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CONFERENCE NEWS
Update to IRS mileage allowance for 2018
Effective January 1, the IRS mileage allowance is increased to 54.5 cents per mile. The rate for volunteers remains at 14 cents per mile. Notify your Treasurers and bookkeepers to make this change for all business travel starting January 1.
 
2018 Church Remittance Form
big-bills-money.jpg The treasurer's office has provided the 2018 remittance form.  Use this form for your apportionment payments, Special Sunday offerings, Advance specials, etc.

View the PDF form
View the EXCEL form
Apportionment Report through December 29
Money
The treasurer's office has sent us the latest apportionment report that goes through December 14.  There are several churches that are just one payment away from reaching 100% paid.  Make sure your payments get into the treasurer's office in Washington on time.  If you have any questions, please contact Brant Henshaw or Carlo Rapanut.
 
January 6th is the deadline for 2017 Apportionment payments.
 
Save the dates...
Save the Date Winter Rendezvous meetings will be held February 15-17.  This will include a learning event.  More information will be published in the following weeks.  These meetings will be held at the Conference Center (1660 Patterson Street, Anchorage).

Annual Conference will be held in Seward in 2018.  A pre-conference event will take place May 31.  The conference session will be June 1-2.

Watch for a couple of electronic surveys so that we can poll you all on various needs.
2018 Youth Mission Immersion
Join us January 12-13, 2018 as we explore what it means to be a servant of God through service to others. This Mission Immersion Weekend will offer opportunities to grow in our faith as we serve our local community. We will gather in fellowship with youth from across Alaska for this Mission Immersion Experience. Some of the places we've served at in past Mission Immersions include Habitat Restore, FISH, Pioneer Home, Anchorage Rescue Mission, Beans Café & Habitat for Humanity. We'll meet on Friday night and have a time of worship & fellowship. We stay overnight at St. John UMC and then go out into Anchorage and serve all day Saturday! Cost is $30; scholarships are available!  All youth and their friends are invited to join us. We also need adults to help on Saturday as we go out into the community.  To find out more about this experience and to register, click here
 
Quotes from last years participants...
"Today 'my team' spent part of the afternoon handing out care packages to homeless. I saw God in the faces of my group. The reactions of seeing how happy we were to serve others. I am thankful for these opportunities to serve. "
"While distributing food at the Mobile Food Bank, I enjoyed watching how those receiving food shared-when someone else needed something, another person in line would give away that food item to help someone else. "
 "Today was fun! We helped elderly people and entertained them with music and BINGO"
"It always feels great to give back to our community. Not everyone is blessed to have the life we get to live every day. "
"today I felt like a servant of God. I was helping, loving and giving back to the people of the community."
First UMC Foundation grants available
The First United Methodist Church Foundation is accepting applications for grants to be used as educational benefits, scholarships, out-reach to the community and the world, and capital projects.  Applications should be a concise request using the form provided by First United Methodist Church, Anchorage and can be found on the FUMC website or the church office.  Submissions must be received by January 31, 2018 at the street address given below.  Award recipients will be notified in March 2018.
 
FUMC Foundation - Grants
725 W 9th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-272-2112
Summer Camp dates and Internship Applications
Birchwood Camp
Birchwood Camp is pleased to announce their 2018 Summer Camp brochure and Internship Applications are live!
 
 
If you want to apply for one of the summer internships at the camp, or would like to learn more, fill out the internship application here
NATIONAL NEWS
2018 New Year's Greetings
The President of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, has sent a letter to all United Methodists for the start of the New Year.

To the People Called United Methodists:

Grace and peace to you as we embrace the New Year.

The joy of Christmas and the gift of Emmanuel - God with us - gives us the confidence to face the future with hope.  This hope is born of our faith in the Living God.  Thus, as we enter the New Year we affirm that God who started a good thing in us will see it to fruition.

As United Methodists, we are at a precipitous moment, uncertain about our denomination's future.  Yet, we do know that we have been raised up as a people to share in God's mission by spreading scriptural holiness across the globe.  And, we know that God knows what form this mission will take in the future.

Continue to read his letter here.
Get help with Lent worship preperations!
Gather your team and join worship consultant and professor, Dr. Marcia McFee,  LIVE on January 10th and 17th for two special webinars  that will teach you, inspire you, and guide you toward an amazing Lent series of sensory-rich worship experiences for your community.

Sign up   HERE
Human Relations Day is January 14
Turn on the news or drive around the outskirts of your town and you will find what Jesus called "the least of these." Those living in the margins of society, struggling to survive.

Over and over Jesus served people like this, embracing them. And that's what we want to model as the people of The United Methodist Church. To continue the ministry of Jesus we established Human Relations Day as a Special Sunday that calls all of our churches to participate in helping all God's children to realize their potential.
 
Will You Support the Ministry of Christ Among Those on the Margins?

Will you continue to support Human Relations Day? Will you continue nurturing at-risk youth, strengthening communities' self-improvement efforts and advocating for the oppressed?

Human Relations Day is Sunday, January 14 and you can give in the offering plate.  You can also give now through electronic means.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR
January
7: Charge Conference - First UMC Ketchikan
8-10: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
11: Charge Conference - Christ First UMC
14: Charge Conference - Turnagain UMC
15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Office Closed
16: Charge Conference - St. John UMC
18: Charge Conference - Anchor Park UMC
19-25: Crystal on vacation
24-28: WJ Leadership meetings in San Diego - Carlo attending
26-28: UMW Leadership Team meetings at Conference Center
29-31: ADCM meeting in Atlanta - Carlo attending

February
15-17: AUMC Winter Rendezvous
20-22: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending

March
2-3: GNW "Table Talks" Facilitator Training event - Carlo attending
8-11: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
24: AUMC Leadership Team meeting
New Office Hours
Office Hours
The Conference Office has new hours!
 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
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Upcoming
Clergy Birthdays
 
January 5 -
Janice Carlton

Karen Dammann -
January 18

February 19 -
Steve Fisher



Conference Office
907-333-5050

Superintendent Carlo
907-854-8340
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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