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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMay 19, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Annual Conference Housing & Food
~Annual Conference Info
~Volunteer for Flag Day
~Hope Retreat Center
~Quiz Yourself
~The Connectional Table
~Retirement Party
~Worship Booklets Needed
~UMC Youth Event!
~Birchwood Camp
~Eagle River Camp
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

Contact Information


Carlo Rapanut

cell 907-854-8340  

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Superintendent's Blog
My blog for this week is:  Prayer Run: For Those In Between.

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Have a great week!
Housing Annual Conference Housing & Transportation
We are looking for homes for annual conference delegates to stay in while they are in town for meetings.  If you are able to house and/or provide transportation for someone, please contact the conference office at 333-5050 or
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 pre-conference handbook is now complete and ready for download or mailing.  Just visit the conference website and click on the Annual Conference tab to find the information!  If you need it mailed to you, please contact the conference office.  There is a new, UPDATED SCHEDULE posted as well. 



Registration is now closed.  If you didn't get your registration in on time, please contact the conference office.



There will be a day of workshops on June 4th.  You can find a list of the workshops and their descriptions here.  If you do not plan on attending Annual Conference but want to participate in one of the workshops, you can fill out this form

Volunteer for AK Child & Family Flag Day

AK Child & Family would love to have a total of 15-20 volunteers for their annual AK Flag Day Celebration.  They would like two volunteers to fill in when ticket sellers take breaks and to check-in with the bus driver (offer refreshments, watch the bus while the driver takes a break).  The rest of the volunteers would help with the food running and offering breaks.  Volunteer times are between 5:15-8:15 PM on July 9th.  They would also take a few volunteers to come around 2PM to help in the gym getting trays ready.  Please contact Angie Rush at or 348-9255 if you are interested in helping out. 

The Hope Retreat Center

The Conference Historian, Larry Hayden, has just released his latest publication dealing with another aspect of the Conference Outdoor/Camping Ministry program - The Hope Retreat Center.


The 40-page booklet is available for a donation of $14 which just covers the cost.


The Hope Methodist Church was built in 1946 and staffed by Bertha McGhee.


Contact Larry at 222-1938 for more information.
Archives & History Quiz Yourself: United Methodist History
The United Methodist Church has existed in various forms for more than 200 years. Test your knowledge of its history with this quiz, a partnership between United Methodist Communications and the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History. A new question will be added each day through John Wesley's birthday, June 17.
What is the birthplace of John Wesley?
What new holiday was recognized at General Conference 1912?
The "Christmas Conference" took place in what city?  
The Connectional Table Votes to Submit Legislation Proposal Related to Homosexuality
Meeting in Nashville on Monday, the Connectional Table voted to submit a compromise legislative proposal to the 2016 General Conference that removes prohibitive language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning homosexuality, while making only minor changes to the existing Social Principles.
The proposal would allow United Methodist clergy to perform ceremonies that celebrate same-sex unions in United Methodist churches if they wish; clergy who do not wish to perform such ceremonies would not be required to do so. The proposal also removes being a practicing homosexual or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies from the list of chargeable offenses for clergy. In addition, the proposal removes the language that says the church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers it incompatible with Christian teachings, while recognizing this has historically been the position of the church.
The Connectional Table voted 26-10 with one abstention to submit the proposal, which they described as a possible "third way" to help the church end its impasse on homosexuality. The proposal would end church trials over homosexuality, allow the exercise of conscience by United Methodist clergy, yet retain the authority of annual conferences to discern suitability for ordination.  Read more.
Retirement An Invitation to Come and Celebrate

You are all invited to attend a retirement party for Pastor Julie Wasser.  It will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Ninilchik Senior Center (66265 Aspen Avenue, Ninilchik, 99639).  Wine and cheese will be available at 5 PM.  Dinner and festivities will begin at 6 PM.  To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Linda Hawkins at 907-240-5212. 

Music Looking for Worship Booklets
Willow United Methodist Church is hoping to start a casual, outdoor service for this summer.  They are looking for about 20 of the same worship/chorus books - like camp books or something (not hymnals or Faith We Sing), that can be used in an outside setting.  If you know of something like this that is available, please contact Dan Wilcox at or 907.495.6638.  Thank you!
Youth Ministry UMC Youth Event!
First UMC, Anchorage would like to invite all middle and high school youth in the Anchorage area to a fun filled day of games, prizes and food on May 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM!  You will be having a fun time while learning about how to keep yourself and your friends safe in the world.  Special guest Julie Dale from STAR will be MCing the event.  EVERYONE is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Jenn Miller at or call 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!!!

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, 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

     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
     14-19: Carlo Co-Deaning at Faith Adventure Camp at Birchwood Camp
     26-28: Carlo attending the PNW Annual Conference in Pasco, WA
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