July 16, 2020

When was the last time you were surprised by something? Was it a good surprise (example: finding ice cream in your freezer) or a not-so-good surprise (example: realizing your AC isn't working on these hot days)?
I've been surprised over the past few days to find a bit of joy amidst the challenges of living in this pandemic season: a cool breeze on my morning walk with Lucy, a funny show I'd never seen before, an unexpected phone call from a good friend. I'd venture to guess that the Holy Spirit has something to do with these good surprises, infusing these difficult days with unexpected holiness and reminding us of God's great love for us. 

I pray that the Holy Spirit surprises you with joy in an unexpected way this week. (You may be surprised with some joy this Friday evening for our Zoom Campfire...see details below).


Pastor Rosy
Fri, July 17
Campfire Vespers - Zoom: 6:30 pm
Sun, July 19
Fellowship Coffee Hour - Zoom: 9:30 am
Worship - Facebook: 10:30 am
Tues, July 21
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 F. Stannard
First Presbyterian Church Richardson, Music Director

Camp in a Box 
 Campfire Vespers

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 !

"Bill's" Super Chili
by Bill and Diane Foote

Chili???  In July?? Absolutely!!
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!

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.

Tips to reduce water usage:
  1. Install water saving shower heads and toilets.
  2. Take shorter showers.
  3. Check for water leaks and dripping faucets.  
  4. Consider investing in an instant hot water system which will prevent waste.

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.


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 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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no meeting in July
August 16
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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Present Word 
Sunday School 
Prophets in Pajamas
Sunday - 9 am
Click  here  for lesson.

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 for all summer

 Click here for Zoom info


Sunday School

Click the links below to register in advance for all summer.

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

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.