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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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CONFERENCE NEWS
Holiday Closure
The Alaska United Methodist Conference office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4.  We will resume business on Wednesday, July 5.  We hope you all take time to enjoy Independence Day!
Alaska United Methodist Women Newsletter
The Alaska Conference United Methodist Women has a new newsletter for your reading!  The Alaska Women's Response includes dates of upcoming Mission u events across the state as well as the Annual Gathering which will be held at First UMC Anchorage.  You will also find a nomination form for the 2017 Racial & Social Justice Award that is given out each year.  Do you know someone who is deserving of this award?

Read the AUMW Newsletter now!
Early Response Team Training Opportunities
ERT Teams go into disaster areas and help with flood cleanup, wildfire debris removal, or whatever else needs to happen.  Those who want to serve in disaster situations must attend a basic ERT training event.
 
Full Basic ERT Training at Anchor Park UMC in Anchorage on Saturday, July 8th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Basic ERT Recertification Training at Fairbanks First on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:00 pm*
 
To Register or for more information, please contact Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Dan Wilcox, 907.414.7078, or danielpwilcox@gmail.com.

*If you've received this training, the Re-Certification must happen every three years.
Alaska Flag Day Celebration
Join AK Child & Family for the 25th annual Alaska Flag Day Celebration! The event is always celebrated on July 9.  It will be at 4600 Abbott Road from 5:30-8:30 pm.  You can park at Service High School and take the free shuttle to the event.  Bring the whole family for BBQ dinner, lawn games, live music by Nervis Rex, ice cream & MORE. Learn More and Register.
Basic Lay Servant Course Offered Soon
The first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant begins with a course that outlines some history and foundational principles of discipleship in the United Methodist Church. Over the course of 3 Saturdays we will also explore ways we may each be called to the mission of making disciples.

The course is scheduled for 3 Saturdays in July: 7/15, 22, and 29 from 9am until 4 pm. Classes will be held at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak; there will be a cost of $15 to cover the books and other class materials. If the cost is a hardship, there may be scholarship funds available to help with the fee.

Bring snacks or other food to share; tableware, soup, bread, and beverages will be provided. Contact Linda Haynes at
lindahaynes87@gmail.com or call her at 373-2795 if you would like to attend the course so that we will have enough materials (and soup!) for all. Hope you can join us.  You will be enriched and empowered by this course!
NATIONAL NEWS
Valdez Barker Named New Director of Global Mission Connections
The General Board of Global Ministries has named Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker the new executive director of Global Mission Connections, the programmatic unit of Global Ministries focused on cultivating new faith communities as well as connecting the local church in mission through regional offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Africa (opening in 2019). Barker succeeds Rev. Dr. Mande Muyombo, who was elected a United Methodist bishop in the Congo, March 2017.

Read the press release here. 
New UMC Handbook Now Available
The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination's beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new members.

Read the press release and learn how to order a copy! 
GBHEM Candidacy Office Offers Financial Planning Services to Certified Candidates
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The Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry.
 
Read the press release here.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
June
26-29: Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives & History/Historical Society of the United Methodist Church meeting at Alaska Pacific University

July
3: Office Closed
4: Independence Day - Office Closed
9-15: AUMC's week to pray for Commission on a Way Forward
10-23: Carlo on vacation
24-27: WJ Mission Cabinet Meeting in Billings, MT - Carlo attending

August
26: Leadership Team meeting
Conference Office Email Address has Changed
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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.
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
June 27 -
Teri Erbele

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott



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.
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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