Need help recovering from a divorce or healing from the loss of a loved one? Want help eliminating debt and achieving financial peace? Or how about learning conversational Spanish or sign language?
First Baptist Church aims to fill those needs with a 13-week semester of classes through a program called “Community Connect.” The Wednesday night classes run from 7 to 8 p.m., Aug. 25 to Nov. 17.
The church offered a similar program in the spring. It was a bigger success than expected.
“We ended up with more people here Wednesday nights than on Sunday at church,” First Baptist Pastor Brent Ferren said.
Community Connect “is an attempt on our part to connect interest and needs around the community with existing abundant resources,” Ferren added.
The classes are held in the church's Family Life Center, which opened in January. Fourteen classes will be held simulaneously. They include:
DivorceCare — a video-driven class led by a licensed professional counselor and others who have experienced the grief of divorce in their own families.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University — the money management guru shows through videos how to achieve financial goals such as reducing debt and boosting savings.
Computer Skills for Senior Adults — hands-on learning for computer and Internet basics, taught by a retired computer professional.
G.E.D. Preparation — adults get assistance obtaining their G.E.D.
Celebrate Recovery — helping people break free of addictive behavior through a faith-based recovery process.
Family/Individual/Marriage Counseling — a retired military chaplain and licensed marriage and family therapist provides free counseling in scheduled time slots.
Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children — caregivers receive support and sessions on specific issues realted to parenting special needs children.
Nurturing Women — a medical professional and licensed professional counselor helps women struggling with depression and other problems.
For a full listing and descriptions of courses, visit www.communityconnectglenrose.com.
Courses are free except for some that require special materials. A buffet dinner also will be served before the classes from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The meal costs $4 for adults, $3 for children or $12 for an entire family.
“We're very excited,” Ferren said of the program. “This is just an attempt to broaden the educational base in Glen Rose.”
To enroll in a class, RSVP for special needs childcare or get more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP for the first class and dinner by Aug. 23.