Nov 11,  2020

Every Sunday morning there is an opportunity to chat with other members of the congregation. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and hop on the weekly Zoom call (FPCR Fellowship Coffee Hour link in the yellow column of this email) - all are invited! Your presence would be most welcome. Come for a few minutes or the whole time. Drop by one Sunday or every Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!


Pastor David
Sun, Nov 15
Adult Sunday School class via Zoom: 9 am

Fellowship Coffee Hour via Zoom: 9:30 am

Worship via Facebook - 10:30 am

Session Meeting after Worship
Mon, Nov 16
Outdoor Worship - Evening Vespers (David and Rosy): 6 pm - RSVP to
Tues, Nov 17
Pastors' Bible Study via Zoom: 5-6 pm.  Click here to register. 
Thurs, Nov 19
Drive Thru Food Drive: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Lunch on the Lawn (Rosy and David): 12 noon - RSVP to
November 11

Freedom isn't free.
So many have given and sacrificed so much
so we would know what true freedom really is.
Thank a veteran today. 
Tell them you are grateful for their 
sacrifice and their service.
Take time to remember those who are 
still fighting for us today.
Even through its trials, be thankful for the 
great nation we live in.


Are you in need of furniture, or know someone who is?

Barbara Brewster has a dining table, 6 chairs and a hutch she would like to donate to someone.  She needs it to be moved out of her house by Friday.  Please call her for more info:
Barbara Brewster  972.235.3232

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.

Stewardship Giving Update:

To date, FPCR has received 29 pledges.
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 during
 Food Drives or on Dec 4th
 between 10 am - 1 pm.

 Click here for more info. To adopt an angel, please contact:

  • Eva Waldrop: 214.403.6605 / OR 
  • Robin Smith: 214.403.6605 /

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 
Fri. Dec. 18, or Wed. 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.
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. 

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

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.

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

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

If you are interested in receiving these email:
First Friday
(Parents Night Out)

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