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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, December, 4 2016 - Second Sunday of Advent Communion will be Served Today

  • Meditation - 9:15-9:45am, Room 2


  • WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Deborah Packard
  • READER: Galen Pletcher
  • Service Bulletin
  • PRELUDE: "Veni Emmanuel" - by Marcel Dupre (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)
  • MUSICAL RESPONSE: "What Can I Give Him" by Craham (Westminster Choir, with Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)
  • ANTHEM: "Lo, Ho A Rose E're Blooming" - by Michael Praetorius (Westminster Choir, with Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)
  • SERMON: "Meet Me at the Riverside" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • OFFERTORY: "On Jordan's Bank" - by Helmuth Rilling (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)
  • BENEDICTION: "While We Are Waiting, Come" - WAITING (Cason)
  • POSTLUDE: "Veni Emmanuel" - by Healey Willan (Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist)

  • Preacher - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Reader - Galen Pletcher
  • Organist - Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Communion Server - Ranota Hewitson
  • Choir Director - Lonel Woods
  • Greeters - Bob and Sharon Pickard
  • Acolyte - Mark or Daniel Severtson
  • Advent Candle Lighter - Linda Caamano
  • Sound Engineer - Brad Hewitson
  • Coffee Hosts - Terry de la Vega and Dale Hobson
  • Counters Victor Caamano and Dale Hobson

Sunday, December 4

  • Greening of the Sanctuary - Directly after worship this week, you are invited to join us in the greening of the sanctuary!
  • Please join us for Coffee Hour after the service!
  • Bible Study - 4:30, Conference Room

Monday, December 5

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, December 6

  • (no church events or meetings today)

Wednesday, December 7

  • Choir Practice - 7:00pm, Room 4

Thursday, December 8

  • (no church events or meetings today)

Friday, December 9

  • (no church events or meetings today)

SATURDAY, December 10

  • (no church events or meetings 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 November Parish Paper.
(Articles for the December Parish Paper
are due on or before Monday, November 28 at noon)

December 4, 2016
Weekly Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings


We continue our tradition of donations of poinsettias as a beautiful tribute to honor our loved ones. Order forms will once again be available in the pew racks and also at the entrances to the sanctuary. In order to provide these lovely plants in a timely fashion, we ask that you please get your requests filled out and sent to the office, either via the collection plate, or drop them off in the office at your convenience, no later than Sunday, December 18. The cost remains at $12.


Reminder – the envelopes for the Christmas Joy offering are in the pews for your convenience.


Help us “Un-decorate” our Giving Tree. Our tree is set up in the Center with tags for you to take and provide gifts for by age and gender. Please take a tag from our Giving Tree and bring back a new gift for that child by December 12. The gifts will be distributed at Santa’s Workshop, coordinated by the Potsdam Holiday Fund Committee.


There will be a luncheon for all ladies of the church on Tuesday, December 20, at 1:00 PM, at the Thai Cuisine restaurant on Fall Island in Potsdam. All ladies are welcome to attend. Please contact Helen Brouwer at 265-6234 by December 15th to indicate if you will be attending.


The Finance Committee is working on the 2017 budget. If you have not returned your 2017 pledge card please do so. If you need a card please contact the Church Office 265-9434. Thank you to all who have pledged for the coming year.

LIKE TO SING? JOIN THE CHOIR! The choir is directed by Crane professor Lonel Woods. Rehearsals are held in room 4 - 7:00-8:00 Wednesdays; and on Sundays, when we start in room 4 at 9:00 and then rehearse in the sanctuary until 9:45.


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.


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! Please help support our neighbors in need. Send contributions to: Cynthia Coleman (MINC Emergency Fund Treasurer), 5 Grant St., 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...)


(excerpts from documents and photos in our archive)

falso rolex orologiChapter 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