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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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April 12, 2015  041215_0132.mp3  

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Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals






The Daniel Plan has gotten off to a great start!  Do you want to know more about the connection between faith and health? Then join a Daniel Plan group!  It’s not too late!  There is space at the table just for YOU!  The Tuesday group meets at 2 p.m. in room 10 of the church.  The Sunday morning group is now meeting at 9:15 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room.   For further information, please call the church office.


It is time again for fun, stewardship and probably brisk air along State Route 352.  Assuming we have cooperative weather, our first clean up for CY 2015 of our assigned 2 miles from Harris Hill Manor; west towards Big Flats will be on Saturday, April 25.  There has been a change in the NY State requirements.  For each clean up, each member of our team will have to sign in to indicate that they have re-read and  are aware of safety rules.  As usual I will be at the church at 8:30 a.m. to get our gear ready and have out the safety briefing for reading and signing.  As people arrive they will be assigned sections to clean so those who want to start earlier may do so.  Final departure for clean-up will be by 9:00 a.m.  We usually are able to easily get the job done in less than two hours.  So if you are looking for some fresh air, fun, and to do stewardship for our earth, please the church office at 734-1614.  Please call to sign up.  Thanks in advance for your support.


Thursday, April 30th  1 to 6 p.m.

First Pres Church - Hoffman Great Room

When was the last time you thought about donating blood? A momentary inconvenience can save a life!  There is a great need for blood in our area.  If you don’t know your schedule on Thursday, April 30th, please know that you can walk in at any time.  You may also schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RedCross or by visiting

The STOP THE HUNGER TEAM has great news to share with you! There are 6 to 8 volunteer slots to fill the first Thursday and the second Thursday of each month from May through December.  So check the following dates with your availability and sign up quickly! 

· Thursday, May 7th ~ 9 am -12 noon

· Thursday, May 14th  ~ 6 - 8 pm

Please call the church office (734-1614) to sign up.  The Stop The Hunger Team thanks you for your help to make a positive impact on our community.  All volunteering is done at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier at 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue. 

Kidshine & VBS Camps!


Here’s announcing our 2015 Kidshine and VBS week.  Kidshine and Vacation Bible School will take place the week of June 29 – July 3, 2015.  We have an all new Kidshine musical "Story Line!" and the new VBS program is "Son West Roundup!"   If you would like to join the planning team for this important mission and ministry of the church, please call the church office at 734-1614.  Hope to see you at camp!


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!



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


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April 19th - 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.