Advent Week 1: Hope

As we enter this season, I think back to my first experiences in observing Advent as I sat with my mom and brother at Christ Church in Rugby, Tn. I didn’t really understand what each candle represented and all the theology behind it. What I did know was that I had a palpable sense of…

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State of Nashville Booklet Launch Event || November 30, 2023

Operation Andrew Group and United4Pastors are so excited to launch the full results of The State of Nashville, a demographically representative study of Nashvillians and their attitudes towards church and spirituality. At the National Museum of African American Music on November 30th from 9-10:30 pastors from around the Middle Tennessee area will gather around tables…

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Partner Spotlight: Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and Robert Churchwell Elementary

Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and United4Hope were recently spotlighted at the Q2 Robert Churchwell Elementary School Partner Meeting. What a joy to hear Jefferson Street church coordinators, Fannie Holmes and Florence Woods, talk about their history and involvement in their church’s United4Hope partnership with Churchwell. It would be fair to ask what Ms. Fannie…

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Doors Are Opening In Franklin

In the first 3 months, we have partnered with 4 churches who are interested in helping 6 schools in the Franklin Special School District. We are also working hard to build relationships with organizations giving back to the Franklin Community.  Today, United4Hope Program Manager, Marian Campos, was invited by the Franklin Special School District to…

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The Gift of Giving

This year, United4Hope is partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to support Christmas gifts for families. MNPS has asked United4Hope to offer our church partners the opportunity to support families in this unique, tangible, and celebratory manner to ensure each family can celebrate the holidays together. While similar to the Angel Tree program, our initiative…

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Walk This Way!

United4Hope would like to highlight a great partnership between FBC at the Village and DuPont Hadley Middle School. Mindy Feuerborn the Community Achieves Site Manager for DuPont Hadley and Sara Hughes the church coordinator for FBC at the Village have crafted a meaningful partnership which includes engaging in multiple pillars of impact for the students,…

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Sweet Support

United4Hope is highlighting a new partnership between South End United Methodist Church and Tusculum Elementary School. Last week Tusculum invited all school partners to a quarterly meeting. What an encouragement to see so many from that community coming together to hear about the wonderful things happening in their school! As I looked around the table,…

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Trauma-Informed Practices

This past Thursday, we gathered with the United4Hope church coordinators at James Lawson High School to learn about trauma informed practices from MNPS Trauma-Informed Schools Specialist, Eli Foster. Mr. Foster’s passion and expertise for the topic of trauma-informed care inspired us to care well for one another and for the students at our partner schools.…

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United4Hope Attends the 2023 State of the Schools Address 

The State of the Schools is hosted by Williamson, INC, the Williamson Chamber of Commerce, to provide the Williamson County community with updates on Williamson County Schools (WCS) and the Franklin Special School District (FSSD). Dr. Snowden, Director of Schools for FSSD, and WCS Superintendent Jason Golden, spoke about the district’s academic and social emotional…

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United4Hope and The Gift of Presence

Jenny and I often reflect on the things we are hearing as we spend time listening to different schools around MNPS. One common theme we’ve noticed this year as we talk to school administrators and liaisons is their observation that community is more valuable than charity. They are thankful for the in-kind donations they receive,…

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