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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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Have you seen the ten new pieces of art in our sanctuary? Created for us by Dave Porter during a sabbatical from teaching art at Keystone College, these pieces of "pillar art" highlight some of the themes that our congregation values most. We are grateful to God for inspiring these colorful works of love and truth, and deeply grateful to the Porters for offering this work to us.  Shown here is "Justice".



  • Just a reminder...Did you miss a sermon? Or did one catch your attention and you would like to hear it again? Rev. Carter's sermons are available for listening. Check the sidebar to the right or the Sermons tab above.
  • September 22 - Children ages 2 - 7 and their parents or grandparents are invited to a this year's adventure on Sunday mornings: Adventures in the Bible. -more-
  • September 21-22 - Mission Through Service weekend. Now in its fourth year, Mission Through Service is a weekend for expressing the love of Christ through hands-on projects that benefit the people of our community. Details here
  • October 6 - We will dedicate our Peace and Global Witness offering on this, World Communion Sunday. This day's service will mark this world-wide celebration through multi-cultural music and texts, and Communion will be served using vessels collected by church members in their own world travels, some of those trips even mission-related. We invite everyone to give a wider visual emphasis to the day by wearing clothing and jewelry you may have collected while likewise traveling the world.
  • October 6 - Our Alternative Gift Market is moved this year to October 6th (instead of November) to fall on World Communion Sunday. -more-
  • October 13 - We will be holding a Table Talk, after the 10 am service, with Maureen Maher-Gray, who will address Homelessness in NEPA.
  • October 20 - Abraham Jam joint us for our first program for The Arts at First Presbyterian - We are pleased to announce the 2019 - 2020 concert season schedule is now available.  Please check out our Arts Series web page.
  • 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 fall. -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.
  • 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. You can 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!
        • Immerse Bible Reading Experience - Some members of our church are reading the Bible in new way. Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience is designed to take readers through the whole Bible together, using a new reading Bible format supported by fresh “book club” conversations. Six different books make up the whole Bible without chapters or verses, and each book is read over a period of eight or sixteen weeks. Groups meet to discuss the section read weekly or every other week in homes or at church.

          There are currently three different groups reading the Bible in this way at our church. Two groups meet weekly for eight weeks, and one meets every other week for 16 weeks. For information on joining one of these groups, or starting a new one, contact the church office at 570-586-6306.

          See the Immerse video.

        • October 6 - Alternative Gift Market- After the service, please plan to stay not only for a coffee hour that will continue to celebrate the day’s “world” theme, but to shop the Alternative Gift Market. This is the same Market we have traditionally hosted in November, but we’ve moved it earlier this year to help us celebrate World Communion, so be sure to bring your checkbooks to start your feel-good holiday shopping early. Among the offerings, you’ll be able to find fair-trade products from:
          • SERV, empowering disadvantaged artisans and farmers
          • Heifer International, providing livestock to disadvantaged families and communities
          • Reaching the Pygmies Ministry, benefitting Pygmies in Uganda
          • Appalachia Service Project, helping defray the costs for local teens to travel to help needy families in Appalachia
          • Haiti, art sold to support the artist
          • Fair Trade coffee sold at cost
        • 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!




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