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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

  • Choir Practice - 9:00am Sanctuary

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE (worship

Sunday January 25, 2015


  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Reader: Galen Pletcher
  • Prelude: "Preludio XIX" - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Choral Introit: "In Silence My Soul Thirsts for God" Sheldon W. Sorge and Tammy Wiens
  • Children's Choir Anthem: "The Angels Keep A-Watchin'" - Traditional Spiritual, arr. Nolan Williams Jr.
  • Sermon: "But, I don't Want to Go to Nineveh" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Offertory: "Precious Lord Take My Hand" - George N. Allen, arr. Thomas A. Dorsey
  • Response to Offertory: "Precious Lord, I love Your name..." - Thomas A. Dorsey
    • Greeters: Rob Ewy and Carolyn Zanta
    • Acolyte: Daniel Severtson
    • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
    • Counters: Cynthia Runge / Jennifer McDonald
    • Coffee Hosts: SOUP and BREAD Luncheon
    • NO Children's Choir Rehearsal Today

    Monday, January 26

    • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

    Tuesday, January 27

    • Red Cross Blood Drive - 12:30-5:30pm, Center

    Wednesday, January 28

    • Choir Practice - 7:00-8:00, Center, Room 4

    Thursday, January 29

    • Parish Paper Folding - 9:30am, Conference Room

    Sunday February 1, 2015 Super Bowl Sunday!! Today many churches are participating in the event “Souper Bowl Sunday.” Traditionally, the youth and children of this church have led our congregation in this drive to help aid local food pantries. All donations go toward hunger relief.

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 January Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the February Parish Paper  are due on or before Tuesday, January 22 at noon)

LINK to .pdf version or the
Week of January 25, 2015
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

Friday February 27 - Sunday March 1


The Annual Meeting of this congregation will be held following worship on Sunday, January 25, 2015. This will be followed by a soup and bread luncheon in the Center. This meeting is for the purpose of voting on the terms of call for pastor, reviewing the 2015 budget, electing new officers, and conducting the business meeting for the corporation. While nominations may be made from the floor, the nominating committee has proposed this slate: Suzanne Waters and Jerry Gravander for elder; Shirley Warden for deacon.

"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 - (CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY(Jan.19 in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day )


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...)

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. 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)...