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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceSeptember 8, 2015
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Fall Rendezvous Meetings
~Branding Toolkit Available
~New Mission Moment
~Global Mission Fellows
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~School of Theology
~AK Child & Family
~CROP Hunger Walks
~Annual Quilt Retreat
~World Communion Sunday
~UMW Newsletter
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

September 28 -
Darla Bradley

October 8 - 
Andy Bartel

October 11 -
Luke Jones

October 31 -
Sandy Ward

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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: Disciple (3rd of 6 parts).

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
Fall Rendezvous Meetings
The registration form and information for the upcoming Fall Rendezvous meetings, Professional Church Workers Retreat, and the New Clergy Orientation have been sent out.  If you did not receive your appropriate info and feel you should have, then please contact the conference office.

Members from outside of the Anchorage area will need housing, so if you are able to provide housing for someone for one or two nights, please contact the conference office.  We do not have money in our budget to house people in hotels so we do our best to find local Anchorage homes for people to sleep at.  Sometimes transportation is also a need.  If that is something you can help out with, then let us know!  We appreciate anything you are able to help with.
Birchwood Camp's Annual Dinner & Auction: October 4th
Come celebrate another excellent year of camping ministry at Birchwood's Annual Dinner & Auction on Sunday, October 4th!! Everyone is invited! Tours of the camp will be available at 4:00 pm. The silent auction will open at 4:30 pm in the Main Lodge. The meal will begin at 5:00 pm, with the program and live auction to follow, also in the Main Lodge. Childcare will be available following dinner. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited; RSVP to reserve your seat: 907-688-2734 or For additional information and a preview of auction items visit:
Imagine No Malaria New Mission Moment
The United Methodist Church has reached 88% of it's goal for fundraising for Imagine No Malaria.  That means 65 million dollars has already been raise.! Way to go, church!  Read the latest updated on how the efforts are going, here.  Share this with your church congregations!
Global Mission Fellows Commissioned to Serve
After three intense weeks of missionary training, 37 young adults from 16 countries were commissioned for service on August 30th at the Revelation United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The 2015 class of international Global Mission Fellows will spend two years in ministries focused on justice and community development and will serve in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They were joined by 15 young adults earlier assigned to work in the United States as Global Mission Fellows.

More than half of the group is from African annual (regional) conferences and many will serve in parts of Africa thousands of miles from their homelands. More than a dozen of the new missionaries are graduates of Africa University, and four in the international group are from the United States. 

Global Mission Fellows is a program of Global Ministries that provides young adult mission service opportunities for young adults ages 20-30. Young adults are invited to engage with the local communities, connect the church in mission, and grow in personal and social holiness.

Learn more
about the recently-commissioned 37 young adult missionaries.
business-luggage.jpg Can Your Work Bring You Closer to God?
No matter the nature of the work, our jobs are an opportunity to serve Christ every day.  See what Joe Iovino from United Methodist Communications has to say about our daily lives.
Disaster Preparedness National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This year's campaign asks you to take action now - make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. 
The 2015 NPM overarching theme is:  Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.
There are also Weekly focused themes
  • Week 1:  September 1-5th            Flood
  • Week 2:  September 6-12th          Wildfire
  • Week 3:  September 13-19th        Earthquake
  • Week 4:  September 20-26th        Power Outage
  • Week 5:  September 27-30th        Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )
Upper Room Offers e-Learning
The Upper Room has announced the launch of Upper Room Online Learning - a place to engage with others around spiritual formation resources that are invitational, incarnational, and intimate. Accessible anytime and anywhere, these eCourses are self-paced and laptop, desktop, tablet and mobile device friendly.  Initial courses include topics such as prayer, grace, and an interview with Phyllis Tickle. Learn more on the Upper Room website.
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.
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.
CROP Hunger Walk CROP Hunger Walk
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.  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.
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