Friday’s 5 – 6-14-19

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

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

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

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

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

Friday’s 5 – 5-31-19

Well tomorrow officially marks the beginning of Summer – June 1st!  And if this past week has been any indication, it’s going to be a HOT one (insert any of the Charleston heat jokes you’ve seen this week)!  But I am seriously excited about all the awesome things happening at Coastal this Summer and in particular the month of June!  It all begins TOMORROW, June 1st, at 8:30am here at Coastal with Saturday Serve and Summer of IMPACT!     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 way to include those who might not darken the door of a church yet, but would be willing to volunteer at the Orphan Relief Center or feed the hungry.  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 or if you would be willing to help lead one of the events, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.

And then hopefully you’ve heard by now, but this Sunday, June 2nd, we kick off 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 will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  This Sunday there will be fresh popcorn, cotton candy, fun decorations, FREE Kona Ice (to help with the heat), a special character appearance, and cool giveaways (we are giving away a DISNEY VACATION PACKAGE)!  Start praying and inviting now!  Let’s show Charleston what “the most joyful place on earth” really looks like!   This Sunday’s movie is “Avengers: Endgame” and I’ll be talking about living life on purpose! 

And then there is our Beach Baptism the following Sunday, June 9th, 4pm out at Folly Beach County Park!  Come out early (traffic might be an issue) and make it a fun day for your entire family!  Right now we have over 30 people getting Baptized!  It doesn’t get any better than that!  That’s why we do what we do!  Come out and celebrate with them!  If you are interested in participating, simply respond to this email or sign on your Connect Card on Sunday.

Check out the P.S.S. below!  This Sunday we begin offering a new online service at 6pm on Sundays! 

I LOVE YOU & WHAT WE GET TO DO TOGETHER!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. On Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th our church is hosting the Graduation Ceremony for Oakland Elementary School & Orange Grove Middle School.  Our auditorium will be standing room only!  If you are available, we need volunteers to help make this a wonderful experience for all of our guests!  We need people to work the cafe, run golf carts, open doors, take pictures at a selfie/photo booth, and greet all of our guests.  Tuesday’s Graduation (Oakland) is at 9:30am and we need volunteers in place at 8:30am.  Wednesday’s Graduation (Orange Grove) is at 10am and we need volunteers in place at 9am.  If you are interested in serving either or both Graduations and haven’t already signed up through Summer of IMPACT, please respond to this email.  These Graduations are a great opportunity to make a huge IMPACT in our community.
  2. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially making our church, your church family? Our next Membership Class is this coming Monday night, June 3rd, 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.
  3. On Saturday, June 8th, 8am we need some volunteers to come help unload, clean out, and organize one of our storage containers behind our building.  One of the constant needs of a growing church is storage space.  We have the space, it just need to be better utilized.  This project will make a huge impact on multiple ministries at our church.  Once the container is cleaned out, we’ll be installing shelves.  If you are available and willing to help, please respond to this email.  The more volunteers we have, the faster this project will get done.  If you have any questions about the project please contact Ricky Spell at 843-442-3320 or rickyspell@aol.com.
  4. Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th is going to be AWESOME at Coastal!  There is a Baby/Child Dedication (email us if you’re interested in participating and haven’t already signed up), a great gift for all the men present, fun giveaways, FREE Kona Ice, jump castles, and our Annual WING FEST (all you can eat wings after both services)!  Make plans to bring Dad and the whole family!
  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme this year is ROAR!  Life is Wild – God is Good!  Registration is now open on our website.  Sign up your kids today!  Make sure you check out all the VBS Volunteer opportunities and sign up to serve (see bulletin insert).  VBS is our biggest outreach of the year for children!

P.S. On Saturday, June 8th, 9am-1pm, Coastal is hosting a FREE CPR Certification Class in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium in Coastal Kidz.  If you are interested in signing up, simply respond to this email.  If you have any questions about the class or certification, please contact Louis Camblor at 843-708-1041 or louis@camblor.net.

P.S.S. This Sunday, June 2nd we are launching a NEW ONLINE SERVICE at 6pm!  We are still offering the same live streaming of our morning services, but we will rebroadcast one our live services at 6pm complete with worship!  We’ll also have a Staff Member/Pastor each week watching live, leading/responding the comments, prayer requests and interactions.  We regularly now have close to 200 (sometimes more) unique viewing devices from around the country watching our morning services.  That could easily represent several hundred people.  This will simply add another opportunity for us to share the Good News of the Gospel with the world around us.  It all also make it easier for the people in our church community to catch a service if they miss it on Sunday morning!

FREE MOVIE TICKETS

Dear Friend,

I just wanted to personally invite you to a brand new sermon series that kicks off this Sunday at Coastal Community Church called, “At The Movies!”  I think you’d agree that our world has a love affair with movies – I know I do!  So for the next 6 weeks, we’re going to use 6 different current/popular movies to demonstrate Biblical truth.  Come enjoy great music, a relevant message, and an awesome Children’s Ministry for kids birth to 5th grade.

I would also encourage you to invite and bring a friend with you – we expect guests at Coastal!  In fact, here’s where the FREE MOVIE TICKETS come in.  Not only will we be serving popcorn and giving away several free movie tickets & other fun prizes to people at the end of each service this Sunday, but every 1st time guest during the entire 6 week series will receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET to the Citadel Mall movie theater!  All they have to do is come over to the blue Welcome/Guest Tent!  And if you bring a friend with you – you get a ticket too!  And because this year’s movies are all Disney movies – we’re also giving away a FREE Disney Vacation!  All you have to do is come to the kick-off and fill out a Connect Card for a chance to win!

Come a few minutes early and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a treat from our Cafe – all FREE!  It’s going to be a great day and an awesome series!  We have 2 services to make it convenient for you:  9:30am or 11:15am!

Have a great week!  Hope to see you and your friends on Sunday!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s 5 – 5-24-19

June is now just over one week away!  There are so many awesome things happening at Coastal this Summer and in particular the month of June.  It all begins next Saturday, June 1st, at 8:30am here at Coastal with Saturday Serve and Summer of IMPACT!  If you haven’t done so yet, please go to our website and sign up to serve our community and make an IMPACT with your life for Jesus!  There are so many opportunities to choose from.  Help us share the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world this Summer!   If you have any questions or if you would be willing to help lead one of these events, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.

And then on Sunday, June 2nd, we kick off 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 will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  There will be fresh popcorn, fun decorations, and cool giveaways (On the kick-off we are going to be giving away a DISNEY VACATION PACKAGE)!  Start praying and inviting now!  Let’s show Charleston what “the most joyful place on earth” really looks like!  

And then there is our Beach Baptism on Sunday, June 9th out at Folly Beach (more information below) and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th!  On Father’s Day there is a Baby/Child Dedication (email us if you’re interested in participating and haven’t already signed up), a great gift for all the men present, fun giveaways, and a WING FEST (all you can eat wings after both services)!  Our WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) also has some great activities going on all Summer (see bulletin insert on Sunday).  In fact, feel free to join them for their Riverdogs outing on Thursday night, June 6th.  

Again, throughout all of this during the month of June we will be loving and serving our community through Summer of IMPACT!  Don’t let this be just another Summer where you drift aimlessly, accomplishing nothing of significance.  And don’t let the Summer be all about YOU!  No, choose to be like Jesus this Summer and give your life away and reach out to others!  Serve and Share!  Invest and Invite!  Let’s make this the best Summer ever!  

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. On Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th our church is hosting the Graduation Ceremony for Oakland Elementary School & Orange Grove Middle School.  Our auditorium will be standing room only!  If you are available, we need volunteers to help make this a wonderful experience for all of our guests!  We need people to work the cafe, run golf carts, open doors, take pictures at a selfie/photo booth, and greet all of our guests.  Tuesday’s Graduation (Oakland) is at 9:30am and we need volunteers in place at 8:30am.  Wednesday’s Graduation (Orange Grove) is at 10am and we need volunteers in place at 9am.  If you are interested in serving either or both Graduations and haven’t already signed up through Summer of IMPACT, please respond to this email.  These Graduations are a great opportunity to make a huge IMPACT in our community.
  2. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially making our church, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Monday night, June 3rd, 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.
  3. On Saturday, June 8th, 8am we need some volunteers to come help unload, clean out, and organize one of our storage containers behind our building.  One of the constant needs of a growing church is storage space.  We have the space, it just need to be better utilized.  This project will make a huge impact on multiple ministries at our church.  Once the container is cleaned out, we’ll be installing shelves.  If you are available and willing to help, please respond to this email.  The more volunteers we have, the faster this project will get done.  If you have any questions about the project please contact Ricky Spell at 843-442-3320 or rickyspell@aol.com.
  4. Our Annual BEACH BAPTISM is going to be Sunday, June 9th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  Baptism is a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We call it “going public” at Coastal. It’s the next step after your salvation.  The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment.  And there is something very powerful about getting Baptized in the ocean!  Bring your whole family out to Beach after church on that Sunday and then we’ll gather together for the Baptism Service at 4pm (look for the Coastal flag)!  You can respond to this email to sign up today!
  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme this year is ROAR!  Life is Wild – God is Good!  Registration is now open on our website.  Sign up your kids today!  Make sure you check out all the VBS Volunteer opportunities and sign up to serve (see bulletin insert).  VBS is our biggest outreach of the year for children!

P.S. On Saturday, June 8th, 9am-1pm, Coastal is hosting a FREE CPR Certification Class in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium in Coastal Kidz.  If you are interested in signing up, simply respond to this email.  If you have any questions about the class or certification, please contact Louis Camblor at 843-708-1041 or louis@camblor.net.

P.S.S. This Saturday, May 25th at 9am we need help with chair set up in our auditorium!  If 8 or more people show up, it only takes less than 30 minutes.   It’s great exercise, you meet other people, and have a lot of fun while serving our church and community!

Friday’s 5 – 5-17-19

Summer is almost here and what does that mean? “AT THE MOVIES”!  Over the years, “At the Movies” has become a favorite Summer sermon series tradition here at Coastal.  It’s where we take current or popular movies and use them as a hook to talk about spiritual truth.  I love the movies and so does the world in which we live.  In fact, I will go as far to say that our culture gets a lot of what it believes about God, spirituality, and life from the movies they watch and the music they listen to.  

Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying they get it right.  But through movies and music they are asking questions, raising issues, and searching for truth.  The good news is we’ve got answers.  So instead of imitating, condemning, or ignoring culture, why not seek to engage the culture, to redeem the culture.  That’s what Jesus did.  John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  That’s exactly what the Apostle Paul did in Acts 17 in Athens.  He used their culture – an altar to an unknown God – to share the Good News of the Gospel.  The Bible says his heart was “deeply troubled” by what he saw, but he used their practices to point them to Jesus.  He engaged the culture.

That’s what we do through “At the Movies.”  So, for 6 weeks we will take an uncut, uncensored look at real life truth/themes from popular summer movies.  Now don’t mistake or confuse what we’re going to do.  I’m not going to be preaching from the movies themselves.  They are all just hooks to look at deeper issues raised in our culture.  Each Sunday, as always, we will open up God’s word, boldly proclaim the truth, and point people to Jesus.

This Summer’s blockbusters all happen to be owned by Disney.  So, as you can imagine, we’re going to have some fun with that!  As always, there will be fresh popcorn each week.  ALL 1st Time Guests will receive FREE Movie Tickets to Citadel Mall Theater (and the person who invited them – YOU) throughout the entire series.  On the June 2nd Kick-Off there will be fun giveaways – plus we are giving away a DISNEY VACATION PACKAGE!  We will be mailing out a large postcard invitation to all of West Ashley (29407 & 29414), and on Sunday we’ll have a special invite tool for you to give to your friends!  Start praying and inviting now!  Let’s show Charleston what “the most joyful place on earth” looks like!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Here at Coastal the Summer also means“SUMMER OF IMPACT!”  Summer of IMPACT kicks off on Saturday, June 1st and is our opportunity to make an IMPACT for Jesus by serving our community.  There are over a dozen different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over the month of June.  You can sign up for all events one of 3 ways: your Connect Card, our website, or drop by our Summer of IMPACT tent on Sunday mornings.  The easiest way is probably our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You can click a button to sign up for multiple events.  It’s that simple!  Help us share the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world this Summer!   If you have any questions or if you would be willing to help lead one of these events, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.
  2. New to Coastal?  Join us THIS Sunday, May 19th 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 simply respond to this email and let us know that you’re coming.
  3. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially making our church, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Monday night, June 3rd, 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. Our Annual BEACH BAPTISM is going to be Sunday, June 9th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  Baptism is a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We call it “going public” at Coastal. It’s the next step after your salvation.  The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment.  And there is something very powerful about getting Baptized in the ocean!  Bring your whole family out to Beach after church on that Sunday and then we’ll gather together for the Baptism Service at 4pm!  You can respond to this email to sign up today!
  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme this year is ROAR!  Life is Wild – God is Good!  Registration is now open on our website.  Sign up your kids today!

P.S. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Father’s Day, June 16th, sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name, parents’ name, and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.  Baby/Child Dedications are a special time in the life of the family where you are making a commitment to raise your child in a Christian home.  It’s also a time for the church to make a commitment to do all that we can to support and encourage parents in their journey.

Friday’s 5 5-10-19

Coastal’s Volunteer Banquet is TONIGHT, 6-8pm at the church!  There will be great food (6-6:45pm), a time for worship, and an opportunity for me to share some “insider information” about the Summer and Fall here at Coastal.  It’s really an opportunity for me and our Staff to say Thank You to all of our AWESOME Volunteers!  We really could not do what we do without YOU!  If you Volunteer in any capacity you are invited & encouraged to come.  At this point even if you have not RSVP’d, you can still come – we should have plenty of food.  However, if you need childcare, please respond as soon as possible so we can make sure we have plenty of childcare workers.  Childcare is provided from 6:45pm-8pm (You are responsible for your children during dinner). 

This Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY!  As always, Mother’s Day is going to be a lot of fun at Coastal!  We have a small gift for all the women.  There will be a Baby/Chlid Dedication in both services.  We’ll have a photo booth/backdrop for you to get family pictures.  Plus we’re giving away some fun gifts at the end of both services!  I’ll be in part 4 of our “This Is Jesus” series and I’ll be talking about how Jesus calms our fears through the storms of life.  Don’t miss it!  Invite and bring friends and family!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Summer of IMPACT is just around the corner – the ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE! Summer of IMPACT is our opportunity to make an IMPACT for Jesus by serving our community.  There are over a dozen different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over the month of June.  You can sign up for all events one of 3 ways: your Connect Card, our website, or drop by our Summer of IMPACT tent on Sunday mornings.  The easiest way is probably our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You can click a button to sign up for multiple events.  It’s that simple!  Help us share the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world this Summer!   If you have any questions or if you would be willing to help lead one of these events, please contact Chris Jones at 843-870-4613 or jonescg73@gmail.com.
  2. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, May 19th in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.  You can also simply respond to this email and let us know that you’re coming.
  3. Interested in formalizing your commitment to Coastal and officially making our church, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Monday night, June 3rd, 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. Our Annual BEACH BAPTISM is going to be Sunday, June 9th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  Baptism is a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We call it “going public” at Coastal. It’s the next step after your salvation.  The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment.  And there is something very powerful about getting Baptized in the ocean!  Bring your whole family out to Beach after church on that Sunday and then we’ll gather together for the Baptism Service at 4pm!  You can respond to this email to sign up today!
  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme this year is ROAR!  Life is Wild – God is Good!  Registration is now open on our website.  Sign up your kids today!

P.S. Did you know that Coastal has an app for your phone or mobile device?  We’ve actually had one for almost 5 years now.  It’s a great way to listen to messages, give, and keep up with all things Coastal.  Go to your app store and search for Coastal Community Church Charleston or Coastal CC (Look for our logo and make sure you include Charleston because there are several other Coastal Community Churches around the country.) and download it for FREE!

Friday’s 5 – 3-29-10

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

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

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

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

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

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

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

2. New to Coastal?  Join us THIS COMING Sunday, March 31st in the Welcome Center, immediately following the 11:15am service for our next Newcomers Reception.  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  Pizza and childcare provided.  RSVP online.

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

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

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

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

Friday’s 5 – 3-8-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday’s 5 – 3-3-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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