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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceSeptember 1, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~AK Child & Family
~Apportionment Report
~Dixon-Rabb Hall
~Branding Toolkit Available
~Western Jurisdiction Wildfires
~Fallen Firefighters Connection
~The Spiritual Church
~Kids Helping Kids
~CROP Hunger Walks
~School of Theology
~Annual Quilt Retreat
~World Communion Sunday
~UMW Newsletter
~FREE Webinars

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September 5 -
Charles Brower

September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

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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
Check out my new blog post: Welcome (2nd of 6 parts).

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
AK Child & Family Come Celebrate AK Child & Family's 125th!
AK Child & Family is celebrating their 125th Anniversary with a worship service on Saturday, September 19th at 4 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church in Anchorage.  The birthday celebration will continue with a reception and auction across the street from the church at the ConocoPhillips atrium from 5-7 p.m.  The reception in the atrium costs $50 and you are asked to make your reservation by September 4th by calling 346-2101.
Money Apportionment Report
To view the August statement of the apportionment report on the conference website, click here.
The Dixon-Rabb Hall for UMCOR Sager Brown Depot is Almost Complete
The Dixon-Rabb Hall for UMCOR Sager Brown Depot volunteers is almost complete! Last week, workers poured new concrete for the parking lot.

When the dorm opens around Christmastime this year, it will be fully integrated into the existing campus at Sager Brown, where UMCOR runs a relief-supply depot and houses thousands of volunteers each year to help pack and ship relief supplies.  Dixon-Rabb Hall will accommodate 24 guests at a time, increasing UMCOR Sager Brown's housing capacity for volunteers from 60 to 84 guests.

The new building is named for the Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon and the Rev. Clinton Rabb.  Dixon was the former head of UMCOR and Rabb was the assistant general secretary for Mission Volunteers.  Both died of injuries they sustained in the collapse of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the earthquake in 2010.  They had gone there for conversations about how Global Ministries might support the development of health programming in Haiti.
United Methodist Branding Toolkit Now Available
United Methodist Communications is offering a new toolkit to make it easy for local churches, annual conferences, general agencies and other denominational entities to adopt more unified branding across the connection.

The Cross and Flame, the official logo of The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 when The Methodist Church joined together with the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The trademarked insignia has become an instantly recognizable symbol for The United Methodist Church worldwide.

Yet research shows that only about 65 percent of United Methodist churches currently use the Cross and Flame mark. Some use different flames and different crosses, as well as miscellaneous hues, even though the Cross and Flame has specific standards regarding its use. Those standards have recently been updated.

An online toolkit is now available to help all United Methodist entities easily implement the unified branding in their own organizations, while maintaining their own identities. This free toolkit includes standardized colors and fonts, logos, social media graphics, and stationery templates - yet provides flexibility and choices for churches to integrate their own components and preferences.

Learn more at
Western Jurisdiction Wildfires
Washington state is currently battling the largest fire in its state's history.  As of last week, the fire has burned over 391,000 acres or 612 square miles.  To put that in perspective, the city of Seattle is only 142 square miles.

Your financial donations are needed.  An Emergency Declaration has been given which allows access to federal resources only.  However, unless there is a Presidential declaration (which is unlikely because so much of the fires have burned in rural areas) there is no financial assistance provided to help individuals outside of donations.

You can make a donation to the PNW Conference's Disaster Fund (Advance #352) through your local church or by sending a check with "Conference Advance #352" on the memo line to:
PNW Conference Treasurer
P.O. Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198

In addition, UMVIM volunteer teams will be needed to help with long term recovery efforts.  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact PNW UMVIM Conference Co-Coordinators, Jim Truitt and/or Ronda Cordill.
Fallen Firefighter's Mother is United Methodist Pastor
Andrew Zajac, 26, one of the three firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service killed in Washington state, was the son of the Rev. Mary Zajac, senior pastor at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Illinois, and her husband, Jim Zajac, reports the Chicago Tribune.  Andrew Zajac, Tom Zbyszewski, 20, and Richard Wheeler, 31, were killed and four others injured when flames overtook their crew two weeks ago.  Wheeler was a member of First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, Washington.  Read the story.
Coming Soon: "The Spirit Church"
Once home to three United Methodist churches, the 7th Ward in New Orleans, LA has not had a United Methodist presence in 10 years.  The Rev. Hadley Edwards plans to change that with the Spirit Church. Read the story here.
Imagine No Malaria Kids Helping Kids: Issaquah Faith UMC
A church in Washington had a greater mission for their VBS this year.  The children were taught about the scriptures and Imagine No Malaria.  Once they learned how they could help, they took to action.  Read more and watch a video here.
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 13th (date change).  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.
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.
Annual Quilt Retreat
The 38th Annual Quilt Retreat is scheduled for September 24-27th.  The retreat is sponsored by Anchor Park United Methodist Women. The theme for the weekend is "I've Got a Notion."

The retreat will take place at Laverne Griffin Youth Camp in Wasilla.  Join friends for a fun weekend of laughing, sharing, good food, and fabric; the the ultimate weekend. Cost is $200 for Thursday through Sunday ($150 if you come Friday evening).  If you have questions contact Susan Williams at 337-6741. A portion of the money raised goes to support United Methodist Women mission projects.
World Communion Sunday - October 4
Our church is at its best when we reach out to sisters and brothers in need.  World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God's children.  United Methodists relate to World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday.  Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support scholarships for ethnic undergraduate and graduate students.  Our gifts often enable first-generation students to attend college.

To make it easier for you to change the world October 4, please download a free eBook.  Also, download the World Communion Sunday pastor's kit.

Order leaflet offering envelopes and posters to enhance your World Communion Sunday celebration at or call 888-346-3862.  To hear World Communion Sunday in action, listen to these podcasts.
UMW Annual Gathering Information
The Alaska United Methodist Women are gearing up for their Annual Gathering which will be held at North Star Bible Camp from October 9-11.  In their latest newsletter you can find the registration form and information about what the amazing weekend will entail.  If you are a woman in Alaska you do not want to miss this!  Read the latest newsletter here.
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:
~Thursday, September 10 - Policies! Policies! Policies!
~Tuesday, September 15 - Celebrating Extended Advent: Why and How-to
~Tuesday, September 22 - What is Lay Servant Ministries all About?
~Thursday, September 24 - Developing Your Ministry Plan-A Four Part In Depth Series; Session 2, Discovering Your Congregation's Niche
~Thursday, September 24 - Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries that Make a Difference

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