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CONFERENCE NEWS
Register for PCWR and Fall Rendezvous meetings
Now is the time to register for the upcoming Professional Church Workers Retreat and Fall Rendezvous meetings which will take place at the Conference Center (1660 Patterson Street, Anchorage, 99504) on October 4-6, 2018.  The New Clergy Orientation/Clergy Retreat will be Oct 4-5 and the Committee Meetings will be Oct 5-6.  If you should be attending these meetings, you received an informational email last week.  If you didn't please let us know in the conference office.

Register HERE!
Minister to the Spiritual Life staff of AK Child & Family
AK Child & Family
The Spiritual Life Department of AK Child & Family will be having a staff retreat next month.  As part of the retreat, they will be receiving written prayers and affirmations to strengthen their ministry.
 
Minister to the students and staff of AK Child & Family by being a part of it!  These can be anonymous (or not), from you as an individual, or from your whole congregation!
 
E-mail prayers, words of encouragement/appreciation or affirmation to kwilliams@akchild.org by October 8th
 
Thanks for all you do to support the mission of AK Child & Family!
Former Alaska Methodist University President dies
Word was received recently from Nancy Yaw Davis in Sitka that Dr. William Davis died on Tuesday evening, August 28, 2018 in the Sitka Pioneer Home.  He was 89 and the third president of Alaska Methodist University. His service will be September 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Sitkas' St. Peters Episcopal Church. Notes may be sent to Nancy Yaw Davis at 701 Lincoln Street, Sitka, AK 99835 and email at  nydavis@gci.net.
Silver Anniversary for David Moore - you're invited!
You are invited to the SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of DAVID MOORE'S YEARS AS DIRECTOR OF UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRY FAIRBANKS on Saturday October 13, 2018 at 6:30PM. Dinner will be served at 7PM. Cost is $30.00
 
Please, come and join us. It will be an evening of good Christian fellowship. You will hear from David and this year's students who annually conduct the program of personal comments, distribution of door prizes, prayers, music and a video. This year's video will encompass 25 years and just maybe you'll see a student that you know. We are hoping that there will be many former students attending in order that you will see how UCM affects lives. Come and see what a worthwhile endeavor this is for college students in Fairbanks and in many other universities. We need your support. Your presence is important to us as we endeavor to show you that your contributions are greatly appreciated and UCM Fairbanks is worthy of being on your donor list.
 
Come and help us thank David for his work the past 25 years and show him that our prayers will be with him as he steps out to the future!!!
 
RAVEN LANDING CENTER
1222 Cowles Street Fairbanks, Alaska
 
Please RSVP by 10/10/18
907-474-7804 or 907-378-1959
Quilt Retreat
Anchor Park United Methodist Women is sponsoring a quilt retreat.  Are you behind on your projects because you have been camping, fishing or hiking? It is time to start catching up. Come out and join us for a fun filled weekend while raising money for mission!
 
Quilt Retreat XXXXIV
September 13-16, 2018
Theme: Quilters Rock
At Laverne Griffin Youth Camp (Wasilla)
Cost: Thursday -Sunday $225                   Friday -Sunday $170 
 
For further information and registration contact Susan Williams 907-317-0406
Fundraiser in Ninilchik
If you are in the Ninilchik area on September 22, make sure you stop by their pulled pork dinner fundraiser between 5-7 pm to help feed the students in Ninilchik.  Linda Hawkins, member of St. Peter the Fisherman UMC is coordinating the effort.  A silent auction will also be going on.  If you would like to know more, please contact Linda at 907-240-5212.
UMW Annual Gathering | Registration NOW!
Here is the August issue of Alaska Women's Response newsletter.   You will find inside important information regarding "Commune", our Annual Gathering 2018, coming up on the last weekend of September, including the registration form with an early bird discount!

You'll also find the items delegates will vote on:  Standing Rules, Budget and the Slate of Nominations.

Newsletter & Annual Gathering Information
CROP Hunger Walk 2018
CROP Hunger Walk CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, September 30 at First Congregational Church.  Registration will begin at 12:30 pm, walk starts at 1:30 pm.

Team packets are available or you can walk as an individual (bring your pledge).  The walk is mostly on the campus of UAA. This is a family friendly walk. 

Walkers will be sent off by the Pipe and Drum Corp.
 
The Alaska Jumping Flea Society will provide lively music.  Treats and drinks will be available. Call Jan Wachsmuth at 862-0194 for more information.
Survey or Map reader needed
Dave Wachsmuth has copies of the original plan for Birchwood Camp.  There is a little bit more than he can decipher from the surveyors notes.  He is looking for some help from someone with knowledge on how to read them.  Please contact him at 907-862-1194.  Dave is currently serving on the board of directors for Birchwood Camp and is on the property committee.
Local Church Leadership Connection
In an effort to address isolation which some local church leaders feel, letters of invitation have been sent to local church leaders to participate in an initial conversation with others within the Alaska Conference serving in the same local church leadership role.
 
The effort is triggered from the work of a small task force created by the conference Leadership Team.
 
The goal of our first phase of connection is to create a network of support, collaboration, information sharing, and leadership development among our lay people in local church leadership roles.
 
Last night, the initial conversation with the local church lay leaders and church council chairs were held.  Future conversations are scheduled as noted below:
            Local church
                        Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) Chair -
                                    Monday, September 17th at 5:30 pm
      Lay Member to Annual Conference - Monday, September 17th at 7 pm
      Finance Chair - Monday, September 24th at 5:30 pm
      Trustee Chair - Monday, October 1st at 6:30 pm
 
We look forward to creating these connections among our local church leaders. Anyone with questions should contact Superintendent Carlo Rapanut or Lay Leader Jo Anne Hayden.
NATIONAL NEWS
Commission on a Way Forward Videos
The Commission on a Way Forward has released all 10 videos of a series that the Commission hopes will inform The United Methodist Church on its processes and work done during the 18-month period of its meetings and deliberations.  The videos can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube and can be downloaded for viewing offline.  The Alaska Conference will be highlighting one each week for the next 10 weeks.

Week 6
Commission members Donna Pritchard (clergy, Oregon-Idaho Conference), Tom Salsgiver (clergy, Susquehanna Conference) and Leah Taylor (laity, Texas Conference) share reflections on their work, the value of connection, and the relationships they formed during their time together as members on the Commission. (Length 7:02)
Download: https://tinyurl.com/COWFTomDonnaLeah2
YouTube: https://youtu.be/v15xKo_URFU 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umcforward/videos/2122086861407029/ 
Arguments mount on Way Forward plans
Nearly 30 briefs, totaling hundreds of pages, confront the Judicial Council as it prepares to consider the constitutionality of three plans for reshaping The United Methodist Church. The case emerges from the Way Forward process aimed at preserving denominational unity amid longstanding division over homosexuality. 
 
Read the story
Bishop Harvey: 'God will do a new thing'
Many United Methodists feel anxiety as the denomination heads toward a special General Conference in 2019. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. Harvey appears in the first installment of "Seeing a Way Forward," a series of UM News videos discussing the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Watch videos
Live learning session: YouTube for churches!
Don't miss the Live learning session: YouTube for churches, tomorrow, September 12, at noon central time! This session will teach you the basics of YouTube as well as in-depth tips and hints. We'll also be ready to answer all of your questions about utilizing YouTube for ministry.
 
UMW stresses faith with advocacy
The mandate for United Methodist Women hasn't changed much in its nearly 150-year history. But its current strategic plan is focused on deepening faith, strengthening skills, expanding partnerships and setting a values-based context for mission while streamlining operations.

Read the story

World Communion Sunday | October 7, 2018
On Oct. 7, World Communion Sunday, the denomination will provide scholarships for national and international students who need financial support to answer God's call in pursuing graduate-level education. Download tools to empower your congregation to give generously, including social media tools, graphics, videos, bulletin inserts, offering talks, preaching helps, e-books and posters.

Pastor & Leader's Kit
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
September
17: AUMC S/PPRC Chairs connection
17: AUMC Lay Members to Annual Conference connection
24: AUMC General Conference delegation meeting
24: AUMC Finance Chairs connection
26-28: GNW Cabinet meeting in Portland - Carlo attending
28-29: GNW IV Summit in Portland - Carlo attending

October
1: AUMC Trustee Chairs connection
4-6:  Fall Rendezvous (New Clergy Orientation/Clergy Retreat and Committee Meetings)
11-13: GBGM Board meeting in Atlanta - Carlo attending
22: AUMC General Conference delegation 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 
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
September 11 -
Emily Carroll

September 17 -
Autumn Krueger

September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

September 24 -
Selusi Tuiolemotu

September 28 -
Darla Bradley



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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