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The Alaska United Methodist ConferenceMay 24, 2016
In This Issue
~Annual Conference
~Pre-Conference Handbook
~Eagle River UM Camp

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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

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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.

Prayer Requests
Please pray for Rev. Sandra Hammett, interim pastor at the UMC of Sitka. Pastor Sandra had to be flown to Harborview Hospital in Seattle last week due to a mass that they found in the frontal lobe of her brain. The doctors have done a biopsy, and as they wait for results and subsequent plan of treatment, Sandra has travelled to San Jose, California with her son. It is her intention to still officiate the previously-scheduled wedding of her granddaughter this weekend. She is under medication. Prayers for Pastor Sandra and for the UMC of Sitka.
Please pray for Rev. Tim McConville of the UMC of Chugiak. Pastor Tim's sister Molly, 51, passed away last week leaving behind her husband and two young children. Tim is traveling to Pennsylvania to be with family. Prayers for Pastor Tim and the McConville family.
Annual Conference

HOUSING!  We still have people that need housing for when they are in Anchorage attending Annual Conference.  This is a last minute plea!  Please contact the conference office at 333-5050 ASAP so that we can get these delegates matched up!  Most of them will need transportation too but if you are coming to Annual Conference then that shouldn't be a problem!

AWARDS BANQUET & FAREWELL LUNCHEON  This year the Harry Denman, Outstanding Lay Person, One Matters, and Bishop's Awards will all be presented during the Awards Banquet on Friday, June 3 at 5:00 PM.  The Farewell Luncheon will take place on Saturday, June 4 at noon.  This is the conference's time to recognize the clergy that will be leaving Alaska as well as recognize Craig Parish and Lonnie Brooks who will no longer serve in the their current roles at the conference level.  Lonnie will give his last Lay Leader's Address at 3:30 PM on Friday, June 3 for those who would like to hear it.  If you would like to attend either of these events and participate in either of the meals, make sure you pay for your meal(s) by May 31st so we can ensure there there is enough food for everyone.  Friends and family that are invited to participate in meals also need to pay for their meals in advance.  Pay for them here.

WORSHIP SERVICES will be held during Annual Conference.  The opening worship service will be at 10:45 AM on Friday, June 3.  We will recognize those that have passed away since we last met as well as take communion.  The offering from this service will support Unalaska UMC.  The closing worship service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 4.  General Secretary of GBGM, Thomas Kemper, will preach and the clergy will be commissioned and appointments will be read.  The offering from this service will go to our host church, St. John UMC.  The worship services will be held at St. John UMC (1801 O'Malley Road) and are open to the public.

On the conference website, you will find an array of Annual Conference related items: forms, workshop information, schedule, etc.
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.
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!!!

Upcoming Events

     2: Annual Conference Workshops at St. John UMC
     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

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