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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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    Hurricane Disaster Assistance

    The tragic storms in Houston and Florida have taken a toll on millions of people. There are many ways Presbyterians and others can help assist those in need.

    • Our congregation is working with the Church's Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program to assemble Gifts of the Heart. See the Gift of the Heart Kit guidelines here. You may assemble a package yourself or with others, or you may contribute separate items for FPC's Clean-up Buckets which will be assembled by volunteers. Contact Melba at the office at 570-586-6306 to help.
    • Go to the Presbyterian CHurch (USA) web site to give directly to the PDA program. Click on the big red button above.
    • Sign up here
  • Worship Through Service

    Do you want to take our Worship to another level and serve the community as well. On September 24, after our 10:00 am service, we will take teams into the community to serve others through various projects. -more--

    Sign up here
  • The W.A.Y. is underway. Activities begin on September 13. -more-
  • October 15 - marks the first of this year's Arts at First Presbyterian Church. We will feature Marywood University faculty members Brenda Leach on the organ and Katie Morell on the Clarinet.  The concert begins at 4:00 pm at the church. -more-Leach-web
  • 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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Happening in August and beyond ...

  • On September 24, after our 10:00 am service, we will take teams into the community to serve others through various projects. The projects are as follows:

    • A team will interact musically with residents of St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, singing and using percussion instruments. A preparation session will be held prior to the date.
    • Bread Basket Side Dish Assembly at church immediately after worship. Help assemble a meal kit for food pantry families. Kids welcome!
    • Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Moses Taylor Hospital needs a "deep cleaning". A small team (5 people) will clean and disinfect toys, etc.
    • Our Brother's Keeper will make sleeping bags for the homeless and fill the bags with items for the recipient – hat, scarf, gloves, socks, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste – and bless them with a prayer. Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
    • The Christian Education committee will take a work team to the Children's Advocacy Center, 1710 Mulberry Street, Scranton. They will be raking, weeding, and planting bulbs and mums on the grounds.
    • The Fellowship Committee's project will clean up a children's playground at United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA's facility at 423 Center Street in Clarks Summit.
    • The Deacons will organize a warehouse stocked with donated furniture and household items donated to the refugee program of Catholic Social Services.
    • The Finance Committee will perform light landscaping services on the grounds of the Abington Community Library. We will trim shrubs, clear weeds, and other tasks.
    • Friends of the Poor: Prior to the weekend, we will collect personal toiletries, household goods, and food for soup kitchen. On the 24th, we will deliver them.
    • The Mission and Justice Committee will pack food boxes for the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. This project will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 9 until 12:00 noon. We will carpool from the church parking lot at 8:00 A.M.
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  • 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 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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