A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
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.
Spiritual Life Minister Position Available
AK Child & Family
AK Child & Family is recruiting for a part time Spiritual Life Minister position. This person would be working alongside with Kelli Williams in our Spiritual Life department.
Scheduling: part time position; Sundays 3pm to 8pm; Monday through various day to early evening; Wednesdays and Saturdays 1x per month
Rate of Pay : $15.13 to $16.53/hourly plus excellent benefits
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or 4 years of equivalent formal training in human services field including: Theology, Psychology, Social Work, etc. Should be a member of and in good standing with a recognized church, denomination, or local faith community. Must have at least 2 years working with youth in a community, residential, or clinical pastoral setting.
How to Apply: Visit www.akchild.org/join-our-mission/employment to complete the agency application.
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
Quilt Retreat XXXXII - Running with Scissors
What a summer Anchorage has had.  Sunny days that were awesome yet followed with rainy days great for sewing.  Are you behind on your projects because you have been camping, fishing, or hiking?  It is time to start catching up.  Come out and join us for a fun filled weekend!

All meals are provided.  No need to cook, clean kitchens, or even get dressed.  In fact, be sure to bring your most comfortable sewing clothes for the weekend sewing party.

Running with Scissors (And other motherly advice you ignored)
September 14-17, 2017 at Laverne Griffith Youth Camp in Wasilla.
Cost: Thursday - Sunday $225      Friday - Sunday $170        make checks payable to UMW

Registration must be received by September 4, 2017
Registration forms are available from Susan Williams.
Bishop Ough Issues Statement on Charlottsville
Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on Charlottsville:
"My shock, dismay and grief over the clashes between white supremacy advocates and counter-protesters in Charlottsville, Virginia, continue to grow.  I grieve for the lives lost, and pray for the family of Heather Heyer, the families of the two state troopers killed while monitoring the Charlottsville demonstration from the air, and for the healing of all the injured.  I am shocked by the blatant resurgence of white nationalism, neo-Nazism and racially motivated domestic terrorism in the United States.  I am dismayed (and frightened) by the animosity, division, extremism and evil that is spiraling out of control in the U.S."
Ways United Methodists Can Take a Stand Against Racism
United Methodists experience and observe racism regularly.
Sometimes it is overt, like the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 11-12, 2017, when Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured when a white supremacist intentionally struck them with his car.
Other times, it is more subtle. A nasty comment from a coworker or an assumption that crosses our mind and grieves our heart.
A Prayer for the Classroom
As a new semester begins in many places, we can try to make that transition easier by praying to God and giving thanks for the people in our schools.

New Wineskins: Closing, Repositioning and Multiplying Churches
The Missouri Annual Conference's Center for Congregational Excellence is excited to present New Wineskins, a conference centered on replicating healthy ministry through multi-site,  repositioning, creative partnerships and closing.
This time of structured learning and candid  conversation for conference leaders and church planters will take place October 9-11 in St. Louis. Connectional leaders Jacob Armstrong, Andrew Forrest, Bishop Robert Farr, Jasmine Smothers and Matt Miofsky will teach us how to  avoid putting new wine into old wineskins.

Questions about the event? Contact Suzanne Nicholson

12-14: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending

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
Clergy Birthdays
September 5 -
Charles Brower

September 22 -
Won Jea Keum

September 28 -
Darla Bradley

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.
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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