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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@twcny.rr.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 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 November 23 - TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

  • Choir practice starts at 9:00 in the sanctuary today

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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Organist: Ralph Hastings
  • Reader: Dick Hutchinson
  • Prelude: "Praise the Lord with the Drums and Cymbols" - Karg-Elert
  • Choral Introit: "Stand Up and Bless the Lord" - Charles Lockhart and James Montgomery (Westminter Choir)
  • Anthem: "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones" - (Westminster Choir, Kirk Severtson - Director, Pianist)
  • Sermon: "Holy Hospitality, Batman!" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "All Depends on God's Blessing"  - Karg-Elert
  • Postlude: "Thank We All Our God" - Karg-Elert

  • Greeters: Bob and Sharon Pickard   
  • Acolyte: Daniel Severtson  
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Rob Ewy
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Dawn Bart / Rob Ewsy
  • Coffee Hour Hosts: Victor and Linda Caamano

  • Deacons Meeting - following worship
  • NEEDED: people to help get out and set up the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary

Monday, November 24 

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, November 25    

  • Book Group - 10:00am, Center

Wednesday, November 26  

  • Parish Paper folding - 9:30am, Conference Room
  • NO Soul Food  
  • NO Choir Practice

Thursday and Friday, November 27-28 

  • OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING


Sunday November 30 - TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

  • Choir practice starts at 9:00 in the sanctuary today

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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist/Organist: Kirk Severtson 
  • Reader: TBA
  • Prelude: ""
  • Choral Introit: ""
  • Anthem: ""
  • Sermon: "" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "" 
  • Postlude: ""

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door:      
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:    
  • Coffee Hosts: Mission Committee         

Monday, December 1 

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, December 2    

Wednesday, December 3  

  • Soul Food - 5:30pm, Center
  • Choir Practice - 7:00, Center, Room 4

Thursday December 4

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

3rd Quarter Donation Statements are now available - pick yours up in the Conference room!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The November Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the November Parish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, November 20 at noon)


NOTICE: Congregational Meeting after church on December 7 (We will continue out talke about our finanacial future. Bring your ideas and thoughts about what we can do differently)


FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES
A Study Group for Women
who want to be intentional about their spiritual journey
starting Thursday October 8, 7:00-8:15pm (limited space: call 265-3494 to register)  (click on More... for details on this site)
(or LINK to .pdf version
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LINK to .pdf version or the
Week of November 23, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings


"SOUL FOOD" Gathering
Wednesday 11/19/14 - bring your favorite  
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(No SOUL FOOD on November 26)



WESTMINSTER CHOIR REHEARSALS
Wednesdays 7pm in Room 4, Center and Sundays 9am
in the Sanctuary
NOTE: no choir rehearsal Wednesday 9/12 or 9/26 (Sunday 9/16 reheasal at 9:30)
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
(ninth grade through adult)

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CHILDREN'S CHOIR REHEARSALS
Sundays
(approx.) 11:30-Noon - grades 4-8
(Contact: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, Music Director, for additional information)

ANOUNCEMENTS

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


FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR IMPORTANT BUDGET FACTS!


Sunday Morning Prayer Concerns
and Prayer List
 

In an attempt to honor the privacy of individuals and ensure that we pray for those who would like us to pray for them, the Pastor will only mention aloud those who specifically ask. 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 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.


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, pbburlin@twcny.rr.com )

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...)

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

MISSION

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