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A resolution changing the official date for the Golden Cross Sunday offering to the second Sunday in September passed by a majority vote at the 53rd session of the Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church held September 19. In past years, the offering was taken on the second Sunday in May. “While churches can observe Golden Cross Sunday …

Feeling Lonely or Isolated During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Guest Contributor

Are you feeling lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic? You’re not alone. Many people are feeling lonely and isolated. But, feeling lonely or being isolated can be bad for your health. Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, dementia, and early death. Are You at Risk? Try to stay active …

The Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) board of directors this year added the Strategic Initiatives Grant to offer funding for ministry and other initiatives that serve older adults. During these uncertain times of crisis for everyone, especially older adults, the board searched for additional ways to offer support and assistance to churches and communities as they seek to serve the needs …

In 2018, Open Table Nashville (OTN) received a Golden Cross Foundation grant for $60,000. Money from the grant is being used to build two of the 24 micro homes at The Village of Glencliff located on the grounds of Glencliff United Methodist Church in Nashville. When complete, these two micro homes will house older adults experiencing homelessness. While the pandemic …

Dear Tennessee Conference Pastors and Congregations, Together we are continuing to face an unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all — our families, our churches, our communities, and our way of life. Yet the Golden Cross Foundation, with the aid of all things electronic, continues its mission of funding Tennessee Conference ministries and projects benefiting and serving …

Golden Cross Supports Safer Worship Grant

By Kent McNish

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Golden Cross Foundation, By now you may have heard that churches in the Nashville Episcopal Area may return to in-person worship once local health officials deem it safe to gather. To ensure proper safety protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the episcopal office of Bishop Bill McAlilly has developed Guidelines …

New Providence United Methodist Church, in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help retrofit a parsonage on the church’s property that, when complete, will house low-income older adults. Built in the ‘60s, the personage has been vacant for …

Problem Solving in the Midst of Change and Loss

By Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, church leaders have experienced great change in how we do effective ministry. In some cases, the loss of face-to-face gatherings with social distancing, changes in the way we greet people (without hugs and handshakes), celebrate Holy Communion or holy baptism, or even in passing of the peace during worship services can be troublesome. Problem solving in …

After the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) was created in 2013, the board of directors developed criteria for awarding grant funds to local churches. The primary purpose of the grants was to enable churches to develop and support intentional, innovative, and creative ministries by, with, and for older adults. Rev. Jim Robinson, then chairman of the GCF Grants Committee, tirelessly refined …

Since its launch in 2017, the Counseling Center at Nashville’s Belle Meade United Methodist Church has served more than 30 individuals and couples aged 65 and over, about 15 percent of all clients served, in 240 counseling sessions. The center was created to provide a place on the west side of Nashville—Belle Meade, West Meade, Bellevue—for professional pastoral counseling. “Our …