A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
I'm Writing Again!
I have not written a blogpost for a while. Two years and five months to be exact. The last piece I wrote was on May 24, 2016 shortly after the adjournment of the 2016 UMC General Conference. I'm sure there are a myriad of reasons why I haven't been writing, but its nothing I've been able to put my finger on. As life and work went on, I just lost the desire, the impetus, and consequently even the time, to write.
That changed a month or so ago when our Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky invited all of us in the Greater Northwest Area to a "year of Crossing Over to LIFE" using Brian McLaren's book, We Make the Road by Walking, as our roadmap. It is an invitation to spiritual renewal and alignment with Christ. This call to journey resonated with me vocationally as a pastor and in my role as Superintendent of the Alaska Conference but even more so personally as husband, parent, son and friend. I'll be sharing more about the personal impacts later.

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Crossing over into something new
Riffing off of the late Phyllis Tickle's theory that the Church undergoes "an epoch-changing transformation" every 500 years or so, SeaTac Missional District Superintendent Rev. Rich Lang considers the complexity of the crossing over we are undergoing today.

Raising big questions, Lang writes, "We are always crossing over from what is to what is coming."

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CrossOver and El Buen Coyote
"I have yet to hear any mention of "crossover" that does not immediately cause me to think of immigrants," writes the Rev. Karen Hernandez in this preview post for the Greater Northwest Area's CrossOver study.
Hernandez shares a story she encountered in which Jesus is understood as El Buen Coyote, "the one who breaks some laws in order to fulfill the Gospel."

Commentary: Evaluating the GC2019 organizational plan
The veil on how the upcoming special 2019 General Conference will unfold has been lifted at least a little with the release of the plan from the Commission on General Conference.

Lonnie Brooks, a reserve lay delegate from Alaska, praises some of the organizational plan, but raises concerns about other points.

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Does your church need a work team next year?
It is time to start thinking about what UMVIM work teams are needed for Summer 2019.  Several teams have already indicated an interest in serving in Alaska next year!  If your church is looking to host a team, please contact Dan Wilcox, danielpwilcox@gmail.com with information about what your needs are, and what types of teams you might host.
Mission u opportunities
Mission u is a yearly event that United Methodist Women host for everyone around the state.  The second event is coming up in Nikiski at North Star UMC next weekend, November 2-3.  You can view the flyer here.

The studies this year are What About Our Money? A Faith Response and Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective.  You can register to attend here.

The last event is scheduled for January 11-12 at UMC of Sitka.

Plan on joining!
McLaren urges churches to get into alignment
Facing upheaval, churches must rethink everything they are doing and focus on spiritual formation, author Brian McLaren tells Christian educators. 
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Decisions won't stop with General Conference
The One Church Plan, recommended by the Council of Bishops, would let a local church host a same-sex wedding, but only if the congregation votes in favor of having such weddings. All three Way Forward plans set to be considered by the special General Conference hold the prospect of tough votes by United Methodist churches and conferences.  

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15 ways to pray for your pastor
October is Pastor Appreciation Month in the U.S. One of the best ways to support clergy is with prayer. But for what should we pray? To help get you started, we've chosen some topics to consider.

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What you can do about bullying
The United Methodist Church has a zero tolerance policy for bullying and encourages United Methodists to help stop this widespread problem. Since October is Bullying Prevention Month in the U.S., we have a list of ways to make a difference.

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Discipleship Ministries restructures
Discipleship Ministries announced an organizational redesign. Specifically, the agency will combine New Church Starts (Path 1), Leadership Ministries and Young People's Ministries units into a new area.
Applications open for Global Mission Fellows
The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is taking applications from young Christian adults who are interested in becoming Global Mission Fellows. Applicants must be ages 20 to 30 and commit to two years of service. Global Mission Fellows work to address the roots of injustice. Early-access deadline is Dec. 3.

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#GivingTuesday | November 27, 2018
Hope is knowing there are better days ahead: days of full stomachs, warm beds, safe communities and joyful opportunities.  In 2017, millions of people from 150 countries raised over $300,000,000 on Giving Tuesday.  This year, United Methodists will once again come together as a part of that movement to advance vital ministries around the world.

There are hundreds of ways you can #GiveUMC.

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28: Charge Conference - Christ First UMC
29: Charge Conference - Community UMC

3: Charge Conference - Ola Toe Fuataina UM Samoan Fellowship
4: Charge Conference - Willow UMC
7: Charge Conference - Girdwood Chapel UMC
8: Charge Conference - UMC of Chugiak
10: Charge Conference - Homer UMC
10: Charge Conference - North Star UMC
11: Charge Conference - Kenai UMC
11: Charge Conference - Soldotna UMC
11: Charge Conference - Jewel Lake Parish
14: Charge Conference - Palmer UM Fellowship
15: Charge Conference - UMC of Sitka
16: Charge Conference - First UMC Ketchikan
17: Charge Conference - Douglas Community UMC
17: Charge Conference - Aldersgate UMC
25: Charge Conference - Anchorage Korean UMC

1: Leadership Team meeting via Zoom
4: Charge Conference - Anchor Park UMC

6: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
7: Charge Conference - First UMC Anchorage/First Samoan UMC of Anchorage (tentative)
13: Charge Conference - First UMC Fairbanks
22: Charge Conference - St. John UMC
27: Charge Conference - Northern Light United Church
Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am 

Clergy Birthdays
  November 1 -  
Phil Campbell
November 6 -  
Tafa Fulumua
November 8 -  
Jason Cornish
November 9 -  
Murray Crookes 

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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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