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1054 West Clinton St, Elmira NY  14905

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607-734-1614

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onepreselm@firstpreselmira.org

 

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."

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Friday   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

A Word from the Pastor...

Listen to God's Word

November 12, 2017 111217.mp3



Concert Series 2017-18

Concert Series 2017-18

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014

flamingos

flamingos

Upcoming Events!

FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER!

Thursday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend our church Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23rd at 2 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. Everyone in the community is invited to come! Please call the church office at 734-1614 to RSVP for the dinner. Hope to see you there!

HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS!

Can’t get enough of Christmas movies? Has it been a while since you’ve seen your favorite on the big screen? Join us at Elmira First Presbyterian Church for our second annual Holiday Family Film Festival on Saturdays, November 25, December 2 and December 9, starting at 6 p.m. each night. Bundle up in your warm fuzzies, grab your favorite snuggle buddy and bring the whole family to watch Christmas classic movies and animated shorts. Snacks, beverages and, of course, popcorn will be provided. And it’s all free! There will also be some holiday themed activities for any active youngsters who would rather not sit still for too long. For more information call the church office at 734-1614.

FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR PUERTO RICO RELIEF

Friday, December 1st 

5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

YOU ARE INVITED!!  The First Presbyterian Church will host a community fundraising event on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00—7:30 p.m. There will be a dinner and a silent auction with gift baskets, gift certificates, etc.  Please join us for a fun event and a worthy cause.  For more information, please contact the church office at 734-1614.

DUO MONTAGNARD in Concert!

December 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Guitarist Matthew Slotkin and saxophonist Joseph Murphy will combine their world class talents to produce a magical concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 8 in the sanctuary of our church. Joseph Murphy is Saxophone Professor, Department Chair and Director of Bands at Mansfield University. Matthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher and scholar, having appeared in venues on six continents. Together they have performed over 300 concerts in all 50 states, 20 countries and on all 6 continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, and North-West University New Music Week in South Africa. This concert will feature works by contemporary composers. There will be a free-will offering taken. A reception, hosted by the Hospitality Committee, will follow the concert. You are invited!

SERVICE OF COMFORT AND HOPE

Sunday, December 10th ~ 1 p.m.

Soup Lunch—12 noon

No matter the time of year, we still miss our loved ones who now live eternally with God. With Christmas approaching, we remember how God promises to keep them safe. That’s why we have scheduled a “Service of Comfort and Hope” at the church. There will be a light soup lunch at 12 noon in the Hoffman Great Room. Everyone is invited to this special service who have lost a loved one recently or long ago.

TROLLEY SUNDAY!

December 10, 2017

Come join us in spreading Christmas cheer by caroling, having fun and fellowship beginning at 12:15 p.m. and returning to church about 4:00 p.m. We will be singing at Elcor, Appleridge and Woodbrook. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 prior to leaving and the bus transportation is provided. Any questions, please contact the church office at 734-1614. Hope to see you then!

ADULT BIBLE GROUP

"Bible Basics: About God"

"Bible Basics" is a new Bible group for adults who desire to deepen their understanding of God, the Bible, and living the Christian life. The first five-week series "Bible Basics: About God" is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. from now through December 10 (no class November 26). Nursery care is provided. "Bible Basics: About God" explores the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus, and the humanity of Jesus as Christmas approaches. Adults are welcome to join any or all gatherings. For more information, please contact the church office.

KNITTING4PEACE POD

The Knitting4Peace Pod has meetings on Tuesdays from 3 - 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. If you have any supplies to donate, we are in need of 100% cotton fabric, thin polyester batting and canvas/denim type of fabric for the backing material, please call the office at 734-1614.  Thank you.

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14

 


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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

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November 14, 2017 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:

PAPER TOWELS & LAUNDRY DETERGENT

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?  Amazon.com 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 www.smile.amazon.com, select First Presbyterian Church of Elmira as your charity, and then shop away.  Just be sure to always shop from the smile.amazon 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.

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.

Flock-a-Friend.doc