Dear Coastal,

I just want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and tell you how very thankful I am for you and for the privilege and honor of being your Pastor.  Coastal is not just a church I attend or a place where I work.  It is a family I belong to, a community I’m a part of.

1Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  One of the questions I get asked more than any other is, “What’s God’s will for my life?”  Part of God’s will for all of us is gratitude.  We might not be able to give thanks FOR all circumstances, but we can choose to give thanks IN all circumstances.

Each year brings with it ups and downs, joys and sorrows, big & small changes.  Through it all, it is my prayer that we are a grateful people and just a little bit more like Jesus.  Ephesians 1:3, “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.”  We belong to Jesus and because of that we are blessed!  It is my prayer, that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of today and this weekend, that you will choose to see all the blessings in your life and be reminded that the greatest of those is that you belong to Jesus!

If you and your family are in town, we would love to see you at Coastal on Sunday!  There will only be 1 morning service this Sunday: 9:30am!  This is a great time of the year to come back to church!  We begin a new Christmas series this Sunday entitled, of all things, “Grateful.”  Take advantage of this season and this series and invite your friends to church!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Chris

P.S. This weekend & the week ahead will see the largest traffic of onlline shopping of the year.  While you’re shopping, don’t forget that you can also give online.  You can give through our website, our App, or TEXT any amount to 843-277-8337 and give to our Annual Christmas Offering!  Use the keyword “Christmas.”  It’s simple, safe, secure, and convenient!