Friday’s 5 – 2-17-19

It’s been such a great week at Coastal!  First of all, we had a great kick-off for “The Vow!”  We had 646 in attendance and another 186 online!  In fact, did you know that we’ve not been under 600 in attendance in all of 2019!  Then we had a great Newcomer’s Reception with over 20+ new people!  From all reports so far it’s been an awesome kick-off to LIFE Groups!  On Sunday night I was hoping we would have at least 50 show up for Financial Peace.  We had 65!  

And then, this is pretty cool, our church made the short list of “Best Place of Worship” in Charleston City Paper’s Annual “Best of List”! It’s in the “Attractions & City Living” Category.  Drop by and vote for us here if you feel so inclined.  If nothing else, it’s positive advertising for our church. I tell people all the time, there are some great churches in Charleston, we’re just one of them!

Also, I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful Wedding Anniversary (32 years) wishes this week!  Janet and I took the day off and just spent the day relaxing and hanging out.  We then enjoyed a romantic dinner by candlelight at home!  It was awesome! 

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

  1. LIFE Groups have begun!  But it’s not too late to join one.   There are 3 different ways to sign up for a LIFE Group at Coastal, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, at the LIFE Group Tables in the back of our auditorium, or right now online from our website.  Go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!
  2. Coastal is hosting a Marriage Seminar – next Friday & Saturday, February 22nd-23rd.  The cost is $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  The Conference is open to the anyone in the community, so feel free to invite someone to join you!  See our website for schedule and details.  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!  We ARE providing childcare during the Marriage Seminar. If you are interested in being a paid Childcare worker, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.
  3. As a part of “The Vow” series, on Sunday, February 24th, we’re giving all married couples during both services an opportunity to renew their wedding vows.  And then, immediately after both services that Sunday we’re going to have our version of a “wedding reception” outside underneath a tent complete with cake, pictures, music, and food trucks (bring money for the food trucks)!  It’s going to be quite a Sunday to remember!  The whole series is going to be awesome!  Invite and bring a friend!
  4. Our next Saturday Serve is Saturday, March 2nd!  We will meet at the church at 8:30am to debrief and then disburse to serve!  Come make an IMPACT in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus!  There is always something for the whole family!  And PLEASE, invite and bring someone to serve with you!  If you have any questions about Saturday Serve or ideas for future service opportunities, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.
  5. We’re having 5 Easter Services this year at Coastal!  Two on Saturday night, April 20th, 5pm & 6:30pm, and then we’re having 3 services on Sunday, April 21st, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am.  With 5 services it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!  In other words, we need everyone serving and volunteering!  Check in with your LIFE Team Leader and go ahead and sign up now.  If you are not yet serving, indicate your interest on your Connect Card and we will help you find a place to serve God by serving others! 
    First Impressions: Chris Ranew / chrisranew@gmail.com
    Cafe: Matt and Kathy Beam / mattbeam13@yahoo.com
    Children’s Ministry: Janet Rollins / janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org
    Prayer Team: Billy Burnett / Billy.burnett@grsi.com
    Security: Bryan Miller / bryan.bcmill@gmail.com

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

Friday’s 5 – 2-8-19

Okay guys you know the drill – this Sunday, February 10th is a Big Day at Coastal!  Yes, every Sunday is a big deal, but this Sunday is a “Big Day” in the sense that we’re kicking off a brand new series called “The Vow.”  It’s a relationship/marriage series.  Whether you’re single or married, I promise you’ll get something out of it.  We’ve also sent out a large postcard to all of West Ashley (over 47,000 homes), inviting them to attend.  So what can you do to help make this Sunday a success?

  1. Pray!  Pray for the people you are inviting and for all the people our church is inviting (the postcard & social media).  Pray for people to come to know Jesus.  Pray for me & my message.  Pray for our staff and volunteers.  Beg God to draw people to Himself through our church.
     
  2. Invite!  Make it a personal goal to invite and bring so many people.  Send emails.  Send personal messages on facebook and other social media.  Share our Facebook posts.  Make a phone call.  Walk across the street or hallway.
     
  3. Welcome!  Go out of you way to speak to & welcome all of our guests (or anyone you don’t know).  Help us treat everyone as our welcome, expected guests in our home.  Remember, guests are GIFTS from God!  Help us treat everyone that way!
     
  4. Consider serving!  A new series & new people mean we need more and more volunteers.  If you’re not already serving somewhere, it’s time to start!  Our 1st Impressions Team is a great place to get started.  Give Chris Ranew our 1st Impressions LIFE Team Leader a call or send him an email – 706-941-2044, chrisranew@gmail.com.  Our Children’s Ministry is also a great place to serve on Sunday morning.  Call Janet, our Children’s Ministry Leader or send her an email – 843-442-8299, janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
     
  5. Give.  Special Days incur special expenses.  Come prepared to give generously.  Or better yet, you can give any time using any of the different ways we have to give at Coastal – our website, texting (843-277-8337), or our app.
     
  6. 4 More Things to Consider on the day of the “Big Day” itself.  Parking:  the farther away you park, the better!  Please park at Oakland and save the closer parking for guests.  Service times:  the key is come to the service that your guests are coming to.  If it doesn’t matter to you, please come to the 11:15am service.  BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT, whatever service you attend, come early!  Everything goes smoother (Child Check-In, coffee, getting a seat, helping our guests) when you come a little earlier.   Seating:  PLEASE sit to the front and center of each section.  This makes more room for people as they come in.  And finally, everyone PLEASE FILL OUT A CONNECT CARD!   

Whew!  I think that’s about it!  Sunday is going to be AWESOME!  Most importantly, people are going to come to Jesus!  Like I’ve said Coastal, let’s pray and beg God like it all depends on Him.  But then let’s work, invite, and share like it all depends on us.  Then let’s walk by faith, trust God with the results, and celebrate the outcome!  

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

  1. Coastal has a large, growing, active, and life changing Ministry called MOPS – Mother’s of Preschoolers.  They meet at the church on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday every month during the school year.  They have a huge need that you might be interested in meeting or know someone who would.  They are looking for people interested in helping with childcare.  The childcare workers serve from 9:15am to 11:30am and are paid $20.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Carol Wessell at 843-725-8670 or carolwessel@hotmail.com.
  2. New to Coastal?  Join us THIS Sunday, February 10th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or respond to this email.
  3. LIFE Groups start this Sunday, February 10th!  It’s still not too late to sign up for a Group.   There are 3 different ways to sign up for a LIFE Group at Coastal, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, at the LIFE Group Tables in the back of our auditorium, or online from our website.  Go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!
  4. Coastal is hosting a Marriage Seminar – Friday & Saturday, February 22nd-23rd.  The cost is $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  The Conference is open to the anyone in the community, so feel free to invite someone to join you!  See our website for schedule and details ($50 deposit due now).  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!  We ARE providing childcare during the Marriage Seminar
  5. We ARE providing childcare during the Marriage Seminar.  If you are not attending the seminar, we are looking for about 8 people for this position. The pay is $10 an hour. The times would be: Friday, Feb. 22, 5:45-9:00PM & Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:45AM-12:00PM.  Dinner and breakfast will be provided for the children & Child Care Providers.  We will also have a schedule of games, activities, etc. for the children during each session.  If you are interested, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

P.S. As a part of “The Vow” series, on Sunday, February 24th, we’re giving all married couples during both services an opportunity to renew their wedding vows.  And then, immediately after both services that Sunday we’re going to have our version of a “wedding reception” outside underneath a tent complete with cake, pictures, music, and food trucks!  It’s going to be quite a Sunday to remember!  The whole series is going to be awesome!  Invite and bring a friend!

Friday’s 5 – 2-1-19

Woohoo (if you haven’t figured it out, woohoo is my go to happy phrase)!  Tomorrow is our next Saturday Serve!  If you’ve never been to a Saturday Serve, let me explain what happens.  The first Saturday of every month we gather together at the Coastal Cafe at 8:30am.  After hanging out for a few minutes and grabbing some coffee, that month’s Project Leaders give a quick “pitch” for their serving opportunity, someone prays, and then everyone takes off to serve.  Yes, it’s that simple!  All of the projects are usually done by noon.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other people, have fun, get connected, and most importantly, make an IMPACT in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus.  This month’s projects include:

  1. Serving at the North Charleston Tailgate at the CARTA Super-Stop in North Charleston.  You’ll have the opportunity to feed 100+ hurting, hungry, and homeless people.
  2. 100+ meals prepared in the Coastal Kitchen for My Sister’s House and S.C. Strong.
  3. Organizing and serving at the Lowcountry Food Bank.
  4. Jenkins Orphanage – playing games and making tacos & nachos.  Also, there is a painting project where several areas of the facility need touch up painting (they need paint, rollers, brushes, & drop cloths).  If you are interested in the painting project, please reach out to Chris Jones.
  5. Making crafts for residents at Riverside Life Care Skilled Nursing Facilities.  This project is specifically for young children.

If you have any questions about Saturday Serve or if you have any other future project ideas, please reach out to Chris Jones at Jonescg73@gmail.com or 843-870-4613.  I promise you that it will be one of the most fulfilling things you do this month (plus we give you a FREE t-shirt)!  

I want to thank all of our LIFE Group Leaders for all the hard work, creativity, and effort they put into last week’s LIFE GROUP SUNDAY!  It was such an awesome day!  But most importantly there have been 539 sign ups for LIFE Groups so far!  It’s not too late to sign up for a Group.   There are 3 different ways to sign up for a LIFE Group at Coastal, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, at the LIFE Group Tables in the back of our auditorium, or online from our website.  Go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!  By the way, LIFE Groups start the week of February 10th.

Sunday, February 10th is going to be a BIG DAY at Coastal!  Not only do LIFE Groups start that week, but we’re kicking off a new sermon series called, “The VOW.”  It’s a marriage & relationship series and whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied “the knot”, I promise you’ll get something out of it.  A large postcard inviting all of West Ashley to attend goes out this week!  So, pull out all the stops and invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to be your guest!  You can pick up extra postcards this Sunday at Coastal to use as invite cards. 

As a part of the series, we’re having our Marriage Seminar, February 22nd & 23rd and a special service on Sunday, February 24th, where we will give all married couples during both services an opportunity to renew their wedding vows.  And then, immediately after both services that Sunday we’re going to have our version of a “wedding reception” outside underneath a tent complete with cake, pictures, and music!  It’s going to be quite a Sunday to remember!  The whole series is going to be awesome!  Start praying, planning, and preparing now for the people you will be inviting!

We ARE providing childcare during the Marriage Seminar.  If you are not attending the seminar, we are looking for about 8 people for this position. The pay is $10 an hour. The times would be: Friday, Feb. 22, 5:45-9:00PM & Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:45AM-12:00PM.  Pizza will be provided for Friday night dinner for the children and the childcare providers, and breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning.  We will also have a schedule of games, activities, etc. for the children during each session.  If you are interested, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

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

1. Coastal has a large, growing, active, and life changing Ministry called MOPS.  MOPS stands for Mother’s of Preschoolers.  They meet at the church on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday every month during the school year.  They have a huge need that you might be interested in meeting or know someone who would.  They are looking for people interested in helping with childcare.  The childcare workers serve from 9:15am to 11:30am and are paid $20.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Carol Wessell at 843-725-8670 or carolwessel@hotmail.com.

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

3. Start 2019 off right by officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The first Membership Class of 2019 is THIS MONDAY NIGHT, February 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our websiteyour Connect Card,or byresponding to this email.

4. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, February 10th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

5. During our Marriage/Relationship Series starting Sunday, February 10th (“The Vow”), Coastal is hosting a Marriage Seminar – Friday & Saturday, February 22nd-23rd.  The cost is $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  The Conference is open to the anyone in the community, so feel free to invite someone to join you!  See our website for schedule and details ($50 deposit due now).  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!  Don’t miss out on this fun, practical and inspirational event!  Over 90 people have already signed up!

P.S. Many of you have watched our services LIVE Online!  But have you tried giving online?  Your consistent, faithful, generous giving enables our church to make its IMPACT!  It’s easy, safe, and secure!  You can give through our website, our App (yes, we have a FREE App), or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!  Try it today!

Friday’s 5 – 1-25-19

Woohoo!  This coming Sunday is probably one of my favorite Sundays of the year!  IT’S LIFE GROUP SUNDAY!  For those of you who have never been to LIFE Group Sunday, let me explain.  Both Sunday morning services are pretty much the same, just a little shorter.  We make them shorter to give everyone more time to go out to the LIFE Group Tent on our front lawn after each service.  Underneath the tent will be tables representing all the different LIFE Groups this semester.  At those tables you’ll be able to meet the leaders, learn more about each Group, meet other people, enjoy some great snacks, AND SIGN UP FOR A LIFE GROUP!  Our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry will have their regular classes and will be ready for pick up at their normal time.  We will make an announcement in the tent when it’s time to pick them up.  There are 3 different ways to sign up for Group at Coastal, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up on your Connect Card, online from our website, or at one of the LIFE Group Tables.  Go to our website, check out the catalog, and sign up for a LIFE Group today!  By the way, our LIFE Groups are for everyone – whether you’re a member of our church, an occasional attender, or even if you’ve never attended on a Sunday.   We’re called Coastal COMMUNITY Church and you (and your friends and family) are a part of our community.  So spread the word and invite someone to join you!

I’ve got some more exciting news to share with you – the best kind of news!  20 Students gave their life to Jesus at the Winter Retreat last weekend!  Let that sink in – 20 STUDENTS GAVE THEIR LIFE TO JESUS!  Coastal, that’s why we do what we do – that’s what it’s all about!!  I met with Pastor Ryan and Ashley Hojnacki (our Office Manager & one of our Student Ministry Leaders) this week to talk about their goals and plans.  Let me just say that I’m so excited about what they have planned for Student Ministry this semester!  God is going to continue to do some amazing things with our Students!  Parents, GET YOUR STUDENTS (6th-12th Grade) TO WAVES WEDNESDAYS!  It kicks off this Wednesday night 6-8:15pm for the New Year! 

I want to let you know and get you excited about a new series that will kick off on Sunday, February 10th.  It’s going to be a Marriage/Relationship series called, “The VOW.”  Whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied “the knot”, I promise you’ll get something out of this series.  The week before the series begins, we’ll be mailing out a large postcard to all of West Ashley inviting people to attend.  So, I want to challenge you to pull out all the stops and invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to be your guest.  And then as a part of the series, we’re having our Marriage Conference, February 22nd & 23rd and a special service on Sunday, February 24th, where we will give all married couples during both services an opportunity to renew their wedding vows.  And then, immediately after both services that Sunday we’re going to have our version of a “wedding reception” outside underneath a tent complete with cake, food, pictures, and music!  It’s going to be quite a Sunday to remember!  The whole series is going to be awesome!  Start praying, planning, and preparing now for the people you will be inviting!

I want to thank those of you who took a “Fish” from our “Wish Fish” Table for Oakland Elementary School last Sunday!  ALL OF THEM were taken!  You can drop off your items at the church any time between now and Sunday, February 10th!  As always, thank you for your generosity and making an IMPACT in our community!

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

1. Coastal has a large, growing, active, and life changing Ministry called MOPS.  MOPS stands for Mother’s of Preschoolers.  They meet at the church on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday every month during the school year.  They have a huge need that you might be interested in meeting or know someone who would.  They are looking for people interested in helping with childcare.  The childcare workers serve from 9:15am to 11:30am and are paid $20.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Carol Wessell at 843-725-8670 or carolwessel@hotmail.com.

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

3. Start 2019 off right by officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The first Membership Class of 2019 is Monday night, February 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our websiteyour Connect Card,or byresponding to this email.

4. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, February 10th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

5. During our Marriage/Relationship Series starting Sunday, February 10th (“The Vow”), Coastal is hosting a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22nd-23rd.  The cost is $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  The Conference is open to the anyone in the community, so feel free to invite someone to join you!  See our website for schedule and deposit details ($50 deposit due this Sunday, January 27th).  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!  We already have almost 90 adults signed up!  My goal is to have over 100!  Don’t miss out on this fun, practical and inspirational event!

P.S. So tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th is my wife Janet’s Birthday!  She’s not on social media so feel free to send her a Happy Birthday text or email tomorrow at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.  Help me make her Birthday a special one!

Friday’s 5 – 1-18-19

I’ve got some exciting news to share!  Our Christmas Offering Goal this past year was – $60,000.  Drumroll please. . . this year WE gave $69,108.57!!  Wow!  Just WOW!  Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Coastal, I know where your heart is!  Together we are making an IMPACT – ONE life at a time!  Some of that money is already being spent – food and supplies for Saturday Serve, t-shirts at Oakland Elementary School, cameras and security equipment for Coastal Kidz, and the Winter Retreat for our Students.  I want to challenge you to continue to give generously to Coastal.  Your consistent, generous giving allows us to do what we do – share and experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus in Charleston and the world!

I want to thank those of you who are “making room for Jesus” by coming to the 11:15am service.  It definitely helped this past Sunday!  Our attendance was the exact same as the week before – 629 – but the crowd was more evenly spread, making more room in the 9:30am service.  We are having serious conversations about adding that 3rd service!  It’s possible that when we add services for Easter this year, we will keep 3 of them moving forward.  We will probably do what we did for last Easter – Sunday mornings, 8:30am, 10am, & 11:30am.  More services means more volunteers.  For those of you serving one service/once a month in various ministries, especially Nursery & our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry, will you consider serving at least twice a month?  That one shift alone will make a huge difference and allow us to continue to grow and reach more people.

We had 69 people show up for Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” Training this past Tuesday night!  It was awesome!  We are definitely going to make it a regular part of our ministry here at Coastal.  In fact, we are moving toward making it mandatory for all volunteers working with children & students.  I want to thank those of you who came.  I hope you got as much out of it as I did.

Our WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is leaving today at 3pm to Pigeon Forge, TN with 75 people for their Winter Retreat!  Please keep Pastor Ryan, all of his volunteers, and all of the Students in your prayers.  Pray for safety and protection, pray that they have a blast, but also pray for lives to be forever changed!  They return to the church on Monday at 6pm.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. You’ll get a chance to preview the Spring Semester LIFE Group Catalog this Sunday in your bulletin!   LIFE Group Sunday will be the following Sunday, January 27th and LIFE Groups will begin the week of February 10th.  And here’s a little secret – you can also check them out and go ahead and sign up online!  Our LIFE Group Leader Training for all Leaders & Assistants is either Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm or Saturday, January 26th, 10am-12noon (pick one).

2. Christmas has come and gone, but the Spirit of Giving never stops at Coastal – especially when it concerns our community and Oakland Elementary School! Beginning this Sunday at Coastal, stop by the “Wish Fish” table in the back of our auditorium, pick a “fish”, commit to purchasing those items, and then bring them back to Coastal by Sunday, February 10th. It’s that simple! Items include things like pencils & erasers, hand sanitizer, art supplies, paper, binders, puzzles and more! Let’s help Oakland and its Teachers & Students start 2019 off right and finish the year well.

3. Start 2019 off right by officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The first Membership Class of 2019 is Monday night, February 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our website or byresponding to this email.

4. Friday nights from 5pm-7pm (beginning next Friday, January 25th) will be “Spirit Night” for Coastal Community Church at the James Island Chick-fil-a on Folly Road – yes, that’s EVERY Friday night!  All you have to do is tell them that you’re from Coastal and 10-15% of your order will go back to Coastal!  We’re going to use that money for our Missions/Outreach!  So spread the word and pick up some chicken on Friday nights starting next week!  We’re also looking for some volunteers who will hangout at Chick-fil-a during those hours and hand out our invite cards, instructing people to designate their receipt toward that night’s “Spirit Night” (that’s the key).  Respond to this email if you’re interested!

5. During our Marriage Sermon Series in the new year, Coastal will host a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22-23.  Cost $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  Open to the community.  See our website for schedule and deposit details ($50 deposit due January 27th).  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!

P.S. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, February 10th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.

Friday’s 5 – 1-11-19

Wow – everyone must have taken to heart my challenge to make church a priority in 2019.  Our attendance was 629 this past Sunday!  We will be adding an extra row of chairs in the auditorium (especially for the 1st service).  You can help us out by coming early and sitting to the front and center of each section of chairs.  If service times don’t matter too much to you, come to the 11:15am service.  It will make more room in the 9:30am service (by far the fuller service).  But most importantly, come to the service that your guests are coming to!  Also, please park over at the school and leave the up front parking for our guests.  And yes, we are in the planning stages now for adding a 3rd service.  We still have room to grow with our 2 services, but we want to be prepared for our continued growth.

I got a lot of feedback from last week’s message as we kicked off, “In the Beginning.”  It’s really hard to answer all of the questions you might have about the Doctrine of Creation in a Sunday morning sermon.  However, a book that I would highly recommend is Lee Strobel’s, The Case for the Creator.  This coming Sunday, I’ll be talking about Adam & Eve, the Fall of Man, and the tactics that Satan uses to lure us into sin.  I think you’ll discover that he still uses the same tactics today.  Don’t miss it!  And as always, invite and bring friends!

This Sunday is the last Sunday to give towards our Annual Christmas Offering! I’m not going to tell you where we are right now – I’ll announce the grand total in next week’s Friday 5 and at church that week.

Make sure you sign up for a couple of events that are coming up here at Coastal:  the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training this coming Tuesday and our Marriage Conference that we’re hosting on February 22nd & 23rd.  You’ll see all the info below.  Register today from our website!

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

1. We are putting the finishing touches on the Spring Semester of LIFE Groups!   If you ARE leading a Group, we need all of your Group info (Group Name, meeting day & time, location, description) turned in to Pastor Scott NOW.  LIFE Group Sunday will be January 27th and LIFE Groups will begin the week of February 10th.  Our LIFE Group Leader Training for all Leaders & Assistants is either Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm or Saturday, January 26th, 10am-12noon (pick one).

2. Attention all parents and volunteers who work with children or students:  Coastal is hosting “Darkness to Light” and their “Stewards of Children Prevention Training” THIS Tuesday night, January 15th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our church.  The training is free (Coastal is picking up the $10 per person fee).  Spread the word and invite anyone in the community.  The training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.  Please RSVP on your Connect Card or from our website online.

3. Start 2019 off right by officially making Coastal Community Church YOUR church family!   The first Membership Class of 2019 is Monday night, February 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and light refreshments are provided.  You can sign up for the class on our website or byresponding to this email.

4. Mark your calendars and make plans NOW!  Starting on Sunday evenings on February 10th, 2019!  Financial Peace University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously!  Indicate your interest on your Connect Card on Sunday or by responding to this email!

5. During our Marriage Sermon Series in the new year, Coastal will host a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22-23.  Cost $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  Open to the community.  See our website for schedule and deposit details ($50 deposit due January 27th).  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!

P.S. You should be receiving your 2018 Giving Statement from our church sometime next week.  If you have any questions about your statement, please contact the office (843-571-1777) and speak with Ashley Hojnacki.

Friday’s Five – 1-4-19

I hope you’ve had a great start to 2019!  Don’t forget that we are back to our normal service times this Sunday – two services, 9:30am and 11:15am.  After a couple of weeks of people being out of town, this is the perfect Sunday for everyone to return!  It’s the first Sunday of the New Year AND we’re kicking off a new series called, “In the Beginning.”  It’s basically an overview of the first book of the Bible – Genesis.  Many people start Bible Reading Plans in January and there are a lot important themes in Genesis that apply to our lives today.  Don’t miss it!  

As you’re praying about goals and changes you want to make in 2019, can I encourage you to include making Coastal a priority.  In an interview with Eugene Peterson (the man who wrote the Message paraphrase of the Bible) before his passing, he was asked, “What is the best advice you could give to a person that would assist his/her spiritual growth?”  His answer, “Find a church near your home, go and participate regularly, shut up and like it.”  I don’t think the interviewer was braced for that response.  But as one who serves in ministry, I understand it.  Jesus called the church His Body, His Bride.  Jesus died for the church.  Jesus started the church.  The church is the Family of God and the only thing that will last on into eternity.  The church is the hope of the world and when done right, there is nothing greater or more powerful than the local church.  However, there is no perfect church – because the church is made up of people, you and me, and there are no perfect people.  Church attendance/involvement is just like any other habit – it’s easy to make excuses and get out of the habit.  So, my advice, make a commitment and push through.  If it’s been a while, come this Sunday.  If you already attend regularly, maybe it’s time you started serving.  Maybe this is the semester that you join a LIFE Group.  And how about this – invite and bring someone with you to church.  You never know the power of a simple invitation. 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. We are putting the finishing touches on the Spring Semester of LIFE Groups!   If you are still interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, we need to know NOW – respond to this email or contact Pastor Scott.  If you ARE leading a Group, we need all of your Group info (Group Name, meeting day & time, location, description) turned in to Pastor Scott this coming week.  LIFE Group Sunday will be January 27th and LIFE Groups will begin the week of February 10th.  Our LIFE Group Leader Training for all Leaders & Assistants is either Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm or Saturday, January 26th, 10am-12noon (pick one).

2. Woohoo!  THIS Saturday, January 5th is Saturday Serve!  We meet at the church at 8:30am to debrief and then disburse to serve our community!  Come make an IMPACT by being the hands and feet of Jesus!  Projects include the Lowcountry Food Bank, preparation of meals in the Coastal kitchen for My Sister’s House and South Carolina Strong, a tailgate meal and fellowship with the community in North Charleston, the creation of crafts for distribution to the elderly, and service to several young women at Jenkins Orphanage. Many opportunities to serve and yes, we NEED YOU!

3. Mark your calendars and make plans NOW!  Starting on Sunday evenings on February 10th, 2019!  Financial Peace University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously!  Indicate your interest on your Connect Card on Sunday or by responding to this email!

4. During our Marriage Sermon Series in the new year, Coastal will host a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22-23.  Cost $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  Open to the community.  See bulletin insert this Sunday for schedule and deposit details.  You can sign up on your Connect Card or from our website online!

5. Attention all parents and volunteers who work with children or students (honestly, attention everyone who cares about this issue and wants to make a difference):  Coastal is hosting “Darkness to Light” and their “Stewards of Children Prevention Training” on Tuesday night, January 15th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our church.  The training is free (Coastal is picking up the $10 per person fee).  Spread the word and invite anyone in the community.  The training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.  Please RSVP on your Connect Card or from our website online.

P.S. I’ve got some good news, we’re getting close to reaching our goal of $60,000 for this year’s Christmas Offering!  We still have 2 weeks left to give (last Sunday is January 13th).  If you haven’t given yet – GIVE.  Simply use the word, “Christmas” to designate your gift.

Friday’s 5 – 12-14-18

First of all I want to thank those of you stepped up to my challenge last week and made an initial gift to our 7thAnnual Christmas Offering.  Again, every gift counts, every gift matters.  I also want to give you an update on where the offering is being invested.  We picked up our annual t-shirts that we give to Oakland Elementary School as a Christmas gift yesterday.  The students receive their shirt on Wednesday and then they take a huge group picture of the entire school.  The Principal tells me it’s her absolute favorite day of the year!  I’ll be there for the picture and I’ll be sure to share it with you next week.  Just think about this, each student knows that that t-shirt comes, no strings attached, from Coastal Community Church!  How cool is that?!  That’s just a small glimpse of the IMPACT your Christmas Offering makes in our community!  Also, our security/alarm company has been installing cameras in our Coastal Kidz’ classrooms this week!  We hope everything will be up and operational sometime next week.  It is our desire to do all that we can to create a safe, secure environment for our children and the children of our community.  That’s just a sample of what your Christmas Offering is already doing.  Remember you can give any time between now and January 13th.  Also, our entire offering during both Christmas Eve Services will go towards our Christmas Offering.

And now the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK (drumroll please) . . . . . the Outdoor Christmas Party this Saturday (tomorrow) IS ON!!    Chris Jones will be at the church today starting at 2:30 p.m. until around 6:00 p.m. to stage and prep some of the equipment for Saturday.  We can receive some of the food items (storage at the church is limited) at that time should you have other plans and need to drop off early. We’ll also be warming some of the hams overnight in the warmer. However, we are still asking our volunteers to bring their food donations warm and ready to serve on Saturday morning if at all possible. 

On Saturday morning, the church will be open by 7:00 a.m. to finish warming food items, making coffee, etc. If you want to come early, then by all means please do. Otherwise, we’ll see everyone at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. It may be chilly in the morning but should warm into the lower 60’s. It might be good to bring a light jacket but once we get to moving around, it should be just fine. This may very well be the perfect weather for a Christmas party!  

We’ve been planning, postponing and then planning this event for weeks. Thanks so much for sticking with it!  This is going to be a great day!  Most of the blankets have ribbon and are ready to go, additional chairs have been donated for seating, paper products (plates, forks, knives and spoons) have been ordered, and the Christmas tree is on-hand. We are SO ready!  If people in your workplace, family or community want to come out to provide support, let them come along…let’s overwhelm the place with the love of Christmas!  For some of the people we will be serving…this IS Christmas for them. Let’s make it the best ever.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Jones at Jonescg73@gmail.com or 843-870-4613. 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

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

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

3. Mark your calendars and make plans NOW!  Starting on Sunday evenings on February 10th, 2019!  Financial Peace University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously!  Indicate your interest on your Connect Card on Sunday or by responding to this email!

4. During our Marriage Sermon Series in the new year, Coastal will host a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22-23.  Cost $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  Open to the community.  See bulletin insert this Sunday for schedule and deposit details.  Sign up on your Connect Card!

5. Attention all parents and volunteers who work with children or students (honestly, attention everyone who cares about this issue and wants to make a difference):  Coastal is hosting “Darkness to Light” and their “Stewards of Children Prevention Training” on Tuesday night, January 15th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our church.  The training is free (Coastal is picking up the $10 per person fee).  Spread the word and invite anyone in the community.  The training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.  Please RSVP on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

P.S. On Sunday morning, December 30th we are having ONE SERVICE at 9:30am.  There will be no 11:15am service.

Friday’s 5 – 12-7-18

I want to issue a small, but simple challenge that potentially could have huge results. Here’s the challenge – give something to the Christmas Offering this weekend. In general, I would say that over the years most people give to the Christmas Offering during 3 times:  closer to Christmas, Christmas Eve, or right after Christmas in January.  Now if that’s your plan, I’m not asking you to change that plan.  In fact, Janet and I typically do the same thing.  I’m not asking you to give everything now.  But, I am asking everyone to give something this weekend – even if that something in your mind is very, very small.  I’m issuing this challenge for a couple of reasons.  One, it’s a reminder that every gift counts, every gift matters.  Some people don’t give, because they mistakenly think that their “small gift” doesn’t make a difference.  Many times, it’s the small gift given sacrificially that matters the most.  We can’t all give the same amount, but it’s when all of us, together, make a sacrifice and give by faith that God shows up and does a miracle.  Two, I believe that giving unlocks the door of generosity and blessing in our lives.  Let’s open that door now!  One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is of Joshua and the children of Israel crossing the Jordan River and finally entering the Promised Land.  Joshua 3:15 says, “Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing.”  Does God have perfect timing or what?  How many times do we come to a new experience with God, a new challenge, a new blessing and He patiently waits for us to step out in faith?  He waits for us to get our feet wet.  We have no way of knowing how God will provide or deliver.  He’s just waiting on us to move forward, to make the ask, to invite that friend, to pray, to serve, to love, and to give.  So, whether your initial gift is $1, $10, or $10,000, let’s all step out in faith, get our feet wet, and give something this weekend!  Just make sure that however you give, you mark you gift with the keyword, “Christmas.”

I know this is going to sound like a broken record, BUT due to weather concerns, the Outdoor Christmas Party has been postponed again one week to next Saturday, December 15th.  The weather is simply uncooperative. With the chance of rain throughout the weekend remaining high, coupled with unseasonably chilly temperatures, it creates an environment that is extremely difficult for us to accomplish our goals. Our hope is to create a memorable Christmas event for those who are homeless, hungry and already hurting.  We think we can still do that, but unfortunately not this weekend.  We understand that changing the dates can result in losing some volunteers because of scheduling, but if at all possible we hope you will consider staying onboard for just a little while longer.  If you’ve cooked something already, please freeze it until next week. Items selected for the menu should keep and reheat without any problem until next week.  Be mindful that storage at the church is limited, so if you can store items at home, please do so.  We have ample blankets, hats and gloves. However, if you have additional donations, we will still accept them and ensure they are distributed. A final Go/No-Go decision will be made next Thursday night 12/13; communication from Chris Jones will be provided once the decision is made.  We cannot control the weather, but we all know who does. Let’s commit to prayer for better conditions next Saturday so that we can share and experience the life and love of Jesus with those in our community.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Jones at Jonescg73@gmail.com or 843-870-4613.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1. Our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry is kicking off a brand new curriculum December 16th, and all volunteers, including assistants and student volunteers, need to go through a Training Session.  There is a session offered this Saturday (tomorrow), December 8th, 10am-12noon AND a final/make-up session offered on Monday morning, December 10th, 9am-11am.  If you haven’t already done so, please respond to this email to RSVP.

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

3. Attention all Students (6th-12th Grade):  The WAVES Christmas Party is this Wednesday night, December 12th, 6pm-8:15pm at Coastal!  You won’t want to miss it!  Wear an ugly Christmas Sweater or your Christmas Pajamas!  Bring a wrapped White Elephant Christmas gift (under $10).  Dinner, candy, fun, obnoxious Christmas music – all provided!

4. Mark your calendars and make plans NOW!  Starting on Sunday evenings on February 10th, 2019!  Financial Peace University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously!  Indicate your interest on your Connect on Sunday or by responding to this email!

5. During our Marriage Sermon Series in the new year, Coastal will host a Marriage Conference – Friday & Saturday, February 22-23.  Cost $100 per couple/$50 per individual.  Meals and Childcare are included.  Open to the community.  See bulletin insert this Sunday for schedule and deposit details.  Sign up on your Connect Card!

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

Child Protection & Safety at Coastal

In light of the recent news at another church in Charleston, I want to share with you what we are currently doing on Sunday mornings at Coastal to ensure the safety and protection of our children and what we are changing.

First of all, no volunteer ever serves alone, and a background check is run on all Coastal Kidz volunteers ages 18 or older.  We also have a Security Team member and a City of Charleston Police Officer monitoring all classrooms and hallways during each service.

We’ve tried to not take a child to the restroom alone, but at times in the past, it has happened.  However, from now on, it is now the policy of our church that you CAN NOT be in the restroom with a child alone without another volunteer being with you.  It is NEVER allowed under any circumstances.  There are ALWAYS other options.

For most classes, this is not a problem.  Nursery and 2 year olds use the restroom in the nursery. Keep the door open or have a nursery volunteer assist.  4-Kindergarten use the restroom in the classroom. Most children will not need any assistance. If they do, take another volunteer with you. 1st-5th Graders should not need anyone in the restroom with them. Escort the children to the restroom, but wait in the hall for them.  This leaves the 3 year old class which typically has children who are potty training or possibly need assistance with zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. Do not take a child to the restroom alone.  Other options include calling Janet, our Children’s Director (she will have a radio with her – all classrooms have a radio);  contacting the Security Team Member; or paging the parent (we would rather inconvenience the parent, than to sacrifice the safety of a child).

Our first priority must be the safety of our children. This is important: Parents & Volunteers, if you ever see something that bothers you, seems strange, or suspect ANY inappropriate behavior, YOU MUST SPEAK UP!  Contact Janet, our Children’s Director or another staff member immediately.  Again, we have a police officer on campus every Sunday.  We would rather have to apologize to an adult than to sacrifice the safety of a child.

On Monday of this week, we met with our current Alarm/Security company for an estimate to go ahead and install cameras in all of our classrooms and to integrate those cameras with our current cameras in a monitoring room.  However, it does no good to have cameras and a monitoring room unless those cameras are actually monitored.  I have spoken with Bryan Miller, our Security Team Leader, and once this project is completed, this position will become a priority.  It will be more important to have a Security Team Member assigned to the Monitoring Station than assigned to me.

We have decided that part of our Christmas Offering will go towards this project.  So, I make no apologies in asking you to please give generously to our Christmas Offering.  In fact, I’ll just put it bluntly, if you really care about the protection of our children, put your money where your mouth is and give.  In fact, if you haven’t given yet, why not go ahead and open the door of generosity in your life and do it right now.  You can give through TEXTing any amount to 843-277-8337.  You can go to our website and give there.  However you choose to give, simply use the keyword, “Christmas.”

I also make no apologies in encouraging you to get involved and serve in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry and on our Security Team.  We have an awesome Team of Volunteers!  Help us make those Teams even better!  If you are interested in volunteering, simply respond to this email and we will follow up with you.  We are also looking into scheduling “From Darkness to Light” & Infant/Child CPR training for our volunteers.  And finally, if you ever have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please reach out.  TOGETHER, we all help create a safe, nurturing environment for our children to learn about the life changing love of Jesus!

Sincerely,
Pastor Chris

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