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Annual Conference info
Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announced dates for the 2020 Sessions of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, with participants meeting remotely online in September. The sessions will be livestreamed with no registration required for “guests” of the conference. The Alaska Conference will meet 6-9 p.m. AKT, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Annual Conference Registration Open for voting members
The Virtual Annual Conference Session registration is now OPEN. MEMBERS of the Annual Conference need to register in order to participate. GUESTS are invited to join via livestream. No registration required for guests. The livestream link will be provided within 7 days of the conference.

Pre-Conference Handbook Available for download
The Pre-Conference Handbook is complete and available for download. MEMBERS, please review this material prior to the Annual Conference Session. If you have any questions, especially about the proposed budget, petitions, and rules changes, please send them to the Conference Office by TODAY, August 18th.

***A petition was inadvertently left out. It has been included now.
GNTV Practice Sessions scheduled
MEMBERS of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences are encouraged to participate in a practice session to gain familiarity with the Zoom Webinar platform and the online voting system that will be used for Annual Conference this year. 
This webinar will be led by staff from GNTV who will be helping to facilitate the technical aspects of the webinars and voting processes.
GUESTS do not need to attend this practice or register for the Annual Conference Sessions. Each will be livestreamed for guests with more information released closer to the date.
Practice Sessions will be offered on the following dates/times: 
Tuesday, September 8, 7 p.m. PT — https://bit.ly/ACpractice1
Wednesday, September 9, 1 p.m. PT — https://bit.ly/ACpractice2
Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m. PT — https://bit.ly/ACpractice3
Sunday, September 13, 6 p.m. PT — https://bit.ly/ACpractice4
Registration is quick, free, and required in advance.
Regional News
Conference appointment lists for 2020-2021 released

Appointments for 2020-2021 have been announced.

National News
Bishop John Yambasu dies in road accident in Sierra Leone

Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area of The United Methodist Church, died in a road accident this morning (August 16, 2020) just outside Freetown in Sierra Leone.  
He was on his way to attend a funeral service for Rev. Edward Kamara in Yonibana in the north of the country, according to Phileas Jusu, the director of communications for Sierra Leone Annual Conference.

UMCOR helping in Beirut

UMCOR is sending financial assistance to The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) to help some of the 300,000 displaced people due to last week’s explosion at the Port of Beirut.
Regardless of nationality or religion, MECC will help the displaced who seek refuge at MECC member churches, related schools and agencies. They are desperately in need of food and hygiene supplies, including COVID-19 preventive material. Goods will be bought by MECC and delivered to churches for distribution by MECC volunteers and staff.

Participate in Dismantling Racism town halls

Invite your congregation to be a part of two Dismantling Racism town hall events this month, on August 19 and August 26. First, seasoned leaders, including James Lawson, Joel N. Martinez, Sue Thrasher and Clara Ester, will remind us of where we've been and need to go. Then, a panel of emerging leaders, including Ann Jacob, Theon Johnson III, Andres De Arco and Katelin Hansen, will discuss their strategies for changing the world.

Learn more, submit your questions and watch the events at UMC.org/EndRacismTownHall. You can also watch and engage with others at Facebook.com/UnitedMethodistChurch.

Faithful institutions stretch to serve others

Some historic United Methodist National Mission Institutions — Gum Moon Residence in San Francisco and Red Bird Mission and Henderson Settlement in Kentucky — have used the Sheltering in Love UMCOR COVID-19 grants to increase their ministries as the demand for their services grew during spring and summer. Christie R. House has the story.

Discussion on end-of-life care planned

Two experts on caring for dying patients will converse about how COVID-19 has changed the process during a virtual event sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The event is set for Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. Central time on Facebook and YouTube.

#IGiveUMC is celebrating teachers

#IGiveUMC supports local church missions and spreads encouragement on social media. This month, we are celebrating teachers and teacher-figures who are selflessly facing changing realities. Join us as we honor these role models – classroom teachers, Sunday school teachers, mentors, clergy and others – for their leadership and care.

#StillInMission Episode 12

#StillInMission Episode 12 will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 1:00 PM EDT. Learn a little about the missionaries by clicking their names below.

Natalie Marionneaux is serving as the Community Minister for Hope Filled Relationships with Grove Avenue United Methodist Church in the United States.
Umba Ilunga Kalangwa is serving as a District Superintendent of Kigoma District, Director of Morogoro Pastors’ Training Center, Coordinator of the Reaching Out Ministry in Rural Areas, & Manager of the Wesley in Tanzania.
Emily Everett is serving as the International Partnership Promoter for Shade & Fresh Water in Brazil.
Registration is required for this event, and you can do that by clicking here. During the meeting, we will break into small groups to hear individual presentations. You can choose the missionary you would like to hear more from in the registration in the question, ‘Whose presentation would you like to hear?’
If you cannot attend, consider showing your support by giving financially to one of the missionaries above. Simply click their hyperlinked name (or search for them on umcmission.org) to be taken to their personal advance pages and scroll to the bottom to give securely. 
Have an event that you’re interested in having a missionary speak at, or want a missionary to virtually visit your church or small group? Fill out this form to get connected!
If you have any questions or need any other information, please don’t hesitate to let us know at itin@umcmission.org.
Blessing Service for new US-2 Global Mission Fellows

This week a new class of Global Mission Fellows on the US-2 Track will begin their training. The Global Mission Fellows Program is an opportunity for young adults to work in social justice ministries for 2-years. They serve outside of their home communities, and on the US-2 Track these Fellows will all be serving within the US. Creating opportunities for young adults is a priority of Global Ministries. Young adults play a critical role as agents of change in The United Methodist Church.
You can be part of their blessing service that will be live streamed on Facebook on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT.
Conference Calendar
21: Leadership Team meeting
7: Labor Day - Office Closed
15: Alaska Annual Conference Session (6-9PM)
Upcoming Clergy Birthdays

September 11 -
Emily Carroll

September 17 -
Autumn Krueger

September 28 -
Darla Bradley
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 Tuesday at 9:00 am for consideration.
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 in God's preferred future.