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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

Summer Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday   9 am - 3 pm

(office closed on Fridays for the summer)

Please call or visit (607) 734-1614


Listen to God's Word

August 21, 2016  082116.mp3

August 14, 2016  081416.mp3



Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Children with Sleeping Mats May 2016

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Knitting4Peace 3-13-16

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014



Upcoming Events!


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 at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11th. 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 11th for a time of blessing.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Sunday School Kick-off!

10:30 a.m. Worship to feature 

the Chancel Choir and the Brass Ensemble


Are you using the change of pace of summer to go through your closets, attic and garage in an effort to de-clutter? Has that got you thinking: what do I do with all those things I don’t want anymore? Let us give you a suggestion: pack them up and set them aside for the fall rummage sale at First Pres.  If you come across items that you know the rummage sale can’t use, what do you do? Here are a few suggestions. If you have old black and white photos that you otherwise would throw out, we know of a school that will use them in art projects. Please let us know. If you have yarn or 100% cotton fabric, our Knitting4Peace Pod can make good use of them creating items of warmth and hope for people near and far. If you have metal items, please think of the metal recycling drive here at church. If you have jewelry or silver/gold items that you no longer want, how about giving them to the Budget Boosters of the church? For further information, please contact the church office at 734-1614. Thank you!


Did you know that you can earn money for the 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 for your support!


(Group Class) -Feldenkrais Method

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Hoffman Great Room

In these structured lessons, the teacher verbally guides you through a sequence of movements. You are encouraged to go slowly and take plenty of time to sense, feel, rest, and avoid mechanical, mindless repetition. ATM lessons explore a wide range of patterns of movement and investigate ways to improve the use of every joint and muscle group in the body. Bring mat and towel and dress comfortably.  Fee - PAY WHAT YOU WANT.  Inquiries - Joanie Collin, GCFP,Certified practitioner – 9 years.


The Peace Pod group will be taking a break from meetings for the summer months.  Please continue to knit, crochet or sew during these months.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13th at 3 p.m. in the Genesis Room. Please mark your calendar to come and join us!  Every stitch is a prayer for peace! Even if you don’t knit, crochet or sew, please offer prayers for peace. 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

knitting4peace 7-14

knitting4peace 7-14


We've been expecting you. We're glad you are here - this is a divine appointment!

"Making Disciples...

Making a Difference"

Click here to find out more about First Pres Church!

Now Hiring:


Do you like to work with children? Then we have the job for you! First Pres is looking to hire two people to staff our nursery, Sunday mornings, 9:15 to 11:45 am. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to the church. Thank you.

Outreach and Mission Specialist (full-time). For a complete job description and information on how to apply, please click on the "News" tab (on this page, up above) and then under Employment Opportunities.

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August 28th - 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!

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


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!


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 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.


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.