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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMarch 29, 2016
In This Issue
~Annual Conference
~Thomas Kemper
~AC Award Nominations
~Camping Sunday
~Native American Sunday
~Imagine No Malaria
~Ketchikan Hostel
~2014 Vitality Report
~UMW Quadrennial Meeting
~60 Days of Prayer
~Travel Scholarships
~1st Sunday Prayers
~UMM Retreat
~Eagle River UM Camp
~FREE Webinars

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March 29 - 
Doug Handlong

April 3 - 
Tim McConville

April 12 -
Robert Hicks

April 22 - 
Melissa Engel

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.

Annual Conference Registration is OPEN!

Register now for Annual Conference!  The registration process is a little different this year so make sure you don't miss anything!  Early registration deadline is April 26th.

On the conference website, you will find an array of Annual Conference related items: forms, workshop information, award opportunities, schedule, etc.  Start taking a look at things so that you become familiar with the events and so you don't miss submission deadlines.
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 meeting on Thursday evening, give a presentation during annual conference on Friday, and he will preach at the closing/commissioning service on Saturday.
Annual Conference Award Nominations
Each year at Annual Conference, people receive awards for various things.  If you would like to nominate someone for any of the awards that the conference presents, please fill out the nomination forms from the conference website.  The awards being presented this year are the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth and the Outstanding Lay Person of the Year.  There are lots of wonderful people in our communities who deserve these acknowledgements.  Take a moment and nominate them!  Nomination deadline is April 26th.
Summer Camp Camping Sunday - April 3
This Sunday is the conference designated Camping Sunday.  Each church has the opportunity to highlight the camping ministries within our conference.  We have Birchwood Camp, Eagle River United Methodist Camp, and the Hope Retreat Center within our conference.  If you want to know more about each of them, check them out here on the conference website.  Find out when summer camps are occurring here on the Camping Sunday bulletin insert.
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 One Month Left for INM!
Our Imagine No Malaria campaign will wrap up on World Malaria Day (April 25th).  Although the Alaska Conference has exceeded our goal, not all of the Alaska churches have reached theirs.  With $20,000 left for the Episcopal area to be raised, lets take this opportunity for our churches to reach their individual goals.  You can read Julia Frisbie's latest article about all the success our fundraising has provided as we near the 1 million dollar goal.
Ketchikan Hostel Seeking a Manager
Ketchikan Hostel, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, is seeking a manager.  
The hostel operates from May 28th through August 31st.
The manger is responsible for the oversite of this ministry. You will welcome and register guests from 5:00pm - 11:00pm at which time the doors lock for the night and open again from 7:00am - 9:00am. The hostel is closed during the day allowing you to explore and enjoy the community.
If you have a bucket list of places to visit this should be on it. Our island community is located in the southern southeast of the Tongass National Forest. The fish run thick and a catch is guaranteed. Hiking trails abound with spectacular views.
Go to and for more information on both the church and the hostel.
Contact: Evelyn Erbele at or by phone at 907.220.1951
2014 Vitality Report Offers Mixed News
New Jersey Area Bishop John Schol has released the 2014 Vitality Report on U.S. United Methodist churches. Between 2013 and 2014, the report said, a higher percentage of United Methodists got involved in small groups and became engaged in mission. The report also shows congregations giving more to mission. However, it shows a decrease in the percentage of U.S. churches that are growing in worship attendance.  Read the report
UMW Quadrennial Meeting
The Western Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting for United Methodist Women will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 22-24, 2016.  Registration is still open.  If you are interested in learning more about the event or want to attend, visit their website at Missionary Paul Jeffrey will have a special presentation during the Saturday evening banquet.
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.
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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
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. (

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.
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!!!
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

Upcoming Events

     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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Contact Info

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