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1054 West Clinton St, Elmira NY  14905

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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."

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Friday   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

A Word from the Pastor...

Listen to God's Word

September 17, 2017  091717.mp3

September 10, 2017  091017.mp3


Concert Series 2017-18

Concert Series 2017-18

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

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

flamingos

flamingos

Upcoming Events!

NEW MEMBER INFO

& Continental Breakfast!

Sunday, September 24th ~ 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 meeting on Sunday, September 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. We’ll enjoy a yummy continental breakfast and have fun conversation. Bring your questions! For further information, please contact the church office at 734-1614.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS COOL!

It’s time to come to Sunday School!! Sunday School for all youth will take place during the worship service starting on September 24th. Lessons with a great multi-age curriculum will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Children will be dismissed from worship to Sunday School immediately after the children’s sermon. Please come and join us!

BLESSING OF BACKPACKS…

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! Summer is winding down. Vacations are over. It’s time to return to school or to work or to the fall routine. To celebrate the change of the season and all that it brings, we will have a “Blessings of Backpacks” (and anything else that you carry with you every day) during worship on Sunday, September 24th. Children, youth, and yes, you adults too are invited to bring to church that Sunday something that you carry with you every day. Start thinking about what you carry with you every day. Is it your backpack, briefcase, purse, a musical instrument case, or laptop? Is it a diaper bag, pen, watch or cell phone holster? Is it a lunch bag, fit bit, a glasses case, or a pencil? Whatever it is, we invite you to bring it with you to church on September 24th for a time of blessing.

HARMONIC BRASS IN CONCERT!

Friday, OCTOBER 6, 2017

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The ever delightful, always entertaining Harmonic Brass will appear in concert at our church!  Based in Munich, Germany, this brass ensemble is made up of four of the nicest gentlemen and a charming lady who are world class musicians. Mark your calendars. This concert is a must see!  A freewill offering will be taken.

GRIEFSHARE

Monday Evenings

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

GriefShare is a thirteen week video-based Christian seminar and support group for those who have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, a family member or friend. It is a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. The GriefShare meetings are held in the church parlor area.  The only cost is $15 for the workbook. For more information, call the church office at 734-1614.

SAVE THE DATE! 

& SAVE YOUR STUFF!

The Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Please start saving any and all of your good conditioned household items as you are doing your fall cleaning, to help with this church fundraiser. The church will be selling all types of household items and clothing in good condition. Thank you.

HELP WANTED!

Our church is looking for Nursery Care Givers and a Nursery Director. These are paid positions. The time is Sunday mornings, approximately 9:30 to noon. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the church. Anyone 14 years (with working papers) and older is welcomed to apply.

VOLLEYBALL!

You are invited to a pick-up volleyball game on Friday nights from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Hoffman Great Room. 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 swingard@irishconsultingwny.com  

KNITTING4PEACE POD

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.  There will be a SEWING DAY to make sleeping mats on Saturday, October 14th from 9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Hoffman Great Room.  Please come and join us even if you cannot sew.  We need many helpers to make these mats for the children. 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

knitting4peace

knitting4peace

Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14

 


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"Pres Clippings" Church Newsletter

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September 19, 2017 Pres Clips email.pdf

Feed My Sheep

Food Pantry Need for this week:

RAMEN NOODLES & CANNED SOUPS (all varieties)

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 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.

Flock-a-Friend.doc