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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceAugust 12, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Emergency Preparedness Webinar
~Apportionment Report
~New Day Alaska
~Back to School

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


Upcoming  Clergy

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 Come Run With Me.  If you ever miss a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Disaster Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship Webinar

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for: A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations.



August 19, 2014

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time



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The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 in September and National PrepareAthon Day! (September 30) activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.

Money Apportionment Report
The July 2104 apportionment report has been completed and posted on the conference website.  You can view it 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

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