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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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CONFERENCE NEWS
Learning Event and Winter Rendezvous
Our Learning Event will be February 16-17, 2017 (Thursday 1:00 pm - Friday 3:00 pm) followed by the Winter Rendezvous (Conference committee meetings) on February 17-18, 2017 (Friday evening - Saturday afternoon). The Learning Event will focus on Creating New Places for New People and Nurturing Vital Congregations with Rev. Dr. Bill Gibson and Rev. Steve Ross as our main resource people.  You can find the event flier here.  You can register for the event here.  A few people have asked for the event schedule.  You can find the schedule here.

Please register by February 9th!

To prepare for the learning event, here's some homework for you:
1. Form a Vitality Team in your local church.
2. Read and study the following documents together
a.  Northwest Adventure: New Church Development in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area ( click here to download)
b. Renewal Northwest: Congregational Vitality in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area ( click here to download)
3. Access and study your mission field's demographics through  MissionInsite. Each church in the Alaska Conference has access to this demographic service. For more info on how to log-in, contact Crystal Feaster at the Conference Office.
4. Test the results of your demographics study by interviewing key people in your community. Guide questions for this will be made available soon.

WINTER RENDEZVOUS
You can register for the Winter Rendezvous committee meetings here.  For specifics about the Rendezvous schedule, look here.

Please register by February 9th! 
Housing & Child Care Workers Needed
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Housing
There are currently 3 people that have registered and will need housing when they are in Anchorage attending conference meetings next week.  If you are able to house one of these individuals, please contact the conference office at 333-5050 or email.  They would likely need housing Thursday and Friday evenings (February 16-17).  We appreciate the hospitality of those in the Anchorage area that are able and willing to help.

Child Care Workers
We are looking for two people who would be willing to entertain 5 elementary aged children during the conference meetings on Thursday and Friday of next week (February 16-17).  The workers will be compensated for their time.  If you are interested or know someone who would be, please contact the conference office at 333-5050 or email.

Thank you!
Celebration of Ministry for Fran Lynch
After 20 years of ministry to Willow, Anvik, and Grayling, Fran Lynch retired on February 2nd. The congregation of Willow United Methodist Church would like to invite you to a Celebration of Ministry on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00-5:00pm at the church, mile 67.5 Parks Highway in Willow.

This will be an open reception time, with a brief program at 3:30 pm. Whether you can attend or not, we invite you to send notes of thank-you, memories, or stories to
WillowUM@mtaonline.net,
 or Willow UMC, P. O. Box 182, Willow, AK 99688.

With her retirement, Fran will no longer have a home phone number.  You can reach her directly at 907-232-7100 which is her cell phone.  Please make note of this in your directories. 
"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

Scholarships are available!  
We must receive your scholarship application no later then February 21st
Scholarship award letters will be mailed February 23rd.
 
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
Record Number of Conferences Give 100 Percent
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The Alaska United Methodist Conference was one of 27 Annual Conferences which paid 100% of their 2016 General Church apportionments thanks to the commitment of local churches across the conference.

5 of the 8 conferences (or 63%) that comprise the Western Jurisdiction paid their GC apportionments in full. Across the denomination, only 48% did the same.

Read the rest of the article here. 
2016 Book of Discipline Now Available
The United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions are now available for purchase, download and free viewing. You can find them for purchase at the Cokesbury Online Bookstore. There are also Kindle versions of both documents available from Amazon.com.
  A free online version is also available for viewing.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
February
7-8: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
9: Charge Conference - UMC of Sitka
12: Fran Lynch's Retirement Party
16-17: Conference Learning Event at Conference Center
17-18: Winter Rendezvous Meetings at Conference Center
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
 
February 19: Steve Fisher

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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