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When the calendar flips to 2022, ENCORE Ministry will be the combined organizational name for two entities of the Tennessee Conference that will unite to support older adult ministry in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference (TWK). The current entities are the Golden Cross Foundation and the ENCORE Ministry Committee. ENCORE Ministry will provide older adult ministry resources, leader training, church consultations, …

Meet Golden Cross Member Shirley Vaughn

By Cindy Solomon

The Golden Cross Foundation is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. Meet board member Shirley Vaughn. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I grew up in Western Kentucky in a family of Methodists in the Memphis Conference. I took the vows of church membership at LaCenter (Kentucky) Methodist Church when I was 9 years …

If your church members observed Golden Cross Sunday and took a special offering, I thank you for your generosity. If your church is one of the many UM churches collecting donations and resources for recent flood or hurricane victims, I also thank you. I know your gifts are being allocated where they’re needed most. While this year’s Golden Cross Sunday …

Years Later iPad Project Still Going Strong

By Cindy Solomon

Several years ago, Madison Street UMC (Clarksville) member Aleeta Christian applied for a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF). Money from the $7,500 grant helped fund iPads, accessories, Wi-Fi connections, and a TV and conference tables used during training. The iPads and training were provided to 12 interested older adults in the congregation. The idea for the iPad project …

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 …