A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Evaluation Form
If you attended Annual Conference, don't forget to give us your feedback on the evaluation form.  You can either fill out the green form that was in your registration packet and return it to our office or you can fill it out here online.  We will leave the online form open for one more week.
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 next week, 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.
Open the Door to Abundant Health
Annual Conference is over and Alaska's Open the Door to Abundant Health initiative is off to a fantastic start. I was fortunate to speak with clergy and lay leaders from many of the Alaska Conference churches and I'm looking forward to visiting congregations over the next year. Many congregations are already engaged in ministry. Several churches are in ministry with children's programs through providing food and hospitality. Other churches are building relationships with families to provide nurturing homes. There are no limits on the possibilities for ministry and initiative in Alaska.
The Abundant Health initiative encourages congregations to be engaged in ministry in their local communities, such as many of you are already doing. I ask each congregation to go to the Abundant Health website and say "Yes, we are engaged." You do not need to do anything more than what you are doing right now.
Please visit the Abundant Health website and say "Yes." http://www.umcabundanthealth.org
If I missed you at Conference, I attend United Methodist Church of Chugiak, or you can contact me at surywoods@yahoo.com.

Grace and Peace, Sandra Woods
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!
Help Needed - What Does it Mean to Be the Church?
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The United Methodist Church is currently crafting a new statement on our ecclesiology - what it means to be the church together. Church leaders are looking for your feedback on this new document, called " Wonder, Love, and Praise." You can click through on the link to find out more.

Our conference Leadership Team is forming a small group of Alaskan United Methodists to craft our conference's feedback, convened by Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout. If you are interested in participating in this small group please email him at nromeijnstout@gmail.com. Members of this group will be expected to read the full text of Wonder, Love, and Praise, as well as participate virtually in the small group study that accompanies it.
Growing Impact of New Churches
In all the news of shrinking U.S. worship attendance, it's worth noting that starting new churches is an area where The United Methodist Church shows strength. Just look at the example of Impact Church, one of the fastest-growing congregations in the U.S.

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Reconsideration of Gay Bishop Ruling Sought
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed a motion asking the Judicial Council to reconsider part of its ruling concerning a gay bishop. The motion contends that the ruling unlawfully changes the definition of "self-avowed practicing homosexual."

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First openly gay bishop ordains first elder

Our History: Rock Star Hymn Writer
Fanny Crosby is a musical legend who was blinded as a baby, and went on to pen classics such as "Blessed Assurance" and "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross." Find out more about the Methodist woman who wrote more hymns than Charles Wesley.

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Choir Members Enjoy Health, Spiritual Benefits
"Sing lustily and with good courage." John Wesley himself encouraged singing in church. Being in a choir enhances worship, builds community, and improves health, say United Methodist music ministers.

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10 Books to Feed Your Faith
For many people, this time of year means vacations and more time to relax and read. These enjoyable titles - fiction, inspiration, Bible study, devotion and more - also feed your spirit.

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21-23: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - 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
9-15: AUMC's week to pray for Commission on a Way Forward

26: Leadership Team meeting
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 27 -
Teri Erbele

July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

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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