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 for  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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Fifty Percent of Widows Leave Their Church

By Pat Brandenstein James 1:27—Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble…. According to one statistic, one year after their husbands die or leave due to divorce, desertion, or imprisonment, 50 percent of widows no longer attend the church they attended with their husbands. What does this say ...

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Busting Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19 Vaccination

In the United States, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the possibility of a limited supply of one or more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available before the end of 2020, accurate vaccine information is critical. FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19 None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development ...

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Scams Targeting Veterans (November 2020 Scam of the Month)

A recent AARP survey found that twice as many veterans are scammed as civilians. These scams can take many forms including fake employment opportunities, false charities, COVID-19 scams, or convincing veterans to sign over future income in exchange for a large lump sum payment.   Here’s how veterans can be vigilant: Don’t Give Personal Information: Don’t give any personal information over the ...

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