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Friday’s Five – 5-25-18
Dear Coastal,

Okay, it’s not the “Royal” Wedding, but by the time you read this, we’ll probably be on a plane heading to California for my daughter’s wedding.  Although I CAN promise you that Lydia & Andrew’s wedding will cost somewhat less than the $45 MILLION Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, for me personally, it will be far more captivating and beautiful!  I’ll try to take plenty of pictures and post them as quickly as possible.  It’s going to be a whirlwind of a trip – we leave on Friday, the wedding is on Sunday afternoon, and then we return late on Monday.  I’ll be walking Lydia down the aisle, Andrew’s Dad will be doing the opening part of the ceremony myself until he says, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”  I’ll respond and then “tag him out” and do the remainder of the ceremony (HOPEFULLY, I’ll be able to do the remainder of the ceremony).  Please keep all of our family in your prayers!We’ve already had a great sign up launch to SUMMER OF IMPACT – our opportunity together as a church to make an IMPACT for Jesus where we live, work, and play, right here in Charleston!  Our goal is to see over 2500 hours of community service from Saturday, June 2nd to Saturday, August 4th!    There are over 20 different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over those two months.

Just like Saturday Serve, we’re going to make it as easy as possible for you to sign up, show up, and serve.  There is a page on our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You click a button to sign up and that’s it.  You can also pick up a Catalog on Sunday that explains all of the opportunities and then sign up on your Connect Card.  On Sunday, August 5th we’ll conclude Summer of IMPACTwith a 2nd Beach Baptism AND a cookout/party immediately afterwards to celebrate all that God has done over the Summer!  So, go check out the website and dates, look at your calendar, and sign up for multiple events/days.

There are LOTS of days, times, and events to choose from – everything from serving our Veterans, feeding the homeless, helping the elderly, and much, much more – even opportunities for the whole family to do together!  I also want you to talk it up with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to join you.  Even people who don’t go to church and don’t know the Lord are looking for ways to do something significant with their lives.  Leverage that God given desire and invite people to join you!  Here’s the web address:  https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/outreach/

Making An IMPACT With You,
Father of the Bride – Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

 

1.  We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am. Well, we’re also hosting Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

2.  We have almost 20 people signed up for our BEACH BAPTISM Services on Folly Beach (down at the County Park), Sunday, June 10th, at 4pm!  Love for you to join them!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!  We’re having a 2ND BEACH BAPTISM on Sunday, August 5th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park.  We’ll also be having a church wide cookout/party at the Pelican Watch Shelter immediately following the Baptism on August 5th to celebrate Summer of IMPACT!

3.  Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!    Registration is now open! Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

4.  On Sunday, June 3rd, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series of the year – “At the Movies!” It’s where we use current, popular movies as a hook to talk about spiritual truth! This year’s theme is, “Heroes Assemble!”  As always with this series there will be popcorn and several fun giveaways!  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 to the blue Welcome/Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  So – who are you inviting?

5.  It is the faithful, consistent, generous giving of our people that make all of Coastal’s outreach and ministry possible – period.  There are multiple ways to give “digitally” at Coastal.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!  It’s simple, safe, secure, and convenient!  If you’re going to be out of town this weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

P.S. If you haven’t heard yet, Pastor Scott and I are leading a Trip to the Holy Land – a trip of a life time!  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 or have any questions, reach out to Pastor Scott at scottw@coastalcommunitychurch.org.

Friday’s Five – 5-18-18

Dear Coastal,

I want to share something with you that I’m extremely excited about.  Our church exists to share and experience the LIFE and LOVE of Jesus with Charleston and the world.  LIFE & LOVE – a life worth living and a love worth giving!  That’s our purpose, our mission.  And we believe that one of the most powerful ways to accomplish that, to make a real IMPACT, is through serving.  How do I know that?  Because Jesus said that to find life, you give your life away in service to your neighbor.That’s exactly what we’re going to do this Summer together as a church – making an IMPACT for Jesus where we live, work, and play – right here in our beloved Charleston.  We’re calling it the Summer of IMPACT.  Our goal is to see over 2500 hours of community service from Saturday, June 2nd to Saturday, August 4th.    There are over 20 different opportunities/organizations that we will be serving or partnering with multiple times over those two months.  And just like Saturday Serve, we’re going to make it as easy as possible for you to sign up, show up, and serve.  There is a page on our website where you can literally go and see each project listed in chronological order, the day and time, and all the information you need.  You click a button to sign up and that’s it.  We’ll also have a catalog available to explain all of the opportunities and each Sunday during Summer of IMPACT we’ll take a few minutes during our Sunday Service to highlight the week ahead.  On Sunday, August 5th we’ll conclude Summer of IMPACT with a 2nd Beach Baptism AND a cookout/party immediately afterwards to celebrate all that God has done over the Summer!

Here’s what I want you to do:  First and foremost I want you to pray.  Pray that we will be the hands and feet of Jesus as together we serve our community.  Pray that lives will be changed and people will be drawn to Jesus.  And then, quite simply, I want you to sign up. Check out the website and dates, look at your calendar, and sign up for multiple events/days.  In fact, you can start signing up today!  There are LOTS of days, times, and events to choose from – everything from serving our Veterans, feeding the homeless, helping the elderly, and much, much more, even opportunities for the whole family to do together!  I also want you to talk it up with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to join you.  Even people who don’t go to church and don’t know the Lord are looking for ways to do something significant with their lives.  Leverage that God given desire and invite people to join you!

Coastal let’s open up a BIG OL’ CAN OF . . . LOVE on Charleston and together make an IMPACT for the Kingdom!

https://coastalcommunitychurch.org/outreach/

Making An IMPACT With You,
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1.  Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration is TONIGHT, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Can’t wait to see you tonight!

2. We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am.  Well, it just keeps getting better!  We’ve also been asked to host Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

3. We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services at Folly Beach!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!  We’re having a 2nd Beach Baptism on Sunday, August 5th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park.  We’ll also be having a church wide cookout/party at the Pelican Watch Shelter immediately following the Baptism on August 5th to celebrate Summer of IMPACT!

4.  Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

5.  On Sunday, June 3rd, we kick off one of our favorite sermon series of the year – “At the Movies!” It’s where we use current, popular movies that people are seeing and talking about as a hook to talk about spiritual truth!  This year’s tagline/theme is, “Heroes Assemble!”  As always with this series there will be popcorn and several fun giveaways!  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 Welcome/Guest Tent and not only will your guest get a ticket, but you will too!  So – who are you inviting?

P.S.  Chair set-up this Saturday morning at 9am!  Love for you to join us!  With 6 or more people it only takes 30 minutes or less!  Great exercise, great service, and great fun!

Friday’s Five – 5-11-18
Dear Coastal,
We are so pumped up about Mother’s Day this Sunday!  It’s going to be awesome!  There will be Kona Ice & Jump Castles for kids, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all women, a Mother’s Day photo booth, and fun giveaways after each service!  Don’t miss it!  Pull out all the stops and invite and bring your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

I realize that for many people, especially women, Mother’s Day can be very painful.  I promise that my message on Sunday will be one of hope and strength.  While it’s not a “Mother’s Day” message specifically or a message geared only toward women, I am going to be talking about God’s Healing Grace – how God heals the hidden wounds of our lives.  One of the ways He does that is by renewing our minds with the truth of His word.  You see, many people, especially many women, struggle with hurt and pain and low self-esteem because they have believed the lies of this world about who they are and whose they are.

As with all “Big Days” make sure you come early (especially if you’re serving), park over at Oakland, and help us create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all of our Guests!  If you don’t have a preference, come to the 11:15am service – 9:30am will be packed!  I can’t wait to see you Sunday!

In Him,
Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

1 – Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration is next Friday night, May 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Please RSVP on your Connect Card on Sunday or simply respond to this email!

2 – We announced earlier that Coastal will be hosting Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am.  Well, it just keeps getting better!  We’ve also been asked to host Orange Grove Middle School’s 8th Grade Award Ceremony!  Their Award Ceremony will be the next day, Thursday, May 31st at 10:15am.  Needless to say, we’ll be pulling out all the stops for both schools!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  Many people have already volunteered for the Wednesday morning Oakland Graduation, but if you’re available for the Thursday morning Awards Ceremony for Orange Grove, simply respond to this email.

3 – We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services at Folly Beach!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or simply respond to this email.  This is a powerful experience that you will never forget!

4 – Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Spread the word and register today!  Please fill out the VBS Volunteer Insert in this Sunday’s Bulletin to indicate where you would be willing to serve!

5 – Coastal Pantry Food Drive!  We are collecting “pop top” canned goods (cans with a pull tab) to serve at our monthly Saturday Serve Tailgating Party for the hurting, hungry, and homeless in North Charleston.  You can bring your donations to the church during the week or on Sunday mornings you can drop them off in the Food Pantry in the Old Kitchen in the Coastal Kidz Building.
Friday’s Five – 5-4-18

Dear Coastal,

So where do you get the power and the strength to keep on keeping on when you feel like giving up?  That’s what this week’s message is all about as we kick off a new series called, “Amazing Grace.”  Don’t miss it!  Invite and bring a friend!

And speaking of inviting friends – be sure to pull out all the stops and invite your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers to church next Sunday for MOTHER’S DAY!  It’s going to be awesome!  There will be Kona Ice & Jump Castles for kids, Baby/Child Dedication, a gift for all women, a Mother’s Day photo booth, and fun giveaways after each service!  And Ladies, my message is going to take a look at 5 things that God says are true about you because of His grace!

One of the things that I SO LOVE ABOUT OUR CHURCH is the way we serve our community!  We’ve learned a few things over the years – when you’re serving your community, you can’t do everything.  Pick a few things (whatever God calls you to do) and do it well.  The other thing we’ve learned is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Partner with other people/organizations in your community who are doing great things and simply SERVE! 

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week over at Oakland Elementary School (the school right across the street from our campus).  We’ve showered them with LOVE this week – gifts, treats, and lots of food!  We’re so excited about hosting Oakland’s 5th Grade Graduation Service at our church – Wednesday, May 30th, 9:30am!  If you’d like to volunteer to serve at the graduation (cafe, golf carts, photo booth, 1st Impressions, ushers), simply respond to this email.

Tomorrow is our monthly Saturday Serve (it meets the first Saturday of every month)!  Meet in the Welcome Center at the church at 8:30am, learn about some awesome service opportunities (everything is explained and supplied), pray, and GO SERVE!  It’s that simple.  Most projects are done before noon.  If you haven’t been a part of a Saturday serve, you’re really missing out!  It’s open to anyone – invite your friends, family, and co-workers to join you!  That’s another thing we’ve learned – people (all people) want to give back and do something significant with their lives.  This is a tangible way to do just that!   

Friday’s 5

  1. Our WAVES Student Ministry (6th-12th Grade) are going to the Charleston Riverdogs Game TONIGHT!  They will be leaving from the church at 6pm and returning at approximately 10pm.  The tickets are FREE!  Simply bring money for food or souvenirs!
  2. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  3. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration/Party is Friday night, May 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Please RSVP!
  4. We’re signing people up now for our Annual BEACH BAPTISM Services!  The date is Sunday, June 10th, 4pm at Folly Beach County Park!  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday or simply respond to this email.

  5. Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/VBS!  Spread the word and register today!  We also need wrapping paper tubes (don’t throw them away) donated NOW for VBS decorations.  Drop them off at the Coastal Kidz Child Check-In area.

ALL IN,

Pastor Chris

P.S.  We had another person give their life to Jesus this past week and two more people indicated they want to get Baptized!  Woohoo!  Keep praying for your ONE, for the growth of our church, and our IMPACT!  See you Sunday!

Friday’s Five – 4-27-18

Dear Coastal,

We’ll be wrapping up our “Simple Life” series this Sunday.  Go ahead and read Luke 10:38-42 in preparation for this week’s message.  In May, we kick off a series entitled, “Amazing Grace.”   Many people think they have an understanding of grace, “It’s God’s gift to me.  I know I don’t work my way to heaven.”  But then they don’t live it.  In fact, they constantly think that God disapproves of them.  And even though they know they’re not saved by their efforts, they’re constantly trying to appease God.  Maybe you can relate.  You get up thinking, “God’s mad at me.”  Some of you think of God as this unpleasable parent saying, “It’s not good enough.  Can’t you do any better.”  He’s got this constant scowl on His face thinking, “Come on!  Get your act together.  When are you going to start doing right?”  You have this constant sense of condemnation and that’s why you struggle getting to know God and having a relationship with Him, because you think He’s angry at you.

In this new series, I want you to not just understand grace;  I want you to feel it.  Maybe for the first time in your life, I want you to feel loved by God, to feel and experience the unconditional grace of God.  There are many, many definitions of grace.  Grace is like a multi-faceted diamond.  It has many different sides and shapes.  And so each week, during May we’ll be looking at a different aspect of God’s Amazing Grace.

Friday’s 5

  1. Interested in officially making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is THIS Monday night, April 30th, 6-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  2. Our next “Saturday Serve” is Saturday, May 5th (the first Saturday of every month)!  Meet at the church at 8:30am, learn about some awesome service opportunities, pray, and GO SERVE!

  3. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  4. Attention all LIFE Group Leaders & LIFE Team Leaders (and spouses):  our End of the Semester Celebration/Party is Friday night, May 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm!  Dinner & childcare provided!  Don’t miss it!  If you lead a Life Group or a Ministry, this is a great opportunity to celebrate all that God has done and to plan for the future!  Please RSVP!

  5. Mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/VBS!  Spread the word and register today!  We also need wrapping paper tubes (don’t throw them away) donated NOW for VBS decorations.  Drop them off at the Coastal Kidz Child Check-In area.

Simply,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Digital Giving allows you to give as God blesses you.  There are multiple ways to give digitally at Coastal.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337It’s simple, safe, secure, and convenient!  Give it a try today!

Friday’s Five – 4-20-18

Dear Coastal,

It’s pretty obvious that my message last week on slowing down really struck a chord.  The reality is we all struggle in this area – your Pastor included.  Well, don’t miss this Sunday as we talk about creating margin in your life.  What is margin, you ask?  You’ll have to come on Sunday to find out what it is, why it’s important and how to develop it.  Don’t miss it! 

I’ve got some pretty cool news to share that goes in the “making an IMPACT in our Community” column.  I was asked to speak again at Oakland Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation this year (not the cool part).  The real exciting part is that I suggested the possibility of us hosting the graduation on our campus, in our building, and they said, “YES!”  I’m super excited!  We’re going to pull out all the stops and really make it special!  We only have limited parking, so we’ll be running our Golf Carts from the Oakland Parking Lot to ours.  We’ll be serving refreshments, setting up a “photo booth” for parents/graduates, FREE Kona Ice for everyone, and a gift bag from Coastal for all Graduates!  This is a great opportunity to make a real IMPACT in our Community!  The Graduation service is Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am.  If you’re available (any time between 8:30am-12noon) and interested in volunteering (Greeting, Serving, Driving Golf Carts, cleaning up, etc.) respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.

I really appreciate all of you who “check-in” regularly on Facebook on Sunday mornings (or at Groups or events during the week) and share our posts and leave comments!  It’s great FREE advertising for our church and many times starts a conversation.  Keep it up!

Friday’s 5

  1. Join one of our office volunteer groups: Monday Morning Follow-Up (Mondays from 9-11am) or Super Service Friday (Fridays 10am-12noon) in the Coastal Kidz Building. Enjoy snacks, coffee & fellowship. Childcare provided upon request. Respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card.

  2. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, April 30th, 6-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  3. Our next “Saturday Serve” is Saturday, May 5th (the first Satuday of every month)!  Meet at the church at 8:30am, learn about some awesome service opportunities, pray, and GO SERVE!

  4. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/VBS!  Spread the word and register today!

Simply,

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 – 4-13-18

Dear Coastal,

Well, maybe Spring has finally “Sprung” – we’ll see!  One of the markers of Spring here in the Lowcountry was this past weekend – what I like to call, “the busiest weekend of the year in Charleston.”  We had the Bridge Run, the Volvo Tennis Cup, the Flower Town Festival, and the Cajun Festival!  I doubt there was a hotel room available for miles.  If you have children, the warm weather also brings with it Spring Sports and afternoons at the ball field (and yes the bugs).  Many parents are already scrambling for spots for their children for Summer Camps. 

In the midst of all of this busyness and activity we are in a series at Coastal called, “The Simple Life.”  Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with activities and sports.  Let’s just make sure that we’ve really thought through what’s most important, what we’re really trying to become, and the legacy we want to leave behind – focus.  Let’s make sure we carve out time not just for good things, but for the best things – getting to know & love God, worship, service, sharing our faith, loving our families and the people in our lives.  This week’s message is all about s-l-o-w-i-n-g down – something we all need – your Pastor included.  Hope to see you and your friends and family this Sunday!

Friday’s 5

  1. I know this is late notice, but if you’re looking for something fun to do, the CSDA (Charleston Swing Dance Association) is having their dance at our Auditorium this Saturday night!  Beginner & Intermediate Lessons, 7-8pm.  Social Dance, 8-11pm.  Normally, the cost for lessons is $8 and $5 for the Social Dance.  However, for this Saturday night for everyone from Coastal it’s FREE!  Adults of all ages & abilities are welcome (no childcare).  Students are welcome, but everyone under 18 must sign a waiver.

  2. Our next Newcomer’s Reception is THIS SUNDAY, April 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.  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!

  3. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, April 30th, 6-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  4. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – www.coastalcommunitychurch.org/VBS!  Spread the word and register today!

Simply,

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Mark your calendars – the next “Saturday Serve” is Saturday, May 5th (the first Satuday of every month)!  Meet at the church at 8:30am, learn about some awesome service opportunities, pray, and GO SERVE!

Friday’s Five – 4-6-18

Dear Coastal,

For those of you who have children in school or work in the school system, I hope everyone had a relaxing, enjoyable Spring Break!  Hopefully, you saw my previous email about the awesome Easter Weekend at Coastal!  By the way, it’s the first week of April and we now have 42 people who have indicated that they gave their life to Jesus at Coastal this year!  Is that awesome or what?!

For the month of April we’re going to be in a series called, “The Simple Life.”  It all about focusing our lives on the things that really matter, moving from a life of selfishness to a life of significance.  As always, this is a great series to invite and bring your friends.  Don’t miss it!

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 (TOMORROW MORNING) at 8:30am in the Old Welcome Center (in the old building this month – they will be getting ready for a wedding in the new building).  They will explain all the different opportunities for that day, pray, and then send everyone 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. Our next Newcomer’s Reception is Sunday, April 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.  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!

  3. Interested in offically making Coastal your church home?  Our next Membership Class is Monday night, April 30th, 6-9pm.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.

  4. If you would like your family to participate in the Baby/Child Dedication on Mother’s Day, May 13th, sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email.  Please include the child’s full name and the service you will be attending – 9:30am or 11:15am.

  5. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!

Simply,

Pastor Chris

Good Friday’s Five – 3-30-18

Dear Coastal,

Okay Coastal – Easter Weekend is here!  The first of our 4 Easter Services STARTS TONIGHT at 7pm – Good Friday!  Think about this.  While you were asleep last night/early this morning, 2000 years ago Jesus was captured in the Garden and condemned to die by the Jewish leaders who hated him.  As you were waking up Jesus was being shuffled back and forth between Pilate and Herod for even more trials and abuse. While you were getting dressed, the Roman soldiers were brutally beating Him and putting thorns on His head.  By the time you were on your way to work He was on his way to the cross.  Satan was laughing.  Satan was convinced that he won.  It was Friday. . . but here’s the GOOD NEWS – Sunday was coming!  Can’t wait to celebrate that with you and your family this weekend – tonight, 7pm;  Sunday, 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am.

It’s still not too late to make that call, send that email or text, walk across the street, and invite someone to church for this weekend!  You never know the power of a simple invitation.  37 years ago a friend from school invited me to church.  I ended up giving my life to Christ and committing to full-time Christian ministry!  Simply put, it changed my life!  Who do you know that needs Jesus?

A few other quick reminders about Easter at Coastal: Parking & Seating really is important on Big Services like Easter.  Please, please park as far away as possible and sit to the front and center of each section.  And COME EARLY – with more people, everything will take more time.  And with more people and more time, make sure you’re even more gracious, kind, loving, and helpful to everyone!  FREE Kona Ice and Jump Castles will be available at all 4 services.

Good Friday’s 5:

  1. It’s still not to late to get BAPTIZED OVER EASTER WEEKEND!  At Coastal, we’re ready any service and any Sunday for you to be Baptized!  But if you’ve been waiting for that “little push”, why not do it over the Easter Weekend?  Simply respond to this email – just let us know which service.

  2. Big Days like Easter also mean extra expenses.  At Coastal, among other things, that means advertising & outreach (direct mail, digital marketing, extra supplies, etc.).  Make a commitment to give above and beyond over the Easter weekend.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!

  3. Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!

  4. Our next Newcomer’s Reception is Sunday, April 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.  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!

  5. 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 April 7th) at 8:30am in the Old Welcome Center (in the old building).  They explain all the different opportunities that day, pray, and then send everyone 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/.

He Is Not Here, He is RISEN!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  There are a couple of great opportunities to gather over the weekend to pray for all of our services and the people coming!  Today (Friday) at 1pm our Super Service Friday Team will be having a Guided Prayer Walk around our building/campus.  And on Saturday at 6pm our Prayer Team will gather for a time of prayer.  Both opportunities are open to anyone!

Friday’s Five – 3-23-18

Dear Coastal,

I hope this never gets old, but this past Sunday we had 3 more people give their lives to Jesus!!!  I pray for the day that Acts 2:47 becomes a reality at Coastal, “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” 

Our Easter services begin exactly one week from today!  I hope you’re as excited as I am!  Obviously, every Sunday is big here at Coastal in the sense that every Sunday is important, every Sunday we share the Gospel, and every week we encourage you to invite and bring your friends.  But. . . there is still something special about Easter in our culture that we can leverage for the Kingdom.  People are still slightly more open to an invitation at Easter than any other time of the year.

So, what can YOU do to help make Easter Weekend a success?

  1. Pray!  Pray for the people you are inviting.  Pray for all the people our church will be inviting.  Pray for people to come to know Jesus.  Pray for me & my message.  We begin a new series on Easter called, “The Simple Life.”  My message on Easter is going to be, “The Simple Gospel.”    Beg God to draw people to Himself through our church!
  2. Invite!  Make a personal goal to invite and bring so many people – see if you can fill up a row!  Make phone calls.  Send emails.  Send personal messages on facebook and other social media.  Send text messages.  Our service times are: Friday, March 30, 7pm;  Sunday, April 1st, 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am.  You can register for your FREE Easter Service Tickets from our website: www.EasterAtCoastal.com.  Spread the word and start registering NOW!  By the way, have YOU registered for a service yet?  YES, we even want our members & regular attenders to register for a Ticket/Service.  It helps us to know which service is getting full so we can direct people to another service.  
  3. Serve!  A Big Day means we need more and more volunteers.  If you’re not already serving somewhere, it’s time to start!  We need you!  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 could definitely use more volunteers in Nursery or in any of their classes.  Call Janet, our Children’s Ministry Leader or send her an email – 843-442-8299, janet@coastalcommunitychurch.org.  Honestly, all of our Ministries need more volunteers!  Respond to this email and we’ll get you connected.
  4. Get BAPTIZED ON EASTER WEEKEND!  At Coastal, we’re ready any service and any Sunday for you to be Baptized!  But if you’ve been waiting for that “little push”, why not do it over the Easter Weekend?  You can sign up on your Connect Card or respond to this email – just let us know which service.

  5. 5 More Things to Consider on the day of the Easter itself – parking, service times, seating, giving, and Connect CardsParking:  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, if it does not matter, PLEASE come to the Friday night 7pm Service or the Sunday morning 8am service!  The Sunday morning 9:30am Service is by far the largest.  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.  GivingBig Days like Easter also mean extra expenses.  At Coastal, among other things, that means advertising & outreach (direct mail, digital marketing, extra supplies, etc.).  Make a commitment to give above and beyond over the Easter weekend.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337!  And finally, everyone PLEASE, PLEASE FILL OUT A CONNECT CARD!  Our Connect Cards are the only way we have to follow up and connect with our Guests.  When you fill one out, it creates positive peer pressure for everyone to fill one out.

Whew!  I think that’s about it!  Easter Weekend is going to be AWESOME!  Most importantly, people are going to come to Jesus!  Like we always say Coastal, let’s pray like it all depends on God, let’s work, invite, and share like it all depends on us, let’s walk by faith, trust God with the results, and then celebrate the outcome!

All In!

Pastor Chris

P.S.  Attention all parents and volunteers, as you start to make your Summer plans, mark your calendars and save this date – Coastal’s VBS this year is Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm, 4 year olds – 5th Grade.  The theme is Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus!