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A Nationwide History Conference With Dick B.

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A Conference and accompanying guidebook with the theme A New Way Out and the Concept: We Christians in the recovery arena are not alone. Sharing by Christians in the recovery arena as to how they support a new way out of alcoholism, addictions, and life-controlling problems WITHOUT leaving where you are--whether homeless, jailed, in treatment, in fellowships, in church, in A.A. or 12 Step programs, in therapy, or in just plain hopeless misery. The way out is through the power and love of God which figured so successfully and prominently in early Akron A.A.'s Christian Fellowship
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  A Nationwide Recovery Conference with Dick B.Conference Theme: “A New Way Out”“We Christians in the Recovery Arena Are Not Alone”“Greetings and best wishes for the success of ‘A New Way Out Conference’ to theconferees from Todd Smith, grandson of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, and son of RobertR. and Betty Smith.” ToddSouthern CaliforniaFriday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, 2009Mariners Church - Community Center5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92603Coordinator: Pastor Jim Gaffney, Counselor, Consultant, Ministry Catalyst, NewportBeach, CABoots on the Ground: Jeff MacLeod, Exec. Dir., Overcomers Outreach, Inc.,Whittier, CAHospitality Chairperson: Vivian Eisenecher, Author, San Diego, CaliforniaFood and Beverage Chairperson: Angela Eren Capp of Venice, CaliforniaArea Contact Person for Directions: Frank Braggiotti: (818) 994-7849No registration is required; admission is freeHospitality, fellowship, food, & beverages,literature table, and historical books and displaysMusic at the Conference bythe renowned percussionist and singer, Walter Santoshttp://www.santosministries.org/Outline of Friday Program Friday, May 15, 2:30 PM to 10:00 PMMariners Church – Community Center5002 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92603“Greetings and best wishes for the success of “A New Way Out Conference” to theconferees from Todd Smith, grandson of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, and son of RobertR. and Betty Smith,” ToddSynopsis of Friday ProgramFriday is a “Workshop Day” with opportunities for presenters and “ambassadors” toshare in round-table and one-on-one discussions about their programs, literature,conferences, centers, archives, forums, guidebooks, websites, radio, TV, andmeetings. Preparations for this “Workshop Day” have included circulatingquestionnaires to some of the conferees to enable them to see and ponder some ofthe issues for Christians in the recovery arena that have been raised about theirprograms, their fellowships, and their meetings. At the “Workshop Day,” you willhave opportunities to meet experienced, like-minded believers, make new contacts,and share your own work.Concept: “We Christians in the Recovery Arena are not alone.” Conferees will besharing along these lines: “Here’s what we are doing as Christians in the recoveryarena. Here are the problems we have encountered. Here’s how we are dealing withthem. Here’s how we can help others present recovery history, the Christian roots  of recovery, and helping others establish or reestablish a relationship with God,recover with God’s help, and pass it on.”Friday Schedule of Events2:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Hospitality and viewing of exhibitsMusic by Santos3:00 – Introduction to the Workshop ConferencePrayerDetails as to Conference times, agendae, exhibits, restrooms, food,programsSpecial thanks to Mariners Church, Pastor Jim Gaffney, Santos, OvercomersOutreach, sponsors, endorsers, presenters, helpers, and those who have broughtliterature; Introduction of Dick B. and Ken B.; and Opening Remarks by Dick B.3:15 – 3:45 – Dick B. – Opening Remarks, Conference mission, thanks to conferees,Fridayobjectives and plans.3:45 – 4:00 –Chairperson asks those to stand who will make remarks and/or havebrought theirmaterials for display4:00 – 4:15 – Music by Santos and stretch break4:15 – 4:20 – Pass the baskets4:20 – 5:30 – Chairperson will recognize audience members for 5 minutes each, toshare on subjects relevant to the Conference theme, about his or her program, hisor her accomplishments and group, his or her problems encountered, suggestions forfuture outreach, what he or she will do in distributing literature, posting onwebsites, organizing list-serves, setting up conferences and seminars, organizingstudy groups, and other suggestions.5:30 – 5:45 – Music by Santos and stretch break5:45 – 6:45 – Question and Answer Panel – Questions addressed to Dick B., Chair,answeredby panel: Dick B., Michael Liimatta, Ray Grumney, Darvin Smith, M.D., Larry Webb6:45 – 8:00 Break for food on premises, music, networking, exhibits8:00 – 9:00 – Three-minute open sharing by conferees on any topic relevant toConference theme.9:00 – 9:10 – Music by Santos and stretch break9:10 – 9:30 – Closing Remarks by Dick B.9:30 - Lord’s Prayer9:30 – 10:00 – Opportunity to meet, visit exhibits and tables, network,fellowship, exchange information10:00 - Conference adjourns  Summary of the Foregoing Friday Meeting ObjectivesA place and opportunity for some motivated, experienced believers in the love andpower of God and the value of recovery fellowship work today. With one-on-onediscussions of individual programs, literature, conferences, centers, archives,forums, guidebooks, websites, radio, TV, and meetingsConcept: “Here’s what we are doing. Here are the problems we encounter. Here’s howwe are dealing with them. Here’s how we can help others present recovery history,Christian roots, and the ways of helping others establish or reestablish arelationship with God, recover with God’s help, and pass it on.”Agenda will cover: (1) Hospitality and introductions of those present. (2) Openingremarks by Dick B. (3) Display of key conference exhibits and workshop materials.(4) Music by Santos. (5) Food and beverages. (6) Roundtable period for presentersand “ambassadors” to share, report on works-in-progress, raise questions, proposeoutreach approaches and solutions. (6) Opportunity for those present to expressthemselves. (7) Panel for Q & A period. (8) Closing program ideas. (9) Time forpersonal talks, meetings, exchange of introductions.Outline of Saturday ProgramSaturday, May 16, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PMMariners Church – Community Center5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, California 92604Synopsis of Saturday ProgramSaturday features a full day of presentations by recovery facilitators fromthroughout the United States and Canada, as well as fellowship group leaders andmembers; with addresses by Dick B. on the theme of the conference, the need forlearning and disseminating the Christian history and roots of the recoverymovement, and the essence of those sources, principles, and practices that haveapplicability today.Saturday Schedule of Events9:00 – 9:30 AM – Hospitality, music by Santos, viewing exhibits, exchanginghandshakes,complimentary copy of A New Way Out Guidebook by Dick B. and Ken B., one freehistory book by Dick B., program materials at the door“Greetings and best wishes for the success of “A New Way Out Conference” to theconferees from Todd Smith, grandson of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, and son of RobertR. and Betty Smith,” Todd9:30 – 9:45 – Conference Chair opens the conferencePrayerThanks to Mariners Church, Pastor Jim Gaffney, Santos, Overcomers Outreach, Inc.,Hospitality crew, sponsors, endorsers, exhibitors, and confereesDetails on exhibits, restrooms, food, donations, eventsIntroduction of Dick B. and Ken B.9:45 – 9:50 - Rev. Ken B.: Reading 1 Corinthians 13—one of the three Biblesegments believed by the Akron A.A. old timers to be “absolutely essential” to  their program [from the New American Standard Bible]“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I havebecome a noisy gong or aclanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and allknowledge; and if I have allfaith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if Igive all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned,but do not have love, it profits me nothing.“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is notarrogant. does not actunbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take intoaccount a wrong suffered, doesnot rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth;“Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Lovenever fails; but if there aregifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease;if there is knowledge, itwill be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when theperfect comes, the partialwill be done away.“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason likea child; when I became aman, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but thenface to face; now I knowin part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”9:50 – 10:00 – Address by Darvin Smith, M.D., addictionologist, YWAM, and ISAACBrief musical interlude with Santos10:00 – 11:00 - Address by Dick B.: “The Historical Success Factor and thePressing Need for ‘A New Way Out.’”11:00 – 11:10 – Pass the basket, music by Santos, stretch11:10 – 11:20 - Brief Story/Presentation by Mike Lewandowski, Lamb of GodMinistries, Okeechobee, Florida11:20 – 12:50 - Christian Recovery Presenters and Leaders: 10-minute presentationsãThe Bridge Group: Pauline Bartosch & Jeff MacLeod, Overcomers Outreach,Inc., Whittier, CaliforniaãThe Church Approach: Pastor Jim Gaffney, Counselor, Consultant, MinistryCatalyst, Newport Beach, CaliforniaãTreatment: Fr. Bill Wigmore, Austin Recovery, Austin, TexasãChrist Centered Recovery Fellowship Programs, Operation Integrity, DavidZailer, Monarch Beach, CaliforniaãUrban Ministry: Rev. Michael Liimatta, City Vision College, Kansas City, MO.ãChristian Treatment at Calvary Ranch, Lakeside, California, Walter SantosãThe Practice of the Crucified Life: George McLauchlin, M.A., Tampa, Floridaã“Footprints” Alcoholics Victorious, Brother Wayne White, Kansas City,

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