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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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LOCAL NEWS
Fall Rendezvous Dates and  Welcoming Event for Bishop Stanovsky
The Fall Rendezvous meetings will be held at the Conference Center starting Friday afternoon, October 14th and ending Saturday, October 15th at lunch.  The Leadership Team will meet following lunch.

Friday evening we will have a worshipful welcome for Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky.  The service will begin at 7 PM, followed by a Town Hall Q&A, and then end with some light refreshments.  The welcoming event is open for anyone to attend so please come! To download a PDF poster to print and share, click here.

Registration information has been sent out so if you did not get it, please contact the conference office. Prior to the Rendezvous meetings, the Professional Church Workers Retreat will take place from October 12-14.
United Methodist Women Annual Gathering 2016
United Methodist Women's Annual Gathering  is always a great event and wonderful opportunity to gather with other United Methodist Women throughout the state. We  hope you will join us October 7-9 at Anchor Park United Methodist Church in Anchorage.    Attached is a copy of the  2016 Annual Gathering registration form that  can be  filled out  online or printed off and sent in.

Here is the newsletter with all the information for the event.
 
Contact Bonnie Miller , President, if you have any questions!
NATIONAL NEWS
Free Clergy Personal Finance Resources
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Wesley Theological Seminary have gathered free resources to help pastors better understand and manage their personal finances.  The resources are available at http://www.churchleadership.com/clergyfinances.

"A basic responsibility as Christian stewards is to manage personal financial resources so that we can care for ourselves and our families and marshal the resources needed to respond to God's call to generous giving." says Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr.  "This is especially true for clergy who are expected to teach and model faithful stewardship within our congregations.  Mastering personal finances is both a personal and a pastoral responsibility."  The free resources offered can help clergy better meet these responsibilities.

Clergy Personal Finance Resources topics: Why Clergy Personal Fiances Matter; Personal Finances and Budgeting; Debt; Compensation and Taxes; Insurance; Investing; and Estate Planning.
6 Methodist Historical Figures to Help Illustrate Your Next Lesson
UM Communications
The United Methodist Church is filled with deeply spiritual people like John Wesley. The Rev. Jeremy Steele, writing for United Methodist Communications, offers stories of six other Methodists to use as examples in lessons.
Read the story.
UMW Mourns Deaconess Coordinator
United Methodist Women mourns the passing of Becky Dodson Louter, 46, executive secretary for the Deaconess and Home Missioner Office, which oversees the lay order of the church dedicated to workers in vocations that alleviate suffering. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.   Read the press release
New Tools Offer Opportunities for Connection
UMC
The United Methodist Church launched a four-part advertising series across the U.S. this week, offering an invitation for seekers to connect with local churches. The ads are present on television, billboards, digital platforms and mobile devices.

The first set of ads, running now through mid-October, highlights the church's role in disaster response and the importance of staying involved in recovery efforts until they are complete. The next two series of ads will focus on the denomination's work in education and hunger relief.

"This campaign is an opportunity to tell the story of the good work that is happening throughout The United Methodist Church," said Jennifer Rodia, chief communications officer at United Methodist Communications. "We hope that people will see these ads and gain a sense of how United Methodist churches offer opportunities to connect with their community and grow in their faith."

In December, the campaign will shift to the Advent theme of finding the true meaning of Christmas: lending a hand to a neighbor in need, encouraging joy in the lives of others, and giving the gifts of time and care.

Local churches can take part in the campaign during the Advent season by utilizing customizable outreach tools, available in English and Spanish, which carry the national advertising message.

Resources available at  UMCom.org/advent  include:
  • Up to 10,000 direct mail postcards for which churches only pay the mailing and postage costs
  • Free door hangers and invitation cards
  • Indoor and outdoor welcome banners and signs
  • A free downloadable resource package, which includes videos, worship and social media graphics, and a printable bulletin cover, door hanger, postcard and invitation card
The national campaign is part of the Rethink Church ministry of The United Methodist Church, a movement to encourage local church congregations to look outside of their four walls, identifying needs in the community and then rising to meet them.
Save the Date: #GivingTuesday - November 29
We are excited to let you know that plans are underway for this year's UMC #GivingTuesday!

On Nov. 29, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season again by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. When you give online through The Advance at  www.umcmission.org/give , 100 percent of your gifts goes directly to the project of your choice. 

The Advance remains committed to sustaining a strong foundation that allows projects and missionaries to build relationships and empower ministries. Over the past years, we were fortunate to offer matching funds to motivate giving. This year, while matching funds will not be available, we remain confident that your supporters will continue their commitment to your ministry. To keep this momentum going, The Advance continues to allocate 100 percent of all giving to the designated project and missionary. 

Through The Advance, United Methodists can give to more than 800 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. Donors can also provide support for more than 300 missionaries. The projects meet a range of needs, from helping survivors cope with natural or civil disasters to helping establish new faith communities, feed and educate children, and equip hospitals and clinics.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
October
2: World Communion Sunday
7-9: UMW Annual Gathering at Anchor Park UMC
12-14: Professional Church Workers Retreat
14: Welcome event for Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
14-15: Fall Rendezvous Meetings at Conference Center
19-22: GBGM Board Meeting in Atlanta - Carlo attending
26: Charge Conference - Palmer UM Fellowship
27: Charge Conference - Christ First UMC
29: Charge Conference - Aldersgate UMC
30: Charge Conference - Douglas Community UMC

November
2-4: Extended Cabinet Summit in Jacksonville, FL - Carlo attending
6: Daylight Savings Time ends
6: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
8: Election Day
9: Charge Conference - Unalaska UMC
13: Charge Conference - Jewel Lake Parish
14-16: Crystal on vacation
14-16: GNW Cabinet meeting in Portland - Carlo attending
17: Charge Conference - UMC of Chugiak
18: Charge Conference - Seward UMC/ Moose Pass UMC
19: Charge Conference - Kenai UMC
19: Charge Conference - North Star UMC
20: Charge Conference - Girdwood Chapel UMC
24: Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed
29: UMC #GivingTuesday campaign
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.
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays

September 28: Darla Bradley

October 8: Andy Bartel
October 10: Luke Jones
October 18: Dan Wilcox


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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