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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

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Friday   9 am - 3 pm

Please call or visit (607) 734-1614


Listen to God's Word

December 4, 2016   120416.mp3

November 27, 2016  112716.mp3



Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014



Upcoming Events!


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FRIDAY, December 9th ~ 6 p.m.

Please join us for a Free Holiday Family Movie Night every Friday in the month of December at 6 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. There will be a classic children’s holiday cartoon followed by a holiday movie. Kids wear your jammies and bring your lovie! Snacks and beverages will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. See you there!



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 visiting the residents at Chemung County Nursing Facility, Elcor and Woodbrook. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 prior to leaving and the bus transportation is provided. Hope you can join us!

GriefShare Presents...

 “Surviving the Holidays”

Monday, December 12th ~ 6 p.m.

Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after the death of a loved one. The seminar offers practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other individuals who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. While created for individuals grieving the death of a loved one, the seminar is relevant for anyone facing the holidays after a life change like divorce or the empty nest. For more information, contact the church office at (607) 734-1614.


Sunday, December 18 ~ 10:30 am

“The Friendly Beasts”

You are invited to come on Sunday, December 18th and experience the telling of the Christmas story through poetry, prose, song, scripture and hymns. Come and see the children and youth of our church as they act out the story of the birth of Jesus!


Saturday, December 24 ~ 7:30 pm

(Brass Ensemble to play ~ 7:10 pm)


Sunday, December 25 ~ 10:30 am


 The First Presbyterian Church Giving Tree will be up soon! We are remembering the children at Diven, Hendy, and Riverside schools, ages Pre-K through Sixth graders. We are told that the schools are in need of boys and girls underwear, t-shirts and sweat pants, children’s sizes 4 to 14. Please return the unwrapped donated items to the church by December 25th. Monetary gifts are welcome and will be used to purchase clothing for the schools. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church with Giving Tree in the memo line. Thank you for your help this holiday season.


The Knitting4Peace Pod will be taking a break from our meetings to prepare and celebrate the holidays.  Weekly Tuesday meetings will resume in the New Year.  Please continue to knit, crochet or sew at home during this time. The K4P organization is now asking for baby blankets, mittens and peace pal dolls.  See you in the New Year!

The K4P Pod also sews sleeping mats for the Swaziland Orphan children.  If you would like to sew a mat, please call the office for a free pattern.  The K4P group will continue to make sleeping mats for the children. If you have any supplies to donate, we are in need of 100% cotton fabric, thin polyester batting and canvas type 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



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


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December 11th  - Food Pantry Need

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


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.