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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceOctober 13, 2015
In This Issue
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~Superintendent's Blog
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~Save the Date
~UMW Newsletter
~A Church for People with Disabilities
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~2016 UMW Call for Study Leaders
~Pre-General Conference Briefing
~FREE Webinars

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Leading to God's New Horizons


Upcoming  Clergy

October 18 -
Dan Wilcox

October 31 -
Sandy Ward

November 1 -
Phil Campbell

November 6 -
Tafa Fulumua

November 17 -
Jean Bruscia

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Carlo Rapanut

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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.

Bishop Grant Hagiya Bishop's Blog
Bishop Hagiya has a new blog post.  He talks about the rebuilding effort in Central Washington after the wildfires they have had over the past 2 years.  Read it here.
Superintendent's Blog
No blog this week.  Have a great one!

To catch up on previous blog posts you may have missed, click here.
Money Apportionment Report
The apportionment report for September has been posted to the conference website.  You can view it here.  Three churches have already paid theirs in full!
Save the Date Mark Your Calendars Now!
We have some dates to announce so that you can get them on your calendar now.  More information will be given in the upcoming weeks.

#GivingTuesday: Tuesday, December 1 (November 30 at 8:00 p.m. for Alaskans)

Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG): February 18-19, 2016

Annual Conference: June 3-4, 2016 with Pre-Conference Workshops on June 2, 2016.
Imagine No Malaria
INM News: Nobel Prize Winner Youyou Tu
Here is an article about Youyou Tu, the Chinese scientist who was just awarded a Nobel prize for her discovery of artemisinin (the #1 anti-malaria drug). It is a large article, but this is such cool news on so many levels. Female scientists! Respect for ancient remedies! Millions of lives saved!
A Church for People with Disabilities
The Rev. Don Geller has started a new United Methodist church in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, where people with disabilities and their caregivers will be welcomed into a worship experience designed for them. Wesley Theological Seminary reports on Community with a Cause.
Pre-General Conference Video Series Launched
The Connectional Table is launching a series of weekly videos in October to help inform United Methodist church leaders and General Conference delegates leading up to the 2016 General Conference next May. The videos are part of an online forum called #CTTalks.
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.
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.
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, 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

     14-15: Community UMC Church Conference
     17-18: Unalaska 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!
Contact Info

Crystal Feaster
Administrative Assistant
907-333-5050 phone
907-333-2304 fax