Foundation Impact

Homestead UMC Receives Grant to Improve Church’s Accessibility

Homestead United Methodist Church in Crossville, Tennessee, received a $2,529.75 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant was used to finish repairing a broken lift in the church’s three-story structure.

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Smyrna First UMC Receives Grant to Expand Feeding Ministry

Church and community members attend the first Senior Adults Living Triumphantly (SALT) feeding and program ministry for seniors at Smyrna (Tennessee) First United Methodist Church. Thanks in part a Golden Cross Foundation grant, the ministry will be expanded once the all-clear is given to safely gather after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smyrna (Tennessee) First United Methodist Church received a $1,200 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant will be used to expand a feeding ministry for the church’s older adult members and community.

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Clarkrange UMC Receives $7,400 Grant to Improve Accessibility

Clarkrange United Methodist Church received a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant was to buy a stair lift, thus increasing accessibility for older adults and anyone with mobility issues.

Currently, anyone wanting to attend a function in the Fellowship Hall has to navigate a set of stairs. Those unable to do so miss out on various church functions. The issue came to a head after a woman, unable to navigate the stairs, sat in her car outside of the church while her husband attended a dinner held after a funeral.

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Lawrenceburg First UMC Receives $10,000 Grant to Retrofit Church

Lawrenceburg (Tennessee) First United Methodist Church (UMC) received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant was used to update restrooms, purchase large print hymnals, broadcast the 10:30 a.m. worship service via a local radio station, add a cement ramp into the education building and food pantry, and upgrade lighting.

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Christ UMC Receives $6,378 Grant

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.

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Kynett and Burton’s Chapel UMCs Receive Grants Totaling $9,912

Kynett and Burton’s Chapel United Methodist churches in Sparta and Algood Tennessee received grants – $4,500 and $5,412 respectively – from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from these grants was used to replace HVAC units and improve a parking lot. Read More


Council on Aging Receives $10,000 Grant for Intergenerational Home Sharing Program

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee (COA) received $10,000 from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from the grant is being used by the non-profit organization to help organize and launch an intergenerational home sharing program in the greater Nashville area. Read More


Smith Chapel UMC Receives $2,528 Grant for Older Adult Choir

Smith Chapel UMC choir members model their new choir shirts, funded in part by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Pictured in the first row from left to right: Tom Culver, Diane Clark, Brenda Williams, and Sherry Culver. Back row from left to right: Corrynne Clements, Dane Clark, Cheryl Schmaeman, Rhett Schmaeman, Wanda Smith, David Williams, and Lisa Clements. Newest member, Diane Morrison, is not pictured.Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, received a $2,528 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from this grant was used to help fund and expand an older adult choir’s outreach to nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other community events. Read More


Calvary UMC Receives $5,000 Grant for Feeding Ministry

Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $5,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from this grant was used to help fund a feeding ministry. Read More


Madison Street UMC Receives $7,500 Grant for iPad Pilot Project

Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $7,500 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from this grant was used to start an iPad pilot project for older adults. Read More


Clark UMC Receives Grants to Start Older Adult Ministry and Replace Aging Ramp

Sometimes blessings come in twos. This is certainly the case for Clark United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee, when they recently received two grants from the Golden Cross Foundation: $1,000 to start an older adult ministry and $4,500 to help replace a worn-out accessibility ramp. About 40 percent of Clark UMC’s 91-member congregation is 65 years or older. Read More


Leeville UMC Receives $7,845 Grant to Expand Food Pantry

Leeville United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, received a grant for $7,845 from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Money from this grant was used toward adding on to the church’s SALT (Serving at the Lord’s Table) food pantry. Read More


Martin Methodist College’s Health Initiative Keeping Middle Tennessean’s 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. Money from the grant helped fund a rural health initiative where MMC nursing faculty and nursing students provide health screenings and wellness information in various rural and urban communities in Middle Tennessee.

 To date, faculty and students have completed 943 health screenings at churches, United Methodist laity meetings, a senior center, county fairs/events, and schools. “We’ve encountered all age ranges from seniors over 60 to students from Pre-K through high school,” said Dr. Patricia Catlin, DNP, FNP, assistant professor, Jeanette Travis School of Nursing. “As word spreads, we are finding more open doors and reaching out further for greater impact.” Read More