You can find all the details on the latest stuff going on at theeffect right here. For a month-at-a-glance look at all gatherings and events, see our Calendar.
friday | jan 19 | 7:00 PM |@theeffect
Soak: worship gathering
It’s Soak time again at theeffect! Soak, our brand of an extended worship gathering–Soaking in God’s presence–is a time to really stretch out and experience the full extent of a worship experience. Taking the time we rarely take in our densely distracted lives to let go and let down and let in all the right things in just the right balance is a journey in itself.
Come join us Friday evening, January 19 starting at 7PM with a potluck dinner to have time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, then up to two hours of continuous music, prayer, communion, and worship. Bring a dish or dessert or just yourselves; dress comfortably, bring a beach chair, if you like, sit right up front and join us and theeffect band for a great time.
Wednesdays | 5:00 PM | @theeffect/SC
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.
wednesdays | 6:00PM |@theeffect
book study: the fifth way
Come join us Wednesday nights @ 6:00PM to read through and discuss selected chapters of the book The Fifth Way: A Western Journey to the Hebrew Heart of Jesus by David Brisbin.
By the group’s choice, we just completed a study of Western Songlines, Pastor Dave’s companion book to The Fifth Way, an application of Jesus’ message understood from a first century point of view to twelve big issues that we face every day in modern life. Now the group has opted to dig into selected chapters of The Fifth Way to deepen our understanding of the Hebrew roots of Jesus’ teaching and the interior journey a modern Westerner must take in order to understand such an ancient, Hebrew message.
From the back cover:
When Jesus of Nazareth presented his view of God and life, he did so in a deeply ancient and Eastern way, a way completely unlike the four ways we normally approach life-a Fifth Way. Deep inside our Western worldviews, there is a difficult intellectual and emotional way to the Way that must be negotiated first, a jarring movement from West to East that brings us only to the starting point, to the gate of the Way to the freedom Jesus promises. There is virtually no major concept of Jesus’ message and teaching that we can take at face value, that we can read as a “simple” meaning once translated into our own language. It’s not that our translations are bad; they’re amazingly accurate. We have the right words-we just don’t know what they mean anymore or understand the Eastern environment in which they are really “true.”
Copies of the book will be available at the study, but you can click the image for more details on the book or to order a copy.
wednesdays | 9:00 AM | @theeffect/SC
Song of Songs: Spiritual Intimacy
We are very excited to have you with us! No need to buy the book. The outline is online, and study questions were written by Donna Heinrich, who will be leading the study with Marian Brisbin. We will pass out everything you need each week. Just come as you are! It’s a beautiful study on the Songs of Songs and growing in intimacy with God… To take a look at the study outline: http://mikebickle.org/resources/series/song-of-songs (study notes PDF)
For more information, email Marian at [email protected] or call 949-291-2553.