Happy New Year From MCA’s Executive Director

A Happy New Year to each of you reading today’s Newsgram! Today’s column will address three topics, and in order they are Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations program, MCA Scholarships, and the Distinguished Service Awards.      

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations (VMFC) – please note the article below which lists our newest congregations who have joined this ministry. Having mentioned it several times recently, I highlight VMFC as it is an excellent way for a congregation to embrace, honor, and support all those who serve in uniform – especially in these times of constant deployments – and their families. VMFC congregations honor all members who have served our nation – actively serving, retiree, or veteran. Going forward we will always list new VMFC congregations as they join the program.      
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Shoreline Church from Monterey CA enrolls as newest CA VMFC in 2020

On January 4, 2020 Pastor Pina enrolled Shoreline Church into MCA’s Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation. Shoreline Church has a Ministry Launch Team that encourages volunteer leaders with a passion for a new ministry, and wants to help ensure the success of both the leader and the ministry. Pastor Roy Pina has accepted the challenge and is Shoreline’s VMFC ministry leader.

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New QPR Gatekeeper Instructors hosted by Concord United Methodist Church


On December 17, 2019 Vet to Vet Tennessee conducted its 6th QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Instructor class. The class was hosted by Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation Concord United Methodist Church. The nine (9) graduates included nurses from Covenant Health, counselors from Pellissippi State Community College and a Fire Chief from Lenoir City.

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New VMFC Host a Free Expungement Clinic in Rural TN

Our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation hosted an Expungement Clinic in rural Eastern Tennessee, Polk County and by Judge Sandra Donaghy, Criminal Court 10th Judicial District (JD), Judge Brooklynn Townsend, Polk County General Sessions, Melissa Keith, Clerk of Courts, District Attorney Stephen D. Crump 10th JD, Public Defender Richard Hughes 10th JD, UT College of Law Legal Clinic, Vet to Vet Tennessee and First Baptist Church of Benton. Special guest and support were Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee and Monroe County General Sessions and Veterans Court Judge Dwaine Thomas. The community turnout was better than expected despite the inclement weather. This is the 3rd Expungement Clinic that UT College of Law and Vet to Vet Tennessee partnered together.

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VMFC Host 1st Youth/Military/Spiritual Suicide Prevention play “Worth It”

November 10, 2019 a new VMFC, Faith Promise North Knox Church, Knoxville, Tennessee hosted a new suicide prevention comedy, musical and drama about youth/military suicide.

Vet to Vet Tennessee created and produced the show which was performed on the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The name of the show is “Worth It” which was written and produced by Tonya Stoutt Brown.

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VMFC Host QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class December 17, 2019

Concord United Methodist Church is a MCA VMFC lead congregation and is hosting a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor class on Tuesday December 17, 2019.

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) is providing 10 free Instructor training scholarships for the class. Several members of other VMFC congregations have already enrolled. Enrollment to the class is currently open until December 1, 2019. Travel and lodging scholarships are also available. So please hurry, scholarships go fast. Go to https://suicideprevention.tnvhc.org/becoming-a-gatekeeper-instructor/

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2nd Episcopal VMFC in Arizona

On October 26, 2019 Father Bruce Jackson and Lay Leader Buz Isban enrolled St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church into MCA’s Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation.

This is the first VMFC in Glendale Arizona; congratulations! All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City Arizona was our first VMFC enrolled by the CareForTheTroops in Arizona.

Thank you Father Bruce Jackson and Lay Leader Buz Iban for your commitment to those who serve our nation in defending liberty around our globe. We look forward to our continuing partnership with you. If you would like to send Pastor Jackson or Buz Iban a message, please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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1st VMFC in Rialto California

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, lead by Bishop Samuel Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs, enrolled their church into VMFC family on Thursday October 10 , 2019. Bishop Samuel Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs are excited to become part of the VMFC network.

This is the first VMFC in Rialto California Colorado and the second in CA. Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church in Cordova CA was the 1st.

Thank you Bishop Azariah and Lay Leader Stan Hobbs for your commitment to those who serve our nation in defending liberty around our globe. We look forward to our continuing partnership with you. If you would like to send Bishop Sammy or Stan a message, please leave your comment below. Be blessed and happy.

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Navy Korean War Veteran – Robert Kolsrud receives Ambassador For Peace Medal

Vet to Vet Tennessee received and processed Mr. Kolsrud’s medal application in April 2019. Thanks to the South Korean Embassy and Soo Ha the medal was received in August 2019.

Mr. Kolsrud was presented the medal by his church Pastor on Mr. Kolsrud 65th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2019. Eunice and Robert currently live in Waukon Iowa. God bless them for their faith, service and sacrifice. Happy anniversary and Welcome Home Robert. Click here to learn more about the Ambassador For Peace Medal. It is free. Click here to read Robert’s thank you letter.

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