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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Aurora
Letter from Bishop Grant Hagiya
Bishop Hagiya offers words of thanks to the conferences he has served as Bishop.  He will now be serving as Bishop to the California-Pacific Conference in Los Angeles. 

Pastoral Letter
Western Jurisdictional Conference Articles
New Bishop for Alaska and the Greater Northwest Area
Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Episcopacy, the Western Jurisdiction has assigned Bishop Elaine Stanovsky to the Greater Northwest area for the 2016-2020 quadrennium.  You can click this link to read our announcement that went out on Saturday, July 16th.  We welcome Bishop Stanovsky to the ministries of Alaska!
Married Lesbian Consecrated United Methodist Bishop
Bishop Karen Phyllis Oliveto received a standing ovation the first time she stood and faced a packed church as the newest bishop of the Western Jurisdiction. But many in The United Methodist Church are asking what the election of a married lesbian - despite the church's ban on ordaining "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" - means for the future of the denomination.  Read the story.
Letter from Superintendent Carlo Rapanut
Following the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, I felt it was important to write this letter to our conference.  It was emailed on Saturday, July 16th.  It is re-posted here if you missed it.

Pastoral Letter
Council President Speaks Following Election of Western Jurisdiction Bishop
Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today's Episcopal election at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"The Western Jurisdiction has elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco to serve as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Rev. Oliveto has been described as "an openly lesbian clergyperson." This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and unity."

Episcopal Elections 2016
United Methodist Church elects 15 new bishops 
The United Methodist Church elected 15 new bishops in jurisdictional conferences around the United States last week.

New women bishops make history 
Even as bishop elections were ongoing, The United Methodist Church already was making history this year - electing the most women in any new class of bishops in this denomination or its predecessor bodies. All told, delegates elected seven women, four of whom are African American.  Read the story
United Methodist Communications 2016 Annual Report
United Methodist Communications is pleased to share their 2015 annual report, which provides some of the highlights of their work over the past year as they share the story of the people of The United Methodist Church at work in the world.  To access their Annual Report please click here.
 
They are here to serve. They invite you to take a look at how they are helping churches to reach out locally and globally by equipping leaders, embracing technology, and connecting people with information and messages of hope and love.
 
Looking towards the future, they will continue to explore new avenues to share the love of Jesus Christ as they strive for excellence in meeting the communication, marketing and public relations needs of a diverse and global church. They look forward to the challenge.
Come to a Mission u in Your Area!
The Alaska United Methodist Women are excited to be bringing Mission u to you again!  The first event will be held in Juneau at Aldersgate UMC from July 29-30. EVERYONE is invited to attend.

The two studies this year are:
*Climate Change: A Call to Hope and Action, led by Debra Gerrish
*The Bible and Human Sexuality, led by Janice Nightingale

Please contact Jennifer Miller at 907-351-0274 or alaskan_miller_girl@yahoo.com for more information and to register.

Other Mission u events will be held in Anchorage at Turnagain UMC September 9-10 and at Homer UMC September 23-24.
What Could a VIM Team Do For You?
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Could your congregation be a potential work site for a VIM team for next summer?  Dan Wilcox, the Volunteer In Mission coordinator for the conference is asking congregations to take time between now and September to consider what projects your church might have in 2017.  There are already three teams from the lower 48 that have shown interest in coming.  If you would like more information about hosting a VIM team, or what a team can do for you, please contact Dan at danielpwilcox@gmail.com.  He can connect you with a team now, or send you information that can help your congregation discuss whether or not a VIM team is right for you.
Conference Office Email Address has Changed
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We have begun the process of changing the conference office email from umc@gci.net to alaskaumc@gmail.com.  For workflow ease, we are consolidating everything to the Google platform (email, calendar, etc.).  Please update your address books/contacts lists and start using alaskaumc@gmail.com for your emails to the conference. Carlo's email (carlorapanut@gmail.com) will remain the same.
Upcoming Events
JULY
19-August 18: Carlo on vacation in the Philippines
29-30: Mission u at Aldersgate UMC

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER
9-10: Mission u at Turnagain UMC
23-25: Mission u at Homer UMC
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays

July 21: Lisa Talbott
September 5: Charles Brower
September 22: Won Jea Keum
September 28: Darla Bradley
UM Federal Credit Union



Conference Office
907-333-5050

Superintendent Carlo
907-854-8340
Submissions - If you have an article or event that you would like to share with the rest of the conference, submit it to the conference office by Monday evening for consideration.
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The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Held and supported by the transforming relationship with God through Christ, we of the Alaska United Methodist Conference seek to be a community that creates a home for all peoples, finds our hope through grace and journeys together into God's preferred future.
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