Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church celebrates 160 years


Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 160th anniversary and its yearly Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 30.

The church is located at 4260 South Commerce Road in Watertown. Everyone is invited to attend the 11 a.m. service. Denny C. Shepard is serving as interim pastor and will deliver a sermon “unlike none you have ever witnessed before.” There will be a special music presentation by a bluegrass gospel group. A potluck lunch will immediately follow the service.

Prior to July 1840 there were only a few Cumberland Presbyterians in the Commerce community. The Methodist Church allowed the Cumberland Presbyterians to hold services in their church building. In the summer of 1849, the Presbyterians held a two-week protracted meeting under the ministerial aid of T. Calhon, T.Y. Davis, J.C. Provine and J.L. McDowell during which many souls were converted.

Because of spiritual interest and to better promote Christ’s kingdom, a branch of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church was organized. The first sermon was preached on May 9, 1850 by the Rev. M.S. Vaughn. The first elders were elected in July 1850.

The Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s group is creating a church history book which will be published by Homecoming 2010 for purchase. If you have any photos, stories or memories of the church that you think should be included, bring them to the homecoming celebration on Sunday, Aug. 30. Photos will be scanned and returned immediately at the luncheon.

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church. For additional information on the homecoming or the history of the church, contact Florence McClanahan at 237-3221.