July 9, 2020

I pray that each of you are healthy and well. Each day's numbers have made me increasingly concerned about the ongoing pandemic. I hope that you are continuing to wear a mask, maintain social distance, and stay home as much as possible. If there are ways your church family can support you, please let me know. 

Remember that the Non-Sale is happening at the Gotts' home this week. There are additional time slots available on Thursday morning 9-1 and Friday afternoon 1-5. There are still some great items available! If you haven't been yet, I encourage you to do so! (For more information see below). 
 
This week I am celebrating my two year anniversary of serving alongside you. I couldn't be more serious in saying, "Time flies when you're having fun." I can hardly believe that I've been here two years already! I am grateful for each of YOU and for our shared ministry together. It's an honor to be one of your pastors.  I look forward to what God has in store for us in the future! 

Peace,

Pastor Rosy
 
Sun, July 12
Fellowship Coffee Hour - Zoom: 9:30 am
Worship - Facebook: 10:30 am
Tues, July 14
A nti-Racism Book Discussion - Zoom: 3 pm
A note from Ralph...

Dear Members of FPCR,
 
I wanted to give you a quick update on my recent knee replacement and to thank you for your prayers, phone calls, cards, e-mails, texts, delicious food, and various tasty treats. My fridge has plenty of good food to sustain me for a few more weeks. My surgery went very well and I'm told by my physical therapist that my rehab is right on track. The workouts are not easy as many of you know but I'm glad to see steady improvement each week. Your prayers have truly sustained and encouraged me and I ask that you continue to keep me in your prayers as I continue to rehab the next four weeks. Though COVID 19 keeps us physically apart please know that you are a part of my heart and that I sense your presence each and every day.
 
Grace and Peace,
Ralph  
 
Ralph F. Stannard
First Presbyterian Church Richardson, Music Director

Camp in a Box

Next week several of our children (including some out of town grandchildren) will explore Deep Roots, New Leaves, our "Camp In A Box" VBS alternative for 2020.   Each child received a box with a week's worth of scripture lessons and activities for each day, centered around the message that God is always doing a new thing. Families are encouraged to send us photos of their week that we'll share with you.
 
To wrap up the week, on Friday evening (July 17) from 6:30-7:00 p.m. we'll have a closing Vespers service via Zoom. 
Register in advance for the meeting here
     
Everyone in the congregation is welcome to join the Zoom gathering.  There will be a campfire and some songs, so get in your summer camp mode and gather round with us on Friday evening!

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 that it
 is for Tools for School. 
Mail to: P.O. Box 831985 , Richardson, Texas 75083. 
We will collect checks through August 7th.
Thank you !

Skillet-Fried
Peaches ala Mode
by Jan Warner

Click here  for recipe.  
  
We need your recipes!  E mail lisa@fpcrichardson.org 
It may be featured  in an upcoming ePress!
Sunday Coffee Fellowship Reminder
via Zoom
9:30-10:15 am
  
All are invited to join FPCR's virtual "coffee fellowship" on Sundays via Zoom! You can chat face-to-face online with FPCR friends, for just a few minutes or the entire time. Use the link below on any Sunday morning to register. You'll receive a "Registration Approved" response with a link to join the meeting.
 
Click  here to Zoom In on Sunday mornings before worship!
Mid-Summer 
Children's Sunday School News

The mid-summer inter-generational Sunday School packets for families with children in preschool through grade 6 (completed) were recently prepared, assembled, and delivered by our SS volunteers. If your family hasn't received a packet, but would like to, please contact  Becky@fpcrichardson.org.  
 
Packet themes include "Faith and Fireworks" for the first half of July, "Plumb Straight" for the second half, and "Walking on Water" for early August.   
Parents/grandparents are encouraged to explore the lesson outlines and materials with their children, any day of the week, and enjoy meal suggestions and activities together. On Sunday afternoons, families may join the age-level Zoom calls, and share with others. The Zoom registration links are in the right-hand 
column of this ePress.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

Anti-Racism Book Discussion
Tuesdays at 3 pm via Zoom
Click here  to register in 
advance  for all meetings.

For four weeks, a group of folks has been meeting to have difficult conversations about race and privilege. We've been reading and discussing "Anxious to Talk About It" by Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel. We still have a few sessions left and you're welcome to join us on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on Zoom. 

 Email Jessie ( jessie@fpcrichardson.org) for more information.
We're Having a Non-Sale!!
  1430 Dumont Dr., Richardson, TX  75080
(the home of Lindy and Ernie Gotts)

July 5 - 11 by Registration Only
There are plenty of items still available!!

 Walk  through the house and select anything you want. Give the cashier an amount of money you think covers what you have chosen. All proceeds go to FPCR.
 
What's in the house?  Pots/pans; glassware; dishes and china; hand-painted plates; office supplies; furniture; a spinet piano; filing cabinets; table and bed linens; art work (including an original by Charles Duhon); costume jewelry; books, scrapbooking items; televisions; vacuum cleaners; a sewing machine; tools; a full-size refrigerator; a dorm-size refrigerator; washer and dryer; Weber grills; and more...
 
To attend register for a specific time to participate, with no more than 10 people allowed at once. When you arrive at your appointed time at 1430 Dumont (south of Beltline; east of Coit), you will be checked in, mask required.
   
To register, complete a short online RSVP to reserve the day and time you will participate.  The best times to sign up are 
Thursday, Friday & Saturday.   Click here to register.
(If you cannot register online, call Martha Mathieu: 972-690-6603).
 
Questions? Call Shirley Latham: 214-460-5551.
Be Water Smarter!

Did you know:
  1. Water is the natural resource necessary for life on planet earth especially human life.
  2. Water makes up approximately 60% of the human body.
  3. 70% of the earth's surface is covered by water.
  4. Only 2% of the earth's water is freshwater.
  5. Water resources are finite and they are getting smaller every year.
Clerk's Corner 
June 30, 2020

Happy Summer!

At this month's Session meeting, we issued commendations to Harry & Lea Perkins for their faithful and valued work as Co-Treasurers for the past several years. As of June, Sara Godecke and Janice Fandrick are the new Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, respectively. We're grateful to all of them for their financial acumen and guidance! We also commended Jeanne Stone, Jan Warner, and Wayne Geyer for their creative and generous work on David's Sabbatical Send-Off.

Speaking of finances, the budget continues to be in good shape overall. A couple of facility issues are on the horizon that will need to be addressed: aging & broken sewer lines in a few locations (both the CE building and the "West Wing") that need replacement, and some air conditioning work in the Chapel and Ernst Hall. Cost and work plan estimates are being gathered. More to come on these items!

The next date for communion is August 2. Watch for more details in the ePress about some new ways to help strengthen our connection to each other while we celebrate the Lord's Supper.

The Session is also spending some time in discernment about how to consider and respond to the turmoil the country is experiencing regarding racial justice. There are several denominational and presbytery resources we have available to inform our thinking as well as other recommended reading. It's an issue for us all to be praying about and pondering.
Questions? Ask me!

Margaret Rogers

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FPCR

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
CALLING ALL PRAY-ERs!

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

COVID-19 PRAYER CONCERNS

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
STEWARDSHIP REPORT
as of 6.10.20
 
Revenues:                 YTD Budget         YTD Actual
 
Pledged Receipts              $229,080.40         $ 248,848.30  
Other Receipts                   $  42,500.00            $   13,577.82
Total Revenues                  $271,580.40          $262,426.12
  
Total Expenses                   $273,003.95             $261,951.10
 
Net Total                                   $1,423.55                  $475.02
  
Moments in History
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SESSION MEETING DATES

July 19 (if needed)
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 12 (Saturday AM)

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


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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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Children's 
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
DAILY ENCOURAGEMENTS

These short Daily Encouragements are a great way to start your day!

If you are interested in receiving these, please email: lisa@fpcrichardson.org

First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

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