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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: 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  


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

  • Worship Leader: Rev. Deborah Packard, Preacher
  • Pianist/Organist: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor
  • Reader: Mary Ellen Frackenpohl
  • Prelude: "Steal Away to Jesus" - African-American Spiritual (Setting by Raymond H. Haan
  • Introit: "Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord" - Calvin Weiss Laufer and William H. Foulkes
  • Anthem: "O How Amiable" - Ralph Vaugn Williams
  • Sermon: "American Idol" - Rev. Deborah Packard 
  • Offering and Offertory: "God, Whose Giving, Knows No Ending" - The Sacred Harp and Robert l. Edwards
  • Postlude: "Postlude on Two Spirituals: 'Go Down, Moses' and 'I Want to Be Ready" - Charles Callahan

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: Rylee Cooper  
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Peggy Burlingame   
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Dawn Bartow / Charlene Spieler
  • Coffee Hosts: Sharon and Bob Pickard  
  • Children's Choir Reheasal - 11:30am, Sanctuary   

Monday, October 20

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, October 21  

  • Session - 5:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, October 22 

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

Thursday, October 23 

  • Deadline for the November Parish Paper submissions - 12:00 noon
  • Womens Group - 7:00pm, Conference Room


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

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

  • Greeters:  TBA   
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • Elder/Deacon at the Door: Neil and Marilyn Johnson    
  • Sound Engineer: Brad Hewitson
  • Counters: Jerry Gravander / Kirk Severtson  
  • Coffee Hosts: Josie and Kirk Severtson   
  • Children's Choir Reheasal - 11:30am, Sanctuary  
  • Memorial Service for Shirley Baylash - 1:30pm, Sanctuary  

Monday, October 27

  • Knitting Group - 3:00pm, Center

Tuesday, October 28  

  • Book Group - 10:00am, Center
  • Session - 6:00pm, Conference Room

Wednesday, October 29

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

Thursday, October 30 

  • Parish Paper folding - 9:30 noon
  • Womens Group - 7:00pm, Conference Room
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

Shirley Baylash Memorial Service - There will be a memorial Service for Shirley Baylash on Sunday, October 26, at 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary. All are invited to attend the reception following the service, in our Center.


The October Parish Paper is now online. (articles for the November Parish Paper  are due on or before Thursday, October 23 at noon)

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

LINK to .pdf version or the
Week of October 19, 2014
Announcements and Sunday Lectionary Readings

"SOUL FOOD" Gatherings
Wednesdays 5:30

Wednesdays 7pm and Sundays 9am
in the Sanctuary
(ninth grade through adult)

(approx.) 11:30-Noon - grades 4-8
(Contact: Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, Music Director, for additional information)


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


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.

Honoring Our Members

Attention All Members: On 26 October, Reformation Sunday, we would like to honor 5 yr. members, 10 yr. members, 25 yr. members and 50+ yr. members. Please help us update our record keeping by letting the church office (265-9434) know if you fit one of these categories. Thanks for your help in this matter!

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.

GROUNDS HELP NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to make our plants and flowerbeds more beautiful. Contact Lori Guy: (More...)

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

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)