Dear Coastal Friends & Family,

Well, it looks like we made it through the worst sustained rainfall in the history of recorded weather activity in our country.  Unbelievable.  I say “made it” realizing that in most areas the waters have not yet receded and our friends in the midlands, upstate, and further up the coast are still reeling from flooding rivers and rains.  All I mean to say is that it at least looks like the worst of the rain for the Charleston area is over and that the sun will make an appearance tomorrow.  To say that our city has been through a lot this year is quite the understatement.

What now?  What can we do to help?  Well, first and most importantly, pray.  Prayer really does work.  Prayer is not the last resort, “Well, all we can do now is pray.”  No, prayer is our first response.

But prayer should also, always lead us into action.  As you get out and about and start assessing (many are just beginning this process) and networking with neighbors, friends, and family, keep an open heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  And then simply obey His voice.

Communicate.  If there is a need that you’re aware of, that together we can make an impact, please let us know.  Send an email.  Give us a call.  Talk about it in your LIFE Group.  That’s a great place for action.  We are going to do our best to put people and needs together as we become aware of them.  We can’t help everyone, but we can help someone.  And together we can help more.  We’ll also do our best to partner with and support other churches and organizations doing the same.  We’re in this together.

Simply put – be the church!  We say it all the time.  But it’s not just a slogan.  It’s a way of life.  This is our time to shine, to serve, to love, to clean, to lend a neighbor a helping hand, to be a shoulder to cry on, to listen, and to give.  Charleston is a special place with special people.  My experience is that the majority of our community will rise to the occasion and pull together.  Let’s simply be a part of that movement.  And when and if someone asks why – point them to Jesus!

Smile, be positive, and gracious today and in the days to come!  People respond to tragedy in different ways.  Let’s lead the way in simple human kindness.  Put away judgement and “snarkiness.”

Oh, and for those of you who have asked, our church facility itself, both old and new, is fine.  No flooding and no damage.  In fact, if you’re still without power and need a place to chill, hop on the internet, or cook a hot meal, give us a call and come on by.  It’s just a tool.  And the Rollins family, we’re all doing great!  Thanks for asking!  Thanks for praying – for Coastal, Charleston, and our entire State!  I love you Coastal!  I love what we get to do together!  I missed you yesterday and can’t wait to see you this week and on Sunday!

All In!  Love Can!  Game On!
Pastor Chris