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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 200 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.
- Attention AH Comet fans! After every home game, we are hosting youth of all ages to join us for wings and other goodies in the church parking lot - just a short walk away from Comet Stadium. Check it out here.
- October is Food Pantry Month!We are collecting for the AEM food pantry which serves 65-70 local families (up from 55). All donations of non-perishable items will be gratefully accepted, but the pantry is in particular need of:
- Canned fruit
- Spaghetti sauce (they have plenty of pasta)
- Packaged crackers (any kind)
- Powdered Milk
- Canned meat (including chili, raviolis, SpaghettiO’s)
- The W.A.Y. is underWAY (get it!). Join us every Wednesday evening for food, Christian education, and music. Details here.
- Musicians welcome! Singers and ringers are always welcome. -more-
- Adult choir - rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm
- Chapel choir - brehearses on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
- Bell choir - rehearses on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm
- The Mission and Justice committee has been busy. Check out their latest activies on the Mission and Justice page.
- October 3 is Annual All-Presbytery Family and Friends Day at Camp Lackawanna -more -
- October 6, at noon is our annual State Hospital Luncheon. Please join us for lunch and fellowship with our guests.
- October 18 is the day for our Potluck Lunch and Game day. -more-
- October 25 marks the beginning of the 2015-16 season of The Arts at FIrst Presbyterian Church, with the Terrace Piano Quartet.
- Have you ever wondered how our pipe organ works? On October 25th get a behind the scenes look at our Moller pipe organ. -more -
- Do you like to plan ahead? Our Fellowship Committee does, and they are already looking forward to next year's Church Picnic. Check it out here.
- Vacation Bible School is over. Thanks to all of our volunteers who made this year's program a success. We hope to see you again next year.
- 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.
- St. Francis Soup Kitchen is accepting gently used men's and women's lightweight clothing. Place your donations in the box in Fellowship Hall.
- Presbyterians were recently in the national news. -more-
- 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.
- Souper Bowl Sunday was a super success. We were able to give $405 to the AEM Food Pantry. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
- The annual meeting of the congregation and corporation was held on Sunday, February 1, 2015. This year's annual report is available here.
- Subscribe now to our weekly e-mail newsletter.
- The Church on the Hill has many activities for all. If you're into music, if you want to provide support for others, if you want to enrich your Christian life, or if you just want to get out and meet people with similar interests, we have activities for all. Click here for a list of our activites to enhance your life within our church community.
The Presbyterians were in the national news earlier this year. On March 17, the 86th presbytery ratified a proposed change in the denomination's Book of Order. This change amends the church's constitution, broadening Christian marriage from being between "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman." Here is an article in the New York Times on the decision (one of the fairest reports thus far).
As you may expect, Presbyterians are people who hold diverse opinions, but generally we believe it is more important to stay together in our diversity than to sever the Body of Christ. Hence there are many perspectives on this matter within our fellowship, although there is great consensus on the power of love and the importance of lifelong commitment.
Want to talk about this? The pastor's door is always open and he welcomes a conversation, especially if you buy the coffee. There is also an excellent study that the national church put together that is available for download. Feel free to give it a look.
- On October 3, join your fellow Presbyterians at Camp Lackawanna for the Annual All-Presbytery Family and Friends Day, noon-4 PM, at Camp Lackawanna: picnic lunch, hikes, canoes, crafts, campfire, eagles, disc-golf, lawn-chair relaxing and more, pre-paid BBQ LUNCH reservations required, DEADLINE SEPT. 25, info and form at www.lackawannapresby.org
- On October 18 the Fellowship Committee will host a Potluck & Game Day in Fellowship Hall, immediately following the Sunday service. Last year’s Game Day had a lot of whoopin’ and hollerin’ going on with the game players, so please come and join in the fun on October 18th. Bring your favorite dish to share, along with your favorite game to play. All ages welcome!
- What kind of pipe has ears, a mouth, an upper lip, a lower lip and a beard? A pipe from a pipe organ, of course! It has been fifteen years since our Moller organ was fully rebuilt and the Music, Worship and Arts Committee would like to celebrate this milestone. After the service on October 25th, gather around the organ to find out a little of the history of pipe organs in general, how an organ works, and explore some of the sounds that are unique to the instrument. John Conklin will be on hand to assist anyone who would like to visit the pipe chamber. We hope our ranks will swell for a great afternoon!
- It is never too early to start planning for the next church picnic and the church Fellowship Committee is already hard at work making plans. 2016 will again find us going to Camp Lackawanna. It will be held the weekend of August 13-14, 2016. Worship will be at the outdoor chapel at Camp Lackawanna on Sunday morning at 10:00 with a service in Clarks Summit as well. There will be hiking, canoeing, and just having a great time enjoying a beautiful spot in God's creation followed by a picnic provided by the church. In the past, we have reserved cabin and tent spaces for anyone who would like to come Saturday evening. We would have a simple supper and a camp fire with lots of singing and s'mores. The Fellowship Committee is now looking for a show of interest in the Saturday night activities. There will be a small fee to those using the cabins/tent sites and canoe rentals. Please contact the Church ofice at 570-586-6306 if you think you might be interested in the Saturday night activities and staying over night at the camp.
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events.