Friday’s 5 – 10-15-21

A good friend of mine pastors a church in New York City.  He says that he hears people say all the time, “New Yorkers are rude!”  His response,  “No, we’re just in a hurry.”  Haha – I’m not sure if either statement is completely accurate, but I do know this – rudeness and meanness are definitely on the rise today.  You see examples of that everywhere – people losing it on airplanes, cursing outbursts in grocery stores, fights at school board meetings, and the utter nastiness all over social media.  I mean people are more abusive of each other, physically and verbally, than at any other time before.  It just seems like people are on edge, ready to go off at any moment.  What we used to know as common courtesy is just not so common anymore.  Obviously, people are in a hurry today, but I think it’s more than that.  I think being self-absorbed is probably the #1 reason we aren’t kind anymore.  We are thinking about ourselves so much that we just don’t notice the opportunities we have all around us to show God’s love through kindness.

But we can’t let that happen.  And here’s why.  Because God gives us divine moments every day.  Moments where God orchestrates encounters between us and another person so that we can show them kindness in a way that might change their life, that might show them God’s love!  Kindness is so much more than just being nice or agreeable.  It’s not just NOT hurting someone else.  It’s love in action!  Kindness looks for a way to improve somebody’s life.  Kindness builds people up.  Again it’s LOVE IN ACTION.

And that’s what we’ll be talking about on Sunday as we continue our series on the Fruit of the Spirit.  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness. . .”  Out of all of the fruit listed in Galatians 5, kindness may be one of the most underrated fruits on the stand and yet the most needed today.  The famous Quaker missionary, Stephen Grellet, once said, “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”  He’s right.  We only have one life to live.  I pray that God would open our eyes and our hearts to see all the opportunities for kindness around us and that we would actually DO them – love in action.  I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!  And I can’t wait to see you and your friends on Sunday!

BE KIND!
Pastor Chris

  1. One of our favorite missions that we support here at Coastal is Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox.  What we are asking our church (YOU) is to simply pray and ask God how many shoeboxes He wants you to fill, take home the shoeboxes we provide, pack them as a family, and then bring back your completed boxes to the church between now and Sunday, November 14th.  Our kiosk in the Welcome Center will be filled with shoeboxes ready to take home each Sunday.  This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to teach your children about generosity, the true meaning of Christmas, and the love of Jesus.  This year, you can also build and send these boxes directly through OCC’s website without even leaving your home!  Go to Coastal’s Build a Shoebox Online Challenge Page and for only $25 you can build shoesboxes that are used to reach “the ends of the earth – hard to reach places” by abiding by strict custom regulations.  Heres the link https://sampur.se/3Ao3bXv.  Through this link, you will also see a running total of how many online boxes are built and credited to Coastal’s count for this year.  Help us reach our goal of packing over 1000 shoeboxes this year and share the love of Jesus with children all around the world!  Pray about how many boxes your family would be willing to pack, step out in faith, grab a few shoeboxes on Sunday, and help us do just that!
  2. Young Adults (18-25 years old) join us for Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA on Jan. 2-4! Join 40,000+ other 18-25 year olds while being challenged by God’s Word to be a movement of His love to this world with amazing speakers, artists, & musicians. You will worship, celebrate, grow in your faith, & build new friendships. Cost is $225 due by Nov. 30th. See more details and signup at www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/passion-conference/
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Patriot Villas, Wednesday, October 20th, 6pm-8:15pm. 
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief –  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, October 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, October 27th, 9:45am-12:30pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Clothing Team –  Our Coastal Clothing Team will be organizing and sorting clothes on Friday, October 29h, 9:30am-11:30am.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. We’re serving our community by rolling up our sleeves – literally! As part of our November 6th Saturday Serve, Coastal is hosting a Blood Drive from 8:30am-12:30pm at the church.  Every donor will receive a $10 gift card. You can use that gift card to meet your own needs or you can donate the gift card back to the church where we’ll use it to help struggling neighbors in our community. Let’s come together as a church and donate life! You can easily sign up for a convenient time slot by clicking here: https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/179413.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, November 13th, 9-11:30am. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  You can join us either in-person or online through Zoom.
  6. Two of our Support Groups –  Grief Share & Divorce Care –  are both having a “Surviving the Holidays” seminar.  Grief Share’s seminar will be Thursday night, November 4th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  To RSVP or for more information on Grief Share contact Sue Muoio at s.muoio@outlook.com  or register at www.griefshare.org.  Divorce Care’s seminar will be Thursday night, November 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  To RSVP or for more information on Divorce Care contact Tracy Trunkle at tandttrunkle@aol.com  or register at www.divorcecare.org/holidays.  Both of these events will help you discover how to deal with emotions, give helpful tips on how to survive holiday social events, and discover hope for the future.    Spread the word – both of these Groups and this event are open to the public!

    P.S. Mark your calendars now!  Coastal will be hosting a night of praise and worship on Friday night, November 19th, from 7-8:30pm.  Invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of worship, prayer, and encouragement.  Childcare will be provided.

Friday’s 5 – 10-8-21

This Sunday we’re in week 4 of our series on the Fruit of the Spirit, and I’ll be preaching on PATIENCE!!   “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience. . .”  Of all the fruit of the Spirit, I bet this is the one that most people would say is the one they need to work on the most.  So what is it?  Other translations use the word forebearance, long suffering.  That’s the idea here.  Being long tempered, the ability to be inconvenienced or even taken advantage of, and yet it doesn’t blow up, fly off the handle, or respond in kind.

Proverbs 14:29 says, “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”  That’s a great description of this word.  It conveys the idea of being slow to get angry, of having a long fuse and a short memory.  Unfortunately, we get that turned around, some of us have a short fuse and a long memory.  The word literally means “wrath that is put far away.”  If we are being controlled by the Spirit, then fits of rage will be put far away.  Patient people are hard to provoke.  Their temper can absorb a lot before they “lose it.”

In Colossians 3:12 patience is one of the character traits that Paul mentions that we’re to literally clothe ourselves with, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clotheyourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  So patience is part of our new wardrobe in Christ.  It’s interesting, when Paul describes life outside of Christ, he often describes an angry life.  In fact, right before he lists the fruit of the Spirit, he gives us another list, remember?  And among the works of the flesh or the acts of the sinful nature that are listed earlier in Galatians 5, Paul mentions “hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, and factions.”  What do they all have in common?  They’re all rooted in irritation and anger.  We need a change of clothes!  We’re to put off those things, and in their place, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  The point is that these new clothes are a gift, but every day we have to choose to put them on.  Make the decision today to put on patience.  Come this Sunday and discover how!  I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!  And I can’t wait to see you and your friends on Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. One of our favorite missions that we support here at Coastal is Operation Christmas Child (OCC) – sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel through gifts & supplies in a simple shoebox.  What we are asking our church (YOU) is to simply pray and ask God how many shoeboxes He wants you to fill, take home the shoeboxes we provide, pack them as a family, and then bring back your completed boxes to the church between now and Sunday, November 14th.  Our kiosk in the Welcome Center will be filled with shoeboxes ready to take home each Sunday.  This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to teach your children about generosity, the true meaning of Christmas, and the love of Jesus.  This year, you can also build and send these boxes directly through OCC’s website without even leaving your home!  Go to Coastal’s Build a Shoebox Online Challenge Page and for only $25 you can build shoesboxes that are used to reach “the ends of the earth – hard to reach places” by abiding by strict custom regulations.  Heres the link https://sampur.se/3Ao3bXv.  Through this link, you will also see a running total of how many online boxes are built and credited to Coastal’s count for this year.  Help us reach our goal of packing over 1000 shoeboxes this year and share the love of Jesus with children all around the world!  Pray about how many boxes your family would be willing to pack, step out in faith, grab a few shoeboxes on Sunday, and help us do just that!
  2. Coastal’s CARE Team coordinates baskets, meals, and cards for those in our church and community who need additional encouragement.  The CARE Team will be hosting an information and training session THIS Sunday, October 10th, at 6pm for anyone who is currently serving or interested in joining the Team.  RSVP to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, THIS Saturday (TOMORROW), October 9th, 10am-1pm.
    Soldier’s Angels – We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, October 12th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at:1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston (Elks Lodge).
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, October 13th, 9:45am-12:30pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Joseph Floyd Manor Tailgate –  Our Tailgate will be rolling and serving our friends downtown at the Joseph Floyd Manor –  Thursday, October 14th, 9:30am-12:30pm. (Meet at the church at 9:30am)
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Coastal is hosting “Celebrate Christmas at Joseph Floyd Manor” on Saturday, December 18th!  Are you interested in serving on the Planning Team as we prepare to host a Christmas Party to remember for the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor?  Let us know on your Connect Card, and we’ll reach out to you with more details.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, November 13th, 9-11:30am. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  You can join us either in-person or online through Zoom.
  6. Many of you might not be aware of this, but our church has a Grief Share Support Group that meets on Monday nights, 6:30pm at the church.  Grief Share is a support group for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one and need support, encouragement, and hope.  On Thursday night, November 4th, 6:30pm-8:30pm  our Grief Share Group is hosting a “Surviving the Holidays” seminar.  This event will help you discover how to deal with emotions, give helpful tips on how to survive holiday social events, and discover hope for the future.  Contact Sue Muoio at s.muoio@outlook.com to RSVP or for more information or register at www.griefshare.org.  Spread the word – the Group and this event are open to the public!

    P.S. Mark your calendars now!  Coastal will be hosting a night of praise and worship on Friday night, November 19th, from 7-8:30pm.  Invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of worship, prayer, and encouragement.  Childcare will be provided.

Friday 5 – 10-1-21

Probably the most asked question I get lately is, “When are we moving in to our new facility?”  Typically, my answer is, “As soon as I know, you will know.  And right now. . . I just don’t know.”  Several weeks ago, I mentioned that this weekend, October 3rd, was a possibility.  Well, that possibility has come and gone.  However, we are making big strides every day and we are getting very, very close.  Every Thursday afternoon I have an OAC Meeting (Owner, Architect, Contractor) and after this week’s meeting, there is a very strong possibility that we’ll have a temporary CO (Certificate of Occupancy) sometime at the end of next week.  Now, there are still several things that have to fall into place, but as I said, we are very, very close.  I really think our first Sunday fully occupying our new space will either be October 17th or 24th.  Once we get our CO, we still need about a week to move in all of “our stuff” and make sure all of our rooms and technology are ready and prepared for operation.  So once all that takes place, we’ll announce our Open House Party and Grand Opening Sunday Celebration!

I actually think it will be quite funny and fitting if we do get our CO sometime next weekend.  Why you ask?  Well because we’ll be in week 4 of our series on the Fruit of the Spirit, and I’ll be preaching on PATIENCE!!  Does God have a sense of humor or what?  This whole process has definitely been a lesson in patience.  But before we get to patience, this Sunday I’ll be talking about peace.  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace. . .”  The Bible refers to God as the “God of peace.”  Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace.”

The last year and a half has been anything but peaceful. Just the opposite.  Turn on the news, and what do you see?  Terrorist bombings, school shootings, racial tension, and political hatred and division.  In fact, you honestly find yourself asking this question:  “Well, if Jesus is the Prince of Peace, did He fail?”  At the conclusion of Jesus’ ministry, before He goes back to Heaven, Jesus said this, John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  And then in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  Jesus came to bring peace.  He said it Himself.  So, again, did Jesus fail?

Well, I think it all depends on how do you define peace?  The world defines peace as the absence of conflict, the absence of trouble.  But obviously, Jesus had something else in mind.  In fact, back in those verses in John, He said, “And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. In this world you will have trouble.”  So that can’t be the kind of peace He’s talking about.

I meet and talk to a lot of people.  You could say that comes with my job.  It’s really rare to find people who are at peace.  I talk to people all the time.  I meet people who are busy.  I meet people who are stressed out.  I meet people who are tired, who are beat down, relationally, financially, and emotionally.  I rarely meet people who are totally at peace, at peace with themselves, at peace with the world, and at peace with God.  What about you?  That really is the question of the day, are you at peace?  How would you answer that question?  Think it through.  Are you at peace in the different areas of your life?  Are you at peace relationally, financially, emotionally, physically?  Are you at peace with yourself?  Are you at peace with the other people in your life – your family, your friends, your co-workers?  And most importantly, are you at peace with God?  Don’t miss this Sunday as we continue this discussion.  I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!  See you Sunday!

PEACE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is THIS Sunday, October 3rd, in the Welcome Center immediately following the 11:15am service (at approximately 12:30pm).  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  You can respond to this email or sign up on our website.
  2. Coastal’s CARE Team coordinates baskets, meals, and cards for those in our church and community who need additional encouragement.  The CARE Team will be hosting an information and training session on Sunday, October 10th at 6pm for anyone who is currently serving or interested in joining the Team.  RSVP to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is THIS Saturday, October 2nd (TOMORROW).  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!  Make plans NOW to be there!  If you’re coming, park over at Orange Grove Middle School and walk over.  It looks like they’ll be paving our new drive & road on Saturday!
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, Saturday, October 9th, 10am-1pm.
    Soldier’s Angels – We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, October 12th, 8am-1pm.  Meet at:1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston (Elks Lodge).
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, October 13th, 9:45am-12:30pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Joseph Floyd Manor Tailgate –  Our Tailgate will be rolling and serving our friends downtown at the Joseph Floyd Manor –  Thursday, October 14th, 9:30am-12:30pm. (Meet at the church at 9:30am)
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Coastal is hosting “Celebrate Christmas at Joseph Floyd Manor” on Saturday, December 18th!  Are you interested in serving on the Planning Team as we prepare to host a Christmas Party to remember for the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor?  Let us know on your Connect Card, and we’ll reach out to you with more details.
  5. Interested in officially making the Coastal church family, your church family? Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, November 13th, 9-11:30am. You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  You can join us either in-person or online through Zoom.

    P.S. Right now it looks as though they will probably be paving our new road and drive at the church this Saturday!  That’s a huge step as we move closer to opening up our new facility!  However, it does mean that on Saturday, we need everyone to park over at Orange Grove Middle School and walk over for Saturday Serve.  Thanks in advance for your flexibility, servant’s heart, and PATIENCE!! 

Friday’s 5 – 9-24-21

We’re in week 2 of our series on the “Fruit of the Spirit” and this week I’ll be talking about joy.  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy. . .”  God wants to cultivate joy in your life.  However, joy is often misunderstood.  We tend to equate happiness with joy, and while there’s definitely some overlap, at the same time, there are some differences because they each spring from a different source.  For example, one comes from the world around me, and the other originates directly from the Spirit of the living God.

Happiness is based on happenings.  In other words, it’s conditioned by and dependent upon what’s happening to me – my circumstances.  If the sun is shining and people are nice and everything is going well in my life, then I am HAPPY!  But if my circumstances fluctuate and bottom out, well then I’m unhappy!

Joy, on the other hand, is different.  It’s not solely dependent upon what may or may not be happening to me in the moment.  In fact, since it originates with the Holy Spirit, it has a divine component that is capable of actually transcending my circumstances.  But let me give you a gentle caution.  I’m not suggesting that Biblical joy is about denying reality.  We live in a jacked-up, fallen world where we’re often confronted with things like pain, disappointment, stress, heartache, loss, anxiety, suffering, and death.

But if joy transcends our earthly circumstances, then hey, if you’re truly filled with it, doesn’t that mean that you’ll just skate right along above all those things?  You’re a joyful Christian, right?  Well, then surely you don’t ever get sad or fearful or stressed out or down or depressed!  Okay if that’s true, let me be the first to say, “Then I am not a Christian!”  I’m simply saying that Biblical joy is not about denying reality.  In fact, sometimes it’s experienced in the very midst of sadness and hardship and heartache.  Regardless of what you’re facing today, your life can be full of joy.  Philippians 4:4 (this week’s memory verse) reminds us of this, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”  So how do we make this joy a reality in our lives? How do we cultivate the fruit of joy?  Come to Coastal this Sunday and discover how!  I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!  See you Sunday!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 3rd, in the Welcome Center immediately following the 11:15am service (at approximately 12:30pm).  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  2. Coastal’s CARE Team coordinates baskets, meals, and cards for those in our church and community who need additional encouragement.  The CARE Team will be hosting an information and training session on Sunday, October 10th at 6pm for anyone who is currently serving or interested in joining the Team.  RSVP to rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief –  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY, Friday, September 24th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 29th, 9:45am-12:30pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, October 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!  Make plans NOW to be there!
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, Saturday, October 9th, 10am-1pm.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Coastal is hosting “Celebrate Christmas at Joseph Floyd Manor” on Saturday, December 18th!  Are you interested in serving on the Planning Team as we prepare to host a Christmas Party to remember for the residents of Joseph Floyd Manor?  Let us know on your Connect Card, and we’ll reach out to you with more details.
  5. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299. 

    P.S. Have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  As always, there are multiple ways to sign up for a Group, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up online from our website, on your Connect Card (in-person or online), or at the LIFE Group Tables/Sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center.  And this semester, we have the most Groups we’ve ever had – 29 different LIFE Groups – online and/or in-person Groups, activity Groups, study Groups, support Groups, and more!  There is something for EVERYONE!  Most of our Groups just started this week, so it’s not too late to sign up!  Make sure you check out our catalog and start signing up today!

Friday’s 5 – 9-17-21

We’re kicking off our new series on the Fruit of the Spirit this Sunday, September 19th!  Don’t miss it!  Our memory verse for this week is Galatians 5:22-23, which says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  Each week of the series, there will be a memory verse and a daily devotional which will be emailed out Monday through Saturday.  Several of our LIFE Groups are going to use small group questions that we provide each week to dig deeper into that week’s message. (By the way, most of our LIFE Groups start this coming week!  Woohoo!) 

This week’s sermon is on love.  In preparation for Sunday, I would encourage you to read through 1 Corinthians 13 – the love chapter of the Bible.  Some have suggested that this is the greatest, strongest, and deepest passage ever written about love.  It is, no doubt, the most read passage of scripture at weddings.  But it’s interesting, when Paul wrote this chapter, he was not thinking about weddings or romance, at least, not primarily.  Chapter 13 comes right in the middle of a lengthy discussion on the use of spiritual gifts in the church.  The Corinthians had turned that into a battle ground.  They argued about which gift was the most significant.  They were selfish and they were taking each other to court.  Seriously, the Corinthian church was literally plagued with disputes, dissension and division.

It was into THAT context that Paul introduced the Corinthians to a new kind of love – God’s love.  So as you read through 1 Corinthians 13, don’t just think about your spouse or your boyfriend or girlfriend.  Think about how you treat other people in the church, people you come into contact with in the community – where you live, work, parent, and play.  Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  You see, the distinguishing mark of a Christian is not a cross.  The sign of the Christian is not a crucifix.  It’s not a dove.  It’s not a fish on your car.  The distinguishing mark of a Christian is love.  So, how many people know that you are a Christian because of your loving lifestyle?  One of the most loving things you could do this week is to invite and bring someone to church with you!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1.  If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 3rd, in the Welcome Center immediately following the 11:15am service (at approximately 12:30pm).  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  2. Have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet – Coastal Kidz, First Impressions, Cafe, Security, Worship, Tech?  Our LIFE Teams are the volunteers who carry out the mission of Coastal.  To see a complete list of our LIFE Teams go to our website and sign up today!
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Patriot Villas, Thursday, September 22nd, 6pm-8pm.  Meet at church Welcome Center.
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief –  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, Friday, September 24th, 9:30am-11:30am. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 29th, 9:45am-12:30pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, October 2nd.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!  Make plans NOW to be there!
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Waves Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back and meeting regularly on Wednesday nights!  Doors will open at 6pm and all Students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth from 6pm-8pm.  Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all part of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry, so invite and bring a friend!  For any questions, reach out to Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, 859-230-5129.
  5. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299. 

    P.S. Have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  As always, there are multiple ways to sign up for a Group, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up online from our website, on your Connect Card (in-person or online), or at the LIFE Group Tables/Sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center.  And this semester, we have the most Groups we’ve ever had – 29 different LIFE Groups – online and/or in-person Groups, activity Groups, study Groups, support Groups, and more!  There is something for EVERYONE!  Unless otherwise indicated, most of Groups begin the week of September 19th and last 8-12 weeks.  Make sure you check out our catalog and start signing up today!

Friday’s 5 – 9-10-21

I’M BACK!  Not that I’ve actually gone anywhere, but this Sunday I’m back preaching!  Before we kick off a new series (more about that in just minute), before we open up our new facility, I think it’s important to look back at where we’ve been, to mark this moment in time, and remember what and who got us here.  And that’s what I want us to do on Sunday.  So don’t miss it!  I really believe it’s going to be a powerful Sunday.

And then on the following Sunday, September 19th, I’ll be kicking off a brand new series that I’m very excited about.  It’s a 9 week series on the Fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-23 says this, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Earlier in Galatians the Apostle Paul uses this little phrase, “until Christ is fully developed in your life.”  That’s what the fruit of the Spirit is.  It’s a picture of Jesus fully developed in your life.  You see, Jesus is love.  Jesus is joy.  Jesus is peace.  Jesus is patience.  He’s kindness.  He’s goodness.  He’s faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.  And so each week, we’re going to look at each one of those qualities and talk about what it looks like to have that quality fully developed in your life.  And not only that, but we’re going to be giving everyone a daily devotional that follows along with each week of the series.  Several of our LIFE Groups are going to use small group questions that we provide each week to dig deeper into that week’s message.  I really believe it’s going to be a great series.  You’re not going to want to miss it.  In fact, I want to challenge you to invite and bring someone with you to church.

Our new facility is really taking shape!  I can’t wait for everyone to see it!  All the carpet and flooring has been installed, furniture has been delivered and unpacked, the indoor playground has been installed, and some of the concrete out front has been poured.  There are still a lot of details, technology, and sitework to be completed, but the end is definitely in sight.  It’s looking more and more like our first Sunday using the new facility will be October 3rd.  But again, as soon as I know, you will know, and we will PARTY!

I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. If you’re fairly new to Coastal, a great next step is our Newcomers Reception.  Our next Newcomers Reception is Sunday, October 3rd, in the Welcome Center immediately following the 11:15am service (at approximately 12:30pm).  This is a great way to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people.  You can respond to this email, sign up on our website, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.
  2. Have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet – Coastal Kidz, First Impressions, Cafe, Security, Worship, Tech?  Our LIFE Teams are the volunteers who carry out the mission of Coastal.  To see a complete list of our LIFE Teams go to our website and sign up today!
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, TOMORROW, Saturday, September 11th, 10am-1pm.
    Soldier’s Angels – We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, September 14th, 8am-1pm.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 15th, 9:45am-1pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Waves Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back and meeting regularly on Wednesday nights!  Doors will open at 6pm and all Students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth from 6pm-8pm.  Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all part of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry, so invite and bring a friend!  For any questions, reach out to Pastor Scott at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org, 859-230-5129.
  5. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!   There will be a Training THIS Sunday night, September 12th, 5pm-6:30pm.  We will meet in the worship auditorium or you can attend through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4864196205).  This will be a great time for us to pray, plan, and prepare for all that God has in store for Coastal KIdz as we move into our new facility. Plus you can get a sneek peek at our new facility! This is also a great time for returning or new volunteers to get connected in Children’s Ministry at Coastal.  If you have any questions or to RSVP, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299. 

    P.S. Have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  As always, there are multiple ways to sign up for a Group, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up online from our website, on your Connect Card (in-person or online), or at the LIFE Group Tables/Sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center.  And this semester, we have the most Groups we’ve ever had – 29 different LIFE Groups – online and/or in-person Groups, activity Groups, study Groups, support Groups, and more!  There is something for EVERYONE!  Unless otherwise indicated, most of Groups begin the week of September 19th and last 8-12 weeks.  Make sure you check out our catalog and start signing up today!

Friday’s 5 – 9-3-21

So, have you signed up for a LIFE Group yet?  If you haven’t heard, we unveiled our 2021 Fall Semester LIFE Group Catalog last week!  You can go to our website right now, check out all the different Groups and sign up today.

But why?  Why should you sign up for a LIFE Group?  Let me give you 3 good reasons.  First of all, I need others to WALK with me.  In other words, I need people to help me grow spiritually.  Colossians 2:6, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…”  The Bible often calls your spiritual life, your walk.  Why?  Because life is a journey.  You’re always growing.  And all through the Bible we’re instructed how to walk this walk.  But this is important:  God never intended for you to walk through life alone.  Never.  Now some of you might say, “Well what’s wrong with walking alone? I like to walk alone.  I prefer to walk alone.  I get my own way when I walk alone.”  Well, that’s part of the problem, you’re not learning cooperation.  You’re not learning relationships.  You’re not learning love.

Hebrews 10:25 says this, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.”  I need people to encourage me in my daily walk.  And how do you do that?  He says, “By meeting together.”  He’s talking about community.  It’s possible that you don’t have community when you come to Coastal for worship.  Community is what develops over time when you do life with a small group of people.  You get to know them, and they get to know you.  You see, you could be in a crowd, you could come to church every week for years and still be lonely because you never know anybody.  We need a few people in our lives that we know really well, and they know us really well.  And we all need a place, a group, where we can practice relationships and learn to love.

Another reason you need to join a LIFE Group, I need others to WATCH OUT for me.  I need people who will defend me, who will protect me, who will stand up for me, who will help me stay on track, who will warn me.  I need people to watch out for me.

Philippians 2:4 says this, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Now that’s a countercultural statement because in America, everybody says, “It’s all about me, my needs, my interests, my hurts, and the rest of you, forget you because it’s all about me.”  And yet the Bible says, “Look out for one another’s interests.”

What do we do when we go out of town?  We find people to watch our pets and our stuff – because those things are important.  Well, let me ask you, do you have anybody looking out for your soul?  Because your soul is more important than your stuff – right?  Is there anybody who is helping you out in your spiritual journey?  Who’s watching out for you?  To make sure that you’re still growing?  To make sure that you’re not getting discouraged and depressed and feel like giving up?

Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer.  Three are even better for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”  That’s why you need a LIFE group.  Who’s watching your back right now, spiritually?  And who’s back are you watching out for?  You can’t expect anybody to watch out for you if you’re not watching out for anybody else?  That’s one of the values of LIFE groups.  It gives us support.

A third reason you need a join a LIFE Group,  I need others to WAIT AND WEEP with me, to wait and weep with me.  What am I talking about here?  I need people who are going to be there in the inevitable crises of life.  Now as your pastor, I feel this one really deeply because I see it all the time.  There are many situations in life that nobody should ever have to go through alone.  Nobody should ever have to sit alone in a hospital, waiting during a life or death surgery.  No woman should have to wait alone while she’s waiting for a lab test from a problem pregnancy.  No man or woman should have to spend the night alone when the wife walks out, or the husband has walked out.  I could go on and on and on.  No one should ever have to stand at an open grave alone.

Now the fact is some of these things are going to happen in your life.  They are going to happen.  We’re all going to lose loved ones.  And only a fool would go through life unprepared for what they know is inevitably going to happen.  You need the support network in your life now because you don’t know when the crisis is going to come.  You need that support group.  You don’t need a hundred, but you do need five or six people in your life who are going to be there when you need them.  And the time to prepare is now.  We need each other.  We need other believers to walk with us, to watch out for us, and to wait and weep with us.  Those are just 3 reasons for joining a LIFE Group.  Check out our catalog and sign up today!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. ATTENTION EVERYONE:
    Don’t forget that THIS Sunday, September 5th (Labor Day Weekend), there will only be ONE in-person service – the 9:30am service.  There will be NO 11:15am service in-person.
  2. Have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet?  Our LIFE Teams are the volunteers who carry out the mission of Coastal.   To see a complete list of our LIFE Teams go to our website and sign up today!
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, September 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!  Make plans NOW to be there!
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, Saturday, September 11th, 10am-1pm.
    Soldier’s Angels – We’ll be helping with the Veteran’s Mobile Food Distribution, Tuesday, September 14th, 8am-1pm.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 15th, 9:45am-1pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Waves Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back and kicking off its Fall semester on Wednesday, September 8th!  Doors will open at 6pm and all students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth from 6pm-8pm.  Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all part of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry, so invite and bring a friend!  The Students are also going Bowling this Sunday night, 6-8pm at Ashley Lanes!  For any questions, reach out to Pastor Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!   There will be a Training on Sunday, September 12th, 5pm-6:30pm.  We will meet in the worship auditorium, but we will not have childcare because we don’t have a place for it yet.  This will be a great time for us to pray, plan, and prepare for all that God has in store for Coastal KIdz as we move into our new facility hopefully in September. Plus you can get a sneek peek at our new facility! This is also a great time for returning or new volunteers to get connected in Children’s Ministry at Coastal.  If you have any questions or to RSVP for a Training time, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

    P.S. Have you considered automating your giving? It’s a great way to stay consistent in your giving. You can do that through your Bank, through our TEXT to GIVE provider (843-277-8337), or our Offering Envelope.  If you have any questions you can call the church (843-571-1777) and Ashley will step you through it.  Just remember that the Ministry and IMPACT of Coastal continues whether you’re here on a Sunday or not.  And everything we do is made possible by your consistent, generous giving.  You can give through our website or simply text ANY amount to 843-277-8337.

Friday’s 5 – 8-27-21

I love what we do here on Sunday mornings!  I do!  I love the music.  I love watching people come to faith.  Coastal is an exciting place to be.  I don’t understand how you would ever want to miss it.  I love attracting a crowd and sharing the Good News of the Gospel with as many people as possible.  Jesus attracted a crowd.  There’s nothing wrong with large numbers of people.  The early church grew very large, very fast.

But. . . there is one weakness with a crowd.  It’s hard to grow in a crowd.  You don’t live out/walk out your faith in a crowd.  You need community.  You and I were created for community.  Now, at Coastal, what do we use to live out that community?  What do we call them?  LIFE Groups!  And this coming Sunday is LIFE GROUP SUNDAY!  What does that mean?  It means that we will be unveiling our 2021 Fall Semester LIFE Group Catalog and you can start signing up for a Group!

I love our LIFE Groups.  I love the community I’ve experienced over the years in our LIFE Groups.  I love that I have 3 o’clock in the morning friends because of a LIFE Group I’ve been a part of.  I love that I know many of your stories and you know mine because we’ve been in a LIFE Group together over the years.  I love that the first call many people here at Coastal make when they’re in need is their LIFE Group members and leaders – not me.

Notice what the Bible says in Romans 12:5, “Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other and each of us needs all the others.”  We need each other!  So let me just be as straight forward as I can and tell you exactly what I want you to do.  I want everyone here at Coastal to join a LIFE Group!  It’s as simple as that.  I want to challenge you to make the time, re-prioritize your life, and get in a LIFE Group for one semester, one semester, not for life, 10-12 weeks.

I can already hear some of your excuses.  And here is the biggest one of all.  “But Pastor Chris, I just don’t have the time.  I’m too busy.”  Hear this with all the love I can muster.  You have time to do whatever it is you value – tv, social media, sports, hobbies.  It’s just not that important to you yet.

Or here’s another excuse, “But I don’t know those people.”  First of all, no one bites.  But listen, every relationship you currently have, you have because you got out of your comfort zone and met someone.  I’m not saying that everyone in your group will overnight become your best friend.  But it will provide you an opportunity to meet people and put you in the atmosphere where you can develop friends.  After all, that’s what we’re all looking for anyway.  People don’t just want a friendly church, they want friends.

Here’s another excuse, “But people are weird and they have issues.”  Listen, they’re thinking the same thing about you!  Everyone’s got issues.  Everyone’s a wackjob.  And if you think no one’s got issues in your group and no one is a little weird – guess what?  You’re the weird one – haha!

Bottom line, you need it, and it’s worth it.  You can not grow to become the person God intended you to become on your own.  You need other people.  Once you learn something, you have to live it out.  You can learn about love all week, but it gets fleshed out in the context of community, with people.  Patience, kindness, generosity, faith are all lived out in community, in relationships.  At Coastal, LIFE Groups are the primary vehicle of the church being the church – of living out your faith, of care, fellowship, love, prayer, discipleship.  

As always, there are multiple ways to sign up for a LIFE Group, but you only have to sign up one time/one way.  You can sign up online from our website, on your Connect Card (in-person or online), or at the LIFE Group Tables/Sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center.  And this semester, we have the most Groups we’ve ever had – 29 different LIFE Groups – online and/or in-person Groups, activity Groups, study Groups, support Groups, and more!  There is something for EVERYONE!  Unless otherwise indicated, most of Groups begin the week of September 19th and last 8-12 weeks.  Make sure you check out our catalog and start signing up today!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. ATTENTION EVERYONE:
    Don’t forget that on Sunday, September 5th (Labor Day Weekend), there will only be ONE in-person service – the 9:30am service.  There will be NO 11:15am service in-person.
  2. Have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet?  Our LIFE Teams are the volunteers who carry out the mission of Coastal.  Several of our LIFE Teams are having Interest & Information Meetings as we head into the Fall and the opening of our new facility.  The First Impressions Team is having a meeting on Monday, August 30 at 7pm, at the church.  For more information on our First Impressions Team, reach out to Chris Ranew at chrisranew@gmail.com, or call/text him at 706-941-2044.  (For information about serving in Coastal Kidz, see below.)  To see a complete list of our LIFE Teams go to our website and sign up today!
  3. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Lowcountry Orphan Relief –  Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support services and aid to meet the needs of Lowcountry children identified as at-risk or suffering from abandonment, abuse and/or neglect. Coastal will be serving there, TODAY Friday, August 27th, 10am-12noon. Meet at 1850 Truxton Ave in North Charleston.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 1st, 9am-1pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Saturday Serve –  The foundation of all of our serving opportunities at Coastal really starts with Saturday Serve – the first Saturday of every month.  The next Saturday Serve is Saturday, September 4th.  We meet in the Welcome Center/Cafe at 8:30am, project leaders make a “pitch” for their serving opportunity, and then we serve!  Make plans NOW to be there!
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  4. Building Update:  I don’t know if you realize this or not, but it was almost a year ago that demolition began on our old building in preparation for construction!  It’s been one year of setting up and breaking down Coastal Kidz across the street, one year of being reminded of just how flexible our Staff truly is, one year of seeng miracles because of your generosity!  Coastal we’re getting close.  Right now we’re hoping to open our new facility sometime between mid and late September.  Trust me, as soon as we know, you will know!  AND we will celebrate!  We’ll have an Open House and a Grand Opening.  Until then, keep praying, keep giving, keep inviting, keep loving, and keep serving!  And if you’d like a behind the scenes tour, drop by the church any time!
  5. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!   There will be a Training on Sunday, September 12th, 5pm-6:30pm.  We will meet in the worship auditorium, but we will not have childcare because we don’t have a place for it yet.  This will be a great time for us to pray, plan, and prepare for all that God has in store for Coastal KIdz as we move into our new facility hopefully in September. Plus you can get a sneek peek at our new facility! This is also a great time for returning or new volunteers to get connected in Children’s Ministry at Coastal.  If you have any questions or to RSVP for a Training time, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.
  6. Waves Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back and kicking off its Fall semester on Wednesday, September 8th!  Doors will open at 6pm and all students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth from 6pm-8pm.  Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all part of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry, so invite and bring a friend!  For any questions, reach out to Pastor Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

    P.S. Fall LIFE Group Leader Training!  Attention all LIFE Group Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts:  If you did not already attend the earlier Training Session this week, make sure you’re at the Training on Saturday (TOMORROW), August 28th, 9am-10:30am (online or in-person).  Fall LIFE Groups kick off the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions you can also reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  

Friday’s 5 – 8-20-21

It’s easy to look at all the events of our world lately and feel heartbroken and absolutely overwhelmed – Haiti, Afghanistan, the rising COVID numbers.  It’s a daily reminder of just how desperate we should be for Jesus and His Kingdom here on this earth.  In Matthew 6:10 we are instructed to pray, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”  It also leaves us with a desire to do something to help.  But what can we do?  

Let me offer 3 suggestions:  Pray, Serve, Give.  Pray:  I heard a Pastor share this prayer, “Father, you are the God of peace, the ‘…rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes…’ (Isaiah‬ ‭58:12‬). We pray for the people of Afghanistan and Haiti. We ask you for their safety, provision, and hope. Lord, have mercy. In Jesus’ name, amen.”  Join me in praying this simple prayer.

Serve:  You’re probably not going to be able to go to Haiti or Afghanistan any time soon and physically help those in need there or assist our Military.  But you could do something here.  Go back to that passage in Isaiah.  Isaiah 58:9-10 says, “Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors (do we need to hear that message today or what?!  That will preach!)!  Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble (doesn’t get any simpler than that does it?).”   You want to support our Troops?  Honor their service and their legacy by serving and feeding them at our next Veteran’s Tailgate at the Patriot’s Villas (see below) or the next time we’re serving alongside Soldier’s Angels (Tuesday, September 14th).  Join us at the next Saturday Serve (September 4th), here at the church, when we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our own community, bringing a little bit of “the up there, down here.”  Go to our website and sign up for these or other opportunities!

Give:  Here are 3 good organizations, all doing great relief work here and around the world.  

So, what’s the result of our faithful prayer, service, and giving?  Isaiah 58:10-11, “Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.  The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.”  Our light will outshine the darkness and God will give us direction and restoration!  The very last verse in the Bible says this, “Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.”  Until the Lord Jesus calls us home or comes again, I pray He finds us faithful – loving, serving, sharing, giving – beating down the gates of Hell, rescuing people, doing anything short of sin to see all people come to know Him!  Come, Lord Jesus!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris 

  1. Have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet?  Our LIFE Teams are the volunteers who carry out the mission of Coastal.  Several of our LIFE Teams are having Interest & Information Meetings as we head into the Fall and the opening of our new facility.  The Security Team is having a meeting on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30pm, at the church.  For more information on the Security Team, reach out to Bryan Miller at bryan.bcmill@gmail.com, or call/text him at 843-296-2991.  The First Impressions Teamis having a meeting on Monday, August 30 at 7pm, at the church.  For more information on our First Impressions Team, reach out to Chris Ranew at chrisranew@gmail.com, or call/text him at 706-941-2044.  (For information about serving in Coastal Kidz, see below.)  To see a complete list of our LIFE Teams go to our website and sign up today!
  2. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Patriot Villas, Thursday, August 26th, 6pm-8pm.  Meet at church Welcome Center.
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, September 1st, 9am-1pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  3. The new school year would be a great time to checkout Ramsey+”.  Simply because you are a part of Coastal, you have access to ALL of Dave Ramsey’s best selling resources and tools FREE!  This includes 5 classes (Financial Peace, Legacy Journey, Smart Money Smart Kids, the Jump Start Course and a new Budgeting course), the Everydollar+ budgeting tool, and a host of other resources designed to help families track their progress through the baby steps.  If you were to sign up for this on your own it would cost $130.  NOT NOW!  All of that and more will be FREE for our entire church!  You’ll have access to everything at your own pace, on your own schedule.  Simply go to this link and sign up today!
  4. Interested in serving in our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th Grade)?  Go to our website, check out all the different volunteer positions, and sign up today!  It’s that easy!   There will be a Training on Monday, August 23, 6:30pm-8pm OR Sunday, September 12th, 5pm-6:30pm.  All volunteers need to attend just one.  We will meet in the worship auditorium, but we will not have childcare because we don’t have a place for it yet.  This will be a great time for us to pray, plan, and prepare for all that God has in store for Coastal KIdz as we move into our new facility hopefully in September. Plus you can get a sneek peek at our new facility! This is also a great time for returning or new volunteers to get connected in Children’s Ministry at Coastal.  If you have any questions or to RSVP for a Training time, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.
  5. Waves Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) is back and kicking off its Fall semester on Wednesday, September 8th!  Doors will open at 6pm and all students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth.  Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all part of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry, so invite and bring a friend!  For any questions, reach out to Pastor Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

    P.S. Fall LIFE Group Leader Training!  Attention all LIFE Group Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts:  RSVP on your Connect Card for a Training Session on either Tuesday, August 24th, 6:30pm-8pm OR Saturday, August 28th, 10am-11:30am.  Both sessions will be offered online or in-person.  Fall LIFE Groups kick off the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions you can also reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org

Friday’s 5 – 8-13-21

Well, Teachers have made their way back to their classrooms and Students will be joining them on Wednesday!  One of the things that I look forward to every year is seeing all the first day of school pictures!  No matter what school looks like for you this year – public, private, charter, homeschool, college – will you join me in praying for our Teachers, Students, and Parents?

So, have you signed up for a LIFE Team yet?  For the month of August, we’ve made a huge push to get everyone at Coastal serving on a LIFE Team.  Today, I’d like to make a plug for our Security Team.  You’re probably aware that we typically have 2 City of Charleston Police Officers on our campus on Sunday mornings – one in Coastal Kidz and one in front of our Auditorium.  But did you know that we also have a Security Team?  No one can prevent every situation or scenario from taking place.  However, people want to know, have you reasonably done everything you can to help provide a safe and secure environment for them and their children.  Simply put, that’s what we are trying to do at Coastal through our Security Team.  As our church continues to grow and expand, we need more and more volunteers in this important Ministry.

The Security Team is led by Bryan Miller, a former SC State Trooper.  If you are interested in learning more about the Security Team and possibly volunteering, you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Team Sign-Up Table on Sunday, email Bryan directly at bryan.bcmill@gmail.com, or call him at 843-296-2991.  There is an important Security Team Meeting on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30pm, at the church.  This meeting is for all current Team Members or those interested in joining the Team! 

And speaking of important LIFE Team meetings, there will be a First impressions Team Training on Monday, August 30 at 7:00pm.  Please email Ashley at ashley@coastalcommunitychurch.org to let us know you are coming!  This will be a great time to meet Pastor Scott and Chris Ranew, hear about why First Impressions is so important, learn some of the positions that we need the most help with, learn the roles/duties of these positions, and how you can get involved (plus you’ll get a tour of our new facility).  Mark it on your calendar and tell us you’re coming!

And last, but not least, join us tomorrow morning over at Orange Grove Middle School at 8am for Coastal Kidz Setup.  When that’s done we head over to our auditorium (around 8:30/8:45am) for Chair Setup.  And then you might as well stick around and help us get ready for the Pink House Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, & BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!  

I Love You Coastal!
Pastor Chris 

  1. In addition to all the ways that you can give to our church – our website, our app, in-person offering envelope, texting (843-277-8337), giving kiosk – you can now use our Venmo account!  Our business username is:  @coastalcommunitychurchCHS.
  2. UPCOMING OUTREACH PROJECTS:
    PINK House –  The PINK House is a community center in the Ardmore subdivision in West Ashley.  We are going to be putting on a community Tailgate Party, Clothing Distribution, & BACK TO SCHOOL BASH, Saturday, August 14th, 10am-1pm. 
    Tricounty Family Ministries –  We will be assisting with their Emergency Grocery Distribution, Wednesday, August 18th, 9am-1pm.  Meet at: 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston.
    Patriot Villas Veterans Tailgate –  We will be putting on a Tailgate for the Patriot Villas, Thursday, August 26th, 5:30pm-8pm.  Meet at church Welcome Center.
    If you are interested in serving in any of these projects, you can sign up on your Connect Card this Sunday or sign up now on our website.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  3. The new school year would be a great time to checkout Ramsey+”.  Simply because you are a part of Coastal, you have access to ALL of Dave Ramsey’s best selling resources and tools FREE!  This includes 5 classes (Financial Peace, Legacy Journey, Smart Money Smart Kids, the Jump Start Course and a new Budgeting course), the Everydollar+ budgeting tool, and a host of other resources designed to help families track their progress through the baby steps.  If you were to sign up for this on your own it would cost $130.  NOT NOW!  All of that and more will be FREE for our entire church!  You’ll have access to everything at your own pace, on your own schedule.  Simply go to this link and sign up today!
  4. Attention all Coastal Kidz Volunteers or those interested in serving!  There will be a Training on Saturday, August 14, 10am-11:30am, OR Monday, August 23, 6:30pm-8pm. All volunteers need to attend just one.  We will meet in the worship auditorium, but we will not have childcare because we don’t have a place for it yet.  This will be a great time for us to pray, plan, and prepare for all that God has in store for Coastal KIdz as we move into our new facility hopefully in September. Plus you can get a sneek peek at our new facility! This is also a great time for returning or new volunteers to get connected in Children’s Ministry at Coastal.  All volunteers need to attend just one meeting, but we’re offering it twice to accommodate everyone.  If you have any questions or to RSVP for a Training time, please reach out to Janet Rollins at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.
  5. The last Student Ministry Event of the Summer – BOWLING NIGHT – is this Sunday night, 6:30pm-8:30pm August 15th (meet at Ashley Lanes)!  The event is FREE!  Waves Student Ministry is back and kicking off its Fall semester on Wednesday, September 8. Doors will open at 6pm and all students 6th-12th grade are invited to come out and join in a night of fellowship and growth. Food, games, worship, a Biblical message and small groups are all apart of a Wednesday night at Waves Student Ministry so invite and bring a friend. For any questions, reach out to Pastor Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

    P.S. Fall LIFE Group Leader Training!  Attention all LIFE Group Leaders, Assistants, and Hosts:  RSVP on your Connect Card for a Training Session on either Tuesday, August 24th, 6:30pm-8pm OR Saturday, August 28th, 10am-11:30am.  Both sessions will be offered online or in-person.  Fall LIFE Groups kick off the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions you can also reach out to Pastor Scott Huff at scotth@coastalcommunitychurch.org

Online Connect Card

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