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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.

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

A Word from the Pastor...

Listen to God's Word

August 5, 2018  080518.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!


Come and enjoy worship in the relaxed, air-conditioned atmosphere of the Great Room! Worship each Sunday now through and including September 2 begins at 9:30 am. Here’s what is coming up in the next few weeks:

August 19: Rev. Crimmins will preach and lead worship. Dr. Beth Dollinger will give a Minute for Mission about the Healthy Kitchens program. The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated. Two piano duets will be played.

August 26: Rev. Crimmins will preach and lead in a worship service of Healing and Hope. The style of the service will be inspired by the healing services that take place at Iona.

September 4: Rev. Crimmins will preach and lead worship. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.

In case you are wondering, our Child Care Givers are in the nursery each Sunday by 9:15 am, ready and eager to lovingly care for infants, toddlers and children up to age five.  So come and invite a friend to come with you!


Our Knitting4Peace Pod will have a “booth” at the Wisner Park on August 23rd, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Stop by and visit with us!

Our Peace Pod meets every Tuesday, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis room. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet or would like to polish off rusty skills, drop in. There’s always someone there who can help you. If you can’t make meetings, you are welcomed to knit or crochet at home. For further instructions and patterns, visit or call the church office at 734-1614. Hope to see you there!


Friday, September 14, 2018

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!


June 24th — September 2nd

The GriefShare group meets from 11a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the parlor after the 9:30 a.m. worship. There will be time for coffee and fellowship before we start. Each week the GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief. Then, we will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in our lives. If you have a busy summer planned and cannot be here for all Sundays, each session is stand alone. You can join when you are available. There is also a workbook available ($15 donation) to use during the week for further personal study of the grieving process. If you would like further information, please call the church office (734-1614).  You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Please join 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. 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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Making a Difference"

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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

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

Click here to download:

August 7, 2018 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:

Ramen Noodles & Canned Soups

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.