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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 call or visit (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed Fridays)


Listen to God's Word

April 17, 2016  041716.mp3
April 24, 2016  042416.mp3



Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014



Upcoming Events!

Thursday, April 28th
1 to 6 p.m.   First Pres Church

When was the last time you thought about donating blood? A momentary inconvenience can save a life! There is a great need for blood in our area. They will take walk-ins at any time. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RedCross or by visiting


Presbyterian Women of Geneva Presbytery invites all women to their Spring Gathering which will be here Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at our church. The worship leader will be the Rev. Katherine Griffis of Hornell. Speakers will be Sebastian Maroundit and Linda Werts; their topic will be Building Minds in South Sudan. A light lunch will be served for a suggested donation of $5.00. To register, please call the church office at 734-1614.

May 7th ~ 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

We have a team of women participating in the May 7th women's build for the Chemung County Habitat for Humanity. The chapter has recently acquired two properties in Elmira to rehab into safe affordable homes for families. You can support our team with your prayers and also by helping us reach our fund raising goal of $500 at the following url: There will be ongoing opportunities to work at these homes as Habitat continues its mission in Elmira. Thank you for your support!


Here’s announcing our 2016 KidShine and VBS week! KidShine and Vacation Bible School will take place the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016. We have an all new KidShine musical, “Breakthrough!” and we have an all new VBS "Barnyard Roundup!"  The planning team has begun to meet.  Registration forms are now available (please see below).  Call the church office if you have any questions (734-1614).



Registration for summer camp for children and youth is now open! Check out all the exciting opportunities at the camp’s Scholarship help is available through our church and through the Presbytery of Geneva. Camp Whitman has several employment opportunities. The open positions are lifeguard, head cook, assistant cook and assistant property manager. For more information or to apply, visit the camp’s website.


The Peace Pod meetings are on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room. Please come and join us to knit or crochet.  Every stitch is a prayer for peace! Even if you don’t knit, crochet or sew, please offer prayers for peace. Thank you.

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


We've been expecting you. We're glad you are here - this is a divine appointment!

"Making Disciples...

Making a Difference"

Click here to find out more about First Pres Church!

Now Hiring:

Outreach and Mission Specialist (full-time). For a complete job description and information on how to apply, please click on the "News" tab (on this page, up above) and then under Employment Opportunities.

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May 1st  - 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!

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


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!


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 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.


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!

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.