A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Birchwood Camp Jamboree
Birchwood Camp
On August 5, Birchwood Camp will hold their annual jamboree.  You can enjoy camp activities like archery, boating, and the challenge course.  The event will include a campfire cookout.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 907-688-2734.
3-7 pm - Camp Activities
5 pm - Cookout at the campfire 
The silent auction will not be happening at this event anymore.  There will be a separate event for the auction at a later date.  Stay tuned. 
Soldotna UMC celebration scheduled
Soldotna UMC will celebrate their 50th Anniversary of chartered ministry on August 18-19th.  Everyone is welcome to attend their events. visit www.soldotnaumc.org for details.
Alaskan historic sites
Alaska has 3 United Methodist Historic sites: Ketchikan, Unalaska, and APU.  Did you know other denominations have them to?  Your conference historian, Larry Hayden, found out that the United Protestant Church in Palmer is No. 50 for the American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites Registry.  The Presbyterian Historical Society also celebrates Heritage Sunday each May.  If you know of other denominational events like these please let your conference historian know about them.
Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference
The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report:

"To the People of The United Methodist Church,
"We offer the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward, translated in the four official languages of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church:  English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.   In the Nicene Creed, we are taught the marks of the church-one, holy, catholic and apostolic.  We are catholic in that we care not only for the parts of the church, but more significantly for the whole.  We have refrained from commenting about the plans contained in this report until the time when our sisters and brothers could read this in their own first language.  With this distribution, we give thanks that this work can now begin, and we can have a conversation that represents our global and catholic nature-more fully who we are as The United Methodist Church."
Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba
Moderators, Commission on a Way Forward
Bishop Ken Carter
President, Council of Bishops
2 denominations explore Methodist connection
For a brief period in the 1960s, Methodists in the U.S. and in Great Britain considered becoming one body. Instead, a different kind of agreement, called a concordat, was finalized in 1968. In August, a group of United Methodists and British Methodists will gather in London to celebrate the 50th year of that relationship and discuss future collaboration.

Read the story

Mission magazine to end print editions
In a tribute to "New World Outlook," the mission magazine of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper announced that the magazine's final issue as a print publication will be in October. "What comes next is a matter of serious, prayerful consideration by Global Ministries' directors and staff," wrote Kemper, the mission agency's top executive, in the magazine's summer issue.

Read tribute in New World Outlook
Other recent New World Outlook articles

2-31: Carlo on renewal leave

5: Birchwood Camp Jamboree
18-19: Soldotna UMC 50th Anniversary
25: Leadership Team meeting
Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am 

Clergy Birthdays
August 13 -
Bennie Grace Nabua

Conference Office

Superintendent Carlo
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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