Church of Christ offers free finance course

The Park Rapids Church of Christ is hosting the “No Debt, No Sweat! Money Control Boot Camp” seminar, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

The church is located at 707 N. Main St. in Park Rapids.

The seminar is designed for people struggling with debt problems and those wanting to learn how to save, invest, and prepare for retirement.

Christian money management counselor Steve Diggs of Nashville, Tenn. will be conducting the seminar. A “boot camp” will follow for several weeks, focusing on such topics as overcoming money worries, getting out of debt, handling a sudden job law, and teaching kids about money.

Other topics will include the basics of saving and investing, mutual funds, retirement planning, how to buy a car, insurance issues, homebuying, bargain hunting, negotiating deals and developing a family budget.

Participants will receive a workbook, a resource book,budgeting forms, audio CDs and more. Each week of the boot camp, the class will begin with a video message by Steve Diggs, followed by discussion questions. The bootcamp is free to the public.

For more details, call Scott Warne at 252-7270 or email the church at

Businesses partnering on shoe drive for kids

Park Rapids Ford, KB Massage and Water Sports Rental are partnering with Bower Solutions to provide tennis shoes for kids.

Their goal is to raise enough money to buy a new pair of shoes for 20-50 kids going to Park Rapids, Nevis or Menahga schools.

Anyone can drop a donation (suggested $5) with their name on the envelope, during business hours at Park Rapids Ford. Deadline to donate is Aug. 30.

There will be a drawing on Aug. 31 for donated prizes, including an oil change, a 30-minute massage, free kayak and paddleboard rentals and cornhole boards.

To register a child in need of a pair of shoes, stop in at Park Rapids Ford and fill out a slip. Slips must include both a child’s name and an adult’s name. On Aug. 30, the number of kids getting shoes will be determined, and those names will be drawn as well.

As far as possible, shoes will be purchased locally and children will have an opportunity to pick them out.