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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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CONFERENCE NEWS
The newsletter is delayed a day because the company we use to create the weekly newsletter was having an issue with a third party company they use for the images.  We hope this hasn't affected you too greatly.  Have a wonderful week!
Your United Methodist Federal Credit Union - Spreading the Word
UMFCU
Does every member of your congregation know they have a credit union resource?  United Methodist congregational members in the Alaska Conference are eligible for the financial products and services offered by UMFCU.  Providing a link to www.umfcu.org on your church website provides access to a wealth of information as well as helpful financial literacy tools.  UMFCU even has a Facebook Page.  To request a poster, bulletin inserts, financial literacy resources or other materials email sandra@umfcu.org.
Anchorage First UMC Foundation Grant
The First United Methodist Church Foundation (Anchorage) is accepting applications for grants to be used for educational benefits, scholarships, outreach to the community and the world, and capital projects for the First United Methodist Church, Anchorage. Applications are available at the First United Methodist Church or click here Applications should be concise and fit within the one page application. Submissions must be received by 31 March, 2017 .

The First United Methodist Church Foundation was formed on January 13, 1991. It was formed from the First United Methodist Church Endowment which began in 1989. The purpose of the Foundation was to distribute dividend profits to various charity organizations. Grant request can be used for educational benefits, scholarships, out reach into the community and the world, and capital projects for the First United Methodist Church.

Since currently this is a relatively small fund, all grant requests received will be prioritized by the committee in accordance with the bylaws and selected by the majority members of the Fou
ndation. Selected grant approvals will be notified and receive their funds in a short period of time afterwards. Unfortunately not all grants can be approved, but as the fund grows, this Foundation will be able to help others.
Methodist History
A special double issue of Methodist History is now available for checkout from the conference research room or free online at   www.gcah.org.

The focus of the double issue is on selected conference papers presented May 28-30, 2015 on United Methodist Women's History: Voices Lost and Found - Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the UMW.

Paper Titles include:  Testimony: The Task of United Methodist Women's History; Parenthetically Speaking: Methodist Women (In and) Out of Their Brackets; "Mothering Not Governing": Maternalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Methodist Women's Organizations (this one is by Priscilla Pope-Levison who will be a speaker at the Historical Conference being held in Anchorage at Alaska Pacific University June 26-29, 2017); "The Women, the Mothers Mold the Nations": The Christian Home, Korean Women, and WFMS Missionaries; From Prairie to Parsonage: The Changing Role of Women in a Frontier Conference; Redeeming Vanity Fair: Theological Debates over Fundraising within the W.F.M.S.; Advancing Home Missions: Belle Harris Bennett's Contributions to Southern Methodism; "Mabel K. Howell: A Modern Apostle, "1873-1957; Methodist Bible Women in Bulgaria and Italy; and many interesting book reviews.

See Larry Hayden or Crystal Feaster for more information.
"Walk With Wholeness" - Spiritual Growth Retreat
Come Join Us for the 2017 Spiritual Growth Retreat hosted by United Methodist Women
 
"Walk With Wholeness"
March  31 - April 2, 2017
North Star Bible Camp, Willow Alaska
 
Registration is $160
ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2017
 
We are excited to welcomPraveena Balasundaram from the United Methodist Women's National Office as our Retreat Leader and Rev. Lisa Talbott, from Homer UMC, as our Retreat Clergy.

You can download the registration form from our website.
  If you prefer, you can fill out your registration form online and then mail in your payment.
 
Please plan to join us for this wonderful spiritual growth opportunity!
Job Opportunity at AK Child & Family
Job Opportunity
The Spiritual Life Minister position is open at AK Child & Family.  Here is a little bit of information about it:
Rate of Pay : $15.13 to $16.53/hourly plus benefits
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or 4 years of equivalent formal training in human services field including: Theology, Psychology, Social Work, etc. Should be a member of and in good standing with a recognized church, denomination, or local faith community. Must have at least 2 years working with youth in a community, residential, or clinical pastoral setting.
How to Apply: Visit www.akchild.org/join-our-mission/employment to complete the agency application.
Clear Appointment Openings
A list of churches that are open for appointment can be found on the Greater NW Area website. As appointments are announced and the appointment process unfolds, new clear openings will be added to the list. See the latest.
NATIONAL NEWS
Statement on Current Immigration Raids
"To all who live in fear of detention, deportation, or separation from your family and community: you are valuable, deserving of opportunity, your contributions to society are important, and we will stand with you to advocate for justice."

The General Board of Church and Society released a statement last week reflecting the denomination's established support for migrant's rights to "due process and access to adequate legal representation."

Read the statement
Free Access to Premium Apps Via Google for Nonprofits
"What does it profit a nonprofit to use Google's world class suite of premium products? Probably a great deal, especially when access is free."

UMCom shares how the Google for Nonprofits program equips organizations of all sizes with a variety of great tools, allowing leaders to brand their organization professionally without an IT staff.

Learn more here.
Heritage Sunday is May 21
Heritage Sunday
This year's theme is: "MILESTONES - Calling Local Churches to Discover and Celebrate Their History." Resources to guide and assist planning your local church Heritage Sunday celebration will appear on the GCAH website beginning March 1. Heritage Sunday (para. 262, 264.1) calls every congregation to remember United Methodist heritage as a source of inspiration for ministry in the present and shaping vision for the future.
UMW 3rd Annual Day of Giving - March 23
United Methodist Women will have their 3rd Annual Day of Giving on March 23, 2017.

The money received from A Day of Giving goes to The Legacy Fund, a permanent endowment fund, established to support the mission outreach of future generations of United Methodist Women.

The March 23 Day of Giving honors the women at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts that first organized for missions in 1869. The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, a predecessor of United Methodist Women was established and women around the country raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation.
 
You can donate through any of these options: 
  • Online at  www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacyfund.
  • Phone: 800-278-7771 (8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday).
  • Text Legacy150 to 41444.
  • By check to Office of the Treasurer, United Methodist Women,
    475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.
    Write "The Legacy Fund" in the memo section.
 
Consider a $15, $150, or even $1,500 contribution, in recognition of the upcoming 150th anniversary, or $18.69, $186.90, or even $1,869, in recognition of the year of United Methodist Women's founding.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
February
27-March 3: GNW Cabinet in Seattle - Carlo attending

March
12: Daylight Saving Time
13-17: ASD Spring Break
18: Leadership Team meeting

April
16: Easter
18-20: GNW Cabinet in Portland - Carlo attending
20-22: GBGM Board Meeting in Atlanta - Carlo attending
23-24: UMDF Board Meeting in Austin - Carlo attending
Conference Office Email Address has Changed
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We have changed 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
 
March 21: Nico Romeijn-Stout
March 25: Evelyn Erbele
March 29: Doug Handlong

April 3: Tim McConville
April 12: Robert Hicks
April 22: Melissa Engel
April 23: Karen Martin Tichenor



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.
AUMC Logo Mission Statement:
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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