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 | aug 18 | 7:00 PM [email protected]
Dinner and a Movie
It’s been awhile since our last movie night, so it’s high time. As an excuse to get together and simply enjoy each other’s company, we’re going to have some great food and watch a great movie, complete with a popcorn machine and jujubes. The dinner is what we make of it; the movie is Hidalgo–the story of a long distance rider and courier in the 1890s frontier, a half Sioux Indian hiding as a white man so long, he’s lost his identity and his soul. A chance to ride in a 3,000 mile race across the Arabian desert sends him on a hero’s journey in which he finds redemption and identity amidst themes of good, evil, morality, and the clash between Islam and Christianity.
Come join us Friday evening, August 18 starting at 7PM with a potluck dinner to have time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, then relax and watch the movie with us. Bring a dish or dessert or just yourselves; dress comfortably, bring a beach chair, if you like, or rearrange our pillows, sit right up front and eat some popcorn.
Wednesdays | 5:00 PM | sept. 6-Oct 11 [email protected]
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.
friday | sept 22 | 7:00 PM [email protected]
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, September 22 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 | 7:30PM [email protected]
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.
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.