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It's Time For Tools 4 School!

We will be collecting financial donations for Network and school supplies for Mark Twain and Terrace Elementary. Baskets will be available in the Welcome Center and the office for your donations. Lists with the specific items needed will be available Sunday.

Child Protection Training

For anyone who works with children or youth and missed the in-person training this past Sunday, please watch the child protection training and send in a signed Covenent for Volunteers. Child Protection Training is required of all Sunday School, First Friday, and Youth and Children's Ministry volunteers. Since we did not provide a training last year, due to the pandemic, almost everyone is due for a refresher.

Mitchell/Tufts Scholarships Awarded

This year we are thrilled to announce that two members of our congregation were awarded scholarships. 

Jay Eoff, who will be entering Michigan State University in the fall was awarded $6,000. This was the first time the committee had ever awarded that amount and only two students were chosen to receive the $6,000 award. I beamed with pride when that was announced. 

Also receiving an award was Wayne Geyer, who is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts--Visual Communication at Texas A&M University, Commerce. We have all seen Wayne's great work in visual communication since he has designed our church logo and many posters and brochures for our congregation. The scholarship committee has never awarded money to go toward a graduate degree, but they felt that Wayne's contributions to First Presbyterian Church deserved special recognition.

RSVPs no longer required for worship

The Session has decided to forego the RSVP protocol for in-person Sunday worship services. RSVPs are no longer required if you wish to worship in person in the sanctuary.

Masks are still required and social distancing practices are still in effect.

FPCR's Session and staff are encouraged by downward trends in case numbers, and upward trends in vaccination rates. If you have any questions, please reach out to a Session member or the Pastors.

A Note from the Pastor » May 12

Our Called Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, immediately after worship. The link may be found in the "Week at a Glance" section below. In that meeting we will hear from the Nominating Committee (see below) and elect new elders to Session, elect at-large members of the 2022 Nominating Committee, Acknowledge our graduating Seniors, and go over the procedures and protocols for limited in-person worship beginning on May 23.

Specific instructions on how to RSVP for in-person worship will be coming soon. We plan for there to be an emailed RSVP link and a link in the Online Worship section above. Alternatively, one may also RSVP by calling the Church office or by emailing Lisa Carter, our Office Administrator. The RSVP system will open at 9:00 AM on Monday mornings. There will be no early registrations.

The Session has compiled the protocols for in-person worship. You are encouraged to review this document prior to registration. Read the Protocol to Resume In-Person Worship.

I look forward to seeing you at the Congregational Meeting!

Pastor David

FPCR Reopening Plan


View the detailed plan guidelines here

Update on our Reuter Pipe Organ

After being damaged by the leaky roof several years ago, it is finally time to do a proper repair and refurbishment of our Reuter pipe organ. We expect the work to begin in May or June and take 6 weeks to complete.

Read the full story from Ralph Stannard

Network Needs

They are currently in need of the following items:

  • Hygiene products 
  • Detergent 
  • Diapers all sizes
  • Toilet paper
  • Easy box meals (such as hamburger helper)
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Flour and baking supplies
  • Cooking oil
  • Spices/seasonings (such as oregano, cumin, and more to season beans and rice)
Kid-friendly foods will be distributed at both Network and the 8 mobile food pantries each week, in addition to nutritional food boxes. Items needed are:
  • Pop topped kid-friendly meals,
  • Mac and cheese, granola bars, applesauce cups, oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, and other healthy snack options 
Network is also in need of new men's, women's, and children's underwear, infant socks, baby and toddler clothing, children's clothing, and shoes (all sizes).

As always, thank you for your generosity and being a blessing to those in need.

Other News

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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