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12 Steps for Everyone Course

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been adapted for use far beyond alcoholism and have become recognized as a path to recovery in its most universal sense. Believing that everyone is recovering from something, and that the path to recovery always leads through an actual journey, rite of passage, concrete process of self discovery and transformation–we all need a program we can follow to take us where we really want to go.

Beginning Wednesday, January 24 at 5P, our Recovery Pastor, Frank Billman, CADAC II–certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor, will present the 12 Steps for Everyone. The path through the unfinished business of our lives that have necessitated the obsessive/compulsive thoughts and behavior and emotional instability that diminishes the quality of our lives and personal awareness must have concrete steps and processes if it is to really take us on a meaningful journey.

The 12 Steps re-imagined from this more universal and spiritual point of view is another tool we can use if we can see how it applies to our lives. Come join us for a 12 week course and see how the 12 Steps can work in your life.

Call Frank Billman for more info at 949.547.8635.

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.



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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.


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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.


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