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Advent Recitals » Wednesdays at Noon

Please join us for our Advent recital series each Wednesday at Noon.

December 6 - Jerry & Paula Stephens
December 13 - Chris Widomski
December 20 - Dr. Grady Coyle

See the full Advent schedule

Longest Night Service » Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

Advent is certainly an appropriate time for joy, but for many, it is also a season that brings forth difficult memories or sadness. If someone is already struggling with financial problems, broken relationships, unresolved grief — he or she is likely to find further alienation in the relentless joy and cheer of the Christmas season, particularly as it is often misconstrued in television specials and marketing campaigns. 

To address these pastoral concerns, we will observe a "Longest Night" service on Thursday, December 21, at 8 p.m. December 21 is the beginning of winter — and the longest night of the calendar year. If you or someone you know has experienced loss, please join us for this service of healing.

Warm Clothes for Christmas

The Mission Ministry will be collecting sweatshirts and hoodies during Advent season for distribution to the RISD Clothes Closet, neighborhood schools, and The Network. Throughout Advent please bring your purchases to worship for the children to collect and place under the Chrismon Tree.

We will also be collecting warm coats for One Man's Treasure. This group provides clothes and services for men who have recently been released from prison and was a favorite charity of Ernie Gotts.  Our collection will run from November 26 to December 31.  Please look for the baskets around the church to place your gently used or new coats.

Disaster Buckets and Kits - Thank You!

Thanks to the generous donations of money, materials, shopping, and assembly work by FPC and First Friday folks, we were able to build 33 cleanup buckets and 160 hygiene kits for disaster assistance! The buckets, kits, and overflow materials were delivered on October 16 to the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center near Little Rock, Arkansas. The DAC partners with Church World Service and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to receive these “Gift-of-the-Heart” kits and ship them to disaster-impacted areas.


Associate Pastor Search

With Rev Bev riding off into the sunset, we are excited to find a new Associate Pastor at FPC Richardson.  If you know someone that would be a good fit or if you are interested yourself, please contact us at

View our official Ministry Information Form on the PCUSA website

Register at Kroger's and Amazon for FPCR

Don't forget that you can register for a percentage of your purchase at Kroger's and Amazon to come to FPCR, with those funds earmarked for the renovations. Sign up at your local Kroger supermarket near you and on for the Amazon Smiles program. Call the office if you have questions.

Fit for Life - Chair Aerobics

Come exercise with your friends at church! Elaine Hosage will be leading classes every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and come join us in the Chapel for a 45 minute workout.

Other News

J.W. Campbell Scholarships Awarded

The Permanent Funds Committee is pleased to announce that Jasmine Duhon, Kayla Owens and Justin Wilson are the recipients of the J.W. Campbell Scholarship for 2016. Jasmine will be a junior at Texas A&M – Commerce and is majoring in Agricultural Sciences. Kayla will be a senior at UT Austin and is majoring in Fine Arts. Justin will be a senior at Liberty University and is majoring in Evangelism. We are very proud of these students and praise God that we are able to help them in their scholastic endeavors. We ask everyone to remember them in your prayers. We are grateful to the J.W. Campbell family for making these funds available to our students for their education.

Earth Care Congregation

In helping with our "Earth Care Congregation" program, parents, help your children respect God's creation by avoiding their becoming part of our "throw away society." In the words of 16th Century Astronomer Johannes Kepler, "Nature uses as little as possible of everything." Perhaps we might do the same?

College Ministry at FPCR

Are you interested in volunteering to help implement a College Ministry? With the assistance of Ukirk Ministries, a Presbyterian College program that provides resources and directions to congregations that want to have a college campus presence. Visit or contact Pastor David at to learn more and participate.



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