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2014 Alaska United Methodist Conference

May 30-31, 2014 at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, Alaska

Name of conference: Alaska United Methodist Conference           

Dates of conference gathering: May 30-31, 2014

Location of conference gathering:  Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, Alaska

Officiating bishop: Grant Hagiya

Guest speakers: The Rev. Kim Fields, the Rev. Daniel Foster, Episcopal Bishop Mark Lattime

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

“IMAGINE NO MALARIA” — Shouted by 51 participants at the start of our 5K Run/Walk in support of this initiative.

“Be faithful in our wilderness.” — In Bishop Grant Hagiya’s sermon he stressed that our response to declining numbers and a changing culture is to be faithful to God.

Outgoing Superintendent, Dave Beckett talked about setting the “bar” high enough to be faithful to our ministry settings and to our God.

Main actions enacted and resolutions adopted by the conference:

We welcomed in a new Conference Superintendent, the Rev. Carlo Rapanut.

We celebrated the efforts of conference on behalf of Imagine No Malaria and participated in a 5K fundraiser, dinners and a “step challenge” in support of the cause.

Clergy statistics (number and average age for each group):The Alaska Conference, as a Missionary Conference, does not have conference membership.  We do, however have local pastors, who are members of the conference in which they serve.     

Licensed local pastors:  2  (average age 54)         

Remembered at memorial service (may also include laity) : 42 people   

Conference statistics:

Membership stands at   3,367, down   141 from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at   2,057  , up         3          .

Church school attendance stands at    614        , down         175      .

Professions of faith stand at     63       , down       63     .

Baptisms stand at    76       , up       7          .

— submitted by Jim Doepken