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Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:55 am | Updated: 7:15 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

An African children’s dance troupe will perform at 6 p.m. today at the Wigwam Resort and Golf Club, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, to support the Antioch Global Outreach of Peoria.

African children’s dancers to perform

An African children’s dance troupe will perform at 6 p.m. today at the Wigwam Resort and Golf Club, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, to support the Antioch Global Outreach of Peoria. Tickets for the African Symposium and Silent Auction are $50 each; corporate tables are $500. Funds will support African orphans and needy area families. African apparel or business dress is requested. (623) 486-9007.

Biblical discussion groups scheduled

“Christalk,” a weekly discussion exploring biblical issues, is one of three offerings on Saturdays at Phoenix Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Road. Each week’s topic will be decided by the group of the week before. Topics have practical applications. The first will be 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1 on the Holy Spirit.

“It Is Written” is now offered at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in Room 10. It focuses on “communicating the gospel to the world” and providing “timeless truths” that apply to everyday life. It is styled for people of all faiths or no creeds and no faith.

“StepFast” begins Aug. 11 with weekly classes at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. It is a lifestyle series featuring prevention and wellness experts to take people step by step, at their own pace, through the issues. (480) 947-3781.

Seminar to focus on marriage

John Trent, a Scottsdale author and marriage expert, will lead a seminar, “Strong Marriages in Stressful Times,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at First Baptist Church of Tempe, 4325 S. McClintock Drive. Trent, founder and president of the Center for Strong Families, will focus on understanding one’s “God-given strengths to build greater closeness”; how couples meet a crucial need in each other’s lives “by giving their blessing”; gaining biblical tools to help couples communicate; and applying “the 2-Degree Difference” for short- and long-term positive change.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 the day of the event. Tickets: (480) 839-0926 or strongfamilies.com.

Local 'Burning Man’ ritual planned

A “Burning Man” Lammas festival will be 7 p.m. today at the Mountain Temple Center, 1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix. It will include political satire and commentary on the war in Iraq, and it will parallel the annual Labor Day weekend Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. Those attending will be invited to stuff a straw man with messages. The ritual will begin at 9 p.m. and will end with a symbolic burning of the effigy. A potluck will follow. The event is for people 18 and older. Cost is $5. (602) 678-0644 or mountaintemple.com.

Church names new family minister

Matt Madison, a former U.S. Army chaplain, is the new family minister for North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. The Alabama native earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Auburn University and a master of divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School. He was an Army chaplain for four years and worked with soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. His role at the church will be to give “strategic leadership to all the family ministry teams, including preschool, children and middle and high school youth.” (602) 707-5701 or discoverandlive.com.

Grief support group offered

Transitions, a program to help people move on from experiences of loss and grief, has been developed at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road. The support group meets 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. It is geared to people burned out from employment or caretaking, loss through death or divorce and those in need of “critical incident debriefing.” The Rev. Carl Nicol, who has degrees in theology and social work, will lead the class. (480) 948-0529 or nsumc.com.

Florence flock shifts worship time

A new congregation in Florence, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, has had to move its worship time from morning to afternoon at the request of the Florence Unified School District, which is renting it a school. Grace Bible Reformed Church, organized by the Rev. Edward Kavimba Lungu, had announced it was meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Anthem K-8 School, 2700 Anthem Parkway, but it had to be changed, starting Sunday. Services are now 4 p.m. Sundays. (520) 723-8319 or gracebiblereformedchurch.com.

Documentary looks at moderate Muslims

A PBS documentary, “Islam vs. Islamists,” will be presented 10 p.m. Aug. 14 on KAET-TV (Channel 8). It deals with moderate Muslims in North America and Western Europe who, when they speak out against fundamentalist Muslims, meet resistance from others in their faith. See azpbs.org.

Or Adam starts year with bagel lunch

Or Adam Congregation will kick off its Sunday school year with a bagel lunch for families at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Barness Family Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The event will focus on Humanistic Judaism practices, and questions will be answered by Jack Silver, rabbinic candidate and Or Adam’s ceremonial leader. Families are invited to bring their children to a complimentary session of Sunlight School at the same time. Parents may sit in on the class. “Humanistic Judaism gives secular and unaffiliated Jews an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Judaism in a way that blends with their beliefs,” said congregation spokeswoman Hillary Brown. Those planning to attend are asked to call (480) 663-7788 or e-mail info@oradam.org.

Christian bowlers wanted for league

The Christian Bowlers League is recruiting bowlers for play, which begins Aug. 20. The league bowls on Mondays at the AMF Tempe Village, 4407 S. Rural Road, Tempe. A league meeting is 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Practicing starts at 6:45 p.m. and play at 7 p.m. League play is 35 weeks, with two weeks off at Christmas and New Year’s. It is a four-person, mixed handicap league. AMF Tempe Village, (480) 831-5322, or Bryan Schultz, (480) 650-9849.

Group designed for preschool moms

Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, will begin meeting in September at The Grove Bible Church, 20105 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. MOPS provides a social atmosphere for young mothers.

MOPS meets 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays September to May. The first meeting is Sept. 6. To register, call Mona Marushak, (480) 883-3733 or mops@thegrove.org. Child care is provided to children in infancy through kindergarten.

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