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A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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CONFERENCE NEWS
Hurricane Harvey Challenge to Methodists
Bishop Elaine has issued a challenge to everyone in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, which includes Alaska.  She states on her Facebook page, "HURRICANE HARVEY FLOOD RECOVERY. It would be great if United Methodists in the Greater Northwest gave $1 per member to support people whose lives are turned up side down. When floods strike a long way from home sending money is the best way to help immediately. So, I did. Won't you? Give a gift online or through your local church marked for Advance #901670! 100% of your donation goes straight to recovery. Four Star (highest) rating by Charity Navigator."
 
New Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office has new hours!
 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am 
Clergy Retreat & Fall Meetings
The first week of October will be filled with New Clergy Orientation (10/4), the Clergy & Professional Church Workers Retreat (10/5-10/6), and the Fall Rendezvous Meetings (10/6-10/7).  Information has been sent out to all of those that should be involved in these events.  Please make sure you register early for the Fall Rendezvous meetings so that those who are planning the events can have as accurate a number as possible.  We thank you!

If you are able to house someone or help provide transportation, please contact the conference office.  We are always in need of these services!  Thank you in advance.
Charge Conference Paperwork
Superintendent Carlo has scheduled most of the upcoming charge conferences.  As you prepare for your time together as a church with the superintendent, make sure you have ALL of our required paperwork filled out and ready to submit on or before your scheduled meeting date.  Forms can be found in PDF here.  If you need something in Word, please contact the conference office.
ERT Training, October 21st & 22nd
If you are interested in volunteering to respond to Texas or other areas of disasters as part of an Early Response Team (ERT), this is an opportunity to get the necessary training.  Anyone wanting to be deployed from Alaska must have this training.  The full ERT training will be on October 21st from 9:00am-5:00pm, and then advanced courses specific for hurricane responses will be on the 22nd from 2:00pm-6:00pm.  Both will be held in the Anchorage area in a location to be specified.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Daniel Wilcox, at danielpwilcox@gmail.com, or 907.414.7078.
New UMW Newsletter!
The fall issue of the Alaska UMW RESPONSE is now available to read.  It is packed full of information pertaining to the upcoming Annual Gathering event that will take place at First UMC Anchorage from October 6-8, 2017.
 
In addition to the business slated for delegate voting in October, you will read  articles about our Reading Program, M embership, Radical Welcoming and more! Inside you'll also find an invitation to participate in the 2018 Assembly of United Methodist Women in Columbus, Ohio.  Enjoy! 
 
Read the newsletter now!
August Apportionment Report
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The August 2017 Apportionment report is now posted on the website.  You can view it here.
Plaque Unveiling at APU - October 6
On Friday, October 6th at 1:15 PM, a plaque unveiling and historical site dedication will occur on the campus of Alaska Pacific University.  During Annual Conference in June, the body voted to approve APU becoming an official United Methodist Historical site.  APU began its history as Alaska Methodist University.  You can read more about the Methodist connection here in Larry Hayden's book.  Stay tuned for more information about this event in the coming weeks.  
 
Please let the conference office know if you plan on attending by RSVPing here
Mission u Registration Open for Chugiak & Juneau
Mission u events take place across every United Methodist Conference and are organized by conference United Methodist Women leadership. At our Mission u events in Alaska we will grow in our understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context. The studies give particular attention to the responsibilities of women in the fulfillment of the mission work of the church. Mission u events also include worship & singing, interest groups around current issues, audiovisual presentations, food and fellowship! Please join in embracing the opportunity to grow, share and advocate for others!

To learn more about the studies, leaders, dates for each location, and to register, click here
Time to Plan for 2018 VIM Teams!
UMVIM With summer coming to an end, it is already time to start talking about what VIM needs your church or ministry may have for 2018.  We already have teams that have shown interest in coming to Alaska, and are looking for locations.  Please be talking about what ministry or building needs your congregation may have.  Contact UMVIM coordinator, Rev. Daniel Wilcox, danielpwilcox@gmail.com, 907.414.7078, for more information, or if you know what your needs will be.
Submit Your Assembly Attendance Application Now!
Assembly 2018 will be a forum for all women.  Assembly will offer an incredible personal faith journey through community building, training for action and visioning a movement for the future.  Worship and Plenaries infused with music and performing arts, quality workshops and riveting Town Hall meetings with important leaders, action opportunities and Experience Hall with educational immersion experiences await you.  When women unite, bold and courageous actions happen!
 
Our Alaska United Methodist Standing Rules indicated that the President and four local unit women shall attend.  The Alaska United Methodist Women Leadership Team is accepting Applications to Attend Assembly.  The deadline is September 29. 
 
Please find  the Application to Attend Assembly 2018.  Please distribute this application to women who would be interested.  The selected women will be notified by October 2, and an announcement will be made at Annual Gathering.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions!
 
Kind regards,
Bonnie Miller
President, Alaska United Methodist Women
NATIONAL NEWS
Job Posting - Chief Connectional Ministries Officer
The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church is currently recruiting for the position of Chief Connectional Ministries Officer.
 
Click here for the job posting
 
The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, September 15, 2017.
 
GCFA is working with the Connectional Table to recruit for this position.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them email their resume and cover letter to Human Resources via email at   jobs@gcfa.org

If you have any questions about the open position, please contact Caitlin Congdon, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Professional Development at 615-369-2346 or Tricia Slack, Human Resources Manager at 615-369-2326.
 
The Connectional Table is an equal opportunity employer.
Your United Methodist Federal Credit Union Church Visa® Program
UMFCU
Is your church relying on an inconvenient voucher and reimbursement process for monthly expenditures?  UMFCU church VISA® program can bring some ease to the process and relieve your church staff from unnecessary personal outlay.  Individual card limits can be set for each cardholder with separate statements for easy reconciliation.  There is no annual fee, no balance transfer fee and no cash advance fee.  UM affiliated organizations can also utilize this program.  Basic UMFCU membership with share savings account is required.  To learn more go to https://umfcu.org/umfcu-church-program/church-visa/  To request a UM church/organization membership packet contact your California Headquarters at 800-245-0433.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR
September
12-14: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
26: Church Conference - Community UMC

October
4-7: New Clergy Orientation, Clergy Retreat, Fall Rendezvous Committee Meetings
6-8: United Methodist Women Annual Gathering at First UMC Anchorage
9-11: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
12-14: GBGM Board Meeting - Carlo attending
13-14: Mission u Southeast at Aldersgate UMC
21: Church Conference - Ola Toe Fuataina UM Samoan Fellowship
22: Church Conference - Girdwood Chapel UMC
25: Church Conference - Turnagain UMC
28: Church Conference - Homer UMC
28: Church Conference - St. Peter the Fisherman UMC
29: Church Conference - Soldotna UMC
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

September 28 -
Darla Bradley

October 8 -
Andy Bartel

October 10 -
Luke Jones

October 18 -
Dan Wilcox



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.
AUMC Logo 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 into God's preferred future.
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