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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 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, July 24, 2016 - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Meditation - 9:15-9:45am, Room 2

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE (worship bulletin)

  • WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • READER: Dick Partch
  • PRELUDE: "God of the Prophets, Whose Almighty Hand" - Flor Peeters (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)
  • SPECIAL MUSIC: "Simple Song from Mass" -Leonard Bernstein (Kate Waters, Soprano)
  • SERMON: "What is Prayer" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • OFFERTORY: "Mein glaubiges Herze" from "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68" - Johann Sebastian Bach (Kate Waters, Soprano)
  • MUSICAL RESPONSE: "May God Support You All Your Days" - Dickinson College
  • POSTLUDE: "Fuga in Es-Dur (St. Anne)" - Johann Sebastian Bach (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)

  • Minister - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader - Dick Partch
  • Organist - Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Special Music - Kate Waters, Soprano
  • Greeters - Cynthia Coleman
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Host - TBA
  • Counters - Vernice Church / Jennifer McDonald

Sunday, July 24

  • Coffee Hour

Monday, July 25

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, July 26

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Wednesday, July 27

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

Thursday, July 28

  • Parish Paper folding - 10:15am Conference Room

FRIDAY, July 29

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)

SATURDAY, July 30

  • (no church events, meetings or activities today)


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!

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

LINK to a .pdf version of the July Parish Paper.
(Articles for the July Parish Paper
are due on or before Monday, July 25 at noon)


July 24, 2016
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings


CALL FOR GARDENERS!
We are blessed that Dick Partch is so willing to maintain the front and Elm Street entrance gardens. What we do need now, however, are people who would be willing to work on the garden on Elm Street outside the Center and the pastor’s office. If you would let the office know (265-9434) we can organize a day for working on that garden.


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.

CHURCH ANOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY'S OFFICE HOURS
The Church Office is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays.


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

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

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