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Presbyterian Church USA logoFirst Presbyterian Church of Potsdam, New York

A community gathering in Christ and ministering as God leads
42 Elm Street, Potsdam, NY 13676 • phone (315) 265-9434 • email

Sundays and Weekly Events

Sunday School. During the school year there is Sunday School for children. The younger children (up through grade 3) attend the beginning of the service with their family, then depart for Sunday School (in the Church Center) following the "Children's Message"; Grades 4-8 will meet with their teacher in the balcony. On the first Sunday of every month, all the children are the "greeters" and they stay at the entire service to learn more about communion (and to partake of it, with their parents' permission). (More...)

Sunday Worship

Our worship time is 10:00am: VISITORS ARE WELCOME!

(Nursery provided)

  • Coffee Hour is held in the Church Center following the worship service. ALL ARE INVITED!
  • For New-Comers to Our Church.  We welcome you and invite you to coffee hour after the service. We are strengthened by your presence, and hope that being here brings blessings to you. If you would like to become a member of the church, please speak to Pastor Deb, who will be happy to help you get the process started. There are three ways to become a member: profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith, or letter of transfer.


"Worship joyfully
the One who awaits your praise!"

This Week

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Meditation - 9:15-9:45am, Room 2

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE ((worship bulletin)
(After worship join us for an ice-cream social in the Center)

  • WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • READER: Beth Grace
  • PRELUDE: "Fantasy of Moods" - C. Edgar Ford (Ralph Hastings, organ)
  • SPECIAL MUSIC: "Celebration on 'Engelburg'" (When in our music, God is Glorified) - Ralph Hastings, organ
  • SERMON: "Flight for Life" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Commissioning of Daniel Caamaño
  • OFFERATORY: "All Creatures of Our God and King" - Lanie Smith (Ralph Hasings, organ)
  • BENEDICTION: "May the God of Hope Go with Us"
  • POSTLUDE:"March in C Major" - Felix Mendelssohn (Ralph Hastings, organ)

  • Minister - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader - Beth Grace
  • Organist - Ralph Hastings
  • Greeters - Severtson Family
  • Acolyte - Daniel Severtson
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Host - ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Christian Ed
  • Counters - Charlene Spieler / Beth Grace

Sunday, June 19

  • Ice Cream Social after church today - the Christian Ed Committee is hosting this social to mark the last Sunday School for the program year. This Sunday also celebrates FATHER'S DAY!

Monday, June 20

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, June 21

  • Session Meeting - 7:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, June 22

  • Search Committee - 7:00pm, Conference Room

Thursday, June 23

  • Parish Paper items are due at noon
  • Search Committee - 7:00pm, Conference Room

FRIDAY, June 24

  • Pastor Deb is on Study leave
  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Saturday, June 25

  • Pastor Deb is on Study leave
  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Photo: First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam, NY
First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam
Two hundred years of faithful service


Whether you are looking for a church home, a place to explore your faith, or a place to volunteer your time and make a difference, the Potsdam Presbyterian Church welcomes you to join us in our mission in the community and in the world.

You are encouraged to participate in worship, to join any of our groups and to take part in all the activities of the church. Our church family welcomes new members and new friends.


We will be looking for you!

Home Page Features

Rev. Deborah Packard

Rev. Deborah Packard was installed as our new pastor on Sunday, April 28, 2013
Installation Service Bulletin

Pastor Deb's Office Hours

Tuesday 10:30-1:30; 3:00-5:00
Wednesday 10:00-2:00
Thursday 1:30-5:00
Friday 9:00-12:00; 2:00-4:30

NOTE: Pastor Deb on study leave June 24 - June 30


LINK to a .pdf version of the June Parish Paper.
(Articles for the July Parish Paper
are due on or before Thursday, June 23 at noon)

June 19, 2016
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

THE SCHEDULED COMMUNITY DINNER FOR JUNE HAS BEEN CANCELED. Monthly Community Dinners will resume on Thursday July 21 at 5:00pm. The Presbyterian Community Center is located at the corner of Elm Street and Lawrence Avenue in Potsdam.

We are blessed that Dick Partch is so willing to maintain the front and Elm Street entrance gardens. What we do need now, however, are people who would be willing to work on the garden on Elm Street outside the Center and the pastor’s office. If you would let the office know (265-9434) we can organize a day for working on that garden.

"Jazz Worship Service July 10" – Save the Date!
On Sunday, July 10, we are honored by the presence of Deanna Witkowski, winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. As a composer, Witkowski creates masterly works setting sacred texts to music. She was selected for one of five coveted spots in 2015’s Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, a New York institution that supports playwrights in creating new works for the stage. She will be performing the evening of July 10 with a Brazilian jazz group from NYC at the Norwood Village Green series. (More info will follow.) We are inviting everyone in our local and nearby communities to come and worship with us that day. Here’s a link to Ms. Witkowski’s website:

WESTMINSTER CHOIR REHEARSALS will begin again at the end of summer. We want to thank the choir and director Lonel Woods for sharing their talents during the school year.


The Church Office is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays.
OFFICE CLOSED: Tuesday, June 28 10:00-1:00

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER CONCERNS AND PRAYER LIST. If you have a prayer concern that you would like the pastor to share on Sunday Morning, please ask permission from the individual you are sharing about, write it down and place it on the pulpit before the service begins. If you wish to add someone to the ongoing prayer list, please first ask their permission and then call the church office to add them to the list.

MEMORIAL FUND. Do you want to memorialize or honor someone? Consider contributing to the Memorial Fund. (More...)

NEEDED: Readers for Sunday worship services. Call Shirley Warden (265-4104) to volunteer for this important ministry.


HELP WANTED for the COMMUNITY DINNERS on the third Thursday of each month. Help is needed for food preparation, cooking, setting up, serving, and cleanup. If you can help in any way, please call Dave Wells at 265-5325.

ADULT VOLUNTEERS to provide nursery coverage during Sunday services. Sign-up sheet is posted on the door of classroom 1.

BOTTLE REFUNDS TO HELP FUND OUR CHURCH PROJECTS: Return your bottles to CJ's in the SeaComm Plaza on Market St - and tell them to send your refund to our ROOFING PROJECT.(More...)



C.O.R.C. asks for our help 9-12 on the first Saturday of each month(to sort and put out clothing and do other tasks). Ask at the store about how / when YOU can help at other times. C.O.R.C. bin is now open and the store is taking donations. Need more info? Call Andrea: 265-3940

MINC Emergency Funds Needed! Funds are critically low. Please help support our neighbors in need. Send contributions to: Marilyn Johnson, MINC Emergency Fund Treasurer, 46 May Road, Potsdam, NY 13676 or mail or hand deliver your check to the Church Office. Make checks payable to MINC, and write "Emergency Fund" on the memo line. (More...)

Helping Hands Donations - fill up the shopping cart in the narthex entryway of the Church. Find out what's needed this month: (More...)


(excerpts from documents and photos in our archive)

Chapter One: Establishing Our Church, 1811-1820 
Chapter Two: The Early History of Our Presbytery

LINK to some photos of our Bicentennial Banquet on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011