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A community gathering in Christ and ministering as God leads
42 Elm Street, Potsdam, NY 13676 phone (315) 265-9434 email p1presch@twcny.rr.com

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 the Pastor in the Conference Room Sundays at 9:00am (before  worship). 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 AND EXPECTED!  (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 December 14 - THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 

  • Choir practice -  9:00 in the sanctuary

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE - Christmas Pageant (worship bulletin)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist/Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor 
  • Reader: Vernice Church
  • Prelude: "Chorale Prelude on 'In dulci jubilo'" - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Choral Introit: "Creator of the Stars of Night" - Sarum Plainsong
  • Anthem: "In dulci jubilo" - Old German Tune, arr. Bob Chilcott
  • Christmas Pageant - presented by the children of the church
  • Offering and Offertory: "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy" - Children's Choir, Kirk Severtson, Piano
  • Postlude: "Postlude on 'Mendelssohn'" (Hark! the herald-angels sing! - David Willcocks

  • Greeters: Bob and Betty Fraser    
  • Acolyte: Nikolas Spieler  
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Peggy Burlingame      
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Cynthia Coleman / Kirk Severtson    
  • Coffee HostsChristmas Pageant Soup and Bread Luncheon, and sweets 

Monday, December 15

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, December 16 

  • Session - 7:00pm, Conference Room    

Wednesday, December 17  

  • Ladies Group - 12:00 noon - Lobster House
  • Mission Committee - 4:00pm, Conference Room
  • Choir Practice - 7:00pm, Center, Room 4

Thursday December 18

  • Ladies Guild - 9:30am, Conference Room
  • Community Dinner - 5:00-6:30pm, Center

Sunday December 21 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT 

  • Choir practice -  9:00 in the sanctuary

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE - (worship bulletin)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist/Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor 
  • Reader: TBA
  • Prelude: ""
  • Choral Introit: ""
  • Anthem: ""
  • Sermon: "" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "" 
  • Postlude: ""

  • Greeters: TBA    
  • Acolyte: Mark Severtson   
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Peggy Burlingame      
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Dale Hobson / Barbara Baker    
  • Coffee Hosts: Coffeed Hour Cookie Exchange 

Monday, December 22

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, December 23 

  • Deadline for Parish Paper submissions - 12:00 noon  

Wednesday, December 24  

  • a late afternoon
    CHRISTMAS "EVE" WORSHIP SERVICE
    - 5:00pm, Sanctuary
    READERS:
    TBA
  • Greeters: TBA    
  • Acolyte: TBA   
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Peggy Burlingame      
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Dawn Bartow / Ranota Hewitson     

Thursday December 25

  • Office closed today for the holidays
  • ENJOY THE BLESSED CHRISTMAS DAY AT HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY!

Friday December 26

  • Office closed today for the holidays
Photo: First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam, NY
First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam
Two hundred years of faithful service

Welcome!

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.

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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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 

LINK to the Advent and
Christmas Schedule

 

The December Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the January Parish Paper  are due on or before Tuesday, December 23 at noon)

NOTE: Annual Report Articles Deadline: January 6, 2015.


LINK to .pdf version or the
Week of December 14, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings


"SOUL FOOD" Gathering
Wednesdays 
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NOTE: NO "SOUL FOOD" gathering on 12/24

WESTMINSTER CHOIR REHEARSALS
Wednesdays 7pm in Room 4, Center and Sundays 9am
in the Sanctuary
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
(ninth grade through adult)

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CHILDREN'S CHOIR REHEARSALS
Sundays
(approx.) 11:30-Noon - grades 4-8
(Contact: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, Music Director, for additional information)

ANOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY'S OFFICE HOURS
The Church Office is open from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM weekdays - except closed for lunch 12-1. (CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (Dec.25 and 26)


FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR IMPORTANT BUDGET FACTS!


Sunday Morning Prayer Concerns
and Prayer List
 

In an attempt to honor the privacy of individuals and ensure that we pray for those who would like us to pray for them, the Pastor will only mention aloud those who specifically ask. 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 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.


Bring canned food items the first Sunday of each month Food donations will be blessed with the offering and sent to "Helping Hands" later (More...)


Tax Information for Donors - (More...)


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 Debbie Shipp at 265-0173.

Are you an Elder or Deacon? Please volunteer to be the "Elder/Deacon at the Door" following the Sunday worship (contact: Peggy Burlingame: 265-9182, pbburlin@twcny.rr.com )

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 CHRUCH 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...)

recycling perks (More...)

BICENTENNIAL NOTES

IN 2011 WE CELEBRATED OUR 200th YEAR!
A BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF POTSDAM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
(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

VISIT THE BICENTENNIAL WEB PAGE

MISSION

C.O.R.C. needs our help (to sort and put out clothing)  Ask at the store about how / when YOU can help. 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. (