e~Aurora
A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Aurora
Prayer Request
Dennis Holway
Please be in prayer for the Holway family.  Former Alaska Pastor and Superintendent, Dennis Holway, had a stroke last week and is now under Hospice Care at Pilgrim Place Health Services in Claremont, CA.  Dennis was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.

Dennis and Susie's contact information is:
5567 Los Robles
La Verne, CA. 91750 
Bishops Approve Plan for Sexuality Panel
Amid growing concerns for the denomination's future, United Methodist bishops approved a plan for establishing a commission dealing with church teachings and homosexuality. The bishops' executive committee also took a step toward a special session of General Conference in early 2018.

Wednesday Night Kitchen Coordinator Needed
St. John United Methodist Church in South Anchorage is hiring a Wednesday Night Supper Kitchen Coordinator (WKC) to organize Wednesday Night Suppers - a weekly meal September to May feeding approximately 250-275 people. The primary responsibilities of the WKC are overseeing the planning, ordering, budgeting, recruiting, scheduling, training and coordinating of the Wednesday Night Suppers with the objective of providing a welcoming, delicious, and wholesome meal for our guests. The WKC is also responsible for developing and maintaining kitchen use training and policies for other groups using the church's commercial kitchen to ensure it remains an organized, safe, and sanitary space.
 
This is a part time hourly position, approximately 15-17 hours per week, with availability needed all day Wednesday. Compensation is $15-20/hour D.O.E. The position runs annually approximately September to May with very limited summer hours.
 
For more information please see the job posting at stjohneagle.com/employment. To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout at stjohn.sjumc@gmail.com.
 
St. John UMC is a theologically progressive church with vibrant ministries spanning all generations and reaching throughout Anchorage and around the world. We strive to be a welcoming family, and celebrate the diversity each person brings. No matter your doubts and questions, your race or ethnicity, your age, economic status, physical or mental abilities, your sexual orientation, your gender identity, no matter who you call family - we welcome you just as you are, for you are loved by God.
Dates Set for YOUTH 2019
The date and location for the next national gathering of United Methodist youth in 2019 are being announced years in advance to provide as much planning time as possible for local churches who want to join other youth from the connection at the event.
 
YOUTH 2019 will take place July 10-14, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri, said Chris Wilterdink, Director of Program Development for Young People's Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries. Specifically, the event will take over the Kansas City Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium.
 
"Youth leaders are taking their own sustainability seriously, which is a great thing. Many are planning ahead, calendaring out events six to 18 months in advance," Wilterdink said. "We realize that attending YOUTH 2019 means youth leaders need time to get the event on the calendar, gauge interest with their church and begin fundraising."
 
The national gathering for UM youth takes place every four years, and at the last event in 2015, nearly 5,000 youth and adult leaders came together in Orlando for inspirational worship, meaningful workshops, service opportunities and fellowship. Attending the YOUTH event in 2015 was valuable for many youth and their adult leaders.

"Kansas City is very central within the United States," Wilterdink said. "Multiple affordable lodging options within walking distance of the convention center, along with the safety and fun of Kansas City's Power & Light District, make this an ideal place for the youth of the United Methodist Church to come together. We believe the national youth event builds value for local church youth ministries and we want to make it as easy as possible for youth leaders to attend this connectional event."
 
For up-to-date information on YOUTH 2019, connect at https://www.facebook.com/Youth2019

Nome Community Center Executive Director
Danielle Slingsby, the Executive Director of the Nome Community Center, has made the decision to resign. Starting now, the Nome Community Center is searching for a new Executive Director.  If this is a position you would be interested in or you know someone that would, go to their website to learn more.
 
NCC Executive Director Position

Come to Mission u!
The Alaska United Methodist Women are excited to be bringing Mission u to you again!

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.

The upcoming Mission u event will be held in Anchorage at Turnagain UMC September 9-10. There was a conflict with the Homer date and so that has been postponed until further notice.
Study Leaders needed for 2017!
The Executive Team of United Methodist Women of Alaska are accepting applications for Study Leaders for  Mission u events to be implemented summer/fall of 2017.   Here is the required application.  Please note the deadline for applications is November 18, 2016.  
 
Please let those you think may be interested in this wonderful opportunity know!  
 
You may contact Jenn Miller at alaskan_miller_girl@yahoo.com  or 907-338-1434 (home) or 907-351-0274 (cell) with any questions.
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
AUGUST
July 19-August 18: Carlo on vacation in the Philippines

SEPTEMBER
5: Labor Day - Office Closed
9-10: Mission u at Turnagain UMC
19-23: GNW Cabinet Retreat - Carlo attending
29-October 1: Quadrennial Benefits Conference - Carlo attending

October
4-5: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - Carlo attending
7-9: UMW Annual Gathering at Anchor Park UMC
14-15: Fall Rendezvous Meetings at Conference Center

November
2-4: Extended Cabinet Summit in Jacksonville, FL - Carlo attending
6: Daylight Savings Time ends
8: Election Day
14-16: Crystal on vacation
14-15: GNW Cabinet meeting in Portland - Carlo attending
24: Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays

September 5: Charles Brower
September 22: Won Jea Keum
September 28: Darla Bradley


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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