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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceJanuary 12, 2016
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Mission u Event
~Human Relations Day
~Pastor's Other Calling at GC
~Chicks Know Church
~Use App to Mark Christian Unity Week
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

January 18 - 
Karen Dammann

February 19 - 
Steve Fisher

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Carlo Rapanut

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2015 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
I am in Cabinet meetings this week in Portland so there is no blog for today.

You can always read past blog posts here.

Have a great week!
Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity
The informational flier and registration form are now posted on the the conference website.  We have also included the registration form for the Winter Rendezvous meetings, as they coincide with the CCCG event.  Keep in mind that the pastor and one finance or stewardship person from each church will have their transportation and registration cost covered to attend the CCCG event.  More lay members are encouraged to attend if they are able but their transportation costs would not be covered.  We want to thank the Tuell Center again for their generosity for making this event possible.  The CCCG event will be held at UMC of Chugiak on February 18-19, 2016.
Mission u Event Scheduled for Kenai Peninsula
Every year the United Methodist Women of Alaska put on educational events based on study topics.  This year the studies are Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God which will be led by Susie Smalley and Latin America: People and Faith led by Walt Hays.  The first event will take place on the Kenai Peninsula.  It will be held at North Star United Methodist Church on January 15-16, 2016.  Please contact Bonnie Miller or Jennifer Miller if you have any questions.
Human Relations Day, January 17
United Methodists from across the connection help bridge the gap between church and community by participating in Human Relations Day, January 17. Observed annually on the Sunday before the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Human Relations Day is one of the denomination's six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings.

Gifts on Human Relations Day benefit ministries aimed at helping people reach their God-given potential. These include ministries that help people recover from addictions, help ex-offenders start anew, and help people become disciples while still in prison.

Learn 18 Ways to Promote Human Relations Day; download and share a children's sermon; church bulletin; sermon starters; or, get more details
about this special offering.
Pastor's Other Calling at General Conference
In May of 2016, 864 delegates from around the world will meet to consider legislation that will shape the direction of The United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gary Graves is the man behind the scenes who is in charge of compiling the approximately 1,000 petitions submitted. This video highlights his ministry.
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'Chicks Know Church' Connects Women in Ministry
In response to the popular Discipleship Ministries series "Chuck Knows Church," four clergywomen in the Yellowstone Conference have come together to offer "Chicks Know Church," an online forum to share inspiration and insight on ministry from a female perspective. Charmaine Robledo of the Mountain Sky Area reports.
Read story
See Chicks Know Church website
See the group's Facebook page

Use App to Mark Christian Unity Week
Material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed Jan. 18-25, is available for the first time on smartphones, computers and tablets. The World Council of Churches is collaborating with YouVersion, developer of the "Bible App," on the free, digital format available in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.
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More on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

FREE Leadership Development Webinars
Contact: Jacqui King - Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality - 615.340.7295

Jan. 14 @ 6:30 PM CST - Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality
The S/PPR committee creates a healthy work place for staff so that ministry is vital and effective. The committee has responsibility for goal setting and staff accountability to your congregation's goals, benefit recommendations, and building positive relationships among staff and congregation.

Jan. 21 @ 6:30 PM CST - Jacqui King, Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality
Begin the year for new and continuing leaders by connecting your leadership with an overview of the year ahead. The Church Council or Leadership Team will discover important support resources for building and overseeing a comprehensive plan for ministry and discipleship. Additional resources for single board leadership model are included in this webinar.

Jan. 27 @ 6:30 PM CST - Jodi Cataldo, Director of Laity in Leadership
Local Church Lay Leaders and Lay Members to Annual Conference have a role and responsibility to promote the role of laity as we work to fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In partnership with clergy, lay servant ministries, the local church and the annual conference, the work of local church lay leaders and lay members to annual conference have significant potential for increased vitality throughout The United Methodist Church.

Upcoming Events

     12-14: Carlo in Portland for GNW Cabinet meeting
     15-16: Mission u Event in Kenai @ North Star UMC
     17: First UMC Fairbanks Church Conference
     17: Carlo visiting New Hope Methodist Presbyterian Church
     18: Office Closed - Martin Luther King Day
     19: East Anchorage UMC Church Conference
     21-25: Carlo in Portland for Briefing of First Elected to General Conference and DCM Meeting
     28-31: Carlo in Cal/Nevada Conference for WJ Mission Cabinet meetings
     29-31: UMW Executive Team meeting at Birchwood Camp

     7-9: Carlo in Seattle for GNW Cabinet meeting
     18-19: Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) at UMC of Chugiak
     19-20: Winter Rendezvous meetings at East Anchorage UMC

     7-11: Carlo in Boise for GNW Cabinet meeting and NLI meeting
     13: Daylight Saving Time
     20: Palm Sunday
     21-23: Carlo in Seattle for GNW Cabinet meeting
     27: Easter Sunday
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