Conference News

Coronavirus Information

Please regularly check the conference website. It gets updated weekly with new Sunday worship links for the Alaska churches. There has also been a lot of information being sent out about the coronavirus and pastoral letters from the Bishop. If you have missed any of it, you can visit the Alaska United Methodist Conference blog page or the GNW Resource page.

As a reminder, the conference office is closed and the staff is working remotely from home. Feel free to contact us anytime through our regular phone and email.

Church Apportionment report

Here is your March report for church apportionments.  You can view the document on the conference website.


Financial & Operational guidance for local churches and ministries impacted by COVID-19

Finance and administration staff across the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Conferences are working together to track the impact of COVID-19 and answer questions local churches have.

They are also gathering resources to help churches to understand recently passed legislation.

Read more on the new Greater NW Area financial resources page.

The Northwest United Methodist Foundation also has a resource with some sample language for church finance chairs who are in the uncomfortable position of reporting negative returns on their church's investments:

Bishop Stanovsky shares words of encouragement and gratitude amidst COVID-19 closures

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky shares a message of encouragement and gratitude to laity and clergy across the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

Local churches have suspended in-person worship through April 30, 2020, to ensure public health.


Important notice regarding employee rights

The US Dept of Labor requires that all employers (all churches, camps, etc.) notify their employees of their rights under the newly passed Family First Coronovirus Response Act.

You can download the poster for free from the DOL website and post it in your workplace as well as send it to employees who are working remotely.

Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson named next APU President

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that APU concluded its presidential search late last week with the appointment of Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson as the 12th president of the University and the first female to take on the mantle. Set to succeed President Onders at the end of the spring semester, APU eagerly awaits to start this next chapter.

Learn more about their next president, Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson

National News

Christ, the Lord, is risen today!

As we step into Holy Week, we know with certainty that the coronavirus pandemic will not stop Easter from coming! Check out these activities for celebrating Holy Week at home as we rejoice in the Risen Christ. Photo courtesy of Austin Bond, Belin United Methodist Church.


Bringing the Stations of the Cross home

Walking the Stations of the Cross, a Good Friday tradition celebrated throughout the world, offers a step-by-step remembrance of Jesus' journey. Watch this video to gather your ideas for personalizing this time of prayer and reflection in your own home. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.


How the CARES Act affects churches

The U.S. CARES Act is lengthy legislation intended to provide emergency assistance amid the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Among other things, it expands unemployment insurance and establishes loans that churches might use. The General Council on Finance and Administration has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the law.

Read FAQ 
Discipleship Ministries: The CARES Act may save your church

Caldwell still preaching after guilty plea

Kirbyjon Caldwell, former pastor of a United Methodist megachurch, has surrendered his clergy credentials and awaits sentencing in federal court, having pled guilty March 11 to a fraud charge. But Caldwell remains on staff at Windsor Village United Methodist Church and will preach there occasionally as a lay preacher, Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones said.

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Chuck Knows Church: Help during COVID-19 crisis

The online video series Chuck Knows Church is back. He’s teaming up with Discipleship Ministries' #SeeAllThePeople campaign to share a few simple ideas that churches can do to help their community during this time of crisis.

Watch the series

How to identify public domain hymns

Which hymns and other songs qualify as public domain is based on current copyright law in each country. Most hymns have three parts that can be copyrighted — the tune, text (lyrics) and arrangement — and each part may have different copyright dates, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications.

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Conference Calendar


10: Good Friday – Office Closed half day
12: Easter
15: Tax Day (EXTENDED TO JULY 15)
15-17: GNW Cabinet - Carlo attending remotely

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