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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 22, 2014
In This Issue
~Dave's Dibble
~World Malaria Day
~Kairos Volunteers Needed
~80% of Goal Reached
~Easter Totem Video
~Annual Conference
~INM 5K Fun Run/Walk
~Birchwood Camp
~FREE Webinars

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Upcoming  Clergy

April 23 -
Karen Martin Tichenor

May 9 -
Ron Myers

May 15 -
Steve Eldred

May 18 -
Cindy Roberts

May 19 -
Linda Jean Myers

Contact Information


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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
I am traveling this week so I don't have a new blog post. You can always read previous blog posts here.

Grace Always,


World Malaria Day, April 25

As World Malaria Day approaches on April 25, Imagine No Malaria is asking supporters to #CovertheNet to raise awareness across social media networks about this killer disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds.

Imagine No Malaria has created resources that make it easy for advocates to create social media buzz about this life-saving cause. Here's how you can join the effort to help us #CovertheNet:

  • Add a special World Malaria Day Twibbon to your Twitter and/or Facebook profile photos to spread the world and let people know you support the cause. (Get your Twibbon)
  • Help us shout out a powerful message on Twitter and Facebook via Thunderclap. If enough people sign up to support it, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Facebook post or tweet from Imagine No Malaria supporters on April 25 - all at the same time - creating a giant wave of attention. (Join our Thunderclap)
  • Change your Facebook cover image using the one we have posted on our Facebook page at Like our page and check back during the week leading up to World Malaria Day for shareable videos and photo posts.
  • #CovertheNet with prayers for those at risk of death from malaria by posting a prayer on our Facebook wall on or leading up to April 25.
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church that is dedicated to eliminating deaths from malaria in Africa through prevention, treatment, education and communication. Through generous support, this goal has never been closer in reach. Malaria's death rate is half of what it was in 2006; however, there is more work to be done as this preventable disease still claims a life every 60 seconds.
Kairos Volunteers Needed
Paul Williams, from Willow UMC, is trying to recruit volunteers for the Kairos Prison Ministry.  It is short notice but there is a 2 day retreat at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward this weekend (April 26-27) to introduce Kairos to the Spring Creek community. The first Kairos in Seward is scheduled for early in October and volunteers are needed for this and a new ministry in the valley that Paul is working on getting started.  Please contact him directly at if you are interested.
Imagine No Malaria 80% of Goal Reached!

Imagine No Malaria announced that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million by 2015. In the past year alone, the people of The United Methodist Church have made contributions and pledges of more than $28 million, boosting the total raised to more than $60 million.


"For the past several years we have said 'please' consider making a pledge and a commitment to saving lives through Imagine No Malaria," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who chairs the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. "Today, as we climb closer to our $75 million dollar goal, it is my joy to say 'thank you' for helping to make this effort, and our denomination, a relevant and significant participant on the world scene of global health."


The death toll has been cut in half.  Since 2006, United Methodists have focused on the challenge of saving lives at risk from malaria - a preventable disease that still kills a child every 60 seconds. In the past eight years, the church has helped cut the death toll in half.

Next month in Sierra Leone, The United Methodist Church will take part in a national distribution of 3.49 million nets. The new nets will replace nets provided through the church and its partners in 2010. The invitation to participate in the second nationwide distribution and the complementary maternal and child health initiatives is an affirmation that the Sierra Leone government recognizes The United Methodist Church as a key partner and stakeholder in an impressive network of innovators, implementers and donors.

Easter Totem Pole on UMTV

 In case you missed our post on Facebook a few weeks ago, United Methodist Communications came to Alaska and interviewed Rev. David Fison about the totem poles he has carved during his ministry up here.  You can watch the video here.

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.


Open to all ages. Suggested participant fee of $15/adult and $5/child.  REGISTER HERE!  Online or Hard Copy  


Where: trails by Anchor Park UMC

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




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. 

Registration Is Open 
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:
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 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

Upcoming Events

     21-25: Dave in Oregon
     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