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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."

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

September 2, 2018  090218.mp3

VBS 2018 (2)

VBS 2018 (2)

VBS 2018

VBS 2018

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Church at Christmas

Church at Christmas

Upcoming Events!



10:30 a.m. Worship Service

It’s that time of year! Vacations are over. It’s time to return to school or to work or to the fall routine. To celebrate the change of the season and all that it brings, we will have a “Blessing of the Backpacks” (and anything else that you carry with you every day) during worship on Sunday, September 23rd at 10:30 a.m.  Children, youth, and yes, you adults too, are invited to bring to church that Sunday something that you carry with you every day. Is it your backpack, briefcase, purse, a musical instrument case or laptop? Is it a diaper bag, pen, watch, or cell phone holster? Is it a lunch bag, Fitbit, a glasses case or a pencil case? Whatever it is, we invite you to bring it with you to church on September 23rd for a time of blessing.




7:30 P.M.

The fabulous Sgro Brothers, Dom and Tony are legends in the harmonica world. Dom, on the chromatic harmonica and Tony on the 48 chord harmonica, are virtuoso performers in any style from classical to jazz. As teenagers, the Sgros played with Borrah Minevitch’s Harmonica Orchestra and Johnny Puleo’s Harmonica Gang. With Johnny Puleo, they performed in venues ranging from The London Paladium to the Tropicana Club in pre-Castro Cuba. Their career includes stints with Jimmy Durante, Spike Jones, Dean Martin, Milton Berle, Perry Como and Ed Sullivan. Their Country Harmonica album in the 1970’s led to appearances on the Grand Old Opry. In 2004 they were honored to appear at the White House in Washington, D.C. In 2006, they were inducted in the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame, East Liverpool, Ohio. They are also members of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica SPAH International Harmonica Club. Their remarkable career has truly earned them the title of Elder Statesman of the Harmonica World. This concert is free and open to the public.


On Friday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a pre-concert fund raising dinner to benefit the Puerto Rico mission trip. Dinner will consist of baked ziti with meatballs, salad, bread, and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Take out is available at 5:30 p.m. and must be pre-ordered by calling the church office at 607-734-1614. Dinner tickets will be on sale Sunday mornings after the worship service.


Friday, October 12th 

6 p.m. at the church

Please come and join us for the Friday Family Fun Night on Friday, September 14th. Join us for games, a video and fun discussion. Light dinner and snacks will be provided. The Hospitality Committee hosts a series of Family Fun Nights throughout the year, which will feature a food, refreshments and changing activities each month, including games, movies and, of course, fun. For more information, call the church office. Hope to see you there!



5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Advantage Shopping!  $2 per person



8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Public Sale!


December 16th 

10:30 a.m.

In the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church

1054 West Clinton Street, Elmira, NY

We are excited to announce our 2018 Christmas Cantata will be “Let There Be Christmas” by Joseph M. Martin. This service in song is a joyous celebration of hope and peace for the Christmas season. This Cantata is only three years old. It is complete with carols, narration, congregational participation, original anthems, choir and an eight-piece orchestra. With jubilant songs of praise to reflective carols of peace, this Cantata is sure to bring the true spirit and meaning of Christmas to you. You are invited to sing in the choir for this Cantata. If you are interested, please call the church office at 734-1614. In any event, mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss this!


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. Please contact the church office at 734-1614, if you would like a pattern to sew a sleeping mat. We are always in need of supplies to donate:  100% cotton fabric, thin polyester batting and canvas/denim type of fabric for the backing material.  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


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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

Download the latest edition of "Pres Clips," the newsletter from First Presbyterian Church of Elmira.

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September 18, 2018 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:

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

Amazon Smile!

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!

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.