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Our Doors are Open! | UMC of Chugiak
At first look, it might seem that our doors are not open. There is caution tape stretched across the main entry to church supporting a sign which reads, “Danger – Use Side Door”. This is certainly not the way we would like to welcome people into our building for worship or for our community programs. Yet, this is how our doors look for now; a product of the large earthquake that shook Alaska in November of 2018. Like many of our neighbors, we spend time working with FEMA and other government agencies to find the funds and the resources to repair what the earthquake damaged. The sign is only temporary. The portico will be fixed and a welcoming entry brought back to life. In the meantime, however, life exists abundantly inside those doors.

CrossOver to Life! · Week 41
On Being Fully Human
Rev. Erin Martin
CrossOver reflection for  Week 41 • Beginning September 15, 2019

The family backpacking trip has become a summer ritual. Our sons, Elijah and Rowan, don’t always love it, hiking in the woods for 30-40 miles over a few days. Inevitably, my oldest will groan, “Why can’t we vacation like normal families?” and by that, he means Disneyland. But there is something incredibly simple about carrying what I need with me, nothing more nothing less, and walking out into the wilderness. Without fail, the first night under the trees, by a rushing stream, or at the base of a mountain, I can feel the stress of life begin to melt from my body. I feel myself becoming fully human again.

Let’s face it. Being human, these days feels especially hard. I am easily overwhelmed by the “gloom and doom” of the daily headlines — increased gun violence, climate degradation, political turmoil. I find myself clenching and shrinking over the “not good” of human activity that Brian McLaren explains so clearly in Chapter 2 of We Make the Road by Walking. In this chapter, McLaren traces human rebellion to an original wilderness and our first decision to “play God.”

Community Health Fair at Anchor Park UMC
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Open to the public: 10AM-3PM
Location: Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Dr.
Participation- Free
Sponsor/Coordinator: Charter College Anchorage Campus
  • Blood Bank of Alaska
  • Municipality of Anchorage Health Dept-Flu shots
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Alaska Back Care
  • Health Coaching
  • Blood Pressure screening
  • Nutrition education
  • Physical activity education
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
Contact: Jessie Heller at 777-1313
Lay Servant Ministries fall course offerings
Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs available within the United Methodist connection.

Two courses will be offered at Christ First United Methodist Church in Wasilla this fall.

INTRODUCTION TO LAY MINISTRY: The BASIC Course. Cost $40.00 per person. Course is 6 weeks: Thursday’s 6:30 – 9:00 PM 9/26 through 11/7.

ADVANCED LAY SERVANT COURSE: Lay Pastoral Care Giving. Cost: $40 per person. Course is 6 weeks: Tuesday’s 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM 9/24 through 10/29.

For more information or to enroll, contact Linda Haynes, Certified Lay Servant, Alaska UM Conference Lay Servant Course Facilitator
Lindahaynes87@gmail.com or 907-373-2975 or text only 907-355-8263
Professional Church Workers Retreat and Fall Rendezvous meetings
REGISTER NOW! Deadline for registration is THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20! Professional Church Workers Retreat and Fall Rendezvous meetings will be held October 3-5, 2019 at the Conference Center. If you are in an appointed position or are on a conference committee, make sure you register. Crystal will not be at the meetings so it is imperative that we have all pertinent information by the deadline.
Looking for Housing Volunteers
With the upcoming conference meetings, we will be looking for home stays for some of our attendees. If you are able to house one or two people for a few days in early October, please contact the conference office. Thank you!
Charge Conference paperwork
Charge conference paperwork is already available for download on our website. All the forms are fillable electronically and it is highly recommended that this option be utilized.

We request that an electronic copy of your complete packet be submitted no later than one week before your scheduled charge conference to give time for the Superintendent to review them. Email the packets to carlorapanut@gmail.com and alaskaumc@gmail.com. Charge conference schedules and agenda are being finalized this week.
Meet Shannon Priddy, President of National United Methodist Women
Come celebrate United Methodist Women’s legacy at Soldotna United Methodist Church, 158 S Binkley Street, Soldatna, AK, September 19, 2019, 3:00-4:00 PM. The event will include games, and a sharing by Shannon Priddy, United Methodist Women National President and Kenya Roberts, from UMW National Office. Hear about what UMW is doing and ways to assure the mission work continues 150 years into the future. RSVP Susan Smalley at 907-283-7469.
Victorian High Tea | September 18
Come celebrate United Methodist Women’s legacy with a Victorian High Tea at Anchor Park UMC September 18 th , at 5:30 to 6:30pm. The event will include fun foods, games, and a sharing by Shannon Priddy, United Methodist Women National President and Kenya Roberts, from UMW national office. Hear about what UMW is currently doing and ways to assure the mission work continues 150 years into the future. Bring your favorite teacup. Email your reservation to smwilliams@gci.net . If you have questions, contact Susan Williams at 317-0406.
Mission u coming to you!
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. Events include worship, singing, interest groups around current issues, audio visual presentations, food and fellowship! Please join in embracing the opportunity to grow, share and advocate for others!

Aldersgate UMC: October 4-5
Soldotna UMC: November 1-2
UMC of Chugiak: November 22-23

National News
Legislation for US structure is now available
The Connectional Table is publishing its legislative petition to create a U.S. Regional Conference, as well as a one-page frequently asked questions sheet and a narrative booklet. The Connectional Table, which collaborated closely with Wespath on this legislation, shares the legislation and educational materials in hopes it is helpful to 2020 General Conference delegations.

Filipino bishops back church unity
The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops signed a resolution "intensely" opposing dissolution of The United Methodist Church. The bishops' resolution recommended restructuring that would allow for regional autonomy to deal with divisive issues like homosexuality.

Storms bring twisters, floods to South Dakota
On the heels of three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls, torrential rain has caused massive flooding in many parts of South Dakota. Doreen Gosmire reports how United Methodists are responding.

All Saint's Day resources
As you plan ahead for stewardship season, we hope you’ll find time to be intentional about celebrating All Saints Day on November 3rd this year. This is an opportunity to provide pastoral care for families who have lost loved ones, and it’s also a time to lift up and celebrate the ways in which our ministry continues to be enriched by members who have gone on to glory. Done well, it becomes a gentle reminder about the opportunity for bequest giving.

Creation care gets traction as priority
Efforts to address climate change are being made across The United Methodist Church. A growing amount of grassroots climate change work is being done by graduates of Global Ministries EarthKeepers training.

Churches invited to unwrap Christmas
United Methodist Communications is launching its 2019 Unwrap Christmas event campaign, which is designed to help local churches offer meaningful places — such as cocoa stands and toy giveaways — for people to connect with one another throughout the Advent season. Churches can apply for event grants. A limited number of $300 grants also are available for customizable Advent invitation resources.

Women theologians meet for 'prophetic event'
United Methodist female theologians from Africa and Asia gathered recently to discuss their interpretations of the Bible and find commonalities of gender, race, class and theology. The seminar, organized by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, was a "prophetic event," said the Rev. HiRho Park.

Engage your entire congregation in a journey to wholeness
Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness , by the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary (CEO) of Discipleship Ministries, is a new six-week church-wide study that calls for disciples of all ages to reset, regroup, and live abundantly with Jesus. To learn more about Soul Reset and other related resources, click here .
Tiny houses offer steps out of poverty
A United Methodist congregation in Detroit helps people move from homelessness to home ownership by building small, affordable, efficient houses. Learn how this ministry is changing individual lives and an entire community.

What does it mean to be a United Methodist?
The United Methodist Church may be facing an uncertain future, but what it means to be a church member hasn't changed. Membership remains deeply rooted in our Methodist heritage, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications. For United Methodists, membership means being part of a fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ who seek to make the world more like the kingdom of God.

Equip world-changers on Oct. 6
World Communion Sunday is less than a month away, but it’s not too late to participate. This Special Sunday supports graduate students around the world as they follow God’s call to pursue educational opportunities. Begin building awareness and generosity with inspiring stories, a kit of resources and more.

Get ready for Advent outreach
Extend warm invitations to people in your community this Advent and Christmas! Get started by exploring a collection of customizable outreach tools, including postcards, invitation cards, banners, yard signs, posters and downloadable digital resources. Choose the language and design that best relates to your community! Use code UMC19A to receive a $300 discount.

Conference Calendar
20: Crystal out of the office
20-22: UMW Annual Gathering - Solid Rock Camp
25-27: UMC Next - Carlo attending
30-Oct 4: Crystal on vacation
3-5: Professional Church Workers & Fall Rendezvous meetings
10-12: GBGM Board Meeting - Carlo attending
14: Charge Conference - Unalaska UMC
19: Charge Conference - Soldotna UMC
19: Charge Conference - St. Peter the Fisherman UMC
20: Charge Conference - Seward UMC
20: Charge Conference - Moose Pass UMC
25: Charge Conference - UMC of Sitka
26: Charge Conference - Aldersgate UMC
26: Charge Conference - Douglas Community UMC
29: Charge Conference - Nome Community UMC
31: Halloween
Upcoming Clergy Birthdays

September 17 -
Autumn Krueger

September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

September 24 -
Selusi Tuiolemotu

September 28 -
Darla Bradley
Conference Office

Superintendent Carlo

The NEW Conference Office hours are:

Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.
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.