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CONFERENCE NEWS
You are invited to CrossOver to Life!
Greater Northwest Area Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky invites us all to a season of renewal through a year-long exploration of the bible and faith centered around the book, We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren.

Participants will receive weekly blog posts to expand their study, with reflections and prayers. There will also be a place for comments and conversation.

The study will begin on December 2, 2018.
Sign up for the Cross-Over Blog by clicking HERE

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Mission u opportunities
Mission u is a yearly event that United Methodist Women host for everyone around the state.  The first event is coming up in Anchorage this weekend, October 19-20 at Jewel Lake Parish.  You can view the flyer here.

The studies this year are What About Our Money? A Faith Response and Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective.  You can register to attend here.

The other two events are scheduled for November 2-3 at North Star UMC in Nikiski and January 11-12 at UMC of Sitka.

Plan on joining!
Birchwood Camp auction
We warmly invite you to the 2018 Birchwood Camp Auction on October 27, 4-7 pm! It will be a time to reflect on all the amazing work that has been done in the past year, have some fun bidding on exciting live and silent auction items, enjoy some great food and reconnect with old friends and make some new ones!  Since it's fall, dress up in your favorite flannel or sweater and your Bogs or XtraTuffs! Click this link to learn more about this event and to preview the auction items.
 
Dinner is provided but seating is limited so please RSVP to the Camp office (907) 688-2734 or info@birchwoodcamp.org by October 15th, or click  here to register online!
2019 Youth Mission Immersion
Join us January 18-19, 2019 as we explore what it means to be a servant of God through service to others. This Mission Immersion Weekend will offer opportunities to grow in our faith as we serve our local community. We will gather in fellowship with youth from across Alaska for this Mission Immersion Experience. Some of the places we've served at in past Mission Immersions include Habitat Restore, FISH, Pioneer Home, Anchorage Rescue Mission, Beans Café & Habitat for Humanity. We'll meet on Friday night and have a time of worship & fellowship. We stay overnight at St. John and then go out into Anchorage and serve all day Saturday! Cost is $30; scholarships are available!  All youth and their friends are invited to join us. We also need adults to help on Saturday as we go out into the community.

Please contact Robbie at youth.sjumc@gmail.com to register or for more information.
NATIONAL NEWS
United Methodists, Episcopalians finish proposal
A final round of edits of "A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing of Brokenness," a proposal for full communion between The United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church, will be going to the November meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.
Expanding partnerships with Native Americans
A grant of nearly $1 million to help provide safe drinking water in the Alaska Native Village of Newtok is an example of a renewed commitment to Native American ministries, highlighted throughout the Oct. 11-13 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

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Mission agency to return Ohio land held in trust
'Long road' for recovery from Hurricane Michael
The recovery from Hurricane Michael in Georgia and Florida will likely take years, said officials and pastors from The United Methodist Church on Monday. "It will be a long road," said Bishop Lawson Bryan, of the South Georgia Episcopal Area.

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Methodists and grape juice
What became a popular grocery item started as a response to concerns about alcohol abuse. Dr. Thomas Welch's recipe changed life in the church.

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Big crowds for meetings on denomination's future
United Methodists are turning out in force, along with questions and opinions, for conference meetings aimed at informing people about the special 2019 General Conference. Most meetings feature tutorials on the legislative options for helping the denomination remain unified despite persistent division over homosexuality. Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges report on how the conversations have gone.

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CONFERENCE CALENDAR
October
8-16: Carlo attending Mama's memorial
21: Charge Conference - St. Peter the Fisherman UMC
21: Charge Conference - Seward Memorial UMC/Moose Pass UMC
22: AUMC General Conference delegation meeting
28: Charge Conference - Christ First UMC
29: Charge Conference - Community UMC

November
3: Charge Conference - Ola Toe Fuataina UM Samoan Fellowship
4: Charge Conference - Willow UMC
7: Charge Conference - Girdwood Chapel UMC
8: Charge Conference - UMC of Chugiak
10: Charge Conference - Homer UMC
10: Charge Conference - North Star UMC
11: Charge Conference - Kenai UMC
11: Charge Conference - Soldotna UMC
11: Charge Conference - Jewel Lake Parish
14: Charge Conference - Palmer UM Fellowship
15: Charge Conference - UMC of Sitka
16: Charge Conference - First UMC Ketchikan
17: Charge Conference - Douglas Community UMC
17: Charge Conference - Aldersgate UMC
25: Charge Conference - Anchorage Korean UMC

December
1: Leadership Team meeting via Zoom
4: Charge Conference - Anchor Park UMC

January
6: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
7: Charge Conference - First UMC Anchorage/First Samoan UMC of Anchorage (tentative)
13: Charge Conference - First UMC Fairbanks
22: Charge Conference - St. John UMC
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
 
 
October 18 -  
Dan Wilcox  
 
November 1 -  
Phil Campbell
 
November 6 -  
Tafa Fulumua
 
November 8 -  
Jason Cornish
 
November 9 -  
Murray Crookes 




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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