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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMay 6, 2014
In This Issue
~Dave's Dibble
~Annual Conference
~INM 5K Fun Run/Walk
~Missing Labyrinth
~60th Anniv. Celebration
~New Day Alaska
~Council of Bishops
~Job Opening
~Birchwood Camp
~Climate Change
~Imagine No Malaria
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

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 new blog post: Rustling of the Spirit. You can always read previous blog posts here.

Grace Always,


Annual Conference Information
Deadlines are quickly approaching for various things related to Annual Conference.  Please make sure you don't miss anything!

  • REGISTRAITON: If you want 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. (due May 19) 
  • Display Request  (due May 15)
  • PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (descriptions & non-delegate registration)
  • NEED some volunteers to run the Cokesbury Book Display!
  • NEED some child care workers (paid position)!
  • NEED HOMES for delegates and clergy to stay in while in town!
  • NEED TRANSPORTATION for some of the people! 
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:

Missing Labyrinth
We are looking for a labyrinth painted on a large canvas that a confirmation group at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak did years ago.  It was made specifically for a United Methodist Women's event.  If this rings a bell for anyone or you know where it is, please contact the conference office.  Spring cleaning just might turn it up at your church or in someone's garage!
balloons2.jpg Anchor Park to Hold 60th Anniversary Celebration

The Anchor Park United Methodist Church has been in mission service and personal spiritual development at the corner of Lake Otis and Oak Drive for 60 years.  Famous Anchorage architect Ed Crittenden assisted with the initial building of the church in the Airport Heights neighborhood.


Previous attendees, as well as anyone else, are encouraged to join the congregation for a memorable review and a look to our potential future with our pastor, the Rev. Doug Handlong.  It will take place on May 18, 2014 at the 11 a.m. service.


Photo albums from each decade will be available for review.  The founding pastor, David Blackburn, was instrumental in starting Alaska Methodist University and getting the property for the Birchwood Camp Retreat Center.  Rev. Blackburn's widow, Mona, has plans to be in attendance.


People are welcome to stay for a reception and reconnect with friends.

Contact the church office at 277-0152 for more information.

Anchor Park New Day Alaska Neighborhood BBQ
New Day Alaska is hosting a neighborhood BBQ in the Airport Heights area of Anchorage and are using the parking lot at Anchor Park UMC.  If you are in the Anchorage area, please plan on coming to enjoy good food and great fellowship!  It will be held on Thursday, May 29th from 5-7 PM.  For those of you attending pre-conference workshops, please stay and join the fun!
Council of Bishops Bishop Brown Takes Office as Council President

San Francisco area Bishop Warner Brown has begun his term as president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.


Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the Germany Episcopal Area has served as president of the Council since April 2012. Her two-year term ended at the close of the Council's executive committee meeting on May 4. A formal celebration and the traditional "passing of the gavel" will take place at the Council of Bishops' meeting in November 2014.


Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr., who has served three terms as the Councils' secretary, was succeeded by Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.


Bishop Brown praised Bishop Wenner for her outstanding leadership. "I feel honored to follow Bishop Wenner, who has done a really excellent job of helping the council begin engaging the conversation of how we lead the church for this time," he said. "I hope to step into those shoes and continue that conversation."


"We are a very diverse church with a lot of things to learn from each other about how we effectively can be the church and make disciples of Jesus Christ, transform the world and hear and see the needs of people," said Bishop Brown. "In order to do that, we'll need to talk with each other and be honest with each other and learn from each other. I hope I can facilitate that kind of conversation."

Job Opportunity Job Opening
First UMC in Fairbanks is looking for a Teen Ministry Director.  This is a year round part-time position that involves team leadership and enthusiasm for nurturing teenagers.  You can review the position here.
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: 

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:
Climate Change Conference
Imagine No Malaria Imagine No Malaria by Julia Frisbie
Alaska has raised 30% of its goal! Congratulations, that's wonderful! I'm eager to share some new resources  
with you  


On our website, I've been collecting useful information on the Toolkits page (under Resources). There's a whole section for local churches, as well as resource kits for many different events. 


One of the events coming up quickly is Mother's Day. Since malaria disproportionately affects mothers and small children, please consider saving lives with your church on this holiday! Our Mother's Day Toolkit has everything you need for a successful alternative gift campaign. 

GBOD FREE Webinars
The General Board of Discipleship offers FREE webinars weekly for church leaders to participate in.  Register at www.gbod/webinars.

May 27: Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats (Part 2)

Upcoming Events

     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