Care and Prayer

At the heart of Christian community is our dedication to God and to one another. Cookeville First UMC is fortunate to be able to offer numerous resources to those in spiritual need. If we may pray for you or if you need further guidance, take a look at the information below and let us know how we can help and walk alongside you.


Ministries of Love and Care

Cookeville First is connected with a number of larger ministries that provide care to those in various need. If you would like more information or if you would like to share your confidential prayer concerns or are in need of pastoral care, please use the form below or email and we will be honored to work with you.

Stephen's Ministry

Stephen’s Ministry is an organization of lay ministers who are dedicated to serving the community through listening, caring, and building meaningful relationships. If you need someone to talk to during a time of difficulty, please find out more information by clicking on the picture, and let us know how we can help by filling out the form below.


If you have lost someone dear to you at any point in your life, you may know of the pain of grief. GriefShare provides a supportive environment in which a group of loving people who have experienced similar events may come together and share in pain and find hope and support in fellowship. To learn more about GriefShare and to find a group in our area, click the picture above. Please let us know if you have questions below.

Congregational Care Visitors

Our CCV team visits those who are in need of companionship, a kind word, or an open heart.  We do our best to make sure all who are connected to our church family know they are cared for and loved. Our CCV outreach gives our loving laypeople the opportunity to participate in the outreach ministries of the church.  If you or someone you know is in need of visitation and connection, please let us know below.

Contact Jessica

If we can serve you through prayer or through any of our caring ministries, please contact us using this form and we will be happy to assist as best we can.

Grace and Peace!
Jessica Welch

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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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