In response to Jesus’ command to love our neighbors, we at Cookeville First seek ways to answer this call and express God’s love and care in our community and beyond.  Join us in sharing the story of grace through our servant ministry opportunities.  For more information, contact us at




Each month, Cookeville First focuses on a specific area of service.  Below are the areas of emphasis for the year.

January – Homeless Ministries
February – Disaster Relief & Red Bird Missions
March – RAM (Remote Area Medical) Clinics
April – Wesley Foundation & Earth Day
May – Hope Academy
June – Dipsy Doodle Ramp Ministry


July – Wesley College Tanzania
August – Jere Whitson Elementary
September – Mission Trip
October – Habitat for Humanity
November – God’s Grace Food Pantry
December – Agency Sponsored Christmas Events

God’s Grace Food Pantry

Our food pantry serves hundreds of families in Putnam County on Tuesday afternoons. In partnership with Second Harvest, our team of dedicated volunteers work to make sure those in our community who are food insecure have their basic needs met. If you are interested in volunteering or in need, please call our Servant Ministries team or email:

Hope Academy

Hope Academy is a weekly ministry to young adults with special needs. Each Wednesday, our Hope Academy students come for a day of outings, special projects and fun. Even Elvis has been known to stop by!  If you would like to serve or have a special gift or talent to share, contact us for more information!

TWKUMC Disaster Response

Cookeville First is pleased to be a big part of the disaster relief efforts of the Tennessee Western Kentucky Conference of the UMC. Our disaster relief team travels to help those who have been victims of natural disasters. We repair homes and churches and provide for the needs of those who have been impacted.  To be a part of this team, watch for training opportunities throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the disaster recovery work around the world!

Other Opportunities to Serve

Throughout the year, Cookeville First is involved in many special service opportunities. From building homes for Red Bird Mission in Eastern Kentucky to Cooking on the Square for Habitat for Humanity to teacher appreciation at Jere Whitson Elementary to Rental/Utility assistance for our neighbors in need, there is always a way for you to be involved in sharing the story of grace with us.   Contact us at:









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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