August 26, 2020

This morning I watched a friend's video message to her congregation in North Carolina. Her words have stuck with me all day long. She shared these words from 1 Thesslonians 5:9-11: For God did not appoint us to suffer wrathbut to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
These days, we don't have to look very far to encounter discouragement or to hear words that bring us down. But, what would happen if we followed Paul's advice to the church in Thessalonica? How do our words and actions mirror our intentions to live together with Christ?
This week, I hope that you will actively find ways to encourage somebody and to build them up. You never know just how impactful a kind word or gesture may be.
Pastor Rosy

Sun, Aug 30
Fellowship Coffee Hour - Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship - Facebook: 10:30 am

Adult Sunday School class via Zoom: 9 am 
Thurs, Sept 3
Network Food Drive: drive-thru porte cochere, 9:30 - 11:30 am

150th Anniversary T-shirt and Yard Sign pick up: drive thru porte cochere, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Sun, Sept 6
Fellowship Coffee Hour - Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship with Communion via Zoom or Facebook: 10:30 am

Pastor Jessie's last day with FPCR
Mon, Sept 7Labor Day - staff holiday

FPCR Yard Signs & T-shirts

Pick Up Your #FPCR150 Swag 
 Thursday, Sep. 3!
They're almost here! Those of you who ordered yard signs or T-shirts can pick up your items starting September 3 at FPCR. We'll have them sorted and waiting for you at the NETWORK Food Drive-so please consider bringing a food donation when you drop by!  

Thank you for all of the prayers, cards, calls, food and visits during Andrea's illness.   Our church community is such a loving and caring family and you have been such a support to Andrea and all the family as she traveled on this journey.  We are so grateful to all of you for your support in so many ways.  We still plan to have a memorial service when the pandemic allows and that will be shared with the congregation and friends when the time comes.  In the meantime, please know how much we love and appreciate all of you.
The Gray Family and the Smith Family

August 24, 2020

News about the gift that keeps on giving:

At this month's Session meeting, we were pleased to learn of a substantial gift to FPCR from Sanford Mitchell's estate.  You may not be aware that every year since his death, we have received a financial distribution from Sanford's investments, often in the $20,000 range.  The 2020 gift is more than double that amount-a most welcome and providential surprise in these uncertain financial times.  The gift will go a long way toward replacing the non-pledged receipts that are typically received through the passing of the plates that is missing this year.  Sanford was a rock in this congregation (and the voice of God-really!-in FPC children's musicals of the 90's).   We miss him and give thanks for his continuing care for us. 

We issued commendations to the Gotts family, Shirley Latham, and her team for the generosity and hard work on the "Non-Sale" at Ernie & Lindy's house; and to the summer Sunday School team for their dedication to our children:  Becky Lormor, Julie Houpt, Liz Bross, Amy Shirey, Debbie Rowley, Judy Bozone, Caleb Black, and Gilli Smith.

Repairs to the Sanctuary HVAC system were completed recently, and we're still waiting on final plans and estimates for the repairs that are in the future for the sewer system.  It's always something!

Watch for communion again on September 6 - Pastor David's first Sunday after returning from his sabbatical!  We are grateful to Pastors Rosy, Jessie, and Bev for their leadership all the time, but especially in June, July, and August.  In spite of coronavirus times, it feels like the summer has flown by.

Following up on Pastor Jessie's three-week "Spirituality of Breadmaking" class, watch for more upcoming mini-classes in the coming weeks by David, Rosy, and Ralph. 

Margaret Rogers

Available for Cooking:

Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Sage & Rosemary.

With so much time at home these days, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy time in the kitchen, whether working on your culinary skills or blessing others with meals.  If you are interested in fresh herbs for cooking, contact Shannon at

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.  
Italian Vegetable Soup

This is a FPCR legacy 
recipe by Jack Maupin.

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We need your recipes! Email 
It may be featured in an upcoming ePress!

Don't be Scammed!
Scammers are hard at work even during a pandemic!  

An FPCR member's email has been hacked.  Please be aware:
  • If you receive an email from any church member, staff, or anyone outside of the church asking for financial help or gift cards of any kind, please know that it is a scam.  FPCR staff or members would never use email for something like that. It is best to not even respond so the scammer doesn't try to hack your email too!!
  • One of the latest scam is a phone call or email that will tell you that you have been exposed to COVID-19. They will volunteer to send you a testing kit and ask for a credit card number to pay for the shipping.  This is a scare tactic to get your credit card information. NEVER give out your credit card info or any personal information.
  • If something should ever pop up on your computer saying your computer has been compromised and gives you a phone number to call for support - DO NOT CALL OR REPLY IN ANY WAY!!  This gives hackers a backdoor into your computer and they will steal any private information they can get - bank account info, social security number, driver's license number, etc. 
  • If you should get an email that you are unsure of, you can always verify the email it was sent from at the top of the email. More than likely it will be a slightly different email address than the one you have on file for someone you 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.  
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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

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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
  1. Charlie Anderson - RISD (Latin)
  2. Judy Bozone - Texas A&M Commerce (Music Theory)
  3. Sarah Mathieu Burdick - Lamplighter School (Pre-K)
  4. Mary Mathieu Farrington - RISD (Counselor)
  5. John Fattaruso - SMU (Physics)
  6. Andy Forisha - United States Naval Academy (Math)
  7. Kate Forisha - Plano ISD (Administrator)
  8. Stephen Forisha - Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD (Math)
  9. Nancy Freeman - Mesquite ISD (Science)
  10. Katie Gassensmith - Frisco ISD (Music
  11. 10.Lyna Colbaugh Gonzalez - RISD (Librarian)
  12. Julia Haun - UTD (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  13. David Hughes - Frisco ISD (Math)
  14. Jessica Fandrick Kirkland - Allen ISD (3rd Grade)
  15. Valerie Lormor - Austin ISD (Kindergarten)
  16. Sarah Rowley - DePauw University (History)
  17. Stefani Stewart - GISD (Special Ed)
  18. Sarah Wright - RISD (Substitute)
  19. Josh Carter (Lisa's son) - Richland College (Game Technology & Design)

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 7.28.20
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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September 20
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November 15
December 12 (Saturday AM)

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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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.

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FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour
Sunday -  9:30 am

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Children's Sunday School will resume October 4
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