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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 - Thursday  9 am - 3 pm

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals






   ...the congregation, family, and friends to attend a service of celebration and thanksgiving on Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m.  Team members will share a PowerPoint presentation of time spent in Puerto Rico and share with those in attendance how their financial and spiritual support throughout the fundraising process made an impact on those served.  A luncheon will follow with traditional foods from Puerto Rico.  A free will offering will be taken to commence the fundraising efforts of the next mission group.  Please feel free to invite your family and friends.    


     Our church has been a long-time supporter of the local homeless shelter called Second Place East.  Have you ever wondered about homelessness in our region?  Who are the homeless and what has happened to cause people to land in that predicament?  To learn more, you are invited to a presentation given by Patrick Thrush, the head of the Institute of Human Services department called the Continuum of Care.  His department is responsible for creating and implementing a strategic plan to end homelessness in our region (a region that consists of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Allegheny Counties).  Having just come back from attending the National Alliance on Homelessness conference in Washington, DC, he has all the latest information on trends and strategies. His talk will help us to “put a face on homelessness” in our regional.  He will offer a few success stories and also talk about where we need improvement. His talk will take place on Sunday, August 24, from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room.  So grab your post-worship cup of coffee and sweet treat and then plan to stay after worship for this informative presentation and discussion.




Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14



     On Monday, July 28, five members of our Knitting4Peace Peace Pod traveled to Chautauqua, NY where they attended the mid-day meeting and program of the Women4Women Knitting4Peace.  At the program, Knitting4Peace founder, Susan McKee, gave a presentation covering the latest developments in this important world-wide ministry. Since its founding in June of 2006 Knitting4peace has created 48,232 items which have been sent to 55 countries (including the US) by 478 delivery agents. Susan said that delivery agents work closely with the organizations and people who receive these items so that the items sent truly are what is needed and wanted by the recipients.  Our Peace Pod is one of 81 Peace Pods scattered throughout the US and Canada. With each stitch, a prayer is being offered for peace. As the website says, “we are non-violent revolutionaries armed with the power of prayer, crochet hooks and knitting needles, engaged in a compassionate fight for hope, healing, justice and peace for all women and children. No exceptions.”  Currently, although the members of our Peace Pod continue to crochet and knit, the group is not meeting during the summer months. The group will resume meeting in September.  You are invited to join at any time.  If you can’t knit or crochet but think that you might have an opportunity to be a delivery agent, please call the church office at 734-1614.  Thank you.




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August 10th - Food Pantry Need


August 17th - 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

July 24th ~ 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 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. – The next month's Blood Drive will be on the August 21st, 1 – 6 p.m.


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



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.