A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
"Bon" Voyage for Bonnie Curtis
Bonnie Curtis, a longtime Alaskan United Methodist and former Secretary to the Alaska Missionary Conference, is preparing to move to Colorado to live with her oldest son and his family. Bonnie will be given a "Bon Voyage" send-off at a gathering to be held at the former East Anchorage UMC (1660 Patterson Street in Anchorage), and her family invites all her friends and church family to attend and wish her Godspeed on Sunday, July 30 from 3 to 6pm. RSVP to 907-441-2502. For those who would like to get in touch by mail, letters and cards sent to Bonnie at her old address of 6037 Prosperity Drive, Anchorage, 99504 will be forwarded to her new home as soon as she is settled. 
Worship & Music Director Sought for 2020 GC
The Commission on the General Conference is seeking a worship and music director responsible for the overall worship and music program management of The United Methodist Church's 2020 General Conference. The denomination's top legislative body meets May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Applicants must be a member of The United Methodist Church, and should send a brief resume outlining their background and professional references, along with a link to a five-minute audition video (posted to YouTube) using video clips that demonstrate the applicant's presence during performance.

Only YouTube videos will be accepted, and the selection team will only view the first five minutes of the video, regardless of the length submitted. Application materials should be sent via email to generalconference@gcfa.org. The deadline is August 22, 2017. All submissions will be used and distributed for the purpose of the Commission on the General Conference's review process.

The worship and music director is expected to participate in meetings of the Commission on the General Conference throughout 2018 and 2019, as well as to be present for all dates of General Conference, including set up and tear down, as necessary.
Commission on a Way Forward Meets in Chicago
The Commission on a Way Forward held its fourth meeting on July 19-21 at the Wespath building in Chicago, Illinois. The Commission has been assigned by the Council of Bishops, in response to the action of the 2016 General Conference, to help the denomination to explore new ways of embodying unity that will move the church beyond its impasse around ministry and human sexuality. Moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter led the 32-person global commission in its work.
This was a hopeful and productive meeting. The Commission is at the stage of sketching plans rather than painting a complete picture and is still not yet at the midpoint of our meeting schedule. The Commission continues to build trust among commission members. The Commission spent a great deal of time working on a common core of practices related to being followers of Jesus in The United Methodist Church. A prominent image of this is Jesus as the vine in John 15, and his disciples as the branches. From this core, the Commission is moving more deeply into the areas of conceptual models and implications for polity. In the coming days, the Commission will release a significant Status Report. The Commission is grateful for the prayers of many across the world.

Read the rest of the news release here. 
Interpreter to Cease Publication at Year's End
United Methodist Communications announced that Interpreter magazine, the official program journal of The United Methodist Church, will cease publication after the November/December 2017 issue. The action comes in response to research regarding readers' changing needs.  

Read the press release 
24-27: WJ Mission Cabinet Meeting in Billings, MT - Carlo attending

26: Leadership Team meeting

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
Clergy Birthdays
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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