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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.

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Friday  9 am - 3 pm

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance






6 p.m. - Potluck Supper  ~  7 p.m. - Movies

Come, for a fun night out with the whole family! Bring your friends too! The movie on tap for the kids is Despicable Me 2 and the movie for the adults will be Fireproof.  Plates and utensils will be provided for the potluck supper. Popcorn and beverages will be provided during the movies. This event is free!  Hope to see you there!


Are you ready? I believe I heard an overwhelming YES! I’m energized; I’m ready to announce the next round of Food Bank volunteering opportunities. The plight of poverty and its sidekick called hunger are still rampant in the world and this community. We need to step up to the empty plate and help make a difference in this community! We have the opportunity to fill ten volunteer slots for three different times at the Food Bank   Are you ready? I heard the overwhelming YES!  You will not regret it. It’s work, it’s fun, it’s church camaraderie and it’s spreading our mission work out into our community. So, here are the dates: Wednesday, April 30th from 1 - 3 pm; Tuesday, May 6th from 9 am - 12 noon; Thursday, May 15th from 6 - 8 pm.  If you are able to help out, please call the church office at 734-1614Thank you.



The 2014 Kidshine and Vacation Bible School week will be June 29 - July 3, 2014. Yes, June 29 is a Sunday. Our plan is to kick off Kidshine and VBS on Sunday, June 29 with Kidshine running 1 to 7 p.m. (with a free dinner served to the kids) and VBS running 1 to 4 p.m. on that Sunday.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week, we will be back to the regular schedule, which is 8:45 - 11:45 a.m. for VBS and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for Kidshine. The final performance for both will be on Thursday evening, July 3. Thank you for paying close attention to this shift in the schedule due to the fact that we are trying to get Kidshine and VBS in between the end of school on June 27 and the 4th of July holiday.  For more information, please call the church office at 734-1614.







Peace Pals

Peace Pals

Calling All who Knit & Crochet!!

The Knitting4Peace Pod will meet on Tuesdays, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Revelation Room. This group is creating various, scarves, hats, socks, prayer shawls and Peace Pal dolls. Just bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and we will supply the yarn and patterns. Feel free to come when you can and join us for good fellowship and a good ministry. 


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April 27 - Food Pantry Need


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!    



Red Cross Blood Drives

April 29th ~ 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Elmira Community American Red Cross Blood Drives, typically held on the third Thursday of the month (except for the month of April) through November.  Throughout the years this drive has generated a dedicated group of blood donors who come every month and continue to save lives through their donations.  These drives are open to new donors; the need is constant. Only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, and out of that, only 5% actually donate. Blood is used in hospitals all around the country on a constant basis, for everything from car crash accidents, to cancer patients, and many times during the delivery of a baby. In our lifetime, 1 in 3 people will need blood. A few seconds of irritation for you means a second chance at life for someone else. Will you give the gift of life this year?  P.S. – In May, the Blood Drive will be on the 15th, 1 – 6 p.m.


The Fair Trade kiosk has been completely restocked with many new items, including Café Salvador Coffee, Congo Coffee Project Coffee, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Organic Chocolate Espresso Bean Chocolate Bars, as well as some familiar favorites such as Ethiopian Ground and Whole Bean Coffees, Organic French Roast Coffee, English Breakfast Tea and Organic Green Tea. Stop by and sniff our coffees and we doubt you will walk away without making a purchase! All proceeds benefit the programs and projects of the youth of our church, as well as the farmers who grow the products. That’s what we call win/win/win!


Here’s a way you can support the church without taking any extra dollars out of your pocket: Tops and Weis 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 and Weis card for having sold it to you.  Cards are available in your choice of “denominations:” $250, $100, $50 or $25.   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.   Scripcardorderform_5-12.pdf


Scrap Metal Drive

First Pres is doing a Scrap Metal Drive to raise money to replace the dishwasher in our kitchen.  We are taking the metal to Shulman’s on Washington Ave. Shulman’s takes any kind of metal. Please think about recycling through the church anything that contains metal. For example, old appliances such as washers, dryers, range/ovens can be recycled at Shulman’s. (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 cans can be recycled, but please, if recycling tin cans (food cans), they must be cleaned out and labels removed.

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, Norm Schamel 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.

Flamingo Fundraiser to Fight Famine

The youth of our church will once again be participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine to fight hunger across the globe, and is readying our flamingo flock for another successful fundraising year.  Last year our youth raised $1,094 for World Vision in a playful fundraiser that provided entertainment for the community at large. We think we can do even better this year and have set a goal of $1,200, which would feed 40 children for one month.  We are challenging you to think of someone who would enjoy the surprise of waking up to find a dozen, two dozen, three dozen or more pink flamingos in their front yard.  We will swoop in under cover of darkness and place the flamingos per your instructions in exchange for your tax deductible contribution.  Then, after the flamingos have spent a day making people smile, we will collect them and take them on their next mission.  Let the games begin!  The “Flocking Forms” are located as an attachment below, or you can have one sent to you by calling the church office at 734-1614.