A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Learning Event and Winter Rendezvous
Our Learning Event will be February 16-17, 2017 (Thursday 1:00 pm - Friday 3:00 pm) followed by the Winter Rendezvous (Conference committee meetings) on February 17-18, 2017 (Friday evening - Saturday afternoon). The Learning Event will focus on Creating New Places for New People and Nurturing Vital Congregations with Rev. Dr. Bill Gibson and Rev. Steve Ross as our main resource people.  You can find the event flier here.  You can register for the event here.  A few people have asked for the event schedule.  You can find the schedule here.

To prepare for the learning event, here's some homework for you:
1. Form a Vitality Team in your local church.
2. Read and study the following documents together
a.  Northwest Adventure: New Church Development in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area ( click here to download)
b. Renewal Northwest: Congregational Vitality in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area ( click here to download)
3. Access and study your mission field's demographics through  MissionInsite. Each church in the Alaska Conference has access to this demographic service. For more info on how to log-in, contact Crystal Feaster at the Conference Office.
4. Test the results of your demographics study by interviewing key people in your community. Guide questions for this will be made available soon.

You can register for the Winter Rendezvous committee meetings here.  For specifics about the Rendezvous schedule, look here
Celebration of Ministry for Fran Lynch
After 20 years of ministry to Willow, Anvik, and Grayling, Fran Lynch will be retiring on February 2nd. The congregation of Willow United Methodist Church would like to invite you to a Celebration of Ministry on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00-5:00pm at the church, mile 67.5 Parks Highway in Willow.

This will be an open reception time, with a brief program at 3:30 pm. Whether you can attend or not, we invite you to send notes of thank-you, memories, or stories to
 or Willow UMC, P. O. Box 182, Willow, AK 99688.

With her retirement, Fran will no longer have a home phone number.  You can reach her directly at 907-232-7100 which is her cell phone.  Please make note of this in your directories. 
Histories of Different Denominations in Alaska
Have Gospel Tent Will Travel
All of you should be familiar with the Bea Shepard/Claudia Kelsey book Have Gospel Tent Will Travel which details the history of Methodism in Alaska. A rereading of this can be found on the conference web site under About Us, History tab.

Now your library reference room at the Conference Office Building has the following books available for checkout on other denominations' history in Alaska which both conflict and compliment the Methodist effort.

Access to the room is by appointment only through your conference historian, Larry Hayden, or administrative assistant Crystal Feaster.
5 Types of Church Visitors
Identifying different types of visitors can help churches understand what each seeks. Darby Jones of United Methodist Communications offers an overview and tips to make people feel welcome even before worship begins.

Read the story

3 Reasons Your Church's Brand Matters
Sign up for a free branding webinar!

Branding matters because a logo can influence behavior. Just ask Apple, Nike and Starbucks.
At 1 p.m. CST on Feb. 8, United Methodist Communications will host a free webinar: 3 Reasons Your Church's Brand Matters.  During this 45-minute event, you can ask real-time questions of our specialists and learn about:
  • Why churches should care about branding
  • How branding has helped our denomination - and the numbers that prove it
  • Ways United Methodist Communications can serve your church
Sign up today! Attendees will receive a quick-reference branding guide as our thanks.  See you on Feb. 8!
Disability Awareness Sunday is February 5
The United Methodist Church has designated the first Sunday in February as Disability Awareness Sunday. The Commission on Disability Concerns offers a downloadable kit to assist with worship planning and ideas for observing the day.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference website has useful information and links.
Chuck (and Francis Asbury) Knows Emmy Awards!
A documentary short film produced by Discipleship Ministries in partnership with the General Commission on Archives & History has been nominated for 9 regional Emmy Awards. "Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit," which outlines the first American bishop's impact on The United Methodist Church.
Filmed at two of the oldest American Methodist chapels---St. George's Chapel in Philadelphia and Barratt's Chapel in Dover Delaware---the documentary was produced in recognition of the anniversary year of Francis Asbury's death (b. August 20, 1745 - d. March 31, 1816).
The film was the brainchild of the General Secretary of GCAH, Rev. Alfred T. Day III, and written and directed by Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director of Communications and Brand Strategy at Discipleship Ministries.  The film features Josh Childs who plays "Chuck" on the popular web series, "Chuck Knows Church."  Both agencies worked in partnership and utilized crew and studio facilities at United Methodist Communications.    
To learn more about Francis Asbury and view the film:  http://www.FrancisAsbury.com
2017 Scholarship Applications Period Now Open
The Fall 2017 application for scholarships managed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry opened January 3, 2017. The application period closes March 1, 2017.

Visit the Scholarship Portal on UMC.org to learn more about scholarships that may be available for your students.

Learn more here
25-29: WJ Leadership meetings - Carlo attending
27-29: UMW Executive Team meeting in Anchorage
29-Feb 1: ADCM Meeting in Phoenix - Carlo attending

7-8: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
9: Charge Conference - UMC of Sitka
16-17: Conference Learning Event at Conference Center
17-18: Winter Rendezvous Meetings at Conference Center
27-March 3: GNW Cabinet in Seattle - Carlo attending

13-17: ASD Spring Break
Conference Office Email Address has Changed
We have changed the conference office email from umc@gci.net to alaskaumc@gmail.com.  For workflow ease, we are consolidating everything to the Google platform (email, calendar, etc.).  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
February 19: Steve Fisher

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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