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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceDecember 23, 2014
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Apportionment Deadline
~Apportionment Report
~Winter Youth Break-Away
~Youth Mission Immersion
~Deaconess & Home Missioner
~Diana Butler Bass
~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

Contact Information


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: Never Alone. If you have ever missed a week, you can read my previous blogs here.

I will be on vacation during the holidays and will be back in the office on January 6th.  For pressing matters that cannot wait until I return, please contact Rev. Bob Smith at 907-330-7770.
Deadlines Apportionment Deadline
The Treasurer's office has set a date for the absolute last day to receive your apportionment money for 2014.  Anything received after this date will not be credited to 2014.  The date is January 12, 2015.  Make sure you put your checks in the mail before then so they receive them on time!
Giving Tuesday Results Are In!
The conference has received a report on which Alaska Advance numbers received money on #GivingTuesday and whether or not any amount was matched.  Here are the results:
Advance Project
Alaska Churches
Alaska Ethnic & Rural Camping and Conference Fund

Birchwood Camp
Downtown Ministries, First UMC Ketchikan
Girdwood Chapel UMC
Hope Retreat Center
Rural Alaska Native Adult Distance Learning Program, APU

Unalaska UMC - Outreach
Willow UMC
Willow Church & Community Ministry

The missionaries all received funds as well and Imagine No Malaria was also the recipient of a large sum of money.  Thank you again to everyone who participated!
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 Questions? Contact Birchwood Camp: 907-688-2734.

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!

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!
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.
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

     24: Office Closed half day - Christmas Eve
     25: Office Closed - Christmas Day
     26-Jan 5: 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
     19: Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr's Day
     23-25: United Methodist Women Midwinter Meeting @ Birchwood Camp
     25: Willow UMC Church Conference
     29-31: Winter Meetings and Diana Butler Bass Leadership Event

     1-4: Carlo at ADCM Meetings in Nashville
     8: Homer UMC Church Conference
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