The Coronavirus, the Elderly, and the Church
by Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, ENCORE Ministry
How can churches get ahead of this public health crisis in light of increasing reluctance of people to gather in groups of any size?
This question was posed by my friend, Dr. Richard Bergstrom, in his recent newsletter article “I’m thinking about giving up church for Lent”. Bergstrom is president of ChurchHealth, a non-profit organization focused on renewal, coaching, and church consulting (www.re-ignite.net).
Golden Cross Foundation Awards More than $100K in 2019
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 an intergenerational home sharing program.
Feeding Ministries Provide Needed Relief to Middle Tennesseans
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 Golden Cross Foundation, two Middle Tennessee United Methodist churches are reaching out and helping individuals and families in their communities through food ministry programs.
Learning to Grow Old
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. And then she said, “Now, someone can tell me how to grow old!”
Martin Methodist College’s Health Initiative Continues to Keep Middle Tennesseans Healthy
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.
Golden Cross Foundation Launches Golden Cross Connections
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 provides expertise and strategic planning to the conference for the expansion of innovative and effective ministries with older adults.