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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

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 the Pastor in the Conference Room Sundays at 9:00am (before  worship). 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 August 17 - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE - (worship bulletin)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Reader: Dick Hutchinson
  • Prelude: "Fair and How Pleasant Art Thou" - Marcel Dupré
  • Special Music: "Campanae Celebrare" (Celebrate with Bells) - Cathy Moklebust (The Noteworthy Bell Choir
  • Children's Time
  • Sermon: "Crumbs of Grace" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Ordination and Installation of Deacons and Ruling Elders: Pat Roda and Linda Caamano - Deacons; Kirk Severtson, Vernice Church, Dave Wells - Elders)
  • Offering and Offertory: "Jerusalem" - C. Hubert, H. Parry, arr. - Jason W. Krug
  • Postlude: "Gloria" (Finale) - Marcel Dupré

  • Greeters: Sharon and Dick Hutchinson    
  • Acolyte: Daniel Severtson
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Terry de la Vega
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:Tom Longshore / Dale Hobson
  • Coffee Hosts: Charlene Spieler, Marion Shelton, Carol Coughlin

 Monday, August 18

  • Vacation Bible School - 9:00-Noon, Center
  • Book Group - 10:00am, Conference Room
  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, August 19

  • Vacation Bible School - 9:00-Noon, Center
  • Finance Committee Meeting  - 5:15pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, August 20

  • Vacation Bible School - 9:00-Noon, Center"Creating Ease with Yoga" (Terry de la Vega) - 4:00-5:15pm, Church Center (bring a pillow and yoga mat, if you have them) (More...)
  • Deacons Meeting - 5:15pm, Conference Room
  • "Creating Ease with Yoga" - 4:00-5:15, Center
  • Soul Food - 5:30, Center

Thursday, August 21

  • Vacation Bible School - 9:00-Noon, Center
  • Parish Paper article submissions deadline - noon

Friday, August 22

  • Vacation Bible School - 9:00-Noon, Center

Sunday August 24 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

10:00AM - WORSHIP SERVICE - (worship bulletin)

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Organist:
  • Reader:
  • Prelude: "
  • Sermon: "" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "" 
  • Postlude: ""

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Terry de la Vega
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:
  • Coffee Hosts: TBA    

Monday, August 25

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, August 19

Wednesday, August 20

  • "Creating Ease with Yoga" - 4:00-5:15, Center
  • Soul Food - 5:30, Center

Thursday, August 21

  • Parish Paper folding and mailing - 9:30, Conference Room

Friday, August 22

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!

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Rev. Deborah Packard

Rev. Deborah Packard was installed as our new pastor on Sunday, April 28, 2013
Installation Service Bulletin

On February 24, 2013 we welcomed our new pastor,  Deborah Packard, to our church! . . . and showered her with a "choice array" of local welcome gifts!  

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

NOTE: Rev. Deb will be out of town August 4-8


The August Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the September Parish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, August 21 at noon)

Week of August 17, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

Vacation Bible School
(ecumenical - open to the community)
THEME: "Workshop of Wonders"
Psalm 77:14a:
"You are the God who works wonders"
AUGUST 18-22 (9:00-noon)
(ages 3 - teen)
Bible storytelling, music, science experiments, crafts, games, snacks.
For more info, call Ranota Hewitson at: 261-9620
(Grown-ups: How you can help make this year's Vacation Bible School the best ever: More...)

"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
have resumed!

4 week class, beginning Wednesday, August 6
(donations will go to beautifying the church property)

August 27, 7pm in the Sanctuary


Annual BBQ
SUNDAY (after the service), SEPTEMBER 7


The Church Office is open from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM weekdays - except closed for lunch 12-1.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Anyone who could provide Special Music throughout the summer months. Please contact the Worship and Nusic Committee or leave a message for Worship and music at the church office at 265-9434 or email 

NEEDED:  Readers for Sunday worship services. Sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside the Conference Room.

LAWN MOWERS NEEDED Please sign up for a time to mow the lawn this summer. When you are done, please call the next person on the list. We have a lawn mower (se Rob Ewy for the key) or you can use your own. Contact Rob Ewy if you have questions: 315-212-9425 or

ZUMBA will meet at 8:30 Tuesday and Thursday Mornings in the Month of August (except for the week of August 17th, i.e. during Vacation Bible School time  - LOCATION: Church and Community Center. NOTE: All donations go to the roof fund.  Questions? Call Danielle Grant: 268-1428.

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