Dear Coastal,

Let me ask you a question.  Are you in need of a miracle in your life?  Do you need a miracle in your relationships?  Are you in need of a miracle in your finances?  Are you struggling with something in your life right now that seems so big, so overwhelming, that short of a miracle, you see no way out?  Well, this week’s book and message are for you!  The book is “Grave Robber” by Mark Batterson.  In the book Mark takes a look at the 7 miracles of Jesus in Gospel of John.  But it’s more than just a book about miracles.  It’s a book about Jesus.  And like Mark says, if you follow Jesus long enough, you eventually find yourself in the middle of some miracles.  My message Sunday is going to take a look at one of those miracles in John 9.  Go ahead and read the passage over the weeke and be prepared for God to do some miracles on Sunday!  Don’t miss it!

And speaking of this Sunday – a couple of things – first of all, it’s “Shadow Day”!  It’s an opportunity for those of you interested in serving to get a behind the scenes look at a particular Ministry – Cafe, 1st Impressions, Coastal Kidz, Security, Tech Booth.  If you haven’t already signed up, simply respond to this email, let us know which Ministry you’re interested in, and we will contact you.  And then secondly, we’ll have our new Fall Semester LIFE Group Catalog available and you can go ahead and start signing up for LIFE Groups!  It’s going to be an awesome semester with a lot of great Groups!

On Sunday, September 17th, we’re kicking off a new series on the life of David called, “After God’s Own Heart.”  It’s going to be a great series to invite your friends.  Each week, as we look at his life, we’ll talk about what it takes to have a heart for God. So invite and bring as many people as possible and come prepared for a good heart workout!

To kick the series off we’re also having our Annual Coastal Tailgating Competition!  We need at least 10-15 people/groups to volunteer for our Tailgating Competition.  And then 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, on your Connect Card, or simply respond to this email.  You can sign up to Tailgate on your Connect Card or by simply responding to this email.  It’s going to be an awesome day and a great series!

Friday’s 5:

  1. Our WAVES Student Ministry is having their Back to School Bash tonight with a LOCK-IN at the church – 7pm-7am!
  2. Weren’t able to make our last Membership Class?  Our next 2 classes (pick one) are – Saturday mornings, August 19th (this Saturday) & September 9th, 9am-12noon.  Childcare and refreshments provided. You can sign up online, on your Connect Card on Sunday, or respond to this email.
  3. LIFE Group Training (for all Leaders and Assistants) will be (pick one) Tuesday night, August 22nd, 7-9pm or Saturday morning, August 26th, 10am-12noon.  LIFE Group Sunday is August 27th and the Fall Semester starts the week of September 10th.
  4. Sign up and join Coastal’s Fantasy Football League!  It’s a PPR, points based league, with weekly head-to-head matchups for bragging rights.  Draft night will be held at Coastal on Sunday night, August 27th @6pm (if you can’t make it in person, you can draft online).  The number of people who sign up will determine the number of of leagues and the number of people in each league.  You can respond to this email to sign up or sign up on your Connect Card.  Sign up deadline is August 20th.  This League is for ANYONE – men or women!
  5. On Sunday, September 3rd (Labor Day Weekend) we will only have one Sunday morning Worship Service – our 9:30am service.

All IN!

Pastor Chris