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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 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.

 

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Vacation Bible School is almost here! This year’s theme is Deep Sea Discovery, where we learn that God is with us wherever we go. -more-standard-deep-sea-discovery-banner-logo

  • June 5th is graduate recognition Sunday.  Join us in congratulating our graduates.
  • June 5th is also the re-scheduled date for the congregation-wide Scavenger Hunt, which will take place after worship. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera phone (or digital camera). There will be pizza and prizes afterward
  • Check out our upcoming Bike Ride on the Lehigh Gorge trail on June 11.
  • Attention youth! It's time for children and youth to register for the tremendous church camp program that our presbytery runs on a bend along the Susquehanna River. About 40 minutes from Clarks Summit, Camp Lackawanna is a beautiful facility that hosts an array of camps for ages 5 through 12th grade. Don't forget: our church provides scholarships to any youth who wishes to go! -more-
  • The 2015 Annual Report is available here.  Reports for 2013 and 2014 are also available.
  • Yaya is still here!  Williamson Jacques, nicknamed, Yaya, the 2016-2020 Keystone College International Education and Peace Scholar arrived on January 1st. See how you can help.  -more-
  • Musicians welcome!  Singers and ringers are always welcome. -more-

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    • Adult choir - rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm
    • Chapel choir - rehearses on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
    • Bell choir - rehearses on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm
    • Teens - We are now forming a teen choir!  -more-
  • Thanks to the generosity of members and the communityChili, $831.72 was raised in support of local missions through the Souper Bowl of Caring and the Chili Cafe Cook-off. Proceeds went the Bethel AME Shelter and the Abington Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Thanks to all who participated.
  • The Mission and Justice committee has been busy.  Check out their latest activies on the Mission and Justice page.
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  • July 11 marks the first day of this year's Vacation Bible School.  -more-
  • Do you like to plan ahead?  Our Fellowship Committee does, and they are already looking forward to next year's Church Picnic on August 13-14.  Check it out here.
  • September 25 is Worship Through Service Day. -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.
  • 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.

 

 

Happening in May and beyond ...


  • Join us on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30 pm to 6:10 pm in the sanctuary as oboeist Tom Heinze opens our ears to the unique sound of reed instruments. We know Tom as a gifted oboist who shares his talents with us during worship. Did you realize he also plays several other instruments? Tom is planning to bring a variety of single reed and double reed instruments to talk about and demonstrate. It is sure to be a delightful event for your ears, mind and soul. The adults and children of the congregation are invited to join the Chapel Choir for this presentation.
  • Our third annual bike ride on the Lehigh River Gorge rail trail is set for June 11.  We meet in White Haven, ride to Jim Thorpe for lunch, then shuttle back to White Haven.  And it's all downhill!  Contact the church office for details.  There is a fee for the shuttle, but the ride is free.
  • July 11 marks the first day of this year's Vacation Bible School. Join us on a Deep Sea Discovery as we learn that God is with us wherever we go! -more-
  • 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.
  • Mark your calendars for our churchwide Worship Through Service Day to be held on September 25, 2016. Our Session committees, the Deacons, and a couple other groups within the church are choosing and planning 7 - 10 activities/projects to allow all ages and abilities to participate in community service. Each church member will be able to work on an activity particularly of interest to him/her. We will all work together to serve others, living our faith, following Jesus' example. Plus, you'll receive a special church t-shirt to wear that day. Watch for more information as the planning continues.



 

 

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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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