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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, May 29, 2016 - Second Sunday after Pentecost

  • Meditation - 9:15-9:45am, Room 2

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE (worship bulletin)
(After worship join us for coffee hour in the Center)

  • WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • READER: Sarah Miller
  • PRELUDE: "Prepare you hearts and minds to hail th' almighty Saviour" - Helmut Walcha. (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ)
  • SPECIAL MUSIC: "Ave Maria" - John Lindssey, violin and Julie Miller, piano (Westminster Choir)
  • SERMON: "Astonishing Faith" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • OFFERATORY: "Romanza on a Welsh Folk Song" - Ralph Vaughan Williams (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor - organ)
  • BENEDICTION: "May the God of Hope Go with Us"
  • POSTLUDE:"Fugue in C Major" - Dietrich Buxtehude (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ)

  • Minister - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader - Sarah Miller
  • Organist - Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Greeters - Dale Hobson and Terry de la Vega
  • Acolyte - Daniel Severtson
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Host - TBA
  • Counters - Ranota Hewitson / Kirk Severtson

Sunday, May 29

  • (no other church events or meetings today)

Monday, May 30

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Tuesday, May 31

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Wednesday, June 1

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Thursday, June 2

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FRIDAY, June 3

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Saturday, June 4

  • CORC store can use some volunteers today! 9:00-10:30
  • (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 May Parish Paper.
(Articles for the June Parish Paper
are due on or before Thursday, May 26 at noon)

LINK to a .pdf version for May 29, 2016
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"Race and Reconciliation" NOTE: The Sunday 5/15 (last) meeting will be rescheduled for a later date as the pastor was out of town. We are using a study guide workbook, published by our denomination, we will examine what reconciliation might look like and how we can be a part of the change that needs to happen for a peace-filled future. In light of the xenophobic environment that surrounds us at this time the discussion is a timely one.

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 IS CLOSED ON MONDAY MAY 30 for MEMORIAL 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.


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 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...)


(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