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Friday’s 5 – 7-21-17

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

I can’t say enough good things about this year’s VBS!  Everything has gone so smooth!  Right now (despite some pretty sketchy weather) we’ve seen over 140 children!  Tonight is the Closing Program. For the Closing Program there will be a Big Party outside from 6-7pm with a petting zoo, jump castles, giant slide, FREE Kona Ice, and hotdogs!  At 6:30pm Ryan, Joe, AND ME will all be taking a pie in the face because the kids GAVE OVER $1000!  The money raised is going to the Lusungu Children’s Home in Zambia, Africa – our mission this week (you can still give tonight).  And then at 7pm everyone will go inside the auditorium for a magician, video, and songs from our children!  It’s been an AWESOME week!  Even if you haven’t been able to come out to VBS during the week, everyone is invited to come tonight and enjoy all the fun!  I know I say this all the time, but it’s true – WE HAVE THE BEST VOLUNTEERS AT COASTAL!

I also want to thank our church for your generosity – your giving!  Everything we do, including our VBS, is fully funded by the consistent, generous giving of our church – YOU!  And this year’s VBS was specifically funded through our Christmas Offering.  On top of that so many people have donated food, supplies, and their time!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Together we are changing the world – one child at a time!

Our entire Staff is heading out to Los Angeles this Sunday after church!  My Pastor’s Coaching Network will be meeting on Monday & Tuesday at a church in LA.  And then on Wednesday through Friday we’ll all be participating in a Church Systems Bootcamp Conference together!  Keep us in your prayers!  Growing churches require growing leaders and staff.  And we are blessed at Coastal with a great staff!  The staff will be returning to Charleston on Saturday, July 29th.  Janet and I will be staying back in Los Angeles a little bit longer to hang out with our daughter Lydia and for a much needed vacation.  I’ll be preaching this Sunday, July 23rd.  Galen Moyer will be preaching on July 30th.  Scott Whitaker will be preaching on August 6th.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our next Sermon Series, “Summer Reading,” begins this Sunday, July 23rd.  The idea for the series is that each week we’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 7 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 7 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 7 Books this Summer in order are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado, and “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”  We will have a very small amount (first come, first serve) of each book available for sale for only $5 per book!  You can also purchase each book online (Amazon or Christian Book Distributor).

  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know now!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.  If you are leading a Group, we need all your info by Friday, August 11th.

  4. If you have a rising 6th Grader, there is a Welcome to WAVES Party for your Student on Friday, August 11th, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant (FREE – includes jumping for an hour, pizza & drink)!  This is a great way for you and your student to meet our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell and other volunteers, answer any of your questions, and have a lot of fun!

  5. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, August 13th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and pizza are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website or simply by responding to this email now.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Ryan Spell is leading a Team of 13 people from our church for a Missions Trip to Peru on Monday, July 31st.  Keep them in your prayers!


Friday’s Five – 7-14-17

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

We had one more person give their life to Jesus this past Sunday – one more light to turn on our ONE Sign, one more person who crossed over from death to life, one more reason to celebrate!  Keep it up Coastal!  Keep reaching out to your ONE!  Keep praying for your ONE and for the growth of our church!

VBS begings this Monday – July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!  Online Registration shuts down tonight!  This gives our Registration Team time to put everyone together in their groups.  But don’t worry, Walk Up Registration will still be available each night of VBS!  So keep spreading the word and bring kids with you each night!  The real heroes of VBS are all of our AWESOME VOLUNTEERS!  Not only is VBS life changing for all the kids, but it’s also life changing for our volunteers!  If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, reach out to Janet at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299.

The Embrace Grace (Ministry to Single Pregnant Moms) Baby Shower is one month away, Saturday, August 12th at 3pm, at the home of Heather Ranew (1515 Ashley Garden Blvd)!  The shower changes lives with EXTRAVAGANT LOVE! Will you consider being a part of this extravagant love by adopting a young, brave mom and showering her with the things she needs for her baby?  Select from the links below to purchase her gifts. You can also join together with a group of friends, your LIFE Group, co-workers, etc. to cover a list and bless a single young mom.  We would LOVE to have whoever is purchasing items to come and experience God’s tangible presence at the shower!  Once gifts are purchased & received, you can simply drop them off at the church.

Here are the links for each Mom and their wishlists:

Amber – https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1BLTRTF8YBJ43
Daisha – https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2OEF1MDDGXKM3
Rashwanna – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3SL173XXWV1T
Taylor – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/166LNHUZIJK6M
Tiffany – https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/24LALZOGGCJ5

Thank you for blessing an Embrace Grace mom and her baby by purchasing gifts for her to open at the shower. Please continue to pray for these brave moms. If you would like to attend the Baby Shower, please RSVP with Morgan Wessel at morgan@thebountybox.com.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our next Sermon Series, “Summer Reading,” begins Sunday, July 23rd.  The idea for the series is that each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 7 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 7 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 7 Books this Summer in order are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado, and “More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”  We will have a very small amount (first come, first serve) of each book available for sale for only $5 per book!  You can also purchase each book online (Amazon or Christian Book Distributor).

  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.

  4. If you have a rising 6th Grader, there is a Welcome to WAVES Party for your Student on Friday, August 11th, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Sky Zone in Mt. Pleasant (FREE – includes jumping for an hour, pizza & drink)!  This is a great way for you and your student to meet our Youth Pastor Ryan Spell and other volunteers, answer any of your questions, and have a lot of fun!

  5. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, August 13th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and pizza are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website or simply by responding to this email now.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Mark your calendar now!  Our next Baptism Service is going to Sunday, September 17th!  We’ll be kicking off a new Fall Sermon Series with Tailgating & Baptisms OUTSIDE!!  We’ll be signing up people for both soon!


Friday’s Five – 7-7-17

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

I can’t thank everyone enough for all the “Birthday Love” this past weekend!  The party (we definitely need to dance more often), the heartfelt cards, the thoughtful gifts, the calls and emails – all of it – so very generous, kind, and loving!  I am a deeply grateful Pastor of the best church family on the planet!  If this weekend was any indication at all, the 50’s are going to be awesome!

We have 2 more weeks of our “At the Movies” series before we start “Summer Reading.”  This week’s message is all about SEX!  As always, we will share the truth of God’s Word, but do so in grace and love.  For far too long the church has pretty much either defined it’s position on sex by what it’s against, or we’ve just been silent.  Don’t miss this Sunday as we talk about how to experience God’s plan for a great sex life!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food for our Food Pantry this Sunday.  There will be a drop off table in the back off the auditorium.
  2. There is a VBS Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting July 10th, 7pm-8:30pm!
  3. VBS is just over a week away – July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade!  If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.  Make sure you fill out and turn in the VBS Voluteer Insert in your Sunday Program.
  4. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  5. We are planning and organizing our Fall Semester of LIFE Groups!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know!  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.

All In,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Our Students are leaving from the church on Saturday (tomorrow) at 7am for an all day Carowinds Trip.  The discounted tickets are all sold at this point, but there is still room for a few more students in the vans.  The cost would be $55 (ticket at the gate & transportation).  Contact Ryan Spell if you are interested – ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.


Friday’s Five – 6-30-17

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

Woohoo!  It’s almost time to PARTY!  Saturday, July 1st is my actual birthday, but TONIGHT, 7-9pm at the church is my Birthday Party!  And yes, YOU ARE INVITED!  I’m not exactly sure of the details, but I know there’s going to be A LOT of food, cake and music!  Bring the whole family!  If you’re in town, I would be honored by your presence!

I know the Summer isn’t even half-way over yet, but our Staff is already in the process of planning out the Fall Semester of LIFE Groups.  With the growth of our church, this is shaping up to be one of our biggest semesters ever!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group, please let us know now.  LIFE Group Training will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.

I hope you’re enjoying our “At the Movies” series this year – “Chick Flicks & Date Nights.”  From week to week over the Summer there are always a lot of people out of town, but in the last 3 weeks we’ve had 60 1st & 2nd Time Guest Connect Cards filled out, and we’ve given away over 20 Movie Tickets each week to 1st Time Guests!  Wow!  Keep it up Coastal!  Keep inviting!  Keep reaching out!  The Fall is going to be CRAZY!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  2. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 6 Books this Summer are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, and “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”

  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word! There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.  Make sure you fill out and turn in the VBS Voluteer Insert in your Sunday Program.

  4. There is a VBS Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting July 10th, 7pm-8:30pm!

  5. Our Food Pantry that helps feed our community is running low.  Next Sunday, July 9th there will be a table in the back off the auditorium to drop off food.  Please bring in non-perishable items:  canned meats and pasta, PB&J, cereal, soups, etc.

Fit & Fifty (my new mantra this year),

Pastor Chris

P.S.  The Summer is a great time to take advantage of all the digital ways to give to Coastal and automate your giving:

  • TEXTing (843-277-8337)
  • Our App (did you know Coastal has an App?  Look for our FREE App in your App Store – Coastal Community Church of Charleston)
  • Or our website.

Friday’s 5 – 6-23-17

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

Wow – all I can say is that our church loves them some WINGS!  I think we collectively ate somewhere between 2-3000 wings last Sunday for Wing Fest!  Thanks again to everyone who participated!  It made for quite the memorable Father’s Day!  Last week my message was a challenging one geared toward men.  Well, this week it’s the Ladie’s turn.  Ladies, don’t miss it!

I know it’s hard to believe (haha) – but I turn 50  next Saturday, July 1st (50 is the new 30 anyway right?)!  Well, you’re all invited to PARTY & CELEBRATE with me one week from today, next Friday, June 30th, 7-9pm at the church!  There will be plenty of FOOD, CAKE, & MUSIC!  No childcare – but the whole family is welcome!  It will be a great night to hang out and have some fun!  I would love for you to come!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is this coming Monday night, June 26th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  2. On Tuesday, June 27th, we’re paying for anyone who wants to go see the newly released “Cars 3” at the 12:30pm matinee show at the Citadel Mall Theater. Come to the Theater and pick up your FREE Ticket from Coastal!
  3. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 6 Books this Summer are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, and “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”
  4. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word! There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.  Make sure you fill out and turn in the VBS Voluteer Insert in your Sunday Program.

  5. Speaking of VBS – there is a Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting this Saturday morning, June 24th, 10am-11:30am!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Our Food Pantry that helps feed our community is running low.  Please bring in non-perishable items:  canned meats and pasta, PB&J, cereal, soups, etc.


Friday’s Five – 6-16-17

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

What a great start to “At the Movies!” this past Sunday!  I kicked off the series using the classic “Date Night/Chick Flick” movie Cassablanca to talk about God’s original design for marriage.  As always we gave away a lot popcorn and some cool gifts at the end of each service!  Speaking of cool gifts – how about those cool Coastal shades we gave away in honor of the start of “At the Movies” and our day at the Beach!  That really was the highlight of the day – our Beach Baptism!!  20 people went public with their faith through Baptism out in the ocean at Folly Beach!  It never gets old!  Each person and their story brought tears of joy to my eyes!  It was so beautiful!  I posted a video of the Bapstim on Facebook that Ryan made with a GoPro.  Make sure you check it out and share it!

This Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day!  We’re going to have a lot of fun at Coastal!  First of all, we’re having a “WING FEST!”  Outside there will be a large tent with a bunch of people giving away their favorite chicken wings for you to try and vote on!  Kona Ice will be giving away FREE Snow Cones!  We will even have a few fun giveaways at the end of each service.  Plus, there will be a Baby/Child Dedication at the beginning of the second service!  I’ll be preaching a messag about the kind of men that God is looking for!  If you’re in town, DON’T MISS IT!  Invite and bring friends!  Remember, you and your 1st Time Guest get FREE Movie Tickets during our “At the Movies!” series.  But if you are out of town, don’t forget that you can watch the service live from our website.

You should have received your mid-year Giving Statement from the church in the mail this week.  If you have any questions or did not receive yours, please give our office a call.  First of all, thank you for generosity!  We couldn’t do what we do without your generous, consistent giving.  Each light we turn on, each Baptism, each life changed is a direct result of your giving.  As you look at the record of your giving so far this past year, ask yourself two questions, “What does my giving say about my faith? & What is the next step in my giving?”  For some of you, your next step is to be more consistent.  Consider automating your giving.  Some of you need to step out in faith and start tithing – a full 10% of what you earn.  Tithing is the only area where God says, “Test me.”  Put God to the test and He will prove Himself faithful.  You take care of God’s business and He will take care of yours. Again, thank you!  Together – we are are making an impact in this world and in the next!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our Students leave for Student LIFE Camp in Myrtle Beach this coming Monday morning and return on Friday!  Please keep them in your prayers!  If you would like to give a scholarship to help pay for a Student’s cost of camp, please contact Ryan Spell at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8985.
  2. Summer Semester LIFE Groups have begun! You can still sign up online!  The Summer Semester lasts until VBS.
  3. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  The 6 Books this Summer are:  “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne, “The Greatness Principle” by Nelson Searcy, “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson, and “God Will Use This For Good” by Max Lucado.  Happy Reading!  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”
  4. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word! There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.  Make sure you fill out and turn in the VBS Voluteer Insert in your Sunday Program.

  5. Looking for something fun to do over the Summer and a great way to serve?  Consider joining our “Monday Morning Follow-Up Team” (Monday Mornings 9am-11am) or our “Super Service Friday Team” (Friday Mornings 10:30am-12:30pm)!  Both Teams are great opportunities to fellowship, serve, and get involved with what happens here at Coastal. To volunteer for this ministry you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, or contact Ashley Hojnacki (Ashley@coastalcommunitychurch.org). Love to see you on Fridays!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  SAVE THE DATE!  You probably have already heard – I turn 50 this year on July 1st!  I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 30 – haha!  Well, you’re all invited to PARTY & CELEBRATE with me on Friday, June 30th, 7-9pm at the church!  There will be plenty of FOOD, CAKE, & DANCING!  No childcare – everyone welcome!  Don’t miss it!


Friday’s Five – 6-9-17

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY AT COASTAL!  We kick off the Summer with a Coastal Summer tradition – “At the Movies!”  The theme of this year’s “At the Movies!” series is, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights.” Each week we’ll be looking at what the Bible has to say about love, sex, dating, marriage, and relationships.  Each week of the series ALL 1st time guests will receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET to Citadel Mall Theater.  In fact, if you bring a guest with you to church, come over the blue Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  Oh, and we’re also giving away a flat screen tv in both services!  So – who are you inviting?

And then, after church we’re having a “Baptism & Barbecue” at Folly Beach County Park!  Over 20 people are getting baptized right now!!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following.  We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.  Parking at the Folly Beach County Park is $10 (just say you’re with Coastal at the gate – it’s normally $15 on the weekends) or free for Gold Pass Members.  For those looking to carpool, we’ll have a school bus leaving Coastal at 3pm for the Beach.  You can get a FREE ticket to ride the bus from Ryan Spell on Sunday morning (50 spaces, first come/first serve).  The bus will be leaving the Beach at 6pm and returning to Coastal.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our Summer Semester LIFE Groups have begun! You can still sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.
  2. On Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged – best overall, best sauce, hottest (with flavor).  There will be PRIZES!
  3. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  We’ll publish a list of the books soon and even have a table at the church on a Sunday with a small supply of all 6 books that you can purchase at a discounted price.  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”
  4. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word! There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.

  5. Looking for something fun to do over the Summer and a great way to serve?  Consider joining our “Monday Morning Follow-Up Team” (Monday Mornings 9am-11am) or our “Super Service Friday Team” (Friday Mornings 10:30am-12:30pm)!  Both Teams are great opportunities to fellowship, serve, and get involved with what happens here at Coastal. To volunteer for this ministry you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, or contact Ashley Hojnacki (Ashley@coastalcommunitychurch.org). Love to see you on Fridays!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  SAVE THE DATE!  You probably have already heard – I turn 50 this year on July 1st!  I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 30 – haha!  Well, you’re all invited to PARTY & CELEBRATE with me on Friday, June 30th, 7-9pm at the church!  There will be plenty of FOOD, CAKE, & DANCING!  No childcare – everyone welcome!  Don’t miss it!


Friday’s Five – 6-2-17

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

“Schoooool’s out for Summer!”  And now another song is stuck in your head – you’re welcome (old-school props to anyone who knows the singer of that song)!  The first week of June marks the last week of school!  It’s hard to believe the school year has come and gone already.  In fact today, I want you to say a little prayer for me.  I’ve been asked to be one of the speakers for the 5th Grade Graduation over at Oakland Elementary School.  How awesome is that! 

This is going to be such an excting Summer at Coastal – “At the Movies”, Beach Baptism, Student LIFE Camp, VBS, Peru, “Summer Reading”, and much more!  Next Sunday, June 11th, we kick off our first Sermon Series of the Summer – “At the Movies! – Chick Flicks & Date Nights!”  Each week we’ll be looking at what the Bible has to say about love, sex, dating, marriage, and relationships.  Each week of the series ALL 1st time guests will receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET to Citadel Mall Theater.  In fact, if you bring a guest with you to church, come over the blue Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  So – who are you inviting?

And then later that same day, we’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park!  Over 20 people are getting baptized right now!!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our Summer Semester LIFE Groups starts this coming week! You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.

  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our Necomer’s Reception, this Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and pizza are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website or simply by responding to this email now.

  3. On Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

  4. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  We’ll publish a list of the books soon and even have a table at the church on a Sunday with a small supply of all 6 books that you can purchase at a discounted price.  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”

  5. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word! There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We need volunteers each and every Saturday at 9am to help set up our chairs.  With 6 or more people, it only takes about 30 minutes or less.  If you consider Coastal you church home, consider volunteering at least once over the Summer.  Simply show up at the new building on any Saturday at 9am and there will be people there to show you what to do.  If you’re interested in serving regularly or have any questions, call or text Joey Broach at 843-901-6455.


Friday’s Five – 5-26-17

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

Our Youth Pastor Ryan really did a great job this past Sunday (even without a live donkey) – and so did Noah, Kristal, and all of our Student Volunteers!  Our Student Ministry had their last WAVES 6.2.SIX of the semester this past Wednesday night, but make sure you check out all their events & activities on their Summer Schedule!

On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal called, “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use popular or current movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  This year’s series is going to be called, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights” as we talk about relationships.  Each week we’ll be looking at what the Bible has to say about love, sex, dating, marriage, and relationships.  As always, we’ll be pointing people to Jesus! 

But why movies?  Well, I think you’d agree that our world still has a love affair with movies.  In fact, I’d go as far to say that people get a lot of what they believe about life, spirituality, and even God (their world view) from the movies they watch and the music they listen to.  Now, obviously I don’t think the world gets it right.  But instead of going to the extremes of condemning the culture or immitating the culture, why not do what Paul did in Acts 17 and use the idols of the day to point people to Jesus and Biblical truth.  That’s what this series is all about.  And in true Coastal style, we’ll have a lot of fun doing it!  In fact, on top of popcorn and give-aways, each week of the series all 1st time guests will receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET to Citadel Mall Theater.  In fact, if you bring a guest with you to church, come over the blue Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!

You might be wondering what I’m going to be preaching the next two weeks before we kick off, “At the Movies!”  Well, before Easter Sunday and “The Real ‘F’ Word” series, we were in a series called, “Joy” from the book of Philippians.  However, when we stopped the series on Easter Sunday, we never made it to the last chapter of Philippians, chapter 4.  So for the next two weeks I’ll be preaching two more messages in the “Joy” series from Philippians chapter 4.  In preparation for the next two weeks, I’d love for you to be reading Philippians 4 during your quiet time.  I realize a lot people will be out of town this Sunday for Memorial Weekend, but if you’re in town, don’t miss this Sunday!  My message will be about finding satisfaction in LIFE!  But if you’re are out of town, don’t forget that you can watch both services live from our website!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Sign up for one of our Summer Semester LIFE Groups!  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.

  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and pizza are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.

  3. Not only are we kicking off “At the Movies!” on Sunday morning, June 11th, but we’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park!  Over 20 people are getting baptized right now!!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

  4. On Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

  5. After our “At the Movies!” series, we’ll be in another Coastal Summer Sermon Series tradition called, “Summer Reading.”  Each week I’ll be using a the subject matter from one of 6 different books as the subject matter for that Sunday’s message.  All 6 of the books are books that I recommend and are definitely worth reading.  We’ll publish a list of the books soon and even have a table at the church on a Sunday with a small supply of all 6 books that you can purchase at a discounted price.  Remember, “Leaders are Readers!”

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this Summer’s VBS!  This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God – Built for a Purpose.”  The Dates for VBS are July 17-21, 6-8pm for children 4 years old – 5th Grade.  Register today and help us spread the word!  There will be a volunteer insert in this Sunday’s bulletin.  VBS is “all hands on deck” at Coastal!  We need everyone to volunteer in some way to help make VBS a success.


Friday’s Five – 5-19-17

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Chris Rollins

Dear Coastal,

I know I must sound like a broken record at times, but WOW!  This past Sunday (Mother’s Day) was AMAZING!  We had 694 in attendance (4th largest attendance ever), a ton of guests, A TON OF BABIES for Baby Dedication, and just a lot of FUN!  But the most important thing that happened was that 2 more people indicated that they gave their lives to Jesus!  Two more lights that we’ll light up on our ONE sign!  Coastal, I hope you know that you are a part of something very special – a move of God!

This Sunday, May 21st, is Youth Sunday!  Our Youth Pastor, Ryan Spell, will be preaching in both services!  And yes, I will be in church, front and center!  A few people just assumed that I would be out of town because Ryan is preaching!  ARE YOU CRAZY?!  I wouldn’t miss it for the world!  I gave Teresa (Ryan’s mom) away at Ricky & Teresa’s wedding. I was there when Ryan was born.  I baptized Ryan.  I baptized his wife Gracie.  I married Ryan & Gracie.  Miss this Sunday?  Not on your life!  I will be smiling from ear to ear, full of joy and excitement!  I hope you will be too!  Noah Lyons, one of our students will be playing the guitar with our Worship Team.  Kristal Blumenstock, another one of our students will be giving our Welcome. And many of our students will be serving & greeting.  Make sure you’re there to offer your support and encouragement!  Plus, as always, God is going to show up in a powerful way and speak to you through Ryan and our Students!

We’ll also be supporting our Student Ministry by having Coastal Day at the Charleston Riverdogs Game!  You can help send our Students to Summer Camp by purchasing tickets for the game on Sunday, May 21st @ 5pm.  Cost of the Ticket is $12 (Tickets are $7 and $5 goes directly to the student).  See Ryan Spell, any of our Students, or Student Ministry Volunteers for tickets.

On another exciting note, our new Associate Pastor, Scott Whitaker is here!  He went ahead and came on up to Charleston to get moved in and Kelly and their daughter Emily will be joining him as soon as school finishes up down in Boca.  Feel free to shoot Scott an email (scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org) and welcome him to Coastal and Charleston!  Look for him on Sunday!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Sign up for one of our Summer Semester LIFE Groups!  The Summer Semester begins the week of June 4th and lasts for 4-6 weeks, right before VBS. You can sign up online today, on your Connect Card or at the LIFE Group table on Sunday.  (LIFE Group Leader Training tomorrow, Saturday May 20th, 10am-Noon.)

  2. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, June 4th, immediately after our 11:15am service (it’s only about 30 minutes).  Childcare and snacks are provided.  You can sign up for our Newcomer’s Reception on our website, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply by responding to this email now.

  3. On Sunday, June 11th, we kick off a Summer Sermon Series tradition here at Coastal – “At the Movies!”  It’s where we use popular movies as a hook to talk about Biblical truth!  This year’s series is going to be called, “Chick Flicks & Date Nights” as we talk about relationships.

  4. We’re having a “Barbeque & Baptism” at Folly Beach County Park, Sunday, June 11th!  The Baptism will be at 4pm with a Barbeque immediately following. We’ve reserved the Pelican Watch Pavillion all day.  We’ll provide the pulled pork BBQ, paper products, and drinks and we’re asking everyone to pitch in and bring sides/dishes/desserts to share!  You can sign up for this Baptism on our website, on your Connect Card, or by responding to this email.

  5. Not to be outdone – on Father’s Day, June 18th, we’re having a WING FEST Competition!  Sign up on your Connect Card to participate and bring a minimum of 100-150 of your best wings!  The wings will be judged and there will be PRIZES!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S. Did you know that Coastal has an App for your smart phone?  In fact, we’ve had one for a while now.  Go to your App Store (wherever you get apps) and search for Coastal Community Church of Charleston.  You’ll see our logo.  The App is FREE.  You’ll be able to keep up with all things Coastal, listen to messages, and even give!  Download it today and help us spread the word!


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