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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJuly 15, 2014
In This Issue
Superintendent Transitional Time
~Bishop's Blog
~Change in Date
~Apportionment Report
~GC 2016
~Interfaith Prayer Weekend
~Piano Accompanist Needed
~Annual Yard Sale
~DisAbility Ministries
~Global Creation Care Ministry
~Lay School of Theology

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


Upcoming  Clergy

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
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.

Reflections of a Running Reverend
My new blog for this week is Finding My Rhythm.  If you ever miss a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Bishop Grant Hagiya Bishop's Blog
Bishop Grant Hagiya has posted a new article to his blog.  He reflects on the challenges of isolated ministry and the different way Jesus modeled for us.  Read it here.
Change in Annual Conference 2015 Dates
For several reasons, Bishop Grant Hagiya needs to change the date for next year's annual conference.  It was previously scheduled for May 28-30.  It has now been changed to June 4-6.  The location will still be at St. John UMC.  Please make this change on your calendars!
Money Apportionment Report
The June 2014 Apportionment report is posted to the conference website.  You can read through it here.
General Conference 2016
There is a new website where people can sign up to be on the volunteer list for General Conference 2016 in Portland, OR.  As part of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Alaska is part of the hosting team.  If you are interested in volunteering during the Untied Methodist quarterly meeting, visit this website.  Continue to watch out for new information about volunteer opportunities.
Interfaith Weekend of Compassion & Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

California-Pacific Bishop Minerva Carcaņo and a number of religious leaders in Los Angeles have called for an Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children (July 18-20, 2014) after a delegation of religious leaders visited a naval base in Southern California where such children are currently housed and held a press conference at the historic La Plaza UMC in Downtown Los Angeles last week.


You are invited to join in the weekend as well as to invite others to do the same.

A central location for all information, including resources for this weekend's worship service (in different religious traditions) as well as a letter writing campaign and organizing calls to Congress, has been designated:


The hope is that our witness might transform the national conversation on this matter which has yet to reflect our faith values and our commitment to compassion and caring for children.

Grand Piano Piano Accompanist Needed

The United Methodist Church of Chugiak is hiring a piano accompanist. Requires approximately 3.5 hours per week, including playing for one choir rehearsal, one Sunday service and accompanying the choir on Sunday morning. Must comply with Safe Sanctuaries policies and pass an individual background check.  Contact Terri Schimmack, UMCC Music Director, at 688-5525, or email her at

Yard Sale East Anchorage UMC Annual Yard Sale

The Annual East Anchorage UMC Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, July 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It promises to be our best ever with something for everyone. If you have any items in good condition that you no longer want or need, donate them to our yard sale. Please call Pastor Karen Dammann (333-6611), Diana Kent (441-7499), or Valerie Butler (333-7688) to arrange a time to drop off the items at the church located at 1660 Patterson Street, Anchorage, Alaska.

Brochure for DisAbility Ministries

DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church offers a brochure highlighting their important work. This includes startup grants for churches expanding their ministry with people with disabilities as well as grants for congregational accessibility improvements.

Use this resource to find the best ways you or your church can support these vital causes.

Global Creation Care Ministry Team

The General Board of Global Ministries is looking for candidates for their new Global Creation Care Ministry Team.  Pat Watkins indicates that they are "selecting one person from each of 6 regions of the world."   If this interests you and would make a good addition to their them, please fill out the application.   If you have any questions, please contact Gordon Greathouse or Pat Watkins

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

     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
     11-13: Melissa Engle attending the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Conference
     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