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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 on Sundays: 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), Worship Service is held in the Church Center  (as of January 20, 2013) (returning to the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday at the latest). Worship Service Hours: 10:00am (9:30am - beginning the first Sunday in July and returning to its 10:00am start time on the last Sunday in August.)   
  • 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 20 

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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Organist: Ralph Hastings
  • Reader: Nicole Gendron    
  • Prelude: "Rondeau" - Jean Joseph Mouret (Frank, Kim, Lynde, and Jessica Wangler
  • Sermon: "Dream a Little Dream" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "Air on the G String" - J. S. Bach (Lynde and Jessica Wangler)
  • Postlude: "Bouree" - G. G. Handel (Frank, Lynde, and Jessica Wangler) 

  • Greeters: Tom Longshore and Barbara Baker   
  • Acolyte: Caleb Samelski  
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Shirley Baylash
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:  Cynthia Coleman / TBA   
  • Coffee Hosts: Wangler Family   

 Monday, July 21

  • Book Group - 10:00am, Center
  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, July 22

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center  

Wednesday, July 23

  • Soul Food - Movie: "Saving Mr. Banks", Center

Thursday, July 24

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center
  • Parish Paper articles due - 12:00 noon, Church Office

Sunday July 27 

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: TBA    

 Monday, July 28

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, July 29

  • Zumba - 8:30am, Center  

Wednesday, July 30

Thursday, July 31

  • 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!

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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


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 June 29, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
(will resume in the fall)


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 THE ROOFING PROJECT: 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...)

ROOF pledges needed for ongoing renovations. All additional donations also received with gratitude. (More...)

HP and Lexmark spent ink cartridges for 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, 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) to help clean and organize the building, and strong backs on Saturdays to help with furniture pick-ups, 2) Food to put into hands of the hungry (More...)

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