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1054 West Clinton St, Elmira NY  14905

Call Us! 

607-734-1614

Email Us! 

onepreselm@firstpreselmira.org

 

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

May 15, 2016  051516.mp3

May 22, 2016  052216.mp3

 

 


Kidshine Flyer

Kidshine Flyer

VBS flyer

VBS flyer

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014

flamingos

flamingos

Upcoming Events!

KIDSHINE & VBS CAMPS
SAVE THE DATE!

KidShine and Vacation Bible School camps will take place the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016. Youths of all faith are welcome! The VBS program is “Barnyard Roundup!” for children ages 4 years through entering 2nd grade in the fall. Camp runs from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. daily, and the cost is $20 per child which includes a t-shirt and daily snack. The KidShine musical is “Breakthrough!” for youths entering 3rd grade through 8th grade in the fall. Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, and the cost is $100 for the first child, $75 for the second child, and $50 for the third child. This includes a free t-shirt and daily snacks. This year we have prize incentives for early registrations. So please turn in your registration form as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at the church office or see attachments below. Scholarships may be obtained upon request as long as funds are available.

Kidshine_Registration_form_2016__3.doc

VBS_Registration_form_2016.docx


SPEAKER AND LUNCHEON
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016

You are invited to stay after worship on Sunday, June 5 for another in our Speaker and Luncheon series. Nancy Farrell, who is an organic gardener and retired PCUSA minister, will speak about all the wonderful things you can grow organically in your backyard. Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to be able to pick fresh tomatoes or savory zucchini right in your back yard this summer? Well, you can do it and Nancy will give you many hints as to how. The luncheon will be a potluck luncheon. Please bring your favorite dish to pass. Thank you.

CALL TO A
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

There will be a meeting of the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira, NY on Sunday, June 12 immediately following the morning worship service. The meeting will take place in the sanctuary of the church. The purpose of the meeting is to:  receive and review all of the annual reports of the committees and boards; to elect five Elders to the class of 2019; one Elder to the class of 2018; two Elders to the class of 2017; one youth Elder to the class of 2017; to elect four Deacons to the class of 2019 and one Deacon to the class of 2017; to elect five at-large members of the Nominating Committee.  By order of Session, Barbara Squires, Clerk

KNITTING4PEACE POD

The Peace Pod meetings are on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room. Please come and join us to knit or crochet.  Every stitch is a prayer for peace! Even if you don’t knit, crochet or sew, please offer prayers for peace. Thank you.

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14

 


Welcome!
We've been expecting you. We're glad you are here - this is a divine appointment!

"Making Disciples...

Making a Difference"

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Now Hiring:

Outreach and Mission Specialist (full-time). For a complete job description and information on how to apply, please click on the "News" tab (on this page, up above) and then under Employment Opportunities.

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FEED MY SHEEP:

June 5th  - Food Pantry Need

RAMEN NOODLES & CANNED SOUPS

June 12th - Food Pantry Need

CANNED PASTA & PORK-N-BEANS

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?  Amazon.com 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 www.smile.amazon.com, select First Presbyterian Church of Elmira as your charity, and then shop away.  Just be sure to always shop from the smile.amazon 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 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.

FAIR TRADE SALE

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.

Flock-a-Friend.doc