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Friday’s Five – 11-17-17

Dear Coastal,

There are so many exciting things going on at Coastal right now, I don’t know where to begin!  So I decided to start on a personal level. If you haven’t heard yet our daughter Lydia is getting married!  Andrew proposed this past Sunday at sunset on Newport Beach out in Southern California (and she said “yes” of course).  The wedding will be May 27th, there in California, over Memorial Weekend.  I’ll be giving Lydia away AND performing the ceremony (hmmm, what will I say – haha)!  At some point they will come out to Charleston and we’ll throw a little party for them.  We’re so excited and grateful!

Now, what’s happening at Coastal you ask?  Well for starters the WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Spaghetti Dinner is TONIGHT 6:30pm-8:30pm! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door if you haven’t gotten one yet. All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The most important thing though is to come out and bid on items at the Silent Auction and buy some cool new WAVES Apparel.  Trust me, there will be a wide variety of great stuff to bid on!  Come prepared to support our Student Ministry!

And then of course THIS SUNDAY is our ONE Combined Service & Party to celebrate reaching our goal of at least 52 people giving their life to Christ this year!  The one service time is 9:30am (no 11:15am service).  Immediately after the service, we’re going to feed you!  There will be Barbeque (of course),  chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, cole slaw, drinks, and CAKE!  Make plans to be there and most importantly, invite & bring someone to join you!  It’s going to be an AWESOME day!  Oh and feel free to bring lawn chairs, corn hole, frisbee, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends & family!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our WAVES Student Ministry.  Waves Student Ministry exists to connect Students (6th-12th Grade) to each other and grow deeper in their faith.  The goal is to build real, lasting relationships with God and each other.  Every Wednesday night (6pm-8:15pm) during the school year, Students come together for a time of Food, Fellowship, Games, Worship, Message, and Small Groups.  Throughout the year there are Service Projects, Retreats, and Camp!  For more information you can check out their webpage at https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/students/.   If you have a heart for Students and are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, email Pastor Ryan directly at ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org or call him at 843-442-8985.

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our 6th Annual Christmas Offering has begun!  Now through the second Sunday of the New Year, January 14th (8 more weeks), we are encouraging our entire Coastal family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering to this year’s special Christmas Offering.  Our goal is BIG – $60,000 – but what we keep learning over and over again is that we serve a BIGGER GOD!  To give toward the Christmas Offering, simply designate your gift with the word “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an IMPACT in our church, community, and world!

  2. On Friday night, December 1st we are having an Oyster Roast & Appreciation Party for all LIFE Group & Ministry Leaders!  If you are interested in leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please let us know now on your Connect Card or contact Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org

  3. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, December 3rd, 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.

  4. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, December 4th, 6pm-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  5. WAVES Student Christmas Party – Wednesday night, December 13th at 6pm.  Bring a gift for the Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange!  Wear your favorite Christmas PJ’s or Christmas Sweater!  Invite & bring your friends!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Can’t wait to see you at 6:30pm tonight for our WAVES Student Ministry Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction!  Come out and support our Student and BUY SOME STUFF!

Friday’s Five – 11-10-17

Dear Coastal,

I can’t tell you how excited I am about our Operation Christmas Child Wrapping & Packing Party TONIGHT, 6pm at the church!  We’ll start setting up the auditorium beginning at 10:30am (come out and help if you’re available).  Our goal tonight is 500 PACKED BOXES!  That’s more than triple what we’ve done before!  Come help make that dream a reality and celebrate what God is doing through our church!  It’s a great way to kick off the Holiday Season!

Another exciting event and an example of what God is doing through our church is our ONE Service & Party on Sunday, November 19th – ONE Big Combined Service and ONE Big Party to celebrate 52 people already giving their life to Christ this year!  The one service time is 9:30am.  Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this service!  We’re going to CELEBRATE Coastal Style!  And then immediately after the service, we’re going to feed you!  There will be Barbeque (of course), fried chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, and CAKE!  Make plans to be there and most importantly, invite & bring your friends to join you!  It’s going to be an AWESOME day!  Oh and feel free to bring lawn chairs, corn hole, frisbee, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends & family!

You should have received our Annual Christmas Offering Letter/Email from me already this week.  Our goal is BIG – $60,000 – but what we keep learning over and over again is that we serve a BIGGER GOD!  You can start giving toward the Christmas Offering this Sunday, simply designate your gift “Christmas.”  Remember this is above and beyond your regular giving.  Our theme for 2018 is “IMPACT”.  This offering simply enables our church to continue to make an impact in our church, community, and world!  Involve your entire family and start praying about what you can give.

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our Security Team.  Honestly, I wish we didn’t even have to talk about Security at church – but obviously we do.  People want to know, “Am I safe here?  Are my children safe and secure here?  Are you doing everything in your power to reasonably ensure my safety?”  Well, you might not be aware of this, but each and every Sunday at Coastal we have a group of volunteers stationed all over our campus who do their best to help provide a safe and secure environment for us and our children.  The Security Team is led by Bryan Miller, a former SC State Trooper and Stephen Voges, a Sargent in the City of Charleston Police Department.  In fact, beginning this month we will also have a uniformed off duty City of Charleston Police Officer providing security at both of our services.  If you have any Security/LEO experience and are interested in learning more about our Security Team and possibly volunteering, you can respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, email Bryan directly at bryan.bcmill@gmail.com, or call him at 843-296-2991.

Friday’s 5:

  1. The WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Spaghetti Dinner is one week from today, Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from our students or Ryan Spell. All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  If you have something to donate (goods, services, items, trips, memorabilia), you can sign up on your Connect Card, email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or give Ryan a call at 843-442-8985.  Come prepared to support our Student Ministry!

  2. Several dates to put on your calendar:  ONE Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 19th at 9:30am (ONE Party).  One Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 26th at 9:30am (Thanksgiving Weekend).  And for all you planners, we’re having 2 Family Style Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, December 24th at 5:30pm & 7pm (no Sunday morning services).

  3. Pastor Chris & Pastor Scott are leading a Trip to the Holy Land next year!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going, there will be an information meeting immediately after church THIS Sunday, November 12th in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium.  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-Israel

  4. ONE Can makes a huge difference!  Help us stock our Food Bank!  You might not be aware of this, but throughout the week we give away A LOT of food to hungry/hurting people in our community.  We accept all non-perishable food items, but definitely need rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned meats, and canned fruit.  Simply bring the food with you to church on Sundays or drop it off during the week.  Thanks!

  5. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, December 3rd, 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.

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Can’t wait to see you 6pm tonight for our Operation Christmas Child Wrapping & Packing Party!

Friday’s Five – 11-3-17

Dear Coastal,

Okay, so this is your official Pastoral reminder.  This Sunday is Time Change Sunday!  But don’t worry, it’s the “good one.”  Your clocks “Fall Back” one hour.  So what are you going to do with that extra hour of sleep?  This would be the perfect Sunday to “fall back” into some good habits for your Spiritual Growth.  If it’s been a while since you’ve been at Coastal, come back.  You need it, and we need you!  We’re better together.  Start reading your Bible.  Spend some time in prayer.  Download the youversion.com app and start a daily devotional.  Everyone has a next step to grow spiriutally.  Renew your commitment to take yours – whatever that may be.  And remember we’re here to help you in that journey!  1 Timothy 4:7, “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness.”

THIS SUNDAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO BRING ITEMS FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAST CHILD!  Help us reach our goal of filling 500 BOXES!  Bring any toys that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be next Friday, November 10th, 6pm at the church.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your offering envelope, check, or text – “occ”.

I’m getting so excited for our ONE Service & Party on Sunday, November 19th – ONE Big Combined Service and ONE Big Party to celebrate 52 people already giving their life to Christ this year!  The service time is 9:30am.  Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this service!  We’re going to CELEBRATE Coastal Style!  Immediately after the service, we’re going to feed you!  There will be Barbeque (of course), fried chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, and CAKE!  Make plans to be there and most importantly, invite & bring a friend to join you!  It’s going to be AWESOME!  Oh and feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, corn hole, frisbee, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends & family!  

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our Tech Team!  Each Sunday during both Worship Services, the Tech Team manages everything that you see and hear on our stage and live online.  They take care of our lights, video, and projection.  If you have any technology/worship service production experience, are focused and quick on your feet, and can multi-task, this team just might be for you! If you’re interested in serving, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, or reach out to Brian Hill, our Worship Pastor, at 843-814-6066 or brian@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you’d like to help NOW with Operation Christmas Child, please see Teresa Spell.  There are shoe boxes to wrap and other various things that need to be done in preparation for the Wrapping & Packing Party.  You can email her at TeresaSpel@aol.com or call her at 843-442-4555.

  2. The WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from our students or Ryan Spell. All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate (goods, services, items, trips, memorabilia), you can sign up on your Connect Card, email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or give him a call at 843-442-8985.

  3. Several dates to put on your calendar:  ONE Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 19th at 9:30am (ONE Party).  One Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 26th at 9:30am (Thanksgiving Weekend).  Newcomer’s Reception, Sunday December 3rd, immediately after the 11:15am service.  Membership Class, Monday December 4th, 6-9pm.  And for all you real planners out there, we’re having 2 Family Style Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, December 24th at 5:30pm & 7pm (no Sunday morning services).

  4. Pastor Chris & Pastor Scott are leading a Trip to the Holy Land next year!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going, there will be an information meeting immediately after church next Sunday, November 12th in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium.  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-Israel

  5. ONE Can makes a huge difference!  Help us stock our Food Bank!  You might not be aware of this, but throughout the week we give away A LOT of food to hungry/hurting people in our community.  We accept all non-perishable food items, but definitely need rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned meats, and canned fruit.  Simply bring the food with you to church on Sundays or drop it off during the week.  Thanks!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Have you heard that this Sunday is Time Change Sunday! Your clocks will “Fall Back” one hour!

Friday’s Five – 10-27-17

Dear Coastal,

I hope you’re enjoying our series on David, “After God’s Heart”, as much as I am!  We’re really just hitting the highlights of his life.  There’s so much written about David that we could spend a year just talking about his life.  This Sunday, we’ll be talking about the second most famous story that David is known for (after killing Goliath) – the story of David and Bathsheba.  Feel free to read ahead – 2 Samuel 11 & Psalm 51.

I can’t thank everyone enough for already bringing items for Operation Christmas Child!  Our goal is HUGE this year – 500 BOXES!  So keep it coming – we’ve got a long way to go to reach our goal!  Bring any toys that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting) to the church on Sunday morning or during the week until Sunday November 5th.  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 10th, 6pm.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your offering envelope, check, or text – “occ”.

I’m getting so excited for our ONE Service & Party on Sunday, November 19th – ONE Big Combined Service and ONE Big Party to celebrate 52 people already giving their life to Christ this year!  The service time is 9:30am.  Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this service!  We’re going to CELEBRATE Coastal Style!  Immediately after the service, we’re going to feed you!  There will be Barbeque (of course), fried chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, and CAKE!  Make plans to be there and most importantly, invite & bring a friend to join you!  It’s going to be AWESOME!  Oh and feel free to bring lawn chairs, corn hole, frisbee, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends & family!  

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our Monday Morning Follow Up Team & our Super Service Friday Team!  The Monday Team meets at the church on Mondays from 9-11am.  The Friday Team meets at the church on Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Both of these Teams are essential to accomplishing what we do on Sundays!  They help with data entry, writing notes, deconstructing bulletins, and making sure everything is ready for Sunday.  If you’re interested in serving, simply respond to this email, sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday, or reach out to Rachel Speer, our Adminstrative Assistant, at 501-940-0293 or rachel@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  If you’re a mom with small children, we’ll even provide Child Care (just let us know the ages and number of children). 

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you’d like to help NOW with Operation Christmas Child, please see Teresa Spell.  There are shoe boxes to wrap and other various things that need to be done in preparation for the Wrapping & Packing Party.  You can email her at TeresaSpel@aol.com or call her at 843-442-4555.

  2. The WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from our students or Ryan Spell. All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate (goods, services, items, trips, memorabilia), you can sign up on your Connect Card, email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org, or give him a call at 843-442-8985.

  3. Several dates to put on your calendar:  Time Change Sunday is Nov. 5th (clocks “fall back” on Saturday, Nov. 4th).  ONE Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 19th at 9:30am (ONE Party).  One Combined Service on Sunday, Nov. 26th at 9:30am (Thanksgiving Weekend).  And for all you planners, we’re having 2 Family Style Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, December 24th at 5:30pm & 7pm (no Sunday morning services).

  4. Pastor Chris & Pastor Scott are leading a Trip to the Holy Land next year!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going, there will be an information meeting immediately after church on Sunday, November 12th in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium.  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-Israel

  5. WAVES FRIDAY TAKEOVER,  TONIGHT, October 27th, 6-9pm at Coastal.  Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged!  Best Costume will win a prize!  Dinner, Candy, and Games!  Invite and bring friends!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Be on the lookout for information about our Annual Christmas Offering!

Friday’s Five – 10-20-17

Dear Coastal,

Hopefully you’ve heard by now, but all 52 lights on our ONE Sign have now officially been lit!  In fact, this past Sunday 2 more people gave their life to Jesus, which actually makes 53!  So what are we going to do?  We’re going to keep sharing the Gospel, keep inviting and bringing our friends, keep reaching out, keep loving!  AND WE’RE GOING TO PARTY!  On Sunday, November 19th, we’re having ONE Big Combined Service and ONE Big Party!  The service time is 9:30am.  Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss this service!  We’re going to CELEBRATE Coastal Style!  Immediately after the service, we’re going to feed you!  There will be Barbeque (of course), fried chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, and CAKE!  Make plans to be there and most importantly, invite & bring a friend to join you!  It’s going to be AWESOME!  Oh and feel free to bring lawn chairs, corn hole, frisbee, and enjoy the day with your Coastal friends & family!  

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our Cafe Team!  I don’t know if you know this or not, but WE GIVE AWAY A LOT OF FOOD AND COFFEE each week at Coastal – FOR FREE!  This AWESOME Team of Volunteers makes all the coffee, puts out all the food, preps & cleans everything before and after each service.  If you have ANY hospitality and food service experience, if you can smile and love making others smile, this just might be the Team for you!  Reach out to Matt & Kathy Beam our Cafe Team Leaders today at 843-296-0203 or mattbeam13@yahoo.com.  

Friday’s 5:

  1. October is Operation Christmas Chlid month at Coastal!  Bring any toy that a child ages 2-13 would like that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  Bring all donations to the church on Sunday morning or during the week until Sunday November 5th.  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 10th, 6pm.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your gift “occ”.

  2. It seems like it’s a long way off, but we need to get the WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Spaghetti Dinner on your radar.  The date will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from our students or Ryan Spell. All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate, you can sign up on your Connect Card or email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

  3. Our Community Food Bank/Pantry is running low.  You might not be aware of this, but throughout the week we give away A LOT of food to hungry/hurting people in our community.  We accept all non-perishable food items, but definitely need rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned meats, and canned fruit.  Simply bring the food with you to church on Sundays or drop it off during the week.

  4. Pastor Chris & Pastor Scott are leading a Trip to the Holy Land next year!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going, there will be an information meeting immediately after church on Sunday, November 12th in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium.  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-Israel
  5. WAVES FRIDAY TAKEOVER,  Friday night, October 27th, 6-9pm at Coastal.  Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged!  Best Costume will win a prize!  Dinner, Candy, and Games!  Invite and bring friends!

Celebration Time – Come On!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget, you can support the ministry of Coastal any time and any where by giving through our website, our app (download our FREE App today), or through TEXTing (843-277-8337).  Coastal is fully funded by the generous, consistent giving of its members – YOU!

LET’S PARTY!!!

Dear Coastal,

I just had to let you know the GOOD NEWS!  ONE more person gave their life to Jesus at Coastal today!  That makes 52 – all 52 lights on our ONE sign are now lit!  52 people have indicated that they have given their life to Christ at Coastal this year (and we still have 2 months left)!  When we started this year, that was the goal – over the course of the year we wanted to average at least ONE person each week giving their life to Jesus – 52!  We want it to be normal that people get saved at Coastal.

So now what are we going to do?  Just like they did in Luke 15 – WE’RE GOING TO PARTY!  And you’re invited!  On Sunday, November 19th (one month away), the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we’re having a ONE Party in both of our services!  I don’t know exactly what we’re going to do, but I know it’s going to be fun!  I know we’re going to celebrate!  I know we’re going to give God the glory!

Luke 15:6-7, “Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Luke 15:9-10, “And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15:23-24, “Bring the fattened calf and kill it (at Coastal this means BARBEQUE – yes there will be FOOD!). Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

Spread the word!  Invite and bring your friends!  Let’s celebrate what God has done in our midst!  And most importantly, let’s keep sharing the Gospel!  The best is yet to come!

My Heart Is So Full!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s Five – 10-13-17

Dear Coastal,

Don’t forget that October is Operation Christmas Chlid month at Coastal!  Check out the insert in the Bulletin as to what to bring – basically, bring any toy that a child ages 2-13 would like that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  We also need large shoe boxes!  You can bring all donations to the church on Sunday morning or during the week until Sunday November 5th.  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 10th, 6pm.  You can also donate money directly to the church to be used to purchase toys.  Simply designate your gift “occ”.

Speaking of Operation Christmas Child, this past week our WAVES Student Ministry took a little “field trip” to Wal-Mart to purchase toys!  The spit up into 4 large groups and made a little competition out of it.  Who could get the most items for $150?  They came back to the church LOADED down with toys (I think the High School girls won)!  By the way, that’s another example of your giving making an impact!  Not only do these children around the world receive gifts for Christmas – they also receive a Gospel presentation in their own language!  So come to church on Sunday with toys, gifts, and/or money for Operation Christmas Child!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our 1st Impressions Team!  This is the LIFE Team who help create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere each week at Coastal for our Guests!  They serve EVERYWHERE – in the parking lot, escorting people in our Golf Carts, opening doors, handing out bulletins, directing people, seating people, answering questions, emptying trash, cleaning up between services, taking up the offering, and so much more!  It’s one of our largest Volunteer Teams.  It’s a great entry point to our church.  You get to meet a lot of different people, have a lot of fun, and make a huge impact!  If you love people and can smile, consider joining this AWESOME TEAM!  Reach out to Chris Ranew our 1st Impressions Team Leader today at 706-941-2044 or chrisranew@gmail.com.

Friday’s 5:

  1. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, THIS Sunday, October 15th, 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.
  2. It seems like it’s a long way off, but we need to get the WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Dinner on your radar.  The date will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate, you can sign up on your Connect Card or email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  3. Our Community Food Bank/Pantry is running low.  You might not be aware of this, but throughout the week we give away A LOT of food to hungry/hurting people in our community.  We accept all non-perishable food items, but definitely need rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned meats, and canned fruit.  Simply bring the food with you to church on Sundays or drop it off during the week.
  4. Pastor Chris & Pastor Scott are leading a Trip to the Holy Land next year!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  If you are interested in going, there will be an information meeting immediately after church on Sunday, November 12th in the 1st-5th Grade auditorium.  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-Israel

  5. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – One more person gave their life to Jesus this past Sunday at Coastal!  That makes 51!  One more person and we’re going to PARTY (more details about that to come)!!  Pray for salvations!  Pray for my message!  Invite & bring someone to church!  The power of ONE!

Loving What We Do Together!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget, if you’re out of town, sick, or just want to share our services with a friend, you can watch our services LIVE each week from our website at: https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/resources/live.  You can also watch video of previous messages.

Friday’s Five – 10-6-17

Dear Coastal,

WOW!  This past Sunday was amazing!  First of all, the weather was perfect for our Tailgating Party!  A huge thanks to all of our Tailgaters!  We couldn’t have done it without you!  I want to especially thank Shealy Pendarvis, Ricky Spell, and Billy & Teresa Burnett who basically brought enough Barbeque & food to feed everyone!  We had 749 in attendance!  5 people got Baptized! And most importantly 3 more people gave their life to Jesus!!  That means we only have 2 more lights on our ONE sign to light!  That means it’s almost time to PARTY!  50 people have given their life to Jesus at Coastal so far this year!  We’re just getting started!  Keep praying!  Keep reaching out!  Keep inviting!  This Sunday’s message is entitled, “The Heart of a Giant Killer” as we take a look at the story of David & Goliath.  Invite and bring a friend!  Don’t miss it!

Ministry Opportunity Spotlight:

Today, I’d like to highlight our awesome Children’s Ministry called Coastal Kidz!  Coastal Kidz cares for, teaches, loves, and serves children Birth-5th Grade each  and every Sunday, during both services.  While we’re in the main auditorium, there are somewhere between 125-150 Children & Volunteers in the Coastal Kidz Building each Sunday!  If you have a heart for children and want to make an impact for eternity, I promise you, there is a place for you in Coastal Kidz!  Teachers, Assistants, Child Check-In, Greeters, Nursery Volunteers, people who wipe down toys after each service – there are lots of opportunities for service!  One person, one service, once a month makes a HUGE IMPACT!  Reach out to Janet Rollins our Children’s Director today!  Janet would love to connect with you, give you a behind the scenes tour, and even allow you to shadow someone in order to help you find a fit.  You can contact Janet at 843-442-8299 or janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  

Friday’s 5:

  1. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, October 15th, 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.

  2.  Because of your generosity, $3000 was given toward Hurricane Relief!  Don’t forget, you can support the ministry of Coastal any time and any where by giving through our website, our app, or through TEXTing (843-277-8337).  Coastal – it’s ministry and it’s outreach – is fully funded by the generous, consistent giving of its members – YOU! 

  3. It seems like it’s a long way off, but we need to get the WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Dinner on your radar.  The date will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate, you can sign up on your Connect Card or email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

  4. Our Community Food Bank/Pantry is running low.  You might not be aware of this, but throughout the week we give away A LOT of food to hungry/hurting people in our community.  We accept all non-perishable food items, but definitely need rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned meats, and canned fruit.  Simply bring the food with you to church on Sundays or drop it off during the week.

  5. October is Operation Christmas Chlid month at Coastal!  Check out the insert in the Bulletin as to what to bring.  Basically, bring any toy that a child ages 2-13 would like that will fit in a shoe box (no perishables, liquids, used items, candy, or toys associated with war or fighting).  We also need large shoe boxes!  You can bring all donations to the church on Sunday morning or during the week until Sunday November 5th.  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 10th, 6pm.

In His Service & Yours!

Pastor Chris

Friday’s Five – 9-29-17

Dear Coastal,

Hopefully by now you’ve heard that this Sunday we’re kicking off a new message series at Coastal on the life of David called, “After God’s Heart.”  After both services on our front lawn we’re having a Tailgating Party (wear your Team Colors/Jersey to church)!  There will be plenty of food, Jump Castles, Kona Ice, and Baptisms!  It’s going to be a great opportunity to have some fun, meet people in our community, and usher in the Fall!  If you’re in town this weekend, make every effort not only to attend but most importantly to invite and bring a friend!  By the way, if you’re out of town (or home sick), don’t forget that you can now watch our services live from our website at https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/media/live.

Last week I told you about a couple Coastal Staff Updates.  I have a couple more exciting annoucements!

  • Kiersten Brown is our new Director of Missions & Outreach!  If you’ve met Kiersten even for just a moment, you know she has a passion for serving and ministry.  She will be in charge of promoting, training, leading, and organizing local, national, and international service projects.  She will work alongside our LIFE Groups and other Ministries to promote service opportunities in our church, our community, and our world.

  • Brian Hill is our new Worship Pastor!  Brian has led worship for us twice in the last month.  Most recently, Brian was the Student Worship Pastor at Northwood Church in Summerville.  While Coastal has been blessed with talented musicians and vocalists, it’s going to be a great addition to our church to have central person on stage each week leading our church in worship.  Christopher will continue as our Band Director and together they will form an unbelieveable team!

Make sure you welcome Kiersten and Brian (and Brian’s wife Haley) to the Coastal Team!  A growing church requires a growing/expanding Staff!  I am so blessed to lead and serve alongside such an amazing Staff!  WE are truly blessed as a church!      

Friday’s 5:

  1. New to Coastal?  Like to meet our Staff, Ministry Leaders and other new people like yourself?  Like to learn more about Pastor Chris and the history of our church?  Make plans to attend our next Necomer’s Reception, Sunday, October 15th, 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.

  2. Looking for an awesome place to serve?  Have some available time during the week?  Consider joining our “Monday Morning Follow-Up Team” or our “Super Service Friday Team.”  The Monday Team meets on Mondays from 9-11am.  The Friday Team meets Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Both of these Teams are essential to accomplishing what we do on Sundays!  If you’re interested in serving, simply respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  If you’re a mom with small children, we’ll even provide Child Care (just let us know the ages and number of children).

  3. We could always use a few more TAILGATERS for our Big Day, this Sunday, October 1st.  Respond to this email if you’d like to participate and we’ll send you the details.

  4. On Sunday, October 1st, after each service, in the center of all the Tailgating Tents we’re going to have an outdoor Baptism Service!  You can sign up to get Baptized on our website or simply respond to this email.

  5. It seems like it’s a long way off, but we need to get the WAVES Student Ministry Silent Auction & Dinner on your radar.  The date will be Friday, November 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.  All the proceeds go to the Winter Retreat.  The reason you need to know about it now is that Ryan needs to start collecting a list of goods/services/items that you might be willing to donate for the auction.  If you have something to donate, you can sign up on your Connect Card or email ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

All In Baby!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  I know it sounds early, but trust me it’s not – October is Operation Christmas Chlid month!  There will be an insert in the bulletin on Sunday listing different items to start purchasing now.  Our Wrapping & Packing Party will be Friday, November 10th, 6-8pm.

Our “Big Day” & How You Can Help

Dear Coastal,

For the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about our “Big Day” this Sunday, October 1st – the kick-off of “After God’s Heart.”  I want to explain what a “Big Day” is and share with you what you can do to help make it a success.

Obviously, every Sunday is big here at Coastal in the sense that every Sunday is important, every Sunday we share the Gospel, and each week we encourage you to invite and bring your friends.  But a “Big Day” is a strategic day on our church calendar where we tell everyone to pull out all the stops, do whatever it takes, and make that extra push to get your friends to church!  Usually on a “Big Day” we try to break the next attendance barrier and gain momentum for continued growth – basically kick Satan in the teeth!

There are several obvious “Big Days” on the calendar – Christmas Eve & Easter come to mind.  We usually put a “Big Day” somewhere in early February.  The holidays are over and it’s a great push for the New Year.  Mother’s Day is always a huge day for us.  Lately kicking off the Summer with “At the Movies” has been huge too.  The Fall “Big Day” works because Summer is finally over, kids are back in school, Labor Day has come and gone, and the football season has started.  What does all that have to do with getting people in church?  One word – routine.  People are back into a routine and they aren’t traveling as much.

So, this Sunday, we are kicking off a brand new series called, “After God’s Heart.”  It’s all about the life of David and having a heart for God.  The good thing about this series is that even your friends who have never been to church in their life have heard something about the life of David (Goliath, Bathsheba, for example).  To kick off the series, we’re also having a big Tailgating Party (wear your favorite Team Colors/Jersey) outside on our campus after both services complete with Food, Jump Castles, and Kona Ice – all FREE!

So what can you do to help make this Sunday a success?

  1. Pray!  Pray for the people you are inviting.  Pray for all the people our church will be inviting – the large postcards that hit West Ashley this week.  Pray for people to come to know Jesus.  Pray for me & my messages.  Pray for our staff.  Pray for our volunteers.  Beg God to draw people to Himself through our church.
  2. Invite!  Make it a personal goal to invite and bring so many people.  Send emails.  Send personal messages on facebook and other social media.  Share my Facebook post.  Use the invite cards we’ve been handing out.
  3. Welcome!  Go out of you way to speak to & welcome all of our guests (or anyone you don’t know).  Help us treat everyone as our welcome, expected guests in our home.  Remember, guests are GIFTS from God!  Help us treat everyone that way!

  4. Consider serving!  A new series & new people means we need more and more volunteers.  If you’re not already serving somewhere, it’s time to start!  Our 1st Impressions Team is a great place to get started.  Give Chris Ranew our 1st Impressions LIFE Team Leader a call or send him an email – 706-941-2044, chrisranew@gmail.com.  Our Children’s Ministry is also a great place to serve on Sunday morning.  Call Janet, our Children’s Ministry Leader or send her an email – 843-442-8299, janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Give.  Special Days incur special expenses.  Even though there will be a lot going on after each service, come prepared to give generously.  Or better yet, you can give any time using any of the different ways we have to give at Coastal – our website, texting (843-277-8337), or our app.
  6. 4 More Things to Consider on the day of the “Big Day” itself.  Parking:  the further away you park, the better.  Please park at Oakland and save the closer parking for guests.  Service times:  the key is come to the service that your guests are coming to.  BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT, come early!  Everything goes smoother (Child Check-In, coffee, getting a seat, helping our guests) when you come a little earlier.   Seating:  no matter which service you come to, PLEASE sit to the front and center of each section.  This makes more room for people as they come in.  And finally, everyone PLEASE FILL OUT A CONNECT CARD!

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

See You & Your Friends Sunday!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We’re also setting up our Portable Baptistry for Baptisms outside on Sunday!  If you are interested in going public with your faith and getting Baptized, please respond to this email and let us know!  It’s going to be a great celebration!