theeffect holds regular and semi-regular workshops and studies and hosts special speaker events, seminars, and workshops on topics related to both spirituality and the activities of daily living that form the balanced physical and relational foundation without which a true spiritual formation is not possible. Regular and semi-regular workshops and studies are listed below, but check our Featured Events and Calendar for details on all upcoming events.

Families in Recovery Workshop
Join us each Monday evening for ongoing workshops for families with loved ones suffering from addiction. Workshops are headed by Nina Dreyer, LCSW, Clinical Director of CalCoast Detox—an addiction outpatient treatment center—and a long-time Al-Anon veteran. With the resulting combined clinical and 12-Step approach, family members can experience the full breadth of current approaches to addiction issues through sharing, discussion, panels, speakers, and actual group therapy sessions.

Families of addicts are thrust into a world they often didn’t even know existed, let alone are able to navigate–especially in times of emotional trauma. Come meet people who have been through such trials and who are treating those who are. Come find the tools, resources, and support you’ll need to heal your family.

Monday evenings @ 6:30PM: Group Room, Suite 801
More information:  949-584-0000

Midweek Study
Our midweek study is not a bible study, but always deals with subject matter relating to scripture, religion, contemplative living and other issues that shed light on ongoing spiritual formation and a deepening of our understanding of spirituality. Moving beyond the entry level, corporate experience of religious gatherings, these studies are geared for those who are interested in further navigating their interior journeys.

Studies are sometimes classes on specific topics such as the Jewish Jesus or the Development and Transmission of Scripture or they can be book studies on books relating to spiritual life, often selected by the group itself. Some studies are purely conversations on topics introduced by group members, but all studies are fully participatory: everyone has opportunity to speak and listen, teach and learn. We don’t attempt to persuade and indoctrinate—we’re here to share ideas and be exposed to new concepts that each person decides are helpful or not along their own journey.

See our Calendar and Featured Events for the content of our current study.
Needed materials are available at the studies.

Wednesday evenings @ 7:30PM: Group Room, Suite 801
More information:  949-218-2228, Option 5

4th Step Workshops
theeffect also conducts 4th step and other 12 step workshops on a semi-regular basis. If you have a need for Step work or help in other areas and the workshop you need is not immediately upcoming, just call the number below for assistance.

See our Calendar and Featured Events for upcoming workshops.
More information:  949-218-2228, Option 3

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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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