A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
If you registered for housing on April 5, please contact the conference office ASAP.  Your request DID NOT have a name associated with it so it will be very hard to find housing for you!  It was our error and we apologize.  Thank you!
This year Annual Conference will be held June 2-3 at UMC of Chugiak.  The physical address is 16430 Old Glenn Highway, Chugiak, AK.


Register ASAP if you plan on attending Annual Conference!

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A REMINDER TO PASTORS AND CHURCHES: Please assist and support your youth and young adults nominated for conference leadership to register for the youth and young adult program for the Alaska Annual Conference. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Melissa Engel, Chair of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at  pastor.engel.ak@gmail.com.
Thursday, June 1 the Alaska Conference will host two FREE workshops prior to the annual conference: Intentional Discipleship which will be led by Jeff Campbell from Discipleship Ministries and Financial Wellness & Clergy Benefits led by our own Conference Benefits Officer Bruce Galvin.  Workshops are open to the public.  Registration is required.  There will be a dinner offered between the two workshops for $10.  Please make sure you pay for your meal at the time of registering.
Intentional Discipleship
Intentional Discipleship is designed for making disciples in the 21st century.  This workshop covers the many facets for creating an intentional discipleship system including the "why" of discipleship and the understanding of "systems" thinking.

This workshop is being offered by Jeff Campbell of Discipleship Ministries

Register here
Financial Wellness & Clergy Benefits
The emphasis will be on financial wellness.  There will be a little primer on the defined benefit pension plans and the future funding of them.  At the end of the presentation, clergy benefit changes will be talked about.  If time allows, "Ask the CBO" will occur.

This workshop is being offered by Bruce Galvin our Conference Benefits Officer

Register here
The conference secretary has completed the schedule for Annual Conference.  However, it is subject to change.

View the schedule

Pre-Conference Handbook

The pre-conference handbook has been posted on the conference website.  For those that chose to download your copy, you can find it here.
Do you have an extra bed or two in your home and would be willing to host a delegate or two during Annual Conference?  People drive up from the Kenai area or down from Fairbanks or fly in from off the road system to attend these meetings.  If you are able to help the conference out by offering up space or transportation, please contact the office at 333-5050 or alaskaumc@gmail.com and let us know!
Emergency Cold Weather Shelter at First UMC
Each year, an average of 1500 Anchorage families find themselves homeless. Some are able to stay with family or friends, some choose to stay in hotels until they find permanent housing.  There are two shelters in Anchorage that support families but most of the time they are at capacity.  In 2010, the Anchorage municipal code was changed to allow the use of church buildings to be used for temporary shelters when temperatures fall below a predetermined level.  

The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (ECWS) at First United Methodist Church started October, 2016, joining 7 other churches in Anchorage in providing homeless families a warm and secure location at night.  All guest referrals come from AWAIC, one of the few 24-hour staffed crisis lines in Anchorage, they also provide transportation for the families to/from the shelter.  The Municipality of Anchorage is on the forefront of gathering data on the homeless population and the ECWS churches are gathering data every night in order to get families support they need to acquire permanent housing.  

The United Methodist churches in Anchorage have a rich history of supporting this community and the ECWS is one of many programs that support those in need.  This 2016/2017 winter, First UMC opened its ECW Shelter and had 29 nights in service from October through May 18.  We hosted 176 Adult bed nights, 183 children bed nights, for a total 359 bed nights. Just recently the shelter city-wide program reported that the ECWS churches have provided more shelter beds through this February than were provided all of last season, approximately 40 percent higher than last year.

The ECWS at First UMC has been blessed by so many volunteers and behind the scenes support.  Many thanks to members of First UMC, Anchor Park UMC, and Turnagain UMC, Central Lutheran, First Samoan UMC, and St. John UMC for their donations and prayers!  Thank you to the overnight volunteers; Barbara Cash, Larry Cash, James Zuke, Elena Snyder, Wayne Campbell, Bill Pelke (and for bringing his famous Mac & Cheese), Pastor Bob Smith (Turnagain UMC), Mark Messner(Anchor Park UMC), Rick and Jennifer Miller,  Pastor Steve Fisher, Ben Fish (Anchor Park UMC), George White, Kathy Harris, Kaprice Zuke, Anna Bryant and Hilary Emmel (Central Lutheran), Tina Racy (St. John UMC), Brian Zuke, Alex Miller, and Beth Milliken.  Special thanks to Elsa Tutaan and family, who have tirelessly helped make our guests comfortable nearly every Thursday night (and her delicious Filipino food), Finau Maga and Moana Silva for cooking breakfasts for our guests, Richard Nurre for cleaning and setting up our rooms, and Jennifer Miller for all the background admin support.  Thanks to Doug Serdahely for his generous financial support, vision, and patience throughout the winter.  All Glory to God!

Respectfully submitted,
Melody Milliken
Reconciling Ministries Workshop Offered
Do you want to help increase the number of Reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries? Join us for a training designed to help participants coach ministries through the Reconciling process. The training will include skills building around topics common in the Reconciling process including: complex identities, framing, steps of the Reconciling process, graceful engagement, and conflict management. Participants who desire to become Reconciling process coaches for their church or other congregations will be invited to confirm this at the workshop. This free training will empower Reconciling United Methodists to shepherd churches/communities through the Reconciling process.  The event will be held at Turnagain United Methodist Church on May 31 from 2 to 8 pm (pizza diner included).  No cost.

If you have problems registering, email Jim LaBau at Jimlabau6@cs.com or Ph 344-1018.
Holway Celebration of Life
Dennis Holway
Those who knew and loved Dennis Holway are invited to join Susie, Todd, and Blake and their families at Birchwood Camp at the chapel on Psalm Lake at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 17th.  There will be time to share memories, honor Dennis, and scatter his ashes.  Then everyone is invited to gather in the main lodge afterwards for food and ice cream - his favorite!
Administrative Assistant Job Opening
Job Opportunity
Anchor Park UMC is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work up to 20 hours per week.  You can find the job description and information here.  Please inquire directly with Anchor Park for questions.
Alaskan Mission Team to Work in West Virginia
Anchor Park UMC is organizing a volunteer team for an OCTOBER 17-25th trip to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  This town and area experienced a 1,000 year flood in June 2016 and is continuing the process of reestablishing themselves.

APUMC is coordinating with the West Virginia UMC Conference and will be staying in one of the local churches. Anticipated costs are $550 per person plus airfare.  If you would like to be a part of the team or want more information, please contact the Anchor Park Office at office@anchorpark.org
WJ Commission on Archives & History Event
Archives & History
Alaska Conference Historian and Archivist, Larry Hayden, would like to invite everyone to attend the Western Jurisdiction on Archives and History Bi-Annual Meeting and the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church.  The event will take place June 26-29, 2017.  You can view the letter of invitation, program agenda, and the registration form on the conference website.  If you have any questions, please contact Larry at 222-1938 or lhaydennjuno@gmail.com.
A New Approach to Disciple-Making
Discipleship Ministries is starting a grass-roots effort called #SeeAllThePeople, aimed at inspiring a disciple-making movement across The United Methodist Church. The agency will shift its focus to provide resources, events and a discipleship system that stresses congregations forming relationships with those outside church walls.

Read press release
See video on initiative
Full Communion Plan with Episcopal Church
Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church is studying a draft proposal to establish full communion relationship with The Episcopal Church, a significant step toward bringing the two churches into a closer, visible unity.

Read press release

Study Guide to Help Church Discuss Sexuality
A new study guide, "The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness," has been released in support of the Commission on a Way Forward. The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools prepared the four-week guide to help the church hold conversations about sexuality.

Read press release

21-25: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - Carlo attending
29: Memorial Day - Office Closed

1: Pre-Conference Workshops at UMC of Chugiak
2-3: Annual Conference session at UMC of Chugiak
15-17: PNW-OI Joint Annual Conference in Oregon - Carlo attending
26-29: Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives & History/Historical Society of the United Methodist Church meeting at Alaska Pacific University

4: Independence Day - Office Closed
Conference Office Email Address has Changed
We have changed the conference office email from umc@gci.net to alaskaumc@gmail.com.  Please update your address books/contacts lists and start using alaskaumc@gmail.com for your emails to the conference. Carlo's email ( carlorapanut@gmail.com) will remain the same.
Clergy Birthdays
June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

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.
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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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