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Upcoming Events

July 23 10am—Joint service at the Methodist Church Our choir will be singing the anthem.

August 2 4:30pm—Session will meet

August 6 10:15am—Cluster Service at Andover Presbyterian. Please call the office if you would like a ride or to car pool. We have been asked to furnish a relish tray—please see Barbara if you can help

August 13 10am—Worship here with the Methodist joining us for service

August 20 10:30am—Worship and picnic at Rotary Park with other churches from town. Please bring a dish to pass.

August 23 PNC and Methodist Committee to meet 

On-Going Events

Sunday—10am Choir and SundaySchool for children over church office

11am Worship with coffee hour

1st Sunday—Westminster Guild meets

7:30pm AA

Monday-Friday—3pm-5:30pmYouth Center is open

Monday—6:30pm Cub Scouts meet

Wednesday—12noon Rotary meets in hall
3pm—Bible Study in Choir Room

2nd Wednesday—4:30pm Session meets


Reed Andrews passed away on July 15 and a memorial service was held at the church on July 29.
Reed was employed and retired as a banking officer at Steuben Trust Company in Hornell. After high school graduation, he attended Hamilton College prior to enlisting in the service. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army proudly serving our country during the Korean War from 1950-52.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Canisteo where he was very active in church functions and administrative decisions, and was an adult Sunday School instructor for 30 years and had also ministered occasionally Sunday mornings.
For 10 years of the 64 years Reed and Charlotte were married; they hosted fresh air children for whole summers at a time and at Christmas time. Hosting these children during those years meant a great deal to him.
Reed loved sports of all nature and enjoyed playing golf. He also coached and refereed for several years, and in his earlier years participated on a debating team.


You can shed tears because he is gone,
Or, you can smile because of the life he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
Or, you can be full of the love you have shared together.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live in yesterday,
Or, you can be happy for tomorrow-- because of yesterday.
You can remember him/her and only that he is gone,
Or, you can cherish his/her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or, you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love life, and just go on!


Ann Termin Jim Booth  Barbara Stephens
Anita and Bill Wheeler Sally and Willard Mlott
Charlotte Andrews John and Patsy Heaslip
Jerry and Ellen Bush Julie and Bill Case
If you would like to have someone added to the prayer list, please call Bonnie Kraft at 698-2103.

Remember Our Shut-ins

Please send a card to brighten their day!!!


Maralyn Reynolds
Updyke’s Willow Ridge Home
131 Hornell St.
Hornell, NY 14843

Ann Termin
51 Fourth St.
Canisteo, NY 14823

Bill and Anita Wheeler
6 Prospect St.
Canisteo, NY 14823

Ronnie Pierce
Taylor Health Care Facility
7571 State Route 54
Room 132A
Bath, NY 1410-5904

Marilyn Fish
Room 112
Clinton Crest Manor
411 Clinton Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

John and Pat Heaslip
6 Fairview Place
Canisteo, NY 14823

Update from the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)

As many of you already know from the annual meeting report, Pastor Don Peek will be with us for only the remainder of this year. Since we were hoping that he could continue indefinitely, the PNChad not been meeting since early summer. Now, however, we’re back at it again and have had two meetings since the first of the year. We have a Presbyterymentor, James Varner, from the Presbyterian Church in Hornell who gives us some necessary guidance. With our declining membership we’re looking for a part-time person. We would appreciate your prayers as we continue the search—Barbara Stephens and Diane Miller, co-chairs, Robert Pfitzenmaier, Sally Mlott, Harold Miller

News from the Deacons

We are grateful for the two new members who have joined us this year. We welcome Kathy Weller and Deb Scott to the Board. Each year we remember the shut-ins or those who are ill with either a Valentine gift basket or a card.Our baskets contained homemade heart shaped cookies (made by Kathy), candy, Valentine tissue packs, and lotion. It was a treat to deliver these and to visit with so many folks that we don’t regularly see in church.

Canisteo Valley Youth Center (CVYC)

Somers Hall has been bursting at the seams these cold afternoons between 3:00 and 5:30. There’s always a lot of activity with the boys playing ball while many of the girls like to just sit around a table and talk. The center’s healthy snack program quenches that after school hunger with nutritious choices rather than junk food.
The Valentine Dance on February 10thsaw a crowd of 137 youth, the biggest turnout ever. According to the staff, the kids were lined up waiting to get in 15 minutes before the dance began. Part of the fun is decorating the hall before hand!
On March 18th Paul Shepherd will be taking a group of 20 kids from the center to Alfred University. They will spend the day as guests of the football team where they’ll interact with the players, have activities in the gym, and have lunch. This has always been a highlight for the youth.
Later in the year a representative from ProAction will be forming a “YouthJob Club” at the center. The focus will be on preparing for future jobs: writing resumes, filling out applications, how to dress and present yourself for an interview. Since many of the youth will not get help at home with this type of thing it will enable them to be better prepared.


Children’s Sunday School

Before worship on Sundays, Kathy Weller has been working with the youngsters of our child to give them teachings from the Bible and activities related to them. If you have a grandchild or neighborhood child that you would like to bring, all are welcome.

 Canisteo Youth Center

3:30 p.m. Canisteo Valley Youth Center is open Monday-Friday. Every Thursday they have field trips to different area attractions.

After school program in partnership with Concern for Youth from Hornell.  Provides tutoring, dances and other supervised social activities.

The Guild will meet during coffee hour in the lounge the first Sunday of the month.

Prayer Chain

Pastor Don and Bonnie Kraft have been working very hard to develop an updated prayer chain that would include everyone in the church. The purpose of this is so that no one will miss the opportunity to lift others in prayer. We are told to pray for all who need healing so we might behold the wonder of our Lord. If you have not received your copy yet, please contact the office or Bonnie.


Contact Us

Canisteo First Presbyterian Church
10 South Main Street, Canisteo, NY 14823
Phone: 607-698-2589

Office Hours
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. The office is located on the Maple Street side of the church.

Sunday Service is at at 11 a.m.

Sunday School:
Immediately following “Children’s Message” portion of Sunday services (at approximately 11:15 AM)

Coffee Hour

Immediately following worship as a time of Christian fellowship.

By Appointment:

  • Baptisms
  • Funerals
  • Ministry for the Sick or Shut-in Membership
  • Weddings