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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceSeptember 9, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Bishop's Blog
~Apportionment Report
~Save the Date!
~2015 Generation Transformation
~Social Principles
~INM Ideas
~Church Reviews
~FREE Webinars
~Fall Rendezvous
~Racia/Social Justice Award
~Food Drive
~Green Dot
~Shepherd's Care Forum
~Harriett Jane Olson
~YAR 2014

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


Upcoming  Clergy

September 17 -
John Campbell

October 8 -
Tori Hicks

October 18 -
Dan Wilcox

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
I don't have a new blog post this week because I am down in Portland attending the Greater Northwest Area Cabinet Retreat.  If you ever miss a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Bishop Grant Hagiya Bishop's Blog
Bishop Grant Hagiya has written a new blog post about larger mission field engagement.  Read his post here.
Money Apportionment Report
The apportionment report for August has been completed.  You can view how your church is doing by clicking here.
Birchwood Camp Save the Date! October 26: Birchwood Camp Annual Dinner & Auction

Birchwood Camp would like to invite everyone to the annual dinner, meeting and auction on October 26th.  The event will be held in Fireweed Hall as we celebrate the past year of ministry, elect new board members, enjoy a meal together, and support the mission of our camp through the live and silent auctions. This year the funds raised will support the camp scholarship fund and help add bathrooms to Fireweed Hall.

The silent auction will open at 4:30 pm in Fireweed Hall. The meal will begin at 5:00 pm, with the program and live auction to follow. Childcare will be provided in the Lodge after the meal.  The event will conclude around 7:30 pm. Seating is limited so please RSVP to 907.688.2734 or by email

2015 Generation Transformation

Generation Transformation is an initiative of Global Ministries to increase opportunities for young adults to engage in mission throughout the connection. The program opportunities available are:

  • Global Mission Fellows - US2 Domestic Track and International Track - Age 20-30, 2 year commitment
  • Global Justice Volunteers - Age 18-30, 10 week commitment
  • Individual Volunteers - Age 18 and up, flexible commitment anywhere from 2 months to 2 years

Global Ministries has a vision of 500 young adult missionaries serving around the world.  View this video or download this brochure to learn more.  Applications are now available online.  Visit  The early-bird deadline is October 15th.

Applicants Sought for Talks on Social Principles

Applications to participate in consultations about the United Methodist Social Principles are being accepted by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Some of the dates have been adjusted including new application deadlines. Read more on the Board of Church and Society website.

stained_glass_purple.jpg Trailhead
The California-Pacific Conference is hosting Trailhead: Orient Yourself to New Faith Communities.  It will be held November 13-15, 2014 in Redondo Beach at Redondo Beach First UMC.  If you are thinking of starting a new church or ministry, this may be for you.  Find more information here.
Imagine No Malaria Imagine No Malaria Ideas
So, you want to keep working on Imagine No Malaria, but you need some new ideas. Or maybe you're excited about the campaign, but not sure where to start! Having a fun, public fundraising event is a great way to generate energy around this important cause.
The best thing to do is figure out what your church is really good at, and then make Imagine No Malaria a part of it. For example, if a church has a fabulous music ministry, it might make more sense for them to hold a benefit concert than a chili feed. There's no sense fitting a square peg into a round hole! What does your congregation do best? What do you enjoy working on? How can you use those gifts and talents for Imagine No Malaria?
  Find out more ideas here!
Church Reviews

Chris Thompson is a local Anchorage man whose job is to visit churches in the area and then writes articles for Alaska Dispatch News.  A few weeks ago he wrote one about guests and how churches can show that they really care about them.  If you are looking for ways to be more welcoming, you might find this article helpful.  Mr. Thompson writes weekly about his church visits and observations.  You can read more of his articles here.  He has visited a few of our United Methodist Churches.

GBOD Free Webinars
GBOD continues to offer FREE webinars for church leaders.  Here is a list of the upcoming dates and titles in September.  For more information and to register, go to

Monday, September 15 - Children and Sacrament
Tuesday, September 16 - Becoming a Praying Congregation
Wednesday, September 17 - What is Lay Ministry All About?
Thursday, September 18 - Three Simple Rules for the Finance & Stewardship Committee
Tuesday, September 23 - What is a Methodist?
Thursday, September 25 - iKids-When Every Day is Disneyland
Thursday, September 25 - Stewardship: Show Me the Mission!
Thursday, September 30 - Mission Education
Time to Register for Meetings
Fall Rendezvous meetings are quickly approaching.  If you are a part of a committee, please make sure you read the general information letter and fill out the registration form.

If you are able to house incoming members, please let us know at  Thank you in advance!
UMW Racial/Social Justice Award

Do you know someone or a group who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the area of social/racial justice? The United Methodist Women are looking for nominations for their annual social & racial justice award! Nomination forms are available on the Alaska UMW website!  Completed nominations can be emailed to

Food for the Needy Feeding Our Neighbors Food Drive

September is Hunger Awareness Month and the Interfaith Action Group is sponsoring a September 13 Food Drive and Community BBQ event for all faith communities.  The door-to-door collection will be from 10-12pm and from 12-2pm you can drop the food off and enjoy the BBQ at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (855 E. 20th Ave). The Interfaith Action Group emerged out of the Rasmuson Foundation faith leader gathering earlier this year. For more information about this group or to join the food drive, contact Nora at

Free Training by Green Dot
Green Dot Anchorage is hosting a FREE Bystander Training on Monday, September 15 from 10-3pm.  It will be held at the BP Energy Center.  Please RSVP to Kristin at
Shepherd's Care Forum

Alaska has the highest rate of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault in the U.S. 1 out of 2 Alaskan women suffer from DV/Sexual Assault and 1 out of 6 boys suffer from sexual abuse in their lifetime. It was reported that "74% of American faith leaders surveyed underestimated the level of sexual and domestic violence experience within their congregation, leading to infrequent discussion of the issue from the pulpit as well as a lack of appropriate support for victims."


On September 19th from 9:30-4:00 pm, the Church of Anchorage is convening a gathering called the "Shepherd's Care Forum." This forum is for all clergy, ministry staff and leaders in the faith community. There is no charge for this event and lunch is provided at no cost. The venue is the State of Alaska Crime Lab located at 4805 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The forum will be held in the facility classroom and seating is limited. For those who request it, a tour of the new, state of the art, facility will be available at the end of our session. Please register by September 12th by calling 907-258-1165 to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like a tour of the Crime Lab.

You Are Invited!
You are invited to join the Alaska United Methodist Women for lunch on Saturday, September 27th where they will host special guest, Harriett Jane Olson, CEO of UMW Inc.  Ms. Olson will be the special guest speaker during the Annual Gathering of UMW during that weekend.  If you can't make it for the entire weekend but would like to hear Harriet speak, please RSVP to to attend the lunch.  The cost for the lunch is $15 and will be held at noon at St. John UMC.
20s and 30s
Young Adult Retreat Coming October 24-25

All young adults in their 20s & 30s are invited out to Birchwood Camp in Chugiak for a retreat weekend. It's a good mix of downtime to relax and some scheduled time with fun things to do together. Pumpkin carving, bonfires, worship, discussions, great food, hot chocolate, a scavenger hunt, hiking and more. We're excited to welcome our Superintendent, Rev. Carlo A. Rapanut, to facilitate our worship & discussion on Saturday morning & evening! He'll work with us on themes in the book, "You Lost Me." It's a look at why many young adults don't connect with the church and where we go from here.

Childcare is provided during the worship & discussion portions. This year, we're offering a Saturday only option. Come out just for the day on Saturday if you'd prefer not to spend the night. More info at and registration at

#GivingTuesday provided the world with the opportunity to give back by uniting together for mission. On December 3, 2013, United Methodists around the world united to support mission and ministries they believe in, through The Advance. Over 880 projects and missionaries received a financial boost that brought them closer to their mission goals. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts.Global Ministries will participate in #GivingTuesday for the second time on December 2, 2014! While the details for the event will be finalized during our October 2014 Board Meeting, you can begin to spread awareness about the event and your project.

Upcoming Events

     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
     18: Carlo visiting UMC of Sitka
     19: Carlo visiting First UMC Ketchikan
     19-20: Lay School of Theology at St. John UMC
     20-21: Carlo visiting Aldersgate UMC, Douglas Community UMC, and Northern Light United
     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

     27: Thanksgiving - Office Closed
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