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CONFERENCE NEWS
October Apportionment Report
Money
Here is the October report for apportionment's. There are only two months left to pay your full 100%.  Check out where your church is on its commitment.
2016 Conference Journal Available for Download
The 2016 AUMC Journal is now posted on the conference website. Books were handed out to committee members and conference leadership mid October.  It is a lot of hard work to get it put together and reviewed.  If you have updates for us, please let us know so they can be fixed for the next edition.
Nominate a Youth or Young Adult
Youth Ministry
To all Alaska United Methodist pastors, youth pastors, and church leaders:

We often say that youth and young adults are the future of our church. In fact, these particular people are a missional priority of the Alaska United Methodist Conference.

The Council on Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Alaska United Methodist Conference is committed to investing in and building up the youth and young adults in our United Methodist churches as faithful, invested, and committed leaders. We strongly believe the way to do that is to invite youth and young adults to the table to be given voice. Our council envisions youth and young adults participating in Annual Conference and serving on conference councils, boards, and teams in order to help guide the church as we continue to discern God's vision and live it out.

The Council invites you to nominate a youth and/or a young adult from your church membership to participate in the youth and young adult ministries council of the Alaska United Methodist Conference in order to best discern the way forward with them. Charge conference nominations are coming up and this is a perfect time to discern with our young people and their parent(s)/guardian(s) their calling to leadership and ministry.

Please submit your nominations to the chair of the council, Rev. Melissa Engel, by Thanksgiving, November 24, 2016. If you have questions, please contact pastor.engel.ak@gmail.com .
Mission u at Homer UMC
The final Mission u event for the year is planned to take place at Homer UMC on November 11-12, 2016.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The topics are Climate Justice and The Bible and Human Sexuality.  You can find the registration form and information here.  Here is an advertisement poster that can be hung in your church.
NATIONAL NEWS
Western Jurisdiction Bishops Send Letter to President Obama in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky wanted to share the following letter which was sent last week to President Barack Obama by the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. In it they express their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. 

This week a number of religious leaders  will gather at Standing Rock  to join in the public witness in opposition to this action. Please continue to be in prayer for those seeking and needing God's justice and peace.

Mission Agency Completes Atlanta Move
During an Oct. 20 dedication service and reception, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries officially celebrated its new Atlanta home in the renovated buildings of Grace United Methodist Church. The move is the result of an October 2014 decision.

Now Available - Fall 2016 UMFCU Newsletter
UMFCU
The Fall 2016 newsletter for the United Methodist Federal Credit Union can be found here.  UMFCU provides a full line of financial services and products to United Methodist churches, clergy, congregational members and UM-affiliated organizations.   Participation in the CO-OP network within Alaska offers 36 walk-in Shared Branch locations and 63 surcharge-free ATMs.  When traveling outside Alaska over 5,000 Shared Branches and 30,000 thousand surcharge-free ATMs are available nationwide.  To learn more about UMFCU products and services go to www.umfcu.org.   To receive a membership packet contact your California Headquarters at 800-245-0433 or your New England Branch at 207-591-6449.
Save the Date: #GivingTuesday - November 29
On Nov. 29, United Methodists will come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Last year, more than 770 Advance missionaries and projects received 8,757 gifts through  The Advance , the denomination's designated giving channel. 

The theme for  UMC #GivingTuesday 2016  is "Give Light, Give Love, Give Life." Every day, you give God's light, love, and life through your faithful work, prayers, and gifts. 

This year, consider  supporting a project  that is working in an area you care most about. Gifts made through The Advance make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Also, look out for more information and resources coming soon at  www.umcgivingtuesday.org .
Free Advent Resources for Churches
Churches can stretch their advertising dollars during the Advent season by utilizing customizable outreach tools, available in English and Spanish, which carry the United Methodist church national advertising message. Order by TODAY, Nov. 1, to receive them before Thanksgiving.
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
UMW Meeting Focuses on Identity, Mission
The United Methodist Women board discussed at a recent organizing meeting the self-supporting group's identity and mission priorities for the next four years. United Methodist Women will focus on alleviating problems in four areas: climate justice, economic inequality, maternal and child health, and mass incarceration.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
November
2-4: Extended Cabinet Summit in Jacksonville, FL - Carlo attending
4-5: Contemplation and Action: Insights from Thomas Merton at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
6: Daylight Savings Time ends
8: Election Day
9: Charge Conference - Unalaska UMC
11: Veteran's Day
11-12: Mission u Event at Homer 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: Due date for Youth & Young Adult Nominations
24: Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed
29: UMC #GivingTuesday campaign

December
3: Leadership Team meeting via FUZE
7: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
8: Charge Conference - First Anchorage UMC/First Samoan UMC
9: Charge Conference - Homer UMC
9: Charge Conference - St. Peter the Fisherman UMC
10: Charge Conference - Soldotna UMC
11: Charge Conference - Anchorage Korean UMC
12-15: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - Carlo attending
24: Christmas Eve
25: Christmas Day
26-Jan 6: Carlo on vacation
31: New Year's Eve
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

November 1: Phil Campbell
November 6: Tafa Fulumua
November 17: Jean Bruscia

December 10: David Hall
December 23: Curtis Matz


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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