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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJuly 8, 2014
In This Issue
Superintendent Transitional Time
~Flag Day
~Graudation Congratulations!
~Position Open at St. John
~Program Calendar Discounts
~Imagine No Malaria
~GBOD Website
~Lay School of Theology

ACS Print  

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


Upcoming  Clergy

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

July 27 -
Jenny Smith

August 1 -
Susan Boegli

August 5 -
David Dyrenforth

Contact Information


Supt. Carlo Rapanut 
cell 907-854-8340  

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2013 Conference Journal
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Superintendent Carlo Rapanut's Blog
Please read my first blog as Superintendent of the Alaska United Methodist Conference!
Celebrate Flag Day with AK Child & Family
Bring out your family and friends for AK Child & Family 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!

Our very own Superintendent, Carlo Rapanut, will be a celebrity ice cream scooper starting at 6:30!  You don't want to miss this!

Check out the AK Child & Family website at
Congratulations Graduation Congratulations!
We would like to announce that Fatafa Fulumua, pastor of East Anchorage UMC's Samoan Fellowship, will be graduating from Claremont Univiersity's Course of Study program this month.  Kenai pastor, Janice Carlton, will be at the graduation representing all of us in Alaska who can't be there!  We want to congratulate Tafa on all his hard work that led up to his graduation.
Job Opportunity Administrative Assistant Position is Open
Saint John UMC's Staff Parish Relations Committee announces a new Administrative Assistant position. The position is primarily responsible for oversight of the membership database, including attendance and contributions records. Experience with database software and ability to become an expert in Servant Keeper is required. High school graduate plus two years of college or business school desirable. Telephone skills and experience with Windows and Microsoft Office a must. This position will supervise and train volunteer tellers. Part-time 20-24 hours/week. Monday-Thursday, 10:00-4:00 pm. Non-benefitted. Pay scale DOE.

Submit resume and letter to Rev. Jenny Smith at, 1801 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507 or fax to 907-344-4322 by July 15.

UMComm 2015 Program Calendar Offers 10% Off

The Early Bird Catches the Discount.  United Methodist churches already in planning mode for 2015 will receive 10 percent off the purchase of United Methodist Program Calendars if they order by August 31, 2014. With the mid-July release of the 2015 Official United Methodist Program Calendar, pastors, church leaders and staff can begin reserving dates for the new year.


Whether calendar purchasers are pick-up and go people, hang it on the wall aficionados or electronic organizers, there are several versions from which to choose. Customers are often so busy that they order one of each!


All designs include agency contacts/websites, information services, Revised Common Lectionary readings, liturgical colors, next year's events, special dates, a planning resource guide, a three-year plan-ahead calendar, United Methodist giving program information and ample space for notes.


The electronic calendars are already available at and other calendar versions are just days away from being ready to ship. Remember, order by August 31 and receive the early bird special-10 percent off any calendar; just use promo code CAL1510IW.


For information on other versions, email or call (888) 346-3862.

Imagine No Malaria Imagine No Malaria Launches New Website

Imagine No Malaria has brought new life to the net with an easier-to-use website at The website launch comes in conjunction with an insecticide-treated bed net distribution in Sierra Leone last month. Trained volunteers provided nearly 400,000 nets and education about the preventable disease in the Bo District.


With easy navigation, the new website offers visitors a visual introduction to malaria, which claims a life every 60 seconds, and the importance of Imagine No Malaria in beating this disease through prevention, communication, trained health workers and facilities, and grassroots education.


United Methodists are committed to ending death and suffering from malaria. To date, we have raised 83 percent of our goal with just over $62 million in gifts and pledges. United Methodists across the world are working hard to reach and celebrate our $75 million goal before the denomination's General Conference in 2016.


Safe, secure and easy giving opportunities are available on the site so that anyone can participate and join the effort to eradicate this disease. Visitors can make one-time gifts and pledges of any amount, but many individuals participate with a recurring pledge of $28 per month over three years, to potentially save the lives of up to 100 children at risk for contracting the deadly disease.


Additionally, visitors can get a glimpse at the lives Imagine No Malaria is changing through video diaries, touching photos and new stories.

GBOD New GBOD Website Mirrors the Agency's Mission to Provide Resourses

A completely redesigned website is now making the resources, training events, webinars, books, best practices and networking opportunities provided by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) available to church leaders with just the click of a mouse.


The new website ( puts into practice GBOD's mission to "challenge and support local church and annual conference leaders for their task of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

"The goal of our new website is to provide another resource to assist leaders of local churches and annual conferences in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This is a resource to offer HOPE to our churches and our communities," said the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, the agency's General Secretary (chief executive). "This new online face of GBOD is designed so our leaders can more easily find and access resources that will help them lead."


To view a video about the new website, go to

Lay School of Theology Lay School of Theology
The brochures for the Lay School of Theology were fresh off the press and handed out at Annual Conference.  If you weren't there and haven't seen any sitting around your church, you can download the brochure here to find out more about the classes offered.  It will be held at St. John UMC on September 19 & 20.

Upcoming Events

     11-13: Carlo attending Western Jurisdiction meetings in Denver
     22-24: Transforming Ministries 3 in Seattle - Lisa Talbott and David Dyrenforth attending

     23-28: Carlo attending the Superintendent training at Lake Junaluska

     8-10: Carlo attending the Greater Northwest Cabinet meeting in Portland
     19-20: Lay School of Theology at St. John UMC
     26-28: United Methodist Women Annual Gathering at St. John UMC

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