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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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  • Lenten devotional materials are available at PCUSA.ORG. Move toward sustainable personal life choices that restore and protect God’s creation. The devotionals include scripture and action ideas for Lent.
  • On March 18, our next Table Talk will feature the AEM Food Pantry following worship in Fellowship Hall. Nancy Thompson will discuss the ministry of the Food Pantry, which has assisted families in our region for 35 years. Come and find out what they do.
  • March 20 - 4:00 pm - You and your children are invited to celebrate the release of Springtime Birds in My Backyard, a children's book by Karen Kern Yaris and illustrated by our own David Porter.  The event takes place at Kestone College. -more-
  • Holy week services and activities:
    • March 25 - Palm Sunday. Following worship, join us for a special Holy Week program for all ages. -more-
    • March 28 - 5:30 pm  - All church seder. The Passover Seder is a time for us to celebrate God freeing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. -more-
    • March 29 is Maundy Thursday. We will observe Maundy Thursday with a communion service and Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m.
    • Good Friday is March 30, and we will have a one-hour service in the sanctuary at noon.
    • April 1 is Easter Sunday. We will have two worship services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!
  • Building & Grounds Spring Clean Up is set for Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. to noon. Needed are people for inside work cleaning, polishing tables, sanctuary furniture and pews. A few people are needed for outside work such as pruning, raking, and general sprucing up. Bring your tools.
  • March 27 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Join us for our annual Sewing Workshop in Fellowship Hall. -more-
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  • April 3 - Annual luncheon for the Clarks Summit State Hospital residents, in Fellowship Hall. -more-
  • One Great Hour of Sharing is underway throughout Lent. Your gift enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors in need around the world.  This year's goal is $5,000. Watch the "catch" grow on the net in the Sancutary as your gifts accumulate. Find out more at PCUSA.ORG.
  • World Vision's 30-hour famine. Youth grades 6-12 took a stand against world hunger on February 23 & 24 as they spent some eye-opening time together in fellowship and fun. Everyone can support the fight against world hunger at World Vision.
  • It's not too early to start thinking about Camp Lackawanna.    Scholarships are available as well. -more-
  • Vacation Bible School will be July 16 - 20 this year.  -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.
  •  W.A.Y. continues on Wednesdays  -more-
  • 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.
  • 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 March and beyond!


  • March 20 - 4:00 pm - You and your children are invited to celebrate the release of Springtime BIrds in My Backyard, a children's book by Karen Kern Yaris and illustrated by our own David Porter.  The event takes place at Kestone College, Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center on March 20 at 4:00 PM.  Please RSVP by March 16 to 570-945-8600 or kcpress@keystone.edu.
  • On Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday), the CE committee welcomes all to participate in an intergenerational program held after worship. Join us as we learn, remember, and reflect on the most important week in the Christian calendar. Refreshments will be provided.
  • March 27, from 10:00 AM - 2 PM We will have our annual Sewing Workshop in Fellowship Hall. Bring a sandwich and join us, tie a few knots, stitch along the edges to turn flat material into a sleeping bag, pack it full of goodies, pray over it, and know that someone will be helped by what you have done.
  • Wednesday, March 28,  All church seder — the Passover Seder is a time for us to celebrate God freeing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. This meal also reminds us of Jesus’ last supper, shared with his disciples before his arrest, death, and resurrection. A light supper will be served during the program. This is a family event for all ages. Please make reservations by Sunday, March 25.
  • State Hospital Luncheon - April 3 at Noon Join us in Fellowship Hall for lunch and entertainment with our guests. We would like to send them back with new socks (Male/female) and candy. The sweets will be distributed once they return home ……. NO NUTS OR PEANUT BUTTER, PLEASE! If unable to attend, donations could be left in the office. All are welcome.
  • 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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