Our Mission

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These core values set the foundation at Ithaca First Assembly:

We value intimacy with God through worship.
Worship is an expression of the believer’s love for God (Isaiah 43:10-11; Psalm 92:1, 4-5; 1 John 4:9-10).

We value the authority of the Word of God.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God and our only rule for faith and conduct. The foundation of all that we teach and do is God’s Word (2Timothy 3:14-17; Mathew 24:35).

We value the power of prayer. 
As God’s people, we have seen first hand how the power of prayer is able to effect change in people, churches and nations. Without the priority of prayer, our church will never be effective in the work the Lord has for us to do (James 5:16; Matthew 18:19-20).

We value unity within diversity.
God had uniquely gifted the church with diversity. In the church, there is no favoritism with God—all of humankind is equal in His sight. We encourage people from all walks of life and all races to join together in one united voice of worship and service to God (Galatians 3:26-28).

We value families.
Every member of the family is important to God and therefore important to our church. Whether someone is married, single, divorced, widowed or orphaned, they are valued in the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:14; James 1:27).

We value our children and youth. 
Our children and youth are not just the church of tomorrow—they are an important part of the church today! You cannot effectively reach the family without life changing ministries to the children and youth (Matthew 19:13-15; Matthew 18:2-4; 1 Timothy 4:11-13)

We value our inner city heritage. 
While we have relocated outside the city of Ithaca, we must never forget where we came from and to whom we have been called.

We value the college campuses as a mission field.
We have been placed in the unique position to reach the world through the college campuses. We have been strategically located to stand in the gap for our colleges.

We value leadership.
We are committed to equipping, supporting, motivating, and mentoring God’s people to reach their full potential in Christ.

We value gift-oriented ministry. 
We are committed to helping its members identify their spiritual gifts and integrate them into ministries that match those gifts.

We value people with special needs.
We are dedicated to ministering to people who are not reached by traditional ministries. Find a need and fill it (Matthew 25:40).

New to First

We're So Glad YOU'RE Here! We are excited to welcome you to Ithaca First! Below are the details that we hope will make your experience a great one!  Our heart is to make your visit to our church one that will be a special experience for you.  We can't wait to meet...

Our Story

In 1915, a group of people, who were excited about what God was doing in their lives and wanted to share it with others, started meeting in an old lodge located on the corner of East Seneca and Aurora Streets. In 1923, that small group decided to organize and they...

Our Beliefs

Two years after the church’s founding, the pioneers of the Assemblies of God adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship, which remains virtually unchanged. Four of these beliefs are considered the core beliefs of the Fellowship. You may hear them referred to as our...

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