It was 1967 and I had been visiting in Pontiac, Michigan. When it was time to return to work in Chicago, I boarded a 12-seater, two prop airplane in Grand Rapids. As we flew over the glistening blue of Lake Michigan, we could see dots of cargo ships and boats. As we approached Meigs Field, the pilot informed us to keep our seat belts fastened; we were flying into a heavy, dense, dark fog. The pilot would have to perform an instrument landing instead of a visual landing.

Giving is ultimately about our relationship with God and is based on an understanding of what God has done for us. Our giving to the Golden Cross Foundation, therefore, becomes an act of worship — a thank you offering. Giving reflects our spiritual wellbeing and fulfills a basic need in our lives. We all know we should give but sometimes …

Creative workarounds are helping senior adults at Cookeville First UMC stay connected and active during COVID: Adventures in Lifelong Learning and a seniors singing group that makes house calls.

Like many United Methodists churches, Germantown UMC has a high percentage of older adults. As chair of our church’s Older Adult Council, I realized that many older church members were going to have a hard time registering for the COVID vaccine due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • They don’t use a computer
  • They don’t have a printer
  • They don’t have a cell phone

As a new tax season begins, keep in mind scammers will be revving up their efforts to steal YOUR money. The scams come in different forms: phishing emails, harassing phone calls, and tax return identity theft.

Church leaders who are intentional in older adult ministry realize that there is no older adult population. Rather, there are multiple older adult populations. And each one is very different.

By Dr. Aleeta Christian Sometimes ministry sneaks up on you. This happened to us at Madison Street United Methodist Church, Clarksville. The beginning was a request from a member of Serendipity, our older adult ministry. We have a board which meets regularly and last January we decided to send birthday cards to members 65+. But by the time we got …

McMinnville’s Christ United Methodist Church (UMC) and Clarksville’s Madison Street UMC each received a $5,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grants helped fund equipment needed to facilitate livestream worship services during the pandemic. “When Tennessee Conference Bishop William McAlilly requested that churches suspend in-person worship last March … is a senior care organization dedicated to providing tools and essential resources to help enhance the lives of older adults. They have published a dedicated page that provides detailed information for families and senior citizens in Tennessee who are looking for senior living and care options that can help maintain independence and quality of life.