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Dear Aldersgate,

The Autumnal Equinox is just a couple of weeks away! As we welcome fall, we settle into a time of planning for our church. On September 10th, we will hold a strategic planning meeting in person at Aldersgate UMC from 10 am to 1 pm. We encourage and welcome your participation as we set a direction for the ministry of the church. This meeting will leverage the visioning work that we did last fall.

October 7th- 9th is the Fall Professional Workers retreat, and I will be traveling to Anchorage. This is the first time our clergy and professionals have met in person since 2019. It will be good to gather and continue our work to live out our values as the Mission District of the future.

Mark your calendars for a tentatively scheduled Annual Meeting and Charge Conference with our new District Superintendent, Christina Dowling-Soka on October 30th in the afternoon. Rev Christina will be traveling to Juneau, and we are coordinating with her to be able to hold this gathering in person.

Finally, I will be traveling to Missouri from November 7th through November 10thfor my final Full Connection Board of Ordained Ministry Interviews. I’m amid submitting nearly 50 pages of cited theological and doctrinal content, project work, and demonstrated discipleship growth along with six evaluations due on September 16th. This is a significant body of work, and I ask for your prayers and support during this time. The Missouri Conference will be scheduling an onsite visit and additional valuation between September 16th and November 4th here in Juneau. After the November 9th interview in Missouri, the full cabinet votes on my ordination. It is the culmination of 9 years of hard work. I’m grateful that the congregation of Aldersgate UMC is with me on this journey and look forward to walking this path together.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Kristi