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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 April 13 - PALM SUNDAY  

  • Choir Rehearsal - 9:00am - Church and Community Center, Room 4

8:00-9:30am - Palm Sunday Breakfast - Church and Community Center 

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

  • Worship Leader:  Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Organist: Laura Toland
  • Reader: George Davis 
  • Gathering Music: "When the King Shall Come" - James Biery
  • Prelude: "The Holy City" - Stephen Adams (Cameron Brownell, Soloist) 
  • Anthem: "Lament of the Cross" - Joseph Martin (Westminster Choir; Kirk Severtson, Pianist; Cameron Brownell and Kate Waters, Soloists)
  • Children's Time   
  • Sermon: "Where Does the Procession Lead?" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Offering and Offertory: "Hosanna" - Michael Burkhardt
  • Postlude: "Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds" - Robert Hobby

  • Greeters: JoAnne and Dick Partch 
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Dawn Bartow 
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters:  JoAnne Partch / Jennifer McDonald 
  • Coffee Hosts:  Congregational Life        
  • Sermon Feedback - Conference Room, Center
  • Zumba - 3:00pm Church and Community Center

Monday, April 14       

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Church and Community Center

Tuesday, April 15   

  • Session Meeting - 7:00pm, Conference Room, Center

Wednesday, April 16   

  • Westminster Choir Rehearsal - 7:00pm, Room 4, Church and Community Center

Thursday, April 17  

  • Deacons Meeting - 9:30am, Room 2, Church and Community Center
  • Community Dinner - 5:00-6:30pm, Church and Community Center
  • Tenebrae Worship Service (worship bulletin) - 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Good Friday, April 18

  • Good Friday Service (worship bulletin)  - 12:15-12:45pm, Sanctuary

Sunday April 20 - EASTER SUNDAY  

  • Choir Rehearsal - 9:00am - Church and Community Center, Room 4

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

  • Worship Leader:  Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Organist: Laura Toland
  • Reader: Richard Lunt 
  • Gathering Music: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" - Beethoven / arr. hobby
  • Prelude: "Christ, We Do All Adore Thee" - Dubois/arr. Wyrtzen & Hustad 
  • Anthem: "The Festal Day is Here" - trad. Dutch, arr. Hopson (Westminster Choir; Kirk Severtson, pianist)
  • Children's Time / Anthem: Glory to the Risen Lord" - Mark Patterson (the Sunday School Children and the Westminster Choir)   
  • Sermon: "Glory to the Risen Lord" - Rev. Deborah Packard
  • Offering and Offertory: "In Thee is Gladness" - Gastoldi / arr. Wood
  • Postlude: "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" - Robert Hobby

  • Greeters: Terry de la Vega and Dale Hobson  
  • Elder/Deacons at the Door: Dawn Bartow 
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Dawn Bartow / Ranota Hewitson 
  • Coffee Hosts: Session   

 Monday, April 21       

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Church and Community Center

Tuesday, April 22   

  • Mission Meeting - 7:00pm, Conference Room, Center

Wednesday, April 23   

  • Westminster Choir Rehearsal - 7:00pm, Room 4, Church and Community Center

Thursday, April 24  

  • Parish Paper articles due at 12:00 noon
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 April Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the MayParish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, April 24 at noon)

MAUNDY THURSDAY 4/17 - 7:00pm Tenebrae Service
GOOD FRIDAY 4/18 - 12:15 Service
EASTER SUNDAY 4/20 - 11:00am Service

Join us at our Holy Week Services


Thursday, May 1: 9am-6pm
Friday, May 2: 9am-6pm
Saturday, May 3: 9am-12 noon
Come shop...and eat: hot dogs, coffee, lemonade, and baked goods are for sale too!

(Starting Saturday, April 26, bring your items for the sale; place them in room 2 in the Church Center, near the book case toward the back of the room)

NOTE: There will be no "SOUL FOOD" gatherings on April 16, 23, 30 (meetings will resume in May - topic TBA)
"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
(Potluck Supper)
WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm (More...)


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

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

NEEDED: BACK-UP SOUND SYSTEM OPERATORS for the Sunday Services. (training available) (More...)

ZUMBA - 3:00 Sundays - Church and Community Center. All donations go to the roof fund. (Almost $1500 has been raised so far to the 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 April 19th and May 24th 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: (