FPU set to kick off new year

Published 2:00 am Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tough economic times have given many families plenty to fret over when it comes to finances.
First Assembly of God in East Brewton will be offering area residents a chance to learn how to take control or their finances and find financial peace in the coming year.
Pastor Jeffrey Scurlock said the teachings of a nationally-known and well-respected financial guru will be offered to help families learn how to live and not struggle in relation to their money.
Financial Peace University, as created by Dave Ramsey, will be presented in a nine-week course at the East Brewton church to anyone interested in taming their money, Scurlock said.
“We have seen families struggling with their finances during these tough economic times,” Scurlock said. “This series will give them the tools to take control of their money and learn how to live more comfortably on what they have.”
Scurlock said the program is open to anyone who is committed to attending the sessions and has the ability to pay the fee for the course.
“We want anyone who needs some guidance when it comes to their finances to join us for this series of classes,” Scurlock said. “There is no limit to the number of people we can accommodate and it’s open to anybody.”
The fee for the entire nine-week course is $95, and Scurlock said the fee goes to the Financial University organization.
“The fee includes a basic kit that gives the materials needed to go through the course and get on a budget,” Scurlock said. “We don’t get any of the money. All of the fee pays for materials and the course study sessions.”
Scurlock said the entire program is based on Christian principles taught by Dave Ramsey for years.
“I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey for a long time,” Scurlock said. “He’s not a fly-by-night or Johnny-come-lately kind of man. He has been teaching people how to handle their finances with a great deal of success for many, many years. We thought this opportunity was perfect to help people in our community learn how to live better on what they have and how to manage their money in a Godly way.”
The program is set to begin Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in East Brewton. The church is located on Florida Street/U.S. 41 just south of the U.S. 29 intersection in East Brewton.
“If people will listen to what Dave Ramsey and his organization have to say about finances, they can be successful through this program,” Scurlock said. “The Financial Peace University teachings have stood the test of time and it is working for those who put those practices into action in their lives and in their finances.”
Scurlock said the series of classes will require commitment from those who plan to attend.
“Getting into a routine with finances — and with these classes — will take some commitment,” Scurlock said. “It’s hard to manage money, and it’s even harder to manage time. We want people to know they have to be committed to attending all nine weeks of the class. I believe people will see that the time involved in taking the classes will be time well spent once they complete the course.”
Registration for the sessions is required to have an accurate count of those who plan to take the course, Scurlock said.
“We have to know how many will be attending so we can make sure to have a kit for everyone who comes,” Scurlock said. “We need to have everyone registered by Jan. 12.”
To register, or for more details, contact Scurlock at First Assembly of God in East Brewton at 867-7307.