Potsdam United Methodist Church
Where we let Jesus shine! Where we invite, love and nurture ALL!
Sunday Worship
11:00am Service
Pastor Heidi R. Chamberlain
Information info@potsdamumc.org

Missions & Ministries

The Little Free Pantry

Open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Breezeway, 42 Elm Street, Potsdam

A Little Free Pantry is a micro-pantry that is stocked with non perishable and perishable foods, hygiene supplies and other necessities, by neighbors and for neighbors. It is free and available to all.

It is located in the breezeway of The First Presbyterian Church and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

The Pantry receives some financial support and donations through the Potsdam Interfaith Community. Anyone is invited to leave donations, and anyone is welcome to take what they need.

Helping Hands

Meet a local need. Buy a little extra on your next grocery trip & place supplies in the Food for Friends container in fellowship hall. Furniture & housewares are also sought by helping hands.

Helping Hands is a food and used furniture/house wares ministry housed in the former Methodist Church on Rt. 56 in Hannawa Falls, just south of Potsdam. Our congregation is represented on the board of directors and provides food and economic support for the ministry.

Contact Tim Virgil or the church secretary info.

Worship Team: Ushers, Lectionary Readers, Welcome Booth, Greeters and Coffee Hour Hosts

Be a welcoming presence through hospitality and grace to all who enter this place of worship. Handicap accessibility, adaptive listening devices, sermon manuscripts & nursery care are available.

Contact info.

Potsdam Holiday Fund

Give a gift from the heart to a local child in need as we celebrate the ultimate gift...the birth of Christ for us all.

The Potsdam Holiday Fund is a community ministry whose purpose is to provide Christmas help for economically challenged families. Our church hosts the portion of the PHF ministry that provides gifts for the children. A second part of the PHF ministry provides a Christmas meal. Several members of our congregation serve on the PHF Board of Directors.

Contact Tim Virgil or the church secretary info.

Kairos Prison Ministry

Witness to, or pray for those in prison promoting life changing connections with the God of second chances and forgiveness.

The Kairos prison ministry witnesses to the incarcerated. Members of our congregation have been active in taking the word of Christ to those in prisons. In addition the congregation supports the ministry with prayers and economic support.

Contact Walt Theobald or the church secretary info.

Ministry in the North Country (MINC)

Contribute to vacation bible school materials or to building renovation projects regionally.

MINC has an extensive ministry throughout the North Country including furnishing Vacation Bible School materials, helping with utility costs and assisting in renovation projects. Each year the offering from our Thanksgiving service (joint with First Presbyterian Church) is used to support MINC.

Contact Rhoda Hall or the church secretary info.

Summer Read-a-thon

Sponsor a student who reads with a purpose over the summer to support a specific mission.

Each summer, the Sunday School conducts a read-a-thon to raise money for a local cause. This year the money they raise will be donated to the Friday Free Lunch Program.

Contact Marsha Clements or the church secretary info.

UMCOR: United Methodist Committee on Relief

Bring Hope. Be where the need is. All funds go directly to the designated area or mission allowing us to be God's hands & feet to stomp out despair.

UMCOR is the relief arm of the United Methodist Church and one of the most highly regarded agencies in the world. Our congregation supports this program through the payments of apportionments and through donations for specific emergencies.

Contact the church secretary info.

Upper NY Camp & Retreat Ministries including Camp Aldersgate

Explore God's creation as you swim, hike, canoe, or just relax while discovering God's Word and desires for you in this place where lives are changed. Spiritual retreats for adults & summer camp for students.

The UNY annual conference has an outstanding camping program, with six camping and retreat centers, including Camp Aldersgate in Brantingham which is the camp closest to us geographically. Our congregation provides substantial camperships to the children and youth from our congregation who attend.

Contact the church secretary info.

Winter Global Mission Dinner

Support change for the better through our annual sharing of a simple dinner which raises awareness & funds for a highlighted mission globally. Missions in Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, & Nepal have been strongly supported recently.

Our Global Mission Dinner began in 2008, when we supported a parishioner who was going to Nicaragua on a mission trip. So successful was the dinner and so meaningful the experience, the next year we decided to make it an annual event.

Contact the church secretary info.