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Join Wednesday Webinar on May 27 - Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 crisis, part 4
For the fourth installment of this webinar series, we will continue conversations about the guidelines for reopening entitled, “Reimagining Life Together”.

As per usual, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky and Alaska Superintendent, Rev. Carlo Rapanut, will help to guide our time of prayer and discussion.

The webinar is anticipated to last up to 90 minutes. It begins at 8 am AKDT, 9 am PST, 10 am MST.


Reimagining Life Together

Linked below is a new document titled Reimagining Life Together. It aspires to provide guidance on the requirements and recommendations for local churches and ministry settings to reopen buildings and return to in-person ministry activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

An overview of the guiding principles behind this document and its intent was shared by Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky  during the Wednesday, May 20 webinar .

Due Today - Annual Conference related items

In anticipation of a virtual meeting in the fall (date to be determined), please see the updated due dates (May 26) for all submissions.
Missionary Speakers

It is evident that in the midst of this strange time our church's ministry goes on in full force. Our local churches are continuing to respond to needs and our global church is continuing in the same manner.

Missionaries around the world continue to be in place and serve as God has called them to serve and the church has sent them to serve. The General Board of Global Ministries needs us to continue to support our missionaries and hear their stories. As the Conference Mission Secretary I encourage you to register for this experience to see what our church was already doing in mission and continues to do. You may find yourself called to support a missionary or to ask your church to support a missionary.

Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM Eastern Time.


Fran Lynch
Elnora is turning 100!

Many of you in the conference know Elnora Ouding from her many years as a lay member to Annual Conference from Anchor Park. Let us celebrate Elnora Ouding as she turns 100 on June 15!! Please send cards to her at 8211 Del Street, Anchorage, AK 99502. Elnora likes royal blue, rainbows, and flowers.
National News
Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Help coming for flood survivors

The Michigan Conference disaster response team has been activated to help victims of the Great Lakes Bay Region flood. Heavy rains led to the failure of multiple dams May 19 and some areas are expected to be under 9 feet of water before the waters recede.

Celebrating Pentecost at home

From baking a cake with red icing to flying a red kite, check out these creative and fun ways to bring the story of Pentecost home.

Pandemic: A different type of disaster

For 80 years The United Methodist Committee on Relief has responded to natural and man-made disasters regardless of the location or the need. This time the disaster is everywhere.

100% of your gift to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund will be used to meet the basic needs of people who are hoping for your response.

Conference Calendar
9: AUMC Clergy Session via Zoom @ 9 AM
21: Father's Day
26: Leadership Team meeting
28-30: GNW Cabinet Retreat
Upcoming Clergy Birthdays

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 15 -
Matthew Reinders
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 Tuesday at 9:00 am for consideration.
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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 in God's preferred future.