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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceSeptember 16, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Charles Brower
~Book & Bake Sale
~Position Open
~Fall Rendezvous
~Racia/Social Justice Award
~2015 Generation Transformation
~FREE Webinars
~Harriett Jane Olson
~YAR 2014
~Save the Date!

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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
Please read my latest blog post, The Quiet Center.  If you ever miss a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
UMComm Video about Ministry in Alaska
United Methodist Communications has put together a video about Community UMC pastor, Charles Brower.  They did a wonderful job!  You can view the video here and other UMCom videos here.
Conference Journals
Conference Journals have been delivered to the conference office!  In the coming weeks, I will be getting them ready for distribution.  Most of the churches will receive their journals during the Professional Church Worker Retreat and Fall Meetings.  Clergy, please make sure you find me so that I can get your set to you.  Everything remaining will be mailed. -Crystal Feaster
Book Sale & Bake Sale

The UMW Book and Bake Sale at FUMC Anchorage has become an annual fall tradition.  This year's sale will be this Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 AM - 1 PM at 725 W. 9th Ave.


Antiquarians - mystery lovers - cooks - historians - children - 

bargain hunters


Hundreds of books for browsing and buying - most books priced at $1 or less  


The bake sale includes pies, cakes, breads, cookies and more. You might also find several specialty items (sugar-free, gluten-free, etc.) if they haven't already been snapped up before you arrive. If you've never attended, you are in for a treat!

GBOD GBOD Looking for Chief Program Officer

The General Board of Discipleship is seeking the right person for our vacancy of Chief Program Officer.  The deadline for receiving applications is September 30, 2014.


Persons wishing to apply should submit a resume along with a cover letter reflecting a personal statement as to why they are interested in this position, with emphasis on their particular gifts and skills that might equip them to be successful in the position. Please send submissions via email to or via fax to 615-340-7565 by the above listed deadline. If anyone wishes to make inquiries or should need assistance please call GBOD Human Resources at 615-340-7107 or 615-340-7108. You may visit their website at for additional agency information. The General Board of Discipleship is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V EOE.


We are excited to let you know that plans are under way for this year's UMC #GivingTuesday! This year's online giving campaign will be on December 2, 2014.


As you may remember, last year more than $6.5 million was raised online in one day through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, highlighting the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.


Now is the time for you to reach out through your networks to let them know about this one-day event and how it can support your work.


UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.


The Advance is working out the details of a possible match but in the meantime, we want to engage our networks and build excitement for UMC #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014.

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

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.

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

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
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 Harriett 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

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

ERUMC Passing of Rocky Reed
Eagle River United Methodist Camp has lost a long time supporter and advocate.  Rocky Reed had been connected with the camp for decades as a volunteer, dean, camp manager and board member.  He passed away on September 2nd leaving his wife Bunti, and sons, Ray, Art, Steve, and Jake.  A memorial service will be held at the camp on October 4th.

Upcoming Events

     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
     26: Birchwood Camp Annual Dinner & Auction

     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