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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceOctober 6, 2015
In This Issue
~Prayers from Bishop Hagiya
~Superintendent's Blog
~Pre-General Conference Briefing
~PET International
~2016 UMW Call for Study Leaders
~UMW Newsletter
~FREE Webinars

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October 8 - 
Andy Bartel

October 11 -
Luke Jones

October 31 -
Sandy Ward

November 1 -
Phil Campbell

November 6 -
Tafa Fulumua

November 17 -
Jean Bruscia

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Bishop Grant Hagiya Offers This Message to the Oregon-Idaho Conference
My heart aches, and my prayers go out to all of those who were killed or injured in the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College. Would you please join me in sending your prayers for the injured to receive God's healing powers, and for God's comfort for the families and loved ones of those who tragically lost their lives? Let us call upon the power of God to heal and comfort during this challenging time.
Be the Hope,

Superintendent's Blog
Here is my latest blog post: Connect (5th of 6 parts)

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
United Methodist Communications to Host Pre-General Conference Briefing
United Methodist Communications will be hosting a time of preparation for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church at the Pre-General Conference Briefing on January 20-22 in Portland, Oregon.

The briefing will inform delegates, church and secular journalists, and other interested parties about topics that will be considered by the denomination's legislative body when it meets May 10-20 in Portland.

At the briefing, attendees will learn how General Conference will operate and how it will be different from previous conferences, as well as discuss major legislation, Christian conferencing and key activities. This opportunity is especially helpful for first-time delegates as they prepare for their new role.

The briefing is also an opportunity for attendees to get to know each other and to become familiar with the 2016 General Conference host city and venue.

The event will begin with a welcome reception on Wednesday, January 20, at 5 p.m., followed by the briefing on January 21 and 22 at the Oregon Convention Center.  An early bird registration rate of $199 will be offered through November 30; after that date, the cost will be $229. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Further details, the agenda, and hotel and registration information are available online.
PET girl PET International Celebrates Affiliate Relationship with United Methodist Men
PET International (PI) celebrated a new official relationship with the General Commission on United Methodist Men (UMM), the agency charged with ministry to men for the United Methodist Church at its annual conference in Austin, TX, September 25-26, 2015.

Dan Ramsey, President of the National Association of Conference Presidents of UMM, was present to affirm the new relationship and indicated it was a great "fit" for the UMM national organization with its four major program goals of developing Christian leaders, church renewal, ministry with the poor and global health. UMM has some 4,000 local church organizations in all 50 states and structured programs in 57 annual conferences.

PET is an acronym for Personal Energy Transportation. The organization is faith-based, volunteer-driven, non-sectarian and cost-effective. PET has strong Methodist "roots" founded by UM pastor/mission executive (Mel West) and UM Missionary (Larry Hills).  PET mobility carts are built by a corps of some 800 volunteers that operate as independent affiliates (shops) in 24 locations across the USA and in Zambia. Since 1994 over 50,000 PETs have been distributed free to the leg-disabled in 100 countries world-wide. PET has a production volume of over 5,000 PET carts each year that includes the hand cranked cart for adults and children and special "Pull-PET" for the severely disabled that have no upper body strength. Members of UMM are a major source of volunteers for PET and PET was featured as a hands-on mission project at the quadrennial "Gathering" of UMM in Nashville in both 2009 and 2013.

It costs $300.00 to underwrite a PET Mobility cart.  To learn more about PET go to
2016 UMW Call for Study Leaders
The Executive Team of United Methodist Women of Alaska are accepting applications for Study Leaders for  Mission u events to be implemented from late summer 2016 through the end of 2016.   Please find in WORD and PDF, a summary of the courses to be facilitated throughout the Alaska Conference.  Information and an application is included.  Please note the deadline for applications is November 15, 2015.

You may contact Bonnie Miller at or 907-776-8555 or 907-440-1636 with any questions.
UMW Annual Gathering This Weekend
The Alaska United Methodist Women are gearing up for their Annual Gathering which will be held at North Star Bible Camp this weekend, October 9-11.  You can find the registration form in their latest newsletter.  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, October 8 - What is Certified Lay Ministry all About
~Monday, October 12 - Teaching/Learning for Transformation
~Tuesday, October 13 - Best Intergenerational Practices
~Tuesday, October 13 - Safe Sanctuaries
~Tuesday, October 13 - Faith at Home
~Thursday, October 15 - Developing Your Ministry Plan-A Four Part In Depth Series; Session 3, Discovering your Discipleship Process
~Tuesday, October 27 - Covenant Discipleship with Children

Upcoming Events

     8-10: Circles of Presence Retreat 2
     9-11: Alaska UMW Annual Gathering at North Star Bible Camp
     14-15: Carlo in Nome for Community UMC Church Conference
     17-18: Carlo in Unalaska for Unalaska UMC Church Conference
     21: East Anchorage UMC Church Conference
     25: Turnagain UMC Church Conference
     26-28: Greater Northwest Bishop's Symposium
     28-29: Greater Northwest Cabinet meetings

     1: Girdwood Chapel UMC Church Conference
     7: Homer UMC Church Conference
     7: Soldotna UMC Church Conference
     8: St. Peter the Fisherman UMC Church Conference
     11-13: Carlo at Mission Leader Summit in New York
     15: Jewel Lake Parish Church Conference
     19-20: Carlo in Portland for GNW Cabinet meeting
     22: Christ First UMC Church Conference
     22: Palmer Fellowship Church Conference
     29: UMC of Chugiak Church Conference

     1: St. John UMC Church Conference
     2: Anchorage Korean UMC Church Conference
     7-15: Crystal on vacation
     8: Willow UMC Church Conference
     9: First UMC Anchorage & First Samoan UMC Church Conference
     11: Seward Memorial UMC & Moose Pass UMC Church Conference
     12: Kenai UMC Church Conference
     12: North Star UMC Church Conference
     14-16: Carlo in Seattle for GNW Cabinet meeting
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!
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Crystal Feaster
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907-333-5050 phone
907-333-2304 fax