News briefs and upcoming events to make a difference in Alaska

    The following roundup of news briefs and upcoming events are aimed at helping Alaskans engage the wider culture as we seek the common good.


    Each year Anchorage’s Community Pregnancy Center serves the community by providing personal care, helpful resources, and hope through Jesus Christ to women facing pregnancy decisions in Alaska.
    The pro-life outreach is hosting its fall fundraising dinner on Friday, Oct. 25, at Grace Christian School in Anchorage. The event will include a meal and entertainment along with opportunities to financially support the center’s mission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tables of 8 and individual seats are available. Attendees are encouraged to register as seats are limited.

    Special guests for the evening will be a sibling duo, Derrick and Julie Tennant, from “The Love Chromosome.” Derrick was a promising athlete who suddenly went into a coma for three days. He then had to undergo brain surgery which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. Julie is Derrick’s sister; she was born with an extra chromosome meaning she has Down Syndrome. They have both chosen to embrace life and use their personal circumstance to bless others.
    Click here for more information or to register.


    The Alaska Judicial Council is now receiving applications for a position on the Anchorage Superior Court. The Anchorage position is due to the forthcoming retirement of Judge Michael L. Wolverton.  Interested persons may obtain application forms from the Judicial Council offices at 510 L Street, Suite 450, Anchorage, or online at The Judicial Council must have completed applications in its office by 3 p.m. on Oct 25.



    A docudrama on the incredible life of Saint Faustina will show in two Anchorage theaters later this month. The film, “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” traces the life of an unknown religious sister in the 1930s who lived in an age marked by conflict, despair, lack of respect for human life and dignity. Saint Faustina reportedly experienced dramatic visions of Christ calling mankind to “turn with trust to my mercy.” The film will show for one night only, Oct. 28, in more than 700 movie theaters across the United States. In Anchorage the movie shows at both Century 16 Theaters and Regal Tikahtnu at 7 p.m.



    Alaska Bible College in Palmer is hosting its second annual Apologetics Conference. This year the college has partnered with Ratio Christi, ChangePoint Church and Clear Water Church to present the conference which is titled: “Reasons for the Faith: Engaging Today’s Culture.”

    Plenary speakers include Dr. Corey Miller, president and CEO of Ratio Christi and Dr. Travis Dickinson, professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics at Scarborough College. The conference talks will explore questions like, “Why do students walk away from the faith?” and “Is the Bible really God’s Word” and “Is Jesus down with doobies?” Other presentations are titled: “Is God a moral monster?” and “Where has all the wisdom gone?” Additional talks will be provided by local pastors and teachers. The conference includes the option to purchase multiple meals including a special dinner with the plenary speakers. Click here to sign up for meals. Click here to see the full speaker list and schedule for the upcoming conference.



    The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life is underway in Anchorage and Soldotna where pro-life advocates are peacefully praying outside of Planned Parenthood clinics. The vigil runs until Nov. 3 in Anchorage and Nov. 6 in Soldotna.

    For more information about how to participate in the Anchorage vigil, contact organizer Patrick Martin at (907) 232-2211 or email him at or click here.

    For information about the Soldotna vigil, call Beck Hinsberger at 252-2953 or Velvet Danielson at 252-8051. Click here for more information.



    The pro-life HeartReach Center, which has offered support to pregnant Alaska women for more than 30 years, is holding its annual fundraising banquet on Oct. 17 at Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla.

    The event features keynote speakers Derrick and Julie Tennant, the brother-sister duo behind The Love Chromosome, an organization that promotes the inherent dignity of those with disabilities.

    HeartReach Center has served more than 4,000 Alaska women, providing information and support as they face the possibility of unintended pregnancy. All services are confidential and free of charge.

    The annual banquet provides a significant portion of HeartReach’s annual operating budget, while offering the organization a chance to share stories, triumphs and challenges that lie ahead.
    Admission to the adult-only fundraising banquet is free. It takes place Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Wasilla Bible Church. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and registration is required. Click here for more information.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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