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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 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. Check out our "how to join" page for more information.
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- Attention children! Vacation Bible School dates have been announced - July 13 - 17, 2015, and on-line registration is now open. Check out our VBS page.
- Also for young people - See the Camp Lackawanna programs for 2015. There are fun programs for all ages and interests. Scholarships are available here. Other scholarships are available as well.
- April 22 is Earth Day, and we hope all of our congregation will support the effort. See how you can do your part. -more-
- April 24 is Faith & Family Night at the Railrider Stadium. Join us to see the Railriders play the Pawtucket Red Sox. -more-
- April is Food Pantry Month. Please remember to pick up a few extra items at the grocery store during April and bring them to church.
- May 2 is Church Clean-up Day. Bring your gloves and elbow grease to to some spring cleaning in and around the church.
- May 3 is our next "Table Talk". Come hear about and hike the new Trolley Trail from Clarks Summit to Dalton. -more-
- May 24 is Pentecost. Every year our church collect a special offering for Pentecost that goes to the Presbyterian Mission Agency to benefit children and youth.
- On June 7 we confirm three amazing students who have spent their Sunday afternoons learning more about who they are in Christ and what it means to belong to the church. Join us in welcoming and honoring them.
- The Haitian are coming! Between September 2 and 14 many of our friends from Haiti will be in our area. -more-
- Presbyterians were recently in the national news. -more-
- Did you know that you can use on-line giving for any gift to any program? Click on the big green pledge button and direct your 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.
- Souper Bowl Sunday was a super success. We were able to give $405 to the AEM Food Pantry. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
- The annual meeting of the congregation and corporation was held on Sunday, February 1, 2015. This year's annual report is available 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.
The Presbyterians were in the national news this week. On March 17, the 86th presbytery ratified a proposed change in the denomination's Book of Order. This change amends the church's constitution, broadening Christian marriage from being between "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman." Here is an article in the New York Times on the decision (one of the fairest reports thus far).
As you may expect, Presbyterians are people who hold diverse opinions, but generally we believe it is more important to stay together in our diversity than to sever the Body of Christ. Hence there are many perspectives on this matter within our fellowship, although there is great consensus on the power of love and the importance of lifelong commitment.
Want to talk about this? The pastor's door is always open and he welcomes a conversation, especially if you buy the coffee. There is also an excellent study that the national church put together that is available for download. Feel free to give it a look.
- April 24 is Faith & Family Night at the Railrider Stadium. Take yourself out to the ball game, enjoy the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and the join us to see the Railriders play the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game starts at 7:05 pm Tickets are only $5 each, and there will be fire-works after the game. Sign up now on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to join a group going to this game and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship. We need to have our final reservations in by April 10th, so please sign up now if you’d like to attend.
- The Earth Care Task Force has arranged to have Bill Kern of the Countryside Conservancy give a "table talk" on Sunday May 3 at 11:15 am. There will be a light lunch in Fellowship Hall; and after the talk (around noon) we plan to carpool to and hike the Conservancy's recently opened Trolley Trail. The Trolley Trail is a 2.9 mile-long hiking and biking trail running from the western end of Clarks Summit to Dalton.
- The all-church Parking Lot Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 14th in Fellowship Hall (and the lower parking lot). Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, baked beans, beverages, plates & utensils will all be provided. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for 10 desserts to complete the meal. Come and enjoy this time of fellowship, food and fun – all are welcome!
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events.