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Al-Anon Presents Four 12 Step Programs

New Hope Al-Anon
401 S. 11th, St. Joseph Missouri
December 9, 2015
Wednesday – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
First time ever speaker’s meeting representing four 12 Step Programs.
AA – Angi A
GA – Shirley M.
NA – Sherri C.
Al-Anon – Dora J.
Speakers begin at 6:00, each speaking for 20 minutes.
Festive spirit and snacks provided
Please join us at this unifying event

BIG BOOK THEOLOGY: “We Agnostics” and William James (By James R.)

Some thoughts on theology and 12 Step Programs


It is common knowledge that AA (and therefore the entire Twelve Step movement) had its birth within and evangelical Christian movement known as the Oxford Group. AA separated itself from the Oxford Group prior to the publication of the Big Book. The Big Book contains some religious language, but only mentions Jesus once, and then only in passing. This has left historians and AA members divided over some important questions. Just how Christian was early AA? Who is the God of the Big Book? Is this the Christian God, or can we really take this to mean a God of our own understanding?

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Al-Anon Speaker’s Meeting (Special Event)

New Hope Al-Anon

Special Holiday Speaker’s Meeting

When: December 17, 2014, 6:30 PM

Where: 401 South 11th

Speakers: Linda C. – Al-Anon
Bill P. – AA

Cookies and Punch shall be served.

Please come and enjoy the fellowship.

New Hope Al-Anon has a fresh look

New Hope Al-Anon began last January with one meeting a week.  We now meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM.  This past month we have been actively working to create a new fresh look for our meeting room.

This room restoration was completed with Al-Anon labor and material donations.  Some serious elbow grease coupled with positive enthusiasm saw the job through.

For those unfamiliar with Al-Ann – it is a program for the families of alcoholics.  At present all of New Hope Al-Anon meetings are open so we do not exclude the families of other addicts.

Here are a few photos of the completed room:

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Alanon 010

Alanon 009

Alan looking south

Smoke Free Ordinance and Alano

We have inquiries submitted to the City Manager asking for clarification on the Smoke Free Ordinance as it applies to the Alano Club of St. Joseph.   The ordinance takes effect 60 days after passage so we have until June 7, 2014, to determine whether this applies to our property.  We have requested a written response so there is no confusion.

From the City Web site:

Smoke-Free Ordinance Passed April 8, 2014 Voters passed the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Workplaces and Public Places Ordinance on April 8, 2014. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect on June 7, 2014. Click on the link below to view the ordinance.
Smoke-Free Ordinance...

Alanon- Understanding Tradition Eleven and Social Media

Understanding Tradition Eleven and Social Media

The Forum March 2014


The Al-Anon WSO Facebook pages have been quite successful in reaching a broad audience.  Because it is a new form of media, members have asked how they can use social media within the confines of the Legacies.  A member recently asked if sharing posts is honoring Tradition Eleven. 

Understanding Tradition Eleven and Social Media 001Tradition Eleven touches on two main topics, attraction versus promotion and anonymity at the level of the media.

Members can easily maintain their anonymity by not mentioning their membership or making comments that imply membership.  When people share a post on Facebook, they have the option of adding a comment.  To ensure that one’s anonymity is not being compromised, members are encouraged not to use this feature.

To understand the difference between attraction and promotion, it may be helpful to remember that attraction is simply sharing information, and then letting go, allowing the other person to learn more at their own initiative rather than trying to convince someone, make promises about what the program will do, or give advice – that would be promotion.

An example of attraction is when members leave copies of Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, Al-Anon’s public outreach magazine, in a doctors’ office.  If patients are interested, they’ll pick up a copy and learn Al-Anon could help them.  On the other hand, is it promotion if members try to convince someone to take a copy of Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, or insist that they should read an article that will “really help them”. 

Al-Anon’s Step Twelve encourages all members to share Al-Anon’s message of hope with others who may be suffering from the effects of a loved one’s drinking.  This would be impossible without attraction.

Would you consider participating in this fellowship-wide outreach project?  Find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching for “Al-Anon WSO”.

If you would like to learn more about the difference between attraction and promotion, please refer to Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27), p 107.

New Hope AFG

The New Hope Al-Anon Family Group began having meetings at the Alano Club of St. Joseph in January of 2014.

The group began in January and now meets three days a week:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM

 401 South 11th.

Entrance is from side door on Sylvanie Street