Encore Ministry

Provides consultation, training and support, resources, and networking opportunities to equip church leaders in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church for intentional ministry by, with, and forĀ  older adults. Funded by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, there is no cost to Tennessee Conference congregations or districts for its service.


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Flying through the Fog

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.

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COVID Vaccine Updates for Older Adults

While many older Tennesseans have received COVID-19 vaccinations, there may be barriers for others. Limited internet access, lack of technology knowledge, and lack of transportation are a few of the hurdles facing older adults. However, there are several resources that may help. Share this information with your congregations and encourage younger members to help their older friends register for vaccinations and, if possible, drive them to a vaccination site.

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Second Annual Senior Nutrition Program Information Now Available

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) held a kick-off webinar for the second annual "Celebrate Our Senior Nutrition Program". ACL shared details around the March celebration and the focus on the Older Americans Act's intent of nutrition, socialization, and health and well-being.

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