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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJuly 22, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Myers Memorial
~WJ Substance Abuse Representative
~Walking/Running to a Cure
~Christians for Equality
~FREE U-Shaped Office Desk
~UMW Newsletter
~Tafa's Graduation
~Annual Yard Sale
~Piano Accompanist Needed
~Change in Date

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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 Holy Interruptions.  If you ever miss week, you can read my previous blogs here.
In Memory Myers Memorial

The memorial service for Rev. Linda Jean Myers was held on Saturday, July 19th at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak.  It was attended by family and friends. 


Donations in her honor may still be made to Birchwood Camp where Linda Jean recognized her call to ministry.  Please write Linda Jean Myers Scholarship Fund in the memo line.


Sympathy cards may be sent to:
Ron, Rachel and Rebekah Myers 

10381 Tree Top Lane 

Anchorage, AK  99507

Substance Abuse Representative
The Western Jurisdiction is looking for one representative to join the leadership team (United Methodist Global Council of Drug and Alcohol Addiction) of the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence.  The Global Council is an advisory and working body whose members guide and further SPSARV's annual and quadrennial programmatic work, ensuring effective collaboration among United Methodist agencies and networks on projects pertaining to this General Conference mandated program.  SPSARV will provide for transportation and accomodations during meetings for jurisdictional representatives.  If you have any interest, please contact Superintendent Carlo at
Imagine No Malaria Walking/Running to a Cure and Freedom

Soldotna UMC is holding its first INM 5K Walk/Run August 2, 2014 starting at 10am. The path will begin and end at the church, 158 S. Binkley St, Soldotna, AK. You can preregister online at, through the mail or in person that morning. Registration is $25 with all proceeds going to Imagine No Malaria. Please, come join us for a walk/run that will make a difference in keeping children and adults alive and finally fear free of this deadly disease. 

See you with your running shoes on! 

God bless, Your INM Cohorts at Soldotna UMC

Christians for Equality

Christians for Equality is looking for an Anchorage-based advocate to help educate Alaskans about the minimum wage initiative on the November ballot. If you or someone you know is:

*passionate about helping move hard working Alaskans out of poverty
*available part-time to full-time until November
*comfortable speaking to congregations across denominations/traditions 


please contact Nora at


Christians for Equality is a coalition of leaders, clergy and lay, who raise up a faithful voice for peace, justice and equality, rooted in the Hebrew Prophets and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Free U-Shaped Office Desk

The Conference Office has purchased a new desk and so we would like to offer the old desk for free to anyone as long as you come and pick it up. First person to speak up and say they want it and comes by to get it claims it!  If we don't hear from anyone by Thursday, it will be donated to the East Anchorage UMC yard sale.


UMW Alaska UMW Newsletter
The new UMW newsletter has been mailed out.  You can view the electronic version here.
Tafa's Graduation
Tafa Fulumua has completed all of his coursework at Claremont School of Theology to now be a licensed local pastor.  Janice Carlton was able to be there on our behalf.  She submitted this picture of him playing the piano during the ceremony.  Thanks Janice and Congratulations to Tafa!

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.

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

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!

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