Session asks everyone to use discretion regarding masks & social distancing. If unvaccinated for any reason, consider your own safety plus the safety of others and wear a mask.

The Church Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Even if some continue to distance physically, know we are together spiritually!

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!

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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.


There’s a lot going on in our busy church and we know it can be tricky to navigate the first time you come here. Feel free to get in touch to find out more and to discover how to make the most of your initial visit for you and your family. We can’t wait to meet you. At First Presbyterian Church of Salem, we pursue the Glory of God through worship, ministry, giving and education.


Our church is more than Sunday prayers. There’s a lot happening with our community throughout the week. We hold frequent gatherings, events, and get togethers for families, kids and new members. We encourage our church family to get together outside of worship times. offers a range of social, learning and volunteer events.


Holiday Fundraisers

with incense cedar/pine cones
LOGOS Youth Group
22" for $30   or   24" for $38
For information or to place an order, call the Church Office at 330-337-9555
or e-mail  All orders must be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 24

for the church
for $38
Place orders on Sunday, November 14th or 21st,
by calling the Church Office during the week, or email
Orders due by Nov. 24.

Preschool Fundraiser
$5.00 a bag
Choose from:
Yellow and White Daffodils  •  Yellow Red Narcissus  •  Red Tulips.
Purchase on Sundays in Fellowship Hall or during the week at the Preschool.



On November 28, the liturgical year begins with the first Sunday in Advent, a church season that starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The liturgical color for the season is purple, symbolizing that we are in a time of preparation and penitence. In Advent the church adds an Advent wreath to the sanctuary that helps us envision the journey toward Christmas through the lighting of candles. Experiencing Advent is the best way to keep Christ in Christmas for ourselves and our families.

I offered to teach and preach during the Advent season, and the Session graciously accepted. I will be filling the pulpit each Sunday in Advent as well as Christmas Eve. I will be teaching an Advent study based on my book Beyond the Tinsel for four consecutive Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the library beginning November 28. No registration is necessary. Just show up! I have also created an Advent calendar that class participants will receive that provides Scripture readings and stories in my book as daily devotions.

I have not had the privilege of filling the pulpit during the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Eve since 2003 when I concluded twenty-four years of ministry as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana to become General Presbyter of Eastminster Presbytery. It was during my tenure as pastor in Columbiana that I created the stories to be presented on Christmas Eve that are contained in my book. I truly look forward to spending Advent and Christmas Eve with your church family

Dan Schomer



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.

FPC 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 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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ADVENT Adult Study

First Presbyterian Church
at 9:00 a.m. in the Library
The Rev. Dan Schomer, moderator of our Session, will be leading an adult study during the FOUR Sundays of Advent.
Participants will receive an Advent devotional calendar suggesting a daily reading. Mark your calendar and check future articles in The Messenger for details.

436 E 2nd St

Salem OH 44460



First Presbyterian Church FALL 2021 ALL DAY
First Presbyterian Church

436 E 2nd St

Salem OH 44460

Full day program ages 4 & 5 will be offered for a Pre-Kindergarten class

9AM - 12PM w/childcare (8AM - 9AM and 12:30PM - 4:30PM)

November 28
The First Sunday of Advent
Fall Soup and Dessert Lunch after Worship
9:15 AM - Sunday School
10:00 AM - Fellowship Hour
(Coffee Time at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall)
 10:30 AM – Worship
Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Luke 21:25-36
Liturgist: Tricia Jackson
Sermon:  “Hope in the Midst of Chaos”
Rev. Dan Schomer
Music: Haviland Choir  •  Brass and Timpani

Jeremiah 33:14–16


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14 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when pI will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous qBranch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

16 In those days Judah will be saved, rand Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: s‘The Lord is our righteousness.’