A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
Praying Our Way Forward
The second phase of the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative was launched on New Year's Day this year. It is 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church and the work of the Commission on A Way Forward. We in the Alaska United Methodist Conference have been assigned the week of July 9-15 (next week) to pray for the denomination. Everyday at 7:00 am, an email prompt will be sent out from the conference office with the prayer focus for the day as well as a short prayer. We invite you to set aside time each day, individually or in groups, to pray with others around the conference for the UMC. We also invite you to share the prayer and invitation to your networks on social media. To know more about the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative,  click here.
Apportionment Report
Here is the apportionment report through June 30, 2017. big-bills-money.jpg
New UMFCU Newsletter Available Online
UMFCU The Summer 2017 newsletter from your United Methodist Federal Credit Union is available.  Read about pick-your-payment auto loans and the new UMFCU Secure Checking with identity protection monitoring.  Learn what "Shared Branch" means; there are over 5,000 available to you nationwide.   For a wealth of additional information on the financial products and services offered through your credit union go to www.umfcu.org.   To receive a membership packet contact your California Headquarters at 800-245-0433 or your New England Branch at 207-591-6449.
Early Response Team Training Opportunities
ERT Teams go into disaster areas and help with flood cleanup, wildfire debris removal, or whatever else needs to happen.  Those who want to serve in disaster situations must attend a basic ERT training event.
Full Basic ERT Training at Anchor Park UMC in Anchorage on Saturday, July 8th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Basic ERT Recertification Training at Fairbanks First on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:00 pm*
To Register or for more information, please contact Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Dan Wilcox, 907.414.7078, or danielpwilcox@gmail.com.

*If you've received this training, the Re-Certification must happen every three years.
Alaska Flag Day Celebration
Join AK Child & Family for the 25th annual Alaska Flag Day Celebration! The event is always celebrated on July 9.  It will be at 4600 Abbott Road from 5:30-8:30 pm.  You can park at Service High School and take the free shuttle to the event.  Bring the whole family for BBQ dinner, lawn games, live music by Nervis Rex, ice cream & MORE. Learn More and Register.
Basic Lay Servant Course Offered Soon
The first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant begins with a course that outlines some history and foundational principles of discipleship in the United Methodist Church. Over the course of 3 Saturdays we will also explore ways we may each be called to the mission of making disciples.

The course is scheduled for 3 Saturdays in July: 7/15, 22, and 29 from 9am until 4 pm. Classes will be held at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak; there will be a cost of $15 to cover the books and other class materials. If the cost is a hardship, there may be scholarship funds available to help with the fee.

Bring snacks or other food to share; tableware, soup, bread, and beverages will be provided. Contact Linda Haynes at
lindahaynes87@gmail.com or call her at 373-2795 if you would like to attend the course so that we will have enough materials (and soup!) for all. Hope you can join us.  You will be enriched and empowered by this course!
Alaska United Methodist Women Newsletter
The Alaska Conference United Methodist Women has a new newsletter for your reading!  The Alaska Women's Response includes dates of upcoming Mission u events across the state as well as the Annual Gathering which will be held at First UMC Anchorage.  You will also find a nomination form for the 2017 Racial & Social Justice Award that is given out each year.  Do you know someone who is deserving of this award?

Read the AUMW Newsletter now!
GBHEM Develops a New Center for Clinical Pastoral Education
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced the development of a new center for clinical pastoral education (CPE) to meet the growing need for pastoral education resources within The United Methodist Church.

GBHEM's CPE Center will offer creative and flexible programs, including hybrid units to local pastors, provisional and full connection deacons and elders in a variety of ministry settings throughout the global church, as well as training for CPE supervisors.

Read more here. 
Registration Now Open for Exploration 2017
Registration for Exploration, a three-day event for young adults age 18-26, is now open. This biennial event is designed to help attendees listen, discern, and respond to God's call to ordained ministry, as they explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. Exploration is a program of the office of young adult discernment and enlistment at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).
This year's event will be held November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. Young adults who have a sense that God might be calling them to ordained ministry, who have wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, who would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or who want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools should attend this event. Exploration is part of GBHEM's strategy to enable and resource leadership within the church.

To register, or learn more about Exploration, visit ExploreCalling.org
Commission on a Way Forward to Meet in Chicago This Month
The Commission on a Way Forward will convene in Chicago July 19-21 to continue its work concerning human sexuality and exploring options for the future of The United Methodist Church on the issue.

This will be the fourth meeting of the 32-member Commission, which was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in discerning a way forward.

After the last meeting in April in Washington, D.C., members indicated that they were leaning toward a simpler structure with clearer processes for decision-making and accountability for the UMC in its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Conversations at that meeting showed a commitment to finding a way forward that honors the complexity of the global denomination and the unity of a shared faith in Christ.

Since that time, the Commission members have received input from several advocacy and renewal groups who have strong interest in the outcome and from general boards and agencies of the church. Members of the commission have also received survey results from constituents such as large-church pastors and seminary students.

During annual conference sessions, members of the commission made presentations and hosted discussions on the work of the commission, and a video, capturing the commission at work, was shown.

In preparation for the July meeting, the team has started to prepare an initial draft plan for review at the July meeting. The commission's ultimate assignment is to present its report to the Council of Bishops for action at the Special Session of General Conference set for February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

As part of sharing information, the moderators; Bishops Ken Carter, Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba, will be issuing a moderators' statement just before the start of the meeting.
9-15: AUMC's week to pray for Commission on a Way Forward
10-23: Carlo on vacation
24-27: WJ Mission Cabinet Meeting in Billings, MT - Carlo attending

26: Leadership Team meeting

12-14: GNW Cabinet Meeting - Carlo attending
Clergy Birthdays
July 11 -
Bob Smith

July 21 -
Lisa Talbott

August 13 -
Bennie Grace Nabua

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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