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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceApril 19, 2016
In This Issue
~Annual Conference
~Help for Ecuador
~UMW Newsletter
~Job Openning
~French Language UMC
~Come Fly a Kite
~Celebrate 50 Years
~Imagine No Malaria
~AC Award Nominations
~Church Rummage Sale
~Prayer Lanterns
~Camp Cook Needed
~Mission Trip Funding
~Ketchikan Hostel
~Eagle River UM Camp
~FREE Webinars

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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.

Deadline for Early Registration is Approaching!

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.
Bishop Seeks Help for Ecuador
Bishop Silvio Cevallos called for prayer for Ecuador in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 16. The Evangelical United Methodist Church bishop said there is damage and injuries in several places where the church has congregations. He said the church will be seeking help both nationally and internationally. Read the story.
UMW Spring Newsletter
The United Methodist Women of Alaska have published their latest newsletter.  You can find it here.  They have a save the date in there for their Annual Gathering, there are pictures of the team, and an opportunity to nominate someone for the Racial and Social Justice award.  Check it out!
AK Child & Family Job Opening at AK Child and Family
AK Child and Family is looking to hire a Spiritual Life Minister.  If you are interested in this position or want to know more, please follow this link.
Official Website of The United Methodist Church Launches French-Language Portal
United Methodist Communications has launched a French-language portal at, the official website of The United Methodist Church. The site provides resources, history, news and other information about the denomination, including details about General Conference 2016, the quadrennial legislative global event set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. The URL for the new site is

"Providing a French-language website presence continues our efforts to support the French-speaking church," said Dan Krause, chief executive of the denomination's communications agency. "United Methodist Communications also provides websites in English,  Spanish and Korean. Over the next quadrennium, we are committed to growing in our support of ministries in all of the official global languages of The United Methodist Church."

The United Methodist Church has more than 12 million members throughout the world, including members in French-speaking countries, such as Europe's France and Switzerland, and Africa's Côte d'Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo.

For the African communities, where information may be limited, access to the French-language portal is especially significant, says Côte d'Ivoire native Isaac Broune, a member of the French content team.
Annual Potluck and Auction
The Annual PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Potluck and Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, April 21st from 6-8pm at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road.
Come out and help support our organization all while enjoying great food and company!!!  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Pintsch at 240-7409 or
kite4.jpg Come Fly a Kite
You are invited to come fly a kite at an Earth Day Event here in Anchorage on Saturday April 23.  For those of you not in Anchorage, we encourage you to consider a similar event in your community.  Earth Day provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us, who care about the earth and all life to join together and say so.  The plan is to gather on the Park Strip between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ... to fly kites in celebration of wind and all the other systems that provide beauty and life on this planet!
Bring your own kites, if you wish.  Decorate them with your church's logo, or with a slogan and/and symbols celebrating earth and life.  For those who don't have a kite when they arrive, there will be kite-making materials available.
Food vendors will be also be invited, so plan to eat lunch there.  This event is presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby and other local community groups.
party_hat_celebrate.jpg Come Celebrate 50 Years!
East Anchorage United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this Sunday, April 24 at their 9:00 am service.  All are cordially invited, especially those who have been a part of their journey in ministry over these 50 years.
Imagine No Malaria One Week 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.
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!  The nomination deadline is April 26th.
Church Rummage Sales
First UMC Anchorage will be having a Church Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  It will be located in their church gym.  Come make a donation to charity.  Coffee and goodies will also be available for donation.

Anchor Park UMC will be having a Big Huge Church Sale on Saturday May 7th from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  If you are doing your spring cleaning and have items you would like to contribute to the sale, please bring them by 2300 Oak Drive between 9:00 am-3:00 pm Monday through Thursday.  You can contact the office at 277-0152 if you have questions.  Then come back on May 7th and shop!
Make a Prayer Lantern for GC2016 Climate Vigil
United Methodists are invited to celebrate Earth Sunday by making or decorating a prayer lantern for use at climate vigil at General Conference 2016. The Pacific Northwest Conference is hosting the vigil on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza. The Rev. Jenny Phillips writes about how churches can make the lanterns to celebrate Earth Sunday.
Cook Needed at Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp is hiring 2 additional positions on their kitchen team- a lead cook and an assistant cook. Cooks are responsible for food preparation, serving, storage, and clean up, under the supervision of Birchwood Camp's Food Service Manager. Hours range from 10-40 hours per week depending on the camp's summer schedule. Flexibility and willingness to work a varied schedule, including many weekends, is a must. For more information, job descriptions, or to apply for a position visit:
Help Support a Mission Trip
The Juneau Youth Cooperative Ministry is heading to Cost Rica in June.  They are asking for your prayer and financial support to make it happen.  They have already raised over half of the $25,000 needed to go.  Here is a letter from their leader, Rev. Melissa Engel.
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
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 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

     21: Crystal out of town attending UMW WJ Quadrennial Meeting
     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