A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
November Apportionment Report
View the current apportionment report which goes through November 2017.  You have one month left to pay 100% of your apportionments. 
Youth UMVIM teams available
We have two UMVIM teams that are primarily youth with adult supervision looking for locations to connect with next summer.  If your church or ministry has a project that would work for them, and are interested in hosting one or both teams, please contact UMVIM Coordinator Dan Wilcox, at danielpwilcox@gmail.com, or 907.414.7078.  Also, we still have a few college age and adult teams looking for placement.  If your congregation is interested in hosting a team but can't host youth, please also give Dan a call. 
Your United Methodist Federal Credit Union serves your family
UMFCU When you are a United Methodist Federal Credit Union member your spouse, children, siblings and grandchildren are also eligible for membership.  UMFCU provides savings, checking with identity protection, credit card and lending services.  Online & mobile banking combined with nationwide CO-OP Shared Branching & ATMs allows convenient access to your accounts.  www.umfcu.org is the best way to share information about your credit union resource.  Contact sandra@umfcu.org to request a membership packet.
Summer Camp dates and Internship Applications
Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp is pleased to announce their 2018 Summer Camp brochure and Internship Applications are live!
If you want to apply for one of the summer internships at the camp, or would like to learn more, fill out the internship application here
T-shirt pillows for AK Child & Family
AK Child & Family
Jan Wachsmuth is organizing a group of women to make 50+ t-shirt pillows for AK Child & Family.  They will be gifts for the children.

The event will be on Friday, December 15 (DATE CHANGE) from 10 am - 3 pm at the Conference Center (1660 Patterson Street, Anchorage).

Lunch will be provided.  If you have questions or want to let Jan know you will be there, give her a call (862-0194) or send her an email
Christmas Cookie Baking Party
You are invited to Birchwood Camp's 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Party.  It will be held December 17th from 1-5 PM in the main lodge.  Registration is $15 and all supplies are provided.  Please go to www.birchwoodcamp.org for more details and to register.
Winter Youth Break Away Camp
Birchwood Camp
Middle School and High School Students are invited to this year's Winter Youth Break Away camp which will be held January 2 - January 6, 2018.

Bring your sleds, skates, snowshoes, and helmets...play in the snow!!!  Excellent food, fun and fellowship! Join them for Water is Life!

Registration fee: $240
Registration Open: October 1, 2017
***NEW*** Extended Camp Hours!
Check-in/drop-off 11 AM, Tuesday, January 2
Pick-up at 11 AM, Saturday, January 6

Thanks for giving on #GivingTuesday
Thanks to you and thousands of donors like you, UMC #GivingTuesday 2017 was a huge success. You gave to more than 300 Global Ministries missionaries and over 600 United Methodist-related projects with $677,399 raised in one day as we celebrated generosity together on UMC #GivingTuesday. Every one of the dollars you gave is going exactly where you directed your gift.

We could not have done it without your support. You are the heart of what we do at Global Ministries. Your commitment to mission and ministries is a legacy we appreciate. Thank you!

The best part of The Advance is seeing people participate in God's mission in ways that align with their deepest passions. That's the way God designed the world to work.

Thanks again for another great UMC #GivingTuesday. We couldn't have done it without you.

Thomas Kemper
General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries
Delegate count announced for GC2020
Methodist Logo The secretary of the General Conference announced Dec. 1 the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated. Of the 862 delegates, about 56 percent will come from the U.S. and about 32 percent will come from Africa. The remaining delegates will come from the Philippines, Europe and Concordat churches.
United Methodists join letter to oppose tax bill
A group of United Methodist bishops, agency staff and clergy joined more than 2,400 leaders of various faiths who signed a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the Senate tax bill currently being considered for vote. "The United Methodist Church will continue to call for increased access to affordable, quality health care, no matter what vehicle is used to threaten it. To add measures that would dismantle health insurance for millions of people to pay for tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy is immoral," said the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
Gender gap persists for United Methodist clergy
Women are still under-represented as clergy in The United Methodist Church, although the percentage varies by region. And, overall, clergywomen receive almost $4,000 less in annual salary than clergymen, according to the second half of a study conducted by Magaela C. Bethune on behalf of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
Creative devotions for Christmas
Coloring books for adults are popular and can spark a new way to reflect on Scripture and the season.  See four short devotionals and download pages to color yourself.
Who started the Salvation Army?
The red kettles and bell ringers are familiar sights at Christmastime around the world.  What may be less familiar is the charity's deep ties to Methodism and Wesleyan tradition.
3-7: GNW Cabinet Meetings in Seattle - Carlo attending
7-17: GBGM Round Table Conversation in the Philippines - Carlo attending
24: Christmas Eve
25: Christmas Day - Office Closed
31: New Year's Eve

7: Charge Conference - First UMC Ketchikan
8-10: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
11: Charge Conference - Christ First UMC
12: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
16: Charge Conference - St. John UMC
18: Charge Conference - Anchor Park UMC
26-28: UMW Leadership Team meetings at Conference Center
New Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office has new hours!
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Clergy Birthdays
December 10 -
David Hall

December 23 -
Christina DowlingSoka
Curtis Matz

January 5 -
Janice Carlton

Karen Dammann -
January 18

Conference Office

Superintendent Carlo
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.
AUMC Logo Mission Statement:
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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