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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 21, 2015
In This Issue
~Annual Conference Info
~Apportionment Report
~The Thomas Center
~Grandmothers Against Malaria
~UMC Youth Event!
~Council of Bishops
~Music Opportunity
~Music Position Available
~Quick Facts of The UMC
~UMM Program on Habitat for Humanity
~Volunteers for GC
~Downtown Scavenger Hunt
~Eagle River Camp
~Birchwood Camp
~FREE Webinars

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Upcoming  Clergy

April 23 -
Karen Martin Tichenor

May 9 -
Ron Myers

May 18 -
Cindy Roberts

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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.

AUMC Logo Annual Conference Information

Annual Conference will be held at St. John UMC in Anchorage on June 5th & 6th with workshops on June 4th.



The registration process is now open.  You can register and pay online through this link.  If you would like to download a paper copy, you can do it hereThe early bird rate is nearing its end so make sure you take advantage of it by April 30th



There will be a day of workshops on June 4th.  You can find a list of the workshops and their descriptions here. One of the workshops has been moved from the morning to the afternoon.  The links and forms have been updated to reflect this change.  You can sign up for these workshops when you register to attend Annual Conference.  If you decide to change your workshop after you have already registered, please contact the conference office to change it.  If you do not plan on attending Annual Conference but want to participate in one of the workshops, you can fill out this form.  



You can start nominating clergy, laity, or youth for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award.  You can also nominate someone for being an Outstanding Lay Person.  Award nominations are due May 12.  



Churches can submit their names for the memorial service on this form.  If you are part of an organization that would like to reserve a table for a display, fill out this form.

Money Apportionment Report
Here is the church apportionment report as of March 31st.  Take a look at how your church is doing, here.
living-room-sm.jpg The Thomas Center

After ten years of discernment, two years of predevelopment, and a year of construction, Michael Burke of St. Mary's Episcopal Church is very pleased to announce:

The opening of applications for The Thomas Center for Senior Leadership is now underway!


The Thomas Center is envisioned to be a new living community - one that provides additional support so elders can maintain an active, vibrant lifestyle during their senior years. This unique center would focus on the gifts seniors offer, not on seniors as patients or passive care recipients. As an intentional community, it is uniquely interested in how we can live, not isolated and not entirely dependent on caregivers, but inter-dependently in the spirit of Christian fellowship and faith-centered mutual support.


The target date for opening is this fall, but they are accepting and reviewing applications now.


In the Spirit of the P.L.UM.E. ministry partnerships, they built into this program an eligibility preference for members of their P.L.UM.E. sister churches. It is their hope, that in The Thomas Center we will enter into a whole new facet of the collaborative work and ministry we all do together in Christ's name.


Find out more here.


For a look at the floorplans of the effiency, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments and spacious congregate living spaces, including craft and exercise rooms, please visit them online at:

Imagine No Malaria Grandmothers Against Malaria
Julia Frisbie has posted an article by UMCOR onto the Greater Northwest Imagine No Malaria website.  It is about a grandmother who was concerned for her grandchildren and malaria.  Nets were the answer to her prayers. Now more grandmothers and others are getting involved to help educate and protect individuals in the effected areas.  Read the article here.
Youth Ministry UMC Youth Event!
First UMC, Anchorage would like to invite all youth in the Anchorage area to a fun filled day on May 23rd (time to be determined)! In conjunction with STAR they will be hosting a "Healthy Relationships Day."  You will learn about how to keep yourself safe and what it means to be a bystander.  EVERYONE is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP with Jenn Miller at 272-2112.
Council of Bishops Council of Bishops to Meet in Berlin

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States will gather in Berlin at Hotel Palace Berlin for the Council of Bishops meeting, from May 1-7.


Main topics on the agenda include the development of vital congregations, the implementation of the four Areas of Focus, preparation for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the role of bishops in helping to maintain the unity and faithfulness of the church in the face of many significant challenges and opportunities.


"The Council of Bishops is meeting in Europe because The United Methodist Church is a global church with approximately 40 percent of United Methodists living outside the United States," said Bishop Peter D. Weaver, executive secretary of the Council of Bishops. "It is important, as John Wesley emphasized, to be 'connected' with each other as we celebrate the diversity of gifts in our church and learn from each other how best to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world' in this 21st century."

hand_holding_note.jpg Music Opportunity

First UMC in Fairbanks is seeking a Praise Band Director. This is about a 1/4 time job for someone with a music degree or experience in musical leadership. The deadline for applicants is Friday, May 15, 2015. If you or someone you know would be interested or would like more information please contact Niesje at or 907-347-7760.

Music Contemporary Music Ministry Position Available

Saint John UMC in Anchorage is currently hiring a new worship leader for their 11:15 contemporary worship service. Visit for more info.

GCFA Quick Facts about The United Methodist Church
Looking for a snapshot of The United Methodist Church's numbers around the globe? The Data Services Department of the General Council on Finance and Administration has put together a chart of church membership, attendance, total active churches and total active clergy.   
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UMM United Methodist Men Schedule May Program on Habitat for Humanity

Von Cawvey will present an overview program on Habitat for Humanity and lift up opportunity for service this coming construction season at the May meeting of the St. John United Methodist Men.  It will be held following the 9AM breakfast on Saturday, May 16th in the fellowship hall.  Von has been an active volunteer, fundraiser and advocate for Habitat for a number of years.


Habitat has strong church "roots". Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, the organization has provided simple, decent, affordable housing for over 1 million families world-wide. In Anchorage, Habitat has built 87 homes and rehabilitated another 12 since the Anchorage chapter was founded.


Each Habitat home owner goes through a rigorous application process. These low-income families are required to invest several hundred hours of "sweat-equity" in their home. In return, the can secure a 30 year, interest-free mortgage.


At this point there are a number of opportunities for volunteers to work eight hour shifts -both week days and Saturdays - throughout the summer and fall. The St. John men hope to recruit a team for at least two days of service during this time.


All area men of United Methodist churches are welcome to attend. Bring a friend.

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed for General Conference

Volunteers can  apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church's 2016 General Conference. The denomination's top legislative assembly will meet in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016.


Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and expenses. Those interested should submit an online application before the deadline of July 31. If you have additional questions, contact Dick Hooton at


The Local Host Committee will be looking for hundreds of volunteers to work full or part day shifts as greeters, registration assistants, airport guides, and other welcoming ambassadors to the Northwest. You can learn more and sign up at  If you are interested in going as a volunteer from the Alaska Conference, please contact the conference office at

Downtown Anchorage Scavenger Hunt

Join United Way of Anchorage on Saturday, May 2nd for the inaugural Downtown Scavenger Hunt!


Register or donate here:


Have fun in downtown Anchorage while helping United Way raise money to support programs and special collaborative work like 90% by 2020 that help our children in Anchorage succeed! It takes all of us to build the community in which children thrive. Be a part of it!


When: Saturday, May 2nd. 11 AM - 3 PM

Where: Town Square Park, Downtown Anchorage

Who: YOU! And your friends and family.


Registration is $35 per person, maximum 10 people per team. Kids are free with registered adults.


Register or donate here:


Before and after the hunt, there will be food and music on-site!


Thank you to our sponsors: Alaska Railroad, ExxonMobil, and The Boardroom!

ERUMC Eagle River United Methodist Camp

Eagle River United Methodist Camp located in Juneau, Alaska will be having Discovery Camp for kids going into 3rd thru 8th grade. The dates for camp are July 12th - July 16th. This year's theme is "Get Real". To sign-up please contact the Sitka United Methodist Church at 907-747-8775 for a registration form. Children from other communities in Southeast Alaska and beyond are welcome to participate.   Let's get together for camp!!!

Birchwood Camp Birchwood Camp

Register for Summer Camp at Birchwood Camp

Online registration is now open for Birchwood Camp's Summer Programs. These camp programs provide safe spaces for spiritual formation, genuine community, and character development at Birchwood Camp's beautiful site in Chugiak. Online registration & detailed information is available at

FREE Webinars

Below you will find a list of webinars for church leaders offered by Discipleship Ministries.  These webinars are free of charge. You can register by going to


Tuesday, April 21: Family - Creating Rituals in the Home

Thursday, April 23: The Committee - Our Purpose

Tuesday, May 5: Called to Care for God's Good Creation - Intergenerational Environmental Stewardship (In Our Churches and Homes)

Tuesday, May 5: Creating Your Plan for Christian Faith and Discipleship

Tuesday, May 12: Budget-Friendly Creative Ideas in Children's Ministry

Tuesday, May 12: Supporting Your Teachers' Spiritual Formation

Thursday, May 14: Supporting Covenant Discipleship in the Congregation

Thursday, May 14: Stewardship in the Digital World - Has Your Church Made the Leap?

Tuesday, June 9: Children's Ministry - Staying Connected with Families Over the Summer Months

Tuesday, June 9: Where to Get Started with Older Adult Ministry

Thursday, June 18: Planning Children's Sabbath 

Upcoming Events

     1-3: Conference UMW Executive Team meeting at Turnagain UMC
     14-15: Carlo attending Greater Northwest Cabinet Meeting in Seattle
     17: Asian-Pacific Islander joint gathering
     26-28: Carlo at Transforming Ministries 4 in Los Angeles

     1-2: Greater Northwest Transitions Workshop in Portland
     4: Pre-Conference Workshops at St. John UMC in Anchorage
     5-6: Annual Conference at St. John UMC in Anchorage
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