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The Salem Presbyterian Church was organized and enrolled in the Presbytery in 1832 with 20 charter members. For the next 10 years the congregation met in a harness shop until a wooden frame building was constructed and used until 1860, when the current sanctuary was built.

Music Sheets and a Cross


Reverends Frank and Trina Lewis

Finding Faith and Community at First Presbyterian Church

At First Presbyterian Church of Salem, our ministry really is our ministry! Presbyterians believe that no one person has all the knowledge or skills that are needed to serve Jesus Christ in the way we want to serve him. We believe that we make the best decisions when we make them in conversation with one another. In fact, we believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to us most clearly as we listen to each others’ viewpoints. We are here to welcome you home!


Our church is a welcoming place to explore faith, find a community, and connect with others. We offer frequent gatherings, and get-togethers for families, kids, and new members. Plus join us outside of worship times for fun social activities, educational opportunities, and volunteer work.


We have been connecting people to the heart of God since 1832 and our goal is to inspire you! Become a part of our growing congregation in Salem, OH. Even if you can't be there in person, you can always join us virtually by watching our service online every Sunday at 10:30. You can also catch up on any past sermons you may have missed by clicking here.



You're invited to join us for worship every Sunday.

9:15 AM - Sunday School
for Youth & Adults (in Library)
10:00 AM - Fellowship Hour
(Coffee Time @ 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall)
 10:30 AM - Worship
(Main Auditorium)

November 26

 Christ the King / Communion 

Psalm 136:1-9, 26
Ephesians 2:12-22
“Jesus Christ Is the Only Sovereign”
Rev. Trina Lewis
Haviland Choir /
Brass and Timpani

November 19

25th Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 136:1-9, 26
Ephesians 2:12-22
““God’s Peace Is Our Thanksgiving”
Mark Smith
Haviland Choir
Carillon Ringers
Luke 21:1-4

1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve
by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality
unto Jerusalem.

And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

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We know discovering a new church can be daunting, which is why we welcome everyone with open arms. Our loving community can't wait to meet you and your family. Here at FPC, we pursue the Glory
of God through worship, ministry, giving and education.

Music Sheets and a Cross

Sunday Worship Bulletins:  November 19, 26, & December 3, 24.
And the cost is $15.00 a Sunday.


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The Christian Education Committee has responsibility for Coffee Hours and some Sunday Service-related efforts during the month of December. We would like to enlist the help of the youth of the Church and their families. Please identify below any event your child and/or family are willing to help with and what date(s) you are available. Please leave a note in Judy Herron’s mailbox or call Bill Penfold, 330-831-2673. 

December 3 Coffee Hour (9:45-10:20); Worship: Ushers / Offering 

December 10Coffee Hour (9:45-10:20); Worship: Liturgist / Lighting Advent Candles / Ushers / Offering 

December 17Worship: Lighting Advent Candles / Ushers / Offering 

December 24 AM Coffee Hour (9:45-10:20); Worship: Lighting Advent Candles / Ushers / Offering 

December 24PM Christmas Eve Service at 7:30pm Lighting Advent Candles / Ushers / Offering 

December 31Worship: Liturgist / Ushers / Offering 

Sunday Chancel Flowers: Open dates are Nov. 19, & Dec. 3 and the fee is $10.00 a vase.

Adult Sunday School meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Library. It is led by Rev. Frank Lewis.

Fall Soup Luncheon – Sunday, November 19: Come join us in Fellowship Hall following worship for our Fall Soup Luncheon. Anyone wishing to bring soup to share would be appreciated. Sponsored by the Congregational Care Committee. 

The PEACE and GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and across the world. We set a goal of $3,200 for this special offering, with a 25% share given to ‘Save 22’, a Veteran’s outreach agency. To date - $3,005 towards goal of $3,200.

PRESCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO THANK those who supported the very successful Heggy’s Fundraiser!!! They also wants to thank all those who donated supplies for the new school year. We are still in need of Clorox Wipes and Fruit Cups. We also could use Plastic Spoons, 2 oz. Dixie Cups, and Gallon and Quart Ziploc Bags that will be used for instructional purposes. We appreciate the support in providing the supplies needed on a day-to-day basis.

VOLUNTEERS for COFFEE HOUR - The past few years, members of Session Committees, Deacons, and Choir managed coffee hour duties for a month of Sundays. Recently, other church members expressed interest in helping with Coffee Hour. Starting soon, every third Sunday of the month will be open for new volunteers. If you'd like to lend a hand, please sign up on the Coffee Hour form. It will be in the Fellowship Hall, on a small table. Committee members will still be on hand each month to guide new volunteers until they feel confident with the "Coffee Hour Routine."  Thanks to everyone for your willingness to participate!

EGG CARTONS for the SALEM COMMUNITY PANTRY – We heard this past September, egg cartons are needed. So, if you are interested, please take the empty cartons to 794 East 3rd St. (corner of 3rd & Vine) and drop them in the collection box near the pantry door. 

SOUP to GO on Sunday - Paul Fennema will make Chili in November, and Brenda Bradley will make Chicken Noodle Soup in January. If you have a great soup recipe and are interested in heading up a soup team, please call the Church Office and get on the soup calendar! 

Tai Chi Class - Classes are Mon & Wed from 10-11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall, taught by Rev. Frank Lewis. They are free and open to everyone of all ages. Tai Chi is a low impact, low cardio form of movement. It requires no special clothing, shoes, or experience to get started. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and flat-heeled shoes (but NOT sandals). The movements are slow and gentle, promoting balance, stability, stress reduction, mental focus, flexibility, inner strength, and overall wellness.


Christmas Angel Tags Now Available – We are helping The Salvation Army by sponsoring 30 children in which children’s genders, ages, needs, and Christmas wish lists are on tags on a table in Fellowship Hall. Please sign the sheet with numbered tags listed. Please purchase 1 outfit and 1 toy from the tag and return it to Fellowship Hall or the Church Office. Do not wrap gifts but place them in garbage bag or large shopping bag with the tag affixed to the outside. Do not include gift receipt. All gifts must be returned to the church by Sunday, December 10.


Kitchen Announcements - 1. Your response to our request to bring in jar lids to be used for Soup to Go has been amazing! We now have plenty of them. You can stop saving them for us now. We will let you know when we need more. 2. We are missing one of our very good soup pots. It is a WINCO 20-quart sized pot. If by chance it has been borrowed from the kitchen, we would appreciate it being returned.

Order Poinsettias

Order Red Poinsettias in Fellowship Hall next Sunday (26), through the Church Office during the week, or e-mail by Thursday, November 30.

The cost is $10.00.

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Preschool Enrolling for 2023-24
The five day a week program combines the very best elements of a preschool from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and childcare for
children 3- 5 years old from 12-4:30 p.m. The classes are small, and students receive individual attention. We work with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help families who are working or in school, pay for childcare. Our Early Childhood degreed teacher is experienced and dedicated to maintaining a positive, nurturing environment while promoting creativity, curiosity, and kindness. Call 330-332-8620 for more information or to enroll.
The First Presbyterian Preschool in Salem is opening their preschool / enrichment program to half day preschool services (morning only) for 3-5 yr olds to meet the needs of children and families.

First Presbyterian Preschool Hours:

DROP OFF - between 8AM - 9 AM

PRESCHOOL - 9 to 12 PM

Children will need to bring a morning snack with them. During these hours, children will experience literacy and math time, fine and gross motor skills, and social interaction with same age peers. Our lead teacher holds a degree in Early Childhood education and classroom staff has experience with children.

We now have two options for children and families.

Choose from a full day, 5 days a week or part time mornings only 5 days a week!

Please call 330-332-8620 for more information or to arrange a visit!
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