Matthew 25 Congregation
As our Session and members explore the possibility of becoming what is known as a Matthew 25 congregation in the PC(USA), we turn to the Gospel according to Matthew for spiritual nourishment, guidance, and discernment. Becoming a Matthew 25 congregation simply means that First Presbyterian Church is committed to pouring love, energy and action into one or more of three foci.
The Matthew 25 vision calls for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — from members to mid councils — to be actively engaged in their communities by working toward: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. These urgent tasks are a direct response to the good news of Jesus and a faithful expression of what it means to be Christ’s disciples in this time and place.
We are grateful and blessed to have a congregation of talented people who give of themselves to various community projects and ministries. We believe that helping others is a gift of compassion and a testimony of faith. We invite all to join us in supporting our community.
Clean Water Project
The Clean Water Project offers free installation of a system with a UV lamp and filters. The system is for homes using well or spring water which have tested positive for bacteria.
To learn more, please visit our Clean Water Project page.
Clean Earth Project
The Clean Earth Project is a fairly new endeavor we have joined. The project's first initiative was participating in the Tennessee Adopt-a-Road program and have adopted part of Dixie Avenue in Cookeville.
Most recently we have created a community garden space on the grounds for growing vegetables which adds to our overall green space and aids in improving air quality in the downtown area. It's a little bit, but every little bit counts.
To learn more, please visit our Clean Earth Project page.
PSA Campus Ministry
We are an inclusive community offering students at Tennessee Tech University support, fellowship, and space for reflection on questions of faith.
To learn more, please visit our PSA Campus Ministry page.
Appalachia Service Project
Every year we participate in service to the Appalachia Service Project. (ASP) The ASP offers programs for youth, college and adult age groups. The ASP is Christian Ministry open to everyone that through volunteer service to others instills faith, fosters hope, and blesses people's lives.
To learn more, please visit our Appalachia Service Project page.
Lesotho, South Africa Mission
The Lesotho Mission at First Presbyterian Church provides direct support orphans within Lesotho. By doing our part we pray that we can help in giving the children there a brighter safer future.
To learn more, please visit our Lesotho Mission page.
We offer local community assistance to help with household finances in form of a $25.00 food voucher or $25 check mailed to a local utility company.
To learn more, please visit our Samaritan Assistance page.
Park View Back Pack Program
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America Back Pack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. Today, bags of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then distributed to more than 450,000 children at the end of the week. With your help, we can provide more food to more children in need.
Please call Wendy Chapman at 526-9739 with any questions about this program.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee
Presbyterian Conference Centers
Montreat - Montreat, North Carolina
Creative Compassion (Crossville)
Helping Hands of Putnam County