A Note from the Pastor


It is Holy Week, often described as the Superbowl of the Church year! We hope that you will join us for the special services on Thursday and Friday (more details below) and then for our service on Sunday morning at 10:30a.m. Easter worship is always special, but this year will be especially wonderful. If you have a flower from your garden that you would like to add to the flowering cross, bring it with you on Sunday morning. Just prior to the Sunday service, we will have 10-15 minutes of gathering music.

On Thursday, we will remember how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and shared a meal with them. On Friday, we recall the events leading to the crucifixion. Both services are full of meaning and imagery. On Thursday, we will celebrate communion by intinction. On Friday, the Sanctuary Choir will share special music - Requiem by John Rutter.

On Sunday, remember to bring back your fish banks or jars of coins. We will be collecting an offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing. Immediately after the worship service, there will be an egg hunt for the children, on the front lawn!

Blessings,

Pastor David
COVENANT OF CARE

By attending worship or other events in-person at FPCR, you are agreeing to a covenant of care which includes self-screening for COVID symptoms before choosing to attend in-person activity on the church's campus. Masks are optional but recommended for worship and most activities. We want to do our part to help keep all attendees healthy and safe. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that the protocols are being followed on campus at FPCR. 

We have members that are continuing to wear masks, due to health concerns or out of care for others. Please respect the decisions and personal space of others as you attend FPCR.
Wed, April 13
  • Handbell Rehearsal: 5:45 pm
  • Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm

Thurs, April 14
  • Tai Chi: 10 am, FH
  • Maundy Thursday Worship Service: 7 pm

Fri, April 15
  • Good Friday Worship Service: 7 pm

Sun, April 17 - Easter Sunday
  • Nursery: 9 am, Infants - Kindergarten
  • Adult Sunday School Coffee Class: 9 am, Rm A111
  • Children’s Sunday School: 9 am
  • Elementary (K-3rd) Sunday School: Heritage Hall
  • Tweens (4-6) Sunday School HYBRID: Room 6 or Zoom
  • Worship in-person, YouTube and Facebook: 10:30 am
  • Easter Egg Hunt: following worship, Front lawn

Monday, April 18
  • OFFICE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF EASTER
  • New Elder Training: 7 pm, Library

Tuesday, April 19
  • Pastors' Bible Study: 4 pm via Zoom, Register here
AT FPCR

Maundy Thursday Worship Service - April 14, 7:00 pm

Good Friday Worship Service - April 15, 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday Worship Service - April 17, 10:30 am
FISH BANKS

Be sure to return your coin-filled fish bank this Sunday for Easter
as part of your donation to One Great Hour of Sharing.
MISSING PITCHER

We are missing the pitcher from the ice tea maker. The lid is still here, just the pitcher has disappeared. If you have seen it or maybe it accidentally ended up at home with someone, please contact the office. Thanks!
Our prayers of sympathy and support are extended to the family and friends of:
 
The Puig family on the death of Bob on March 24, 2022

A memorial service will be held May 16 at 11:00 am.
April 2022

Now that the pandemic is easing (at least for now!), it’s great to see congregational life-in-person resuming. Staff and Session are busy, so it’s time to update you.

Watch for opportunities in the coming weeks to participate in a listening group to help us discern what God is leading us to focus on going forward. We’re gathering thoughts from existing groups (such as Women’s Circles) as well as some ad-hoc opportunities. Everyone will have a chance to share their thoughts. If you have questions or comments before or after you’ve participated in a listening group, contact Dianne Long, Robin Smith, Jan Warner, or Margaret Rogers.

In the past couple of months the Session issued commendations to:
  • Rick Rickman and Chris Gray for their guidance during the settlement of Wanda Hamilton’s estate (FPC was a named beneficiary in Wanda’s will)
  • Janice Fandrick & Shirley Hawkins for their assistance on the Financial Oversight committee (this group ensures that we are following sound procedures in our financial practices)
  • Jeanne Stone for providing dinner for SMU’s U-Kirk ministry AND for a thorough cleaning of the kitchen
  • Paddy Nichols for his leadership in the YAMS (Young Adult Ministry; YAMS also provided a meal for U-Kirk and Paddy organized the group’s calendar)
  • Jay McCreary for his assistance in creating guidelines for how/when the American flag is displayed for worship on national holidays
  • Richard & Barbara Chapman for a generous donation to FPC
  • the Sanctuary Choir for their presentation of the Stephen Paulus composition during Lent
  • and finally, to Lisa Carter for the many ways she has supported the congregation during her tenure with us. We wish her Godspeed as she begins her new life in Missouri!

Did you know that you could make a gift to the congregation in the form of stock shares? FPC has an account with TD Ameritrade. If you plan to do so, please notify Treasurer Bob Wright.  

We’re excited for new elders Liz Bross, Mike Haun, and Robin Smith to join the Session next month, and we're grateful for the service of Katie Haun-Black, Shirley Latham, and Kathy Rice as they complete their terms. 

Grace and peace to you all,
Margaret Rogers
Reflections on the Appalachian Trail
One Woman's Journey of Faith

Saturday, April 23
3-5pm
 
Some of you will remember Beth Eden Abel, former member of FPCR. You may also know that over a span of 25 years, Beth hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from northern Georgia to central Maine. What started as a recreational adventure became a spiritual pilgrimage as Beth sought a new relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Because FPCR is where Beth's faith journey began, she has chosen to launch her book, available later this spring, here. She, and husband Tim Abel, will be here Saturday, April 23rd, in the Chapel from 3-5 pm to share more about her journey and the devotional book that has come from her walk in God's Nature. She is very excited to share portions of her book.  
 
After the book swap, come join us to learn about Beth's journey.
 
For more info, call Sharon Relyea, 972-740-6188.
BOOK SWAP

Saturday, April 23
11 am - 2 pm
Front Lawn of FPCR

Bring, swap, take, donate!
Books, DVD's, and CD's
Come have fun! Snacks provided.
Donations may be left in Ernst Fellowship Hall. All leftover items will be sold to Half Price Books or donated to charity! FPCR will supply tables on the front lawn for this event.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the coffee bar!
We are still needing volunteers to make coffee for the 4th Sunday of the month.

Contact Jan Warner for more info.
NEWS FROM MEXICO
No News Is Good News

I guess most of you know the old adage "No news is good news". Addy and I have been doing well. There is not a lot different to share but I have felt that we should send you the news that we are still here.

We have had more students with our courses online than in several years put together. We have over 130 students online this year now from many different countries. It would cost them thousands of dollars to come here and live here for six months.

We have also started to put rock planters around our trees to give some beautification to the dry winter yard.
We still cover several missionaries in the field which we recently sent bibles. One of the translators visited us for her birthday last week. And our garden is going well. Addy loves the new chickens.
I am part of the missionary mobilization for Latin America for what we call Adopt A People. This month I met with all the national leaders of mission mobilization to give a presentation on how to use their Unreached Bibleless People Group Lists. We are planning on using the school to have our national mission meeting in August. If it works out we will have about thirty people hear for the first time since the pandemic. 

We have also just finished our course on how to make exploratory trips into unreached peoples. We finished six-course sessions today. There were thirty who took the course online since Monday.

Hopefully next month we will have two new translator candidates coming here to finish their studies and go to the field to work on current projects as practice. A lot of things start to happen in the lives of young people once they decide to do something for the Lord. Mainly distractions, but we have two people lined up to come May and June. 

I wish I had more news for you but as the adage goes, no news is good news. We appreciate you all very much and thank you for your continued support and prayers!

David and Addy Markham
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FPCR

For giving and pledges, click the link below or mail your offerings. If you use a bank auto-draft for any pledges or giving to FPCR, be sure to update our new address with your bank.

 First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 831985
Richardson, TX 75083
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TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday
9 am - 4 pm

Please ring the doorbell at Door C.
Masks are optional but recommended.
Below are extension numbers for the staff should you need to contact the office at 972.235.2316:

Office Administrator - 221
Shirley/Financial - 227
Ralph - 248
Rosy - 230
David - 237
Session Members

Class of 2022
Katie Haun Black
Shirley Latham
Kathy Rice

Class of 2023
John Fattaruso
Ben Niewenhuis
Sarah Wright

Class of 2024
Jo Bowen
Dianne Long
Jan Warner
Session Meeting Dates

April 24 
May 15
June 26
No stated meeting in July
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 10 (Saturday morning)
Calling all
Pray-ers!
PRAYER REQUESTS FROM SESSION

  • For new staff positions and those involved in the interviewing process
  • For FPCR staff as it faces upcoming changes
  • For the USA as it approaches 1,000,000 Covid deaths
  • For those affected by the war in Ukraine
  • For refugees (especially from Afghanistan and Ukraine)
  • For the pavilion project
  • For the Leadership Sub-Committee of the Session

Front Line Healthcare Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients
 
  • Marcia Franzen (daughter of Beverly & Marty Gallagher) - nurse on COVID-19 ward in Stockholm
  • Ally Stilwell (Pastor Rosy's best friend) - infectious diseases pharmacist in Brooklyn, NY
  • Jack & Tracy Childress (Lisa Carter's brother & sister-in-law) - ER doctor and nurse in Gainesville/Denison
  • Bekah Leon (Colleen Oates' niece) - ER nurse in Wilmington, DE
  • Morgan James (Jenny's husband) - RN at Children's Medical.
  • Karen Scott (Charlie Bross' daughter) - Speech Therapist in a nursing home COVID unit
  • Lily Agwe - Healthcare First Responder, Highland Springs,TX