Three churches to offer Financial Peace University courses

Posted Aug. 23, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

Three Maine churches will begin offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course next month. The classes will be held in Bangor, Cherryfield and Hampden.

The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, according to press releases announcing the programs.

The course meets once a week in which Ramsey teaches a lesson shown on a DVD, followed by a group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

Financial Peace University classes will begin at the following times and places:

5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Bangor Baptist Church, 1476 Outer Broadway, Bangor. For information, call Stephen Rollins at 947-6576.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Church of the Open Bible, 559 Milbridge Road, Cherryfield. For information, call Cathy Fonda at 546-7001.

6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, Church of the Open Door, 270 Main Road North, Hampden. For information, call Karen Reynolds at 862-3010.

Since its inception in 1994, FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families positively change their financial futures, according to the press release. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially.

On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days, the press release said. After having taken the class, nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

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