Friday’s 5 – 4-3-20

It’s hard to believe that Easter weekend is just ONE WEEK AWAY!  For the first time ever, all of our services will only be online!  Never did we imagine just one month ago that these would be our circumstances.  But that’s okay, God wasn’t caught off guard!  What the enemy meant for evil, our God has the amazing ability to use for our good and His glory.  Even though church buildings will be empty, guess what?  The tomb is also still empty and Jesus is alive!  And so instead of having 7 services on our campus, we’re going to have 19 services Friday-Sunday!  Take that Satan!  So you’ll have plenty of opportunities to invite your friends and celebrate!

Our Easter Theme this year is “Welcome Home”, which now is somewhat ironic BECAUSE EVERYONE IS STUCK AT HOME!!  And the graphic (see above) is pictures of people hugging and embracing after coming home, AND NOW WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO HUG EACH OTHER!  I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, y’all really blew that one.”  I don’t think so.  You see, “Welcome Home” is not about a place, anymore than church is about a building.  It’s all about the fact that you can come home to God, that He is ready and waiting to embrace you and welcome you home no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done.  And that’s a message worth sharing!  So do your part and Invite your friends to join you online for Easter @ Coastal this year!  19 services over 3 days – Friday, April 10th: 7pm;  Saturday, April 11th:  9am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm;  Sunday, April 12th: 7am, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm.  Make sure you reach out and invite your friends to watch (emails, texts, phone calls), check-in each time you watch a service, share our social media posts leading up to Easter and over the Easter weekend.

And speaking of “online church”, let me give you a few tips to get the most out of your online worship experience:

  1. Make a literal appointment to attend a Coastal Online service each Sunday.  Decide which service you will attend in advance (9:30am, 11:15am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm), put that time in your calendar and don’t miss it!
  2. Log into https://coastalcommchurch.churchonline.org (it’s the best platform to watch the service) on your computer, tablet or phone 5 minutes before the service begins to check that your connection is working correctly and get into the right mindset to worship God.
  3. Get dressed – haha!  We joke about worshipping in your pj’s and honestly there’s nothing wrong with that.  However, for some of you that extra step of getting a shower, putting yourself together a little bit, and grabbing your morning coffee might help in being fully alert and prepared for worship.
  4. There can be a lot of distractions when you’re attending Church Online, so turn off notifications on your phone and tune out all distractions so you can tune into God’s message to you. 
  5. Make sure you check out the message outline and take notes.  You can copy and paste your notes directly into a document and save it to your computer. Or, print out the outline and take notes by hand.
  6. Fill out your online Connect Card every week.  It lets us know you are there, you can take spiritual next steps, and it allows us to keep you updated on what’s happening at Coastal.
  7. Give online or by text (843-277-8337) during the service. It’s so important to remain faithful in this area – especially as the ministry of our church continues even while we’re not able to meet in person each week.
  8. Worship, don’t just watch. When attending Church Online, it might feel like you’re just watching. But worship isn’t a spectator sport, so sing along with the music, read verses aloud, and pray with me too.  Interact with each other and the staff in the comment section. Let it be a worshipful experience where you learn, grow, and really connect with God.
  9. If you have kids – click on the Coastal Kidz Online” tab for a great age-appropriate Bible lessons, worship, and weekly activities.  And if you have 6th-12th Grade Students, make sure they’re following wavesstudentministry on Instagram to stay up to date with all the online activities and groups!

Know that we care about you and your spiritual growth.  And even though we are separated physically – we can still grow together spiritually!

If you have a specific prayer request, please respond to this email or email me directly at pastorchris@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  We are here for you, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. It’s hard to believe, but our 100 Day Challenge is just about over (today is day 94)!  Over the last 3 1/2 months we’re read through the 4 Gospels together.  Well, how would you like to continue to read through the New Testament for the rest of the year?  We’ve provided a weekly reading schedule to do just that (see above)!  Today’s reading is John 16 and this week’s verse has been John 14:6.
  2. Operation Christmas Child has grown so much at Coastal that it is now a YEARLONG Mission of our church!  Each month we will feature a “donation of the month” to help us better prepare for the thousands of boxes we will pack and wrap in the Fall.  This month (April) we are encouraging everyone to bring stuffed animals that will fit in a shoebox.  Even though our Sunday morning Services are online right now, you can still drop off OCC items during the week at the church.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Spell.
  3. All of our LIFE Groups have now gone online! Join a Group and experience community, connection, and prayer each week. You can go to our website and sign up today! If you might be willing to start/lead a new online Group, please respond to this email or reach out to Pastor Scott. Let us equip you to help keep our church connected.
  4. Did you know that we have 5 Blessing Boxes in the community! Consider choosing a Blessing Box as a family and restock it with non-perishable food, toiletries, and even notes & cards of encouragement. This can be done by going directly to the Blessing Box. Here are the addresses to our Boxes:
    413 Geddes Avenue, Charleston
    928 Savage Road, Charleston
    2758 East Surrey Drive, North Charleston
    1998 Hugo Avenue, North Charleston
    1050 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston
  5. Don’t forget to take advantage of your FREE membership to RightNow Media! It is an amazing resource that Coastal pays for everyone to have access to. You can watch some amazing Bible study videos, devotionals, etc. by just searching the topic you’re interested in. There’s great stuff for kids too! It might give you some great stuff to watch while you’re stuck at home “social distancing!” Here is the link: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/COASTALSC.

    P.S. For those of you who normally give to Coastal on Sunday mornings by check, cash, or card swiping, we want to help you to continue to be faithful with your generosity.  If you would like us to mail you offering envelopes or step you through online giving, please respond to this email or call the church office (843-571-1777).  Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do. When you continue to give during this crisis, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.  Thank you so much for your faithfulness!

Online LIFE Groups!

I hope this email finds you healthy, safe, and socially distant!  These days can be very different and very difficult for all of us.  This season we are in could be the most visible example of how much each of us truly needs community in our lives.  We are created for relationships – relationships with each other and relationships with Jesus.

In order to help with this need for each one of us, we have organized and created new Online Life Groups for you to join and experience community, connection, and prayer each week. These groups are primarily going to function by meeting online through Zoom at a designated time each week to check in with one another, walk through a handful of discussion questions related to Sunday’s sermon, and end with prayer requests and pray together. These groups will begin this coming Sunday, April 5th. There are a few groups that are doing a longer, more in-depth study and a few workout groups using video links.

Many of our current Life Groups that started in February are continuing to meet online and finish out their studies.  Some of the groups will end once that happens and some will continue on with the sermon-based discussion and prayer time.  If you are currently in a group please check with your leader on the plan.  For a list of all our Online LIFE Groups, go to this page and sign up today!

We love you Coastal, and we believe community, even experienced online, is more important now than ever! This is a great time to join a group and connect with others who call Coastal home.  We hope these options for Online Life Groups are a help to you and your family!  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Associate Pastor, Scott Huff.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Watch Coastal Online!

I just wanted to encourage you to join us online today and share some good news with you!  Our normal service times are Sundays at 9:30am, 11:15am, and 6pm.  But starting today we’re going to post our Sunday services at 9:30am, 11:15am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm – ALL DAY LONG!  Spread the word, share our posts, and invite your friends to watch!  While you can see the service on Facebook, the best place to watch the service, fill out a Connect Card, submit prayer requests, give, and interact with one another is https://coastalcommchurch.churchonline.org.

Also, if you’re a parent don’t forget to check out our new web page for your children: “Coastal Kidz Online.”  There you will find lesson videos for kids of all ages, parent guides to help you discuss the Bible lesson with your children, reinforcement activities, and a Youtube playlist of worship songs. For the elementary grades, there are several days worth of reinforcement activities.  We will update this page every week! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins.

If you have a Middle or High School Student, be on the lookout for an email from our Student Pastor, Ryan Spell with each week’s virtual schedule and follow our Instagram page (wavesstudentministry) for daily updates and events! Every day of the week they will have a different digital event taking place from Instagram Challenges and Scavenger Hunts to Netflix Parties and even Zoom Small Groups.

And finally, most of our LIFE Groups have already gone online, and we’re adding several new Groups.  Many of the new groups are Prayer & Devotion Groups that will give you an opportunity to check in, go over a short devotion/questions from Sunday’s sermon, and pray together.  We want to do our best to keep everyone connected during this season of “social distancing.”  If you are interested in joining a new group or even leading one, respond to this email or reach out to Pastor Scott Huff.

I love you Coastal and I’ll “see” you online today! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Children & Students – Online Resources!

With all this talk of churches “going online”, I just wanted you to know that we haven’t forgotten about your kids!  Last week Janet sent out an email encouraging you to take advantage of Right Now Media and even picked out some age appropriate resources.  If you haven’t taken advantage of your free membership from Coastal, simply go here:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/COASTALSC.  There are literally thousands of resources for the whole family!

Thanks to technology, we not only have the ability to provide online worship services for our adults, but also an online worship experience for our children. On Coastal’s updated website, look for our new page: “Coastal Kidz Online.”  There you will find lesson videos for kids of all ages, parent guides to help you discuss the Bible lesson with your children, reinforcement activities, and a Youtube playlist of worship songs. For the elementary grades, there are several days worth of reinforcement activities.  We will update this page every week!

WSM (WAVES Student Ministry – 6th-12th Grade) has also gone virtual! Every day of the week we will have a different digital event taking place from Instagram Challenges and Scavenger Hunts to Netflix Parties and even Zoom Small Groups. Parents, be on the lookout for an email with each week’s virtual schedule and follow our Instagram page (wavesstudentministry) for daily updates and events.

We love you Coastal and we love your children & students!  We hope all of these resources are a help to you and your family!  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Children’s Director, Janet Rollins or our Student Pastor, Ryan Spell.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Friday’s 5 – 3-27-20

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the News4 story on our church last week and our “Grab & Go Drive Through Tailgate”!  During the last 2 weeks, I’ve learned so much about our church.  I’ve learned that you are flexible – willing to adapt.  I’ve learned that our Staff is relentless and willing to do whatever it takes to keep moving forward, to keep pursuing excellence, and to keep leading and loving our church.  I’ve learned that our church is full of generous people who are willing to sacrificially give even during difficult times.  I’ve been reminded that although I love our Sunday morning SERVICES, it’s our SERVICE to the community that will make the greatest IMPACT.  I’ve learned that our church is more concerned about building the Kingdom of God than our little castle called Coastal.  I’ve learned that we’re not just a church that DOES small groups, we are a church OF small groups that truly values community in whatever form it takes.  And as always, I’ve been reminded that we don’t just GO to church, we ARE the church!  Coastal, I love you all, and I’m so proud of you.  I truly believe that this is going to be one of those defining moments for the church.  Let’s not let this pass us by!

By the way, over 1100 people watched our service online this past Sunday and several thousand more on Facebook.  I truly believed that our church was going to be a church of over 1000 people by the end of 2020.  I just didn’t realize that it would be online!

We’ll be feeding the hungry and hurting again this Saturday with our “Grab & Go Drive Through”!  This Saturday, 9am-11am, we’ll be doing a Pancake Breakfast (pancakes & link sausages).  Please spread the word and share the post on social media.  We have plenty of volunteers, but would love for you drive through and take some food to someone in need or someone who needs to be encouraged.  One way that everyone can help is to drop off canned goods and non-perishable food for our community Food Bank.  You can drop off items on Saturday morning or during the week at the church office.  

During this crisis our new scaled back office hours are:  Monday-Thursday 9am-11am & 1pm-3pm, Friday 9am-12noon.  Our Pastors & Staff will be working remotely and rotating hours to keep the office open only for deliveries, food pick-up/drop-off for the Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child drop off, and volunteer supply pick up (Easter Yard Signs & OCC Christmas cards).  That’s right – the Easter Signs are in.  They simply say, “EasterAtCoastal.com“, and we need people to pick them up and put them in your yard and strategically place them all over Charleston.

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Operation Christmas Child has grown so much at Coastal that it is now a YEARLONG Mission of our church!  Each month we will feature a “donation of the month” to help us better prepare for the thousands of boxes we will pack and wrap in the Fall.  This month we are encouraging everyone to bring bars of soap & washcloths.  In April, it’s stuffed animals that will fit in a shoebox.  Even though our Sunday morning Services are online right now, you can still drop off OCC items during the week at the church.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Spell.
  2. All of our LIFE Groups have gone online!  We are looking for people who would be willing to lead an online Group – go over & discuss short devotional questions from Sunday’s sermon (that we provide) & pray together.  If you might be willing to lead a new online Group, please respond to this email or reach out to Pastor Scott. Let us equip you to help keep our church connected during this crisis.
  3. Did you know that we have 5 Blessing Boxes in the community!  Consider choosing a Blessing Box as a family and restock it with non-perishable food, toiletries, and even notes & cards of encouragement. This can be done by going directly to the Blessing Box.  Here are the addresses to our Boxes:413 Geddes Avenue, Charleston; 928 Savage Road, Charleston; 2758 East Surrey Drive, North Charleston; 1998 Hugo Avenue, North Charleston; 1050 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston. If you have any questions about the Blessing Boxes, please reach out to Chris Jones.
  4. Today is day 87 or our 100 Day Challenge!  Just two more weeks left!  Today’s reading is John 9.  Remember there are 6 components of the 100 Day Challenge, 6 things we are asking you to do (3 are daily – 3 are next steps).  Daily:  1. Read Through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – we’re providing the calendar).  2. Memorize 1 Bible verse a week.  This week’s verse has been John 10:10. 3. Get Moving. Find an activity or exercise that you can do each day for 100 Days. Next Steps:  1. Take the Next Step In Your Giving.  2. Start Serving.  3. Join A LIFE Group.
  5. As we temporarily move our Sunday morning services online, we want to offer children the experience to feel connected as well. You can now go to our websiteand find supplemental resources for this week’s up-to-date curriculum, including: video lessons, worksheets for each respective age group and a YouTube playlist kids can sing along and worship to.  We pray the online programming for Coastal Kidz will help children feel blessed and included as they navigate through the curriculum and as they join alongside their parents during online services.  For more information, contact Janet Rollins via email at:  janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

    P.S. If you’re a regular giver, please continue to be faithful with your generosity at Coastal. Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do, and our in-person Sunday services only represent a small portion of that work. When you continue to give during this crisis, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.  You can give online at any time at coastalcommunitychurch.org/give/, or securely by texting to 843-277-8337 with the amount you wish to give. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!

Looking For Ways to Help?

So many people have been asking what they can do to help during this crisis.  I want to give you an updated list of some practical ways you can help our church, our community, and our world:

#1 Help keep our Blessing Boxes stocked. Consider choosing a Blessing Box and as a family, restock it with non-perishable food, toiletries, and even notes and cards of encouragement. This can be done by going directly to the Blessing Box.  Here are the addresses to our Boxes:

  • 413 Geddes Avenue, Charleston
  • 928 Savage Road, Charleston
  • 2758 East Surrey Drive, North Charleston
  • 1998 Hugo Avenue, North Charleston
  • 1050 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston 

#2 Help keep our church Food Pantry stocked. As you might have guessed, supplies are diminishing, and the church will continue to assist as many families as we can. The church will gladly accept donations dropped off at our church. Historically, an even better way has been through Coastal’s Amazon Food Pantry Wish List (however, be aware that many of these items are now out of stock). These items when ordered through Amazon are shipped directly to the church where they are then distributed to the community. The wish list contains many of the more common items used in both the pantry and our Blessing Boxes. 

#3 Volunteer to help keep the Food Pantry organized. If you have an hour to spare to help organize the Food Pantry, this would be a great opportunity for a family wanting to serve. This opportunity includes putting new donations onto the shelves, checking for expired and damaged items, and packing food bags ready to go when people come for food.  There is also the opportunity to pack replenishment kits for future distribution to our Blessing Boxes. 

#4.  Operation Christmas Child Donations & Card Writing.  Operation Christmas Child is now an ongoing, year round mission of our church.  Each month we are collecting different items/supplies.  This month we are collecting bars of soap & washcloths.  In April we are collecting small stuffed animals (that will fit in a shoebox).  We also need volunteers to start writing Christmas Cards that will go in the boxes.  We will provide the cards, you simply have to pick them up at the church.

#5. Start an Online LIFE Group.  Now, more than ever before, we’ve got to do everything we can to help connect people and provide an outlet for spiritual growth and community in this new reality we’re all facing.  Online Groups are part of that answer.  We’re going to make it as easy and simple as possible.  If you’ve ever used a computer and surfed the web at all, you CAN DO THIS.  The technology we’ve been using is ZOOM (although others are available).  Pastor Scott Huff will provide a training and answer any questions you might have.  For the Groups themselves, we’re really looking for Prayer & Devotional based Groups (although you can choose any study you want to do).  For the devotion, each week we’re going to provide you with small group questions from the previous week’s sermon.  Then you simply share prayer requests and pray together.  All of that and more (praises, announcements, etc.) can happen online.  These Groups can be anywhere from 30-40 minutes in length to longer.  If you are interested, go to this link and fill out the Online LIFE Group Leader Form.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Scott Huff.

6. Grab & Go Drive Through Food Service.  People can literally pull up, roll down their window and pick up a ToGo box of food (we’ll even say a little prayer for them)! We’re trying to serve the Oakland Elementary School families who might be picking up food during the week from the CCSD Grab & Go – or any families who might just be in need. Feel free to pick up a box and deliver it to someone in need.  When we post the times on social media we need you to share and help spread the word.  We’ll be changing the menu from week to week.  This week the Drive Through will be open from 9am-11am and we’ll be serving pancakes & link sausages.  Obviously, we’re trying to limit the number of on hand volunteers.  But if you’d like to help, respond to this email and we’ll see if there is an open slot.  We’ll need traffic volunteers, kitchen volunteers, box hand out volunteers, and Food Pantry volunteers.

7. Give.  If you’re a regular giver, please continue to be faithful with your generosity at Coastal. Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do, and our in-person Sunday services only represent a small portion of that work. When you continue to give during this crisis, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.  You can give online at any time at coastalcommunitychurch.org/give/, or securely by texting to 843-277-8337 with the amount you wish to give. If you normally give on Sunday mornings by check, cash or card swiping, would you consider giving online.  Thank you so much for your faithfulness!

8.  Pick Up & Put Out Easter Yard Signs.  Last year, one of the most effective advertising we did for Easter was our Yard Signs that we put up all over West Ashley.  Since we are not having our Sunday morning services in person, we need people to come by the church and pick yard signs that you can put in your front yard and all over Charleston in strategic places.

9. Phone Calls, Deliveries, etc.  And then of course, there are those in our church and community who don’t have access to technology, who need a simple phone call of encouragement.  There are also those who might need food or supplies delivered to their home.  You can sign up for these and other such services here.

Church Office Hours for volunteering, picking up or dropping off food, Operation Christmas Child items, Yard Signs:  Monday-Thursday, 9am-11am & 1pm-3pm; Friday, 9am-12noon.  If you are a male and already have a key and code to the church and would be willing to man the office in any of our available time slots, please reach out to Ashley.  If you have any questions, please call the church office at 843-571-1777.  

Coastal let’s do this!  Let’s not let this opportunity to BE the Church in this defining moment pass us by.  As always, I love you and love being your Pastor.  And I’m forever grateful for your creativity, generosity, and willingness to do WHATEVER it takes to keep reaching, serving, and loving people.  And right now, this is what it takes!

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Friday’s 5 – 3-20-20

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?  How are you feeling?  Fearful, worried, stir crazy, hopeful?  Probably a mixture of all of it.  It’s hard when the circumstances around us are so “fluid” (a term you’re hearing a lot of lately) right now – changing day by day and sometimes hour by hour.  Do you know what I’ve found is also fluid – our feelings.  In other words, they can also so easily change from day to day, sometimes hour by hour.  That’s why our faith and our joy is not based on our circumstances or on our feelings.  Our faith is grounded in the truth of the never changing Word of God.  Here’s a couple of passages of scripture I’ve been trying to focus on in the wake of the current crisis we find ourselves in. Read them and meditate on them over and over in the coming days:

  • Philippians 4:6-7“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
     
  • Deuteronomy 31:6“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Coastal, we will get through this!  I actually believe that we have an opportunity like never before to leverage the times we’re in to “share and experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world.”  How do we do that?  The very things that followers of Jesus are supposed to be known for:  Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-controlThere is no law against these things!”  

And then our real “secret weapon” is the very thing that Jesus embodied – SERVICE!  Coastal, I love our SERVICES – our times when we gather together for corporate worship!  I love preaching the Good News of the Gospel!  And I’m so very thankful, especially in times like these, that we have the technology to do all of that online.  BUT, it’s our SERVICE that people have to stand and take notice of, our practical acts of kindness and love.

So let’s get creative and look for real ways to love and serve our community.  Here’s just one example: This Saturday, from 11am-1pm, our church will be hosting a “Drive-Through Grab & Go Tailgate.” We’ll have grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, coleslaw, Mac n’ cheese, etc. People can literally pull up, roll down their window and pick up a ToGo box of food (we’ll even say a little prayer for people)! We’d especially like to serve the Oakland Elementary School families who might be picking up food during the week from the CCSD Grab & Go – or any families who might just be in need. 

Obviously, we’re trying to limit the number of on hand volunteers. But if you’d like to help, respond to this email and we’ll do our best to put you to work (might be in shifts)! If you’d like to drop off food/sides that we could share – that would be awesome! Also, we’d love some pre-packaged cookies or snacks that we could give away as dessert.  

But one way that ANYONE could definitely help would be to drop off any canned goods or non-perishable food items for our Community Food Bank. As you can imagine, it’s getting desperately low. We’ll be taking donations all Saturday morning.

Thank you so much! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Operation Christmas Child has grown so much at Coastal that it is now a YEARLONG Mission of our church!  Each month we will feature a “donation of the month” to help us better prepare for the hundreds and hundreds of boxes we will pack and wrap in the Fall.  This month we are encouraging everyone to bring bars of soap & washcloths.  Even though our Sunday morning Services are online right now, you can still drop off OCC items during the week at the church.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Spell.
  2. Due to the Coronavirus, all of our LIFE Groups have basically taken a 2 week break while we “regroup.”  However, we’re very excited to announce that we’re going to be encouraging all of our Groups to “go online!”  If you’re a current LIFE Group Leader, you should have received an email from Pastor Scott outlining your options.  If you might be willing to lead a new online Group, please respond to this email or reach out to Pastor Scott. Let us equip you to help keep our church connected during this crisis. 
  3. This Saturday is “Saturation Saturday!”  The 3rd Saturday of every month we encourage everyone from Coastal to find some way to serve and love the people in your life or community.  Now, granted, this Saturday you might have to be creative.  Other than the “Grab & Go Drive Through Tailgate” mentioned above, we’re also building a team to serve at the Lowcountry Food Bank from 9:00a-12:30p. We’ll meet at the food bank at 8:50am. It’s located at: 2864 Azalea Dr, North Charleston. The food bank has made pleas to our church for help!  We also have 5 Blessing Boxes in the community. Consider choosing a Blessing Box as a family and restock it with non-perishable food and toiletries.  Maybe you sit down with your family and write some notes of encouragement to some people who might need it – neighbors, health care workers, nursing home residents.  If you would like more information about any of these projects or the addresses of the Blessing Boxes, please reach out to Chris Jones.
  4. For those of you participating in our 100 Day Challenge, today’s reading is John 3.  Remember there are 6 components of the 100 Day Challenge, 6 things we are asking you to do (3 are daily – 3 are next steps).  Daily:  1. Read Through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – we’re providing the calendar).  2. Memorize 1 Bible verse a week.  This week’s verse has been John 3:16. 3. Get Moving. Find an activity or exercise that you can do each day for 100 Days. Next Steps:  1. Take the Next Step In Your Giving.  2. Start Serving.  3. Join A LIFE Group.
  5. Coastal Kidz Volunteer Meeting – Cancelled. HOWEVER, we hope to announce very soon a virtual online meeting!  All Coastal Kidz volunteers will get an email invite with a Zoom link where you can login on your computer or mobile device.  This will be an opportunity for Janet to update all of our volunteers on some important information from our Children’s Ministry (and probably some much needed adult interaction!). 

    P.S. If you’re a regular giver, please continue to be faithful with your generosity at Coastal. Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do, and our in-person Sunday services only represent a small portion of that work. When you continue to give during this crisis, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.  You can give online at any time at coastalcommunitychurch.org/give/, or securely by texting to 843-277-8337 with the amount you wish to give. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!

Coronavirus Update

Well, as I said in my previous email, this situation is very fluid and changes every day.  In light of the growing concerns, school closures now in our community, and the request of our government leaders to cancel large gatherings (10 or more now) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to host all of our Sunday morning services online.  Starting this weekend, we will be moving our services to a live, online church-at-home experience only (just like we currently offer).  You’ll be able to participate in worship, pray together, hear a message, give, submit prayer requests, make decisions and take next steps.  We are also asking all of our LIFE Groups to take a break for the next two weeks.  After two weeks, we will reassess the situation.

As things develop, we will continue to keep you updated on our plans and as to when our normal weekend services, LIFE Groups, and other Ministries will resume.  If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis in this way, here’s our response:

  1. Our physical doors may be closed, but our church is not. As I said on Sunday, you can’t cancel church, no matter where, when, or how we gather.  The church is not a building – YOU are the church, WE are the church!      
  2. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
  3. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
  4. This is what love requires of us in this season. 

Even though everyone is being encouraged to practice “social distancing”, it is NOT a time to disconnect.  We need each other, and people need the church. So, we are encouraging everyone to look for creative ways to reach out to one another and STAY connected – phone calls, text, emails, or the use of technology like Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Zoom, GoTo Meetings (ask a young adult – haha!).  Or even better, go “old school” – one on one connections!  Instead of a large group, have a friend or a couple over.  Host a “watch party” in your home on Sunday morning and have just a couple of friends over to watch our service online and pray together.  

Also, now more than ever we are encouraging everyone to “saturate” our City with love and kindness this Saturday for “Saturation Saturday” (3rd Saturday for every month)!  Wear your blue Coastal “Making An IMPACT” t-shirt, reach out and serve someone, and use it as an opportunity to tell them about Jesus and Coastal!  Truthfully, this is the time to look for ways to do that every day – not just on Saturday!  As you serve and love our city, take a picture and share your experience on Social Media.  It’s time we flood the world with some Good News!  For those of you who are able, maybe you volunteer to watch someone’s kids who are now home from school.  If you have any surplus whatsoever of non perishable food items, please bring them to the church for our Food Pantry and Blessing Boxes. 

We WILL get through this together, and we WILL come out on the other side stronger!  Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell (or the coronavirus) will not conquer it!”  I love you Coastal and I love being your Pastor!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  How can we pray for you?  I would love to hear any prayer requests that you might have and share them with our Prayer Team & Staff!

  1. If you don’t already, make sure you “like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Instagram. We will be posting updates and additional details as needed along with a few new ways for us all to stay connected during this season.
  2. During this season we are simply encouraging you to continue to be faithful in your giving and to consider giving online or through TEXTing (843-277-8337).  It is your consistent, generous, and faithful giving that not only allows our church to operate, but more importantly to continue to share & experience the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!

Friday’s 5 – 2-28-20

Home. There’s nothing else like it. No matter how long it’s been. No matter how far you’ve gone. Nothing compares to coming home. At home your worries are lost, your past is forgotten, your life has hope. At home your mistakes are forgiven, your shortfalls don’t matter, your differences are accepted, your wounds are healed, and your feet can rest.  At home you are family. You are safe and you are cherished. You are loved. Welcome home!  That’s our theme for Easter at Coastal this year.  That’s the title of the series that we’re kicking off Easter weekend – “Welcome Home!”  Who do you know that you can start praying for now?  Who do you know that you can invite to one of our 7 Easter Services?  Who do you know that needs to come home?

Don’t forget about “Saturation Saturday”!  On the 3rd Saturday of every month, starting March 21st, we’re encouraging everyone from Coastal to wear your Coastal “IMPACT” t-shirt, engage in some intentional act of kindness in the community, and invite someone to Coastal.  We’re going to “saturate” our community with the love of Jesus!  Put your creative hats on and start praying now about what you can do.

Saturday Serve is this month (see below), but there are several other serving opportunities:  We’ll be at the Veteran Mobile Food Distribution on Friday, March 13th, 8am-12:30pm assisting nearly 200 Veteran families who need food assistance in the Charleston area.  On Saturday, March 21st, 9am-12:30pm we’ll be at the Lowcountry Food Bank serving in the warehouse.  Interested in serving the elderly & shut-ins in our community?  Pastor Chris Jones leads services the first 3 Sundays of every month at local facilities immediately after our services at Coastal.

By the way, this past Sunday 5 people gave their life to Jesus and 3 people decided to get Baptized!  Is that awesome or what?!  I love you Coastal, and I love what we get to do together! 

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Our next Saturday Serve is NEXT Saturday, March 7th!  We meet at the church at 8:30am to debrief and then disburse to serve!  All projects are typically finished before lunchtime, so it’s not a sacrifice of your entire Saturday.  Come make an IMPACT in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus!  If you have any questions about Saturday Serve or ideas for future projects, please reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.
  2. MOPS BINGO NIGHT FUNDRAISER (Women Only Event)!  Help raise funds for Coastal’s Mothers of Preschoolers at Bingo Night – Tuesday evening, March 31st at 7pm in the Coastal Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30pm. $10 for a book of 10 Bingo Cards.  Amazing raffles and prizes for the winners!  Contact Morgan Wessel for details at MOPS@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, March 15th, 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.
  4. For those of you participating in our 100 Day Challenge, today’s reading is Luke 8.  Remember there are 6 components of the 100 Day Challenge, 6 things we are asking you to do (3 are daily – 3 are next steps).  Daily:  1. Read Through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – we’re providing the calendar).  2. Memorize 1 Bible verse a week.  This week’s verse has been Luke 6:27-28. 3. Get Moving. Find an activity or exercise that you can do each day for 100 Days. Next Steps:  1. Take the Next Step In Your Giving.  2. Start Serving.  3. Join A LIFE Group.
  5. Coastal’s Annual 40 Day Easter Fast begins this Sunday, March 1st and goes through Good Friday, April 10th!  The Easter Fast is where you choose to give up something, deny yourself something to focus on prayer and your relationship with God.  It could be caffeine or sugar.  It could be social media or tv.  It could be time, where you get up 30 minutes earlier each day to read your Bible and pray. You decide.  This could be a great companion to our 100 Day Challenge.  If you are interested in participating, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

    P.S. On Friday, March 6th (during school hours) we’ll be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s Fun Run on our campus.  We’ll need volunteers to man the water station and cheer on the students as they run.

Friday’s 5 – 2-21-20

One of the things that our church is known for is how we intentionally serve & love our community – from Saturday Serve, Summer of IMPACT, Oakland Elementary School, and so much more.  Well, believe it or not, we want to INCREASE our IMPACT in our community!  Saturday Serve (the 1st Saturday of every month) has become the backbone of our ongoing community outreach.  However, beginning in March we’ll be adding several other opportunities besides that 1st Saturday.  For example, on Friday, March 6th (during school hours) we’ll be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s Fun Run on our campus.  We’ll need volunteers to man the water station and cheer on the students as they run.  We’ll be at the Veteran Mobile Food Distribution on Friday, March 13th, 8am-12:30pm assisting nearly 200 Veteran families who need food assistance in the Charleston area.  On Saturday, March 21st, 9am-12:30pm we’ll be at the Lowcountry Food Bank serving in the warehouse.  Interested in serving the elderly & shut-ins in our community?  Pastor Chris Jones leads services the first 3 Sundays of every month at local facilities immediately after our services at Coastal.  

We’re working behind the scenes now on updating the Outreach page on our website as a place where you can see all of the different serving opportunities & sign up to serve.  We’ll let you know when that page is up and ready, but we wanted you to know about the opportunities that are coming up now.  If you are interested in any of these upcoming opportunities to serve and make an IMPACT in our community (or if you have any ideas for the future) simpl respond to this email or reach out to Pastor Chris Jones at 843-870-4613.

Another ongoing serving initiative that I’m really excited about in this new year is something that we’re going to call, “Saturation Saturday”!  It’s very simple.  On the 3rd Saturday of every month, starting March 21st, we’re encouraging everyone from Coastal to wear your Coastal “IMPACT” t-shirt, engage in some intentional act of kindness in the community, and invite someone to Coastal.  That’s it.  Saturation Saturday is designed to be an intentional day of encouragement as you invite others to Coastal, bring an increased awareness of our church in the community, and seek opportunities to love and serve others.  It could be anything – you get to decide!  

Maybe you and your family or a group of friends from Coastal pick up trash in your neighborhood or at a community park for an hour that Saturday morning.  As you encounter people, you give them one of our invite cards and invite them to Coastal.  Maybe you go to your favorite coffee house and pay for the coffee of the next person in line and hand them an invite card.  Maybe you take a meal to someone in your neighborhood.  Maybe you go to Costco and return the shopping carts for people and hand out our invite cards. Maybe you go to one of your favorite restaurants and volunteer to clean the restrooms.  Maybe you clean the windshields of people at a gas station or shopping center and hand out invite cards.  You could go to the Ravenel Bridge or Hampton Park and pass out water bottles with an invite card.  I could keep going and going (seriously – I love this stuff!).  But you pray about it, get creative, and then just do it! 

Now, could you serve any Saturday, not just the 3rd Saturday?  Could you serve any day of the month for that matter?  Of course!  However, there is something powerful when the whole church makes an effort to do it together, everyone wearing their Coastal shirt, praying for each other, reaching out in our community together, inviting people to Coastal.  It’s the power of focused alignment.   

LIFE & LOVE!
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. Want to feel more comfortable in sharing your story and your faith with the people God puts in your life?  Want to feel like you’re ready and prepared to make an IMPACT?  Then sign up for our IMPACT Seminar, THIS Sunday night, February 23rd, 4pm-7pm at the church. We’ll provide childcare and food!  For more information or to sign up, please contact Pastor Chris Jones or respond to this email.
  2. MOPS BINGO NIGHT FUNDRAISER!  Help raise funds for Coastal’s Mothers of Preschoolers at Bingo Night – Tuesday evening, March 31st at 7pm in the Coastal Auditorium.  Doors open at 6:30pm. $10 for a book of 10 Bingo Cards.  Amazing raffles and prizes for the winners!  Contact Morgan Wessel for details at MOPS@coastalcommunitychurch.org
  3. New to Coastal?  Join us Sunday, March 15th, 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.
  4. For those of you participating in our 100 Day Challenge, today’s reading is Luke 2.  Remember there are 6 components of the 100 Day Challenge, 6 things we are asking you to do (3 are daily – 3 are next steps).  Daily:  1. Read Through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – we’re providing the calendar).  2. Memorize 1 Bible verse a week.  This week’s verse has been Mark 11:24. 3. Get Moving. Find an activity or exercise that you can do each day for 100 Days. Next Steps:  1. Take the Next Step In Your Giving.  2. Start Serving.  3. Join A LIFE Group.
  5. Coastal’s Annual 40 Day Easter Fast begins March 1st and goes through Good Friday, April 10th!  The Easter Fast is where you choose to give up something, deny yourself something to focus on prayer and your relationship with God.  It could be caffeine or sugar.  It could be social media or tv.  It could be time, where you get up 30 minutes earlier each day to read your Bible and pray. You decide.  This could be a great companion to our 100 Day Challenge.  If you are interested in participating, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.

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