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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMay 20, 2014
In This Issue
~Dave's Dibble
~New Day Alaska
~Annual Conference
~INM 5K Fun Run/Walk
~Hiking Yoga
~Rummage Sale
~Vehicle Needed
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

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
I am away at a transitions workshop today but you can always read previous blog posts here.

Grace Always,


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!
Annual Conference Information
Bishop Hagiya has a challenge for you!  Watch it here!

If you are able to help with any of the requests below, please contact the conference office at 333-5050 or  Thanks!

  • DESPERATELY NEED HOMES for 9 delegates and clergy to stay while in town!
  • NEED some child care workers for up to 7 children (paid position and can be teenagers)!
  • NEED TRANSPORTATION for 7 people!
  • REGISTRATION is required.
  • PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (descriptions & non-delegate registration)
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.  ALL Participants need to register.  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:

Hiking Yoga
Not a runner or looking for something a little different for the Imagine No Malaria Fun Run? We'll be offering a Hiking Yoga session as an option. Same time, same place, same great cause. Hiking Yoga is the social experience to mix your cardio with yoga and take it outdoors! Join us! Register here
Yard Sale Rummage Sale
June 14th, 2014 in the Gym of First United Methodist Church on 9th Ave.


9am to 1pm / 12pm-1pm (bag sale)


Money raised will go to the Local Ministry account, ie. Hungry Tummies, Brother Francis sandwich making, etc.


We'll also be serving complimentary coffee, cookies and lemonade with donations for Imagine No Malaria.


We will be taking donations of clothes, household items, shoes, baby stuff, etc, (please no big items) the week prior to sale, June 8-13; call First Church office at 272-2112 for drop off times.
MissionInsite Workshop
For those that have signed up for the MissionInsite pre-conference workshop, you can find some documents we will be going over on the conference website if you would like to preview them before the class.  View them here.
car-front-icon.gif Vehicle Needed for One Year

Girdwood Chapel is looking for a vehicle for their incoming pastor to use for the year that she is here.  She will be a resident in Girdwood so a car which can safely travel to and from Anchorage is necessary.  If you have a vehicle she can use or know of someone who does, please contact the conference office at or 333-5050. 

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

     26: Memorial Day - Office Closed
     29: Pre-Conference Workshops at Anchor Park UMC
     29: New Day Alaska BBQ @ Anchor Park UMC
     30-31: Annual Conference at Anchor Park UMC
     31: Imagine No Malaria 5K and Hiking Yoga

     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

     1: Carlo begins his Superintendency
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