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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJune 17, 2014
In This Issue
~Birchwood Camp
~Samoan Video
~Native American Singers
~Flag Day

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


Upcoming  Clergy

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

July 27 -
Jenny Smith

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Birchwood Camp Birchwood Camp News
2014 Music and Drama (MAD) Camp performances
Music and Drama (MAD) Camp will be held at Birchwood Camp on June 23-29, 2014. At the end of the week campers will be performing the musical that they have learned & prepared during their time at camp. This year the musical is The Rock Slinger and his Greatest Hit, the story of David & Goliath, which uses humor and drama to share how God teaches us to overcome our struggles and be true to ourselves.  Please spread the word to your churches: All are invited to attend the shows - come out and support the campers!  
  • The first performance will be at First UMC on Saturday, June 28 at 7:00pm.
  • The second performance will be at St. John UMC during the evening worship on Sunday, June 29 at 6:30pm


Seasonal Cook needed at Birchwood Camp 

Birchwood Camp is looking for a Camp Cook to help in the kitchen during July and part of August. Experience in food service is preferred; the cook will be working along Birchwood Camp's other food service staff to provide healthy and delicious meals to campers and guests. Learn more about this employment opportunity or apply online at the following link: Please send questions to Marie Sweezey,
UMCOR Relief-Supply Web Page

Replenishing UMCOR depot shelves to meet future emergency needs is always a concern, especially with hurricane season upon us.

Use the relief-kit content instructions on UMCOR's Relief-Supply web page to purchase the items needed to fill school kits, health kits, layette kits, bedding packs, and sewing kits. All are in demand right now.

You can also support this vital ministry with your gifts to Material Resources, Advance #901440, to enable UMCOR to purchase the necessary items for each relief-supply kit.

UMComm UMCom Video About Alaskan Samoans
In case you missed our Facebook post from last week, we shared a video that United Methodist Communications put together after interviewing the Samoan congregations in Alaska.  You can watch the video here.  We are proud to have this ministry here in our Conference!  Thank you UMCom!
Native American Mother/Daughter Singing Duo "Sayani"

A Native American mother and daughter singing duo would like to come to Alaska and share their singing talents with us.  They have already been invited to perform at New Hope Methodist-Presbyterian Church in North Pole but need more churches to perform at to make their trip up here cost effective.  They do this full-time as their ministry and travel the world sharing their gift of music and Christian message.


To learn more about "Sayani," Jorie West and her daughter Christie West, you can go to their website at  Contact them at 817-757-2297 or if you are interested.

Celebrate Flag Day with AK Child & Family
Bring out your family and friends for AK Child & Family (formerly Alaska Children's Services) Flag Day, Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30-8:30 pm.  AK Child & Family is located at 4600 Abbott Road in Anchorage. This fun event is a fundraiser for AK Child & Family (residential treatment home for children) and includes food, ice cream, live music, face painting, balloons, games for children and much more. Free parking and shuttle at Service High to the event. Consider buying a ticket for a child or another family you know! Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Contact AK Child & Family for more information at 272-8899; or check out the AK Child & Family website at

Upcoming Events

     20-22: Carlo attending Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

     1: Carlo begins his Superintendency
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Crystal Feaster
Administrative Assistant
907-333-5050 phone
907-333-2304 fax