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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@gmail.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 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 1, 2016 - SIXTH SUNDAY after EASTER

  • Westminster Choir Practice - 9:00-10:45, Room 4 and Sanctuary)
  • 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: Dave Powers
  • PRELUDE: "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen - ("From God naught shall divide me") - (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ)
  • CHORAL INTROIT: "Zion Hears the Watchman Calling (Wachet Auf)" (from Cantata #140) Johann Sebastian Bach - (Tenor and Organ, John Lindsey, violin)
  • ANTHEM: "Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether" - Harold Friedell (Westminster Choir; Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ; John Lindsey, violin)
  • SERMON: "Outside the Gates" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • OFFERATORY: "Violin Sonata in G-Minor - first movement (Adagio)" - Georg Frideric Handel - (John Lindsey, violin and Julie Miller, piano)
  • BENEDICTION: "Dona Nobis Pacem" (lead by Wesminster Choir)
  • POSTLUDE:"Christus Vincit" - Achille P. Brager (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ)

  • Minister - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader - Dave Powers
  • Choir Director - Lonel Woods
  • Organist - Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Greeters - Children of the Church
  • Acolyte - Mark Severtson
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Host - TBA
  • Counters - Dawn Bartow / Vernice Church

Sunday, May 1

  • Race and Reconciliation - 4:30-6:00, Center

Monday, May 2

  • Rummage Sale setup - 9:00am, Center
  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, May 3

  • Rummage Sale setup - 9:00am, Center
  • Session Committee Meeting - 7:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, May 4

  • Rummage Sale setup - 9:00am, Center
  • Westminster Choir Practice - 7:30pm, Center, Rm. 4

Thursday, May 5

  • Rummage Sale - 9:00am-6:00pm, Center
  • Parish Paper folding - 9:30am, Conference Room

FRIDAY, May 6

  • Rummage Sale - 9:00am-6:00pm, Center
  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Saturday, May 7

  • Rummage Sale - 9:00am-12:00pm, Center
  • CORC Store - volunteers needed - 9:00-10:30am
  • Pride Parade - downtown - 12:00-3:00pm


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!

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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...)

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 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 1, 2016
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings


MAY RUMMAGE SALE! May 5, May 6, May 7

HOURS: Thursday May 5: 9am-6pm; Friday May 6 9am-6pm; Saturday May 7: 9am-noon
ITEMS FOR SALE: clothing kitchenware, books, collectibles, toys, crafts, small appliances, baby items, etc.
NOTE: BAG SALE SATURDAY - $4/bag.

(Pease bring in your donation for the sale starting on Sunday May 1. Thank you!)


"Race and Reconciliation" study to begin Meetings are on Sunday afternoons 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 from 4:30 - 6:00pm, in the Center. 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
Wednesdays 7pm in Room 4 (Center)
and Sundays 9am in Room 4 (Center) or in the Sanctuary
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! (ninth grade through adult)

CHURCH ANOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY'S OFFICE HOURS
The Church Office is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays. OFFICE IS CLOSED ON MONDAY MAY 30 for MEMORIAL DAY


FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR IMPORTANT BUDGET FACTS!


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.


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 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...)

RECYCLING PERKS (More...)

MISSION

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

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