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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 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)  NOTE: Worship Service is held in the Sanctuary during spring, summer and fall. During the cold of winter (i.e. after the Christmas Season), we hold worship services in the Church Center, returning to the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday).     
  • 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


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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist: Julie Miller; Guitar: Dave MacMaster; Flute: Ellen MacMaster; Vocalists: Deb, Julie, Dave, Ellen...and the Congregation
  • Reader: Dale Hobson  
  • Prelude: "Circle of Life"
  • Call to Worship: "Here We Are" (refrain: congregation)
  • Opening Prayer: "Hear, O Lord" (Deb and Ellen)
  • Opening Song: "If I Had a Hammer" (congregation)
  • Anthem: "The Times They Are A-Changing"
  • Children's Time: "Rock-a-My-Soul"
  • Response to the Word: "Lay It All Down"
  • The Message: selected songs ("Blowing in the Wind," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "This Land is Your Land") and reading from Ann Weems, Reaching for Rainbows - Rev. Deborah Packard, Dale Hobson, Ellen and Dave MacMaster , and congreation 
  • Affirmation of Faith: "I Believe"
  • Offering and Offertory: "Amazing Grace" - Ellen and Dave
  • Closing Song: "Weave Me the Sunshine" 

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Shirley Baylash
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Ranota Hewitson / Kirk Severtson     
  • Coffee Hosts: TBA    

 Monday, July 28

  • Rural Rehab  - meet at 8:30, Center (More...)
  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, July 29

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center  

Wednesday, July 30

  • Soul Food - 5:30pm, Center

Thursday, July 31

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center
  • Parish Paper Folding - Conference Room, Center

Sunday August 3 

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: Shirley Baylash
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:     
  • Coffee Hosts: Nicole Gendron / Charlene Spieler    

 Monday, August 4

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, August 5 

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center  

Wednesday, August 6

  • "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...)

Thursday, August 7

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center
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

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


The July Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the August Parish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, July 24 at noon)

Week of July 27, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
have resumed!

(week of July 27th)
All are invitied to join the work crew! (More...)

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

Vacation Bible School
(ecumenical - open to the community)
AUGUST 11-15 (9:00-noon)
(ages 3 - youth)
music, lessons, science experiments, games, snacks and more

August 27, 7pm in the Sanctuary



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 Mornings in the Month of July  - 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



C.O.R.C. needs our help (to sort and put out clothing) Saturdays on June 28th and August 9 -  9:00-10:30am

MINC Emergency Funds Needed! Funds are critically low. Please help support our neighbors in need. Send contributions to: Marilyn Johnson,...