Golden Cross Foundation Launches Updated Website

The Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, launched an updated website this month. The new site features videos of people impacted by programs and ministries funded in part by foundation grants, stories about past and present grant recipients, and downloadable grant application information. Golden Cross Foundation Executive […]

ENCORE Ministry Offers Online Resources for Older Americans Month

Each May, United Methodist churches observe Older Americans Month. In past years, church leaders provided opportunities — whether during a Sunday morning worship service or another time — for recognizing the unique gifts and challenges of older adults. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, church leaders are challenged with finding creative ways to celebrate Older […]

Caring for Older Adults – From a Distance

By Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.   As church leaders, our calling to love our neighbors is not something new, but it is ever evolving and changing as we understand the new normal being realized in our churches and communities as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the coronavirus continues to invade countries, states, counties, […]

Middle Tennessee United Methodist Churches Reach Out to Older Adult Population During Pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – April 8, 2020 – While much of the state has shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Middle Tennessee United Methodist churches are actively responding to the needs of the most vulnerable population — older adults. “Today, it is more critical than ever that we continue our advocacy work as church leaders in older […]

Golden Cross Foundation Awards $100,000 in 2019 to 18 United Methodist Churches and Organizations

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – January 14, 2020 – The Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC), awarded more than $100,000 to churches and organizations throughout the conference in 2019. Money from the grants has been used toward starting an iPad pilot project for older […]

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

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – January 14, 2020 – The Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC), awarded $10,000 to the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee (COA). Money from the grant is being used by the non-profit organization to help organize and launch an […]

Golden Cross Foundation Launches Golden Cross Connections

The Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) is launching a free bimonthly electronic newsletter, Golden Cross Connections, in January 2020. 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 […]

ENCORE Ministry Awards 2019

During the Golden Cross Foundation Dinner at the Tennessee Annual Conference session on June 13, five (5) churches and one (1) individual were presented with the ENCORE Ministry Award for 2019. The awards were presented by the ENCORE Ministry Committee for exemplary ministry by, with, and for older adults in the Tennessee Conference. One church […]

Golden Cross Offering | May 12

Traditionally this Tennessee Conference Special Sunday with Offering is observed on Mother’s Day—May 12, 2019. Local churches may take this offering on another Sunday if more convenient. Some local churches use a Communion Sunday offering for this purpose. Please use the link to print out a bulletin insert for use in worship. For more information, […]

2019 PrimeTimers Events and Scholarships

Global Ministries and the Mission Volunteers Office are pleased to offer twogreat educational and mission service events, one in the Czech Republic and one in Paducah, Kentucky. Both events are designed with less strenuous activities than the traditional UMVIM team. The events will continue to focus on peace and poverty, history and sustainability of resources, […]