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Current Officers:

Rev. Jimmy Rochelle Moderator
Rev. Byrd Broyles Vice Moderator
Rev. Roger Reid Stated Clerk

The Engrossing Clerk of Columbia Presbytery is

Elder George Ladd

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Website Maintained by:

 Rev. Scott Yates, 615-653-3000

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Computer Things You Should Know




                A Community of Believers, a Family in Faith. Join us!


Get Today's Cumberland Presbyterian eVotion Daily Devotionals here....

NOTE: PLEASE Check with your church before Sundays since many are not meeting during the month of April



Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church dedication

 of their new building will be Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 PM.


You are invited to this most important time in the life of Faith Fellowship


Construction of Faith Fellowship Completed

Pictures are on the Faith Fellowship page





Columbia Presbytery Upcoming Meetings


NOTE: PLEASE Check with your church before Sundays since many are not meeting during the month of April


Spring 2020


Columbia Presbytery has been invited to meet with Mt. Pleasant Church, April 26th. at 3 PM


Fall 2020

Boards and Committees meet Sep. 3rd, at Lewisburg Church, at 7Pm

Executive Council meets Sep. 17th, at Lewisburg Church, at 7Pm

Columbia Presbytery has been invited to meet with Faith Fellowship Church, Oct. 25th. at 3 PM





Upcoming in 2020





Please inform the webmaster when you schedule an event. We want to help you promote your activities.




The Spirit of Fear

 by Rev. Scott Yates


Dear Beloved in Christ…


I have seen an endless string of fear-filled reports on the news about this year’s Black Plague, the Coronavirus.


From 1347 to 1351, the Black (Bubonic) Plague killed from 75 to 200 million in Eurasia.


In the 1918 Spanish Flu (H1N1) Pandemic, it killed approximately 50 million. By the way, Influenza is a Coronavirus.


H1N1, the Swine Flu, reoccurred in 2009, and in the US we had 12,469 deaths.


Just like the Tornado losses in Mid-TN, EVERY DEATH is a life changing event in a family’s history. Human Life is a treasured Gift from God, and every single life is of incalculable value. Seeing the wreckage in Cookeville or East Nashville proves to anyone that life can be tenuous. You can only pray that those folks stay strong, and were saved.


However, the current level of fear is way off the scale…compared to these previous illnesses, there have been 39 deaths in the US. That’s right…39! The fear-mongers in the media are far too shrill to reflect reality. We should take care, wash our hands, and take precautions…


The following scripture speaks to us on this issue…


2nd Timothy 1:7

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.     NKJV


If the Lord chooses to take any of us, to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. So let us, instead, be secure knowing that God’s Got This, He’s in Control, and we need fear nothing.


Jesus, and His angels, always led with this….”FEAR NOT”


So should we.


God Bless you and yours








Revised Common Lectionary for 2020




Liturgical Calendar

Revised Common Lectionary copyright   1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.



The Lenten Season Begins

March 15, 2020 3rd Sunday in Lent Purple

Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–42


March 22, 2020 4th Sunday in Lent Purple

1 Samuel 16:1–13; Ps 23; ; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41


March 29, 2020 5th Sunday in Lent Purple

Ezekiel 37:1–14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6–11; John 11:1–45


 April 5, 2020 Passion/Palm Sunday 6th Sunday in Lent Purple or Red

Liturgy of the Palms: Matthew 21:1–11; Ps 118:1–2, 19–29

Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16; Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66 or Matthew 27:11–54


April 6, 2020 Monday of Holy Week (A,B,C) Purple or Red

Isaiah 42:1–9; Psalm 36:5–11; Hebrews 9:11–15; John 12:1–11


April 7, 2020 Tuesday of Holy Week Purple or Red

Isaiah 49:1–7; Psalm 71:1–14; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; John 12:20–36


April 8, 2020 Wednesday of Holy Week Purple or Red

Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1–3; John 13:21–32


 April 9, 2020 Holy Thursday Purple or Red

Exodus 12:1–4, (5–10), 11–14; Ps 116:1–4, 12–19,  1 Corinthians 11:23–26; John 13:1–17, 31b-35


 April 10, 2020 Good Friday No Color

Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16–25; John 18:1–19:42


 April 11, 2020 Holy Saturday – Easter Eve White or Gold

Old Testament Readings & Psalms (A,B,C): Gen 1:1-2:4a [Ps 136:1-9, 23-26

or Ps 33 ; Gen 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 [Ps 46; Gen 22:1-18 ; Ps 16

Ex 14:10-31; 15:20-21 [Ex 15:1b-13, 17-18;

Isa 55:1-11 [Isa 12:2-6]; Ezek 36:24-28 [Ps 42;

Ezek 37:1-14 [Ps 143; 2nd Reading & Ps (A, B, C): Rom 6:3-11

[Ps 114; Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:1-10


 April 12, 2020 Easter Day White or Gold

Acts 10:34-43; Ps118:1–2, 14–24; Col 3:1–4; Jn 20:1–18; or Matthew 28:1–10


Apr. 19, 2020 2nd Sun. of Easter Festival of God’s Creation White or Gold

Acts 2:14a, 22–32; Ps 16; April 22: Earth Day 1 Peter 1:3–9; John 20:19–31


 Apr. 26, 2020 3rd Sun of Easter May 1: Friendship Day White or Gold

Acts 2:14a, 36–41; Ps 116:1–4, 12–19;  Pet 1:17–23; Lk 24:13–35

May: Asian Pacific American Heritage month Native American Ministries Sunday



The Complete Revised Common Lectionary for 2020, in PDF Format, and Associated TEXTS, Liturgical Colors, etc, are contained in one concise

listing furnished by the United Methodist Church.


The Lectionary has been long formulated to allow churches and pastors to have seasonally appropriate scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and the Gospels. It is a organized into a Three Year repeating cycle.



by Rev. Scott Yates, Nov. 11th, 2018

The Spirit of Christian Giving ~ The People’s Table

 Friends of Columbia Presbytery, I was able to participate this week in an activity I had only heard of previously, but found to be FAR MORE rewarding than I had ever anticipated.

 In downtown Columbia, we, First Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches of Columbia Presbytery, sponsor an evening of the People’s Table each month. We are generously hosted by the First Methodist Church at 222 West 7th, who have a large dining room and a commercial kitchen. Their commitment to serving the community is outstanding.

 We had people from four CP Churches in attendance, cooking, prepping, serving, and cleaning. Along with our adult members, we also had teen, and younger, folks helping. What a great lesson for the youth.

 While the target group being served is those who are disadvantaged, poor, abused, or homeless, I saw folks from every economic class, who came to have a good, nutritious, healthy and balanced meal, I truly feel that those who were serving were every bit as powerfully fed as those who were being served.

 First Church has been the primary sponsor for years, but everyone is invited to participate. I will publish a schedule of our designated nights soon, but as we approach Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it is the perfect time to reach out to those who have less in a time of plenty.

 Jesus taught us that doing for the “Least of These” is, in itself, a Blessing, like doing it for Him. He never refused the needy, no matter their needs or social station, and we can do no less.



The Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Founded 210 Years Ago

February 4th, 1810


Love, Respect, and Teach our Heritage


Read more about our History at the bottom of our webpage.


See the Latest from the Unification Task Force

Unification Task Force Webpage

Proposed Plan for Union


Columbia Presbytery Bulletin Board



WEEKLY - Minister's Coffee Fellowship, 9:30 AM Tuesday at McDonald's (next to Stan's) , Hwy 99 @ I-65

MONTHLY - Ministers Fellowship Dinner on 2nd Thursday, 6:15 PM at Southern Tre Steakhouse, Columbia, Off the Square

Third Saturday Night Singing - Every Third Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church - Congregational Hymn Singing - 7 PM

QUARTERLY - The Oldies Luncheon, 2nd Thursday of every Quarter at Montgomery Bell Park. Call Larry Guin for Details...CHANGED DUE TO REMODEL AT THE PARK, SEE  Current Info


CPWM Corner

Saturday, Oct. 5th , 2019, Women's Fall Retreat was held at Crystal Springs.


 ~~~~~~~YOUTH ACTIVITIES~~~~~~~

New Youth Coffee House OPEN at Jenkins Church

Synodic Camp Registration Forms and Info Here

Camp Crystal Springs Registration Forms Here


The PAS Place

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a Unique path into the Ordained Ministry, the Program of Alternate Studies, or PAS. The PAS Program allows individuals who, for whatever reason, may receive the call to ministry later in life. These individuals, young and old, men and women, are allowed, through the support of their local presbyteries, and the Denomination, to receive instruction from world class professors, most of whom are on the faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary. They usually attend classes each summer at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN, meeting with their instructors, receiving their assignments, and then completing homework assignments throughout the year.

Students have completed the coursework in as little as 2 or 3 years, or longer, like 7 years. The program has great flexibility built in, so that in the best traditions of a "tent-making" ministry, the students can work their full-time jobs, attend summer or local classes, and then, finally, serve their local home congregations, as an ordained minister. This outreach program has sustained the church in a time where churches might otherwise go without a pastor.

If you'd like to investigate a possible ministry path in your life, please contact your pastor or the Committee on the Ministry


NEW!! The DIGEST of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Now Online!

Read the Fall 2009 Columbia Presbytery Newsletter here

* CHURCHES - Send your Activities Schedule to  for posting here *

Be sure to Check "Upcoming Events" for Homecomings, Revivals, and All Events in our Churches

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Historical Meetings of Columbia Presbytery~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Just Finished - Oct. 27th, 3 PM, at Crystal Springs Camp, Kelso, TN

Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Presbytery met with First Church, Columbia

Fall 2018

Fall Presbytery met with Westpoint Church

Spring 2018

Spring Presbytery met with the Mt. Carmel Church, 3 PM, Apr. 22, 2018

Fall 2017

Fall Presbytery Met with the McCains Church, 3 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2017

Spring 2017

Spring Presbytery met with the Jenkins Church, 3 PM, April 23rd, 2017

Fall 2016

Fall Presbytery Met with the Waynesboro Church, 3 PM, October 23rd 2016


Spring 2016

Spring Presbytery Met with the Mt. Joy Church, 3 PM, April 24th, 2016


Fall 2015

Fall Presbytery Met with the Mt. Moriah Church, 3 PM, October 25th, 2015

See the Updated "Boards and Committees" page for all the members


NEW!! The DIGEST of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Now Online!

Read the Fall 2009 Columbia Presbytery Newsletter here

* CHURCHES - Send your Activities Schedule to  for posting here *


SEE Our UPCOMING EVENTS (on the left) for a Complete List of Events in our Churches




There is a powerful movement with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America for Re-unification. Huntsville Presbytery of the CPCA is Convening their Meeting this week. Read all about it here

Feb. 4th, 1810

Born on the Frontier - Read about the 210th Anniversary of the Founding of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the documents below....

Feb 4th, 2012, Lawrenceburg CP Church held an 1860's Service for our 202nd Anniversary. Rev Jimmy Peyton read the 1868 Sermon delivered by Rev. E.B. Crisman on that year's Anniversary. Read this tremendous tribute to our heritage Here

Read Rev. E.G. Sims writing on the Founding, from The Cumberland Presbyterian, 2006 Special Edition

Read Reluctant Revolutionaries, by Rev. Scott Yates

In 1906, a flawed and failed effort  to reunite with the Presbyterian Church was attempted. Some Cumberland Presbyterians, like Judge Joe Fussell, of Columbia, TN, advocated that we continue as a separate denomination. His address to the General Assembly is here.

Feb. 4th, 1810

Photo-Visit to the Birthplace Shrine Oct. 29, 2019

       Columbia is one of the many Presbyteries of the



Please click on the links to the left to find the information you need about the Columbia Presbytery

We are a Church founded on Grace, and Christ's Forgiveness. We have some of the finest people in the world in our pews. You are invited to be one of them.

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.


We need service times and amenity info from each congregation. Also, please send

color pictures of your churches. Thanks, Scott

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