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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJune 24, 2014
In This Issue
Superintendent Transitional Time
~Flag Day
~Birchwood Camp
~Mosquito Doing Well!
~United Methodist Communications
~Hospitality House

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June 27 -
Teri Erbele

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

July 27 -
Jenny Smith

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Superintendent Transitional Time
David Beckett leaves Alaska today and will begin his new job as pastor in Bend, OR on July 1st.  Our new superintendent, Carlo Rapanut, will be on vacation from June 25th through July 6th.  He will begin coming into the office on July 7th.  In between those dates, Bob Smith can be reached for Superintendent issues at 609-558-6940.
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 346-2101,, or check out the AK Child & Family website at 
Birchwood Camp Birchwood Camp News
2014 Music and Drama (MAD) Camp performances
Music and Drama (MAD) Camp is being held at Birchwood Camp this week! 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,
Mosquito from Conference Doing Well!

Pastor Janice Carlton of North Star and Kenai UMCs and "Itch" work at Nikiski Family Fun in the Midnight Sun on Saturday June 21.  Representing the Imagine No Malaria Campaign, Itch generated much-appreciated cash donations from Nikiski residents at the annual community event.  They were able to save 16 lives! 

UM Communications United Methodist Giving Helps Local Churches Exercise Generosity and Faith Together with New Website Launch
United Methodist Communications has launched an all-new, redesigned website at


The new site offers Biblical perspective to help United Methodists across the globe align their giving practices with their personal faith.


With easy navigation, there is a section dedicated specifically for church leaders and pastors that offers tools and downloadable resources to help inspire giving within local churches. It also highlights necessary information to equip leaders to discuss giving with members.


The section for church members focuses on the Biblical reasons for giving and highlights several unique opportunities such as Special Sundays, in which the denomination pulls together and focuses financial resources toward key issues that are important to The United Methodist Church. These include disaster relief readiness, scholarships to equip the next generation and advocacy for social justice issues.


Additionally, through feature stories and poignant videos, the site emphasizes stories of how United Methodists have positively affected lives through generosity.


Safe, secure and easy giving opportunities are available across the site so that anyone can participate and join United Methodists' efforts to make a difference and change the world.

Watch a short introduction video about the site at

Cross Epworth Hospitality House Blessed in Kenai

The congregation of the Kenai United Methodist Church was pleased to bless their Hospitality House on Sunday, June 22. The Hospitality House is designed to meet the needs of patients and their caregivers who are receiving long term treatment through the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Speaking at the Blessing were Mike Dimmick, Dennis Tidwell and Terri Tidwell. They spoke on being a long term caregivers and the blessing lodging had been for them and their loved one. Bruce Berget addressed finding housing for those needing treatment and Jennifer Bostelman of Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center, located on the campus of Central Peninsula Hospital, spoke about the gratitude of a patient knowing there is long term housing available. The Hospitality House is located next to the church in what was the parsonage and will be offered free of charge. Pastor Janice Carlton serves both the North Star UMC and the Kenai UMC. She pointed out she didn't need two parsonages and suggested the Kenai facility meet the needs of those who otherwise would have to make long daily commutes to receive treatment. The first long term guest is expected in July.

Upcoming Events

     25-July 6: Carlo on vacation

     1: Carlo begins his Superintendency
     7: Carlo in the office
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