MATTOON -- Tired of diets and miracle weight loss programs that don’t work? Do you feel as if you have no energy or even depressed?

Pastor Steve Hayes at First Christian Church plans to conduct a pilot program on Jan. 7 titled "G.F.L.", which stands for "Growth-Fitness-Life." This community group will meet for 12 weeks at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Room 101 in the Education Building at First Christian Church. Child care and classes for all ages are offered.

This group will learn how to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Hayes believes and teaches that all three must be fully engaged for total health and fitness. The group will learn how to understand the Bible and enjoy daily devotions. They will learn how to fast and how to pray and stay connected to God. For those who want to lose weight, private weigh-ins will be conducted each week and individual exercise plans will be developed.

Stretching and mental relaxation will be part of the program. Participants also will discuss “The Power of Full Engagement,” a book by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz that focuses on managing energy and personal renewal.

The cost of this program is by donation and open to all. Pre-registration is required as the class will be limited to 16. More information is available by calling Hayes at 217-294-1700. First Christian is located at 1600 Wabash Ave. The church can be contacted via 217-234-2928 or www.mattoonfcc.com.

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