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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.

Christmas Eve Gathering!

sunday | dec 24 | 10:00 AM |@theeffect

theeffect Christmas Eve Gathering

Though Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we will be here in full force celebrating Christmas with a special gathering for the season.

Our full worship band will play and we’ll all sing carols, have communion, a message to bring home the significance of Christmas to our lives and relationships right here and now.

And we’ll follow our effect tradition of trimming the tree as a community using ornaments on which each person has written a prayer or statement of gratitude for the season and new year. Come join us at 10A. Pour some coffee, toast a bagel, and find a friend to laugh with as we celebrate together.

Last Sunday in San Juan Cap

sunay | dec 31 | 10:00 AM |@theeffect

Our Last Sunday in San Juan Capistrano

As you may have heard, theeffect is moving to our new facility at the first of the year, so New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st will be our last Sunday at our current location in San Juan Capistrano. After nine years here, it is a bitter sweet move, but one we have needed to make for some time now.

Come join us at our usual gathering time, 10AM to worship with our band and say goodbye to one home so we can say hello to our new one.

Our first Sunday at our new location at 1040 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673 will be January 7th, and we hope you will come that Sunday as well to say hello.

See you there!

Enneagram Workshop


Wednesdays | 5:00 PM | sept. 6-Oct 11 | @theeffect

Enneagram Workshop Course

The Enneagram of Personality or simply the Enneagram (from the Greek words ennéa, meaning “nine” grámma, meaning something “written” or “drawn”, is a model of the human psyche, which is principally understood and taught as nine interconnected personality types. Some scholars believe that the enneagram has its roots in ancient Christian traditions dating back to the early church, and has been used as a method of personal self discovery for centuries. It can be a very useful tool for self development: better understanding ourselves and our behavioral and emotional patterns.

Beginning Wednesday, September 6 at 5P, Nina Dreyer, LCSW and Barron Harley, LMFT will be facilitating a fun and interactive educational group exploring the Enneagram, as an assessment tool in understanding our human condition, compassion, and self-awareness–allowing us to gain insight toward accepting our essential selves.

The group will meet for 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, and the cost for materials is $10. For more information and to sign up for the course, please call Nina Dreyer at 949-584-0000.

book study: western songlines

wednesdays | 7:30PM |@theeffect

book study: western songlines

Come join us Wednesday nights @ 7:30PM to read through and discuss the book Western Songlines: Following an Eastern Jesus in a Western World by David Brisbin.

By the group’s choice, this is the first time we’ve focused our study on a book written by Pastor Dave. Western Songlines is the companion book to Pastor Dave’s book, The Fifth Way, and is 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. From the back cover:

The creation stories of Australia’s Aborigines set to music and chant are the songlines that have guided them through inner and outer landscapes for 60,000 years. What guides us today in the West? Those of us who say we follow Jesus of Nazareth point to Scripture as our guide, but what we believe about Scripture and life itself changes everything. We need permission to question our beliefs about our belief to see if the map our songs are singing is taking us anywhere we really want to go. We live at the level of life—sweaty, bloody, beautiful life. If our spirituality can’t withstand the intensity of that life, if it can’t endure and thrive there, then what good is it? It’s not truth, and it’s not saving or liberating either.

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.

Women’s Bible Study

wednesdays | 8:30 AM | @theeffect

Song of Songs: Spiritual Intimacy

The women’s study is on summer break right now and will resume at its new time slot on Wednesday, September 13th, running from 8:30AM until 10AM in our main room, Suite 904.

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.



friday | jan 12 | 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 12 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.

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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.

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