A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
An ordinary revival has started
Across the northwest, rooms filled with ordinary people are putting their trust again in an extraordinary God!

This video provides a snapshot of the 'Love Thy Neighbor' Ordinary Revivals as they crossed the Greater Northwest last summer, seeking to inspire new connections between faithful people and the communities they live in. These revivals remind us that God is indeed at work outside the church and that there is strength in diverse communities that keep their hearts open to cries for justice.

Keep your eyes open for information on revivals coming to Boise (ID), Anchorage (AK) and Tri-Cities (WA) in the spring of 2019.
Congratulations, St. John!
Last Sunday, St. John in Anchorage, burned their mortgage on their church building. They are now debt free!  At worship, they shredded the document and each person who attended took a slip of the shredded mortgage and threw it in the fire which burning in a cauldron in front of the building. You can read more about this amazing milestone and how it came to be through Pastor Andy Bartel's blogpost at http://www.stjohneagle.com/blog 
Annual Holiday Auction & Luncheon
All are welcome to join the Anchor Park UMW in their annual Holiday Auction & Luncheon.

For $17 you can come and enjoy a wonderful meal (appetizers, salad, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, home made bread, a variety of desserts, coffee and tea) with a great group of women who want to support mission with women, children and youth locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally through the work of United Methodist Women. 

Donations of all kinds are welcome but we particularly welcome home crafted and baked items.  All donated items should be accompanied by a donation form.  All items should be received by Wednesday, November 7th unless other arrangements have been made.

Money raised from the sale of sale items, silent auction items, and live auction items goes toward mission.

Phone reservations can be made through the Anchor Park office at 277-0152.  Please name the persons attending when you call.  Reservation are welcomed through Thursday, November 8th at 1pm.  This will enable us to set enough places at the tables as well as prepare enough food.  If you have any questions, please contact Jo Anne Hayden at 903-5025.

You won't want to miss it THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 from 10:45-2:15!
Does your church need a work team next year?
It is time to start thinking about what UMVIM work teams are needed for Summer 2019.  Several teams have already indicated an interest in serving in Alaska next year!  If your church is looking to host a team, please contact Dan Wilcox, danielpwilcox@gmail.com with information about what your needs are, and what types of teams you might host.
Bishops called to 'scriptural imagination'
At a time of great stress and uncertainty in the church, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. urged his fellow bishops to trust God and use "scriptural imagination" to lead.

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WCA plans new Methodist movement
The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement - in or outside the denomination. The plan depends on decisions made at the 2019 General Conference.

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Gauging the Way Forward's impact on mission
No matter what next year's General Conference decides about the future of The United Methodist Church, agencies and other churchwide initiatives will feel some impact.
Judicial Council sets special session
The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider five petitions deferred from its fall meeting during a Feb. 19-26 special session. The session will begin just before the denomination's special General Conference, which will meet Feb. 23-26 at the America's Center Convention Complex.

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Advance Daily Christian Advocate out by November 26; electronic version available now
The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now.

The Book of Discipline requires that the ADCA be available to delegates at least 90 days before the opening day of General Conference. For the 2019 Special Session, which officially opens February 24th in St. Louis, that date is November 26.

Together with the Daily Christian Advocate published during General Conference, it serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as delegates, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference.

Anyone interested in purchasing a printed copy of the ADCA may preorder them at Cokesbury.com. Item numbers and prices are listed below:
2019 Advance Daily Christian Advocate English. $24.99. ISBN 9781501877926.
2019 Advance Daily Christian Advocate French. $24.99. ISBN 9781501880193.
2019 Advance Daily Christian Advocate Kiswahili. $24.99. ISBN 9781501880209.
2019 Advance Daily Christian Advocate Portuguese. $24.99. ISBN 9781501880186.

The estimated availability date for preorders is November 26.
Prayers for after elections
Many Americans will go to the polls today to elect representatives in Congress and other leaders.  The Book of Worship includes a short prayer that could be used whenever countries vote for government officials.

Peace despite politics 
Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree
A new video series from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race offers a study program for talking about race, the church and human sexuality among people who disagree. The program features short videos of theologians, pastors, worship and lay leaders, biblical scholars and community activists - many of them people of color.
Learn more in this United Methodist News Service story
#GivingTuesday | November 27, 2018
Hope is knowing there are better days ahead: days of full stomachs, warm beds, safe communities and joyful opportunities.  In 2017, millions of people from 150 countries raised over $300,000,000 on Giving Tuesday.  This year, United Methodists will once again come together as a part of that movement to advance vital ministries around the world.

There are hundreds of ways you can #GiveUMC.

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7: Charge Conference - Girdwood Chapel UMC
8: Charge Conference - UMC of Chugiak
10: Charge Conference - North Star UMC
10: 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

1: Leadership Team meeting via Zoom
4: Charge Conference - Anchor Park UMC
11-13: GNW Cabinet meeting - Carlo attending

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
25: Charge Conference - Homer UMC
27: Charge Conference - Northern Light United Church

Clergy Birthdays
  November 6 -  
Tafa Fulumua
November 8 -  
Jason Cornish
November 9 -  
Murray Crookes 

Conference Office

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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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