Thank you for making the choice to learn more about us here at Cookeville First UMC! We strive to share the story of grace in the heart of town so that everyone may know about the love of Jesus Christ and the power of His story. Everyone is welcome here! So, come join us! Spend some time here on our website to learn more about our worship times and learning and service opportunities. We look forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions at all, please send us a message!

Where do I go?

If you’re visiting us for worship, our services are at 8:30 and 11 am in our sanctuary at he south corner of Broad St. and Dixie Ave. Sunday School classes for all ages are held from 9:45 to 10:45 every Sunday.  Feel free to email connecting@cookevillefumc.org for more information!

How About My Teenagers?

Our Youth Ministry is a dynamic group that combines fun and faith! With activities on Wednesdays and Sundays, we strive to create an environment of grace and love.  The Youth area is found in the Freeman Building, in gym and downstairs in teenager friendly youth room.  To learn more, please email youth@cookevillefumc.org

What About Our Kids?

At Cookeville First UMC, discipleship begins early. Our Children’s Ministry works to teach kids the basics of our faith and help them learn about God’s grace at an early age. We have fun and we love each other! Our Kid’s area in the Christian Life Center – the north corner of Broad St. and Dixie Ave.  Take the crosswalk from the sanctuary building – we’ll be happy to help you find your way. Email children@cookevillefumc.org and we’ll be happy to help!

How Do I Get Started?

When you arrive, we hope you’ll stop by our welcome center in the foyer. You’ll find a friendly face and lots of information about our church and our people.

We’re excited to meet you!

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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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