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Potsdam Presbyterian Church celebrates bicentennial by helping those in need

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POTSDAM - Potsdam’s First Presbyterian Church is still celebrating its 200th birthday, and now with a new water well in Malawi, Africa.

The church sponsored the construction of a well in central Malawi through the Marion Medical Mission. There is a profound need for clean drinking water in rural sub-Saharan Africa and this well helps meet that need. The sponsored well was completed and placed in service Oct. 3 to the celebration of many of its community members.

It provides water for an estimated 100 children and 50 adults and is one of a number of wells placed in service this year by Marion Medical Mission in the multi-country region of need. These wells help to eliminate cholera and other deadly diseases that cause excessively high child mortality rates. They also save families significant time by reducing travel required to obtain water for daily needs.

Potsdam’s church seeks to serve the needs of others in many ways, both internationally and at home. It provides support for crisis nurseries and education among Africa’s poorest communities, it helps to weatherize north country homes and also provides support for area food pantries, the CORC store, and Renewal House.

The church has offered free community dinners for 25 years and now offers them on the third Thursday of each month our Community Center on the corner of Elm Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Those interested in participating in these activities can help by contributing canned food, preparing dinners, carpentry, knitting baby blankets, or in many other ways. Call the church office (265-9434) for information or come on any Sunday at 10am.

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