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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 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 April 19, 2015 - Third Sunday of Easter

  • Meditation - 9:15-9:45am, Room 2
  • Choir Practice - 9:00am, Sanctuary

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE (worship bulletin)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard - Preacher
  • Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Reader: Rylee Cooper
  • Prelude: "Prelude on the melody 'O Filii et Filae" (Ye Sons and Daughters of the King) - Francois Dandrieu
  • Choral Introit: "My Song is Love Unknown" - John Ireland and Samuel Crossman (Westminster Choir)
  • Anthem: "O Sons and Daughters of the King" - Paul Sjolund (Westminster Choir)
  • Sermon: "God's Future" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Offertory: "Somebody's Knocking at Your Door" - Traditional Spiritual (Westminster Choir)
  • Postlude: "Fugue in C Major" - Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Greeters: Robin and Bryan Wilkinson
  • Acolyte: Martin Heintzelman
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Dawn Bartow
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Pat Roda / Louise Heintzelman
  • Coffee Hosts: Rob Ewy and Carolyn Zanta

Monday, April 20

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, April 21

  • Finance Committee - 7:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, April 22

  • Mission - 4:00pm, Conference Room
  • Yoga - 4:00-6:00pm, Center
  • Choir Rehearsal - 7:00pm, Room 4

Thursday, April 23

  • Deadline for Parish Paper articles - 12:00 Noon

Friday, April 24

  • no meetings

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


The April Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the May Parish Paper are due on or before Thursday, May 23 at noon)

LINK to .pdf version or the
Week of April 12, 2015
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"SOUL FOOD" Gathering

NOTE: (watch here to see when "SOUL FOOD" reconvenes)

Wednesdays 7pm in Room 4, Center and Sundays 9am
in the Sanctuary
(ninth grade through adult)

(approx.) 11:30-Noon - grades 4-8
(Contact: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, Music Director, for additional information)


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


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...)


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.

ARE YOU AN ELDER OR A 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 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 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 (More...)

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

HELPING HANDS: FOOD (canned fish and peanut butter for JUNE) Is always needed; in addition, the BLANKET DRIVE is continuing. Household items (towels, sheets, pots/pans, etc, even gently-used furniture gratefully accepted. (More...)