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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:

The church office will be CLOSED on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  The office will resume its usual office hours on Tuesday, May 26.

Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

Listen to God's Word

May 10, 2015   051015.mp3

May 17, 2015   051715.mp3

Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals






JUNE 14th

June 14th is the last day of Sunday School for the 2014-2015 school year.  We plan to end the year with a celebration.  The whole family is invited to Sunday School Carnival, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m. when we’ll have games and a continental breakfast waiting for you! 


In the next few weeks, we are enclosing glimpses of the amazing story of our connection with Hokusei Gakuen and our church as we await the arrival, first on June 15 of the exchange students and then on June 19 of three officials of the university.  Many of you may not know the significance of Sarah Smith, a missionary/teacher from our church who went to Japan and in 1887 founded a small girls school which has now become Hokusei Gakuen, a school and University of over 7,000 students.  To this day, Sarah is honored and revered there as almost a saint.  Stay tuned…it is fascinating and you’ll be able to participate in all the activities planned for our Japanese visitors the week of June 15 – 22.




Here's announcing our 2015 Kidshine and Vacation Bible School Camps!  It will take place the week of June 29 – July 3, 2015.  We have an all new Kidshine musical "Storyline!" and the new VBS program is "SonWest Roundup!"   Registration Forms are now available for both camps - please see below.  If you would like one mailed to you, please call the church office at 734-1614.  Hope to see you at camp!




Registration Is Now Open

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Check out the offerings at Camp Whitman!  Camp Whitman is a gem of a children’s summer camp owned and operated by the Presbytery of Geneva in partnership with the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.  There are graded camps, theme camps and specialized programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities.  You can access the complete summer schedule as well as registration forms by visiting  Check it out today.

The STOP THE HUNGER TEAM has great news to share with you! There are 6 to 8 volunteer slots to fill the first Thursday and the second Thursday of each month from May through December.  So check the following date with your availability and sign up quickly! 

· Thursday, May 14th  ~ 6 - 8 pm

Please call the church office (734-1614) to sign up.  The Stop The Hunger Team thanks you for your help to make a positive impact on our community.  All volunteering is done at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.


The Knitting4Peace Pod meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room at the church.  The peace pod knits and crochets scarves, hats, mittens, prayer shawls and peace pal dolls for people all over the world.  We have the yarn, needles and the patterns so please come and join us!



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


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May 24th  - 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!    


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.


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!

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.