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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

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 February 7, 2016 - Transfiguration Sunday

  • Meditation: 9:15-9:45am, Room 2

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE (worship bulletin).
Communion will be shared today (After worship join us for coffee hour in the Center)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader: Galen Pletcher
  • Prelude: "Prayer" - Leon Boellman, (Ralph Hastings, Organist)
  • Choral Introit: "A Celtic Ring" - Susan Geschke (Noteworthy Bell Choir)
  • Anthem: "Celtic Communion" - SATB Choir and Westminster Choir - (Ralph Hastings, Organist)
  • Sermon: "Shining Faces" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Offertory: "Give Thanks" - Henry Smith, arr. Susan Geschke (Noteworthy Bell Choir)
  • Benediction: "Dona Nobis Pacem" (lead by the Westminster Choir)
  • Postlude: "Hava Nagila" - Arr. by Martha Lynn Thompson (Noteworthy Bell Choir)

  • Minister - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Choir Director - Lonel Woods
  • Organist - Ralph Hastings
  • Reader - Galen Pletcher
  • Acolyte - Erik Severtson
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Host - Elisabeth Eno
  • Counters - Suzanne Waters / Cynthia Coleman

    Sunday, February 7

  • God and Me - 3:30pm, Conference Room

Monday, February 8

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, February 9

  • Worship and Music Committee Meeting - 11:00am, Conference Room

Wednesday, February 10

  • Westminster Choir Practice - 7:00pm, Center, Room 4

Thursday, February 11

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Friday, February 12

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Saturday, February 13

  • (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


LINK to a .pdf version of the February Parish Paper.
(Articles for the March Parish Paper
are due on or before Thursday, March 18 at noon)

LINK to a .pdf version for the
Week of February 7, 2016
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

Upcoming Community Dinner - February 18

The Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers will again host dinner at the Presbyterian Community Center on Thursday, February 18 at 5pm.

The menu will include Burritos, Salad, Cookies/Brownies and drinks. The burritos will include a choice of sour cream, lettuces, tomatoes, onions, rice, cheese, beans, and beef. The salad will include lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cheese, and a variety of dressings.

(Please note that this is not a schedule conflict with the Lenten Series meeting – people can enjoy their meal here, then proceed over to the Methodist Church at 6:30 to participate in the DVD presentation and discussion.

Lenten Thursday Night Justice Series Begins February 18

Thursday night, the 18th of February, we will begin a four part Lenten series that centers on justice issues. This is something else we will be partnering in with the Methodists. Our first meeting will be at the Methodist church. We will begin at six with a potluck dinner and then at 6:30 we will view a DVD which will lead to a discussion of the evening’s topic. Our Lenten gatherings will take place over four Thursdays and are scheduled for 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 and 3/10.


Beaver Camp retreat weekend is set for February 27,28. All accommodations and meals are included. Cross country skiing, tubing, walking in evergreen woods, sitting by the fire, snowshoeing, fellowship, games and puzzles are activities for all ages to enjoy. Please speak to Julie Miller, Carolyn Zanta, Linda Caamaño or Ranota Hewitson about the details.

God and Me Program
(for the children of the church)

Ongoing meetings have been scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 3:30 PM in the Conference Room, starting February 7. Ellen MacMaster will be the leader of the program. Anyone who may be interested in working with the children as a mentor is also invited to attend. Questions? Contact Ellen at: or call her at: 244-9733.

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


The Church Office is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays

Presidents Day


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.

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...)


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...)



(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



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...