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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 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 September 14 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist/Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Reader: Ruth Kreuzer
  • Prelude: ""Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele" (Deck Thyself, my Soul, with Gladness) - Johannes Brahms
  • Introit: "Help Us Accept Each Other" - Doreen Potter and Fred Kaan
  • Anthem: "Awake, My Heart" - Jane M. Marshall (Paulus Gerhardt, 1647; tr. by Winfred Douglas)
  • Sermon: "Forgive Who?" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "Forgive Our Sins as We forgive"  - Kentucky Harmony and Rosamond E. Herklots
  • Postlude: "O Gott du frommer Gott" (O God, Thou Faithful God) - Johannes Brahms (Melody from Neu Ordentlich Gesang-Buch, 1646)

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: Caleb Samelski  
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Julie Miller 
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Rob Ewy / Kirk Severtson
  • Coffee Hosts: Mary, Gordy and Emily Theisen
  • MINC (Ministry in North Country) - Gathering at 2:30 at Daily Ridge Presbterian Church to celebrate its 25th year (everyon is invited!)  (More...)

Monday, September 15

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center
  • Stewardship - 4:30pm, Conference Room

Tuesday, September 16

  • Session - 7:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, September 17

  • Yoga - 4:00pm, Center
  • Soul Food - 5:30pm, Center
  • Choir Practice: 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Thursday, September 18 

  • Ladies Guild - 9:30am, Conference Room

Friday, September 19 

  • Sandstone Festival Presentation - 1:00pm, Sanctuary

Sunday September 21 - Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Julie Miller 
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:
  • Coffee Hosts: Neil and Marilyn Johnson / Robert and Roberta Stilin-Dowman     

Monday, September 22

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 24

  • Yoga - 4:00pm, Center
  • Soul Food - 5:30pm, Center
  • Choir Practice: 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Thursday, September 25 

Friday, September 26 

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!

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Rev. Deborah Packard

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

On February 24, 2013 we welcomed our new pastor,  Deborah Packard, to our church! . . . and showered her with a "choice array" of local welcome gifts!  

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


The September Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the October Parish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, September 25 at noon)

A Study Group for Women
who want to be intentional about their spiritual journey
starting Thursday Sept. 25, 7:00-8:15pm (limited space: call 265-3494 to register)  (online version - More...)
(.pdf version -

Week of September 14, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
Wednesdays 5:30

(extended through September)
Wednesday, 4:00-5:15pm
(donations will go to beautifying the church property)

Wedesdays 7pm in the Sanctuary



The Church Office is open from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM weekdays - except closed for lunch 12-1.

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

NEEDED:  Readers for Sunday worship services. Sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside the Conference Room.

GROUNDS HELP NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to make our plants and flowerbeds more beautiful. Contact Lori Guy: (More...)

LAWN MOWERS NEEDED Please sign up for a time to mow the lawn this summer. When you are done, please call the next person on the list. We have a lawn mower (se Rob Ewy for the key) or you can use your own. Contact Rob Ewy if you have questions: 315-212-9425 or

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, )

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...)


(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.

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 NEEDS: 1) Hands to help out Friday mornings (9-12) to help clean and organize the building, and strong backs on Saturdays to help with furniture pick-ups, 2) Food to put into hands of the hungry (