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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 - Friday   9 am - 3 pm

Please call or visit (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed Fridays)

Listen to God's Word

October 18, 2015  101815.mp3

October 11, 2015  101115.mp3

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014





It is that time of year again to begin planning our donations for  Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.  Since 2013, our congregation has participated by delivering over 100 boxes each year. Each box has been filled with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys as well as school supplies and hygiene items.  Please see the insert for a list of suggested items.  These boxes are delivered to     children across the globe affected by life-changing crises.   There are several ways to get involved; you can pick up a shoebox from the narthex and fill it yourself; purchase a packing slip online ($7/box) to accompany assembled boxes; volunteer your time to assemble the boxes; and most importantly, pray for the children who will receive our gifts.  Donations need to be collected between now and November 10.  You and your children are invited to be part of a group of volunteers who will gather in room 10 here at the church on Wednesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. to pack the boxes.  Childcare will be available for very young children. These gifts can make a significant difference in the lives of children in need worldwide. Thank you for your help!  Details can be found at


November 15th  ~  9:30 a.m.

Have you been thinking about joining First Pres? Do you just want more information about First Pres, because you aren’t quite ready to join? Then come to the New Member Information Breakfast on Sunday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. We’ll enjoy a yummy continental breakfast and fun conversation. Bring your questions!  For further information, please the church office at 734-1614.



Thursday, November 26th  - 2 p.m.

All are invited!!  Thanksgiving should be celebrated together!  Do you know someone who would otherwise be alone this holiday, or is unable to cook for themselves? Don’t feel like cooking a full meal yourself?  Please join us for a full, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26, at 2 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room.  The dinner will be hosted by the Hospitality Committee, although there will be plenty of opportunities to assist with putting on this community event. There will be no charge, however, reservations are required by November 20.  For reservations or to offer to help, call the church office at 734-1614.


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 for your support!   Amazon_Smile_Sign_Up_Procedures.docx

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

Thursday, November 5 from 9 am - 12 noon

Thursday, November 12 from 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.


Knit - Crochet - Sew!

The Knitting4Peace Pod will have their next meeting on Tuesday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. in the Genesis Room. 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!  SOMETHING NEW!   Our Peace Pod is now sewing sleeping mats for the Swazi Orphan Aids Children.  We will take any donations of 100% cotton fabric (or flannel), batting, and any kind of canvas material (for the bottom of the mat) that you may have.  We have the patterns or you can find the patterns on the website. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 734-1614. 



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

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knitting4peace 7-14


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November 8th  - 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.

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.