Dear Coastal,

Happy Anniversary!  What Anniversary am I referring too?  It has been exactly 1 year since we kicked off our “All In” Campaign!  In fact, here is a quote from an email I sent out 1 year ago about “All In” Commitment Sunday:

“October 20th, 2013 will go down as one of those historic days in the life of our church family!  Because many of you stepped out in faith, because many of you went “All In”, you helped to insure that our church will continue to grow and reach people for Jesus for generations to come.  Our children’s children will talk about this weekend and your faith in our great God!  And I love you for it!”

One week later, Sunday, October 27th, 2013, we made the announcement of what we gave.  Here is an excerpt from the email I sent out afterwards:

“In one of the most difficult and unstable economies and smack dab in the middle of a government shutdown no less, our church gave the largest single Sunday offering in the history of our church for our “All In” Campaign – over $55,000 in cash and over $326,000 in 2 year commitments (for a grand total over $380,000)! Families and children gave over 300lbs. in change! In fact, people are still turning in money and Commitment Cards! What a GREAT GOD we serve!  I am so proud of you Coastal!  2Corinthians 8:3, “For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford but far more. And they did it of their own free will.”

It’s been quite a year.  No, we haven’t broken ground yet, but we are very, very close.  We secured a loan for the project.  We’ve been through the painstakingly slow process of Technical Review with the City of Charleston and have submitted for permit.  We have contractors and subcontractors lined up and ready to go.  All of that has happened because of the faithful generosity of those of you who have given toward the new building project – our “All In” Campaign!

Our church has also continued to grow in the past year.  In fact, there are many of you who are reading this email who have never given toward our “AlI In” Campaign – simply because you’re new and don’t know what it’s all about.

If that’s you and you’re interested in learning more about what we’re building and how you can help, this invitation is for you!  On Friday night, November 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm we are having an “All In” Meeting/Pizza Party at the church and I want to personally invite you to come.  I want to give you the opportunity to be a part of what we are doing – what God is doing through Coastal.  We will feed you dinner, provide childcare, and I will explain in detail what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and how you can help.  Plus you will get to see the latest plans and hear all the most up to date information of where we are at in the process.

To RSVP, simply respond to this email or you can sign up on your Connect Card on Sunday.  I hope you can come!  These are exciting times at Coastal and we want you to be a part of it!  For those of you who know all about “All IN” and have been giving – thank you!  We would not be where we are at today without you!  Continue in your faithful giving!  Remember, every gift/commitment matters!  Every gift/commitment counts!  What made “All In” so successful was not the “big” giving of a few, but the consistent sacrifice of so many!

Happy Anniversary!

Pastor Chris