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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceAugust 5, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~New Day Alaska
~Back to School
~Now Accepting Applications
~Archive Room
~Imagine No Malaria

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


Upcoming  Clergy

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 Running Buddy.  If you ever miss a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Missional Community Invitation: New Day Alaska Seeks New Lead Team Members

New Day Alaska, a mission outreach to residents in the neighborhoods of Mountain View and Airport Heights, needs new Lead Team members. We need to replace several members, including Pastors Dave Beckett and Kirimi Ikiugu, who have moved away. New Day seeks to reach people in culturally diverse neighborhoods who have not yet felt comfortable affiliating with churches. We offer weekly meetings to share food, fellowship, scripture, music, and Christian love and support. We have agreed upon a personal Rule of Life involving regular prayer, Bible study, and missional emphasis. Meetings have been held at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club.  Anchor Park UMC is our Anchor Church, providing administrative support, and will also provide meeting space.


If you would like to be part of this interesting and Biblical ministry, please come to a Lead Team meeting on Monday, August 18, 6 pm at Anchor Park UMC, 2300 Oak Drive. Contacts: Abbe Dunning-Newbury, 907-696-7090,; Pastor Doug Handlong, 277-0152,; or Crystal Feaster,

Back-to-School Resources Available on GBOD Website
A collection of back-to-school resources to help congregations and families prepare for the new school year - from prayers and litanies to articles about bullying - are now available at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) website.

The resources for youth, children and adults were compiled by staff members at GBOD to help church leaders plan for the back-to-school season.

"Our back-to-school collection of resources reflects how GBOD is serving the needs of families and church leaders," said Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director of Communications & Brand Strategy at GBOD. "The fall often represents a return to a routine, when we rededicate ourselves not only to school, but to our church and family.  We hope these resources will be utilized by church leaders in their work with their communities."

In addition to individual families, Christian educators and others in the church who need to prepare curriculum and communicate with church members about preparing for this busy season will find the collection helpful.

The collection is available online at

Now Accepting Applications!

The Clergy Lifelong Learning office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is offering an exciting online continuing education opportunity beginning in January 2015. Clergy Coach Training: Preparation for ICF Certification is offered in partnership with Rev. Dr. Val Hastings, MCC from the Coaching4Clergy group. This new program focuses on the development of coaching skills for effective congregational and clergy leadership and will consist of 16 clergy (i.e., elders, deacons, and licensed local pastors) with more than five years full-time ministerial experience.


Once these leaders are trained and credentialed, GBHEM expects them to serve the church in the role of credentialed coaches. The total cost of the program is $2500. Participants will be responsible for paying $1700 of the tuition: installment payments are available. GBHEM will provide a scholarship of $800 per participant.


If you have any questions or would like to submit a program application please contact the Clergy Lifelong Learning office by going here.  Application deadline is August 15! 

Archives & History Conference Archive Room

Methodist History, a quarterly journal published by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, is available for checkout in the AUMC archive room or free on-line at


The April 2014 issue Table of Contents have the following manuscripts:  Stuck in the Middle: The Role of Sunday School Hymnals in the Hymnody of the Methodist Episcopal Church; The Influence of Danish Missionaries to India on Susanna Wesley's Methods of Education and its Subsequent Influence on John Wesley; and Methodism, Nonviolence, and the Civil Rights Movement with James M. Lawson, Jr.; and Book Reviews.


The July 2014 issue has:  Mission Outside the Walls:  The Alliances of Methodism to Defeat the Old Colonial Order Related to Church and State in Argentina, 1880-1890; The Sand Creek Massacre: Matthew Simpson and the Broken Arrow of Patronage; Book reviews and Volume LII Indexes.

Imagine No Malaria Imagine No Malaria
Julie Frisbie, field coordinator from the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area for Imagine No Malaria, has compiled the latest information on our fundraising efforts.  She reports that in the Alaska Conference, "100% of churches are engaged in this campaign!  The combined church goals add up to only 60% of the conference goal, so major gifts may be important."  A few ways to reach 100% of our goal is to promote easy fundraisers like a pancake feasts and encouraging your church to increase its goal if the original goal has already been met.  We can do this!

Upcoming Events


     18-20: Carlo in Galena assessing the VIM work being done with the flooding of last year
     23-28: Carlo attending the Superintendent training at Lake Junaluska

     8-10: Carlo attending the Greater Northwest Cabinet retreat in Portland
     11-13: Melissa Engle attending the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Conference
     14: Carlo preaching at St. John UMC
     19-20: Lay School of Theology at St. John UMC
     26-28: United Methodist Women Annual Gathering at St. John UMC
     30-Oct 1: New Clergy Orientation

     1-3: Professional Church Workers Retreat at Birchwood Camp
     3-4: Fall Rendezvous meetings
     24-25: Young Adult Retreat at Birchwood Camp
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