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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:
Scheduling: part time position; Sundays 3pm to 8pm; Monday through various day to early evening; Wednesdays and Saturdays 1x per month
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.
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.
"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
 
Early Registration is $145 before February 28, 2017
Regular Registration is $160 after March 1, 2017
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 both the registration and scholarship forms from our website.
  If you prefer, you can fill out your registration form online and then mail in your payment.
The Scholarship Application is also available to fill out online. 
 
Please plan to join us for this wonderful spiritual growth opportunity!
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
'Hidden Figures' Mathematician Raised Methodist
United Methodists in White Sulphur Springs remember Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson - the main character in the movie "Hidden Figures" - counting steps as a child. Johnson grew up near and attended St. James Methodist, which was then an African-American church. West Virginia Conference communications director Deborah Coble reports.
Read the story.

Way Forward Group Has Membership Change
The three bishops who moderate the Commission on a Way Forward gave an update on the group's work and announced a change in commission membership. Bishop Ciriaco Francisco of the Philippines has withdrawn from the commission because of the demands on his schedule as leader of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Bishop Peter Torio, also of the Philippines, is succeeding Francisco on the commission.
Read the press release. 
UMCOR Earns 4-Star Rating
The United Methodist Committee on Relief has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has announced.
Read the press release

New National Ads Promote Childlike Faith
UM Communications
In this year's national advertising campaign, The United Methodist Church features the words of children, who share their thoughts about open hearts, minds and doors, to extend an invitation to people searching to give their lives deeper meaning.
Watch ad
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.
Announcing the Launch of Amazing (G)Race!
Attention Youth Groups, Confirmation Classes & History Buffs: Looking for a great activity?  The Amazing Grace transforms the Heritage Landmarks of the United Methodist Church into a real life adventure. Travel across the globe from Missouri to Monrovia to see the UMC's impact on the history of the world, or just visit one near you.

The adventure begins on April 15, 2017. Check out the instructional video from Chuck, get your UMC passports ready, and start planning! Visit www.gcah.org/amazing-grace for more information.

Free Lent Resource: Roll Down, Justice!
The General Commission On Religion and Race's Lenten biblical reflection, Roll Down, Justice!, written by Faye Wilson and featuring the music and reflections of Mark A. Miller, poses the following questions:
  • What are you prepared to give in order to have a closer walk with God?
  • What can you give in order to embrace anew the work of justice?
New Online Training Experiences Available
New online training courses are available for local church leaders and members. The two new courses complement existing online offerings, adding to a learning library that can assist trainees on a journey to boost church vitality.

The Effective Church Marketing course leads participants through a step-by-step process of examination, dreaming and planning using United Methodist Communications' Church Marketing Plan Tool. At the end of the session, church leaders or teams participating in the training will have a complete marketing plan ready to put into action.


The Your Church Website online training course introduces the tools to plan, build and launch a successful online strategy, from a website and beyond, that helps people connect with local churches in a new way.

Learn more and register for all online training experiences at  UMCom.org/training. 
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



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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