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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceFebruary 17, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Ash Wednesday
~Power Up!
~Walk for Warmth
~Mission u Event
~Learning Event Evaluation
~LGBT Meeting
~Youth Leader Sought
~FUMC Anchorage Offers Grants
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

March 11 -
Carl Landerholm

March 25 -
Evelyn Erbele

March 29 -
Doug Handlong

Contact Information


Supt. Carlo Rapanut 
cell 907-854-8340  

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2014 Conference Journal
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Reflections of a Running Reverend
My blog for this week is: Reflections of a Swim Dad.

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Have a great week!
Ash Wednesday The Why and Wherefore of Ash Wednesday
The imposition of ashes on the first day of Lent reminds us of our mortality but also that we are "God's good creation," writes Joe Lovino in a feature. He notes that observance of Ash Wednesday is growing, with some United Methodist pastors administering ashes outside the church walls. Read more of this story through  Check with your local church to see when and where they will be holding their service.
Power Up!: A FREE Three Part Energy Management Training Webinar

March 18, 26, April 2, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm, ONLINE

A Partnership between GreenFaith and Drew Theological School.


Participants will learn basic energy management strategies and techniques from skilled, experienced leaders who have decades of experience working with faith communities on these issues.  You'll learn how to motivate faith communities to become committed to good energy management practices, three no-cost steps that reduce most congregations' energy bills by at least 10%, how to benchmark your energy usage and carbon footprint and to measure the improvements you make, and a host of other strategies and practices.  After the webinars, you'll carry out your own introductory energy survey on an actual facility and submit a report for review by our experts. 


There are no other opportunities that can deliver this combination of mission-related and financial rewards.  Register today! 


Questions? Contact Amy Jones, Interim Coordinator for Lifelong Learning, at Drew Theological School. 973-408-3084 or [email protected]

2015 Walk for Warmth & 5th Anniversary 5K!
With support from individuals and teams, Walk for Warmth raises money that goes directly to keeping Anchorage residents housed and financially stable.  This year the walk will take place on February 21st.  Last year, over 60 households received rent and utility assistance - with your support, we can help even more families. Set your team fundraising goal to $500 - can you hit your goal and help prevent family homelessness?

Help spread the word about Walk for Warmth and invite your friends, families and co-workers to join your team. Or, challenge them to start their own team and see who can get the most team members and raise the most money!

This year, we hope individuals become Warm Hearted Warriors: Raise $500 or more and receive a swag bag with gifts from local businesses, thanking you for your support. We can't wait to see you on February 21st!   
For more info go to the event website -
Mission u Events
The Alaska United Methodist Women are hosting their annual Mission u Events!  The three featured courses are Spiritual Growth: How is it With Your Soul?, Social Justice Understanding: The Church and People with Disabilities, and the Youth Study: Making a New Picture Together - Welcoming Persons with Disabilities Into Our Lives.  The next event will be this weekend, February 20-21 at Aldersgate UMC in Juneau.  Download the informational brochure.  You can register online now at't miss out on these greatly anticipated events!  You can view the Mission u blog at  The last event will be March 27-28 in Kenai at the Dena'ina Wellness Center.
Diana Butler Bass Learning Event Evaluation/Survey
For those of you that attended the Learning Event with Diana Butler Bass on January 30-31, we would like you to take a few moments to fill out an evaluation/survey.  You can find the survey here.  We would like to pass on the information back to Diana Butler Bass as well as keep the information for us as we think about planning future learning events.  It is anonymous and we always appreciate your feedback.
Anchorage UM Community LGBT Meeting

The LGBT Outreach Ministry Team at St. John would like to invite members from other Anchorage United Methodist Churches to join us at our next monthly meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 5th.  We're hoping to have a combined United Methodist presence at upcoming community events (Celebration of Change in March, Pride Prom in April, Pride Fest in June).  We're also brainstorming ways to revitalize PFLAG here in Anchorage.


Please join us for a time of brainstorming, sharing, and planning.  Points of contact for this meeting are Debbie Pintsch, 240-7409 and Art Carpenter, 865-9168.

Eco-Palms Eco-Palms

Palm Sunday is March 29. Celebrate the triumphal entry of Christ using palm fronds that are fairly traded.


Through the Eco-Palm Project, palms bought from harvesters are purchased at a fair price and cut down in a way that protects the environment. Proceeds from palm sales help harvesters send their children to school, improve their communities, and provide necessary healthcare.


Place your eco-palm order now, and watch this informational video to learn more. Orders must be placed by no later than March 6 for delivery during the week of March 22.
Youth Ministry Youth Leader Sought for Anchorage Korean United Methodist Church

AKUMC is currently looking for a youth leader for their Sunday School. 


Here is the job description they provided:
1. Have a meeting with Pastor Keum on the first Tuesday every month from 7AM-8AM.
2. Teach Sunday school students (K-6th grade) every Sunday from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.
3. Lead worship service for youth group every Sunday from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (prepare sermon manuscript and present to Pastor Keum before service).
4. Try to understand Korean-American culture.
5. An additional 2-3 hours per week may be added if special activities are planned.

Wage: $1000.00/Month

If you are interested or know someone who may be, please send your resume to Yong H. Pak at [email protected] or Pastor Won Jea Keum at  [email protected]

Pick Click Give Your Chance to Make a Difference
Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to share their Permanent Fund Dividend with causes they care about. Please consider donating to AK Child & Family and Nome Community Center when you sign up for your PFD.  They are both national mission institutions of the church.  You can also choose First City Homeless Services Day Shelter which is located in Ketchikan and is affiliated with First UMC in Ketchikan.  If you have already filed your application but have changed your mind and want to donate, it isn't too late!  You have until March 31st.  Visit the donation website to find out more!
First UMC-Anchorage Offering Grants

The First United Methodist Church Foundation is accepting applications for 2015 grants to be used as educational benefits, scholarships, out-reach to the community and the world. Applications should be a concise request that includes the following: Requesting Organization or Person, Contact Name, Contact e-mail, Contact physical/mailing address, Type of grant requested (scholarship, capital improvement, out-reach, education) and Description of how the funds will be used in 2015 that is no more than 250 words. Submissions must be received by February 27, 2015 at the address below. Awards will be posted in March 2015. Those receiving grant awards will be required to submit a report how the funds were used, with documentation, by December 1, 2015.   Send your request to:

FUMC Foundation - Grants

725 W 9th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501
GBOD FREE Webinars

Below you will find a list of webinars for church leaders offered in February by the GBOD Leadership Ministries division.  These webinars are free of charge. You can register by going to .


Thursday, February 19: Children's Ministry in the New Church Start

Thursday, February 19: Covenant Discipleship Groups

Tuesday, February 24: Christian Community: Grounded in Faith

Thursday, February 26: Flipping the Classroom

Upcoming Events

     25: Carlo at Benefits Conference in Portland
     26: Carlo at Greater Northwest Cabinet meeting in Portland

     3-4: Giving Voice in Anchorage
     4-5: Carlo in Seattle for Cabinet Meeting

     9-18: Crystal on vacation
     9: Carlo in Seattle for a Young Clergy Recruitment event
     17-18: Carlo attending Circles of Presence Retreat in Seattle
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Contact Info

Crystal Feaster
Administrative Assistant
907-333-5050 phone
907-333-2304 fax