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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 1, 2014
In This Issue
~Dave's Dibble
~Annual Conference
~Choose Respect
~Washington Mudslide
~Birchwood Camp
~INM Website for GNW
~UMW Newsletter
~FREE Books
~ERT a Success
~Birchwood Camp Registration
~20s & 30s Gathering
~Change the World

ACS Print  

20/20 Vision:
Leading to God's New Horizons


Upcoming  Clergy

April 12 -
Robert Hicks

April 16 -
Julie Wasser

April 23 -
Karen Martin Tichenor

May 9 -
Ron Myers

May 15 -
Steve Eldred

May 18 -
Cindy Roberts

May 19 -
Linda Jean Myers

Contact Information


Dave Beckett
cell 907-250-9143 

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2013 Conference Journal
The Conference Journal is posted on our website and you can access it anytime you would like.  Download it onto your computer desktop for easy research.

David Beckett Dave's Dibble
Read my latest blog: Letting Go .  You can always read previous blog posts here.

Grace Always,


Annual Conference Documents Online - Registration is Open!
The registration form for Annual Conference is complete and registration is now open! If you would like to pay by check and fill out a hard copy, this form is for you.  If you want to register online and pay by credit card, this link is for you.  You can still find all the nomination forms and requests posted on the conference website for you to download and submit.  The direct links are below:
Outstanding Lay Person of the Year Nomination
Harry Denman Evangelism Clergy Nomination
Harry Denman Evangelism Laity Nomination
Harry Denman Evangelism Youth Nomination
Petition Form
Display Request
In Memory John Garvin - April 16, 1933-March 16, 2014
Former Alaska United Methodist minister and Executive Director of Alaska Children's Services (now AK Child and Family) John Garvin passed away on March 16, 2014.  Please read his full obituary here. If you would like to make a donation, the family suggests Bean's Cafe, PO Box 100940, Anchorage, AK, 99510 or
Choose Respect Rallies Around Alaska
Photos from the Anchorage rally with Supt. Dave Beckett and from Ketchikan with pastors Teri & Ev Erbele.

Disaster Plan Washington Mudslide
On March 22nd there was a deadly mudslide in Washington.  Since then several things have been occuring.  Please read the updates from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference website.


The survivors and those affected by the slide need money for the essentials of life - food, gas, utility bills, lodging, etc.  You can make a donation to the PNW Disaster Relief Fund by sending a check to:

PNW Conference Treasurer
P.O. Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198


If you want your donation to be used only for this event, put PNW Disaster Response Advance Special #352 on the memo line.

Please keep all of those impacted by the mudslide in your prayers.

Birchwood Camp News from Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp is Hiring!
Birchwood Camp in Chugiak is looking for a couple great people to join their ministry team: an Office Manager (part-time year-round) and a Camp Cook (seasonal). You can learn more about these employment opportunities or apply online at the following link: Please send questions to Marie Sweezey,


Nominate Someone for the Kelsey-Shepard Scholarship

The Outdoor Ministries Committee awards a $200 camp scholarship each year that recognizes gifted leadership in the life of United Methodist Camping. This scholarship honors long-time Camping volunteers Claudia Kelsey and Bea Shepard. The nominee (can be a child, youth or family) should exhibit outstanding leadership and service to the local United Methodist Church and additionally meet one of the following leadership requirements: 

a. Outstanding service to Community
b. Outstanding service to School
c. Outstanding service to local Camp
Nomination forms are available at this link and are due by April 30.
Imagine No Malaria Imagine No Malaria Stories

Check out this great article about how one of our churches is raising funds for Imagine No Malaria! First UMC in Fairbanks is taking their fundraising to a fun new level! What is your church doing?

UMW UMW Newsletter
Alaska United Methodist Women has a new newsletter out and it includes the registration form for their Annual Gathering.  Take a look and turn in your registration early!
Free Youth Ministry Program "Ideas" books

The Youth Specialties "Ideas" books provide thousands of Youth Ministry Ideas for youth leaders for Games, Youth Group Leadership, Fundraisers, Group Discussions, special Holiday events and much more.  This set of Youth Specialties "Ideas" books contains volumes 1-53 and the index.  


A former youth minister is getting rid of his library and is looking for a church home who can use it.  The books are perfect for an adult trying to determine what to do in their youth group.  If your church doesn't have many youth resources and these could be helpful, please contact the conference office.   If you do not want to pay the shipping from Anchorage, you can pick it up at Conference.

Early Response Team Training a Success!

History has been made.  Eleven Methodists from First United Methodist Church of Fairbanks were joined by twenty-three others from various faiths, ethnic backgrounds and ages to take Early Response Team training. Jim Truitt, the UMVIM Disaster Response Coordinator from the Pacific Northwest Conference spent three days training us to safely clean out a flooded house, do site assessments, and to be team leaders.  Jim also certified most of us as Alaska Early Response Team members who will provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.  Not all of the participants want to be ERTs but most (around 24) do.  Some want to be trained as United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) team members.  That training will be arranged. The excitement this past weekend was contagious. There is a lot more work for the team to do to get ready for a deployment, but this group is up for the challenge.  Keep your eyes open for future opportunities to help survivors of disasters.

Birchwood Camp Register for Birchwood Summer Camps
Online registration is open for Birchwood Camp's Summer Camp programs! Birchwood Camp provides safe spaces for spiritual formation, genuine community, and character development for children and youth of all ages. For more information & online registration, visit:
20s and 30s 20s & 30s April Gathering

All young adults in their 20s & 30s are invited to dinner & discussion at Jeff & Susan Koonce's home (11863 Rockridge Drive) on Saturday, April 12. Rev. Dave Beckett will join us to facilitate conversation on Marcus Borg's "Speaking Christian." Bring food to share for dinner. Free childcare provided at Saint John UMC from 5:30-8:30pm. RSVP to Pastor Jenny Smith at More info at

Change the World Change the World Event Reaches Five-Year Milestone

On May 17-18, United Methodists from across the country and around the world will pull together for an event to help Change the World in both large and small ways. For the fifth year, local churches will take on service projects that improve the circumstances of others and spark public interest in volunteer activities.


On Change the World Weekend, hundreds of United Methodist churches and thousands of church and community volunteers will deploy to parks, homeless shelters, food pantries, schools, health centers and more, to do what they can to help others. Since 2010, when the global service project began, countless volunteers from the U.S. and countries in Africa and the Philippines have completed more than 14,000 projects.


Register your project now at Churches who register their project(s) now can receive a free promotional kit while supplies last. The kit includes sermon starters, a lawn banner, a Rethink Church t-shirt, and more. After registering for the event, you can submit new details or edit your event anytime by emailing

Upcoming Events

     4-5: Mission u Event in Wasilla
     5: UMM Retreat at Hope Retreat Center
     5: Leadership Team meeting
     12: 20s & 30s Gathering
     24-29: Crystal attending UMW Assembly

     14-18: Dave on vacation
     19-21: Cabinet Meeting in Seattle
     26: Memorial Day - Office Closed
     30-31: Annual Conference at Anchor Park UMC
If you have an article or event that you would like the rest of the conference to know about and participate in, feel free to submit them to me each week by Monday evening.  I ask that you type up what you want included and let me know how many weeks you want it published for.  Thank you!
Contact Info

Crystal Feaster
Administrative Assistant
907-333-5050 phone
907-333-2304 fax