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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Evaluation Form
If you attended Annual Conference, don't forget to give us your feedback with the evaluation form.  You can either fill out the green form that was in your registration packet or you can fill it out here online.  We appreciate it!
2017 Annual Conference Reports
Once an Annual Conference is complete, a designated person sends in a report to United Methodist News Service.  Every single Annual Conference around the world does this, all 131 of them.  Once the reports are received, they compile them and post them online for everyone to view.  Here is the report that Rev. Jim Doepken sent in for the Alaska Conference.










CONFERENCE NEWS
Alaska Flag Day Celebration
Join AK Child & Family for the 25th annual Alaska Flag Day Celebration! The event is always celebrated on July 9.  It will be at 4600 Abbott Road from 5:30-8:30 pm.  You can park at Service High School and take the free shuttle to the event.  Bring the whole family for BBQ dinner, lawn games, live music by Nervis Rex, ice cream & MORE. Learn More and Register.
Basic Lay Servant Course Offered Soon
The first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant begins with a course that outlines some history and foundational principles of discipleship in the United Methodist Church. Over the course of 3 Saturdays we will also explore ways we may each be called to the mission of making disciples.

The course is scheduled for 3 Saturdays in July: 7/15, 22, and 29 from 9am until 4 pm. Classes will be held at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak; there will be a cost of $15 to cover the books and other class materials. If the cost is a hardship, there may be scholarship funds available to help with the fee.

Bring snacks or other food to share; tableware, soup, bread, and beverages will be provided. Contact Linda Haynes at
lindahaynes87@gmail.com or call her at 373-2795 if you would like to attend the course so that we will have enough materials (and soup!) for all. Hope you can join us.  You will be enriched and empowered by this course!
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!
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL NEWS
Results from Wespath's Work with Oil Giants
Wespath Benefits and Investments, the United Methodist pension agency, filed and actively supported successful shareholder resolutions asking the world's largest oil and gas companies for greater transparency on how they are preparing for a low-carbon future. Under these resolutions - which received overwhelming shareholder support - Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and ExxonMobil will provide detailed reports assessing the impact of climate change. Harvard Business Review said the ExxonMobil resolution, in particular, suggests the investment community has reached "a tipping point" in the recognition of climate risks.

Read Wespath press release
Read Harvard Business Review story
Claremont Facing Financial Difficulties
Claremont School of Theology, one of The United Methodist Church's 13 seminaries, is having financial problems that may mean the school will have to leave its current campus in California. At the same time, the seminary is celebrating its largest enrollment in the past 35 years.

Read the story 
Transgender Person Commissioned as Deacon
The Northern Illinois Conference on June 4 commissioned an openly transgender individual as a provisional deacon. The Rev. M Barclay is believed to be the first openly "non-binary trans person" to become a United Methodist deacon.

Read the story
Bishop: Why the Church Will Stay United
In a video, Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter offers the seven reasons he believes The United Methodist Church will stay united. He is a moderator on the Commission on a Way Forward as well as president-elect of the Council of Bishops.

Watch video
Commentary: Pet Peeves of a Church Visitor
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Churches need their most positive and smiling personalities on their front lines. Greg Atkinson, a church consultant, offers tips on where churches too often fall short in making visitors feel welcome. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares his commentary.

Read commentary 
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
June
14-17: PNW-OI Joint Annual Conference in Oregon - Carlo attending
18: Father's Day
21-23: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - 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
9-15: AUMC's week to pray for Commission on a Way Forward

August
26: Leadership Team meeting
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 27 -
Teri Erbele

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott



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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