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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 28, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Prayers for Nepal
~Rummage & Bake Sale
~Annual Conference Awards
~Annual Conference Info
~General Conference 2024/2028
~$9.6 Million to Fight Malaria
~Downtown Scavenger Hunt
~UMM Program on Habitat for Humanity
~UMC Youth Event!
~Birchwood Camp
~Eagle River Camp
~The Thomas Center
~FREE Webinars

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Upcoming  Clergy

May 9 -
Ron Myers

May 18 -
Cindy Roberts

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2014 Conference Journal
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Superintendent's Blog
My blog for this week is: Signs of Life.

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.

Have a great week!
Prayers and Support for Nepal
Be in prayer for the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake they experienced on Saturday, April 25th.  Read more from the United Methodist website on how you can help in the efforts for aid and recovery.
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Yard Sale Rummage & Bake Sale

There will be a rummage sale and bake sale at First United Methodist Church, Anchorage on Saturday, May 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Half of the proceeds from the sales will be sent to the Nome Community Center.  They are accepting donations of household items and clothes from infants to adults.  No beds, couches, or heavy items please.  Please contact 272-2112 for more information. 

Annual Conference Awards
Don't forget that Annual Conference award nominations are due May 12th.  Every year there is an opportunity to nominate a clergy person, a lay person, and a youth for the Harry Denman Evangelism award.  You can read more about this award here.  Our conference also has an award for Outstanding Lay Person of the Year.  If you know of a lay person in your church that you think deserves this award, please make sure you nominate them by May 12th!
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.  



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.

graphic-globe-people-sm.gif General Conference Sites Chosen for 2024 and 2028

Meeting in Portland, Oregon last week for their final meeting before General Conference 2016, the Commission on the General Conference voted to take the quadrennial legislative gathering out of the U.S. for the first time in 2024 - and again in 2028.


Manila, Philippines was chosen as the site for the 2024 General Conference. The Commission also voted to hold the 2028 conference in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Judi Kenaston, chairperson of the Commission on the General Conference, said that the Commission has been considering holding the assembly outside the U.S. for some time. Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan of the Manila Episcopal Area and Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area both extended invitations for the General Conference to meet in their respective areas, an important consideration in choosing those areas.


"The Commission wanted to set these locations now to allow plenty of time for all involved to make the necessary preparations," said Kenaston.

"Meeting outside the U.S. is an important statement to say that we're a worldwide denomination," said Sara Hotchkiss, business manager of the General Conference. "The enthusiasm and hospitality in the two host countries has been remarkable."

Imagine No Malaria The United Methodist Church Contributes $9.6 Million to Fight Malaria in Africa

The people of The United Methodist Church made a historic donation to the Global Fund with a gift of $9.6 million, the single largest contribution made by a faith organization to the Geneva-based institution. United Methodists throughout the world contributed to the Imagine No Malaria initiative through donations and grassroots fundraising efforts, ranging from pancake breakfasts to 5K runs to lemonade stands.


"It is on behalf of and with much appreciation to the people of The United Methodist Church that we make this gift," said Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, who leads the church's Imagine No Malaria campaign. "Today we celebrate, with our partner the Global Fund, the work we are doing to end preventable deaths from malaria on the continent of Africa.  Our work is making a difference."


The contribution makes The United Methodist Church one of the most significant non-government contributors to the Global Fund. The money will be used to purchase and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets and other tools to control malaria in Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


In 2010, the Global Fund and the people of The United Methodist Church joined forces in the fight against malaria.


The United Methodist Church has pledged up to $28 million to help those at-risk enjoy malaria-free lives, and has raised $18.1 million for the Global Fund to date.  Imagine No Malaria is near its goal of raising $75 million for the battle against malaria.
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!


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

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 opportunities for service this coming construction season.  It will be held following the 9AM breakfast on Saturday, May 16th in the fellowship hall at St. John UMC.


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

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.
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

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!!!

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:

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, 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