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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJuly 14, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Immigration Reform
~Clergy Family Website
~General Conference Video
~Early Methodist Mission Photos
~Bug Stompin' 5K
~School of Theology

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


Upcoming  Clergy

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

August 1 -
Susan Boegli

August 5 - 
David Dyrenforth

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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.

Superintendent's Blog
Here is my blog for this week: My Passions for the UMC in Alaska.

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

I will be away on vacation from July 21 through July 31st.  Rev. Bob Smith will be on call for Superintendent related concerns.  You can reach him at 907-330-7770.
Interested in Immigration Reform?
Through the General Board of Church and Society, there is a rapid response team that connects passionate people across the country and across Annual Conferences to resources and updates around immigration reform.  GBCS is looking to expand their reach for this team to continue sharing resources, updating about nationwide events and national legislation around the issue, learning about where organizing work is being done around the issue, etc.  If you are interested in being the contact for the Alaska Conference, please let us know in the conference office and we will pass your name along.
Women's Commission Launches Clergy Family Website
Building upon a clergy-family care summit held last November, the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women has launched a website dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of clergy families.  Read the report here.
General Conference Video: Portland Venue Tour
More than 860 delegates from 130 conferences will participate in The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly in May 2016.  As United Methodists anticipate the global church gathering, here is a behind-the-scenes trip around the site.
Archives & History Early Methodist Mission Photos Wow Scholars
Thanks to a professor from France, scholars of various academic disciplines are beginning to explore a collection of photos showing early 20th century Methodist mission work around the world.  The public is getting a look too, since the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History is steadily putting online more than 100,000 black-and-white images.
cartoon-sneakers.jpg Bug Stompin' 5K
Willow UMC is sponsoring this 5K Run/Walk to raise money for Imagine No Malaria.  There will also be a fun run for children 6 and under.  It will be held on Saturday, August 8th.  For more information, and to register, please visit
School of Theology
Start registering now to attend the School of Theology, which will occur September 18-19, 2015 at St. John UMC.  You can go to our website for more information or view the registration brochure.

Upcoming Events

     17-20: Carlo at DCM, Mission Cabinet Meeting in Portland
     21-31: 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