Feb 17, 2021

The Ash Wednesday service will premier on Facebook at 7pm. It will be shown concurrently on our YouTube channel, which may accessed by going to fpcrichardson.org. We hope you will join us. 

Here is a quick update, and more may be coming later in the week...

The church has power.
Phones and internet are still out. 
The church facilities have fared fairly well, although we have some minor HVAC and plumbing concerns.

We had 2 families take refuge at the church last night. One family will be staying tonight.

We have many members and staff that are dealing with power outages, plumbing issues, etc.

The Session meeting has been postponed until 2/28.

Tomorrow's food drive will take place as planned - details below.

Pastor David
Sun, Feb 21
Adult Sunday School Class via Zoom: 9 am
Tea Conversations via Zoom: 9:30 am
No Elementary Sunday School Class this week

Worship via Facebook - 10:30 am

Tues, Feb 23
Pastors' Bible Study via Zoom: 5:00 pm.  Register here.


At Home

We hope you are enjoying your Lent at Home Kit.  Please join us for the following services and conversations.


Tea Conversations via Zoom- Sundays during Lent (2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28), 9:30-10:15 am. Register here.
Maundy Thursday Worship Service via Zoom-   April 1, 7:00 pm.  Click hereWill be available to watch later.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service- April 2, 7:00 pm - Worship service to premiere on Facebook and YouTube. Will be available to watch later. 
We are trying to gauge the number of members who have received the vaccine so that we can plan accordingly. We will be sharing that data with our task force and session, as well as with the congregation. Please be patient as we take the next steps. Most of our staff and members have not been vaccinated. Please email Lisa if you would like to share that you have received the vaccine.

We are looking for 15 different voices to read pieces of the Good Friday Tenebrae Service. This will be used for our digital service on Friday, April 2. We will record readers in the sanctuary in 15-minute increments on Saturday, March 6. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed closely. All ages are invited to sign up for a time to record a reading. The readings can be found by clicking here. (Note: some readings are longer than others). To sign up for a recording slot, please click here.

Thanks to all those who participated in the challenge! We hope you were able to experience God's love in some fun and exciting ways, and to share God's love with your friends and neighbors.  
Our prayers of sympathy and support are extended to the family and friends of:

Gordon Rice, who died on February 8, 2021
Jim Rogers, who died on February 15, 2021

These are our special February birthdays!!

Nettie Elliott will celebrate her
95th birthday on Feb 9.

Betty Kastendieck will celebrate her
97th birthday on Feb 17.

Network is currently in need of the following:

Jelly/Jam, Baking items (oil), Breakfast items, Oatmeal, Granola bars, Canned soup, Pancake/baking mix, Box meals (hamburger helper), Instant mashed potatoes, Canned meals (Ravioli, Spaghetti)     

Hand soap, Tooth brushes/toothpaste, Bodywash, Detergent, Shampoo/conditioner, Deodorant, Diapers: size 3 +

Please drop off items at the next FPCR drive-thru food drive on Feb. 18.

Valentines through Father's Day is the biggest chocolate buying season of the year. It is well known in the chocolate industry that forced child labor, and starvation wages are part of the supply chain, and yet year after year nothing changes.  Therefore, this year let us join the effort to make changes in the system by buying chocolate from Fair Trade farmers,  and companies that pay fair wages and do not rely on child labor.

If you should need a new FPCR member directory, please email lisa@fpcrichardson.org.

If you have not made a pledge for 2021, you still can! 

Even though our 2021 stewardship campaign has come to an end, there is always an opportunity to submit a pledge. Click here to complete an annual estimate of giving today.

For giving and pledges, click the link below or mail your offerings.  If you use a bank auto-draft for any pledges or giving to FPCR, be sure to update our new address with your bank.

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 831985
Richardson, TX  75083

If you are currently not a member and would like more information on membership, please contact lisa@fpcrichardson.org.

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) - Dallas 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

Bekah Leon (Colleen Oates' niece) - ER nurse in Wilmington, DE

Morgan James (Jenny's husband) - RN at Children's Medical.

Karen Scott (Charlie Bross' daughter) - Speech Therapist in a nursing home COVID unit

Lily Agwe - Healthcare First Responder, Highland Springs

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

Click below to download lesson.  
Lesson 12

God calls us in covenant through our faith to worship and do justice. Join us as we study Scripture that will hopefully make your own call become more clear.
Click here to register.

FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour & Tea Conversations
Sunday - 9:30 am

Click here to register 
or go to:
Meeting ID: 
879 9777 2757

Pastors' Bible Study
Tuesday - 5:00 pm

Register here.

Sunday School

1/31 - Lesson 2
2/7 - Lesson 3
2/14 - Lesson 6
2/21 - Break
2/28 - Break
3/7 - Lesson 4
3/14 - Lesson 5
3/21 - TBD

Click here to join class.

 Click here
for additional Zoom info.

Did you know FPCR has a YouTube page with our worship services? Subscribe to be notified anytime there is a new video uploaded. 

Click here to view FPCR's YouTube page.
In This Issue

If you are interested 
receiving a quarterly copy, please email   lisa@fpcrichardson.org.

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.