Cindy Solomon has been named communications director for ENCORE Ministry. In this role, Solomon will create the strategy and execution for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to articulate the ministry’s mission to serve the needs of older adults and local church older adult ministries in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church.

A $25,000 matching challenge grant to the Golden Cross Foundation (now known as ENCORE Ministry) in 2021, resulted in almost $77,000 for a ministry that serves older adults in the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky (TWK) Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Nashville’s Connection United Methodist Church received a $2,004 grant to help fund an elevator door restrictor that improves church safety and accessibility.

Nashville’s Crievewood United Methodist Church received a $5,000 grant to help purchase equipment needed to improve online and in-person worship services. Pre-pandemic, Crievewood did not have an online worship service. When COVID shut down in-person gatherings in early 2020, church members scrambled to find a solution.

Dec. 2021 — Three of the 2021 SAGE Awards recipients — Ernie Bacon and Dr. James & Mrs. Phyllis Hildreth — are active United Methodists in the Tennessee Conference. Sponsored by AgeWell Middle Tennessee, the awards honor older adults who have improved the quality of life in communities and organizations that have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

ENCORE Ministry is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. Meet board member Shirley Vaughn.

In April FEMA began disbursing $2 billion — $9,000 per funeral — in funeral reimbursement. The money also covers cremation without other services. If the family incurs cemetery or memorial-related costs, FEMA’s funeral assistance will not fully cover those.

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 …

This year, Grandparents Day, a day honoring grandparents, will be observed on Sunday, September 12. Grandparents often lavish their grandchildren with love, hugs, and gifts. On Grandparents Day the favor is returned as grandparents receive gratitude for their wisdom, kindness, and nurturing.