A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
This year Annual Conference will be held June 2-3 at UMC of Chugiak.  The physical address is 16430 Old Glenn Highway, Chugiak, AK.


Registration cost goes up again on May 19 so make sure you register before then.

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A REMINDER TO PASTORS AND CHURCHES: Please assist and support your youth and young adults nominated for conference leadership to register for the youth and young adult program for the Alaska Annual Conference. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Melissa Engel, Chair of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at  pastor.engel.ak@gmail.com.
Thursday, June 1 the Alaska Conference will host two FREE workshops prior to the annual conference: Intentional Discipleship which will be led by Jeff Campbell from Discipleship Ministries and Financial Wellness & Clergy Benefits led by our own Conference Benefits Officer Bruce Galvin.  Workshops are open to the public.  Registration is required.  There will be a dinner offered between the two workshops for $10.  Please make sure you pay for your meal at the time of registering.
Intentional Discipleship
Intentional Discipleship is designed for making disciples in the 21st century.  This workshop covers the many facets for creating an intentional discipleship system including the "why" of discipleship and the understanding of "systems" thinking.

This workshop is being offered by Jeff Campbell of Discipleship Ministries

Register here
Financial Wellness & Clergy Benefits
The emphasis will be on financial wellness.  There will be a little primer on the defined benefit pension plans and the future funding of them.  At the end of the presentation, clergy benefit changes will be talked about.  If time allows, "Ask the CBO" will occur.

This workshop is being offered by Bruce Galvin our Conference Benefits Officer

Register here
If you need housing while attending Annual Conference, make sure you fill out the housing registration!

Register here

Deadline is May 18
If you need transportation while attending Annual Conference, make sure you fill out the transportation registration.

Register here

Deadline is May 18
Child Care
If you need child care while attending Annual Conference, make sure you fill out the child care registration form.  Child care is available to the voting delegates for children 10 years and younger.

Register your kid(s) here

Deadline is May 18
If you registered for housing on April 5, please contact the conference office ASAP.  Your request DID NOT have a name associated with it so it will be very hard to find housing for you!  It was our error and we apologize.  Thank you!
The conference secretary has completed the schedule for Annual Conference.  However, it is subject to change.

View the schedule

Pre-Conference Handbook

The pre-conference handbook has been posted on the conference website.  For those that chose to download your copy, you can find it here.
Do you have an extra bed or two in your home and would be willing to host a delegate or two during Annual Conference?  People drive up from the Kenai area or down from Fairbanks or fly in from off the road system to attend these meetings.  If you are able to help the conference out by offering up space or transportation, please contact the office at 333-5050 or alaskaumc@gmail.com and let us know!
Yard Sale this Saturday Supports Mission
Anchor Park UMC will be having a sale of quality items at good prices in their parking lot to help fund mission projects, this Saturday, May 20th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the corner of Lake Otis and Oak Drive. Some refreshments will be for sale, as will some surplus items from the Scout program. Don't miss out!
Administrative Assistant Job Opening
Job Opportunity
Anchor Park UMC is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work up to 20 hours per week.  You can find the job description and information here.  Please inquire directly with Anchor Park for questions.
Reconciling Ministries Workshop Offered
Do you want to help increase the number of Reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries? Join us for a training designed to help participants coach ministries through the Reconciling process. The training will include skills building around topics common in the Reconciling process including: complex identities, framing, steps of the Reconciling process, graceful engagement, and conflict management. Participants who desire to become Reconciling process coaches for their church or other congregations will be invited to confirm this at the workshop. This free training will empower Reconciling United Methodists to shepherd churches/communities through the Reconciling process.  The event will be held at Turnagain United Methodist Church on May 31 from 2 to 8 pm (pizza diner included).  No cost.

If you have problems registering, email Jim LaBau at Jimlabau6@cs.com or Ph 344-1018.
Holway Celebration of Life
Dennis Holway
Those who knew and loved Dennis Holway are invited to join Susie, Todd, and Blake and their families at Birchwood Camp at the chapel on Psalm Lake at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 17th.  There will be time to share memories, honor Dennis, and scatter his ashes.  Then everyone is invited to gather in the main lodge afterwards for food and ice cream - his favorite!
Alaskan Mission Team to Work in West Virginia
FIXED DATES!!! Anchor Park UMC is organizing a volunteer team for an OCTOBER 17-25th trip to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  This town and area experienced a 1,000 year flood in June 2016 and is continuing the process of reestablishing themselves.

APUMC is coordinating with the West Virginia UMC Conference and will be staying in one of the local churches. Anticipated costs are $550 per person plus airfare.  If you would like to be a part of the team or want more information, please contact the Anchor Park Office at office@anchorpark.org
Methodist History Now Available
This academic journal is now available for checkout from your Conference Library Room at the Conference Center. The April 2017 edition just arrived in the mail a few days ago.
Topics this time include: The Saddest Day: Gene Leggett and the Origins of the Incompatible Clause; Methodist Women Missionaries in Bulgaria and Italy; Migration, Theology, and Long's Run: A Heritage to the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.
The article on the Incompatible Clause is relevant right now as the General Church is considering its possible future when the report from the Commission on a Way Forward is addressed at the special called session in February 2019. It tells the story of the Social Principle wording (dealing with homosexuality and gay rights) starting at the 1972 General Conference in Atlanta.
Book Reviews are for: Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy; Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection; and Methodism and the Miraculous; Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church's Witness; Facette du Methodisme Francais (a rare tome that took two years of work in France) ; "Till the Break of Day": Philip Gatch and Some Descendants Through Three Centuries; Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland; and The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identify in the Deep South, 1790-1869.
Also mentioned and just released from Higher Education & Ministry Publishing is: Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American.
Electronic versions of Methodist History are available for free at www.gcah.org.
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 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.
Heritage Sunday is May 21
Heritage Sunday
This year's theme is: "MILESTONES - Calling Local Churches to Discover and Celebrate Their History." Resources to guide and assist planning your local church Heritage Sunday celebration are available on the GCAH website. Heritage Sunday (para. 262, 264.1) calls every congregation to remember United Methodist heritage as a source of inspiration for ministry in the present and shaping vision for the future.
21: Heritage Sunday
21-25: GNW Cabinet meeting in Seattle - Carlo attending
29: Memorial Day - Office Closed

1: Pre-Conference Workshops
2-3: Annual Conference session at UMC of Chugiak
15-17: PNW-OI Joint Annual Conference in Oregon - 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
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 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 27 -
Teri Erbele

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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