August 5, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this week with news that Andrea Gray died on Monday evening. She was at home and was surrounded by family at the time of her death. As a church family, we grieve Andrea's loss together, even though we are physically apart.
During this past Sunday's worship service, we celebrated the sacrament of communion. As we were planning for Sunday's service, we reflected on the unity that is expressed through the sacrament of communion: unity with Christ, with the saints in every time and place, and with one another. Choosing to worship via Zoom and Facebook was an attempt at experiencing such unity while we celebrated communion, in which we could see one another's faces at the table. 
My prayer this week is that the unity we experienced on Sunday will carry us forward as we grieve the life of Andrea, confident that she is with God and with the saints that have gone before her. While we may be physically apart, we do not grieve alone. Rather, we are unified through our collective grieving and prayers. I hope you'll join me in praying for Andrea's family and friends. 
Fri, Aug 7
Tools 4 School: Last Day to Donate
Sun, Aug 9
Fellowship Coffee Hour - Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship - Facebook: 10:30 am

Adult & Children's Sunday School classes via Zoom (see details in the right-hand column)

150th Anniversary Yard Signs & T-shirts: Last day to pre-order
Tues, Aug 11
Spirituality of Breadmaking with Pastor Jessie via Zoom: 7 pm
Sat, Aug 15
Blessing of the Backpacks: Drive-Thru FPCR porte cochere, 10 am - 12 Noon 

Tools 4 School

It's time for Tools for School! Because of the Pandemic the Mission Ministry will not be able to sort and deliver the supplies as usual so we have decided to support the Network with their efforts to distribute 1200-1400 pre-made supply packs at a cost of $20-$25 each. They are asking for cash donations. If you would like to donate:
  • Make out a check to First Presbyterian Church and note Tools 4 School.   Mail to: PO Box 831985, Richardson, Texas 75083. 
  • OR click below for the FPCR online giving and designate to Missions.
We will collect money through August 7th. Thank you for being a blessing!

Pre-order Today: 
FPCR Yard Signs
 & T-shirts
We only turn 150 once!!   Let's do it with style! Reserve your very special #FPCR150 promotional items today.
      • Yard Signs are FREE
      • T-shirts are just $10 each                    (Youth & Adult sizes.) 
Click here to pre-order by Sunday, August 9
Congratulations on Miriam Durrett's new grandson, Isaac Walton Durrett, who was born on July 24, weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 oz.  

Spirituality of Breadmaking 
 Tuesday, August 11, 18, 25  
7 p.m. via Zoom

Yeast. Flour. Water. Salt. These simple ingredients come together to form one of life's simplest and most delicious joys: bread. Join Pastor Jessie for a 3 week short-term series on the Spirituality of Breadmaking. Jessie loves to bake bread- sourdough, specifically- and in these three weeks, we will talk together about the ways in which baking bread can connect us to God and one another. All are welcome!  Click here to pre-register.

Are you headed back to school soon? Drop by between 10:00 and noon, and drive through the porte cochere for a special back-to-school blessing. Then, park your car in a designated spot. We'll have the Kona Ice truck on campus and we'll enjoy some fellowship time together at a safe distance from one another. 

Other FPCR members and friends are also invited to participate! Drive thru the porte cochere and be "commissioned" to pray for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers in the monumental challenges of pandemic schooling. You'll receive a refrigerator-reminder to take home.
More details to come, but if you'd like to take part, please RSVP by clicking here(We want to make sure we have plenty of snow cones!)

We are in the midst of planning for the fall and are looking into the possibility of a weekly Bible study via Zoom. All you'll need is a Bible. Optional prep work is to read over a brief weekly article from the Presbyterian Outlook (Looking Into the Lectionary). We'll reference the article some during our time together.

Click here to let us know what day and time works best for you.  

Online Gatherings - Every Friday at Noon
We are continuing to offer an online gathering 
each week as a way to process and share grief.
Please join us every Friday at Noon.  
Click here to receive the link to join.
German Cole Slaw

Legacy recipe from FPCR's cookbook by Joyce Fisher, John Anderson's wife.

Click here for recipe. 
We need your recipes!  Email 
It may be featured in an upcoming ePress!
Behind the Scenes:
Making Worship Happen During a Pandemic
by Frank Camp 

Streaming our weekly worship services to Facebook Live used to be an easy operation.  We would just turn the camera on during our live worship service.  No more.  COVID-19 has seen to that.  Protecting the health of our staff and other worship participants has become a priority that has necessitated implementing special measures to produce a recording of our weekly worship services.  
Here's how it is done.  
Worship is now recorded in advance in separate segments on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The music pieces are recorded separately from the other elements of worship.  This procedure is based on the objective of minimizing the number of people in the chapel at any given time and always maintaining social distancing and wearing masks when those present are not speaking.  To film the main elements of worship, Randy Phillips controls the camera from the back of the chapel.  He uses an iPad to pan the camera and adjust the sound as necessary.  The soloist arrives later and uses earbuds to hear the music that Edwin recorded earlier.  The soloist is alone in the chapel when singing, with Ralph directing from the hallway and operating the camera.  
It's now time to edit and assemble the pieces.  The award for Best Film Editing goes to--Ralph Stannard.  It usually takes Ralph about 4-5 hours to assemble the different pieces of the worship service into a single video.  On Fridays, Ralph delivers to Rosy a USB stick with the worship video.  Rosy uploads the video and schedules it to be "premiered" on Facebook at 10:30 AM on Sunday mornings.  During the "Premiere," Jessie and Rosy respond (as "FPCR") to some of the Facebook comments offered. That's a wrap.  


Even though our doors are closed temporarily, your pastors, staff, session and many volunteers are all still hard at work to be there for each of you during this time.

Please remember to continue with your giving and pledges by clicking the link below or mail your offerings.

** Please note new mailing address **

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 831985
Richardson, TX  75083

If you would like to receive the church's prayer 
concerns list, please email 
An updated list will be emailed each week.


Front Line Healthcare Workers 
Treating COVID-19 Patients

Patrick Hammontree, Physical Therapist for Urgent Care Patients and COVID screener at Medical City

Sue Moyer (Mary Stewart's daughter) - ER nurse in Glenwood, Colorado

Madeline Katz (granddaughter of Suzanne Katz) - nurse on COVID-19 wing at Baylor/Dallas

Dr. Jeff Gotts (son of Ernie & Lindy Gotts) - MD in the ICU of Univ. of CA, San Francisco

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 Dr. and nurse in Gainesville
as of 6.10.20
Revenues:                 YTD Budget         YTD Actual
Pledged Receipts              $260,170.02          $270,221.92
Other Receipts                  $  49,403.78          $   34,314.19
Total Revenues                 $309,573.80          $304,536.11
Total Expenses                  $314,518.38          $320,861.00
Net Total                               -$4,944.58           -$16,324.89

Moments in History
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no meeting in July
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 12 (Saturday AM)

September 26, 2020 - Austin College, Sherman
November 14, 2020 - Canyon Creek, Richardson

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 via Facebook
Click here to access previous worship services.

Present Word 
Sunday School 
Prophets in Pajamas
Sunday - 9 am
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New Link: Click here to register in advance for all summer

FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour
Sunday -  9:30 am

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 Click here for Zoom info


Sunday School

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1:00 - 1:30 pm
with Ms. Liz and Ms. Julie

1:30 - 1:00 pm
with Ms. Debbie & Ms. Amy

2:00 - 2:30 pm
with Ms. Judy, Ms. Gilli and Mr. Caleb
In This Issue

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First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

There will be no First Friday offered until further notice. 
Watch this space for updates.