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A BLAST of Recovery
(Vol. 20  No. 10)

STEP Ten - "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it."
Spiritual Principal Perseverance

TRADITION Ten - "Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into public controversy."
Spiritual Principal Neutrality

CONCEPT Ten - "Service responsibility is balanced by carefully defined service authority; therefore, duplication of efforts is avoided."
Spiritual Principal Clarity

Meeting of the Month


Every month the BLAST will highlight contributions from member meetings of the Brandywine InterGroup. Stories, poems, art work or anything which helped in your recovery or adds to our experience, strength and hope are welcome.

 

Wednesday - DEVON Meeting - 10:00 am


This meeting usually takes place at:

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Harrison Room
763 S. Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087

But at this time it is a ZOOM meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/6189233664
Passcode: 618 923 3664# Call in only #: 929-436-2866

For more information about Devon, you can call Nancy at (484) 785 - 9390


 
Here are Devon's submissions:

 
A Gift from Mom

Early in my recovery, my mother sent this little "blurb" to me that had been in her church bulletin.  I still have the original copy and I have copied and shared it many times over the years.  I don't know if my mom ever knew how much it meant to me.
 
    Live each day to the fullest.  Get the most from each hour, each day, and each age of you life.  Then you can look forward with confidence, and back without regret.
    
   Be yourself -- but be your best self.  Dare to be different and to follow your own star.
 
    And don't be afraid to be happy.  Enjoy what is beautiful.  Love with all your heart and soul.  Believe that those you love, love you.
 
    Forget what you have done for your friends, and remember what they have done for you.  Disregard what the world owes you, and concentrate on what you owe the world.
 
    When you are faced with a decision, make that decision as wisely as possible -- then forget it.  The moment of absolute certainty never arrives.
 
    And above all, remember that God helps those who help themselves.  Act as if everything depended upon you, and pray as if everything depended upon God.
 
I'm so grateful that I have this little piece of my mom that is still so meaningful to me.
 
   - Mary Frances
 “An Act of Love..."
                   
Over the past month I have struggled to write this sharing.  I must have written and re- written 10-20 versions. I wanted it to be good, maybe even profound. The problem is, writing well is not a talent I possess.  I finally stopped trying so hard , sat still  and asked my Higher Power to write this share for me.  I asked to make it an “act of love, instead of a performance”; something my  sponsor always told me to pray before I speak.

What I realize now, is that I have been performing my whole life. I was always looking outside of myself for my feelings of worthiness.   I suppose that not feeling good enough about who I am is basically the reason why I overate. Recovery has shown me that in sitting still and remembering my true worth , I am able to share the talents that I do possess , such as sharing from my heart the love , experience, strength and hope that I have found in OA. When I am able to do this, the hole in me is filled and I am given the gift of being a link in the chain of recovery.  To feel a sense of belonging to this fellowship that has helped me and so many others, reminds me that who I am and the gifts that I possess are important  and needed. That I am enough. I can’t hear this enough.
   - I am Sharon E and I am a grateful recovering overeater
 
All four of the above images were submitted by
MARILYN V
Six A(s) of our OA Program

Before I realized that I was a compulsive overeater, I was unaware of the existence of Overeaters Anonymous(OA). My awareness of OA came as a result of being referred to an Eating Disorder Group by my counselor. After attending that group one night a week for fifteen months, I was introduced to OA. In retrospect that was a beautiful gift !

So, the first A stands for Awareness. I can only try to do something about an issue which I am aware of. Once I became aware of OA, I learned in the rooms that I needed to accept that I had a disease.

Which brings me to the second A, Acceptance. This was a “bitter pill” to
swallow and it didn’t come easily for me. It also meant accepting that I was powerless over food and I had an addiction. I certainly didn’t want to admit that. After attending many face to face meetings during my first year in the program, I heard other members tell their stories and it became clear to me that I was a compulsive overeater and that I had a disease. It was a relief to find out that I wasn’t alone and that there was a program which could help me arrest my disease. It took me many years in the program to realize the necessity of asking God for guidance in everything I do in my life.

So, “Ask” became the third A in my program.
When I remember to ask God to help me with my choices, I make better decisions. I believe my choices will take me one of two directions. Either closer to my HP and recovery or away from my HP and toward my disease.

After asking God for direction and receiving it, then I take the “Action” (the fourth A) which God suggests to me in dif erent ways. One gift I was given in the program( from a woman I call an “OA Angel” )was the suggestion of writing a letter to God and then immediately having God write a letter back to me. I have used that suggestion as part of my daily devotional time for the last fifteen years. That process has helped me gain a closer relationship with my HP and also guidance about what “Action” to take. Sometimes my HP will give me the answer through my sponsor or another member of OA.

The fifth “A” of my program is “Amnesia” . Even after being in OA for many years, my disease has a way of sneaking up on me when I leave a meeting and face life’s challenges. I forget what I heard in the meeting or the promises of the program. Therefore, I have to keep coming back to meetings, working the tools of the program and working with my sponsor to deal with my “Amnesia”.

The sixth “A” of my program is “Abstinence”. That is the gift which the OA program and my HP gives me when I work all aspects of the program.
When I’m abstinent, I have a strong connection with God and can hear His direction for my life. If I’m not abstinent, it creates a wall between me and my HP. I can’t hear or see my HP in action when I’m into compulsive eating or compulsive behaviors. Today, it is clear to me that I need my HP to help me work my program. So, “Abstinence” is the most important thing in my life without exception.     Thank God for OA !
   - Bob B.

Next Month:
Wednesday - "A Vision For You" Meeting
Please send all submissions, articles, poems, cartoons, etc. to be published in the November Brandywine Intergroup BLAST of Recovery Newsletter by October 31st to Laura at wienickl@aol.com Any questions, please email or call her at 610-331-8378.  And please try to keep all submissions to one page or less. Submissions made after deadline may have to wait to be considered for publishing at a later time.
And now we're on FACEBOOK as well!
Come be our friend and "like" us!
https://www.facebook.com/Overeaters-Anonymous-Brandywine-Intergroup-106589767801515 
 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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BRANDYWINE INTERGROUP
 
 
October Intergroup Meeting & Speaker Meeting

The Brandywine Interest Group will meet  
Saturday, October 10th @ 10:00am


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86258728739
 
Meeting ID: 862 5872 8739

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kfwCeox0w
 

After the business meeting, there will be a regular OA Speaker meeting. This will begin at approximate




The 12th Step Within" Committee Workshop

"Contagious Recovery"
The Symptoms of Recovery: How to Catch It, How to Spread It

Virtual Workshop
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Noon-3:00 p.m.

Speakers, Games, Discussion Groups

NOTE: If you wish to reflect on the discussion questions ahead of time,
please email Ann T. (ann@malarkey.us) by noon on Friday, October 23.

Call, text, or email your hosts with questions
Louisa (215-796-4323) or Ann T. (610-405-9423 or ann@malarkey.us )

Join us by phone (646-558-8656) Meeting ID: 819 0737 1917 Passcode: 791360

OR join us by Zoom (same meeting ID and passcode as above)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81907371917?pwd=SVR0VGIxLzhQYzQwb0VjMHBDUjVwdz09



Beginner's Meeting
The Monday Night Overbrook Meeting will hold its monthly, half-hour meeting for those new to OA on October 5th at 7:30pm.  This is a ZOOM meeting
The Meeting ID is:  835 416 098
The Password is:    005209
For more information, contact Joan W @ 610 755-1335

Change to the Friday - 7:30am Meeting
The meeting is now a ZOOM meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85680354496?pwd=L3V1WWo3c0Y4WWFrd2RKR1l1dXgrdz09

Meeting ID: 856 8035 4496
Passcode: 423898

Call-in:
+1 646 558 8656 - same ID and Passcode
Or find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdSbu0Kyy9

 

Relapse/Recovery Meeting
The Brandywine Intergroup is considering starting a Relapse and Recovery meeting. There are people struggling and this would be an additional support. Please announce this at your meetings and have those interested email:  irene.cabrelli@gmail.com.

Coming up next month - I.D.E.A.

International Day of Experiencing Abstinence is in November.  The Oaks Saturday meeting is hosting. More details to come.


Thank You!

The Board would like to thank the following meetings for donations we have received in the past month:
  • Sunday Malvern
  • Tuesday West Chester
  • Monday King of Prussia
  • Wednesday Devon
  • Monday Media
  • Thursday Frazer
  • Monday Overbrook
  • Friday North Coventry
  • Monday Radnor
  • Saturday Downingtown
  • Monday West Chester
  • Saturday Havertown
 
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REGION 7

The Region 7 Convention - "Anchor's Aweigh" -  will take place November 6th - 8th. This will be a virtual-ZOOM event. They've updated their registration website with a web version of their schedule. You can see that here: https://oaregion7.org/r7-convention-schedule-2020/
 

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OTHER REGIONS

Virtual Region Monthly Workshop
Sunday, October 11th
(and the second Sunday of every month) 
3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
This is a ZOOM meeting
This month's topic: "
Demystifying the OA Service Structure;
What is the Inverted Pyramid?
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https://zoom.us/j/89165540024
Password: 120912

For more information, please visit:
oavirtualregion.org/events/workshops

Young Persons Phone Meeting
The Foothills IG of California has started phone-in meetings for young people. There is a meeting every day but Sunday.
Times and topics can be seen at 
https://www.oafoothill.org/
Dial-in number: (605)313-5111
Access Code: 713988
Online meeting ID: ypoafoothill

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WORLD SERVICE ORGANIZATION

World Service Convention





 














The OA Young Persons’ Committee

The OA Young Persons’ Committee is seeking stories of recovery from members ages 18–30, including members who are older but found recovery as a young person in OA. Submit your contact information via this online questionnaire, and a member of the Young Persons’ Committee will contact you about the possibility of sharing your experience, strength, and hope as a podcast. Give service to young people in OA with your story!
“Any form of service — no matter how small — that helps reach a fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery.”
- “The Tools of Recovery”, p. 5
OA Web Links:

Brandywine InterGroup: https://brandywineintergroup.org/
Region 7: https://oaregion7.org/
World Service Organization: https://oa.org/
Virtual Region: https://oavirtualregion.org 
OA Men's Group: http://www.oamen.org/ 
OA Young People’s Facebook page:
https://m.facebook.com/OAinfo

 


The Brandywine Inter-Group of
Overeaters Anonymous
 
We are a community of individuals dedicated to recovery from compulsive eating. We hold virtual and in person meetings locally in the Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties of southeastern Pennsylvania.

The InterGroup meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am

Our phone number: 610-565-9695
Our e-mail address: 
brandywineintergroup2020@gmail.com
Our website: https://brandywineintergroup.org/ 
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Overeaters-Anonymous-Brandywine-Intergroup-106589767801515 






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