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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 - Thursday  9 am - 3 pm

Please visit or call (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals








Ah, the lovely days of summer! We will take advantage of these lovely days in order to worship under a tent on the front lawn on Sunday, August 3. Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You are invited to stay after worship for a Potluck Picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverage and eating utensils will be provided. Please bring a salad, fruit or dessert dish to pass, enough for you and your family and a few more. Thank you! Refrigeration will be available during the worship service if your dish needs to be kept cold.


The next book club meeting will be for the book, "Unfinished: Filling the Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns, and will be meeting on Wednesday, August 6, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the church. If you would like a copy, please call the church office at 734-1614.  Hope to see you there.




Peace Pals

Peace Pals

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14

Calling All who Knit & Crochet!!



Our Knitting4Peace Peace Pod has been active for two years now. On Sunday, July 20, the latest collection of knitted and crocheted items produced by the group was dedicated to the glory of God. The items will be delivered to the Knitting4Peace summer headquarters at Chautauqua, NY on Monday, July 28 when members of the group will be attending a formal presentation given by the founder of Women4Women, Knitting4Peace, Susan McKee. Dedicated on Sunday were 10 scarves, 16 hats sizes newborn to adult, 2 shawls, 1 pair of socks, 5 baby blankets, and 6 baby "welcome to the world" kits (each kit contains a washcloth, newborn hat, and a peace pal). In the past two years, the group has produced a total of 346 items which have been forwarded to Knitting4Peace "headquarters."

Last year, the Knitting4Peace organization had 475 individuals who made deliveries to 55 countries. Examples of these deliveries include baby blankets which were delivered to hospitals in Honduras and Guatemala as well as scarves to the Global Dental Relief organization in Nepal. For further information about Knitting4Peace, you may visit their website:

Our Peace Pod takes a break from meeting in the summer months of July and August. They will resume meeting in September. However, everyone is invited to knit and crochet for peace year round. For patterns, check out the Knitting4Peace website.


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August 3rd - 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!    



Red Cross Blood Drives

July 24th ~ 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Elmira Community American Red Cross Blood Drives, typically held on the third Thursday of the month through November.  Throughout the years this drive has generated a dedicated group of blood donors who come every month and continue to save lives through their donations.  These drives are open to new donors; the need is constant. Only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, and out of that, only 5% actually donate. Blood is used in hospitals all around the country on a constant basis, for everything from car crash accidents, to cancer patients, and many times during the delivery of a baby. In our lifetime, 1 in 3 people will need blood. A few seconds of irritation for you means a second chance at life for someone else. Will you give the gift of life this year?  P.S. – The next month's Blood Drive will be on the August 21st, 1 – 6 p.m.


Here’s a way you can support the church without taking any extra dollars out of your pocket: Tops and Weis 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 and Weis card for having sold it to you.  Cards are available in your choice of “denominations:” $250, $100, $50 or $25.   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.   Scripcardorderform_5-12.pdf



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.