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Soak!

SOAK

friday | august 12 | 6:30 PM |@theeffect

Soak: worship gathering

It’s been too long time since our last one, so come join us Friday evening, August 12 starting at 6:30PM with a potluck dinner to have time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, then starting at 7PMish we transition over to 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, worshipful time.

book study: Falling Upward: Online

wednesdays | 6:30PM | online study

book study: Falling Upward

Our weekly book study is beginning a new study starting Wednesday, February 2nd @ 6:30P PST on the book by Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.

As the pandemic winds down, our Book Study remains online via Zoom connection. Click here for links and more information.

I’ve been recommending this book to many people I’ve been working with lately, and decided it was time for me to reread and be more familiar with the details. In the reading, realized it was a great follow on to the last book we studied. The Amazon link is here, and it strangely appears that the hard cover is cheaper than the paperback, but either one should do–hopefully the page numbers line up. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.

Falling Upward explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness, offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens, how loss is gain. This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.

Since we still won’t be meeting in person when we start the study, you’ll need to get your own copy of the book. The Amazon link is here, and you can get it in paperback or hardcover. Two day delivery, so plenty time.

Hope to see you on the little screen for this!

Conversations: Online

Conversations

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.

Prayer: Online Gathering

Conversations

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.

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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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