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Religion briefs: Jan. 2

Financial Peace course begins Sunday

WORTHINGTON —  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a nine-week course providing practical tools toward long-term financial success, will be offered beginning Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St.

Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. Each week a different lesson is presented by Ramsey via DVD, followed by small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

For more information or to register, phone 376-5520.

Westminster serves 12th annual spaghetti supper

WORTHINGTON —  The 12th annual spaghetti supper will be Jan. 10 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Clary St.

The meal, served from 5 to 7 p.m., will include all-you-can-eat pasta, garlic bread, relishes, dessert and beverage for a suggested donation.

The event is sponsored by the church’s A.C.T.S. Task Force.

Beginning Experience offers Rebuilding series

MARSHALL — Beginning Experience of Southwest Minnesota, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its Level II “Rebuilding” series for 10 weeks beginning Jan. 13.

The Monday night sessions begin at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Church and A streets,  Marshall.  Registration is the first two Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration is then closed for that session.  

The support group is open to people of all denominations. This series is designed for those who are past the initial pain of losing a partner and are working to put their lives back together.  

To preregister or for more information,  contact  Kevin A., (507) 227-1116, email; Tammy B., (507) 227-1625, email; or Anna H., (507) 530-2639 or hawk33@charter.netFirst.

Thicker brain sections tied to spirituality

NEW YORK (Reuters) — For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints.

Parts of the brain's outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion.