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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJune 2, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Apportionment Report
~APU Reunion
~EAUMC Yard Sale
~Quiz Yourself
~Retirement Party
~Eagle River Camp
~Birchwood Camp
~FREE Webinars

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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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2014 Conference Journal
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Superintendent's Blog
We are in the midst of preparing for Annual Conference.  See you in a few days.

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

Have a great week!
Money Apportionment Report
Click here to read the current apportionment report.  Some churches are doing awesome but some are falling behind.  Help your church become aware of where it stands.
Alaska Pacific University Reunion
Alaska Pacific University (APU) announces a 30-Year Reunion, June 24-28, 2015, for alumni, staff and Trustees who were part of the APU family between 1979-1985. Come and reconnect with old friends. Hear alumni reminisce about their days at APU and tell about their experiences since they left. Enjoy a soccer match, participate in a campus community service project, and dine at a BBQ goat roast! The reunion ends with a worship service at the Shiloh Baptist Church led by alumni Rev. Dr. Fidelis Idahosa, Senior Pastor, Church of God, Mission International, Houston, TX.  For more information: see the APU web page, "Ramping up for June Alumni Reunion." Or call Lynn Paulson at 350-2409 or Ray Clements at 346-2064.
UMW United Methodist Women
The latest newsletter from the Conference United Methodist Women can be read here.  There is information regarding the upcoming Annual Gathering.  Start registering now!  There is also a nomination form for the Racial Justice Award.  Check it out!
Yard Sale East Anchorage UMC Annual Yard Sale
The Annual East Anchorage UMC Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, June 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have any items in good condition that you no longer want or need, donate them to their yard sale. Please call Valerie Butler (333-7688) or Barbara Gierke (947-1202) to arrange a time to drop off the items at the church located at 1660 Patterson Street, Anchorage, Alaska.  100% of the proceeds will go to Midnight Sun Service Dogs.
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.
Who of the following was a Methodist, a temperance leader, and a suffragist?
What has the Imagine No Malaria campaign accomplished?
At what public university did the first Wesley Foundation appear in 1913?
What was the name of the first building designed for the Methodist movement?
When was the first female bishop elected on the continent of Africa?
When did the first Methodist church start in Russia? 
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. 

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, 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

     1-2: 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