still lots of opportunities left.  Go to our website, check out the remaining projects, and sign up today!  

One thing for you to consider about Summer of IMPACT:  it is your generous, consistent giving that enables our church to do all that we do – including Summer of IMPACT.  This month alone we’re putting on 11 different Tailgate Parties, feeding literally hundreds and hundreds of people in our community.  Our church gladly buys all the food and supplies for these and other projects.  But when I say the church, keep in mind that means YOU.  YOUare the church.  People tend to travel and go on vacations over the Summer, which is great (Janet and I are looking forward to getting away later this Summer).  Just remember that the Ministry and IMPACT of Coastal continues whether you’re here on a Sunday or not.  And everything we do is made possible by your consistent, generous giving.  You can give through our website or simply text “GIVE” to 843-571-1777.


This Sunday is FATHER’S DAY!  And yes, it’s going to be AWESOME!  There will be FREE Kona Ice for everyone, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all the guys, and some fun giveaways (yes, probably MEAT) at the end of each service!  Don’t miss it!  Invite and bring your friends!  And remember, every 1st time guest (and the person who invited them – YOU) gets a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater during our entire “At the Movies” series!  

VBS is now 3 weeks away from this Monday night: July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  We already have 177 children pre-registered!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme, and we can’t wait to blast off with you and your friends!  Start registering your children now!   Yes, we accept walk-up registrations, but it is SO HELPFUL if you go ahead and pre-register your children.  To pull off an event of this magnitude, for this many nights, it is ALL HANDS ON DECK!  In other words, we need YOU to volunteer.  Go to this link and start signing up to serve at VBS!  If you’d like to help with all the food, snacks and paper products for VBS, here is the Sign-Up Genius link for that: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal1#/

I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!

Making An IMPACT With You!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Carolina Youth Development Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the students at CYD today, Friday, June 16th, 10:45am-1:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Kids Summer Party at Mt. Carmel UMC downtown –  We will be putting on a Tailgate and Party (crafts & games) for the children downtown at Mt. Carmel UMC on Saturday, June 17th, 10am-2pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, June 20th, 2:30pm-5pm.
    Coastal Meals On Wheels Project:  Pastor Chris (PC) will be leading this Project.  We’re boxing up 250 meals that will then be delivered to Patriot Villas, Charleston Vets, and Joseph Floyd Manor.  We also need volunteers to sign up to cook and bring the food that we will then box up and deliver.  Here’s the SignUp Genius link for the food:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal2#/  Meet at Coastal on Wednesday, June 21st, 6pm-8pm.
    Joseph Floyd Manor Tailgate:  JFM provides low income housing for many elderly and disabled residents in downtown Charleston.  We’ll be sending a Tailgate there with food and clothing on Thursday, June 22nd, 10am-1pm. Meet at Coastal.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 22nd, 6-8pm.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, June 23rd, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there Friday, June 23rd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to the homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, June 23rd, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Sleep In Heavenly Peace Build-A-Bed Project:  We will be building and assembling beds for children in need in the Charleston Community.  Saturday, June 24th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT Project HighlightKids Summer Party at Mt. Carmel UMC downtown – All of our SOI projects (see above) are important, but each week we’re going to highlight one.  On Saturday (TOMORROW), June 17th, 10am-2pm, we’ll be hosting a Tailgate & Kids Party at Mt. Carmel UMC downtown.  Just like our regular Tailgate Parties we’ll have food and clothes.  But there will also be a lot of crafts, games, and activities for the children – great project for the whole family.   So if you’re able and available, sign up today!
  3. As a fun way to celebrate the Summer and our “At the Movies” series, we’d like to take any children from our church and their friends (and children at heart) to the 10:30am special showing of the new “Little Mermaid” movie at Citadel Mall Cinema, Wednesday, July 5th – ON US (concessions on you)!  Doors open at 9:45am.  RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email with a number of tickets you need.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. We are in the planning stages for our FALL LIFE GROUPS!  LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle at Coastal for community – learning, friendships, fellowship, and care.  We typically have all different types of Groups – Bible studies, book studies, activity groups, active groups, support groups, men’s/women’s groups.  Would you possibly be interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Fall?  The Fall Semester begins in September and depending on the Group, lasts for 8-12 weeks.  Sign up on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org if you are interested in leading a Group.

P.S. Our “Summer Reading” series begins July 23rd!  “Summer Reading” is where we as a Staff pick out 7 books worth reading over the Summer, and then each week we use the subject matter of one of the books as the subject of that week’s message.  You can see the books and the dates in the graphic above.  On Sunday, June 25th we’ll have a small number of each book available for purchase at the church.  Or simply pick up the books yourself through Amazon and enjoy!  Remember – leaders are readers!

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Friday’s 5 – 6-9-23

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  What an amazing kick off to “Summer of IMPACT” – so many Volunteers, such great Leaders, so many lives touched and seeds planted!  On Saturday Serve alone, this past Saturday, we had over 170 Volunteers tackle 7 different projects!  But we’re just getting started!  After this weekend, we’ll be halfway through the 45 different projects.  There’s still plenty of different projects left.  Simply click on this link: Summer of IMPACTtake a look at all the different opportunities, find the project(s) right for you, and then sign up today!

I know I say this a lot – but don’t miss this Sunday at Coastal!  We’re kicking off a favorite sermon series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  We’ve been doing this series for 14 years.  Collectively, more guests come to this series than any other!  People LOVE movies!  So leverage that, use our Invite Cards, microwave popcorn invitations, and invite and bring your friends to church.  ALL 1st Time Guests will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  There will be popcorn, movie trailers, a photo booth, and cool giveaways!  Like I said, “DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY & BRING A FRIEND!”  This year’s series theme is “Movies With A Message.”  While most of the movies we’re using aren’t currently in the theaters, you can still see them all on the various streaming services, and each one has a powerful message.  The 6 movies we’re using this year are:  Jesus Revolution, Saving Private Ryan, Up, Greyhound, Hidden Figures, and Miracle.

Last Sunday our attendance was 938!  Let’s see how many times during this series we can break 1000!!  Don’t forget to please park over at Oakland Elementary School (down the first drive, past the Greenway, on the right).  Also, as our church continues to grow, we are in need of Sunday morning volunteers, especially 1st Impressions & Coastal Kidz!  If you served in the past or during a big day like Easter – we need you!  Reach back out to your Ministry Leader, and make their day by volunteering to serve.  If you’ve never volunteered before – there is a place for YOU!  Respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.   I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, June 9th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  TOMORROW, Saturday, June 10th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Charleston Vets –  Wednesday, June 14th, 6am-9am.  Meet at Coastal.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 15th, 6-8pm.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate & Game Night –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Veterans at Patriot Villas on Thursday, June 15th, 6-8pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Carolina Youth Development Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the students at CYD on Friday, June 16th, 10:45am-1:30pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Kids Summer Party at Mt. Carmel UMC downtown –  We will be putting on a party for the children downtown at Mt. Carmel UMC on Saturday, June 17th, 10am-2pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, June 20th, 2:30pm-5pm.
    Coastal Meals On Wheels Project:  Pastor Chris (PC) will be leading this Project.  We’re boxing up 250 meals that will then be delivered to Patriot Villas, Charleston Vets, and Joseph Floyd Manor.  We also need volunteers to sign up to cook and bring the food that we will then box up and deliver.  Here’s the SignUp Genius link for the food:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9a82da4fe3-coastal2#/  Meet at Coastal on Wednesday, June 21st, 6pm-8pm.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT Project HighlightJoseph Floyd Manor Tailgate – All of our SOI projects (see above) are important, but each week we’re going to highlight one.  On Saturday (TOMORROW), June 10th, 10am-1pm, we’ll be hosting a Tailgate Party at Joseph Floyd Manor.  We have been serving at JFM for many years now.  To those who have never served at JFM, it is a public housing facility located in downtown Charleston. It is home to predominantly elderly and/or disabled residents.   So if you’re able and available, sign up today!
  3. Don’t miss Father’s Day this year at Coastal, Sunday, June 18th!  We’ll have a fun gift for all the men, giveaways at the end of each service, and FREE Kona Ice.  We’re also having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. Our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park is Sunday, June 11th, at 5pm.  Right now we have 39 people getting Baptized!!  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

P.S. Attention Coastal –  VBS is only 4 weeks away – July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  We already have 150 children pre-registered!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme, and we can’t wait to blast off with you and your friends!  You can start registering your children now!  You can also start signing up to serve at VBS!

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Friday’s 5 – 6-2-23

This weekend, of course, marks the beginning of  “Summer of IMPACT”! Yesterday we had teams of Volunteers SERVING at Neighbor’s Together and SEWING at the church. Neighbors Together provides assistance, resources, and food to the homeless in our community.  And then the sewing volunteers are making blankets for the babies at the NICU at East Cooper Hospital and comforters for the Sleep In Heavenly Peace Beds.  Between those projects and the ones today and during Saturday Serve tomorrow, we’re kicking off SOI with 12 projects this weekend alone!  But we’re just getting started!  There’s still plenty of different projects left.  Simply click on this link: Summer of IMPACTtake a look at all the different opportunities, find the project(s) right for you, and then sign up today!

One great opportunity tomorrow is Saturday Serve!  We meet at the church at 8:30am, hear a “pitch” from the leaders of the different projects that day, pray, and then you pick what you want to do and go serve.  It’s THAT easy!  And it’s the backbone of all our serving at Coastal.  We would love to see you in the morning!  The June Saturday Serve is basically a big pep rally for SOI!

Also, don’t forget that we kick-off “AT THE MOVIES” next Sunday, June 11th!  “At the Movies” is where we take current or popular movies and use them as a hook to talk about spiritual truth.  ALL 1st Time Guests will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  There will be popcorn, movie trailers, a photo booth, and cool giveaways!  Make sure you pick up the microwave popcorn invite tool this weekend to invite your friends to the series.  As a part of the series, we’re also taking anyone who is available to see the new Little Mermaid movie on Wednesday, July 5th, 10am at the Citadel Mall Theater!  I love YOU, I love being your Pastor, I love what we get to do together, and I can’t wait to see you at Saturday Serve and again on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Oakland Elementary School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community. Today, Friday, June 2nd, 8am-11am.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, June 2nd, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Carolina Voyager School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community.  Today, Friday, June 2nd, 4pm-7pm.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is tomorrow, Saturday, June 3rd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Orange Grove Middle School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community.  Monday, June 5th, 8am-11:30am.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, June 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, June 6th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Tuesday, June 6th, 4-6pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, June 7th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Neighbors Together Project:  Help serve the homeless or those at risk in our community.  Meet at 2105 Cosgrove Ave. Thursday, June 8th, 10am-1pm.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 8th, 6-8pm.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Bags:  On Thursday, June 8th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, June 9th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT Project HighlightSoldier’s Angels – All of our SOI projects (see above) are important, but each week we’re going to highlight one.  On Tuesday, June 6th, 8am-1pm, we’ll be helping Soldier’s Angels and their Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution.  We have been serving with Soldiers Angels now for 4 years!  This Tuesday will be extra special in that our church is actually sponsoring this month’s event.  In other words, we paid for the food that will be distributed to the 200+ Veterans (your generous, consistent giving makes that possible)!   Yes, it’s during the week, yes, it will take up half your day, and yes, it will be hot.  But, YES, you better believe that you will receive far more than you will give!  So if you’re able and available, sign up today!  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
  3. Don’t miss Father’s Day this year at Coastal, Sunday, June 18th!  We’ll have a fun gift for all the men, giveaways at the end of each service, and FREE Kona Ice.  We’re also having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending. 
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

P.S. Attention Coastal –  VBS is only 5 weeks away – July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme, and we can’t wait to blast off with you and your friends!  You can start registering your children now!  You can also start signing up to serve at VBS!

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Friday’s 5 – 5-26-23

Typically, Memorial Weekend officially marks the end of the school year and the beginning of Summer.  But no matter when you or your child gets out of school this year, the month of June always means one thing at Coastal – Summer of IMPACT!  That’s right, and June 1st is THIS COMING THURSDAY!  Now if you are fairly new to Coastal or you’ve been in hibernation, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (45 different projects)!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Like everything we do at Coastal, each outreach project has a leader and each project is well-organized and fully funded.

In fact, the first weekend alone of Summer of IMPACT there are 12 different projects to choose from – Thursday: Neighbor’s Together, a Sewing Project;  Friday: Oakland Graduation, Clothing Team Organize & Sort, Carolina Voyager Graduation;  Saturday:  Saturday Serve (7 different projects)!  We even have a new color “Be the church!” t-shirt & SOI sunglasses for everyone!   

So, it’s time to stop talking about it, and start doing it!  Here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

Scroll down and click on the big blue, “CLICK HERE TO SERVE” button.  That will take you directly to the sign up/registration page.  Take a look at all the opportunities.  Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up!  You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, if you want to make a difference this Summer, this is the way to do it!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!   If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor.  And I love what we get to do together!  See you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there today, Friday, May 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to homeless and hungry downtown!  Today, Friday, May 26th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    SUMMER OF IMPACT:  Summer of IMPACT is the entire month of June!  Go to our website and start signing up TODAY (see above)! https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/
    Neighbors Together Project:  Help serve the homeless or those at risk in our community.  Meet at 2105 Cosgrove Ave. Thursday, June 1st, 10am-1pm.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 1st, 6-8pm.
    Oakland Elementary School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community.  Friday, June 1st, 8am-11am.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Friday, June 2nd, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Carolina Voyager School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community.  Friday, June 1st, 4pm-7pm.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, June 3rd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!
    Orange Grove Middle School Graduation:  We need Greeters, Hosts, & Golf Cart Drivers as we open our doors for our community.  Monday, June 5th, 8am-11:30am.
    Clothing Team: Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes, Monday, June 5th, 9:30am-11:30am.  Meet at 2952 Old Pond Road on Johns Island.
    Soldier’s Angels: We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, June 6th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. (The Elks Lodge).
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  Tuesday, June 6th, 4-6pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, June 7th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Neighbors Together Project:  Help serve the homeless or those at risk in our community.  Meet at 2105 Cosgrove Ave. Thursday, June 8th, 10am-1pm.
    Summer Sewing Project:  Join us as we make quilts for the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bunk beds and for the NICU at East Cooper Medical Center.  All sewing levels welcome – beginners to veterans!  Thursday, June 8th, 6-8pm.
    Ronald McDonald House On the Go Meal Bags:  On Thursday, June 8th, 6:30-7:30pm, we will be packing “On the Go Meal/Snack Bags” for the resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series traditions here at Coastal – “AT THE MOVIES”!  It’s where we take current or popular movies and use them as a hook to talk about spiritual truth.  This year’s theme is, “Movies With A Message.”  ALL 1st Time Guests (and the person who invited them – YOU) will receive a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater throughout the entire series! 
  3. Back by popular demand (well, popular demand might be a stretch)!  But either way, PC & Janet’s Cooking Show is BACK!  Join them on Facebook LIVE on PC’s Facebook page, this Tuesday, May 30th, 8pm.  They’ll be cooking a meal (and giving it away), talking all things Coastal, and having a lot of FUN!
  4. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, June 25th, in our Chapel immediately following the 11:30am service (at approximately 12:45pm).  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. You can sign up on our website today!
  5. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

P.S. Attention Coastal –  VBS is only 6 weeks away – July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme and Astronaut Joe (pictured above) can’t wait to see you and your friends!  You can start registering your children now!  You can also start signing up to serve at VBS!

P.S.S. We’re having another Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th.  If you would like your family to participate, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday OR sign up online. Include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending.

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Friday’s 5 – 5-19-23

Wow – we had an amazing Mother’s Day this past Sunday!  We had 17 families participate in Baby/Child Dedication (we have another Baby/Child Dedication coming up Father’s Day).  We had lots and lots of guests!  And we had 1166 people in attendance (and another 804 online)!  The first picture above is our Gathering Space in between services!  I sent that picture to our Facilities Manager, Ricky Spell, with the caption, “We’re going to need a bigger boat!”  Between the Flower Bar, the Photo Booth, the T-Shirt, Kona Ice, the Give-aways, and the service itself – I hope every woman walked out of Coastal on Sunday feeling special and BEAUTIFUL!  Oh, and speaking of Beautiful, if you’re wondering who was the mastermind behind our Photo Booth & Flower Bar – it was April Price.  Thanks David & April for using your gifts and talents for the Kingdom!

I am seriously excited about all the awesome things happening at Coastal this Summer – the biggest of which is Summer of IMPACT (see below)!  If you and your family haven’t yet signed up for multiple projects, it’s time to do so!  And I seriously encourage you to spread the word with your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers, especially those people in your life who don’t have a church or who aren’t even believers.  Why?  Because God created everyone with the desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself and to make a difference.  And believe it or not, most churches don’t have a very good reputation for serving and loving their communities unconditionally.  So leverage Summer of IMPACT as a way to include those who might not darken the door of a church yet, but would be willing to volunteer in the community.  Don’t you see?  Not only is Summer of IMPACT an opportunity to serve and bless our community and you, but it is also an opportunity for outreach!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.

This Sunday, Coastal is taking 800 people to the Charleston Riverdogs Game!  We only have approximately 20 tickets left to give away – so reach out to Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org with your name and how many tickets you need – first come-first serve!

Another reason I’m excited about the Summer here at Coastal is that on Sunday, June 11th, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series traditions here at Coastal – “AT THE MOVIES”!  It’s where we take current or popular movies and use them as a hook to talk about spiritual truth.  ALL 1st Time Guests (and the person who invited them – YOU) will receive a FREE Movie Ticket to Citadel Mall Theater throughout the entire series!  More about that later, but for now, mark June 11th on your calendar, and start praying about who you will be inviting and bringing to church!  Between all of this, plus Beach Baptism (see below), Father’s Day, VBS (see below), Camp, our “Summer Reading” series, and a Missions Trip to Peru, it’s going to be a Summer to remember.  Make the most of all of it!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor.  And I love what we get to do together!  See you on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:

    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Today, Friday, May 19th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, May 24th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, May 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, May 26th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    SUMMER OF IMPACT:  Summer of IMPACT is the entire month of June!  Go to our website and start signing up TODAY (see below)! https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT is now less than 2 weeks away!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (over 40 different projects)!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized. 

    So here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

    Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

    Take a look at all the opportunities. Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up! You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, this is the way to do it!
  3. Drivers Wanted!  The Coastal Van travels to Charleston Vets and Patriot Villas every Sunday to pick up veterans who want to attend services at Coastal. These veterans, without volunteers behind the wheel, would not have the transportation to attend church. We’re looking for drivers. If you are willing to sacrifice an hour of your time for the veterans we serve, we’d love to hear from you. Two serving opportunities are available each week. The first shift is from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. taking the van from Coastal to Charleston Vets and Patriot Villas to pick-up the vets for the 10am service. The second shift is from 11:00 a.m. until noon transporting the vets back to Charleston Vets and Patriot Villas. If you’d be interested in serving on the team, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at chrisjones@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  4. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is THIS Monday evening, May 22nd, 6pm-8:45pm in the Chapel. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  5. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

P.S. Attention Coastal –  VBS is only 7 weeks away – July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme and Astronaut Joe (pictured above) can’t wait to see you and your friends!  You can start registering your children now!  You can also start signing up to serve at VBS!

P.S.S. Our Youth Pastor, Jacob Bonetti, has an exciting announcement for Coastal Student Ministry this Fall!  Go to their Instagram page to check it out and see their Summer Calendar. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jacob at jacob@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

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Friday’s 5 – 5-12-23

Alright everyone – this Sunday, May 14th, is Mother’s Day!  It’s going to be a BIG DAY at Coastal!  And when I say, “BIG DAY”, you should instinctively know what that means.  It means you pull out all the stops and leverage this weekend for the Kingdom!  It means you come early, park far away, and go out of your way to make our guests feel welcome and at home.  And speaking of guests – it means you invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!  

It really IS going to be a fun day!  We have a gift for all women (not just moms), a fun giveaways at the end of each service (SPA PACKAGE), a photo booth, a Flower Bar (make your own flower bouquet), Baby/Child Dedication during each service, and FREE Kona Ice for everyone!  And Ladies, my message is all about how God sees you as BEAUTIFUL!

A BIG DAY also means, “all hands on deck” for our Volunteers!  The second picture above is all of our First Impressions & Prayer Team Volunteer Lanyards!  We have so many Volunteers in First Impressions alone that we had to create this new space (behind the black buffet line/hallway in the kitchen).  But don’t think for a second that now that our 6 Easter Weekend services have come and gone that the need for Volunteers isn’t as great anymore.  Not at all!  In fact, now with 3 services EACH Sunday, the consistent need is even greater!  In fact, this Sunday with gift giveaways, Photo Booth, and Flower Bar we need even MORE First Impressions Volunteers than normal!  If you’re already on the Team, go to Planning Center and sign up to serve.  Or reach out to Pastor Scott Huff and sign up today!  You can also text him at 859-230-5129.  

That’s true for all of our other Sunday morning LIFE Teams as well – Coastal Kidz, Cafe, Prayer Team, Security, Online Engagement, and Production.  If you’ve served in the past, but it’s been a while, it’s time to serve again.  If you currently serve, will be in town this weekend, but haven’t signed up for this Sunday – go to Planning Center or reach out to your LIFE Team Leader and sign up today!  If you’re new to Coastal and wondering if there is a need or if we have room for you,  the answer is a resounding, “YES!”  Go to our website, choose a place to serve, and sign up today!  And by the way, the best recruiters for serving are not Pastors, emails, or announcements!  It’s those of YOU who currently serve and know the joy and fulfillment that comes from serving!  Reach out to someone who is currently not serving on Sunday morning and get them to join your Team!  I love you Coastal!  I love being your Pastor!  I love what we get to do TOGETHER!  And I can’t wait to see you over the weekend (Double Tailgate Saturday & Mother’s Day)! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, May 12th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Double Tailgate Day: Charleston Vets & Joseph Floyd Manor:  TOMORROW, Saturday, May 13th, 10am-1pm.  Meet at the church and then pick which Tailgate you’d like to serve.
    Ronald McDonald House Meals That Heal:  TOMORROW, Saturday, May 13th, 4-6pm.  Online signup required. Contact Rachel Speer for more info.
    Hope Center Tailgate:  The Hope Center, managed by the city of Charleston, serves as a one-stop shop in downtown Charleston to assist those who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless. We’re sending a Tailgate Team to serve dinner to anyone who is hungry. We meet at Coastal on Tuesday, May 16th, 2pm-5pm.
    Coffee & Doughnuts with the Vets at Patriot Villas –  Friday, May 19th, 8:30am-11am.  Meet at Coastal.
    VA Hospitality Project: This team serves at the VA Hospital in Charleston by providing a hospitality cart, greeting incoming patients and employees, visiting patients, and helping Volunteer Services with small sorting projects.  Wednesday, May 24th, 8:30am-12pm.  Meet at Coastal.Lowcountry Orphan Relief:  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, May 26th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Downtown Charleston “Hotdog Ministry”:  We will be grilling and serving hotdogs to homeless and hungry downtown!  Friday, May 26th, 4-6pm.  Meet at Coastal.

    As always, if you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. Summer of IMPACT is just around the corner!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June (over 40 different projects)!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized. 

    So here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

    Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

    Take a look at all the opportunities. Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up! You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want directly from our website.  And by the way, you don’t even have to call Coastal your home to participate! Invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to serve!  If you are looking to make an IMPACT in our community, this is the way to do it!
  3. Coastal Day at the Riverdogs!  Join us on Sunday, May 21 at 5pm at Joe Riley Park for the Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Game. Tickets are FREE (our Gift to YOU) and will be distributed digitally (you MUST have an email to receive the tickets). Parking at the stadium is also FREE on that day.  Please submit your name, email, and number of tickets on your Connect Card OR by simply emailing Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  We only have approximately 50 tickets left to give away (we’re capping it at 800) – so first come-first serve!
  4. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Monday evening, May 22nd, 6pm-8:45pm. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  Dinner & childcare provided!
  5. We are planning our Annual BEACH BAPTISM out at Folly Beach County Park on Sunday, June 11th, at 5pm.  You can sign up for it on our website.  The only requirement for Baptism is that you have personally given your life to Jesus.  Baptism is a public profession of your faith, and it’s a great celebration!  It beautifully illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  If you’re unable to participate in our Beach Baptism, remember at Coastal we’re ready for you to get Baptized any service, any Sunday.  If you are interested in getting Baptized, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card, or sign up on our website.

P.S. Coastal VBS – July 10th-14th, 6-8:15pm each night, for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  This year’s theme is a Space Theme!  You can start registering your children now!  You can also start signing up to serve at VBS!

P.S.S. There is a family from our church (Dan & Susan Neidhardt) who have developed a heart for the people of Ukraine and the refugee crisis there. In fact, they currently have two mothers and their sons from the Ukraine living with them. They have been with them for 2 months now, and it has been a greatly rewarding experience. You might have met them at church. They have recently been in touch with another woman who will be coming to the States and needs a place to stay temporarily while they look for more permanent housing. The woman comes from the Cherkasy region, which has been under recent attacks. Her parents are farmers and just want her safe. Dan & Susan have talked to her. She is educated and understands English. They are simply trying to get the word out and see if anyone has a room or apartment she can use temporarily. If you are interested in learning more about how you might help, please feel free to reach out to Dan & Susan directly at 843-442-3695.

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Friday’s 5 – 5-5-23

The picture above is one of the Teachers from Oakland Elementary School.  She’s holding Shrimp & Grits and one of Janet’s homemade cheddar cheese biscuits.  This has become an annual Teacher Appreciation Week tradition, and it’s just one of the many things that we’ve done this week to celebrate the heroes across the street from our church.  And all of it is made possible through your consistent, faithful generosity!  

In fact, that’s true of ALL the Outreach that our church does.  We couldn’t do it without YOU!  And speaking of Outreach & YOU, it’s time for YOU to start signing up for Summer of IMPACT!  If you are fairly new to Coastal, Summer of IMPACT is a month-long effort (the entire month of June) where we as a church saturate our community with the love of Jesus through simple acts of service.  It’s basically what we do all throughout the year, but MULTIPLIED during the month of June!  There is something for everyone (including children).  There are opportunities nearly every day of the month. You simply sign-up and then show-up.  It’s that easy.  Every project has a leader and every project is well-organized. 

So here’s what I am asking you to do RIGHT NOW:

Click on this link: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/missions/

Take a look at all the opportunities. Find the project(s) right for you and then sign up! You can sign up for as many opportunities as you want