Christ UMC Receives $6,378 Grant

By Cindy Solomon

Christ United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee, received a $6,378 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. The grant was used to address and correct a potentially hazardous low-lying area at the church’s main entrance. “Whenever it rained, water would puddle in the low-lying area,” said Ken Roberts, finance chair at Christ UMC. “In the winter, water would freeze into a …

In October 2017, the Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing at Martin Methodist College (MMC) received a $93,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. The grant helped fund a rural health initiative through which MMC nursing faculty and nursing students provide health screenings and wellness information in various rural and urban communities in Middle Tennessee. As of January 2020, faculty …

Learning to Grow Old

By Guest Contributor

By Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, ENCORE Ministry Recently, when I was consulting with a local church in my role as director of ENCORE Ministry, I was approached by an older woman with a big smile on her face. She said that she was looking forward to my visit with leaders of the older adult ministry in her church. …

According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, one in eight Middle Tennesseans struggles with hunger on a daily basis. Factors contributing to food insecurity include job instability, overwhelming medical bills, inability to drive, and lack of access to programs available to help, such as federally supported SNAP and WIC programs. Thanks in part to funding from the …

The Golden Cross Foundation, awarded more than $100,000 to churches and organizations throughout the conference in 2019. Grant money was used to start an iPad pilot project for older adults, retrofit churches with ramps and lifts, broaden an older adult choir’s outreach to the surrounding community, provide financial assistance for feeding ministries and older adult ministry programs, and help launch …