That’s right – this Sunday is Father’s Day!  We’re planning a very special day for Dads!  First of all, we’re in week 3 of our Summer Series, “At the Movies!” I’ll be using the movie “1917” as a hook to talk about the characteristics of a hero from the Bible – David. We have another Baptism in the 11:15am service (after Baptizing 25 people this past Sunday)! We’re also debuting a little live 10 minute pre-service “show” before each service on Sunday (tune in at 9:15am or 11am to watch it). And if all that weren’t enough, we have a fun gift for all the men on Sunday! You can choose from one of 3 Meat “Rubs” or Seasonings from one of my personal favorite BBQ companies – appropriately named “Meat Church”! And yes, we will be giving away some meat to 2 lucky winners after each service! Spread the word! Invite and bring someone to church this Father’s Day!

I know it probably seems like a long time since we’ve talked about Daring Faith & our new building project (check out this video to get a quick refresher of what we’re about to build).  Lots of things have been happening behind the scenes.  While the permitting process in Charleston is historically a painstakingly slow process, it has become exponentially slower during this pandemic.  However, it’s quite possible that we will finally have approval and break ground later this Summer.  Trust me, I’ll let you know as soon as we get the word.  Our Staff has been busy prepping our old building for demolition/construction (cleaning our offices, moving things into storage, clearing out attics, etc.).  You see when construction begins, we will lose access to our entire old building – offices & Coastal Kidz – for approximately 10 months.  That means that on Sunday morning our Coastal Kidz Children’s Ministry will be GOING PORTABLE and meeting across the street at Orange Grove Middle School.  Don’t worry, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes with a company called, “Portable Church” to make this move as smooth and easy as possible.  

One of the ways that you can help is to join a new Ministry Team called “Coastal Kidz Set-Up Team.”  Our Set-Up Team will be the ones who unload our trailer (located behind Orange Grove) and set up our Coastal Kidz Classrooms and environments on Sunday mornings before church (or possibly on Saturday mornings during chair set-up) and then break down everything and load up the trailer after both services are over.  We’ll have a “practice run” and Open House at least a week before the move officially takes place.  If you are interested in serving on this team you can respond to this email or sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.

I would also encourage you to continue to give toward Daring Faith – our Giving Campaign that finances this entire project.  If you’re new to Coastal and have no idea what Daring Faith is all about you can check out our Daring Faith page on our website to learn all about it.  Whatever you are giving towards your “Daring Faith” commitment, please continue to mark it “DaringFaith.”  If you are using TEXT to Give remember that “DaringFaith” is all one word, no space.  You can separate your giving through check or PayPal on the memo (ex. $100 tithe, $100 Daring Faith).

These are exciting times at Coastal!  As the world seems to grow darker, it simply allows our light to shine brighter!  I truly believe that!  I love you Coastal, and I love being your Pastor!  Hold on to your fork – the best is yet to come!

Pastor Chris

Here are this week’s “Friday 5”:

  1. One of the changes you’ve probably noticed since we opened up our building is that we are no longer handing out Bulletins (Announcement Sheet, Connect Card, Offering Envelope, etc.).  We put a Connect Card & Offering Envelope in the seat pocket of each chair.  However, the easiest way to stay connected, see all the announcements, listen to our messages, and fill out a Connect Card, is through our App.  Yes, if you didn’t already know it, Coastal has a FREE App you can download for your phone or mobile device.  Download it today from your App Store!  If you’re searching for it, make sure you search for “Coastal Community Church of Charleston or Coastal CC Charleston” (There are other Coastal Community Churches around the country).  If it’s been a while since you checked out the App, open it up!  We’ve updated it and made some improvements!
  2. New to Coastal?  Join us on Saturday morning, June 27th, at 9am for an ONLINE Zoom Newcomers Meeting that we’re calling “Coffee with Coastal.”  Join us virtually from the comfort of your own home to learn more about Coastal, meet staff and key volunteers, as well as meet some other new people, and discover next steps.  RSVP online or on your Connect Card.  You can also simply respond to this email and let us know that you’ll be attending (we will send you the Zoom link).
  3. Did you know that Coastal has a YouTube Channelwhere you can watch all of our past services – complete with worship & sermons?  Check it out and subscribe today!  Our YouTube Channel is going to be a great place to post new construction updates when our building gets started.
  4. TONIGHT, June 19th at 8:30pm we’re going to show a FREE movie on the lawn on a giant screen!  The movie we’re showing is the Disney/Pixar movie “Onward.”  Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with your family!  Bring your own drinks and snacks – the church will provide FREE hotdogs and Kona Ice (come out at 8pm to claim your spot and get your food)!
  5. The Operation Christmas Child “donation of the month” are balls, soccer balls, pumps.  You can now drop off OCC items at church on Sunday mornings or during the week.  And make sure that you sign up for all the OCC events during “Summer of IMPACT”.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Teresa Spell.

    P.S. Interested in officially making Coastal your church family!  Sign up for the next Membership Class!  And for our next Membership Class, we’re going to do something we’ve never done before – we’re going to offer BOTH a virtual online & in-person Membership class simultaneously!  It’s going to be Saturday morning, July 11th, 9am-11:30am.  You can sign up on your Connect Card on Sundays or right now from our website.