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"Living into Our History" | St. Peter the Fisherman UMC
St Peter the Fisherman UMC is an extension of the rich heritage and history that began this community almost 200 years ago. Russian fur traders colonized this fishing village in 1820, as it had become a favorite place for trappers to inhabit especially for retiring. Steeped in the history of early Russian America, it offers an old-world setting with its Russian Orthodox Church on the hill, quaint fishermen’s cottages and log homes. It was built around a tight community that recognized the need to be there for each other, as well as a quick understanding that new faces along with the versatile assets they brought with them were always welcome and needed for survival.

The United Methodist Church in Ninilchik maintains that mentality. Their openness and acceptance of the need for all gifts and graces has made them a favorite return spot for vacationers as well as numerous congregants that snowbird out each winter to faithfully return to family and community in the spring.

CrossOver to Life! • Week 25
Stewardship as a Matter of Life and Death
Rev. Jim Frisbie
CrossOver reflection for Week 25 • Beginning May 26, 2019
Christian stewardship is a big deal. It is not just about money. It’s not just about being in service to others. It can be, as we respond to Christ’s call to authentically care for others, a matter of life and death.

When we embrace a robust understanding of Christian stewardship, we have to be willing not only to help those in need but to recognize and respond to their emergencies as if it were our own. Perhaps that is the intersection of empathy and action. The real test comes when we are asked to bend or break the rules as we seek to protect those who look to us for deliverance.

Important Announcements
IMPORTANT: Please bring Web-browsing device to AC
If you have one, please bring a smart phone, tablet, computer or any device that has a web browser with you to Annual Conference. We may be doing some online polling while in session. Thank you!
Clergy: Please bring Robes & White Stoles
We invite clergy to robe and wear white stoles during the Memorial Service on Friday evening to honor our dear departed colleague, the Rev. David Fison. Those who have the Easter Totem crosses are invited to wear them as well. Realizing that some of our colleagues have already started their travel, we invite those who are able to bring spare robes and stoles to do so.
Housing: Still need housing for one
We are looking for an AC attendee that could house an out of town delegate. We have one individual (female) that still needs housing. If you are in the Anchorage or Chugiak/Eagle River area and can help, please let the Conference Office or Dan Wilcox know ASAP!

Transportation:
We are also looking for a few more drivers to get folks from the airport and take them to Christ First UMC in Wasilla.
Annual Conference is this week, May 31 - June 1 at Christ First UMC in Wasilla. There will be workshops held on Thursday, May 30th at Christ First UMC as well.

An informational email went out to all clergy and voting delegates in March. You can view that email here .

The Fact Sheet had an incorrect date: it should say May 30: Pre-Conference Workshops - not May 31.
Dear Church, Dear World Survey

Last Friday, Superintendent Carlo sent out a pastoral letter where he shared updates on "making the road forward." In it there was an opportunity for folks to participate in a survey. Carlo invites you to respond to a short survey answering two questions: In the wake of the actions of GC2019 and the decisions of the Judicial Council, 1) What is your message to your church?, and 2) What is your message to the world? Click here to participate in the survey:  Dear Church, Dear World. It is a safe space and venue to share your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in our denomination. We, your conference leaders (Bishop, Superintendent, etc.) are genuinely interested in what you have to say.
Annual Conference
A new working schedule is available on the conference website.

The Pre-Conference Handbook is finished! Download it here. It has been mailed to those who requested that option. Please make sure you read through it before Annual Conference!
National News
Planning new directions for the church
More than 600 United Methodists from across the U.S. spent three days grappling with possible options for forging what they hope will be a more inclusive future in Methodism. What united the UMCNext group, which met behind closed doors, was a rejection of the Traditional Plan adopted by the special General Conference. Heather Hahn reports.

Save the date: Peace with Justice Sunday
On June 16, we will come together for Peace with Justice Sunday to spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, nationally and globally. A new pastor and leader’s kit is available to help you encourage generous support for this crucial work, including worship resources, marketing materials, guides, planning information and more.

Conference Calendar
30: Office closed - staff in Wasilla
30: Pre-Conference Workshops @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla
30: Lay & Clergy Session @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla
31-June 1: Annual Conference @ Christ First UMC, Wasilla (office closed)
7-9: PNW Annual Conference - Carlo attending
7-17: Office closed
7-17: Crystal on vacation
12-15: Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference - Carlo attending
16: Father's Day
24-26: GNW Cabinet Retreat - Carlo attending
Upcoming Clergy Birthdays

June 8 -
Jim Doepken

June 10 -
Carlo Rapanut

June 13 -
Bailey Brawner

June 15 -
Matt Reinders
Conference Office
907-333-5050

Superintendent Carlo
907-854-8340
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Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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 Tuesday at 9:00 am for consideration.
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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 in God's preferred future.
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