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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.
- Join us on September 6 for our annual Jazz Communion. - more -
- It's time for choir practices to start again. Singers and ringers are always welcome. -more-
- Adult choir - begins September 9 at 7:15 pm
- Chapel choir - begins September 16 at 5:30 pm
- Bell choir - begins September 16 at 8:30 pm
- September 13 - Join the W.A.Y. kickoff event immediately after worship. Then on ...
- ... September 16 join the beginning of our Wednesday evening Christian Education program. -more-
- The third annual Lackawanna Presbytery golf tournement is on September 26. - more -
- 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.
- Have you ever wondered how our pipe organ works? On October 25th get a behind the scenes look at our Moller pipe organ. -more -
- 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.
- This year's Jazz Communion is set for Sunday, September 6. This is the 50th anniversary of the first Jazz Mass in America, which was commissioned for the opening year of Grace Cathedral (Episcopalian) in San Francisco, CA. A little-known pianist named Vince Guaraldi wrote the piece, based on music from the Episcopalian hymnal. A few months later, he composed the music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and he was little known no more.
Rev. Carter has extended an invitation to those who would like to sing the Mass. We will have the next rehearsal on Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. Please let Rev. Carter know that you are coming so he can prepare.
At 9:30 a.m., prior to worship, Derrick Bang, national expert on Guaraldi’s work, will deliver a talk about the Guaraldi and the mass.
- The third annual Camp Lackawanna Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Shadowbrook Golf Course in Tunkhannock. Registration begins at 8 o'clcock with a Shotgun start at 9 -- Cost per golfer is $85. Donations for sponsorships are available -- you can participate by attending the luncheon -- the cost is $25. Monies raised will be for scholarships for campers.
- 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
- 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!
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events.