Nov 4,  2020

May the peace of Christ be with you. 

We have learned that there is a critical need for volunteers, with our ministry partner, the NETWORK of Community Ministries. New safety protocols are in place, which include temperature checks and mask and glove requirements. Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am to 4 pm, Friday 10 am to Noon and Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 pm.
You can sign up for a shift today at


Pastor David
Sat, Nov 7
Donuts in the Parking Lot with Pastor David: 9 am - must RSVP to 214.684.2286 or
Sun, Nov 8
Adult Sunday School class via Zoom: 9 am

Fellowship Coffee Hour via Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship via Facebook - 10:30 am
Tues, Nov 10Midday Prayer Service led by Session Members: 12 noon- must RSVP to

Pastors' Bible Study via Zoom: 5-6 pm.   Click here to register. 
Mon, Nov 16
Evening Vespers (David and Rosy): 6 pm - RSVP to
Thurs, Nov 19
Lunch on the Lawn (Rosy and David): 12 noon - RSVP to

Stewardship packets have been delivered/mailed and you should be receiving one soon if you haven't already.  Please prayerfully consider your pledge amount to continue to support FPCR and our ministries and missions.

Click here to complete your pledge online.


To date, FPCR has received 5 pledges.

Thank you to all those 
who attended the Halloween Treasure Hunt, donated 
candy, and to all of our 
wonderful volunteers!!  
We had a great time and it was 
so good to some of our 
FPCR family 
face mask-to-face mask!

             FPCR's YouTube Page

Did you know FPCR has a YouTube page? We have started uploading worship services to YouTube. Subscribe to our page so you'll be notified anytime there is a new video uploaded. 

Click here to view FPCR's YouTube page.
at the home of Lindy Gotts

Several of you have asked how we did on our Non-Sale at Lindy Gotts' house this summer.  It took a while to get final totals in since we took books to Half Price Books and took china, silver, pewter and coins to a private auction house after the sale was over.  We can now say that everything has been sold or donated and our grand total was $8701.93.  We owe a large debt of gratitude to the Gotts children--Steve, Jeff and Katherine--who made the decision to donate all proceeds from the sale to First Presbyterian Church.  Needless to say, there were many items left when the sale was over and most of those were donated to Simply Thrifty which is a new thrift shop on West Arapaho.  Simply Thrifty uses funds created by the sale of those items to run halfway houses for women who are fighting addiction.  They were delighted to get the items that we were able to give them.  
Shirley Latham directed the Non Sale with a large amount of help from faithful FPC volunteers.  Sarah Wright and Sue Burns gave countless hours to organize and arrange items for the sale.  Amy Shirey took old linens and towels to the local animal shelter and Martha Mathieu coordinated many volunteers to take books to Half Price Books.  Bill Latham was the official "fix-it" man for the sale.  Two of our FPC youth were very helpful--Mai Weeks and Noah Clayton.  So, you see it was a combined effort that yielded great results.  Again, a large thank you to the Gotts family for their generosity.


The Tuesday Morning Prayer Group is still meeting (virtually, 
of course) and we would be glad to pray for your concerns. 

Prayer requests may be submitted to 
or by clicking here.


Drop off gifts to FPCR on Food Collection days 
or on Dec 4th
 between 10 am - 1 pm.

  Click here for more info and to              request an angel.

Drop off unwrapped 
hoodies during the 
Food Drive on Dec. 17. 

  Click here for more info.


Drop off items at the 
Food Drive on Jan 21.

Click here for more info.

Delivered by 
Mission Teams

Fully Cooked, Just heat 
and enjoy! 
Serves 4-6 people
Certified Holiday Helper will deliver your meal on 
Friday Dec. 18, or Dec. 23, 2020
Suggested Donation of $35.00 
benefitting the Huejotitan Casa de Niños
*12 Assorted Mini Muffins
*8 Individual Egg Frittatas
*8 Sausage Cups with Potato Crowns
*8 Biscuits with Sausage Gravy (or sub 12 Pancakes/Syrup)
*8 Ham-Wrapped Caramelized Pineapple Wedges
*1 Loaf of Lemon Tea Bread

Click here for more info and order form.

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
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

The next FPCR food drive will be Thursday, Nov 19.

Network is currently in need of the following items:

Plastic grocery bags, peanut butter, jelly/jam, mac and cheese, Baking items: Sugar, oil, baking mix, pancake mix, pasta, Toiletries: hand Soap, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste

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 
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.  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
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)

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 below to 
download 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.

Click here to register in advance through Nov 1.

FPCR Fellowship 
Coffee Hour
Sunday - 9:30 am

Click here to register.

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!

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First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

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