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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 15, 2014
In This Issue
~Dave's Dibble
~Annual Conference
~INM 5K Fun Run/Walk
~Birchwood Camp
~FREE Webinars
~Birchwood Camp Registration
~Change the World
~Safe Sanctuary

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: A Resurrection Bear Story.  You can always read previous blog posts here.

Grace Always,


Annual Conference Information
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.  The early registration, which saves you $15, ends on April 30.  Make sure you take advantage of the savings!

You can find all the nomination forms and requests posted on the conference website for you to download and submit.  The direct links are below.  Please note their due dates.
Harry Denman Evangelism Clergy Nomination (due April 30)
Harry Denman Evangelism Laity Nomination (due April 30)
Harry Denman Evangelism Youth Nomination (due April 30)
Outstanding Lay Person of the Year Nomination (due May 5)
Display Request  (due May 15)
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (descriptions & non-delegate registration)

We are looking for one more group who want to make a meal for Annual Conference as a fundraiser.  We are also looking for homes for delegates to stay in and transportation help to get the delegates from homes to the meetings.  Lastly if you are interested in helping with child care we need your help!  If you are able to help with any of these requests, please contact the conference office at 333-5050 or  Thanks!
Imagine No Malaria 5K Fun Run/Walk

Run or walk a 5K for fun and fitness. Better yet, do it for a great cause! Help eliminate malaria from the face of the planet.


Where: trails by Anchor Park UMC

When: May 31, 2014 2:00 p.m.


Open to all ages. Suggested participant fee of $15/adult and $5/child.

REGISTER HERE!  Online or Hard Copy  


We also need volunteers to help organize the run. If you are interested, please contact Carlo Rapanut Tel. 696-2353 email:

Birchwood Camp News from Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp's Spring Open House  

Everyone is welcome to attend Birchwood Camp's Annual Spring Open House, a fun, family friendly event on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Those who would like to get some exercise & see a nice view of our camp grounds can join us for our 1 mile Fun Run/Walk at 10:00 am. Proceeds from the Fun Run support Birchwood Camp's scholarship fund. We'll also have free open house from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm with live music, lunch around the camp fire and activities to enjoy with your family. We hope you'll join us! Check out the camp's website for all the details & register online for the Fun Run/ Walk: 


Spring Work Day at Birchwood Camp

Help Birchwood Camp get ready for a busy summer season during the Spring Volunteer Day on May 4. Volunteers are needed from 12-5pm to help with various maintenance, building, and clean up projects around camp. All skill levels are desired, from cleaners & organizers to electricians, builders & those handy with a hammer! Contact Stephen, for more information or if you'd like to help.

Birchwood Camp is Hiring!
Birchwood Camp 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.
GBOD FREE Webinars for Church Leaders
The General Board of Discipleship offers FREE webinars weekly for church leaders to participate in.  Please find the list of what is coming up in April below.  Register at www.gbod/webinars.
April 15 - Media: What's Trending in Elementary Schools?
April 16 - Safe Sanctuaries for Camps & Retreat (Part 1)
April 22 - Pastors: Making a Good Move
April 24 - SPRC: Your Role When the Pastor Changes
April 29 - Choosing Curriculum
April 29 - Claiming a Missionary Mindset
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:
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.


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

Safe Sanctuary Safe Sanctuary and Summer Camps
In anticipation of camping season, the GBOD has two new webinars on Safe Sanctuaries® coming up soon. They are specific to Camp and Retreat Settings. They will be recorded and archived. People may register at

Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats - Part One
This is the first of a very important two part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. This initial webinar highlights key aspects of screening, selection, and preparation in abuse prevention for leaders who provide camp and retreat experiences.
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time 
Duration: 1 hour 
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt

Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats - Part Two 
This is the second in very important two-part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. Providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate along with the training of leaders who provide the camps and retreats is a fundamental act of love. This webinar highlights key content areas for developing prudent abuse prevention policies and procedures.
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time 
Duration: 1 hour 
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt

Upcoming Events

     18: Good Friday
     20: Easter Sunday
     24-29: Crystal attending UMW Assembly in KY
     30: Early Registration Deadline for Annual Conference

     10: Birchwood Camp Open House
     11: Mothers' Day
     14-18: Dave on vacation
     19: Registration Deadline for Annual Conference
     19-21: Cabinet Meeting in Seattle
     26: Memorial Day - Office Closed
     29: Pre-Conference Workshops at Anchor Park UMC
     30-31: Annual Conference at Anchor Park UMC

     1-2: Conference UMW meetings at Jewel Lake Parish
     11-15: Dave attending Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference
     20-22: Carlo attending Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
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