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.



Since last week’s newsletter, I have learned more about First Cumberland’s potential involvement with Kids Hope USA and an in-school Mentoring Program for Students at Rocky Hill Elementary School.  Through my initial conversation with the School Counselor, we had hoped to begin this program with as few as three mentors and three prayer partners; however, I now know that Kids Hope USA prefers us to have at least ten mentor/prayer partner teams, but will allow us to start with just six teams.  As I write this article, I have four possible mentors lined up and three prayer partners.  I also learned that the program is adaptable to the schedule of each volunteer mentor, which means that all mentors do not have to be at the school at the same time.  If you are working, you can even come to the school during your lunch hour one day per week.  The School Counselor will help customize a regular weekly time for each mentor and student to meet.  Hopefully, this tidbit of information opens up the possibility for volunteering to more of us.  I also learned that we need a director or two co-directors for this program and that the directors must also be mentors.  The director(s) will receive online training from Kids Hope USA and then will help train our mentor volunteers.  Another requirement is that the pastor of the mentoring congregation must be either a mentor or a prayer partner; again, I am committed to be a mentor and am willing to be one of the co-directors.  I further learned that I need to slightly amend the basic outline of the program that I listed in last week’s newsletter; the model is: One ChildOne Church (mentor and prayer partner)—One SchoolOne Hour (each week during the school year).  I also call your attention to the fact that this is a mentoring program and not a tutoring program.  This means that our goal is to build relationships with at-risk children; part of that relationship building process may include some tutoring (i.e., help with homework—basic reading, spelling, and math), but mostly it is about spending time with the student providing a positive role model for the child while letting him or her know that someone truly cares for them.  This is an opportunity for us to be the “hands and feet of Christ” in our community, not an opportunity to overtly evangelize the students.  Mentoring is action-evangelism (showing the love of Christ one-on-one) instead of direct spoken-evangelism (directly sharing the plan of salvation while you are at the school).  We can, however, invite the student and his or her family to our church services and activities where they can and will hear the Gospel.  I must point out here that our involvement in this program is not motivated by my heart’s passion to grow this congregation—at least not to grow it numerically—but rather, it is motivated by my sincere desire to help at-risk kids in our community.  To quote from a Kids Hope USA brochure: “One simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child: a one-on-one, positive relationship with a responsible, caring adult.  This can happen in just 60 minutes a week.  If you have any desire to participate in this Outside-Action Project let me know as soon as possible.  All mentors must pass a Knox Schools’ background check to be allowed on school property during school hours.  If enough people (six mentors and six prayer partners) are interested in this ministry, I will present it to our Session at our next meeting, which is Sunday evening, August 28th.  Check out the website for more details.

           Thanks to everyone (ice cream and dessert bringers, talent sharers, those who help set up and those who helped clean up, and all attenders) who made last Sunday’s Talent Show and Ice Cream Social so much fun, and congratulations to Julie Rech on the panel of judges designating her as having created the best homemade ice cream.  We had around seventy people in attendance, many of which were guests and a great time appeared to be had by all.

           The sermon series “Guardrails” continues; this coming Sunday, August 21st, my message will be based on Proverbs 13:20.  Please read and meditate on this verse of Scripture in advance; doing so will help us understand the importance of choosing our friends and companions wisely.  The title of the message will be “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”.  As always, I look forward to seeing you in the House of the Lord; in fact, I can hardly wait!

                                                                  Learning the unforced rhythms of grace,

                                                                   Pastor Mike


Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministry

¨ Our ladies’ ministry will be hosting a city-wide meeting of Church Women United this coming Friday, September 2nd.   Light refreshments will be served in our Gym, at 10:00 a.m.  The program will begin at 10:30 a.m., and will be held in our Sanctuary.  Thank you for your assistance in welcoming the ladies of Church Women United.

¨ The West Circle of our ladies’ ministry will meet on Tuesday, September 6th, at 11:00 a.m.  Please bring a sandwich lunch—drinks and dessert will be provided.  The program this month will be getting all the archives of the church organized and put away.  All the ladies of the church are invited to attend.


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!



Rocky Hill Christmas Parade 2015 Pictures




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 for August 24~31, 2016

Sunday:                    9:30 a.m.              Sunday School

                                 10:45 a.m.              Worship Service

                                   6:00 p.m.              Session Meeting


Activities for September 1~7, 2016

Sunday:                    9:30 a.m.              Sunday School

                                 10:45 a.m.              Worship Service

                                 12:15 p.m.              Stewardship & Finance Meeting

                                 12:30 p.m.              Youth Cookout & Hot Tub Party

Monday:                       Labor Day ~~ Office Closed

Tuesday:               11:00 a.m.              West Circle


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