Welcome to the OA NoVA Intergroup Website

OA's Fifth Tradition states

Our Primary Purpose is to carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

OA NoVA Intergroup Mission Statement

To support individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through empowering all meetings within the Intergroup.

* * * * * * * * * * The Arlington Saturday Night 6:00 P.M. Meeting is moving to a new location. As of June 4th they will be meeting at the Arlington United Methodist Center (formerly known as Arlington Methodist Church) at 716 South Glebe Road, Arlington. * * * * * * * * * * NEW MCLEAN MEETINGS!!! Monday 8 am and Wednesday 12 - 1 pm at Trinity Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA Click HERE for the details * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Upcoming Novation Topics - "Sponsorship" articles due June 6th and "Men in Recovery" articles due July 6th. Email to: * * * * * * * * * * As of April 1st, 2016 the Region 7 Delaware PO Box is permanently closed. Any mail sent to that address will be returned to sender. Click HERE for instructions to send contributions to OA NoVA IG, Region 7 or World Service! * * * * * * * * * *


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Our Primary Purpose

from Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

Excerpt from June's NoVAtions

Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

–Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous

When I think back to how I came into the rooms, I remember two people in my life who had found OA. Both had lost a great deal of weight, but it was their freedom from food obsession that attracted me. Having known them before their time in OA, I saw the difference in their attitude toward food. It was no longer crazed and primal. And in seeing this difference, I realized how abnormal I was. My relationship with food was . . .



A Place for You  
- January 1983

Excerpt from June's Novations

A WARM, COZY ROOM is waiting for you, and all who wish may enter. In it you will find everything you need.

The first object to catch your eye is a sturdy wooden clothes rack on which hangs, for all to see, hope. Take all you need, for there is a never-ending supply.

Next you will encounter an oak table on which are piled dreams of all shapes and sizes. Take as many as you wish, and stay around to watch many of them come true.

To the right stands an old-fashioned roll-top desk . . .




And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

When I was asked to write about our primary purpose from a sponsor’s perspective, I immediately thought of some of the quotations on the OA Carrying the Message handout. These quotations sum up why I carry the message through sponsoring:

“When I give service, I receive more than I could ever give.” (Voices of Recovery, p. 252) “Service gives me practice at freeing myself from the bondage of self.” (Voices of Recovery, p. 284)

“Only by working with those who are not yet free [from the disease] do I fully realize that freedom.” (For Today, p. 252)




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Meeting Announcements


The Arlington Saturday Night 6:00 P.M. Meeting is moving to a new location.
As of June 4th we will be meeting at:
Arlington United Methodist Center (formerly known as Arlington Methodist Church)
716 South Glebe Road,
Arlington, VA

To enter the parking lot you may use 7th Street of Glebe Road. Enter the church through the door on the back side of the building. We will be meeting in the Moyer Room.



MONDAY Sunshine Meetings 8:00 am
Choose between two lengths of meetings:
7:50 - 8:35 am, 45 minutes (brief break out, so time to get to work)
7:50 - 8:50 am, 60 minutes (then continue on to full hour)

WEDNESDAY Hump Day Meetings
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Trinity Methodist Church
1205 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA


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Sponsorship Question of the Month


What animal does your sponsor remind you of? Why? 

(For example: “My sponsor reminds me of an orangutan, because my sponsor doesn’t worry about others’ opinions, is very at ease in the world, and swings from tree to tree.” Don’t take this question too seriously—you can be a bit playful!)

 You can send answers to , or if you prefer emailing a real person directly, you can email Rachel B. at .