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Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Adult Sunday School   9:30 a.m.

Children's Sunday School (during worship)

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Friday   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

Mission Statement

"To practice and share our faith together

 based on the foundation of the Gospel 

and our relationships with 

God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit."

A Word from the Pastor...

Listen to God's Word

Church at Christmas

Church at Christmas

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16



VBS 2018 (2)

VBS 2018 (2)

VBS 2018

VBS 2018

Upcoming Events!


Sunday, January 13th

9:30 a.m. 

Have you been thinking about becoming a member of First Pres? Are you curious about what it means to be a member? Do you have questions about First Pres that may or may not have to do with membership? Then come to the New Member Information Session on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. There, you will find a continental breakfast and the answers to your questions. Coming to the informational session does not obligate you to join the church as a member. However, it can be an important step in helping you to decide to join. If you have questions, please speak with the Rev. Crimmins.


There is a Habitat work date on January 12, 2019, at 208 Allen Street. We will be putting the finishing touches on this house that was started last May at the Women’s Build Day. Plan to paint! Please call the church office (734-1614) by January 7th if you plan to attend. Work is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. lunch is provided. Half day workers are also welcome.

Habitat Night at the Enforcers- Friday, February 1, 2019. Tickets are $12.00 with $2.00 of each ticket going to Chemung County Habitat for Humanity. Contact the church office by January 27th if you are interested in tickets.


Wednesday, January 16th

The book discussion group invites you to join them in reading Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent by Ginger Gaines-Cirelli. This book is described as a vision for embodying God’s way of justice as well as a compassion-filled, poetic and yet also practical book that addresses questions that are on the minds of many. These questions include what is the righteous way today and how do we speak that truth in love? When we see something wrong, how and when should we respond? How do we live as people of faith in this time? The book will be discussed on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room of the church. If you do not want to buy the book but want to read it, there will be one copy available at the church that can be signed out and borrowed. Otherwise if you would like Rev. Crimmins to order a copy for you, please speak to her.


You are invited to participate in the Giving Tree. The Elmira city schools will be the recipients of our gifts. We have learned that the health offices of each school need certain items of clothes to pass out to children in need. We are collecting new or very gently used navy, gray or black sweatpants in sizes 4 through 16, new underwear in sizes 4 through 16 for boys and girls, and socks for girls who are in grades 3 through 6. At this time the schools do not need hats, scarves or mittens. The Giving Tree is located in the narthex area. There are boxes under the tree ready to accept your donations. Each year when we collect for the schools, the gratitude that we receive from the schools is heart-felt and hearty. Thank you for making a difference in our community!


The Knitting4Peace Pod has meetings on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room.  The K4P organization is now asking for baby blankets (at least 24", 27" or 30" square), mittens and peace pal dolls.  We have the yarn, needles and patterns, all we need is you!  Every stitch is a prayer for peace.  Hope to see you at a meeting!

The K4P Pod also sews sleeping mats for the Swaziland Orphan children. Please contact the church office at 734-1614, if you would like a pattern to sew a sleeping mat. We are always in need of donated supplies:  100% cotton fabric, thin polyester batting and canvas/denim type of fabric for the backing material.  Thank you.

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16



Peace Pals

Peace Pals


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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

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December 18, 2018 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:

Whole Grain Cereals (all varieties)

The Food Pantry at North Presbyterian Church reported that your contributions are making a HUGE difference to people in need in Elmira.  Ramen noodles, toilet paper, travel size soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions given out at hotels are greatly needed and also gently used seasonal clothing in all sizes.  We thank you in advance and remember that generosity is good for your heart!

Family Scrip Card Orders

On the second and fourth Mondays of the month Scrip Card Order forms are submitted. Do you have a birthday celebration coming up? Will you be making a purchase from Sears, Lowes or one of the many stores on our list? Then please consider paying with a Scrip card. Order forms are in the narthex area. Please give your order form to the church office. When we place an order on Monday, the cards arrive at the church on Friday. We will call or email you when your cards are in. Can’t wait for a card? We have an inventory of cards available now from the following stores and restaurants: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Barnes and Noble, Bath and Body Works, Dress Barn, Dunkin Donuts, Family Christian Stores, Panera and Staples. Call the church office to purchase any of the cards that we have in hand right now. Cross shopping off your list! Scrip orders are as easy as 1-2-3!  Family_Scrip_Order_Form_2015.pdf

Amazon Smile!

Did you know that you can earn money for First Presbyterian Church just by shopping? has a program called Amazon Smile, which donates .5% of customers’ purchases to charitable organizations.  It costs nothing to participate, and all you need to do is go to, select First Presbyterian Church of Elmira as your charity, and then shop away.  Just be sure to always shop from the homepage.  Refer to the church website for instructions as to how to sign up for Amazon Smile. Thank you in advance for your support!

Tops Grocery Gift Cards

Here’s a way you can support the church without taking any extra dollars out of your pocket: Tops grocery gifts cards. All you do is to purchase the gift card for the full face value of the card.  You spend the full face value of the card, but the church receives 5% of the value of your Tops card for having sold it to you.  Cards are available in your choice of “denominations:” $250, $100 or $50. Look for them at the table in the lobby area after worship each Sunday, or stop in the church office any day during the week, Monday -Friday, 9 am - 3 pm.

Scrap Metal Drive

First Pres is doing a Scrap Metal Drive to raise money for our kitchen.  Please think about recycling through the church anything that contains metal. For example, old appliances such as washers, dryers, range/ovens can be recycled. (Please, no refrigerators unless the refrigeration unit is removed.) Are you replacing the aluminum siding on your house? The old aluminum siding can be turned in for cash. How about the old motors with copper in them that you have lying around? They can be recycled.  Even food tin/aluminum cans can be recycled, but please clean them out and remove paper labels.

We have a bin in the kitchen to collect your cans and smaller metal items, if you want to bring them in to church on a Sunday. There’s just one simple thing that we ask your help on: if you have large items such as appliances or old wood stoves, we will pick them up from your home, but they need to be on the first level of your home. So for example, if you are replacing a washer or dryer in your basement, ask the appliance installers to bring the old one to the first level or put it in your garage or leave it on outside the house. That will help a lot! Thank you!  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (607) 734-1614.