With much attention focused on COVID-19 scams and stimulus payment scams, it’s easy to lose sight of some scams that just never go away. One perennial favorite of scammers is tech support. This scam often earns the criminal the ability to load malicious software onto your device to harvest credentials. How It Works You get an unsolicited phone call or …

Morton Memorial United Methodist Church in Monteagle received a $2,500 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant helped purchase equipment needed for outdoor and online worship services. In the early months of the pandemic, congregation members formed a COVID Task Force, staying up to date on pandemic-related numbers …

Elder abuse sadly takes many forms. It can be physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. The latter is when someone – who is often well known by the victim – illegally or improperly uses an elder’s funds, property, or assets. Here are some examples, signs that abuse may be occurring, and steps you can take if you …

In addition to COVID-19 and the uncertain future of The United Methodist Church, one of the greatest challenges facing church leaders in 2021 is the aging of our congregations. United Methodist churches are graying; our members are growing older.

Miriam’s Promise, an independent not-for-profit adoption agency in Nashville, received a $1,250 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant helps fund a webinar series to prepare grandparents for an adopted grandchild. During the pandemic, Miriam’s Promise has moved training to a virtual setting. After researching possible topics, grandparent/extended …

Kay Bowers, a member of Belmont United Methodist Church, Nashville, has been named to the Golden Cross Foundation board. She is the first member to be named to the board’s class of 2023. Bowers has more than 25 years of executive experience with affordable housing organizations. She recently retired as the executive director of Nashville’s New Level Community Development Corporation, …

by Pat Brandenstein Have you ever wrapped, twisted, and pulled a rubber band several times? What happens? Under stress, the rubber band eventually breaks. Our lives are something like a rubber band. We are surrounded by stress — working, meeting deadlines, interacting with others, keeping up with daily chores and appointments, shopping, and so forth. Physiologists have measured the degrees …

Americans witnessed an unprecedented assault on our Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. Former President George W. Bush, a United Methodist said, “The violent assault on the Capitol — and disruption of a Constitutionally mandated meeting of Congress — was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.” The day’s events are a watershed moment for …

by Dr. Jim Clardy Several months ago, the Senior Adults Growing, Exploring and Serving (SAGES) Ministry Team at Murfreesboro’s St. Mark’s United Methodist Church asked how they might respond to the pastoral needs of the congregation during the pandemic. Adapting a survey developed by Belmont United Methodist Church, 25 church members called a large number of St. Mark’s members to …

The TN Hope Line, 844-600-8262, is a free phone call that is answered Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central by trained volunteers who offer encouragement and hope for lonely senior adults. Callers are invited to call and talk about whatever is on their mind. Callers who express needs such as food and basic supplies are connected with people …