This past Sunday, we gathered for our quarterly Flood Family Meeting to share exciting updates about our building, new staff, and what the next few months have in store as we head into a fun and festive holiday season! Below is a snapshot of everything we’re celebrating and looking forward to.
Pastor Adam returned from his sabbatical in early September. We’re grateful that he was able to experience a refreshing time away to rest and reconnect with God and spend quality time with his family.
In October, we welcomed Pastor Damean Easter to our team as our new pastor of College and Young Adults. Next week, Samson Jeyakumar will be joining Flood as our new Director of Worship and Prayer. We are so thankful for God’s provision of these gifted and humble men and their famlies to our church!
We currently have 58 groups that meet weekly across both campuses! Our groups come in all shapes and sizes, and are places where we can know others and be known as we learn how to trust and follow Jesus. We also have 58 people going through an 8-week Emotionally Healthy Relationships discipleship course that Roxanne and I are leading with a team of gifted leaders.
Our groups team, led by Pastor Scott Wildey and Mindi O’Hara, facilitated a fun and refreshing Leader’s Day Retreat on October 12. We’re so thankful for the way they shepherd and care for our leaders!
Lastly, our Groups ministry launched a podcast! “One Another” is a podcast for Church Group Leaders (and everyone!), where we discuss what it means to gather together in smaller groups to be transformed by the presence of Christ. Subscribe here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Budget & Spending
I’m grateful to share that the Lord provided through you, His people, for Flood’s financial needs and we finished the fiscal year “in the black” – meaning God’s provision exceeded our needs. Thank you for your faithful and consistent giving! We also significantly reduced our operating expenses by consolidating our weekly ministry and office space, and trimming some administrative costs. As we created our budget for this coming year, we prioritized our vision for ministry, while continuing to focus on occupying and using our new building as soon as possible.
One of our main goals is to eliminate the rent we pay for Sundays at Kearny High School and our office building on Ruffin Road. We ask that you continue to give regularly and faithfully to our general fund. If you’re not yet participating, I ask that you seek to tithe regularly. The easiest way to do this is through our secure online system at DIVEintoFLOOD.com/Give.
One important thing to note is that our budget doesn’t include the purchase and monthly mortgage of our new church home. Those funds are being sourced through our existing savings and HOME Campaign funds.
We’re excited to share that we’re close to finalizing a floor plan that best meets the current needs of our church, and will allow us to maximize our effectiveness in the space. Once that floor plan is complete, our contractor, Pacific Providence Construction, will receive cost estimates from subcontractors and we’ll have a clearer idea of the cost of the project.
Currently, we’re seeking to raise the remaining funds to close the gap between what we’ve raised, and the total amount needed to complete the renovation and move into our new home. We’re asking you to help us close that gap by making a pledge and/or one-time gift towards these efforts. If you aren’t yet participating in the HOME campaign, we’re seeking 100% participation from those who consider Flood your home church. Please also consider us in your year-end giving!
If we’re able to meet our fundraising goal by the end of 2019, our timeline to renovate and move into the building would be this:
Flood Church Membership
Being a member at Flood means participating in our vision and mission as we seek to be an extended family on mission together. Our vision is to be a movement of hope and healing, and our mission is to become followers of Jesus who live an integrated life of faith, community, and action. For a description of our values, visit: DIVEintoFLOOD.com/about/vision-values.
As we’ve been sharing over the past few weeks, for an expectation to be valid, it needs to be conscious, realistic, spoken, and agreed upon. We want to do our part by clearly sharing what we expect from those who call Flood their home.
Living a Life of Faith
Believe in Jesus Christ and align your life priorities after His (Romans 10:9; James 2:17)
Be baptized and express publicly that Jesus Christ alone is the leader of your life (Acts 8:12)
Living a Life of Community
Participate in Sunday worship gatherings regularly (Hebrews 10:25)
Participate in or lead a Flood Group (Mt. 22:37-40) and/or Serve once a month on a Sunday Team* (Acts 2:42)
*Sunday teams: Connections, Greeting, Hospitality, Kids, Youth, Media/Production, Operations, Safety
Living a Life of Action
Give financially to Flood Church consistently and sacrificially (Luke 11:42)
Share Christ in the circles where you have influence in both word and deed (Acts 1:29)
If you are or want to be a member at Flood, please fill out a membership form at DIVEintoFLOOD.com/Membership, and someone from our team will follow up with you. Thank you for being a valuable part of our church family!
Lastly, we are thrilled to be bringing back our biggest event of the year, our annual Christmas Collective!
Save the Date: Saturday, December 7 at 4pm & 7pm, and Sunday, December 8 at 10am & 7pm
Tickets and more info is coming THIS Sunday, November 10.
Please prayerfully consider how you can serve at the Collective, and who you’re planning to invite!
As you can see, there is much to be thankful for and much to look forward to this holiday season! If you have any questions about anything shared here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at: MattHammett@DIVEintoFLOOD.com.
Grateful for you,