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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMay 3, 2016
In This Issue
~Superintendent's Blog
~Annual Conference
~CCCG Follow-Up
~General Conference
~Pre-Conference Handbook
~April Apportionments
~Wills Week
~Heritage Sunday
~$75K Matching Grant
~Church Rummage Sale
~Camp Cook Needed
~Job Openning
~Ketchikan Hostel
~Eagle River UM Camp
~FREE Webinars

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


Upcoming  Clergy

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

Contact Information


Carlo Rapanut

cell 907-854-8340  

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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
My blog for this week is:  Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

Have a blessed week!
Register for Annual Conference

Register today to attend Annual Conference!  You have until May 20th before the cost jumps to $100.

Make sure you pay for extra meals if you are inviting family and/or friends to the meals.

On the conference website, you will find an array of Annual Conference related items: forms, workshop information, schedule, etc.  Start taking a look at things so that you become familiar with the events.

There are separate registration forms for Housing/Transportation
and Childcare.  If you have these needs, please make sure you fill out these registrations.
CCCG Follow-Up Workshop
For those of you that attended the Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) workshop in February, we would like to make sure you know about the follow-up workshop that will take place before Annual Conference on June 2.  Rev. David Nieda and Brant Henshaw will be back in Alaska to lead a check-in session and answer any questions related to your team's work.  There will be two workshop times to choose from.  If any of you are interested but won't be attending Annual Conference, please let us know in the conference office.
General Conference
Every United Methodist can be part of General Conference.  Not every United Methodist will be present at General Conference from May 10-20, but you can still participate in the church's most important meeting.  Find out how, here.
Pre-Conference Handbook
The pre-conference handbook for the Alaska Annual Conference has been posted on the conference website.  For those of you who chose to download your own copy, please do that now.  Bring it with you when you come to Annual Conference as it will be referenced during voting.
Money April Apportionments
The April apportionment report has been finished and posted to the conference website.  You can view it here.
Wills Week
Do you have a will?
Did you know half of Americans over 55 do not have a will? Without a will, the state will "make one" for you and it probably won't be cheap, cover your priorities or include your charity.
Don't let this happen to you.  Alaska Wills Week is May 9-13.  Register now for these free Anchorage community events:

- Is it too early to make an estate plan?

- What documents do I need NOW for my family WHEN...

- How do you talk to seniors?


Find out more and RSVP at

Heritage Sunday Heritage Sunday, May 22
The United Methodist Church is encouraging churches around America to recognize Francis Asbury during Heritage Sunday, May 22, 2016.  The Theme selected is "Roots, Shoots, and Branches." 
2016 is the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury, the founding bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the American saint who single-handedly guided the creation and organization of the Church of our inheritance.
2016 is the year in which we celebrate the 200th birthday of the African Methodist Episcopal Church under the leadership of Bishop Richard Allen, and the 150th anniversary of the formation of black missionary conferences in the then Methodist Episcopal Church, predecessor to today's United Methodist Church.
Many web links can be found at for more details.
Larry Hayden, Chair, Alaska Conference
Commission on Archives and History
Global AIDS Fund United Methodist Global AIDS Fund
You can read the most recent newsletter for the UMGAF here if you are interested in what this group is doing this year.
$75K Matching Grant Offered to Push Imagine No Malaria Giving Over the Top
For the past three years, United Methodists in the Northwest have been supporting the work of Imagine No Malaria, and together we've raised over a million dollars for this worthy cause. Thank you so, so much! Malaria's death rate among African children has been reduced by 70% since we started this journey. Your gifts have saved lives.
For many campaigns, giving comes in fits and bursts but tends to weaken over time. We have seen the opposite with this Imagine No Malaria campaign. As they learn more, people have become more inspired. As they see our efforts together delivering results, they become more connected. This is the church at its best!
We are so thrilled to share that we have received an opportunity to go over the top to end malaria. An anonymous donor from a church in the Pacific Northwest Conference is offering to match donations received in our Greater Northwest Episcopal Area between April 25th (World Malaria Day) and June 25th, up to $75k! They want to inspire above-and-beyond giving so that we EXCEED our goal!
In response to this new opportunity to give over the top, Bishop Grant Hagiya offered these words of encouragement: "We hope that your congregation will join us in matching, and maybe even exceeding, this heartfelt gift of generosity. Our Imagine No Malaria campaign is saving lives each and every day. When we come together, United Methodists can truly change the world."
Whenever possible please give directly through the Imagine No Malaria website. This will expedite the process of tracking gifts for the purpose of this matching opportunity. The website for Imagine No Malaria is

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 - 2:00 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!
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:
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.
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

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

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

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

     4: Independence Day - Office Closed
     13-16: Western Jurisdiction Conference in Scottsdale Arizona.  Carlo attending
     19-August 18: Carlo on vacation in the Philippines
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