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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Aurora
Constitutional Amendment
During Annual Conference there will be a re-vote on a constitutional amendment.  Please preview it here.
Seward UM History presentation
On Thursday, May 31 at 6 PM local Seward historian Doug Capra will have a presentation about Methodist history in Seward, Alaska. The presentation will be at Resurrect Art Coffee shop out the back door of Seward UMC. This building served as the Methodist Church for many years. The presentation is before our evening meetings. So come grab a coffee and hear some history and enjoy the art.
Signing up for optional family activities
There are many things to do in Seward. The people of Seward and Moose Pass United Methodist Churches would like to offer some optional activities for those who don't have to be in meetings. This is so spouses, family members, and (maybe most importantly) kids can have some time to connect. 

If you sign-up on the " Sign Up Genius HERE" we can get a sense of how many participants we may have. This is particularly helpful to know how many kids and youth may participate and how many the Park Rangers will prepare for at Exit Glacier.
Lay & Clergy Sessions
The Lay & Clergy sessions will be held on Thursday evening, May 31st.  They will take place from 7-8:30 pm at Seward Memorial UMC.
Pre-Conference Handbook
You may download the pre-conference handbook and view it here.
Visit to Spring Creek Correctional Center
On Thursday, May 31, clergy and lay have been invited to Spring Creek Correctional Center to hear about their work on Restorative Justice with inmates and victims.  If you are interested, please contact Rev. Jim Doepken directly and let him know.
CONFERENCE NEWS
Dissecting the Anatomy of Peace
In her latest blog post, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky engages the conversation about 'The Anatomy of Peace' initiated last week by a provocative critique offered by Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner. Do real issues with the book disqualify it as a potential tool to help the church to bridge divides?
 
UMCOR shower trailer in Alaska!
Through the generous grant from UMCOR the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area is the proud owner of 3 shower trailers with one located in Alaska.  In recent years, Alaska has been the site of several disasters of various types.  This trailer will be used for both volunteers and those victims in need of shelter.  A big thank you goes to Dan Wilcox, UMVIM and Disaster Response Coordinator, for moving it to its new home.  Thank you all for your support of UMCOR as these trailers are an important part of the Jurisdiction's Disaster Ministry.

It will be at Annual Conference so make sure you check it out while you are there! 
AK Child & Family needs car magazines
AK Child & Family is looking for car magazines for a "Build Your Engine" group they are developing.  If you have any, please bring them to the Jesse Lee Campus Monday - Friday between 8:30am - 4:30pm.  They would be grateful.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Williams.
NATIONAL NEWS
Court OKs submission of other petitions for GC2019
The United Methodist Church's top court has ruled that other petitions - in addition to legislation from the Council of Bishops - can be submitted for the 2019 special session of General Conference. The Judicial Council said petitions "in harmony" with the purpose stated in the call for a special session are acceptable.

Can a book help the church stay together?
Before dealing with a divided church, the Commission on a Way Forward turned to "The Anatomy of Peace," a book on conflict resolution. Now General Conference delegations are reading the book to prepare for their work.
    
Read the story
Read the bishops press release on Praying Our Way Forward

Bishops, The Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward
The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way ForwardPhase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church's way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, which resulted in 18 continuous months of daily individual and corporate prayer by faithful members of annual conferences around the globe.

"Now we are ready to launch Phase 3, which begins June 3 and continues through the  Special Session of General Conference in February 2019.  In this phase, we are encouraging every United Methodist to fast weekly and to pray daily with the  Council of Bishops," said Bishop Al Gwinn, the Prayer Team Coordinator.
 
Discipleship Ministries releases second guidebook for #SeeAllThePeople
Congregations and annual conferences across the United Methodist connection, spurred by the #SeeAllThePeople movement, are engaging people in their communities to form new relationships that can lead to discipleship.
 
New resources from Discipleship Ministries, including a second book and study guide and a third short film, are available to help lay leaders, clergy and conference leaders reach out to new people with intentional discipleship.

Read the news release
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
May
31: Pre-Conference workshops at Seward Memorial UMC
31: Lay & Clergy session at Seward Memorial UMC

June
1-2: Alaska Annual Conference at Seward Memorial UMC
22-24: PNW Annual Conference
27-29: GNW Cabinet Retreat - Carlo attending
Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office hours are:
 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 15 -
Matt Reinders

June 27 -
Teri Erbele



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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