There is a new meeting in Gresham on Thursdays, starting December 4th. The meeting will be held from 5:00-6:15pm at the Mountain View Christian Church, 1890 NE Cleveland, Fireside Room, Gresham. After this meeting is registered, it will be added to the main list of Portland area meetings.
Intergroup for December will be Monday, December 9th, and NOT on the first Monday of the month (the 2nd). We will meet at the Alano Club downstairs in the small room next to the restrooms from 5:30-7:00. Anyone wishing to know more about Intergroup or who is interested in doing service work is welcome to attend.
Wait…what’s Intergroup?? Intergroup is comprised of representatives from each local ACA group, and is a body which votes on things like: group events, distribution of ACA literature, outreach to the community, etc. We currently have a need for a Recording Secretary for the Portland ACA Intergroup. The group meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Alano Club downstairs in the small room near the restrooms.
Here are the basics of this one-year position:
1. Create notes from the meeting: list members present, list agenda items covered, and list motions brought up and how they were resolved.
2. Type and email your notes to the ACA Intergroup email list within 10 days of the Intergroup meeting. (usually ends up about 1 typed page).
3. Appreciate yourself for the service you provide which keeps us a healthy and functional recovery community.
Why get involved? There are many reasons – the most important being the one that speaks to you.
-Often, getting involved in service work can keep you accountable to returning to becoming your own Loving Parent by attending meetings regularly. Because, many of us forget. Recovery fades on the priority list. We forget how much better we feel when we come to meetings and take care of ourselves.
-Because YOU, yes you are what makes this program happen. YOU are important to the health of our local ACA by showing up to meetings, sharing at meetings, chairing a meeting, contributing to an event, or getting involved with Intergroup. Getting involved in service work can often give us the safe opportunity to allow ourselves to belong.
-Intergroup can be a place for the “real world” practice of the healing we are learning through the program. It is a space where the business of ACA happens amongst human beings. We get to be in a business-like setting where we open and close the meeting with the Serenity Prayer, where we trust our Higher Power to guide us through challenges and successes. Talk about practice for allowing recovery into all aspects of our lives!
You are welcome to visit Intergroup anytime to sign up and contribute or simply to get a better understanding of what happens there each month. We are happy to have you! Again, Intergroup meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm downstairs at the Alano Club.
A new step meeting will begin next Monday evening (November 18th) from 8:20pm-9:20pm at the Friendly House. A group of us will be walking over from the 7:00 Monday night meeting at the Alano Club. If you are interested in joining, please come with your copy of the yellow Step workbook. The intention is to read the first section of the book up until Step 1. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Friendly House is located at 1737 NW 24th Ave. We will be meeting in the Arts & Crafts room. Hope to see you then!
The time has come again to CELEBRATE the holiday season. We take the time to gather together for this holiday of gratitude with our family of choice in ACA on November 28th. The breakfast will be held at The Village Inn from 10am-noon at The Village Inn, 1621 NE 10th Ave in Portland.
An ACA member will be sharing at the Oregon Counseling Association Conference in Eugene on Saturday, November 2nd at 3:00pm. You, yes you, are invited to come and share five minutes of what ACA means to you. If you are interested in presenting or you would like more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
It is with sadness that I share, fellow ACA member Scott F passed away recently due to a heart condition. His memorial service will be held on October 22, 2013 at 1pm at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland.Officiating: Rev. Canon Raggs Ragan of Trinity Cathedral and Scott and Susan Duluth’s friend, Mark MacDonald,Anglican Bishop of CanadaReception following the service with opportunity for people to share their anecdotes and remembrances of Scott.Trinity Episcopal Parking: Lots 1 and 2 are the main parking lots. Lot 1 is located between NW Davis and Everett streets on NW 19th Ave. Lot 2 is located south of the Cathedral on NW 19th Ave. Please refer to to the Cathedral’s website for more information: trinity-episcopal.org