The ACA Spring Retreat is coming up on April 10-13. Registration is due by March 24th for regular registration. If you are applying for a scholarship, registration is due by March 17th. Click on the link to download the form. Spring 2014 ACA Retreat Registration Form
The ACA Intergroup will be hosting a speaker meeting on Bullies and Boundaries on April 6th from 3:30 to 5:30 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in NW Portland. More information will be posted as it becomes available. There will be two speakers to share about the topic with time at the end for questions. Please feel free to come with a dish to pass.
The Spring ACA Retreat is approaching! The weekend retreat will be held near Puyallup, Washington from April 10th through April 13th. More information and registration forms will be posted as soon as they become available!
The Wednesday evening meeting at Cherry Park will be open on Christmas Day. For anyone needing to connect with their “family of choice”, please join us from 6:30-8:00 on Wednesday, December 25th at 1736 SE 106th Ave. Doors lock at 6:45 for safety.
The Thursday night meeting in Northwest will now be one hour long, running from 6:30-7:30pm. (changed from the previous 6:00-7:30pm) Meeting flyers and meeting lists will be updated soon!
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!