MBAIAA Newsletter – November 2023

Published on November 22, 2023

Step 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.”

“Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we could refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul. We will need the light of God’s reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His Grace. To an amazing extent the facts of AA life confirm this ageless truth.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Pages 97 – 98

What’s Happening Locally

Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, November 25th @ 7:00PM

This month’s host group will be Not a Theory, held at St Mary’s Church every Monday evening ay 7:30PM.  Our speaker will be Jean L.

Time: Saturday, November 25th at 7:00PM
Place:  Monterey High School Cafeteria – 101 Herrmann Dr. Monterey CA 93940

Please come and support the fellowship!  You’re encouraged you to celebrate in whatever way makes you comfortable – wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, hug, don’t hug.  No judging of others who may or may not do things the way you would like them to.  Kindness, love and celebration will be the order of the day.  Wear a costume if you’d like!  We will have cake & coffee and there will be much to celebrate – TOGETHER!

The monthly birthday meeting is held on the last Saturday of each month (except for December when the meeting is held along with a holiday banquet ).  The first part of the meeting includes a presentation of birthday medallions for those celebrating annual A.A. anniversaries – all are invited to participate.  Birthdays are followed by an A.A. speaker who shares for 40 to 45 minutes and the meeting ends about 8:30pm.  Coffee is typically ready no later than 6:30pm.  Arrive early for good parking, fellowship, and a great seat!

Monthly MBAR Planning meetings

Monterey Bay Area Roundup is a conference held at the conference center in Monterey in September. Get Involved in the planning- fun, and fellowship! The meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10:00 am on Zoom.

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Be sure to join them as they plan the big MBAR event for September 2024!

News From General Service

General Service Happenings…

  • General Service is thrilled to announce we now have a District Committee Member, Mary Jane!  Welcome!
  • Bridging the Gap continues to open up meetings in facilities.
  • A General Service Representative created a flier inspired by the Delegate’s report to inform and encourage group treasurers to contribute digitally.
  • General Service recently hosted the Fall Assembly.  The event brought +/-250 members from the north central California coastal area to the Moose Lodge in Del Rey Oaks.

To find out more about participating next year, please attend one of the General Service meetings on the third Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 800 Cass Street in Monterey.

“I am responsible, when anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there, and for that, I am responsible.”
Responsibility Statement

IGR Minutes & Current Financial Reports

A Note From Central Office

Here we are in late November, a month we alcoholics call “Gratitude Month.  Traditionally, it is the month when our members show their gratitude by contributing what they can to this fellowship.  It is an important time of the year.

The building we have been in for more than 30 years is being torn down and turned into an apartment building, with construction beginning in January.  We have recently located a new location for Central Office and have signed a 3 year lease agreement beginning the start of next month.  We have so much to look forward to!  The office may be closed for a few days but our our hotline number will continue to be available at all hours.  Thank you to all for your patience during this transition.

Volunteers will be helping with the move beginning December 2nd – We can use your assistance!  If you have a healthy back and a pickup truck, here is a perfect opportunity to be of service.  Give us a call to learn how you can help.

We are a little bit sad to announce that we cancelling our Holiday Banquet & Birthday meeting this year.  In it’s place we will encourage you to come and see our new home at 546 Hartnell St Suite F.  You will find us directly across the street from Carl’s Alley which runs along the southwest side of the Fellowship Hall.  We will have refreshments and we will have coins for those of you who celebrate their sobriety date in December.  Consider it a big, old fashioned house warming the week before Christmas.  Please come see our new digs, help to celebrate this exciting new beginning for MBAIAA, and fill our new home with love, gratitude, and joy.

Central Office House Warming
December 19th through December 22nd from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.
546 Hartnell St. Suite F
Monterey, CA 93940

Thanks everybody and Happy Thanksgiving

Look after and support each other and remember that we can’t stay sober alone. Share with others what was so freely given to you.

“Nothing is so bad that a drink won’t make it worse.”
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