1. The meeting needs to be held in a quiet and uninterrupted place and fixed times to ensure consistency. 2. The person that is conducting the meetings must start on time and welcome everyone starting with “I am Brenda, and I am an alcoholic. I would like to welcome everyone that attending the meeting at the location that they are attending.
It was a very diverse group with a mixture of people from all walks of life. The meeting opened up with the Serenity Prayer: “God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference”. Once the prayer was completed, then the 12 steps were read, followed by the 12 traditions. Someone read an entry from “the Big Book”. They asked new members to introduce themselves by first name only and also asked any visitors to introduce themselves.
The members are friendly, supportive, and not shy to express their proudness of being part of AA. When I first arrived at the church (the meeting I attended was at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sunnyvale) it was quiet, with almost no one in the meeting room. I did come early, but I assumed that there would not be a great crowd. I was quite surprised when in the end, the crowd tripled in size. The small room was full and everyone seems to know everyone.
The first Al-anon meeting I found was located on the back of a pamphlet I received from one of the AA meetings I attended. It was at a church on a Sunday evening at 8 p.m. I arrived a few minutes early to make sure I could find the meeting room with enough time before the meeting started. Once I found the meeting room I noticed that there was no one in there and the meeting would be starting in five minutes. A few minutes later another woman came in.
through message of love and kindness. It is the church main reason why their behavior of this sort is sown. The church must seek to bear fruit of love and compassion in the lives of those losing faith in God. Faith is important and powerful in every unexpected situation in anyone’s life here on earth. If the church present itself unrelated to losing faith, how might a person be reach that has lost faith?
The meeting concluded at nine P.M. I had my displeasures over certain aspects of the meeting but, it was mainly enjoyable. Commencement of the Board of Trustees meeting began after all of the students had been seated and the meeting outline handed out. The call to order had been given and the pledge of allegiance rehearsed, soon after, the meeting was underway. Citizen comments were written into the schedule however, once called for there were no speakers, so the board continued with their meeting.
This experience made me change how I felt about the role I play in the universe. I say this because I am more confused about God’s plan not only for me but for the whole universe. I wonder how he sees us compared to the universe. In conclusion, God made us for reasons I think that are unknown to man. God has a plan for all of us that we aren’t yet aware of.
In fact, everyone can experience this transformation and as much as people like to think about how difficult it may be to experience God work, witnessing this should be easy and common. Jesus is calling out to us and holds all the power in the world in his hands. Why do we put God’s capabilities in a box? If we just have a little faith and turn ours eyes to him, we would see a little more transformation in lives around the world. So, with that, I say that witness and transformation in the community can take place in an interactive manner.
Praises to the Lord might not be practicable as the first step, and that is the reason I made it the fourth step. Nevertheless, it is a powerful step that will make you steadfast in the Lord. Give God the praise for other unwanted circumstances that never happened to you… And worship God as the One and Only Great God. The Bible says: “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1Thessalonians 5:18) 5. Go Churching!
This is manifested not in the way the meetings are held, from the outside observer it would appear as any other church business meeting. Yet, the items discussed and voted upon originate with few members running the church. The congregation is not given any real choices in the matter and in the end only vote on subtle facets of the main decision already made by those calling the