Knoxville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

“Loving God, Loving People”

Text Box: We are an exciting church family with people of all ages and interests united by our common love for Jesus Christ and our desire to grow as God's children. Throughout the week we provide worship, educational, fellowship and ministry opportunities for children, youth and adults.
On these pages you'll find all kinds of information about our church and how you can get plugged in. Take your time to get to know us, and then let us know how we can partner with you in your journey of faith.
Together we'll get to know God better and discover the great things he has done for us in Jesus Christ. We'd love to have you join us!

To contact us:


Mike Wilkinson


6900 Nubbin Ridge Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919


Phone: 865-588-8581


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Text Box: For the glory of God, Knoxville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church exists to worship Christ, evangelize the lost, love one another and our neighbor, and learn more about our God.



The snow and ice that fell last Friday and lingered throughout the weekend reminds me that I need to publish our Severe Weather Policy: In the event of dangerous weather and/or hazardous driving conditions, our Sunday School will be canceled and our Worship Service will be held at its normal time (10:45 a.m.) if at all possible.  As we did last week, we will send out a mass e-mail with this information.  Just because we will be attempting to hold our Worship Service under these conditions does not mean that I expect everyone to be present.  Road conditions vary across the area, so if it is unsafe for you to travel, please do not attempt to do so.  In spite of the bitter cold and icy roads, 45 of us were able to attend our Worship Service last Sunday.  We worshiped the risen Jesus in our Chapel and do not tell anyone else, but we actually concluded our service earlier than usual, around 11:45 a.m.  I want to thank those who gathered at the church Saturday afternoon and spread deicer on our parking lot and sidewalks helping make it safe for us to be here on Sunday; Mike Bachman, Jim Curtis, Brack Emory, Bill Halbert, and Tom Witmer spread the deicer while Kim Halbert made coffee to help everyone try to stay warm.  Due to the weather conditions, we did not hold our annual Congregational Meeting as scheduled because I wanted as many of us as possible to be here to participate; the meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 22nd (see the announcement below).

           I want to close on a personal note: Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern and/or offered a prayer on behalf of my Mom (details can be found on the back page of this newsletter).  Both my sister, Susan Edwards, and I greatly appreciate it.  Once again, you have proven yourself to be a caring and loving people—to God be the glory!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Learning the unforced rhythms of grace,

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Congregational Meeting

Our annual Congregational Meeting to elect, ordain, and/or install the Elder Class of 2019 has been rescheduled; it will now take place at the close of our Worship Service Sunday, January 22nd; at that time, our Session will nominate Phil Bridges, Chrissy Collins, and Dianne Pipkin to serve as the next Elder Class; additional nominations can be made from the floor providing the nominee meets the biblical and constitutional qualifications to serve as an Elder and is present at our Congregational Meeting to accept the nomination.


Denomination Day Celebration

First Cumberland will host the Presbytery of East Tennessee’s 2017 Denomination Day Celebration Sunday afternoon, January 29th, at 3:30 p.m.  This special musical Worship Service will feature a Presbyterial Choir, as well as various church choirs, and soloists.  For those interested in joining the Presbyterial Choir, meet at the Talbot Cumberland Presbyterian Church for practice this coming Sunday, January 15th, at 3:00 p.m.  As part of our hosting responsibilities for the Denomination Day Celebration, we have been asked to provide the evening meal that will follow the Worship Service.  We need volunteers to provide vegetables, salads, and desserts; the church will provide the meat.  We are expecting 150-200 people, so we will need lots and lots of your good, home-cooked food!  You may bring your dishes either Sunday morning or by 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Thanks in advance for all your help!  If you have any questions, contact Dianne Pipkin.


Water Angel Ministry

First Cumberland has begun a new ministry – that of providing bottled water, and both men’s and women’s winter coats to the homeless.  We will be working with Water Angel Ministry, a local organization who distributes these things to the homeless and needy; they are based at 907 University Avenue.  We will be collecting these items on the last Sunday of each month throughout the year.  Aaron Mynatt, the volunteer who heads up Water Angel Ministry, will pick up our donations monthly.  Please bring your cases of water and coats to the hallway off the side entrance of the church.  The cases of water are rather heavy, so assistance will be provided to help carry them into the church, if needed.  Thank you, congregation, for helping the “least of these” in our community.


Kids Hope USA

We are now officially affiliated with Kids Hope USA.  Bonnie Bridges and Pastor Mike will begin their online training as Director and Co-Director on October 17th.  After they have completed their training, they will help our mentors with their online training.  Realistically, it will be when school resumes in January before our mentors become actively involved with any of the at-risk students at the Rocky Hill Elementary School.  A big thank you to those who have volunteered to be mentors (Bonnie Bridges, Phil Bridges, Susan Edwards, Elaine Stapleton, Donna Walker, and Pastor Mike) and to be prayer partners (Ann Bachman, Maxine Curtis, Emily DeLozier, Dianne Fielder, Steve Summers, and Joanna Wilkinson).  It is not too late to join this new ministry team and participate in this Outside-Action Project; simply contact Pastor Mike to let him know of your interest.  All mentors will undergo online training and must pass a Knox Schools’ background check to be allowed on school property during school hours.


Amazon Smile

Internet retailer has started a rewards program that donates money (a portion of participants’  purchases at no additional cost to the buyers) to charitable organizations; the name of this program is Amazon Smile.  If you are an shopper, when you shop in the future, first go to and select First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Knoxville, TN) as your charity of choice.  If you have any difficulty in signing up for Amazon Smile, contact Tom Witmer for assistance.



Kroger Community Rewards Program

If you shop at Kroger during the holidays, you can help First Cumberland Presbyterian Church!  Members and friends of FCPC can register online to take part in the Kroger Community Rewards Program to benefit our church.  To do so, simply register online by going to and select First Cumberland Presbyterian Church as the organization you wish to support.  Next time you shop, check the bottom of your receipt to make sure you see our church’s name there.  Contact Kim Halbert at 660-5821 if you have any questions.  Thank you!





Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 A.M.

Worship Service is at 10:45 A.M.


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6900 Nubbin Ridge Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919



Activities January 11th-17th

Wednesday:             6:30 p.m.      Choir Practice

Thursday:                6:30 p.m.      Friendship Club, P.M. Edition

Friday:                       6:00 p.m.     Youth leave for Convocation

Sunday:                     9:30 a.m.     Sunday School

                                 10:45 a.m.     Worship Service

Monday:                  11:00 a.m.     Youth return from Convocation



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