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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 call or visit (607) 734-1614

(July & August - office closed Fridays)

Listen to God's Word

January 31, 2016  013116.mp3

January 17, 2016  011716.mp3


Kidshine VBS performance

Kidshine VBS performance

Peace Pals

Peace Pals



Church at Christmas 2014

Church at Christmas 2014



Serenity Vineyards will host a fundraiser for nearby Camp Whitman on Saturday, February 6, from noon to 5. The Mulled Wine Cook-Off features award-winning wines in their winter edition as hot, spiced, mulled wine. Enjoy live music, raffles, crafts and food vendors. Profits will support scholarships for low-income campers. Camp Whitman is a traditional children’s summer camp owned and operated by the Presbytery of Geneva. Serenity Vineyards is located at 930 Davy Road in Penn Yan.

You are invited to join in singing hymns to the residents at Appleridge, St. Joseph’s Hospital (skilled nursing floor) and Woodbrook from 12:15 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 7. Lunch will be provided prior to leaving church. Our hymn sing is so appreciated by the residents. Come, join your voice and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE   Wednesday, February 10 

6:00 p.m. ~ Soup Supper

7:00 p.m. ~ Service
The Rev. Dr. Betsey Crimmins will lead us in worship in the Hoffman Great Room. The Chancel Choir will sing. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated by intinction. Childcare will be provided.
For the Soup Supper there will be soup, bread, and beverage provided. Please bring your own place setting (bowl, plate and eating utensils).  All are welcome to attend!

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Under the direction of Dr. Paul Shewan, this wind ensemble is comprised of approximately 40 students at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. The ensemble is known for musical excellence and for playing some of the most exciting and dynamic music. Their first concert of their February, 2016 tour is at our church.


Join Team Puerto Rico for an Italian feast on Sunday, February 14th at 11:30 a.m. TPR 2016 will feature vegetarian and regular lasagnas, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, chocolate dipping fountain, make your own sundae, and assorted confections. Entertainment will be provided for your listening pleasure. Suggested donations are$10 per adult and $5 for children. Reservations are not required, but it is requested that you call the church office so that we might plan accordingly. Photo opportunities will be available.This is not a couples event; it is for anyone who wishes to experience God's love in action. Won't you and your family spend Valentines Day with Team Puerto Rico as we continue our fundraising efforts?


Please join us for the upcoming concerts in 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church...The David Peckham Pipe Organ Recital on February 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m....The Telos Trio from Rochester, NY on April 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or directions please call the church office at 607-734-1614.


Knit - Crochet - Sew!

The Peace Pod meetings are on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Genesis Room. Please come and join us to knit or crochet. We will be having our next sewing day to work on the sleeping mats on Saturday, February 20th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Hoffman Great Room. The sleeping mats are for the Swazi orphan children with AIDS. Every stitch is a prayer for peace! Even if you don’t knit, crochet or sew, please offer prayers for peace. Thank you.



Peace Pals

Peace Pals

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knitting4peace 7-14


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February 7th  - 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

This is shopping made easy!  Purchase gift cards for that hard to buy for person on your gift list.  Know just what you want?  Purchase gift cards and use them on line or at stores and help us meet our fundraising goal.  It is as easy as 1-2-3.  Select vendors from our convenient order form. Make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church.  We will call or email you when your gift cards are in.  Cross shopping off your to-do list!  It’s as easy as pie!  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.