October 27,  2020

We are sending the ePress out early this week because there is lots of good info for you to process, and we wanted you to know sooner than later! 


Please take note that the Wednesday evening Vespers service will now be conducted over Zoom, due to weather. Register by using the link below.


We are accepting candy donations during the food drive this Thursday. That will also be an opportunity for you to pick up your Stewardship packet before they are mailed. We hope to see you on Thursday between 9:30 and 11:30!


This week we celebrate All Saints Sunday. We will be paying special remembrance to  those members that have died over the course of the past year. Being the first Sunday of the month, we will also celebrate communion (virtually) during the broadcasted service. Please remember to gather bread and grape juice or wine prior to the service beginning.



Pastor David
Wed, Oct 28
Evening Vespers via Zoom: 6 pm .  Click here to register. 
Thurs, Oct 29
Drive Thru Food Drive: 9:30 - 11:30 a m

Pick up Stewardship Packets during Food Drive: 9:30 - 11:30 am.
Sat, Oct 31
Halloween Treasure Hunt: 1-4 pm
Sun, Nov 1
Adult Sunday School class via Zoom: 9 am

Fellowship Coffee Hour via Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship via Facebook - 10:30 am
Tues, Nov 3Prayer Vigil via Zoom: 7:30 pm. 

Pastors' Bible Study via Zoom: 5-6 pm.   Click here to register. 
Sat, Nov 7
Donuts in the Parking Lot with Rosy & David - must RSVP to 214.864.2286 or david@fpcrichardson.org: 9 am
Tues, Nov 10
Midday Prayer Service led by Session Members - must RSVP to lisa@fpcrichardson.org: 12 noon

Stewardship packets can be picked up this Thursday at the 
Food Drive.  For those who are unable to pick them up that day, 
we will be delivering some that are within close proximity 
to the church and mailing the rest. 

If anyone is interested in helping make deliveries, 
please email Lisa at lisa@fpcrichardson.org.

The Children's Christian Education Committee is excited to invite you and your family to a Halloween treasure hunt outdoors at FPCR on Saturday, October 31. Drop by between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Masks will be required for school age and above children and adults. Costumes are encouraged! Please RSVP by Friday at noon, by clicking here

Candy donations are still needed- fun-size, individually-wrapped, one kind (ie: a bag of Snickers, rather than a bag including Snickers and Starburst). Please bring candy donations to this week's Food Drive.

Election Day 
Prayer Service

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30-8:00 pm via Zoom

Join us on Zoom for a time of prayer for our church, our community, our country, and our world. Our intent is not to pray for a particular political party, but rather, the healing and unity of our nation and its leaders.  Click here to register.

Your response to my recent 90th birthday has been overwhelming.  A special shout out to fellow Wordsmith Howard Taylor, for his clever limerick!  Our congregation is one huge love-filled blessing - thank you, thank you!

Anne Healy
Congratulations on the birth of Archer (Archie) Waite Colbaugh to Waite and Becca Colbaugh, born October 9 (6 lb, 18.5 in.) in Arkansas. Grandparents are Penny and Phil. 


The Angel Tree list of children's names is provided by Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (PCHAS). You can be an angel to a child by choosing a name (this year to be done virtually), purchasing all or some of the items on that child's wish list, placing the unwrapped gifts in a black trash bag with the child's name on it. 


If you are unable to return your gift bag, please call Robin Smith (214.405.3053) or Eva Waldrop (214.403.6605) for pickup. Another way to be an angel for one of these children is to buy a $25 or $50 gift card at Walmart or Target and drop it off at our Food Drive on November 19. This earlier date allows PCHAS staff to shop for the children. PCHAS recommends that each child's gifts not exceed fifty dollars.

The Hoodie Collection project gives us the opportunity to provide a new, warm hooded, zippered sweatshirt or jacket for a child in grades K-12. The school counselors love having those available on cold days. 


The collected items will be delivered to Terrace Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, and to the Network of Community Ministries.

One Man's Treasure provides assistance to men who have recently been released from prison. They are in need of new or gently used men's warm jackets, shirts, jeans, and shoes sizes 9 thru 10.


This is a great reason to clean out your closets and to share your extra coat with someone in need.

As you can see, COVID-19 has changed the way we do mission,
 but we will succeed with God's help. We humbly ask this
 generous congregation for your support for these 
Christmas season programs.

October 23, 2020

Here are updates from your Session for the last two months.  Commendations were issued to Randy Phillips, Bill Foote, Kevin Wadleigh, and Doug Anderson for their work on various projects around the church campus, Ralph Stannard for his video production every week (this is not in his Music Director job description!), Bob Tillinghast (for his years of service to FPC in many capacities as he & Jill move to Austin), and Bob & Sharon Relyea for managing our part of the Network Food Drive each month. 

Our treasurers (Sara Godecke & Janice Fandrick) report that our finances are in good shape for 2020. 

On the facilities front, there's a new refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen (the old ones had been with us since the 90's, and the fridge conked out).  Don Freeman is leading a task force to evaluate bids and make a recommendation to repair crumbling sewer pipes under various places in the buildings-more to come on that project. 

Bill & Ollie Frank made a very generous gift to the church in their estate, and their wish was that it be used for construction of a pavilion on the field near the playground.  Sylvia Carson's family invited the Sometimers to move plants from Sylvia's yard (just behind the Maupin Field) to the church property.  Several lantanas, boxwoods, and spider lily bulbs have been replanted around the building. 

Isn't it amazing how this congregation is blessed by so many gifts of time, talents and treasures?  Thanks be to God, and keep it going, y'all!

Margaret Rogers

The following members will serve as our new Session Members:

John Fattaruso
John grew up in the American Baptist church while his family was in Berkeley, California, and his father was completing his career in campus ministry. After achieving a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley, John relocated to Dallas in 1987 for a career opportunity at Texas Instruments and joined Ridgeview Presbyterian Church in Farmers Branch. He served Ridgeview in many capacities, including singing in the choir and as a soloist, CE teacher of the "Twos & Threes" class up through several adult classes, retreat leader, chair of various committees, ruling elder, and chair of a PNC. After changing his membership to FPCR in 2008, John has been mostly devoting his time to the music ministry, in both the Sanctuary and the Ruth Greer Handbell choirs and as a cantor, as well as helping out occasionally with First Friday and VBS.
After 22 years at Texas Instruments, where he was elected to the title of Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, John took an early retirement in 2009, and has since been serving as an adjunct faculty member at SMU, teaching various physics and engineering classes. He also devoted many hours to the Dallas community over 30 years of singing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. He and Marsha look forward to resuming their enjoyment of international travel and photography some day.

Ben Newienhuis
Ben is originally from Michigan; he was born just outside of Detroit and raised in Battle Creek. He attended Calvin College, where he met his wife, Mary Margaret, and graduated in 2012. He continued on to get a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ben and Mary Margaret moved to Richardson in 2018 for Ben to start his job at Texas Instruments. He and Mary Margaret began attending FPCR in the fall of 2018 and joined as members in the spring of 2019.
Ben was raised in the Christian Reformed Church, and attended a reformed non-denominational church while at grad school in Pittsburgh. Since coming to FPCR, he and Mary Margaret regularly attend the 8AM chapel service and the Present Word Sunday School class. This would be his first service to a church in a leadership role, but he has volunteered his time and talents to his home churches throughout the years, through sound and worship, youth education, and community outreach.

Sarah Wright

Sarah was born in Joplin, Missouri and spent her childhood in Stillwater, Oklahoma and Beaun1ont, Texas. She is a lifelong Presbyterian. She graduated from Lamar University in 1969 and started her teaching career in Beaumont. Bob and Sarah were married in 1969 in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Beaumont. After a brief period in Louisiana, they moved to the Richardson area and have been members of FPCR since 1974. Sarah has served on the session two previous times and has been actively involved in a variety of committees over the years. In addition, she also served as an Associate for Children's Work at FPCR in the late 1980's.

Sarah has a Masters Degree in Education from Texas A&M - Commerce and taught school for 29 years. She continues her commitment to education as a substitute teacher in RISD. She and Bob have two daughters, Catherine and Stephanie, who grew up in this congregation. They also have 4 grandchildren. Sarah is looking forward to the day when she and Bob can resume their travels.
Our partnership with St. Barnabas and Canyon Creek Presbyterian Churches to support the Network of Community Ministries continues, but with a new monthly schedule. 

1st Thursdays of the month: CCPC
2nd Thursdays of the month: St. B
3rd Thursdays of the month: FPCR

Network is currently in need of the following items:

Plastic grocery bags
Peanut Butter
Baking items: Sugar, oil, baking mix, pancake mix
Mac and cheese
Hand Soap
Body Wash

Additionally, FPCR will host an extra food drive on
 Thurs, Oct 29, 9:30-11:30 am.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Relyea's: 

Just a reminder 
if you use a bank auto-draft for
any pledges or giving to FPCR,
be sure to update our new address with your bank rather than the old 271 N. Walton address.

FPCR's New Address: 

PO Box 831985, 
Richardson, TX  75083

Don't be Scammed!

**NEVER give out any personal information over the phone, 
email or text**

Unfortunately, there are continually new scams to steal personal information - credit card, bank account, driver's license number and social security number.  
For a list of all the current scams, click here. 

Don't answer any text messages, emails or phone calls from people or numbers you do not know. 



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.

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 lisa@fpcrichardson.org. 
An updated list will be emailed each week.

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Recognizing the unusual and demanding challenges teachers face this school year because of COVID-19, we want to identify and pray for FPCR members (or family members) who are teaching this year. Our developing list of names is below. Please lift them in your prayers and email any additions to Lisa@fpcrichardson.org.
  1. Charlie Anderson - RISD (Latin)
  2. Judy Bozone - Texas A&M Commerce (Music Theory)
  3. Sarah Mathieu Burdick - Lamplighter School (Pre-K)
  4. Josh Carter (Lisa's son) - Richland College (Game Technology)
  5.  Kathy Crouch (Howard Kent's daughter) - RISD (Elementary)
  6. Mary Mathieu Farrington - RISD (Counselor)
  7. John Fattaruso - SMU (Physics)
  8. Andy Forisha - United States Naval Academy (Math)
  9. Kate Forisha - Plano ISD (Administrator)
  10. Stephen Forisha - Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD (Math)
  11. Nancy Freeman - Mesquite ISD (Science)
  12. Katie Gassensmith - Frisco ISD (Music
  13. Wayne Geyer - Texas A&M Commerce Graduate Assistant
  14. Lyna Colbaugh Gonzalez - RISD (Librarian)
  15. Julia Haun - UTD (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  16. David Hughes - Frisco ISD (Math)
  17. Jessica Fandrick Kirkland - Allen ISD (3rd Grade)
  18. Valerie Lormor - Austin ISD (Kindergarten)
  19. Sarah Rowley - DePauw University (History)
  20. Stefani Stewart - GISD (Special Ed)
  21. Barbara Sucher - RISD (Counselor)
  22. Shannon Talley - Dallas College, Richland Campus (Vocal Music)
  23. Sarah Wright - RISD (Substitute)

Front Line Healthcare Workers 
Treating COVID-19 Patients

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

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 9.31.20
Revenues:                     YTD Budget         YTD Actual
Pledged Receipts                $412,344.72             $ 398,992.52
Other Receipts                    $  76,500.00             $ 145,158.98
Total Revenues                   $488,844.72             $ 544,151.50
Total Expenses                    $488,844.36             $494,363.97
Net Total                              $           0.36            $  49,787.53

In response to the cashflow uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the First Presbyterian Church Session borrowed $69,300 from Pioneer Bank through the SBA Payroll Protection Program. The process for PPP loan/grant forgiveness is still being debated by the US government. These funds are reflected in the "Other Receipts" column.

November 15
December 12 (Saturday AM)

November 14, 2020 - Canyon Creek, Richardson

Click on items below:

10:30 Worship 
via Facebook  

Please check the website later in the week for bulletin and hymns.

Present Word 
Sunday School 
Prophets in Pajamas
Sunday - 9 am

Please click here to 
download the lesson.  

God commands us to love one another. Explore with us the evolution of this command in the passages from the Old and New Testament and the challenges it presents us today.

New Link: Click here to register in advance through Nov 1.

FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour
Sunday - 9:30 am

Click here to register in advance through the end of September or click here to join the meeting if you have already registered.

Pastors' Bible Study
Tuesday - 5:00 pm

Click here to pre-register through the end of the year.

 Click here
for additional Zoom info.
In This Issue

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

If you are interested in receiving these email: lisa@fpcrichardson.org
First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

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