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Ocean & Bay's Monthly Fellowship Hour
Come join other Ocean & Bay fellows for a chance to get your questions answered, learn more about OA, and mingle
Next meeting :
 Mar 25 | 6-7pm | Middletown Police Department
Contact Diane with any questions: 401-573-3489

OA Ocean and Bay Intergroup Newsletter
Re gion/World Service Updates


Region 6 Spring Assembly
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 |  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
RED LION HOTEL ALBANY |  205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 
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Region 6 Convention
Oct 23-25 | Burlington, MA

World Service Business Conference 
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Step Three
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of [a Higher Power] as we understood [our Higher Power].
(Spiritual Principle: Faith)
It is impossible to take Step Three until we have taken the first two Steps. Once we have fully acknowledged our fatal powerlessness and have come to believe that there is a solution, however, the Third Step is simple. If we want to live free of the killing disease of compulsive eating, we accept help without reservation from a Power greater than ourselves and begin taking the action that will allow us to receive that help. We now say yes to this Power, deciding from here on to follow spiritual guidance in making every decision.

"If OA doesn't give us any rules to follow, how are we to find the guidance we must have to avoid compulsive eating?" The decision we have made in Step Three answers this important question. We have found that when we give up self-will regarding food and completely turn our lives over to our Higher Power, we receive all kinds of guidance. For instancec, after years spent in the struggle with this disease, we have been able to take an honest look at our past experiences and identify for ourselves the specific kinds of foods and eating behaviors that give us the most trouble...Now that we are working the Steps and accept our Higher Power's guidance, we have been given the power of choice about our eating...We find that, once we recognize our own particular problem areas, we become willing to select foods and behaviors that don't fuel our obsession.

Tradition Three:
The only requirement for OA membership is 
a desire to stop eating compulsively.
(Spiritual Principal - Identity)
No person who has this desire can be barred from any OA group. OA members come from many different backgrounds, races, and religions. We can, and do, have differences in opinions, political views, values, lifestyles, age, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status. A person can never be too overweight, too underweight, or too normal in weight to be an OA member.

We encourage one another to keep coming back, no matter what. In fact, many of us have kept coming back to OA despite problems with abstinence and have found this to be the key to our recovery. In OA, the door never closes to a member who has returned to active compulsive eating, and many members who have maintained long-term abstinence had, at some time in the past, felt themselves to be hopeless because they had trouble staying abstinent or experienced a relapse.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition
Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com