by Charles Hewgley Since 2013, I’ve been blessed to serve on the Golden Cross Foundation’s board of directors. During that time, we’ve provided grants and training to help United Methodist churches and organizations in the Tennessee Conference meet the needs of our conference’s fastest-growing demographic group – midlife and mature adults. With almost 50 grants awarded for a total of …

Ministry with senior adults isn’t just a Sunday-morning calling for two Nashville-area United Methodist churches. Weekday clubs for senior adult member and community residents are key ministries for Hillcrest and Gordon Memorial. Gordon Memorial’s Best Years Club provides programming, meals, transportation, and everyday necessities while Hillcrest’s Sunny Day Club provides respite for caregivers and a regular outing for club members …

Golden Cross Foundation Launches Golden Cross Connections

By Guest Contributor

Welcome to the first issue of Golden Cross Connections, a free bimonthly electronic newsletter published by the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF). Founded in 2013, the GCF is a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. It provides funding assistance for new and ongoing ministries and services with older adults in the Tennessee Conference and …

Calvary UMC Receives $5,000 Grant for Feeding Ministry

By Cindy Solomon

Nashville’s Calvary UMC Holy Smokers Paul Cole, Mackey Luffman, and Tommy Leek tend the grills at a summer cookout. Ranging in age from 6 to 85, volunteers from the church’s feeding ministry provided more than 1,290 meals in 2019 to area homeless, low income, and workforce populations. A $5,000 Golden Cross Foundation grant helped fund meals for older adult ministries …

Residents in the Pulaski, Tennessee, area receive free health screenings during a recent Back to School Health Fair. Since 2017, Martin Methodist College nursing students and faculty have held more than 900 screenings in the Middle Tennessee area as part of the college’s rural health initiative. The initiative is funded in part by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. …

Older adult members of Madison Street UMC, Clarksville, Tennessee, attend an iPad training session. Money from a Golden Cross Foundation grant helped provide the equipment and training, enabling members to connect electronically with family and friends inside and outside the church. Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $7,500 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from …