St. Francis of Assissi once said, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Preaching is one means of presenting the gospel, but many times it can be misunderstood. Jesus didn’t just use words to tell the world of God’s love – He also provided for the physical and spiritual needs of those around him and He has called us to do the same. Meeting human need is essential to sharing God’s love. Evangelism and outreach is a vital part of a church that is alive and growing. St. Francis also advised us to “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Each of us can be a part of doing the impossible!

Our members serve in a number of different ways through their time, talent, and finances. These are only of few of the ways that we seek to serve the world and glorify God.

If you would like more information about any of these mission opportunities or if you have suggestions on how we could better serve our community please let us know at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday Assistance

Each week from 1:00pm to 3:00pm we open our doors to residents of Putnam County who are in need of assistance with buying food or paying utility bills. The members of the church often provide gift cards, fresh vegetables, laundry supplies, diapers, and other gifts for those who come seeking help.

Twisted Stitchers

Each Wednesday at 6:15pm a group of ladies from the community gather at the church to crochet and knit together. In addition to having a great time, they are also making hats, blankets, and other items that are donated to hospitals, EMS, police, and other agencies that might be able to use them.

Hotel Meals

Each month, members of our church cook and serve meals to families at long-term stay hotels in Cookeville. Many of the residents at these hotels are either coming out of or one step away from experiencing homelessness.

Grief Share Program

One of our new missions here at the church is GriefShare.  We all go through a loss of someone special in our lives.  It might be a spouse, child, parent a good friend. Sometimes we have a problem dealing with the emotion and the grief.  GriefShare is a group that will meet each Tuesday from 9am to 11am in the Family Life Center here at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This group will be lead by caring people who also have been through a loss. You will find a warm caring place where your can share with others or just listen. GriefShare will walk with you through the grief toward healing and hope for the rest of your life. These meetings are open to anyone. It does not matter if you attend this church, another church, or no church.  If you can’t attend every session, come when you can. Refreshments will be served.

Turkey Project

Each year the youth of our church prepare food boxes and deliver them to area families at Thanksgiving. The boxes are filled with various food items of boxed and canned foods for a Thanksgiving dinner along with a turkey. Your donation of $10 will provide a turkey for one of these boxes and/or you can bring any of the following for use in putting together a turkey dinner:

Green Beans – Canned Corn – Cranberry Sauce – Mashed Potatoes – Sweet Potatoes – Mac & Cheese – Turkey Gravy – Stuffing – Sugar – Peanut Butter – Jelly – Flour – Saltine crackers – Other non-perishables.


Our church, Sunday school classes, youth, and women’s groups also support several other organizations.

Samaritan’s Purse

We participate in several Samaritan’s purse projects.  Annually we fill over 100 Christmas boxes and Twisted Stitchers continue to send sweaters, hats and blankets to their international projects.  Our church is a Lighthouse Church; we have registered to provide housing for emergency workers if there is a need in this area.

School adoption

We are official adopters of Prescott School.  This means we look for opportunities to pray for and support the students and teachers at Prescott.  Recently we have assisted in their back pack project, provided hoodies and other warm clothing for students and helped with food for teacher appreciation day.

Rescue mission

Our Sunday school classes and youth group participate in preparing and serving meals at the rescue mission.

Cookeville High

We hold several food and supply drives during the school year to supply the CHS food pantry with food and hygiene items.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is our local food bank.  Twice a year we host a “fill the van” event to provide nonperishable items.

Priority House

This is a home for men who are committed to overcoming chemical dependency issues.  We support this group with meals and household supplies.

Still Waters Ministry

This is a program located in Murfreesboro which assists transitioning women and single parent families.  We provide supplies and other items needed when possible.


This is an ongoing outreach program whose purpose is to supply shoes for those in need all over the world. So far our church has collected over 4,300 pairs. If you wish to donate your “gently used” shoes for this outreach, collection boxes are located outside the main church office and in the fellowship hall for delivery to the Nashville based organization.


Do you have a comment or question about our outreach opportunities? Let us know.