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by Pastor Ed Brennan Many years ago, I visited Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Duck River, Tennessee. My friend Donna was the pastor there and she had done a lot to keep the little country church going. Built on a hill in 1820, Shady Grove is an old historic circuit church with a long, steep driveway. I remember it …

Glencliff United Methodist Church members and staff, local leaders, neighbors, and The Village at Glencliff (TVG) board members gathered July 19 for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of 12 micro homes — Phase 1 — on the church’s campus. Once the interiors are complete, the homes will house adults experiencing homelessness. Blending two residential models — bridge …

Meet Golden Cross Board Member Newtonia Coleman

By Guest Contributor

The Golden Cross Foundation is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. Meet board member Newtonia Coleman. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Most of my family members still reside in Kentucky. I came to Nashville to attend Fisk University more than 50 years ago. Since graduating …

Anonymous Donor Pledges $25,000 Matching Gift

By Kent McNish

(A note from Kent McNish concerning a God-sent gift to the Golden Cross Foundation) I have served as executive director of the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) since its beginning in May 2013. The foundation exists to provide grants to Tennessee Conference congregations in support of older adult ministries through: Food security Transportation Affordable healthcare Affordable housing Church accessibility for older …

Centertown (Tennessee) United Methodist Church received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from this grant was used to help fund a storage building for non-perishable items used in the church’s weekly food ministry program. The program started in 2012 after church members learned about area children who were going to school hungry. Initially two volunteers prepared 20 …

Clark United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee, received a $2,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant helped fund new front entrance doors. The previous wooden doors had deteriorated to the point that they were out of alignment, resulting in heat loss during the winter and difficulty opening …

Carthage (Tennessee) United Methodist Church received a $5,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. The grant helped fund equipment needed to improve online and in-person worship services. Pre-pandemic, the average attendance was 200 people each Sunday. The average number of people attending in person each Sunday now is about 100, but services also are livestreamed and posted on YouTube. “Our …

An individual donor has agreed to give the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) $25,000 in 2021 to further the work supported by the foundation’s grants for older adult ministry. If matched, this gift will be the largest single gift from an individual donor that the foundation has received since its beginning in 2013. “I am happy to announce that the Golden …

Meet Golden Cross Board Member the Rev. Marie C. King

By Guest Contributor

The Golden Cross Foundation is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. Meet board member the Rev. Marie C. King. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I am a PK (preacher’s kid and a teacher’s kid). When anyone asks me, “Where are you from?” it is never a short answer. Methodist clergy move/itinerant. I was …