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 | November 17 | 6:00PM | @theeffect
Friendsgiving: Thanksgiving Dinner and Soak
Dinner, music, gratitude, good friends
When we think of Thanksgiving, we first think of family around a packed dinner table, but friends are family too…we just need a bigger table.
Whether you’re a regular family member at theeffect or a friend of the family or just have no place else to be, come join us for a Friendsgiving dinner, time to connect, laugh, talk about the reason for the season, and practicing gratitude as the default attitude of a fulfilled life. We decided that this year, we’d add a mini Soak to our evening as well, so the band will be playing, and we’ll all be singing and losing ourselves in the music together.
It all starts at 6P. Turkey and ham on us and potluck side dishes if you can bring a favorite dish, but all welcome regardless! Then around 7P, we’ll move to our main room and let the band loose for music and people talking about what is most meaningful and gratitude-inducing in their lives.
wednesdays | 6:30PM | online study
book study: Just This
Our weekly book study is beginning a new study starting Wednesday, November 15th @ 6:30P PST on the book, Just This by Richard Rohr
Our Book Study remains online via Zoom connection. Click here for links and more information.
Just This by Richard Rohr is a collection of meditations on the contemplative life and mindset and what it brings to our daily experience. A more recent book by Rohr, it captures his thoughts on contemplative practice as he winds up his career and moves into a less visible place in his ministry and work. Seems it will be a great follow on to Br. Lawrence and his practice of presence.
Book summary from Amazon:
Just This is a collection of brief and evocative meditations and practices that invite us to cultivate the gift of waking up to the beauty of reality in all its glorious ordinariness. With his signature blend of contemplation, theology, and pastoral sensitivity, Fr Richard Rohr creates a spaciousness for the soul to grow into a kind of seeing that goes far beyond merely looking to recognizing and thus appreciating. This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the traps of our perceptions and preoccupations. The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold.
This book has a longer order time for some reason on Amazon, so please order as soon as possible. But if you don’t have the book by start date, join us anyway. We read through together so you can still follow till your book arrives. The Amazon link is here.
Come join us Wednesday nights at 6:30P PST to dive into a different world of experience and a different level of presence. Hope to see you on the little screen for this!
tuesdays | 6:30 PM | online
Conversations: applying faith to life
Sunday morning messages go by quickly.
And the format doesn’t give time for the processing and discussion that gets us down to real understanding–and maybe more importantly, how concepts and issues actually apply to daily life and make it better. Tuesday evenings, we’ll dig back into material from the previous Sunday to discuss, dive into completely new topics, hear personal stories, see how our faith applies to real life…and makes it better.
During the current virus outbreak, Conversations will be online via Zoom connection. Click here for links and more information.
Join us Tuesdays: 6:30PM PST.
first mondays of month | 6:30 PM | online gathering
Prayer: stronger together
Since the pandemic started, we’ve been isolated to one degree or another, and the issues we face individually and collectively, in our families, community, nation, globe seem to have increased exponentially.
Praying together and having time to talk about the issues we face and for what we’re grateful, to listen and support and realize God’s empowerment in our lives is what this gathering is all about. Come join us online to pray and support each other when we need it most.
You can pray with us through Zoom connection online. Click here for links and more information.
Join us on the first Monday of each month: 6:30PM PST.