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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 visit or call (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals






Stewardship Campaign CY 2015

Our annual Stewardship Campaign, for which this year’s theme is “Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity”, with its basis in 2 Corinthians 8: 1-7 will officially kick off on Sunday, October 26, with a time for a Minute for Mission.  The timeline for this year’s campaign will be as follows:

· October 26 – November 7:  Early Bird Pledge period

· November 8 – November 23:  Regular Pledge period

· November 23:  Pledge Sunday

· December 7:  Stewardship Dedication Sunday 


     Please join us for Gratitude Sunday on November 16th at our 10:30 a.m. service here at First Presbyterian Church.  We will be recognizing members by years of membership with a special service, music and hospitality hour.  Our members comprise the fabric of our church, and this is our chance to say “Thank you” for your years of commitment whether by your treasure, talents or time.  Come and celebrate this tribute to you!



Our assigned dates for the First Pres “Stop the Hunger” Team at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier have been set for the rest of 2014.  We have to fill fifteen slots the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. We have to fill ten slots the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. So check your availability on these dates and sign up quickly:

· 6 - 8 p.m.:  November 6 and December 4

· 9 a.m. - 12 noon:  November 13, and December 11 

Make this a family affair with your children age 8 years and older. Join the “Stop the Hunger” Team to serve our community by helping to ameliorate hunger and poverty. Please call the church office at 734-1614 to sign up.




Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


     The Knitting4Peace Pod meetings are held on Tuesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room at the church.  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!



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November 9th - 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!    



Operation Christmas Child

  First Pres has joined hands with Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ through shoe boxes filled with gifts for children world wide. We are collecting items and shoeboxes.  What can you do? We need shoeboxes and the items to fill them (see list below) for children ages 2-14. Items are to be dropped off at First Pres - there is a large box for collecting the items in the church's mission lobby. Please contact the church office at 734-1614, if you have any questions or need suggestions. 

What items are appropriate? Small toys such as small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes; Hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth; or other items such as t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights, pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books and individually wrapped candies (no chocolates that will melt). Older children like items such as sewing kits. Do not include liquids, food, breakable items, toy guns or military figurines.



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.