For over two months, we have worked day and night as a church family to turn our new facility into our new home. We have painted, remodeled, raised funds, polished floors, hung speakers, built a coffee house, dialed in decorations and completely redesigned our kid’s facility. We can’t wait to show it to you and share it with you on Easter Sunday.

We will have pictures and videos to come. In the meantime, mark your calendar, bring a friend and let’s start a new chapter together in the story together.

*For more information about the move, please visit our new location page. 

KEY INFORMATION

+ Date/Time: Sunday, March 27th, 2016 / Service Times: 9am and 11am

+ Location: 10960 Via Frontera, 92127

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Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt

We want to invite you to our Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt! All ages are welcome for an exciting and enjoyable day. We will have bounce houses, live music, easter bunny photo booth, free food and more. Bring your own easter basket, invite a friend and get ready for a great time.

KEY INFORMATION

+ Date/Time: Saturday, March 26th, 2016

+ Time:10am (Egg Hunt will be starting at 10:30am sharp) 

+ Cost: Free

+ Location: 10960 Via Frontera, 92127
If you have questions or want more information contact krystalathomson@gmail.com 

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Are you looking for a place to celebrate Easter in San Diego. We would like to invite you to join us for an easter weekend focused on honoring the death and resurrection of Jesus. We will have a Good Friday service, Community Easter Egg Hunt, and Easter Sunday morning services. Invite a friend, dress casual and look forward to a great experience together. All events will be held at 10960 Via Frontera, San Diego, CA 92126. For more information contact our Community Coordinator Samantha at samantha.yoboud@gmail.com

GOOD FRIDAY EXPERIENCE – FRIDAY MARCH 25TH – TIME: 6PM

Join us for a unique evening experience to reflect and meditate on the tragedy and triumph of the death of Jesus. We will provide a variety of elements to engage and examine our hearts in light of the cross.

COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT – SATURDAY MARCH 26TH – TIME: 10AM

You are invited to our annual family Easter Egg hunt! All ages are welcome to join us for an exciting and fun day. We will have bounce houses, live music, Easter bunny photo booth, free food and more. Bring your own easter basket and get ready for a great time.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – SUNDAY MARCH 27TH – TIME: 9AM &11AM

Bring your family and friends to celebrate the life changing news of the resurrection of Jesus. You can expect to be encouraged, challenged and loved. Everyone is welcome and we believe with God anything is possible. Dress casual and join us Easter Sunday.

We have attached a flyer with all the information. Please share with others through any of your social media sites. We look forward to seeing you there.

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By Couples Life Team

If you think the secret to “happily ever after” is through grand gestures and romance, think again. Research actually shows that the true secret to lasting love lies in the small, everyday moments. It’s the intentional displays of mutual respect, friendship, and connection that are the basis for a happy, healthy, and successful relationship (Gottman Institute, 2016).

Join us on Saturday, March 12 at 5:30pm to hit the pause button and dedicate some time intentionally investing in friendship with your partner. Special guest speaker, Natalie Cooney, will be talking about the complexities of staying connected within our relationships. She invites couples to explore ways they bond and connect on a regular basis and talks about what to do when the bond has been lacking or in the process of breaking. She will be guiding us through ways to repair the bond and care for one another in deeply satisfying ways all while reminding us to stay focused on Jesus.  You won’t want to miss it!

KEY INFORMATION

+ Date/Time: Saturday, March 12, 2016

+ Dinner: 5:30pm (Yes, we are providing food!)

+ Session: 6pm-8pm

+ Location: 10960 Via Frontera, 92127

Childcare available upon RSVP to sarah.reiswig@gmail.com ($10 first child, $5 additional child)

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Natalie is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner who works with individuals, families and couples through a holistic lens as she incorporates the mind, heart, spirit and body in her therapy.

By: Ashley Barnett

A couple weeks ago I had the joy of serving as part of the missions team to the Dominican Republic. This was my first missions trip and only my second time out of the country. It all seemed surreal that the trip was happening until we landed in Santiago and were blasted with hot, humid air the second we got off the plane. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, I let my surroundings sink in. There were banana tree fields and tropical land right alongside dilapidated buildings and homes (and an excessively large number of used car dealerships!).

When we got out of the bus outside our hotel, the reality of the week ahead hit me. Our hotel was no Hilton, let alone Motel 6 status, and groups of men outside the café didn’t hide the fact that they were staring at us Americanos. My stomach turned over as I kept a smile on my face. I was sleep deprived already and it seemed like we had been gone for much more than 20 hours at this point, but we had an afternoon and evening full of events at our hosts’ home (who are the most awesome missionaries ever, hands down). That night we were told what to expect in the week to come: we had to drink 5-6 liter sized water bottles a day to avoid dehydration, we couldn’t drink water out of the tap or even brush our teeth with it unless we had a death wish, and women were required to wear shoulder to knee skin coverage. This dress code requirement was necessary to avoid excessive attention as I would come to realize, but I really started to feel out of my comfort zone and a bit vulnerable in this new culture.

The next day, Sunday, we had church on the beach followed by play time. Between sunbathing and snacking, the Existence Crew took a trip on the banana boat and had the time of our LIVES. We were whipped around and tossed into the salty Carribean Sea. As we all bonded over conversation and laughs, I started to feel much more at ease knowing I had an awesome group to share all of these experiences with.

The following five work days all became a blur that stretched me more than I had anticipated. We got to help paint the local basketball court and baseball dugout. Some of my favorite moments were when the locals would take a brush and help out. It is such a reminder that we don’t go on these trips to do simply do things for people, but we come to make relationship and partner with them and give the resources to make things possible that wouldn’t be otherwise. Seeing the kids play on the courts and field made me hope that somehow, our small effort of beautification with paint would give them pride in their community that might lead to other improvements of their own in the years to come.

But this painting was hard work. Even being physically fit, the wear and tear of the humidity and beating sun made me pray hard each morning shift around 11 am that I wouldn’t faint, puke or get sick in the days ahead. Monday through Wednesday we followed these painting shifts with VBS at a church about 20 minutes away. I had been in charge of prepping a VBS program and the crafts associated with it. But on day one, it was apparent that the program I had wasn’t going rehearsed enough and also wasn’t going to suffice for this energetic group of (100!) kids. Thankfully, we were then paired with another group that had talents in the performing arts and took it away the next two days with worship and drama. It was such a reminder of how we each have unique gifts and need to allow each part of the body of Christ to do its job for things to work together for our own good. I wanted to do it all but was reminded that I was never intended to be all and do all.

The last day of VBS on Wednesday was the worst. At the end, we gave away a pack of crayons to each child and it turned into a fight club. Kids fought with each other and were yelling at me and pulling at the suitcase of crayons and other supplies that I sat on top of to protect. We had this great vision of blessing each child with something. If we were trying to do something nice, why did it seem we were being punished? I felt complete failure along with feeling overwhelmed with the culture, new routines, climate and exhaustion and I broke down on the bus ride home. I knew I would experience culture shock and uncomfortable living conditions and was ready to ride those storms, but disappointment was not on my mental checklist of “what to expect when you’re serving.”

What happened to my vision of cute little kids sitting on my lap as we would clap our hands and laugh and sing together as we took a picture that would be my new cover photo on facebook? I realized that day how much my “servant heart” was actually pretty selfish. I wanted to feel validated that I was a good and nice person. I wanted to feel the rewards of a job well done. But it became so clear that in many situations of life, a call to serve will not mean a feel good return. Serving is about giving your heart to Jesus and saying “use me and my gifts where you can.” It may not look how we expect, but it’s worth it to go and serve anyway. At home, I think it’s easy to use our social circles and comfortable jobs, homes, cars and hobbies to distract us from serving. It’s easy to check off boxes of “feed the homeless” or “give an elderly person rides to the doctor” but it’s much more difficult to look at where our heart really is in this. We try something, feel discouraged, and fall back into the safe lives we have. I know this because I have always been this person. The moment my feelings are hurt or I decide that situation wasn’t all I signed up for, I say “I’ll try later, Jesus! Didn’t really work out!” The funny thing about a missions trip is that you can’t run in fear because you’re stuck thousands of miles from the friends, foods, stores and shows that you like to go to.

In the midst of painting, doing VBS and helping build and stain new tables and pulpits for local churches, I was being served and I couldn’t see it very well until I got back home. I didn’t have a crazy spiritual awakening of any kind, but my complacency and selfishly-servant heart was thrown out on the table. Our host, Rick Romano, emphasized that it is crucial for us to take what we learned in the DR and go home to see where we can serve, and I think it’s so awesome we happen to be focusing on local missions work as we speak with the shoe and jacket drive. I’ve got so much to learn with how to serve with a heart like Jesus, but I think it starts by practicing; practicing daily in simply ways and regularly even when it’s not convenient or comfortable. I’m now aware of places I can grow instead of thinking, “yeah, I serve in Kid’s Life and am pretty nice to my friends and co-workers and I’m happy with my heart!” So thank you, DR, for a week that gave me many laughs, new friendships, heat rash, beautiful scenery and a dose of reality. I hope we’ll meet again.

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In June, we had the opportunity to send a small team to Spain for over a week. The team supported the ongoing efforts to establish an outdoor club, teach english among immigrants and help raise support for future projects. If you would like to get a better picture of this trip, take a moment to watch this short video here.  For privacy purposes the password is Terrassa14 
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It was moving to see the lines of people waiting to generously give on Sunday to send out our summer mission teams! What an outpouring of generosity! Our church family gave over $4,000.00 to send teams to make and impact in Spain and the Dominican Republic. We believe everyone at Existence Church should be a goer or a giver. This is part of our missional vision. We want to touch our neighborhoods and friends with God’s love but we also want to touch the nations!

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we are excited to be honoring the mothers at Existence Church. We will be holding a raffle for a Spa Package which includes a 60 minute massage! If you are a mother in attendance Sunday you will receive a raffle ticket- if you bring your mother or a friend who is a mother you each get 2 raffle tickets!! Looking forward to seeing you and your families at Existence Church this Sunday.

By Kelly Moser

I’d like to say I’m not one for peer pressure, but that’d be a lie. I’ve literally jumped off both a cliff and a bridge (into water) because my friends told me to, and it was awesome. Frankly, I think peer pressure is an excellent way for friends to get other friends to take chances, make mistakes and get messy. Basically, peer pressure is the magic school bus of life.

So, here I am, admittedly confessing that I’m about to do EVERYTHING I can to pressure you into celebrating 4/20… by going to church on Easter Sunday. (And, if you’re in San Diego, to attend with me at Existence Church.)

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By Shawn Kennedy 

One of the greatest ways to go public with our faith as followers of Jesus is through the gift and practice of baptism. You may have been a follower of Jesus for a week, a month, or a year and still have more questions than answers when it comes to this subject.  I want to help you recover or discover the sacredness and significance of baptism by directing you to a recent message, answering some of your questions and providing a suggested resource. I cannot encourage you enough to take the next step in following Jesus by being baptized. Please contact us if you have questions, want to talk with someone directly or would like to sign up to be baptized.

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