Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 4, 2013

Money class a real calling

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — It’s more of a calling for a Pauls Valley area woman seeking to help people with a better financial way through God’s word.

Leading the charge is Jenny Thompson, who is coordinating a financial education class designed to teach God’s ways of handling money.

It all gets started on Sept. 4 as classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday for nine weeks at the Methodist Church in Pauls Valley.

“I am not doing it for profit,” Thompson said.

“I’m doing this because I feel it’s a calling.”

Giving instruction is what Thompson does since she’s also a science teacher at nearby Whitebead School.

Although a cost is involved, Thompson plans to lead what she calls a “Biblically based strategy for using money.”

The class in PV is through the Financial Peace University, she said.

It looks to provide more information on a better way of managing money that’s more of a throw-back to past generations not so “credit card crazy.”

“It teaches God’s ways of handling money,” Thompson said.

“Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be.”

She says the plan will provide ways to get out of debt and spend and save wisely.

“I’m just the facilitator with this class,” Thompson said.

“This is people coming together and working toward the same goals. This is a community of people looking to learn how to spend money that corresponds with the Bible,” she said.

“This is applicable at any future point in your life. It encompasses all aspects of where you will be in your finances.

“It’s not just paying off debt. It’s also how to invest. It’s about leaving a legacy.

“It’s not just for anyone, it’s for everyone.”

Materials for the class include a cost of $100 per kit, which contains audio CD’s, progress poster, workbook, budget forms folder, an envelope system and a copy of “Complete Guide to Money.”

Singles will need their own materials, while married couples can share, Thompson added.

She stresses there’s no commitment for anyone interested in checking out the class.

“People can come to the first class and see if they like it before they join,” she said. “If someone is skeptical come to the first class or contact me.”

Call Thompson at 405-207-6568 for more.