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fpccslogo with textWelcome 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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    November 19 is the date for the next Arts at First Presbyterian Church concert.  Starting at 4:00 pm, this event will feature the choirs of the First Presbyterian Church. -more-Choir-2017

  • November 15 - Once again we will work with The Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency to provide PJs for approximately 90 children in surrounding HeadStart Centers.
  • Also on November 19, we will hold our annual Alternative Gift Market after the church service, and again after the All Church Concert that afternoon.
  • But wait - there's more! On November 19, we receive a special offering in worship to support the Norton Fund, which has helped a significant number of people - people in our church family who are going through financial difficulaties.  Please consider making an extra-commitment gift on that day.
  • November 21 is the deadline for poinsettias to decorate the church in December.  Contact the office.
  • On December 3, we will welcome the season of Advent with a "Hanging of the Greens." It is our pre-Christmas party for all ages! We will decorate our church building for the holidays immediately after worship. A simple soup lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. If you would like to take part in a free wreath-making workshop at 12:15, click here to reserve your spot.
  • The W.A.Y. is underway.  -more-
  • Did you know ??  The church building is available for members and non-members for community and educational purposes.  Fees may apply.  -more-
  • Your One Great Hour of Sharing gift enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors in need around the world.  We raised $5,102 this year.  Find out more at PCUSA.ORG.
  • 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.
  • The Mission and Justice committee has been busy.  Check out their latest activies on the Mission and Justice page.
  • 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 October and beyond!
  • On October 8, we began our month-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
    • Our 10:00 a.m. worship service will feature the prayers and affirmations of Martin Luther, who began the Reformation in October 1517 with a call to an academic debate. Rev. Bill will preach a series of sermons this month on the themes of the German Reformation. The first is called "By Scripture Alone," and is based on Hebrews 4:12-13 and the 8th chapter of Nehemiah.
    • Our church is having a Reformation 500 Bookstore! The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is here. Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Stop by our book fair in Fellowship Hall after worship on Sundays, October 8, 15, and 22 or Wednesdays during the WAY on October 11 and 18. Books for all ages and interests available!
  • Christmas is coming . . . We apologize for bringing that up so soon, but we wanted to invite you to write for "Watching for the Light," our online Advent devotional (see last year's devotional here). Our Worship/Music/Arts committee is looking for 25 volunteers who could write a brief reflection (175-250 words) on a seasonal scripture text. Rev. Bill will be selecting the texts in the next few weeks, and declares, "When it comes to picking a text, it's first-come, first served." To volunteer, click here. Thanks!
  • On December 3, we will have a "Hanging of the Greens" event immediately after worship.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • 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.



    We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation.


    • 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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