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CONFERENCE NEWS
July Apportionment Report
Money The July apportionment report has been posted to the conference website.  You can view it here.  We are over halfway through the year so each church should be over 50% paid on their apportionments.
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.
Health Ministry opportunity
Tara Orley, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator at Providence hospital, would like the opportunity to invite members of your congregations to attend an upcoming introduction to health ministry in faith communities. This course will help members of our faith communities look at ways we can work together to use our gifts and skills to truly make our congregations a place of healing for minds, bodies and spirits. It is geared to those without a medical background. In communities with a faith community nurse, they will be great team members. In communities where there is not an existing health ministry, we will look at ways to join forces and recognize some common ground and identify some concrete beginning actions. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.  The sessions are Sept 11 (6-9 pm), Sept 15 (10 am-3 pm), Sept 25 (6-9 pm), and Sept 29 (10 am-3 pm).  The cost is $50 which includes meals, snacks and materials.  Register at www.alaska.providence.org/education  (click on the calendar and search/select topic "Faith Community Nursing").  Tara is eager to answer any questions or provide any further information about this ministry if you have questions.
Silver anniversary celebration with United Campus Minsitry
Nona Howard is searching for individuals who have been students at University of Alaska Fairbanks and were part of the United Campus Ministry program, especially those who attended in the last 25 years. October 13th is UCM's annual fund raiser but this year it will also be a Silver Anniversary event to commemorate David Moore's 25 years as Director of UCM Fairbanks. David is in touch with many former students but some have slipped away.  They're now requesting your help in locating those he has lost touch with. Nona would like to have them be a part of this event or to send a card, letter or email if they aren't able to be present.  The notes would be read or given to David.  If you have a few words about your UCM experience and what you are currently up to these days, please send them to Nona. UCM started here in 1961, all who participated are invited too.
 
Nona Howard, Event Planner
945 McGown Street Apt 3G
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Email nonah@gci.net
Phone 907-378-1959
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 1
Gil Rendle: A Parable for Today is a video featuring Commission consultant, Gil Rendle. Gil shares a story that illustrates the difference between positions and interests. When we are able to move from holding onto our positions to seeking to understand each other's underlying interests, we are better able to move forward together. (Length 5:14).
Download:  https://tinyurl.com/COWFRendleParable
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8ZGS6Dpl9g&feature=youtu.be
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umcforward/videos/2114710432144672/ 
LGBTQ advocates conflicted on Way Forward
A number of United Methodists who support LGBTQ equality see real progress in the One Church Plan. Still other advocates see it as perpetuating discrimination and prefer what's being called a Simple Plan. Heather Hahn reports on conversations at the "For Everyone Born" convocation.
 
Complaints against Sessions dismissed
The formal complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed by fellow United Methodists under church law have been dismissed by a district superintendent, with backing by the Alabama-West Florida Conference bishop. The complaints concerned Sessions' role in zero-tolerance border enforcement.

Read the story

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
August
18-19: Soldotna UMC 50th Anniversary - Carlo preaching
25: Leadership Team meeting

September
3: Labor Day - office closed
5-7: WJ Leadership meetings in Sacramento - Carlo attending
26-28: GNW Cabinet meeting in Portland - Carlo attending
28-29: GNW IV Summit in Portland - Carlo attending

October
3-6:  Fall Rendezvous (New Clergy Orientation, Clergy Retreat, Committee Meetings)
11-13: GBGM Board meeting in Atlanta - Carlo attending
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
 
August 13 -
Bennie Grace Nabua

September 5 -
Charles Brower

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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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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