The Banquet

Several times each year, First Presby prepares and serves an evening meal through The Banquet in Salem.  The Banquet provides free meals every Monday and the Fourth Thursday of each month at the Salem Community Building.  Meals are served 5-7 pm.

2019 Service Dates: March 18, June 17 & October 21 

Volunteer Opportunities through First Presby
Monday Morning Prep – 10 am – noon: Help make sandwiches and do other prep work.  At the church.
Kitchen Crew – all afternoon: Help cook the meal.  In Salem.
Serving Team –  4:30 – 7:30: Help serve the meal.  In Salem.

To volunteer, contact the church office.

 One Day Mission Trips & Retreats
Periodically throughout the year, First Presby develops opportunities to devote a complete day to community service or to get away for a day of prayer and reflection.

Upcoming One Day Mission Trips
Youth with a Purpose – July 25, 2015
Spend the day in Salineville OH with Youth With A Purpose, a residential program for boys ages 8 – 21 who are “at risk of growing up to become unproductive adults.”  We will be helping out around the farm, cooking lunch and just hanging out with the kids.

The Way Station – This fall – exact date TBD
Begin the day at the Columbiana Way Station, receiving a tour and participating in Side by Side, a training session to help understand persistent poverty.  Then, after lunch, go to the Way Station in East Liverpool for an afternoon of hands on service.

For more information contact the church office.


First Presby supports the following missionaries:

Sue and Patrick Schmidt
Sue (Barrow) Schmidt grew up in Columbiana and in First Presbyterian where she received her call to enter the mission field, serving for over 30 years with Wycliff  (  Currently, Sue and her husband Patrick are based in Ghana where they provide support, training and counseling to missionaries as part of the Mobile Member Care Team ( for West Africa.

Learn about First Presby’s anniversary mission project to honor Sue by building a water system at Beacon House, an orphanage in Accra, Ghana.

Elmarie and Scott Parker
Scott served as pastor at First Presby before receiving a call to the mission field.  He and Elmarie are based in Lebanon where they serve as the PC(USA) Liaison to the Presbyterian churches in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Beacon House
As part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration, First Presby partnered with Beacon House, an orphanage in Accra, Ghana to honor long-time First Presby member and missionary to Ghana Sue Schmidt.  Over their anniversary weekend, the congregation raised over $6,000 to build a water system for Beacon House’s new campus.

Characters Out Loud
First Presby provides office and program space to Characters Out Loud, part of a partnership to support to families in crisis, with a special focus on families who have recently experienced homelessness.

For more information contact

Assistance for those in need
The Deacons of First Presbyterian Church provides assistance to families in need by supporting the USA Fund at The Way Station.  Individuals or families in need should contact the Way Station with all requests for emergency assistance.

On a case by case basis the Deacons will also provide assistance to families with in the broader First Presby family who are struggling.  If you need assistance, or know of someone who needs assistance, contact the church office.