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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJune 30, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Independence Day Resources
~Same-Sex Ruling Adds to Church Debate
~More Volunteers Needed
~Stories to Share?
~United Methodist Bishop Salutes Slain Charleston Pastor
~Park at Girdwood Chapel UMC
~Eagle River Camp

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Leading to God's New Horizons


Upcoming  Clergy

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

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Carlo Rapanut

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Superintendent's Blog
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Have a great week!
sparkly-4-july.jpg Independence Day Resources
The Fourth of July celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, but these worship resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries may be used for the Independence Day of any nation.
Methodist Logo Same-Sex Ruling Adds to Church Debate
United Methodists had varied reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that establishes same-sex civil marriage as a constitutional right.  But many United Methodists agree on one point: The decision likely will escalate a longtime denominational debate on the church's position on homosexuality.  Church law bans clergy from blessing same-sex marriages and forbids churches from hosting such ceremonies.  United Methodist New Service reports.
More Volunteers Needed
AK Child & Family is still looking for a few more volunteers to help with their Flag Day celebration. Flag Day is on Thursday, July 9th.  Please contact Angie Rush at or 348-9255 if you want to know more information or are interested in helping out.
Stories to Share?
United Methodist Communications is looking for local churches that have unique or creative ways of observing/celebrating any of the following:
  • Advent (starts Nov. 29)
  • All Saints Day (Nov. 1)
  • Bible Sunday (Nov. 22) and National Bible Week (Nov. 22-29)
  • Children's Sabbath (Oct. 9-11)
  • Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday (Nov. 22)
  • Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Dec. 24-25)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Nov. 8)
  • Laity Sunday (Oct. 18)
  • Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday (Nov. 8)
  • Reformation Day (Oct. 31)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26)
  • Watch Nigh (Dec. 31)
  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)
  • World Communion Sunday (Oct. 4)
  • World Community Day (Nov. 6)
If your church has a story to share, please let us know in the Conference Office so we can pass it along to UM Communications.
Methodist Logo United Methodist Bishop Salutes Slain Charleston Pastor
South Carolina Bishop L. Jonathan Holston represented The United Methodist Church when he joined religious leaders at the June 26 memorial service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  President Obama Flew in on Air Force One to deliver the eulogy.  United Methodist New Service reports.
car-sales-lot2.jpg Park at Girdwood Chapel UMC
Girdwood Chapel is offering parking for the Forest Fair this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The cost is $10 per car, including complementary water and restrooms.  Please encourage anyone you know attending the Forest Fair to use this service as it is a fundraiser for the church!
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!!!

Upcoming Events

     9: Alaska Child & Family Flag Day Celebration
     17-20: Carlo at DCM, Mission Cabinet Meeting in Portland
     21-30: Carlo on vacation

     1: Leadership Team meeting

     18-19: School of Theology at St. John UMC
     20-22: Greater Northwest Cabinet Retreat
     28-29: New Clergy Orientation
     30-Oct 2: Professional Church Workers Retreat

     2-3: Fall Rendezvous meetings
     3: FACT Follow-up Meeting
     9-11: Alaska UMW Annual Gathering at North Star Bible Camp
     8-10: Circles of Presence Retreat 2
     26-28: Greater Northwest Bishop's Symposium
     28-29: Greater Northwest Cabinet meetings
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