September 2, 2020

It is good to be back from my sabbatical and I look forward to seeing you all real soon - maybe even at the food drive in the morning! It begins at 9:30.

I cannot express adequately my deep gratitude to Rosy and all the FPCR staff. They really kept things moving right along. I look forward to sharing my sabbatical insights with you. Beginning next Thursday (9/10), I will be leading a mid-week class on Sabbath. It will be at 7pm and there will be a Zoom link in next week's ePress that will get you there. 

I can't wait to hear about your Summer! 

Blessings to you all.
Pastor David

PS. This is a communion Sunday. See more info below.

Thurs, Sept 3
Drive-Thru Food Drive: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Drive-Thru T-Shirt & Yard Sign Pickup: 9:30 - 11:30
Sun, Sept 6
Adult Sunday School class via Zoom: 9 am

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
This Sunday, September 6

For this Sunday, please choose one of the following ways to access worship:

Option 1: 
Access the service via FPCR's Facebook page by clicking here

Option 2: 
Access the service via Zoom. 
  • Pre-register for this Zoom meeting, by clicking here
 (Note: Zoom will send you a confirmation email with login information. SAVE that email as you'll need it on Sunday morning).
  • On Sunday morning, this Zoom meeting will open at 10:15 am. Worship will begin at 10:30 am.
  • When you log in to the meeting, you will automatically be "muted" so as to cut down on audio feedback.
  • When we celebrate communion, we hope that you will choose "gallery view" so that we can see one another as we partake of the elements. (This option should be in the top right corner of your screen).
  • This Zoom meeting will be recorded and live-streamed to Facebook.
  • If you encounter technical difficulties on Sunday morning, please contact John Fattaruso at 214-349-8280 or
No matter which option you choose, please prepare for worship this week by downloading the bulletin at our website ( and acquiring bread and wine/juice.

As members of the body of Christ, we are all invited to the table to receive God's grace and to recommit ourselves to love and serve God, one another, and our neighbors in the world. Therefore, we trust that even though we will be celebrating communion while separated in our homes, the Holy Spirit will bind us together in Christ's name.

We look forward to celebrating communion with you.
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


The first Pastors' Bible Study will take place on Tuesday, September 15, from 5:00-6:00 pm via ZoomEveryone is invited!  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 register for the Zoom meeting. Let Pastor Rosy know if you have any questions. 

Smoked Beef Brisket

By Cindy Camp

Click here for recipe. 
We need your recipes! Email 
It may be featured in an upcoming ePress!

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. 
Please read the newest scams listed below.
  • 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.  
  • A phone call or email telling you that you have been exposed to COVID-19 and volunteering to send you a testing kit. They will ask for a credit card number to pay for the shipping.  This is a scare tactic to get your credit card information or Social Security number.
  • 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.
  • If you receive a text or email that might even be personalized with your name saying something similar to: "We found a parcel from a recent shipment owed to you. Kindly assume ownership and confirm for delivery",  and it will list a link to click on. IT IS A SCAM - DO NOT OPEN OR CLICK ON THE LINK.
  • If you receive a phone call from someone wanting to verify your name or address, DO NOT REPLY "YES". They are wanting you to reply with "Yes" so they can record your voice and use it to buy/sign up for fraudulent purchases, services or credit cards.

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 
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
  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. Mary Mathieu Farrington - RISD (Counselor)
  6. John Fattaruso - SMU (Physics)
  7. Andy Forisha - United States Naval Academy (Math)
  8. Kate Forisha - Plano ISD (Administrator)
  9. Stephen Forisha - Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD (Math)
  10. Nancy Freeman - Mesquite ISD (Science)
  11. Katie Gassensmith - Frisco ISD (Music
  12. Lyna Colbaugh Gonzalez - RISD (Librarian)
  13. Julia Haun - UTD (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  14. David Hughes - Frisco ISD (Math)
  15. Jessica Fandrick Kirkland - Allen ISD (3rd Grade)
  16. Valerie Lormor - Austin ISD (Kindergarten)
  17. Sarah Rowley - DePauw University (History)
  18. Stefani Stewart - GISD (Special Ed)
  19. 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

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 7.31.20
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
October 18
November 15
December 12 (Saturday AM)

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

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10:30 Worship via
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Present Word 
Sunday School 
Prophets in Pajamas
Sunday - 9 am
Click here for 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 for all summer

FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour
Sunday -  9:30 am

Click here to register in advance through Sept.

 Click here for Zoom info

Children's Sunday School will resume October 4
In This Issue

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

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First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

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