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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceAugust 11, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Apportionment Report
~VIM Team Requests
~Disaster Response Contacts
~CROP Hunger Walks
~Conflict Resolution Workshop
~Cook Needed
~Spiritual Life Minister
~School of Theology
~FREE Webinars

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Charles Brower

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Won Jea Keum

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2014 Conference Journal
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Superintendent's Blog
My blog for this week is: Come Run With Me...Again.

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
Money Apportionment Report
The July apportionment report has been posted to the conference website.  If you are interested in seeing how your church is doing, read the report here.
VIM VIM Team Requests
Summer is almost over and 2016 will be here before we know it.  I already have Volunteer In Mission (VIM) teams wanting to come to Alaska.  Habitat for Humanity in Fairbanks has also requested three VIM teams for next year.

Don't be left in the cold! Contact Debbie Ervin at or at (907)978-0537 with a list of projects your church or community has, and I will search out teams with the skill set needed for your project.

VIM teams need to plan and raise funds for these trips, so get your wish list to me as soon as possible.
Disaster Plan Disaster Response Contacts
The Disaster Response Committee is throwing the gauntlet and issuing a challenge to all pastors in the Alaska Conference.  Please identify two members of your congregations willing to commit to being the church disaster point of contact for at least two years.
Once all names have been submitted, arrangements will be made for training, by UMCOR, in Anchorage.  All expenses for this training will be covered with grant monies given to the Disaster Response Committee for the development of a disaster program in the Alaska Conference. 
For further information, or to submit names, please contact me (Debbie Ervin) at or call (907)978-0537.  Let's develop a great program!
CROP Hunger Walk CROP Hunger Walks Scheduled
CROP Hunger Walks are coming up soon in Seward and Anchorage.  Those are the only ones currently scheduled to take place in Alaska.  If you are in either area, consider participating.  Up to 25% of the money raised stays in your area. 75% of the money raised goes to Church World Service. Seward will hold their walk on Sunday, September 6th.  Anchorage will hold their walk on Sunday, September 27th.  Check out CROP Hunger Walk to find out the specifics for the walk in your area.
Conflict Conflict Resolution Workshop
One of the pre-conference workshops offered in June was led by JP Ouellette of the Conflict Resolution Center.  He has notified us that for a very limited time, the Center is offering their Four Steps to Resolution coaching series at a dramatically reduced price.  These coaching sessions are valued at $350, and they normally make them accessible to folks for $99.  However, they are offering a special promotion that runs until Tuesday, August 18th for $29.

This series was built after working with hundreds of cases and successfully taking people through these four steps.  Watch a brief introduction of the series here.
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.
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.
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 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

Upcoming Events

     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