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Welcome to the online home of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA – “The Church On the Hill.” We are glad you have found the website of this lively, loving and faithful congregation. We invite you to click through our pages and discover why so many thoughtful Christians in our region make this church their spiritual home.

 

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and have more than 500 members. Each week about 140 people attend worship and education, which makes us one of the largest Presbyterian congregations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
 

We welcome all people to our church family.

 

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  • Holy Week is here.  Join us:
    • Palm Sunday, April 14 - 10:00 am worship
          11:00 am - Holy Week program - an intergenerational program held after worship.
    • Maundy Thursday - April 18 - 7:30 pm communion service and Tenebrae
    • Good Friday - April 19 - Noon.  Worship service
    • Easter Sunday - April 21 - 8:30 am & 10:00 am - Worship service with Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
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    • One Great Hour of Sharing  is underway.  Help us fill the net with fish. -more-
    • April 24 - We are delighted to announce that Glynis Johns, director of the Black Scranton project, will lead a class on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:15 pm. This is a rescheduled date from February, and will be the only adult class that evening. Ms. Johns will share her research on the hidden and under-reported African American population in our region. It is a fascinating and largely untold story.
    • April 28 - The Abington CROP WALK. Registration begins at 1:30 pm. at the Dalton Fire Company. The Walk, which takes place along the Countryside Conservancy’s Trolley Trail, is 3 miles long and begins at 2:00 p.m. To register as a walker or donate, click here.
    • Mid-April - Our own David Porter is creating ten Pillar Art Designs for our sanctuary. The works are now on display in the Linder Gallery on the campus of Keystone College.  Check out a sample here. The banners will be in our sanctuary after the show, in mid-April.
    • May 19 - We host our final Arts @ First Presbyterian with a concert of chamber music with John Michael Vaida, the brilliant young violinist and violist, and members of the NEPA Chamber Music Society.
    • June 27-30 - Camp Lackawanna hosts a special Family Camp Weekend. It's really affordable for families of all shapes and sizes. -more-
    • July 8 - 12 - VBS-2019-webVacation Bible School 2019.  This year's theme is Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.  Young people age 4 to grade 5 are welcome to join the journey. -more-

    • August 2 - The Presbytery of Lackawanna will be having a night at the RailRiders game.
    • Immerse Bible Reading Experience - Do you struggle with reading the bible?  Do you find the language cumbersome and hard to read sometimes? Last spring, we had Immerse groups convening as a reading group, meeting regularly eight times at a time of mutual convenience, and reading and discussing together. The good news is we are continuing the Immerse program through the spring. -more-
    • St. Francis Clothing Center is in need of all types of clean, gently used seasonal clothing for men and women. There is a special need for men’s sneakers and jeans. Please leave your donations in the box located in fellowship hall.
    •  Did you know ??  The church building is available for members and non-members for community and educational purposes.  Fees may apply.  -more-
    • The 120-year old Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study has become an online-only free digital resource. This move broadens the reach of the book’s audience by sharing its inspiring content in a timelier manner and also demonstrates good stewardship of church resources. 
      The Mission Yearbook dates back to 1892 as a simple calendar of prayer to help women’s societies pray for missionaries on designated days. It has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States.
    • Rev. Carter's sermons are now available as podcasts.  Listen here.
    • For Children ages 2 - 7 and their parents or grandparents are invited to a new adventure on Sunday mornings: Adventures in the Bible. -more-
    • Going on vacation?  Did you know that you can set up your on-line giving so your pledge goes to the church even if you can't.  Click on the  big green pledge button and and set up your periodic giving. Youcan also direct a gift to any program.  Missions, music, youth programs, OGHS and the Deacon's Fund are just a few of the many programs that can use your gifts.
    • The Presbyterian Church (USA) is governed by its Book of Order. More than a mere "rule book," the Book of Order is a collection of wisdom, a statement of our church's values, and reasonable operating principles for how the church of Jesus Christ will do its work in the world. The Presbyterian Book of Order is available for downloading here.
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      Coming up in May and beyond!
          • Immerse Bible Reading Experience - Do you struggle with reading the bible?  Do you find the language combersome and tedious? Last spring, we had Immerse groups convening as a reading group, meeting regularly eight times at a time of mutual convenience, and reading and discussing together.


            See the Immerse video.


            The good news is we are continuing the Immerse program through the spring. The current book is “Immerse – Kingdoms” which tells the story of Israel from the time of its conquest of Canaan (Joshua) through its struggle to settle the land (Judges, Ruth) and the establishment of Israel's kingdom, which ends in a forced exile (Samuel-Kings). The nation of Israel, commissioned to be God's light to the nations, falls to division and then foreign conquest for rejecting God's rule. Each book is self-contained. You don’t need to have completed the first books to join an existing group or start a new reading group.


            The next book is "The Prophets".


            Please notify our church office at your earliest convenience. Books are available for $10 at the church office.

          • On Sunday mornings between September and May, children ages 2-7 and their parents or grandparents are invited to a new adventure: Adventures in the Bible. The group will meet in room 111 from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Together, we will explore a Bible story, bring the story to life with a craft or activity, and sing songs of praise. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 570-586-6306. We look forward to welcoming you, so all can learn about the Bible and prepare for worship!

       



       

       

      Check our Calendar for more upcoming events.

       

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        • October 25 marks the beginning of the 2015-16 season of The Arts at FIrst Presbyterian Church, with the Terrace Piano Quartet.
        • October 25 (and October 28) visit the Resource Fair. A variety of faith-filled videos and books will be available for you to browse or purchase for your family.
        • Have you ever wondered how our pipe organ works? On October 25th get a behind the scenes look at our Moller pipe organ. -more -

       

     
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