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(CLOSED)Thursday Beginners' Big Book Study Meeting

Welcome to the Thursday Beginners Big Book Study Meeting of  The e-AA Group. My name is Todd, I am an alcoholic. Our Greeter is ******.

Would those who wish, please join in saying 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.

AA 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 AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.  

There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA 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 achieve sobriety.

(All excerpts from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, copyrighted and used with permission from AAWS.)

The format of this meeting is a Big Book discussion. 

If you wish to share, please type            !!

The chair will call on you

When finished sharing, please type        END

Please confine responses to thanking the sharer with no interruptions or cross sharing. Brief comments/welcomes/congratulations are acceptable.

The meeting lasts for one hour.
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Is there anyone here new to AA or to our meetings who would like to introduce him- or herself by first name only? This is not to embarrass you but so that we may get to know you.?

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. As such, it is for AA members to share their experience, strength, and hope with those who have a desire to stop drinking or to learn more about the AA program of recovery from alcoholism. --- We ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

Today's Topic comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous:

**  Please type !! at anytime during reading if you wish to share.**

Would anyone else like to add anything before we close up?

That finishes the sharing and I'll now post The Promises to end the meeting:

The AA Promises

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.

Thank you to our greeter today.... Are there any announcements for upcoming events on e-AA.org ?

Please remember Anonymity: Who you see here, What you hear here, When you leave here, Please let it stay here.

Those of you who wish, please join me in closing the meeting 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.

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