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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceDecember 16, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Deaconess & Home Missioner
~Apportionment Report
~Winter Youth Break-Away
~Diana Butler Bass
~AK Child & Family
~Youth Mission Immersion
~Wesley Pilgrimage

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Leading to God's New Horizons


Upcoming  Clergy

January 3 -
Bishop Grant Hagiya

January 5 -
Janice Carlton

January 18 -
Karen Dammann

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Supt. Carlo Rapanut 
cell 907-854-8340  

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2014 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 blog for this week is: Running For Those Who Can't. If you have ever missed a week, you can read my previous blogs here.
Deaconess or Home Missioner
Deaconess Fran Lynch will be hosting a Mini Discernment Event on January 17th for those lay individuals thinking about becoming a Deaconess or Home Missioner.  If you want to know more, please read the flyer and let Fran know!
Money Apportionment Report
A new report has been posted to the conference website with figures as of December 15, 2014.  This is the last month to get your apportionments in!  You can view the new report here.
Winter Youth Break-Away at Birchwood Camp: December 27-30, 2014

Register now for this exciting winter camp for students in grades 6-12. Enjoy four days full of sledding, friends, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, delicious food, broom ball, worship, games, snow shelter building, crafts, a sweat-prayer experience in our sweat lodge, ice skating, and much more! Registration & more information is available online at; register before December 17 or pay a $20 late fee. Questions? Contact Birchwood Camp: 907-688-2734.

Diana Butler Bass Diana Butler Bass Learning Event
Diana Butler Bass will be in Alaska January 30-31, 2015.  Her learning event will be held at St. John UMC and the FREE public lecture will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.  Here is the information sheet and registration form.  Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come.  You can visit her website for more information about her.
AK Child & Family AK Child & Family Christmas Wish List
The children at AK Child & Family have created their wish lists. They need your help to make their wishes come true. By sponsoring, donating or contributing (whether your money or your time) you can do just that. Sadly, the holiday season can be a terribly stressful time for the youth in their care, especially if they are away from their family for the first time. See how you can help with these children's wishlist at
Annual Youth Mission Immersion Registration Open

The annual P.L.U.M.E. Youth Mission Immersion weekend is coming up Friday-Saturday, January 16-17, 2015.  It's open to youth 7-12th grade.  They will gather on Friday evening and serve all day Saturday.  This year, they are going to end after dinner on Saturday night.  Information and Registration can be found at  Any youth from across the state can attend!

Wesley Pilgrimage for 2015

The Wesley Pilgrimage is a wonderful opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in the Christ-centered leadership of John and Charles Wesley
  • Learn, pray, and explore places where the Wesley brothers lived and served
  • Reflect and make new friends in small groups
  • Make connections between the Wesleyan heritage and missional leadership for today

In addition, there are scholarships available to cover the $2,195 pilgrimage fee. Persons will still be responsible for their own airfare, but this is a huge opportunity!  To find out more check out the flyer here.

Upcoming Events

     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
     31: Office Closed half day - New Year's Eve

     1: Office Closed - New Year's Day
     7: UMC of Sitka Church Conference
     8: First UMC, Ketchikan Church Conference
     10: Aldersgate UMC Church Conference
     10: Douglas Community UMC Church Conference
     11: Northern Light United Church Conference
     13-18: Carlo in Seattle for Western Jurisdiction meetings
     18: Jewel Lake Parish Church Conference
     18: Anchor Park UMC Church Conference
     21-23: Carlo in Portland for Greater NW Cabinet Retreat
     23-25: United Methodist Women Midwinter Meeting @ Birchwood Camp
     25: Willow UMC Church Conference
     29-31: Winter Meetings and Diana Butler Bass Leadership Event
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