More on Virtual Meetings during COVID-19

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, the board has decided to suggest that face-to-face (f2f) meetings be avoided until the danger if this pandemic passes.

If you are struggling with fear and uncertainty, the first paragraph of PG. 63 of the Big Book can be helpful.  This is our goal in program and what we can share with EVERYONE!

We have set up a steering committee to help individual groups set up virtual meetings, through zoom or Facebook, and we strongly suggest that each group consider doing this as a substitute format during this time.

Virtual meeting steering committee

Bill                678-358-4906
Mary Ann     404-520-9915
Chuck          770-312-9956

The steering committee can help you set the meeting up and put the link on our website on the meeting list page.  Individuals can then be directed to this page and can virtually attend any meeting they choose. The steering committee is also tasked to reach out to all groups.

Remember, this pandemic is a part of HP’s plan even though we may not understand why.  Our job is to continue to do our footwork, do our best, and leave the results to HP.

Let’s continue to support one another, reach out to one another, and focus on being of service to those around us.

Please continue to reach out to the board with suggestions and stories of experience, strength, and hope!

Greater Atlanta OA Intergroup Board

Important Message from Intergroup

Freedom and HopeAs we are experiencing uncertain times it is important to remember what our program and our fellowship is all about:  Perfecting and enlarging our spiritual life through service and self-sacrifice for others.

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, the board has decided to suggest that face-to-face (f2f) meetings be avoided until the danger if this pandemic passes.

If you are struggling with fear and uncertainty, the first paragraph of PG. 63 of the Big Book can be helpful.  This is our goal in program and what we can share with EVERYONE!

(Please check the meeting list for special notices about meeting changes and you may want to contact the meeting contact to confirm).

Please also see more information about support for virtual meetings.

Finally, it is important that we do not give in to fear (as well as any other emotions)!  Be sure to continue your step work, continue to support, reach out and encourage one another, and, most importantly, continue to allow your HP to guide you!

The board is here to help groups and individuals carry the message so feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns.

Atlanta OA Intergroup Board

 

Noon Groups Meeting on ZOOM

A ZOOM meeting option for those who wish to gather ‘virtually’ to share and study on weekdays at noon.  REVISED:  New link: 
https://zoom.us/j/9239767240

It is set up for every weekday at noon. It is free. You may have to download software or an App to use this tool. You can use it on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. This new link can allow a meeting longer than 45 minutes.

 If you are the first to arrive, please consider being of service by leading the meeting.  Our weekly schedule and some helpful links are below this message.  Also, because of high demand, there may not be phone-in options for the meeting. You should just be able to use the speaker on your phone, pad or computer.

Last but not least, please remember that our tradition of being self-supporting, and our expenses at the office, continue regardless of whether the space is being used. If you are able to do so, please consider sending in a donation during this time.

You are never, ever, under any obligation to do so to participate in OA.

If you choose to do so, please mark it as “noon groups” so that we can try to keep track of whether we are self-supporting.  Instructions are here: https://atlantaoa.org/contributions-7th-tradition/

WEEKDAY NOON SCHEDULE:
Monday: Big Book of AA, Tuesday: Traditions, Wednesday: OA 12×12, Thursday: Tools and reading picked by leader, Friday: OA Brown Book.

LINKS:
Suggested Meeting Format (This is not our exact format, but perhaps you can modify it a bit and use it, if you wish)
https://oa.org/app/uploads/2019/12/Sug_Mtg.pdf
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Twelve Steps:  https://oa.org/working-the-program/twelve-steps/
Twelve Traditions: https://oa.org/working-the-program/twelve-traditions/

Navigating the OA Bookstore

Literature is an important tool for recovery! Some folks have reported challenges finding specific resources on the official OA Bookstore, so….

Here’s a guide with some quick links to key resources.

Did you know that OA even has some resources available for digital download or on mp3 files or audio CD’s?

In addition, if you like to use an e-reader, Amazon and Barnes and Noble have some books available in e-reader format. Some books are available in the library, too.

Don’t forget that public information/public outreach materials are available in the Intergroup Office in the plastic file drawers on top of the file cabinets. Let’s all reach out!

25th Annual OA Retreat Coming October 2-4 (Full)

The 25th Annual OA Retreat coming to Fort Mitchell, AL this October.

NOTE: Event is full. If you sign up, don’t send payment. They will contact people on the wait-list as they become necessary.

The Roswell, GA Group is sponsoring this event that is bringing a Canadian man with long-term abstinence to have a Big Book study of the 12 steps. Register today by clicking on the Retreat Flyer below:

Work the 12 Steps using the Big Book
Led by male from Canada with long term abstinence

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat Center
107 Holy Trinity Road
Fort Mitchell, AL 36856

Click here to get the 2020 Retreat Flyer

Explore Virtual Meetings

Maybe you live in a place that has few or no face-to-face meetings.  Or, perhaps you have an injury or physical limitation that makes it hard to get around. There is a solution: OA Virtual Meetings!

Virtual meetings don’t even have to be in your own time zone. Awake at 2:00 am? Join a call in Australia, if you like!

OA virtual meetings consist of telephone, online, and non-real-time meetings. Using telephone or online technology, OA members from around the world may attend meetings together. These meetings take place in “real time” and are fully interactive.  Also included are non-real-time-meetings, which do not meet in real time* (see below.)

Virtual meetings make recovery from compulsive eating possible for those who are unable to physically attend meetings, and also serve as a valuable program supplement to those who attend face-to-face meetings.

Like all registered OA meetings, virtual meetings welcome all who have the desire to stop eating compulsively, do not require members to practice any actions to remain a member or to share at a meeting, have no affiliations other than OA, and practice the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA.

Overeaters Anonymous has more than 400 recovery meetings each week for compulsive overeaters, bulimics and anorexics and the numbers continue to grow.  Meetings are available every day and most any time during the day or night.  Average attendance per meeting is 39 members.  Anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively is welcome. – Find a telephone, online, or non-real-time meeting now!

*Non-Real-Time meetings are meetings that do not meet in real time or meetings that do not occur immediately. These meetings may take place over a period of hours or days. Examples of non-real-time meetings are email or bulletin loops, social media pages, bulletin boards or forums, and mobile applications. To register a non-real- time meeting, please complete the non-real- time registration/change form. View the current non-real- time meetings list.

Can’t make a meeting? Try a podcast!

Everyone leads busy lives, but our recovery has to come first. Podcasts are a great way to supplement face-to-face meetings. I listen when I’m sitting in traffic!  Find them online here: https://oa.org/podcasts/ or use any podcast app.

If you have an iPhone, just look for the podcast icon, which comes already loaded on your phone.  The icon looks like this:

 

Click on “search” and type in “Overeaters Anonymous.”  You will see see several programs. Some are recordings from various OA groups, and they are great, too. If you want the official OA.org podcasts, look for this icon:

 

Android users can download Google Podcasts.  Then search for Overeaters Anonymous” to find podcasts on this device.

Have an Alexa? You can also play Apple Podcasts by following these instructions.

Have fun exploring!

Eileen H.