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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 9:30 a.m.

Summer Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

(Church office will reopen on Fridays starting on September 1, 2017)

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

A Word from the Pastor...

Listen to God's Word

July 23, 2017  072317.mp3

Concert Series 2017-18

Concert Series 2017-18

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014



Upcoming Events!


Friday, August 11th

7:30 p.m. ~ Sanctuary

The acclaimed 2017-2018 Concert Series kicks-off with Jessie Iaquinto and The Fireside Collective Band.  From Asheville, NC, based bluegrass band Fireside Collective returns to the northeast in support of their second studio album “Life Between the Lines.” The album features 12 original tracks from the award winning bluegrass band and spans the bluegrass spectrum from traditional to progressive.

Fireside Collective formed in early 2014 following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams.” Since then, the band has performed over 150 shows a year throughout the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest. In 2016, the band was unanimously awarded 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest band competition. This year, they have been selected as an official showcase band at the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Raleigh, NC.  A free will offering will be taken. Everyone is invited to an Ice Cream Social, with ice cream sundaes, following the concert.


Friday, August 11 ~ 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 12 ~ 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We are having a sale of NEW and USED furniture, rugs, and art work!!

Are you downsizing? Here’s an opportunity to donate furniture, rugs or art work. Items can be dropped off at church any time on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, August 7, 8 and 9, between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. See Sue Weaver if you would like to have a tax donation slip. If you need to have an item picked up and brought to church for you, please call the church office (734-1614). Pick up is available only on Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10.

Are you up-sizing? Looking for something special for your home or cottage? Come and shop at the hours listed above. In addition, you may shop after worship on Sunday, August 13.

Help is needed loading and unloading a truck, and set up on Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10. Help is needed during the sale hours. Help is needed for clean-up after the sale.  Please call the church office if you can help. Even an hour or two is a BIG help!   Proceeds from this sale support the ongoing ministries and mission of our very vital church!!

TENT SERVICE!  Sunday, August 13th

9:30 a.m. ~ Worship on the Front Lawn

10:30 a.m. ~ Dish-to-Pass Picnic Lunch

Featuring music from “The Fireside Collective Band”

On Sunday, August 13th, Elder, Joel Robinson will lead us in worship and preach. Jesse Iaquinto and The Fireside Collective Band will provide special music for the worship. Plan to stay for a dish-to-pass picnic lunch immediately following the service, hosted by the Hospitality Committee. Hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, and beverages will be provided. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share and your own table service. Tableware will be provided for those who don't bring their own.


You are invited to a pick-up volleyball game on Friday nights from 6 - 9 p.m. outside on the church lawn (weather permitting). The volleyball games are open to everyone, including members and friends of the church.  If you would like more information, please contact Shane Wingard at    


We have switched to our summer schedule Sunday morning worship being held at 9:30 a.m. in the air-conditioned Hoffman Great Room, and this will continue for the months of July and August. On Sunday, September 10 we return to the 10:30 a.m. hour for worship. We look forward to seeing you!


Our Peace Pod will have a booth at Wisner Park on Thursday, July 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by and visit with us!

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.  If you would like to sew a mat, please call the office for a free pattern.  The K4P group continues to sew sleeping mats for the children all year round. If you have any supplies to donate, we are in need of 100% cotton fabric, thin polyester batting and canvas/denim type of fabric for the backing material, please call the office at 734-1614.  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

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

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July 25, 2017 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:


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.

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.