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CONFERENCE NEWS
You are invited to Table Talks!
Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is encouraging United Methodist clergy and laypersons across the Greater Northwest Area to attend worshipful 'Table Talk' conversations about human sexuality, and about the future of the Church we love.

Please watch the Bishop's invitation and share it with your local church! You can download a copy to use in worship and in other settings on the Greater Northwest Vimeo page.


Learn more here
Registration is LIVE
Registration is live for attending Annual Conference in Seward.  It is important for you to read through the FACT SHEET before you register.  There are pieces of information that you will need in order to make choices in your registration.

We have added a NEW HOUSING CHOICES sheet to the conference website that gives detailed information on some of the housing options.

REGISTER HERE and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing ($45)!
Pre-Conference Workshops | May 31

Anatomy of Peace

led by Rev. Donna Pritchard



Health: How do you measure it in your community?

led by Sandra Woods



Who Did What and Why -- The Local Church Historian's Passion

 

led by Larry Hayden

 



Dinner Cruise
On the evening of Friday, June 1, there is an opportunity to board a four-hour dinner cruise out of Resurrection Bay.  This is a time of hanging out and getting to know each other away from the business of Annual Conference.  There is an additional cost of $57.68/adult and $28.09/child (ages 2-11) to participate.  This is not a required event.  If you are interested, make sure you add this activity to your registration!
Forms & Nominations
2020 General Conference Candidate Submissions

If you are interested in submitting your name to be a candidate to the 2020 General Conference, please review these guidelines and submit your Statement of Candidacy by April 17th.  Your statement will be included in the Pre-Conference Handbook.
Annual Conference
Award Nominations


If you would like to nominate someone for either the Outstanding Lay Person of the Year Award or the Harry Denman Evangelism Award, you have until May 1st to submit it.  There are a lot of deserving people out there so take time to nominate them!
Annual Conference Forms

 

- Committee Reports for Chairpersons due April 17 

- Petition Submissions due April 17
- Ministry DisplayTable Request due April 17
- Memorial Roll Submission due May 1
Dates
March
  • 15-April 17: Early Bird Registration open ($45)

April

  • 5: Block of hotel rooms will be released.  Notify Conference office by this date to secure your hotel room.
  • 17: Petitions, Rules/Policy Changes, Committee Reports, General Conference Delegate submissions due. Basically anything that needs to be in the Pre-Conference Handbook is due.
  • 18-May 15: General Registration open ($60)

May

  • 1: Harry Denman Award nominations, Outstanding Lay Person of the Year Award nominations, Ministry Display requests, Memorial lists, Worship packet due
  • 1: Conference office will email/mail Pre-Conference Handbooks to Annual Conference voting delegates
  • 15: Housing, Transportation, and Child care requests due
  • 15-day of AC: Late Registration open ($85)
AUMC Camp Sunday
Outdoor Ministries The Outdoor Ministries Committee has announced that the AUMC Camp Sunday will be March 18th or April 8th.  Your church can decide which day it wants to celebrate the camps in Alaska.

Here are the camp dates for Birchwood Camp and Eagle River United Methodist Camp:

BIRCHWOOD
God Seekers Camp June 6th-8th
Music, Art, Drama, & Dance (MADD) June 11th-17th
Woodlanders Camp: Session 1: June 5th-8th
Session 2: June 18th-21st Session 3: July 16th- 19th
Faith Adventure Camp June 18th-22nd
Youth Camp: June 24th- 29th
Junior Canoe Camp: Session 1: July 9th-13th
Session 2: July 23rd-27th
Adventure Canoe Camp July 30th-August 3rd
Family Camp: August 3rd-5th All Ages Welcome!
www.birchwoodcamp.org
registration@birchwoodcamp.org 907-688-2734

EAGLE RIVER
Discovery Camp: JUNE 24-29 ***Corrected Dates***
(for campers entering 3rd grade - completed 8th grade)
Contact: (907)789-3734 or manager@methodistcamp.org
www.methodistcamp.org
Divorce Care class offered
St. John UMC if offering a DivorceCare Class which starts March 26 at 6 p.m. DivorceCare meets weekly to help individuals face challenges of divorce or separation and move toward rebuilding your life. Contact Diane at carlyon.diane@gmail.com or Del Ann Beltz at beltz22253@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
Doorway to Recovery
Former Alaskan pastor, Susan Boegli, who is the current pastor of Battleground Community UMC, has been sober for ten months.

In a post she wrote for the PNW Clergy Wellness Corner, Boegli shares how her journey to sobriety started last year on Good Friday, the fear she took on in stepping into the light, and the support she has received along the way .
Clear Appointment Openings
A list of churches that are open for appointment can be found on the Greater NW Area website.  As appointments are announced and the appointment process unfolds, new clear openings will be added to the list.  See the latest.
NATIONAL NEWS
Bishop Ough, thousands of United Methodists to join in rally against racism
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodists will unite with members of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., April 3-5, for the Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.

The events begin with a briefing on alleviating racism and injustice in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, the media, health care, voting, civil and human rights, environmental justice, education and immigration. Led by the General Board of Church and Society, the briefing will be held April 3, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Methodist Building at 100 Maryland Ave., NE, in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, will kick off the ACT NOW to End Racism event on April 3 with a prayer rally to Awaken, Confront and Transform, at the United Methodist Building at 2 p.m. Leaders from Baltimore-Washington Conference, Virginia Conference and others will also be in attendance.

A Rally to End Racism will be held April 4 on the National Mall. The day begins with a silent prayer walk from the MLK Memorial to the Mall at 7 a.m. An interfaith worship service is on the Mall at 8 a.m. and the rally and call to commitment will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 5
is a National Day of Advocacy and Action. That morning, the Methodist Building will be open so that United Methodists can have conversations and network with leaders from the General Board of Church at Society and the   General Commission on Religion and Race, and the Council of Bishops at the Methodist Building. The NCC will lead efforts to lobby legislators on Capitol Hill.

For more information, visit:
www.Rally2EndRacism.org
Act Now! United to End Racism - United Methodist Facebook event
United to End Racism Eventbrite registration page 
Giving: Change the way you ask to get more
Churches need money to carry out their ministries, but continually asking for money and encouraging reluctant donors to give can become tiresome. Tricia Brown has tips on the psychology of fundraising.
 
Read the story 
Your United Methodist Federal Credit Union can save your church costly banking fees
Has your church finance committee recently reviewed bank fees?  Many financial institutions continue to increase monthly maintenance fees and minimum balance requirements.  Money going to fees could be supporting important church programming instead.  At UMFCU church checking accounts have no monthly maintenance fees or minimum balance requirements.  Any UM-affiliated organization is eligible for credit union membership to include special ministries, youth groups, altar guilds, mission teams, UMW chapters and more.  Explore your credit union resource at www.umfcu.org.  Email sandra@umfcu.org to request a church membership packet. 
Facebook groups are back!
Facebook
Facebook Groups didn't technically ever go away, but for a decade, the social media platform's emphasis was on Pages instead. Recent changes are resurrecting the important possibilities of Facebook Groups, and a new MyCom article delves into the different ways your church can utilize Groups as an effective communication tool.

Read it at MyCom 
Tax changes & local church giving webinar
Few of us have seen changes to the Tax system as sweeping as those approved at the end of 2017 (to go into effect this year and beyond). One area of great interest, impact, and anxiety for leaders in the church is the increase of the standard deduction with fewer taxpayers being able to itemize deductions, including charitable giving. Some say the impact will be minimal, others say it could be catastrophic for churches and other non-profits that rely on smaller gift donors. How can we face the future with faith not fear? Join Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship at Discipleship Ministries, on Thursday March 22 at 6:30 CDT as together we explore ways churches can be proactive with our donors in this new reality.

Click here for the registration site, then click on " Registration."

Note: the webinar will be made available in the webinar archive for those who are unable to attend the live event. 

This webinar is provided at no cost, thanks to your church's support of the World Service Fund! 
Congregations challenged to develop new intentional discipleship systems
United Methodist congregations are being challenged by Discipleship Ministries to develop new intentional systems of discipleship to creatively engage and form relationships with people outside their churches.
 
The #SeeAllThePeople Challenge will award $2,500 grants to two congregations who demonstrate how they are reaching out to their broader community as part of a new intentional system of discipleship.

The challenge is part of the #SeeAllThePeople movement (www.seeallthepeople.org), which Discipleship Ministries began nine months ago to encourage United Methodists to think less about "fixing" churches and more about involving people in the community as part of an intentional discipleship system.

To join the challenge, anyone in a congregation - pastors or laypersons - can submit an entry. Applications for the grant will only be accepted from U.S.-based congregations who currently have no discipleship system. All entries must be submitted by midnight April 9.

For more information about the challenge and how to enter, go to   http://bit.ly/2GV5aHg. For answers to questions about the challenge, send emails to Info@UMCdiscipleship.org.
 
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
March
24: AUMC Leadership Team meeting

April
12-13: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
12-14: GBGM Board Meeting - Carlo attending
15: UMDF Board Meeting - Carlo attending

May
8-10: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
12: AUMC Leadership Team meeting
13: Mother's Day
28: Memorial Day - office closed
31: Pre-Conference workshops at Seward Memorial UMC

June
1-2: Alaska Annual Conference at Seward Memorial UMC
22-24: PNW Annual Conference
27-29: GNW Cabinet Retreat
Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office hours are:
 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
March 21 -
Nico Romeijn-Stout

March 23 -
Bob Jones Jr.

March 25 -
Evelyn Erbele

April 3 -
Tim McConville

April 23 -
Karen Martin Tichenor



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.
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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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