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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)

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Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals






Young at Heart is inviting First Pres families to join forces with fans from other area churches and help cheer on the Elmira Jackals as they head down the homestretch toward the Playoffs. The Jackals will host a “Faith and Family Discount Night” this Friday, March 27 at First Arena with reduced ticket prices of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be ordered online at   The Jackals will take on the Florida Everblades with game time at 7:05 p.m. More information is available on the website.





Have you noticed how broken and unrepairable electronic products seem to multiply like rabbits?  Do you have a pile of ruined and unusable electronics in your basement or attic?  We have a safe way for you to dispose of those items!  That’s at our church’s E-Recycling event that will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon in the church’s parking lot.  You may drop off any of the following electronic devices: phones, cell phones, audio/visual equipment, microwaves, vacuums, blenders (base only, no glass or plastic containers), coffee pots (no glass carafes), electric heaters, computers, monitors, computer mice, keyboards, laptops, scanners, cables, video game consoles, printers, faxes, copiers, TV’s, digital converter boxes, DVD players, VHS players, and more.  There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per item.  Can’t get your items to church?  We can pick up your items on the morning of March 28 if you live within a 5 mile radius of the church. You must call the church office by Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m. in order to be on the list for pick up.


Palm Sunday ~ March 29

Worship 10:30 a.m. 

Maundy Thursday ~ April 2

6 p.m. Soup Supper

7 p.m. Service of Communion and Tenebrae 

Maundy Thursday – Good Friday Vigil

Beginning April 2 at 8 p.m. through April 3 at 3 p.m. 

Holy Saturday ~ April 4

Easter Egg-stravaganza! 10 a.m. to 12 noon 

Easter Sunday ~ April 5

Worship 10:30 a.m.

With the Chancel Choir and the Brass Ensemble,

featuring members of the brass section of the OSFL 


You are invited to take part in the Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Prayer Vigil to be held at the church, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 (at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service).  The Vigil will go over night and conclude at 3 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3.  A Prayer Labyrinth will be set up in the Hoffman Great Room for your use. The Genesis Room will be turned into a Prayer Room.  The signup sheet is located on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.  Does the thought of signing up to pray for an hour seem like a lot? It is amazing how quickly the time goes! The world needs a lot of prayers, so let’s get as many people as possible involved. Please don’t be shy about signing up. If you need assistance in signing up for an hour, please call the church office at 734-1614.




Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


The Knitting4Peace Pod meets on Tuesday afternoons 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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March 29th - 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!    


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.



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.