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"Two Doors for Two Cultures" | Anchorage Korean UMC
앵커리지에는 5,000여명 정도의 한인이 살고 있습니다. 그리고 20여개의 한인교회가 존재합니다. 한인교회의 특징은 한국어로 예배를 드린다는 것입니다. 오랜 시간 미국에서 이민생활을 했지만 대부분 한인 이민자들은 한국의 문화와 정신을 그대로 가지고 있습니다. 특별히 한국에서 기독교인이었던 분들은 한국의 기독교가 가지고 있는 보수적인 신앙을 그대로 가지고 있습니다. 때문에 진보적인 신앙관에 대해 거부하는 입장이 매우 강하게 나타나고 있습니다. 보통 한국의 감리교 목회자들은 신학교에서 매우 진보적인 신학을 배우고 나오지만, 목회 현장에서는 매우 보수적인 상황에서 목회를 해야 합니다. 그래서 이 두 신학의 간극에서 고민을 하며 목회를 합니다. 이것은 한인 이민 목회도 마찬가지입니다.

About 5,000 Koreans live in Anchorage. There are more than 20 Korean churches. The characteristic of Korean American churches is that they worship in Korean. They have immigrated to the United States for a long time, but most of Korean immigrants have the culture and spirit of Korea. Especially those who were Christian in Korea have the conservative faith of Korean Christianity. Because of this, the position of denying progressive beliefs is very strong. Korean Methodist pastors usually learn a very progressive theology from the seminary, but in the pastoral ministry they should be stand on a very conservative ministry. So I am working my ministry with the gap between these two theological views. I think about a historical context for the Korean immigration church members.

CrossOver to Life! • Week 23
The Riches of Relationships
Rev. Debbie Sperry
CrossOver reflection for Week 23 • Beginning May 12, 2019
When I attended Candler School of Theology, I had the chance to go to Cuba with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute on a religious visa. I could talk for days about all of my experiences. It was amazing. As a lifelong United Methodist, it was my first personal experience with the charismatic church, and I witnessed the Holy Spirit moving in new and inspiring ways. It was intense, and it was life-changing.

Two of the other participants, Kathy and Sharletta, were also from my seminary and when we returned to Atlanta, we came home with the recognition that we were responsible for our own faith formation. It may seem obvious, but at a theology school, we kind of thought we would be handed the best practices. In Cuba, we humbly realized that wasn’t the case. No one was going to “do” our faith for us. We weren’t going to mature as disciples by osmosis. We had to choose to pray, to worship, to engage in fellowship, to serve others, and to study for ourselves.

Annual Conference
Annual Conference is May 31 - June 1 at Christ First UMC in Wasilla. There will be workshops held on Thursday, May 30th at Christ First UMC as well.

An informational email went out to all clergy and voting delegates in March. You can view that email here .

Late registration ENDS TOMORROW, May 15, so don't wait! REGISTER NOW

The Fact Sheet had an incorrect date: it should say May 30: Pre-Conference Workshops - not May 31.
Worship at Annual Conference

In the spirit of collaboration, the worship planning teams of the three annual conferences (Alaska, Pacific Northwest and Oregon Idaho) in the Greater Northwest Area worked together to design parallel worship experiences across our three annual conference sessions. They also decided that three preachers, each representing a conference in the area, would preach one of the three main worship services:
Rev. Kathleen Weber will be preaching the Opening Worship centered around the remembering of our baptism. Kathleen is the Superintendent of the Crest to Coast Missional District of the Pacific Northwest Conference. Read more about Kathleen  here.
Rev. Carlo A. Rapanut will be preaching the Memorial Service. Carlo is our Superintendent in the Alaska United Methodist Conference.
Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse will be preaching our Closing Worship of Commissioning and Reading of Appointments. Lowell is the Mission and Ministry Coordinator (Director of Connectional Ministries equivalent) in the Oregon Idaho Conference. Read more about Lowell and his blog  here.
A tentative schedule (subject to revision) is available on the conference website.

The Pre-Conference Handbook is finished! Download it here. It has been mailed to those who requested that option. Please make sure you read through it before Annual Conference!
Former Alaskan pastors see border crisis up close
There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as stumbling across a grave of a young migrant infant in the desert.

But that’s what Oregon-Idaho Conference missionaries and volunteers Evelyn Erbele, Teri Erbele (and former First UMC Ketchikan pastors) and Louise Kienzle got to see when they took an up-close tour of the U.S./Mexico border in early April near Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico.

Read more of this story on the Conference website .
Book
Newest book in our conference library
Paul F. McCleary has written the following book:  Near-Insurmountable Challenges and Persistent Hope - A History of the (United) Methodist Annual Conference in Southern California and Arizona from World War II to the Present.  

Table of Contents includes Leadership; Character Formation Through Colleges and Universities; Asianization of the California-Pacific Annual Conference; Changing Boundaries (Hawai'i changed from Mission to District, maybe an example for Alaska?? Larry Hayden note); Outreach; and Looking to the Future.

The 316 page paperback can be checked out during normal business hours.
Housing for incoming clergy
Dear Friends,
 
Girdwood UMC will be welcoming Pastor Nico Romeijn-Stout and his soon to be wife, Laura, in July. We are actively searching for housing in Girdwood. If you or someone you know has a cabin or second home you would consider renting, please contact me.

Kindly,
Jody Clingenpeel
Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chair
229-9372
Yard Sale at Anchor Park UMC
We all got our "Kondo" on! Come on over to Anchor Park UMC (2300 Oak Drive, Anchorage) for their annual yard sale. This year it will be this Saturday, May 18 from 8 am-4 pm.

Huge selection of everything.
  • Man Cave: tools plus hundreds of things only a man would appreciate!
  • Furniture/ chairs/ hutch/ file cabinet/ dresser/ shelving/ tables, etc
  • Electronics/speakers/tv/computer
  • Tons of CD's/DVD's/collector's Reader's Digest LP albums from 70's & 80's
  • Kitchen/ blender/ knife set/ new microwave/lamps/baskets/ flower pots
  • Sheet sets/towels/blankets/ comforter
  • VINTAGE baby clothes/linens/doilies/ beaver hat/martin furs/ mink scarf/mink collar
  • Puzzles/ games/ toys / books ( including Louis L'Amour & Zane Grey)
  • Quality clothing sizes small- XXXL/ shoes/boots/ purses/ travel bags
  • Set of collector's Iditarod cards from 1992
  • Set of Florence Malewotkuk placemats
  • Lots of jewelry
  • SO MUCH MORE!! COME SHOP!!
National News
Bishops plan to explore 'new forms of unity'
Faced with the fallout of the special 2019 General Conference, United Methodist bishops said they would join other church members in exploring new possibilities for the denomination's future. But at this point, they see their role more as listening rather than directing the church’s conversation.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future
Traditionalist advocates met in private with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines to listen to concerns and discuss the denomination's future. The traditionalists also heard some pushback.

Bishops seek special offering for migrants
With more people on the move globally than ever before, the Council of Bishops is urging extra support for The United Methodist Church's work with migrants. The kind of support bishops have in mind will require approval from General Conference and other church decision-makers.

Bishops move toward Episcopal Church accord
At a meeting that saw questions about United Methodist unity, bishops had no debate about asking the 2020 General Conference to approve closer ties with The Episcopal Church.

Native United Methodists join UN forum
Native United Methodists attended the recent United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to help advocate for the preservation of indigenous languages. "We lose one indigenous language every two-and-a-half weeks worldwide," said the Rev. Chebon Kernell, executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan.

Claremont School of Theology signs affiliation agreement with Willamette University in Salem
This formal affiliation agreement brings together two institutions that share a common mission to educate students and prepare them for lives that contribute to and transform their communities.

Willamette seeks to be the Northwest’s premier liberal arts university, educating leaders for their region and the world by building distinctive programs that leverage collaborative partnerships between its undergraduate and graduate schools. Claremont School of Theology (CST) aims to position itself as the foremost theological school in the western United States by providing transformative ecumenical and inter-religious theological education that engages local and global communities.

Native youth to speak about mascots at national gathering
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference is working alongside event planners for the July 10-14 Youth 2019 event in Kansas City to bring a teaching moment about Native American mascots. "We are bringing Native youth to the conference to participate in a panel to specifically address how Native mascots impact their lives as young people," said the Rev. David Wilson.

Hope when everything's not awesome
In the latest installment of the animated series featuring the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley tackle the topic of etiquette for singing in church. The brothers come up with helpful hints to keep everyone "on the same page" of the hymnal.

Heritage Sunday 2019: 'Bold Women, Audacious Faith'
United Methodist Heritage Sunday, on May 19, 2019, will focus on the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women. Use this day as an opportunity to discover and recognize all that women have accomplished in the last 150 years in the church and beyond. A wealth of resources is available to help you celebrate!

Why do we have Social Principles?
The Methodist Social Creed, predecessor to the Social Principles, originated over a century ago to express concern about the exploitation of millions of workers. The Social Principles urge United Methodists to make a difference and to live differently in the world. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has more on the history and future of the Social Principles.

Conference Calendar
14-16: GNW Cabinet meeting
27: Memorial Day - office closed
30: Office closed - staff in Wasilla
30: Pre-Conference Workshops @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla
30: Lay & Clergy Session @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla
31-June 1: Annual Conference @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla (office closed)
7-9: PNW Annual Conference - Carlo attending
7-17: Office closed
7-17: Crystal on vacation
12-15: Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference - Carlo attending
16: Father's Day
24-26: GNW Cabinet Retreat - Carlo attending
Upcoming Clergy Birthdays

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 13 -
Bailey Brawner

June 15 -
Matt Reinders
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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 in God's preferred future.
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