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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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Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight!

Advent 1Advent is upon us. Join us as we make our way to the birth of our Lord Jesus. Each week we light a candle, until on Christmas Eve we light the white Christ candle.

Take a look at our on-line daily Advent Devotional Reading for inspiration every day throughout advent.

  • December 8 - Celebrate the graduation of William Jacques Yaya. Join us for a reception following worship in Fellowship hall. -more-
  • December 16 - Is Christmas not the happy time you expect? Are you feeling down? Join our Blue Christmas Vespers at 7:00 pm.
  • December 22 - Christmas Joy offering - Christmas Joy is one of four PCUSA church-wide special offerings that help share Christ's love with millions of people around the world. -more -
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve) - Services are at 4:00 pm; 8:00 pm; and 11:00 pm.  Watch for more details.
  • January 12Piano-Trio 4071 is the next event in the Arts at First Presbyterian Church series. We welcome violinist John Michael Vaida, pianist Timothy Burns and cellist Theodore Buchholz, as they present Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield, as well as piano trios by Haydn and Dvorák. -more-
  • 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 January and beyond!
      • Four years ago we began our relationship with Williamson Jacques Yaya, a Haitian student at Keystone College. Donna and Dave Porter have been Yaya’s sponsors for his international education experience. He will complete his bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies Education at the end of this Fall 2019 semester.
        The Mission & Justice Committee plans to celebrate his graduation on Sunday, December 8, with a reception/program following the morning worship service in Fellowship Hall. Please come to honor him and wish him well in his future endeavors.
        Yaya is putting together a PowerPoint photo presentation for us and would like the opportunity to express his appreciation for all our church has done for him during his time here in Clarks Summit/Factoryville. Please plan to attend and help celebrate his accomplishments.
      • Bags of Hope - The Christian Education and Growth Committee is assisting the Lackawanna County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in collecting new or gently used duffel bags and toiletry items for young people going into foster care. Many times, young people in foster care only have trash bags to move their belongings from home to home, and YAB wants to change this.
        On Sunday, December 1, church youth and a local Girl Scout troop will be packing the duffel bags after the Hanging of the Greens. Items listed below and duffle bags (or backpacks) will be collected in the church narthex until the event.
        • Soap
        • Shampoo
        • Toothbrush
        • Toothpaste
        • Deodorant
        • Feminine hygiene products
        • Hairbrushes
        • Blankets
      • December 22 - Christmas Joy is one of four PCUSA church-wide special offerings that help share Christ's love with millions of people around the world. This December offering specifically honors God's gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.
      • February 12 - 14 - Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, with the Chili Cafe, family entertainment, and the art show.
      • February 23 - Mardi Gras Jazz Service
      • February 26 - Ash Wednesday
      • 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.

      • 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!
      • November 17 - Our next table talk is a luncheon workshop on legacy building, featuring Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, who will also be or preacher that day. Rev. Johns-Kelley is our Presbyterian Foundation regional representative.
      • November 17 - Organ Donor Sabath 2019 will be celebrated on November 15 – 17. It seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ and tissue donors. Many churches support organ donation as a way to love one’s neighbor.

        Nationally, there are approximately 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. Every ten minutes, another person is added to the list. On average, 20 people die each day in the United States because the need for organs far exceeds the current number of available life-saving gifts.

        The Gift of Life Donor Program is the federally mandated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) that services eastern PA, southern NJ, and Delaware. Currently in this region there are 5,000 men, women, and children waiting for organ transplants. People of every age give and receive transplants.




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