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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Aurora
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
THANK YOU!
Thank You
We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Annual Conference a success.

Host: UMC of Chugiak and Pastor Tim McConville
Worship Team: Kelli Williams, Betty Burke, and Tim McConville
Food: Jenn Miller and UMCC cooks that fed delicious meals to people in attendance.
Housing/Transportation: All the people who opened their homes and provided transportation for those who needed it.

We appreciate everyone that pitched in to make it a success!
CONFERENCE NEWS
Apportionment Report
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Here is the May report for the 2017 apportionments.  Take a look at it here.
Early Response Team Training Opportunities
ERT Teams go into disaster areas and help with flood cleanup, wildfire debris removal, or whatever else needs to happen.  Those who want to serve in disaster situations must attend a basic ERT training event.
 
Full Basic ERT Training at Anchor Park UMC in Anchorage on Saturday, July 8th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Basic ERT Recertification Training at Fairbanks First on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:00 pm*
 
To Register or for more information, please contact Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Dan Wilcox, 907.414.7078, or danielpwilcox@gmail.com.

*If you've received this training, the Re-Certification must happen every three years.
Passing of Mary Tapp
In Memory
Mary E. (Hartle) Tapp died peacefully, surrounded by family members early Friday morning May 26, 2017, just as the sun was coming up. She is survived by her husband, Clifford Tapp, at the family home: 11044 Dayton Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133; and by her two children: Doug Tapp of Auburn, WA; Marcia Tapp of Seattle, WA, two grandchildren, one sister and many extended family and friends.
 
Mary E. Tapp worked for the Episcopal Area Office as the Executive Secretary for 16 ¾ years and served joyfully with four Resident Bishops:   Bishop Calvin D. McConnell; Bishop Elias G. Galvan; Bishop Edward W. Paup and Bishop Grant J. Hagiya. Mary was awarded the Bishop's Award at her retirement in 2010, "for the spirit in which she did her work" and for having been a "leader from the back seat."
 
A Celebration of Life service for Mary E. Tapp will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 6512 23rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117.
Help Needed - What Does it Mean to Be the Church?
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The United Methodist Church is currently crafting a new statement on our ecclesiology - what it means to be the church together. Church leaders are looking for your feedback on this new document, called " Wonder, Love, and Praise." You can click through on the link to find out more.

Our conference Leadership Team is forming a small group of Alaskan United Methodists to craft our conference's feedback, convened by Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout. If you are interested in participating in this small group please email him at nromeijnstout@gmail.com. Members of this group will be expected to read the full text of Wonder, Love, and Praise, as well as participate virtually in the small group study that accompanies it.
Holway Celebration of Life
Dennis Holway
Those who knew and loved Dennis Holway are invited to join Susie, Todd, and Blake and their families at Birchwood Camp at the chapel on Psalm Lake at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 17th.  There will be time to share memories, honor Dennis, and scatter his ashes.  Then everyone is invited to gather in the main lodge afterwards for food and ice cream - his favorite!
Administrative Assistant Job Opening
Job Opportunity
Anchor Park UMC is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work up to 20 hours per week.  You can find the job description and information here.  Please inquire directly with Anchor Park for questions.
WJ Commission on Archives & History Event
Archives & History
Alaska Conference Historian and Archivist, Larry Hayden, would like to invite everyone to attend the Western Jurisdiction on Archives and History Bi-Annual Meeting and the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church.  The event will take place June 26-29, 2017.  You can view the letter of invitation, program agenda, and the registration form on the conference website.  If you have any questions, please contact Larry at 222-1938 or lhaydennjuno@gmail.com.
NATIONAL NEWS
Peace With Justice LIVE Facebook Event
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United Methodist Communications is planning a Facebook LIVE! event to talk about the impact and importance of Peace with Justice Sunday.  Get ready for June 7 as they turn on the cameras and talk to various church leaders and members across The United Methodist Church about plans for Peace with Justice Sunday.  Be sure to LIKE the United Methodist Communications Facebook page so you can watch!

Peace with Justice Sunday is on June 11. 
UMC Bishops Ask Trump to Reconsider Decision to Withdraw U.S. from Climate Accord
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

In a statement released today, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the decision by President Trump was disheartening and would worsen the state of this planet already exacerbated by overconsumption and misuse of resources. "The decision further isolates the United States from critical and essential climate and energy use conversations and negotiations."
 
Bishop Ough said the bishops of The United Methodist Church were speaking in continuity with the church's stance as articulated in In Defense of Creation, Scripture, the Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions. "It is our responsibility to take care of this planet we live on, this beautiful gift from God, the Creator of all things seen and unseen."
Bishop Ough urged President Trump to rejoin the efforts of nearly 200 countries that have agreed to voluntarily reduce their carbon emissions.
Bishop Ough said The United Methodist Church will continue to call for bold leadership and advocate for policies rooted in justice and sustainability. "By caring for God's people and God's planet, we offer ourselves as instruments of God's renewing Spirit in the world calling for social and environmental holiness. We will do this by challenging those whose policies and practices neglect the poor, exploit the weak and harm the environment."

Church and Society Launches New Website
A clear identity, different look and more easily navigated content are features of a new website launched this week by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The site also will encourage viewers to take action on social justice issues. Linda Bloom has the story.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
June
15-17: PNW-OI Joint Annual Conference in Oregon - Carlo attending
26-29: Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives & History/Historical Society of the United Methodist Church meeting at Alaska Pacific University

July
4: Independence Day - Office Closed
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.  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
 
June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 27 -
Teri Erbele



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.
AUMC Logo 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 into God's preferred future.
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