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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceOctober 28, 2014
In This Issue
~Bishop's Blog
~Superintendent's Blog
~Council of Bishops
~Student Day
~Giving Tuesday
~Mission u
~Leadership Training
~FREE Webinars
~A Place at the Table
~World AIDS Day
~Diana Butler Bass

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Leading to God's New Horizons


Upcoming  Clergy

October 31 -
Sandy Ward

November 6 -
Tafa Fulumua

November 9 -
Ferdi Llenado

November 17 -
Jean Bruscia

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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.

Bishop Grant Hagiya
Bishop's Blog
Bishop Hagiya recently found himself getting a ticket due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he explains the lesson he intends to learn from it.  Read about it here.

The bishop also wrote a letter to us on October 24 regarding the recent school shooting in Washington.  Please read it here.
Reflections of a Running Reverend
I am home sick today so I won't be writing a blog for you this week. If you have ever missed a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Council of Bishops Council of Bishops

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hilton for the Council of Bishops meeting, November 2-7, 2014.


The meeting begins on Sunday, November 2, with a memorial service to remember bishops and their spouses who have passed away during the last year.


Among the meeting highlights will be the traditional ceremonial "passing of the gavel" from former Council president Bishop Rosemarie Wenner to Bishop Warner Brown of the San Francisco Episcopal Area on Monday at 10:45 a.m. CST. Bishop Brown assumed the presidency of the Council in May, but the full Council last met in November so the formal recognition will occur at the beginning of this meeting.


Immediately following the ceremony, Bishop Brown will present the annual presidential address to the Council - which will be live streamed for the first time. Viewers can watch the speech online while it is happening at, where it will also be archived for later viewing.


On November 6, an "act of repentance" service will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church for members of the Council and special guests. Several governors of Indian nations have been invited, as well as three Oklahoma Supreme Court justices who are active in native affairs in Oklahoma.

United Methodist Student Day
United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist students. November 30 is set as this year's United Methodist Student Day, but your congregation may choose to celebrate UMSD on any Sunday during the year.
GivingTuesday, December 2
GivingTuesday will be here before we know it.  There are several projects that we would like you to consider donating to.  The Alaska United Methodist Conference is a missionary conference so we have several projects within our state that count on donor dollars to fund some of their work.  You can find a listing of our Missionaries and local projects with Advance numbers here.  Along with those projects is our Missional Priority - Imagine No Malaria.  You can donate to this cause as well and even indicate your church in your donation so that your dollar amount donated can be added to your church's goal.  It really is a win/win situation!  You can download the directions on how to donate here.

Every gift made online through The Advance this year on December 2 will be matched up to $1 million (*see website for stipulations).

UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations and missionaries that have been researched and approved by Global Ministries. And 100 percent of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.

UMW Call for Mission u Study Leaders

The executive board of United Methodist Women of Alaska is accepting applications for Mission u Study Leaders for 2015-2016.  Please find attached, in WORD and PDF, a summary of the courses to be facilitated throughout the Alaska Conference.  Information and an application is included.  Please note the deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.  


Please distribute or forward this information to those you think may be interested in this wonderful opportunity.  


You may contact me at or 907-776-8555 or 907-440-1636 with any questions.


I look forward to hearing from you!

Bonita Miller

Dean of Mission Education

Alaska United Methodist Women

Please note that I have started a Blog which any news about Alaska Mission u will be posted periodically.  You can see it at
Leadership Training

Anchorage Faith & Action - Congregations Together (AFACT) is offering a Leadership Training for clergy and lay leaders.  The four-day session provides participants with an overview of faith-based community organizing, with some specific training in other areas.  The training will be held November 5 through November 8, 2014 at Holy Spirit Center.  Download the brochure or registration form

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

Thursday, October 30 - iKids - Digital Families and Digital Soul
Wednesday, November 5 - Holy Play!
Thursday, November 13 - Seize the Day: Making the Most of Your "Special" Sundays
Tuesday, November 18 - Engaging Families and Children with Special Needs
Tuesday, November 18 - What to Preach - iKids: Parenting in the Digital Age
A Place at the Table

First UMC & First Samoan UMC will be hosting a free turkey dinner Nov 2nd at 5:30 p.m. for anyone in the Anchorage community. They will be serving a turkey dinner with all the fixings to everyone who walks through the door. This is a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy a meal.


If anyone would like to donate please contact FUMC at Everyone is invited to join us for dinner.
In need of a ride? We will do our best to provide one!

World AIDS Day - December 1, 2014 (or Sunday, November 30)

World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, provides an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to show their compassion and support to those living with the disease. Tie it into your 1st Sunday of Advent! There are several resources available for worship here and here.


World AIDS Day is one of the UMC's Special Offering Sundays providing a great way for our churches here in the Alaska Conference to help raise funds for the UMC's next great priority: eradicating HIV by 2020. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund invites you to participate in the Just Save One initiative. 75% of the funds for the Global AIDS Fund will be used for projects to educate, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS all over the world. 25% of the funds we raise stays in the Alaska Conference to be used for HIV/AIDS ministries!


Let people know how to donate! There are a few ways to give:

1. Drop a check made payable to UMCOR in your church offering plate and indicate Advance #982345 on the memo line. Doing it this way will assure that the Alaska Conference receives 25% of your donation.

2. Mail your contribution to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.

3. Go to Give To Mission and type #982345 to access the UM Global AIDS Fund giving page.


Take a look at this video and use it as an educational tool for your congregation(s)!

Diana Butler Bass Diana Butler Bass Rescheduled for 2015
Mark your calendars now! Diana Butler Bass will be in Alaska January 30-31, 2015.  She was scheduled to give a talk a year ago but had to cancel at the last minute.  We don't have the specifics nailed down yet but wanted to make sure you got her on your calendar!  You can visit her website for more information about her.

Upcoming Events

     1: North Star UMC Church Conference
     2: Kenai UMC Church Conference
     9: Community UMC Church Conference
     12: Turnagain UMC Church Conference
     13: Palmer Fellowship Annual Meeting
     15: St. Peter the Fisherman UMC Church Conference
     16: Soldotna UMC Church Conference
     19: UMC of Chugiak Church Conference
     22: Girdwood Chapel UMC Church Conference
     23: First UMC, Anchorage Church Conference
     23: First Samoan UMC Church Conference
     27: Thanksgiving - Office Closed
     30: Christ First UMC Church Conference

     2: St. John UMC Church Conference
     7: First UMC, Fairbanks Church Conference
     13: Homer UMC Church Conference
     14: Anchorage Korean UMC Church Conference
     15-17: Carlo in Seattle for Greater Northwest Cabinet Meeting
     24: Office Closed half day - Christmas Eve
     25: Office Closed - Christmas Day
     26-Jan 4: Carlo on vacation
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