A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Superintendent Rapanut out in July
Superintendent Carlo Rapanut will be on renewal leave for the month of July.  If there is an emergency, please contact Rev. Bob Smith who will be covering for Carlo.  You can reach Bob at 907-330-7770.  Crystal will continue to be in the office during normal business hours.
Bishops amend what's heading to GC2019
The Council of Bishops has amended its call for the 2019 special General Conference so that legislation comes from the Commission on a Way Forward - not the bishops. The bishops also delayed the release of the commission's report because translations are not yet completed.

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Detained missionary arrives home in Zimbabwe
A United Methodist missionary held 56 days in a detention center in the Philippines has arrived home in Zimbabwe. Another missionary detained in the Philippines has returned to the U.S., while a third is working out her departure from Manila.

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Commission releases 2 videos about its work
The Commission on a Way Forward has released the final two videos of a series aimed at informing The United Methodist Church on its work during the 18-month period of its meetings and deliberations. The commission has released a total of 10 videos.

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Bishops, The Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward
In Phase 3, all United Methodists are invited to:
1. Engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24-hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon.  Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be unadvisable might consider fasting from social media, emails or another daily activity. 
2. Pause and pray for our church's mission and way forward daily for four minutes from 2:23 through 2:26 a.m. or p.m. in their own time zone OR at another time.  This is because the Special Session of General Conference will be held February 23 through February 26, 2019.  
3. Pray using a weekly prayer calendar that will be posted on the UMCPrays.org website from June 2, 2018, through the end of February 2019. The calendar will list a unique cluster of names each week. The names will balance United States bishops and delegates with Central Conference bishops and delegates. It will also include General Secretaries, Commission on a Way Forward members, the Commission of the General Conference and the staff of the General Conference.
Leadership Institute 2018
Leadership Institute 2018 takes place September 26 - 28 at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Get in on the lowest pricing available by registering before the Wednesday, July 11th Super Early Bird deadline. 
This year's Leadership Institute features over   70+ ministry workshops, engaging   General Session topics and speakers and Resurrection's Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will be focusing his talks on the life and leadership of Simon Peter, a flawed yet faithful disciple.
2-31: Carlo on renewal leave

25: Leadership Team meeting
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
July 11 -
Bob Smith
Joseph DowlingSoka

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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