Area 78

Alberta / Northwest Territories

SPIRIT OF THE NORTH

A CALL FOR HELP….. A CALL TO ACTION

WHEN:   EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT

TIME:     8:00 PM Mountain Time

HOW TO JOIN US: 

  • From a Computer/Laptop/Tablet:       
  • - Download Zoom (Zoom.us – The Cloud Meeting) 
  • - Dark grey area at the bottom of the page
  • - Computer must have camera and microphone
  • From a Smartphone/iPad:
  • - Download Zoom app     

CLICK:   Join Meeting

Enter PMI (Personal Meeting ID):  886-459-0234

These are open meetings, particularly for those who cannot make it to a face to face meeting. We are here to help and especially welcome those located in remote areas, newcomers and also those who have limited accessibility and special needs.

Please note:  There is a Canadian call-in number 1 (647)558-0588; if you choose to attend this meeting by telephone you will be asked for the meeting ID number which is the PMI above.  Long distance charges will apply.  Please check your rates and what your plan covers. 

The maximum number of participants is 25.  If you are not able to get onto the meeting, please email us at Remote@area78.org

The Area 78 Remote Communities Committee is committed to carrying the A.A. message of Recovery, Unity and Service to the suffering alcoholic in communities that are remote in terms of geography, language and culture.
  1. [At 8:00 P.M. MST] Welcome to the Spirit of the North video meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a one hour meeting.

  2. My name is ___________ and I'm an alcoholic.

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here - especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking," we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.  

  1. If you are using video, you can use the “Gallery View” in the upper right hand corner to see everyone at the same time.

  2. This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here - especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking," we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

  3. Since this meeting is conducted via video connection, we will conduct it like a regular open meeting. The video will focus on you after you begin to talk, or if any noise comes from your connection. Please sit close to the microphone, and speak loud enough, so that all may hear what you have to share. Please mute your line using the button on Zoom, if you are not sharing. The Meeting Leader may mute your line if needed, and may change your screen name for you.

  4. We hope you will find in this Fellowship the help and friendship we have been privileged to enjoy. Let's open the meeting with a moment of silence, followed by 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.

The Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.   The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.

First Sunday of the Month Step Meeting from the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions"  - continues each First Sunday of the Month until the end of the Step

Second Sunday of the Month Tradition meeting from the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions" - continues each Second Sunday of the Month until the end of the Tradition

Third Sunday of the Month "Daily Reflections" and Discussion Meeting

Fourth Sunday of the Month "Alcoholics Anonymous" (Big Book) Study

Fifth Sunday of the Month Speaker Meeting

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.

There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it -- then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. Thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him , praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventure before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

  • a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
  • b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
  • c) That God could and would if He were sought.

How it works - Chapter 5, page 58-60 of the Book, Alcoholics Anonymous © Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The 12 traditions of AA are found in the book Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)

Now is the time we introduce ourselves by our first names. Should you wish to, let us know where you are joining us from. (Let everyone introduce themselves)

Service is a program tool. Contact remote@area78.org to lead a meeting?

Business meetings are held on the last Sunday of the month, immediately following the recovery meeting. E-mail remote@area78.org to have an item added to the agenda.

  1. The Spirit of the North Business meeting will be held on the last Sunday of the month, (give the date: i.e. Month and day) following the regular meeting.
  2. ...

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

From page 83-84, of the Big Book , Alcoholics Anonymous © Alcoholics Anonymous

A Vision For You

From page 164, of the Big Book , Alcoholics Anonymous

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.

May God bless you and keep you—until then.

The 7th Tradition states: "Every A.A. group ought to be fully self- supporting, declining outside contributions."

While contributions cover each group's rent and other expenses, the 7th Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but also their intergroup/central office, local services, district, area, and the General Service Office remain self-supporting. This keeps A.A. free of outside influences that might divert us from our primary purpose -- to help the alco- holic who still suffers.

The amount of our contribution is secondary to the spiritual connection that unites all groups around the world.

Service Material from the General Service Office 50M - 3/07 (PS) F-42

Contributions to this meeting can be sent to:

  • Area 78 – Spirit of the North Meeting
    Box 98 Lougheed, AB
    T0B 2V0