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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMarch 22, 2016
In This Issue
~Bishop's Blog
~Thomas Kemper
~Native American Sunday
~INM Goal for GC2016
~Abundant Health
~Global AIDS Fund
~UMM Retreat
~FREE Webinars
~Annual Conference
~UMW Day of Giving
~Travel Scholarships
~Eagle River UM Camp
~60 Days of Prayer
~1st Sunday Prayers

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


Upcoming  Clergy

March 25 -
Evelyn Erbele

March 29 - 
Doug Handlong

April 3 - 
Tim McConville

April 12 -
Robert Hicks

April 23 - 
Karen Martin Tichenor

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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.

Bishop's Blog
In his March blog post, Bishop Hagiya looks at relationship in the church, the value of connection, and the qualities of a learning organization.  Read his blog here: Becoming Connectional in Relevant and Practical Ways.
Annual Conference Guest Speaker
General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, has confirmed his attendance to be at our Annual Conference.  He will be leading a town hall Q&A on Thursday evening, give a presentation during annual conference on Friday, and he will preach at the closing/commissioning service on Saturday.
Native American Sunday - April 10
Now is the time to be planning for Native American Ministries Sunday in The United Methodist Church.
The special offering nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. It also allows The United Methodist Church to launch and strengthen Native American ministries, both urban and rural, and to recruit and prepare Native American pastors.
The toolkit for pastors and church leaders is available online. It provides sermon ideas, children's sermons, litany, graphics for social media and worship, and much more.

Imagine No Malaria Nearing a Malaria Goal Before GC2016
As the denomination's roving ambassador for malaria prevention, United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton has heard "story after story" about people energized around a cause that can make a difference. The Imagine No Malaria campaign, which United Methodists will celebrate May 18 at the 2016 General Conference, has raised more than $68 million so far.  Read the story.
Promoting "Abundant Health" at GC2016
Eight years ago, United Methodists were asked to "Imagine No Malaria" and they have - raising more than $68 million to help eradicate the disease. Now, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is asking delegates at General Conference 2016 to endorse its "Abundant Health" campaign to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions between 2017 and 2020. Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story
Global AIDS Fund Global AIDS Fund Event will Educate, Inspire the Church
A free United Methodist Global AIDS Fund-sponsored event on May 9 will feature leaders discussing the current realities of HIV and AIDS. The event is held a day before the 2016 General Conference meets in Portland, Oregon.
Read the press release
UMM UMM Retreat
The 12th Annual United Methodist Men's retreat will take place at the Hope Retreat Center on April 16th.  United Methodist Men from the Anchorage Metro Area, the Valley and the Kenai Peninsula are invited. Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout, Pastor of Discipleship
and Social Justice at St. John UMC, will be the resource person for the event and lead two discussions. The participants will have the opportunity to experience a Wesleyan class meeting.  Read more about the event here.
FREE Webinars
Below you will find a list of webinars for church leaders offered by Discipleship Ministries' Leadership Ministries division for April and June.  These webinars are free of charge.  You can register by going to

April 7 - The Spiritual Life of the Media Child
April 7 - Transitions: Our Pastor is moving - Next Steps!
April 13 - Children and Covenant Discipleship
April 14 - Transitioning from Multigenerational to Intergenerational
April 21 - Vital Congregations: Living into Our Journey
May 5 - Camp and Retreat Ministry
May 5 - Let the Children Give: Raising Generous Children
May 18 - Social Holiness: The Method of Methodism
May 31 - Connecting with Communities and Schools
June 15 - Covenant Discipleship with Youth
Annual Conference
As we start preparing for Annual Conference, we will be posting information here in the weekly e~Aurora with links to registration, pre-conference workshops, display requests, nominations forms, etc.  So please make sure you don't miss a thing!

The written reports request for the pre-conference handbook has been emailed out to the committee chairs, coordinators, and representatives.  These reports are due by April 15th.

We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to submit a petition if they have one.  Here is the link to the form.  It is due by April 15th.

All events will occur at St. John United Methodist Church.  There will be a day of workshops on Thursday, June 2nd and then the conference will be Friday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 4th.

UMW Day of Giving - March 23
Join United Methodist Women members around the country TOMORROW, March 23, for the Second Annual Day of Giving to The Legacy Fund, part of our five-year 150th anniversary celebration! New gifts made on the Day of Giving will be matched by 50 percent!

The Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment to support the work of future generations of United Methodist Women.

It's easy to give!
Office of the Treasurer,
United Methodist Women,
475 Riverside Drive,
New York, NY 10115.

Write "The Legacy Fund" in the memo section of your check.
Travel Scholarships For Youth and Young Adults
In an effort to live into one of our five priorities of the Alaska United Methodist Conference, the Youth and Young Adults Ministries Committee would like to invite Youth (grades 6-12) and Young Adults (ages 18-30) to apply for travel scholarships to Annual Conference, Birchwood Camp, and Eagle River United Methodist Camp.

To apply, please completely fill out this application form and write your answers to the questions in complete sentences.

The following scholarships are available:
Youth (grades 6-12)
  • Scholarship for Youth Leader at Annual Conference (grades 6-12), June 2-4. Represent your congregation as a youth leader at the Alaska Annual Conference and have fun gathering with other youth from around the conference!
  • Scholarship for Youth Camp at Birchwood Camp (grades 7-12), June 27-July 1.
  • Scholarship for MAD (Music and Drama) Camp at Birchwood Camp (grades 6-10), June 13-19.
  • Scholarship for Adventure Canoe Camp at Birchwood Camp (grades 9-12), July 25-31.
  • Scholarship for Junior Canoe Camp at Birchwood Camp (grades 6-8), July 6-9.
  • Scholarship for Discovery Camp at Eagle River United Methodist Camp (grades 6-8), July 17-21.
  • Scholarship for Counselor-In-Training at Discovery Camp at Eagle River United Methodist Camp (grades 9-12), July 16-21.
Young Adults (ages 18-30)
  • Scholarship for Young Adult at Annual Conference, June 2-4. 
Please send completed applications to the Conference Office electronically at or by mail to Alaska United Methodist Conference Office, 1660 Patterson St., Anchorage, AK 99504.
Due date: March 31
ERUMC Eagle River United Methodist Camp
Eagle River United Methodist Camp located in Juneau, Alaska will be having Discovery Camp for kids going into 3rd thru 8th grade. The dates for camp are July 17th - July 21st. This year's theme is "Power Up". To sign-up please contact the Sitka United Methodist Church at 907-747-8775 for a registration form. Children from other communities in Southeast Alaska and beyond are welcome to participate.   Let's get together for camp!!!
60 Days of Prayer Begins March 31
The Upper Room has created resources for 60 Days of Prayer to help every local congregation pray with the delegates and church leaders for the 2016 General Conference. The 60 days of prayer begin March 31 and extends through May 29. The denomination's legislative assembly is May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. The prayer guide is available online, as a PDF download and a daily email service. Prayer-bead kits with a commemorative medallion are also available.
Get resources
Words of Prayer for the 2016 General Conference
First Sundays Bulletin Inserts now available
As part of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, each of the 475 local churches in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Conferences have the honor of serving as hosts for the several thousand United Methodists who will gather from around the globe in Portland, Oregon this May for General Conference 2016. Some will share in this honor by volunteering in person, but we can all be a part of a prayerful welcome.
Bishop Hagiya is inviting you and your congregation to join him in an area-wide experience of prayer for General Conference that will take place on the first Sunday of the month from March through June 2016. 
Click to read a letter from the Bishop and to download inserts for use in your church bulletins. (

Upcoming Events

     21-23: Carlo in Seattle for GNW Cabinet meeting
     25: Good Friday
     27: Easter Sunday

     3: Camping Sunday for the Alaska United Methodist Conference
     11-14: Carlo in Oregon for GNW Cabinet meeting
     16: UMM Annual Retreat at the Hope Retreat Center
     29-May1: UMW Leadership Team meeting at East Anchorage UMC

     10-20: General Conference in Portland.  Carlo attending
     30: Memorial Day - Office Closed

     2: Annual Conference Workshops
     3-4: Annual Conference at St. John UMC
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