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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJuly 28, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~UMCom Celebrates 75 Years
~Pianist Needed
~INM Fundraising Ideas
~Bishop Leads Peace Trip to Japan
~Bug Stompin' 5K
~Cook Needed
~Spiritual Life Minister
~FREE Webinars
~School of Theology

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August 5 - 
David Dyrenforth

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2014 Conference Journal
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Superintendent's Blog
I am away on vacation from July 21st through July 31st.  Rev. Bob Smith will be on call for Superintendent related concerns.  You can reach him at 907-330-7770.

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
United Methodist Communications Celebrates 75 Years of Storytelling
Nashville-based United Methodist Communications is kicking off a 75-day countdown to its 75th anniversary on October 1.

This year marks three-quarters of a century since the first national church communications office opened in New York on October 1, 1940 - an office that was to become United Methodist Communications, the global communications agency of The United Methodist Church.

"Throughout its journey, the agency has sought to stay at the forefront of mass communication using the media of the day, from print to radio to film to TV to advertising to digital media," said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications.  "As we move forward, we will challenge ourselves to build on this legacy by encouraging visionary thinking and embracing emerging technologies."

Over the next 75 days, a series of feature articles and historic photographs, as well as a timeline that marks 75 years of milestones, will provide a glimpse into the organization's storied history.
Pianist Needed
Girdwood Chapel needs a pianist, or other provider of music.  Our pianists have all retired and we would love to have live music for our 10 AM worship service on Sunday mornings.  We can pay a small stipend to help cover driving expenses. Contact Sandy Ward, Pastor, at 573-239-1918 (cell, call or text) or by email at
Imagine No Malaria INM Fundraising Ideas
Julia Frisbie has written an article about summer fundraising ideas for Imagine No Malaria.  We have done so well with our goal that we made it even bigger!  Take a look at these ideas and see if any of them might work for your church!
Bishop Leads Peace Trip to Japan, 70 Years After Bombings

In early August, United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson will lead a World Council of Churches delegation to Japan for the 70th anniversary commemorations of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Group members also plan to encourage their governments to ban nuclear weapons. Read the story here.

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
Cook Needed at Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp is seeking an extra cook to help provide nutritious & delicious meals to our campers and guests year round.  Our camp cooks work under the supervision of our Food Service Manager.  Position requires 20-40 hours/week during the summer; hours are flexible during the off-season, but include many evenings and weekends.  Start date is flexible.  $11-$14/hour DOE.  Position responsibilities include: preparation of meals, helping with serving meals, cleanup following meals, prepare snacks for campers and staff.  Assistant Cook or Lead Cook positions available.  More information and an application can be found online.
AK Child & Family Spiritual Life Minister Opening
The Spiritual Life Minister position at AK Child & Family will be opening soon and they are looking for someone to fill the vacancy.  The position is 20 hours a week with varied hours throughout the week.  Some of the hours will include Sundays and various Holidays.  The pay range is $15.13-$16.53 per hour plus benefits (not including medical, dental, vision).  You can read the job description here.  Please contact AK Child & Family directly if you are interested.
FREE Webinars
Church leaders from around our denomination are eligible to participate in these upcoming free webinars offered by the GBOD Leadership Ministries division.  You can register online by going here.  Here are a few of the webinars coming up:
~Tuesday, August 4 - After School Programs and Intergenerational Community Outreach
~Tuesday, August 4 - What Every Child Should Experience-web chat
~Tuesday, August 11 - Seasons: The Liturgical Year Opportunities for Older Adult Ministry
~Tuesday, August 11 - Still Created by God
~Thursday, August 20 - Earn, Save, Give: A Stewardship Campaign with a Wesleyan Foundation
~Tuesday, August 25 - Choosing Curriculum
~Wednesday, August 26 - Bead and a Prayer
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

     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
     4:  Birchwood Camp Annual Dinner & Auction
     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