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Friday’s Five – 2-16-18

Dear Coastal,

What an amazing week at Coastal!  First of all, we had a great kick-off to our “Financial Freedom” series – lots of excitement, lots of energy, lots of guests, and most importantly 2 more people gave their life to Christ!  This Sunday we’ll be talking about breaking free from the bondage of materialism.  Don’t miss it!

So far 225 people have already signed up to participate in our Easter Fast!  Wow!  The Easter Fast begins this Sunday, February 18th and continues until Good Friday, March 30th.  A Fast is a period of time where you give up something physical to focus yourself spiritually.  What do you fast?  Well, it’s different for different people.  It’s probably the thing that first comes to mind when you start considering to fast. It might be some form of technology or social media that seems to have a stronghold in your life.  It could be television.  It might be some specific type of food or food group – sugar, caffeine, sodas, meat, etc (if you have any health concerns, please consult a doctor).  It could be drinking or smoking.  It could be time – where you get up earlier each day for 40 days and have a quiet time.  It could be gossip or negative words.  You decide that for 40 days nothing negative will come out of your mouth.  It could be worry.  You pray.  You decide.  Read through Matthew 6:16-18.  Don’t make a big deal or a fuss about it.  Don’t post it on Facebook.  If you would like to share with us what you decide to fast, you can, but you don’t have to.  If you haven’t already signed up to join with us, simply respond to this email or you can sign up on Sunday on your Connect Card.  We’ll be adding you to a specific email group and will send out weekly notes of encouragement and information over the course of the fast.

The other exciting thing about this week is that our 2018 Winter/Spring LIFE Group Semester has started!  From all reports, we’ve had a great week!  But don’t worry, it’s still not too late to join a Group. In fact, you can check out our 2018 Winter/Spring Semester LIFE Group Catalog online and sign up today!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Looking for a way to serve our community and make an IMPACT?  Come and be a part of Saturday Serve!  Saturday Serve meets the first Saturday of every month (the next one is March 3rd) at 8:30am in the Welcome Center.  They explain all the different opportunities that day, pray, and then send every off.  For more information or to share any ideas or to be added to a “Saturday Serve” Group, contact Kiersten Brown 918-798-7299 or  kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  You can also visit our website each month to check out the different areas of service:  https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/missions-outreach/.
  2. Want to feel more comfortable in sharing your story and your faith with 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, Friday night, March 9th, 6pm-9pm at the church. We’ll provide childcare and food!  Sign on up on your Connect Card or respond to this email (we already have 38 people registered!).    

  3. Our next Newcomer’s Reception is Sunday, February 25th, 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.  This is a great opportunity for anyone new to Coastal to meet our Staff, our Ministry Leaders, and learn more about Coastal!  It’s a great introduction to Coastal!
  4. We’re having 4 Easter Services this year:  Friday, March 30, 7pm, Sunday, April 1st, 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am.  Our goal is to break 1200!  Start praying now!
  5. The mom who was attacked and had her child abducted this week on John’s Island is a part of Coastal’s MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) Group.  It was such a miraculous answer to prayer that the little girl was found and returned to her family.  Please continue to pray for the Todd family as they recover and put the pieces of their family back together.  Our MOPS ministry organized meals for the famliy (already full) and is now collecting restaurant (close to MUSC downtown) gift cards.  If you would like to donate a gift card or help with other possible needs, please contact Carol Wessel:  843-725-8670 or  carolwessel@hotmail.com.

FREEDOM!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Have 30 minutes you could spare on a Saturday morning?  Enjoy getting a little exercise, hanging out with some cool people, making an IMPACT?  Come help set up the chairs in our “worshi-gym-a-torium” Saturday morning (tomorrow) at 9am!

Friday’s 5 and a Personal Thank You!

Dear Coastal,

Wow!  All I can say is that God must be up to something big this Sunday!  I’m definitely not one of those Pastors who sees a demon behind every bush, BUT, I do believe in Spiritual Warfare and I know that we are in a battle and that Satan doesn’t like it when people come to know Jesus and lives are changed and set free!  And that’s exactly what’s happening at Coastal!

Thursdays for me are typically “Service Run-Through” Day.  I preach my sermon to 4 or 5 people from my Staff, receive feedback, and we go over everything for Sunday.  But not yesterday.  I got a call from my Mom sometime after 5am in tears asking me to come take her to the hospital.  She told me that she thinks she’s having a heart attack.  In somewhat of a groggy state, I jumped up, told her I would be right there, and started getting dressed.  Once I cleared the cobwebs I quickly called her back and told her to call 911.  I called Christopher and Lizzy who live just around the corner from Mom and told them to head on over.  When I got to her home, the ambulance was already there and I followed my Mom to the Hospital.  To make a long story short, she WAS having a heart attack.  The cardiologist did a heart cath and put in a stent to open a blocked artery.  The Doctor said everything went great and we are expecting a full recovery.  It’s possible she will go home over the weekend.  I can’t say enough great things about all the wonderful people at Roper Hospital!

But most importantly, I can’t say enough about all of you, our church family!  To say that we felt your prayers yesterday, would be such an understatement.  I talk all the time about the importance of having 3 o’clock in the morning friends – well, I’m blessed to have more of those than any man deserves.  I can’t thank you enough for all the texts, emails, and calls.  Several people dropped by throughout the day and Ricky Spell was probably 30 minutes behind me, met us in the ER and stayed with me until my Mom came out of surgery and he could see her for himself.  Many more people offered to come down and help in any way possible. Thank you!  Thank all of you!  Coastal you never cease to amaze me!  I am constantly humbled and blown away by your love!

It seems I am reminded all the time of the brevity and frailty of life.  You just never know what the next moment will bring and how quickly life can change.  So . . . what do we do?  What’s our response?  Do we fret, worry, complain, or hide from the world?  I don’t think so.  I think we’re called to remain faithful, to make the most of every opportunity, to cherish each moment as a gift, to live on mission, to love, to serve, to boldy share the Good News of the Gospel with as many people as possible.  That’s the only thing that really matters after it’s all said and done.  One day God will call all of us home.  Am I grateful that yesterday wasn’t my Mom’s Homecoming?  You betcha!  But . . . one day He will call each of us home OR one day the sky will split, the Trumpet will sound, Jesus will will return, and He will call ALL of His children home and EVERY knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all!  I think about those days a lot.  I can’t wait to see Him face to face!  But, He’s obviously not done with me or my Mom just yet.

Oh, and don’t worry, my sermon IS ready for Sunday!  Like I said, I’m pretty sure God is going to do some amazing things at Coastal this week!  This Sunday, February 11th – we’re kicking off “Financial Freedom!”  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, pull out all the stops, do whatever it takes, and make that extra push to get your friends to church this Sunday!  During this series, we’re going to be talking about things like, “How Do I Find Financial Peace?  How Do I Get Out of Debt?  How Do I Save in this Economy?  How Do I Make Wise Financial Decisions?”  We all need this.  We’re so serious about helping people find Financial Freedom that this Sunday we’re doing a “Debt-Free” Giveaway in both services – where we give away $500 to help pay down someone’s debt! 

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!  It’s time to put everything we talked about in our IMPACT series into practice.  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 our invite cards.
  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.  Contact Janet, our Children’s Ministry Director:  843-442-8299 or janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. Give.  Special Days incur extra expenses.  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.  Maybe those of you who are out of debt will consider subsidizing our Debt Free Giveaway!
  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 (even at the new 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, PLEASE, 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 (I know, that’s a lot more than 5 things)!  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 – today and every day!

See You & Your Friends Sunday!  Again, thank you and I love you all!

(In my best William Wallace “Braveheart” voice) FREEDOM!

Pastor Chris

Financial Freedom!

Dear Friend,

I just wanted to personally invite you to a brand new message series that kicks off this coming Sunday, February 11th, at Coastal Community Church.  The series is called, “Financial Freedom.”  We’re going to be talking about things like, “How Do I Find Financial Peace?  How Do I Get Out of Debt?  How Do I Save in this Economy?  How Do I Make Wise Financial Decisions?”  This series has the potential to make a huge IMPACT in our community!

We have 2 services to make it convenient for you:  9:30AM & 11:15AMAs a part of the kick-off of this series, during both services we’re doing a “Debt-Free” Giveaway – where we give away $500 to help pay down someone’s debt!

Also during both of our services we have a great program for children Birth-5th Grade called Coastal Kidz.  Trust me, they will have a blast!  I would also encourage you to invite and bring a friend with you.  We expect guests at Coastal!  Hope to see you this Sunday, February 11th, 9:30am or 11:15am!

FREEDOM!
Pastor Chris

Coastal Community Church
460 Arlington Dr.
Charleston SC 29414

P.S.  If you’re planning on coming (and even bringing friends), I’d love for you to respond to this email to let me know.  I love hearing from you!

Friday’s Five – 2-2-18

Dear Coastal,

What an amazing LIFE GROUP SUNDAY we had last week (in spite the weather)!  Our LIFE Group Leaders and all of our Volunteers really went above and beyond.  The engergy, excitement, sense of community, the food, the fun (the Pastor Chris body double) – it was such a great day!  And MOST IMPORTANTLY – A LOT OF PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR A LIFE GROUP!  Right we have over 400 signups in all of our Groups!  And people are still signing up!  In fact, you can check out our 2018 Winter/Spring Semester LIFE Group Catalog online and sign up today!  Most of our Groups begin the week of Febrary 11th.  Spread the word and invite someone to join you!

“Saturday Serve” officially launches TOMORROW!  What is “Saturday Serve” you ask?  Well, the first Saturday of each month we’ll gather at the church at 8:30am and then send off groups of people to love, serve, help our neighbors or different organizations in our community.  And don’t worry, each project will be organized and have a leader.  All you have to do is show up, pick an activity you’re interested in, and serve.  It’s our way to make being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community a priority.    This month, for example, we are collecting any and all Thrift Store Donations (furniture, household items, basically anything you’re getting rid of).  There will be a truck here to collect everything from 9am-12noon.  Those donated items are collected to raise funds for families at My Sister’s House (a shelter for abused women).  There will be a group serving at the Lowcountry Food Bank.  Another group will help beautify a local Community Garden.  We’ll have volunteers serving at Jenkins Orphanage.  And we’ll be putting on a “Tailgate Party” for a Homeless Ministry in North Charleston.  WOW!  For more information or to answer any of your questions, contact Kiersten Brown  918-798-7299 or  kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  You can also visit our website each month to check out the different areas of service:  https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/connect/missions-outreach/.  See you in the morning!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, February 3rd, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  2. On Sunday February 11th, we kick off a brand new series called, “Financial Freedom”!  We’re going to talk about things like, “How Do I Find Financial Peace? How Do I Overcome the Desire for More?  How Do I Get Out of Debt?  How Do I Save in this Economy?  How Do I Make Wise Financial Decisions?  How Do I Honor God with My Finances?”  This series has the potential to make a huge IMPACT not only in our church, but in our community!  And as a part of the kick-off of this series, we’re doing a “Debt-Free” Giveaway – where we give away $500 to help pay down someone’s debt (one person in each service)!  Start spreading the word now – invite & bring your ONE!
  3. “Covered In Love” – As a part of making an IMPACT in February, we’re collecting filled out Valentines and blankets now through February 14th (you can drop the items off at the church) to be distributed to a local Assisted Living Center.  We’re also looking for Volunteers to deliver them on Valentine’s Day!  Contact Kiersten Brown for more information – 918-798-7299 or kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  4. Want to feel more comfortable in sharing your story and your faith with 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, Friday night, March 9th, 6pm-9pm at the church. We’ll provide childcare and food!  Sign on up on your Connect Card or respond to this email (we already have 38 people registered!).
  5. Our next Newcomer’s Reception is Sunday, February 25th, 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.  This is a great opportunity for anyone new to Coastal to meet our Staff, our Ministry Leaders, and learn more about Coastal!  It’s a great introduction to Coastal!

Making an IMPACT!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Remember to pray for your ONE!  We will reach our IMPACT goal of 100 Salvations & Baptisms this year ONE life at a time!  Make sure you check out our IMPACT sign this Sunday!

Friday’s Five – 1-26-18

Dear Coastal,

Woohoo!  This Sunday is LIFE GROUP SUNDAY!! Which means that you get to check out all the different groups, meet the Leaders, enjoy some great food, have a blast and MOST IMPORTANTLY – SIGN UP FOR A LIFE GROUP!  You can also go ahead and check out our 2018 Winter/Spring Semester LIFE Group Catalog online and sign up from our website!  By the way, our LIFE Groups are for everyone – whether you’re a member of our church, an occasional attender, or even if you’ve never attended on a Sunday.   We’re called Coastal COMMUNITY Church and you (and your friends and family) are a part of our community.  So spread the word and invite someone to join you!

I want to let you know about our next series starting on Sunday February 11th!  I’m really excited about this series!  It’s called, “Financial Freedom” (and no, don’t worry it’s not all about giving)!  We’re going to talk about things like, “How Do I Find Financial Peace? How Do I Overcome the Desire for More?  How Do I Get Out of Debt?  How Do I Save in this Economy?  How Do I Make Wise Financial Decisions?  How Do I Honor God with My Finances?  How Do I Live Like No One Else?”  I read the prayer requests every week, trust me, we all need this.  This series has the potential to make a huge IMPACT not only in our church, but in our community!  And as a part of the kick-off of this series, we’re doing a “Debt-Free” Giveaway – where we give away $500 to help pay down someone’s debt (one person in each service)!  Start spreading the word now – invite & bring your ONE!

Friday’s 5:

  1. “Covered In Love” – As a part of making an IMPACT in February, we’re collecting filled out Valentines and blankets now through February 14th (you can drop the items off at the church) to be distributed to a local Assisted Living Center.  We’re also looking for Volunteers to deliver them on Valentine’s Day!  Contact Kiersten Brown for more information – 918-798-7299 or kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  2. Want to feel more comfortable in sharing your story and your faith with 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, Friday night, March 9th, 6pm-9pm at the church. We’ll provide childcare and food!  Sign on up on your Connect Card or respond to this email (we already have 38 people registered!). 

  3. Make an IMPACT in our community by coming to “Saturday Serve!”  The first Saturday of each month (beginning next Saturday, Februrary 3rd, 8:30am) we’ll gather at the church and then send off groups of people to serve, help, assist different organizations in our community.  This month, we are collecting any and all Thrift Store Donations (furniture, household items, basically anything you’re getting rid of).  There will be a truck here to collect everything from 9am-12noon.  Those donated items are collected to raise funds for families at My Sister’s House.  So even if you can’t stay, come by and drop off your “stuff”!  Contact Kiersten Brown, for more information:  kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 918-798-7299.

  4. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, February 3rd, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  5. Our next Necomer’s Reception is Sunday, February 25th, 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.  This is a great opportunity for anyone new to Coastal to meet our Staff, our Ministry Leaders, and learn more about Coastal!  It’s a great introduction to Coastal!

Making an IMPACT!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Today is my Beautiful Bride Janet’s Birthday!  She’s not on social media, so feel free to wish her a Happy Birthday via text or email – janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 843-442-8299. 

Friday Five – 1-19-18

Dear Coastal,

So many exciting things to share with you today!  First of all, our Students had an awesome Winter Retreat!  Most importantly 19 of those Students gave their life to Jesus over the weekend!  Woohoo!  And right now 6 of those Students are getting Baptized this Sunday!  Add that to the 4 peple we Baptized two weeks ago and the 2 people who gave their life to Christ this past Sunday, that’s 21 Salvations and 10 Baptisms so far this year!  Thank you Jesus!  Keep praying!  Keep inviting!  Keep loving!  Beg God to use our church to draw people to Himself!  And when we see each other on Sunday morning, I hope to see the steam rising off of everyone because together we’ve been beating down the gates of Hell and rescuing people ONE life at a time!  Can you tell I’m pumped?!

And Coastal, let me say this – that’s why we give!  We’re funding this mission of “sharing & experiencing the LIFE & LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world!”  We’re going to keep reaching people, keep growing!  We’re going to fill both services, add a third, and then build another building!  And then our current building will be completely dedicated to our Students and the Community!  Are you with me?  I know so many of you are!  How do I know that?  Because so many of you give sacrificially!  Our Christmas Offering Goal this past year was the largest we’ve ever set – $60,000.  Drumroll please. . . this year WE gave $66,876.88!!  Wow!  Just WOW!  Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  I know where your heart is!  Together we are making and IMPACT – ONE life at a time!

Friday’s 5:

  1. If you are leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Semester there is a Mandatory Life Group Training – either 7pm, Tuesday, Jan 23rd or 10am, Saturday, Jan 27th.  ALL Life Group Leaders (Leaders, Co-Leaders, Assistants), are required to attend one, just choose the date that works best for you.  Childcare provided.

  2. Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) kicks off the new semester with WAVES Wednesday Night, January 24th, at 6pm!  Invite and bring a Student!
  3. Life Group Sunday – January 28th!  The Big Tent will be setup and everyone will have the opportunity to check out all the different Groups for the Winter/Spring Semester!  Life Groups Kick-Off the week of Sunday, February 11th and end the week of May 13th.  

  4. Help us make an IMPACT in our community by coming to “Saturday Serve.”  The first Saturday of each month (beginning Februrary 3rd, 8:30am) we’ll gather at the church and then send off groups of people to serve, help, assist different organizations in our community.  It’s a tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Sign up on your Connect Card to volunteer.  If you have any questions or an idea about a worthy cause or volunteer/service opportunity, please contact Kiersten Brown, our Director of Missions & Outreach at kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 918-798-7299.

  5. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, February 3rd, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

Making an IMPACT!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  If you haven’t heard yet, Pastor Scott and I are leading a Trip to the Holy Land!  The dates are November 5-14, 2018.  The cost is $4200 (could be less depending on how many people go).  You can also learn more about the trip by visiting this link: http://www.maranathatours.com/Diamond-Nov-2018-IsraelIf you are interested in going or have any questions, reach out to Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org

Friday’s Five – 1-12-18

Dear Coastal,

Our Students leave for their Annual Winter Retreat in Pigeon Forge, TN TODAY at 6pm!  They return Monday, January 15th at 6pm!  Right now I believe they are taking 66 Students and 16 Adults for a grand total of 82!  Last year’s total was 52!  And more significantly, 14 Students last year indicated that they gave their life to Christ on the Retreat.  I ask you to join me in not only praying for their safety, but that even more of our Students come to Christ this weekend!  Parents, if you have any last minute questions about the Retreat, please call Ryan at 843-442-8985.

We kicked of the New Year baptizing 4 people this past Sunday – woohoo!  Our goal for 2018 is to Baptize 100 people.  To help us accomplish that goal we knew we needed to make getting Baptized more accessible and more available.  So we purchased a new portable Baptistry to help us do that.  In fact, from here on out, you don’t have to wait until WE schedule a Baptism Service.  When you’re ready, just sign up on our Connect Card or on our website and we’ll Baptize you as soon as the following Sunday.  We’d eventually love to see people getting Baptized every Sunday during our worship.  We’d also love to start seeing the people who had a hand in that person becoming a believer do the Baptizing (parents, LIFE Group Leaders, friends).  We will still have several specific Baptism Services throughout the year (like our Beach Baptism). So, let us know when you’re ready!

Friday’s 5:

  1. This Sunday, January 14th, is the last Sunday to give toward our 6th Annual Christmas Offering!  Our goal is $60,000.  We’ll announce our grand total  after this Sunday.  Please designate your gift with the word, “Christmas.”
  2. If you are leading, assisting, or hosting a LIFE Group this Semester there is a Mandatory Life Group Training – either 7pm, Tuesday, Jan 23rd or 10am, Saturday, Jan 27th.  All Life Group Leaders are required to attend one, just choose the date that works best for you.
  3. Life Group Sunday – January 28th!  The tent will be setup and everyone will have the opportunity to check out all the Groups for the Winter/Spring Semester!  Life Groups Kick-Off the week of Sunday, February 11th and end the week of May 13th.
  4. Help us make an IMPACT in our community by coming to “Saturday Serve.”  The first Saturday of each month (beginning Februrary 3rd, 8:30am) we’ll gather at the church and then send off groups of people to serve, help, assist different organizations in our community.  It’s a tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Sign up on your Connect Card to volunteer.  If you have any questions or an idea about a worthy cause or volunteer/service opportunity, please contact Kiersten Brown, our Director of Missions & Outreach at kbrown@coastalcommunitychurch.org or 918-798-7299.
  5. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, February 3rd, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

Making an IMPACT!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Interested in a fun way to serve at Coastal?  Join us tomorrow morning for Chair Set Up!  Each Saturday morning at 9am a group of volunteers come to the auditorium and set up our chairs for Sunday worship.  With 6 or more volunteers it only takes less than 30 minutes.  Plus it’s great fun, you meet other people, and get in some quick exercise!

Friday’s Five – 1-5-17

Dear Coastal,

Wow – talk about a crazy weather week here in Charleston – SNOW and lots of it!  I hope you’ve been able to enjoy this Winter Wonderland!  Like me, I’m sure many of you have a bit of “cabin fever” by now.  We haven’t left our house since Tuesday night!

Right now, we’re simply monitoring the situation for Sunday morning – planning for services as normal, but again, we’ll see what the weekend brings.  Our top priority is safety.  We’re hoping that 2 more days of sunshine clear the roadways for travel.  Check our Facebook page and website for any updates.  Anticipate receving a text/email by Saturday afternoon.  Honestly, it would be great to get out of the house and see everyone on Sunday!

This Saturday, tomorrow, was supposed to be our first “Saturday Serve” of the new year!  However, due to the weather we have decided to officially launch “Saturday Serve” in February – February 3rd to be exact.  Saturday Serve meets the first Saturday of each month and gives our church an opportunity to serve and make an IMPACT in our church and community.’

This Sunday, January 7th, the first Sunday of the New Year, we’ll be kicking off a series called, “IMPACT”.  The word IMPACT is our theme for 2018 – making an impact with our lives in our church, our community, and our world!  The series will be specifically about how to share your faith with the world around you and make an IMPACT!  Don’t miss it!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our Students leave for their Annual Winter Retreat in Pigeon Forge, TN next Friday, January 12 at 6pm!  They return Monday, January 15th!  If you know you have not turned in the medical release form you can do so on our website under the Student page. You can also complete one when you drop of your student the day of departure.  Also if you need to pay or finish paying for your student’s trip you can do so on the website. Just click give and enter your students name in the special instructions box (Your Students Name/ Winter Retreat). If you have already paid the deposit or are unsure how much you have paid please contact Ryan Spell. If paying online is not possible, you can bring the money the day of departure and we will have a table set up to collect.  If you are interested in providing a scholarship to pay for a Student’s trip, please contact ryan@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  2. If you are planning on leading a LIFE Group in the new semester of 2018, please turn in all your Group information to Pastor Scott by Tuesday, January 9th – scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Life Group Training – either 7pm, Tuesday, Jan 23rd or 10am, Saturday, Jan 27th.  All Life Group Leaders are required to attend, just choose the date that works best for you.
  3. Life Group Sunday – January 28th!  The tent will be setup and everyone will have the opportunity to check out all the Groups for the Winter/Spring Semester!  Life Groups Kick-Off the week of Sunday, February 11th.
  4. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email or sign up online to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – this Sunday, January 7th (or any Sunday).
  5. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Saturday morning, February 3rd, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

Happy New Year!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Only 2 more Sunday’s (January 7th & 14th) to give to our 6th Annual Christmas Offering!  Our goal is $60,000.  We’ll announce our grand total  after January 14th.  Please designate your gift with the word, “Christmas.”

Friday’s Five – 12-29-17

Dear Coastal,

Good Friday morning Coastal!  I sincerely hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!  For those of you who have had some time off this week from work, I hope you got to spend time with family, have some fun, relax and refresh.  I know many of you are out of town and will be traveling back to Charleston this weekend.  I’ll be praying for safe travels.

Let me begin by saying what an awesome Christmas Eve we had at Coastal!  Our attendance was 675 with over 400 of those in the first service (we had to bring in more chairs)!  Next year we’ll definitely go back to tickets, so we can get a better feel for how many people will be in each service.  We had almost 40 1st & 2nd Time Guests turn in their Connect Cards!  I just LOVE when someone from Coastal comes up to me and introduces me to their guests!  I LOVE hearing about some of you trying your best to fill a row!  Most importantly 4 people indicated that they renewed their commitment to Jesus and 2 more people gave their life to Jesus!  Woohoo!  That’s what it’s all about Coastal!  That’s why we do what we do!

Oh and let me say that as a result of this past week’s offering, we are REALLY CLOSE to reaching our goal of $60,000 for our Christmas Offering!  I’m going to hold off telling you the grand total until after January 14th (the last Sunday to give), but let’s just say that we’re very close.  For those of you who want your offering to go toward your 2017 Giving Statement, this Sunday, December 31st is obviouslly your last Sunday to give.  Anything given after this Sunday will go toward your 2018 Giving Statement.  Our entire offering on Christmas Eve went toward the Christmas Offering total, but from here on out, remember, please use the designated word “Christmas” to give toward the Christmas Offering.  I’m always blown away by the generosity of our church!

This Sunday we’ll be wrapping up our “Grateful” series.  On January 7th, the first Sunday of the New Year, we’ll be kicking off a series called, “IMPACT”.  The word IMPACT is our theme for 2018 – making an impact with our lives in our church, our community, and our world!  The series will be specifically about how to share your faith with the world around you and make an IMPACT!  Don’t miss it!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Remember, there will only be ONE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE this Sunday for New Year’s Eve at 9:30am.  If you’re out of town or home sick, don’t forget you can always catch our services live online at https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/resources/live.
  2. 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. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – Sunday, January 7th.
  4. Don’t forget that Coastal has a fully stocked Food Bank.  If you or any one you know is in need (especially over the Holidays), please drop by and pick up some food.  Spread the word!
  5. There will be a Security Team Meeting on Saturday morning (TOMORROW), December 30th, 9am in the auditorium – and we’re serving you BREAKFAST!  This meeting is for all current Team members and those interested in serving.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget – only ONE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, AT 9:30AM!

Friday’s Five – 12-22-17

Dear Coastal,

We had another person give their life to Jesus this past Sunday and 4 more people getting Baptized on January 7th!  Woohoo!  Keep it up Coastal!  Keep praying, keep sharing, keep loving, serving, and inviting!  Remember, we work like it all depends on us, pray like it all depends on God, walk by faith, trust God with the results, and celebrate the victory!  Together we are making a dent in Hell!  Jesus said, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”  We miss the emphasis of this verse in our English translations, because it sounds like we’re on the defensive.  You know, “Jesus will build the church, and by His power, in the end, we’ll be able to withstand the beating we take from Satan.”  But in the original language, we’re on the offensive, “Jesus will build the church and ultimately even hell itself won’t be able the withstand the butt-whupping WE’LL put on Satan!”  The church is marching forward and even Hell can’t keep us out!  That’s us Coastal – you and me – beating down the gates of hell, rescuing people, making an IMPACT, ONE life at a time!

It always bothers me when churches and Christians complain about people who only come to church on Christmas and Easter.  Listen, that’s why we exist – to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and world!  If you know someone who might come to church because it’s Christmas (probably more people than you realize) invite them to Coastal!  Becasue here’s what I guarantee you – we will lift up Jesus and we will share the good news of the Gospel!

So – you should know the drill by now – do whatever it takes and invite & bring someone to church with you this Christmas Eve!  We’re having 2 Family Christmas Eve Services on Sunday night, December 24th, 5:30pm & 7pm!  Nursery – 3year olds will be cared for in the Coastal Kidz Building, but all other children will be in the auditorium (there will be a “special guest” at the end of both services with giveaways).  Come early. Park over at Oakland to make more room for guests (the further away you park, the better).  Fill out your Connect Card (this encourages our Guests to do the same). Sit to the front & center of each section of the auditorium, making more room for others.  And then most importantly, during the entire service, PRAY!  Pray me, pray for my message, pray that all of it fits together and leads people to Jesus!

Remember, there will be NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES this Sunday – just our 2 Christmas Eve services at 5:30pm and 7pm.  If you haven’t done so yet, please volunteer to serve in one of the two services.

Friday’s 5:

  1. There are just three weeks left to give your gift toward our Annual Christmas Offering (now through January 14th)!  Remember, our entire offering on Christmas Eve will go toward the Christmas Offering.  Right now, we’re at $25,000!  I know that’s a long way from our goal, but it’s still worth celebrating!  We can’t all give the same amount, but we can all make the same sacrifice and give something.  Every gift counts – large and small!  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. 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. Interested in going public with your faith through Baptism?  Never been Baptized by immersion?  Respond to this email, sign up online, or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday to be Baptized on the first Sunday of the New Year – Sunday, January 7th.
  4. As we strive to create a safe, nurturing enviromment for worship, learning, and serving, we’re forming a Medical Response Team made up of qualified individuals who would be on call in case of an emergency during our services to administer CPR, use the defibrilllator, etc. until an ambulance arrived. If you are trained for such situations and are interested in joining this Team, you can respond to this email, call Janet Rollins directly at 843-442-8299, or email her at janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.
  5. There will be a Security Team Meeting on Saturday morning, December 30th, 9am in the auditorium – and we’re serving you BREAKFAST!  This meeting is for all current Team members and those interested in serving.

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Don’t forget that Coastal has a fully stocked Food Bank.  If you or any one you know is in need (especially over the Holidays), please drop by and pick up some food.  Spread the word!