Earth Care Task Force
First Presbyterian Church Clarks Summit is one of only eight churches in Pennsylvania and the only one in Northeast PA that is certified through the PCUSA Office of Environmental Ministries as an “Earth Care Congregation.” This certification program recognizes Presbyterian churches for their care for creation. Actions in four categories, worship, education, facilities, and outreach are reviewed annually.
Efforts have included the following:
- Table Talks that examine various environmental issues and concerns.
- Adopt-a-Highway quarterly road clean-ups on the second Saturday in April, June, September, and November.
- Consideration of environment and energy efficiency in all church facility purchases, maintenance, and repairs.
- Promotion of Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday which help protect forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities.