Koinonia Café To Go adds dinnertime pick-up. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 30, those enjoying Wilshire’s takeout meal service can pick up their order at lunchtime or dinnertime. The new later Dinner pick-up time will be 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the earlier Lunch pickup will now be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food Service Director Elizabeth Ferguson explains: “Having two times will provide more flexibility and convenience, and the late afternoon time will appeal to those who work during the day and would like to pick up dinner on their way home.”
Here’s a reminder of how it works:
- Takeout meals from Wilshire’s kitchen are offered for curbside pick-up each Wednesday.
- Proceeds help defray the cost of paying Wilshire’s dedicated kitchen workers.
- Ordering for Wednesday, Sept. 30, is open now on the church website.
- Order, pay and choose your pick-up time by end of day Tuesday, Sept. 29.
- Pick up your food on Wednesday. Full instructions and dietary information can be found on the website when ordering
Sacred Films – Resident-led study, Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 & 21,6 p.m. on Facebook Live. Have you ever watched a film and felt that you experienced something sacred? Maybe the beauty of it overwhelmed you. Perhaps the soundtrack was a balm for your weary soul, or there was a character who made you feel seen and understood. Films can transport us to another world or help us understand our world better. For three Wednesdays in October (Oct. 7, 14 and 21) join Pastoral Resident Leigh Curl on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. to discuss some films that may leave you feeling like you experienced something sacred.
The Tie That Binds – A Pathways Vespers Service, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. on Facebook Live
Facebook Live Bible Study. Various teachers lead the Facebook Live Bible Study Sundays at 10:15 a.m. on our Facebook page. Christine Browder will teach on Sept. 27.
Evolving Faith Live, Oct. 2 & 3. The Evolving Faith Live Conference will be held online Oct. 2 and 3, and Women of Wilshire will host a virtual follow-up discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The conference boasts speakers like Sarah Bessey, Jen Hatmaker, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Barbara Brown Taylor. Registration is $99 and includes access to all sessions through March. Register at evolvingfaith.com, and sign up for the discussion group Zoom info at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Anti-Racism Book Club hosts author Michael Waters, Nov. 19. On Nov. 19, Wilshire’s newest book club will be joined by Rev. Dr. Michael Waters for a discussion of his book, Stakes Is High. A local pastor, civil rights historian, activist and community leader, Waters can be expected to bring words of hope and empowerment. Stakes is High “blends hip-hop lyricism and social justice leadership, creating an urgent voice demanding that America listen to the suffering if it hopes to redeem its soul.” Reading the book is encouraged, but all are welcome. You can register and buy the book for the discounted price of $10 at wilshirebc.org/registration. Questions? Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waging Peace author event Oct. 29. Wilshire will host Diana Oestreich, author of Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First, in a Zoom conversation Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Oestreich is an activist, veteran and sexual assault nurse who serves as Key Relationships Officer with global missions partner Preemptive Love Coalition. She first heard God’s call to love her enemies on the battlefield of Iraq, and is using her story of solider turned peacemaker to empower us to identify our own rural, urban, political or religious divides, to cross our own “enemy lines” in order to remake the world and heal all that’s tearing us apart. Reading the book is encouraged, but all are welcome. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration to receive the Zoom link. Contact Abbey Adcox at email@example.com for more info.
WOW! Book Study on Original Blessings begins Oct. 1. Women of Wilshire will offer a six-week study of Danielle Shroyer’s book, Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place. Associate Pastor Heather Mustain will lead the one-hour sessions on Thursdays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 5, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration by Sept. 29 for the Zoom info. If you’re interested in a Sunday afternoon or evening time for the same study, let Abbey Adcox know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOW! Book Clubs
The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets on Zoom monthly at 7 p.m. Upcoming dates and titles: Oct. 13, The Woman’s Hour:
The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss; Nov. 10, The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd; Dec. 8, A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Contact Debby Burton at email@example.com to sign up.
The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets on Zoom monthly on Thursday at noon. On Oct. 1, the group will discuss Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Murray at email@example.com to sign up.
WOW! suggests ordering through Bookshop.org to support independent book sellers or ordering through a Black-owned bookstore such as The Dock Bookshop or Pan African Connection.
Audition for Faith in 3D’s The Living. Before now, there was then. Then is The Plague, 1665, London. Now is Wilshire’s 2021 Faith in 3D readers theatre production of scenes from The Living by Anthony Clarvoe. (The actors will perform each from their own homes). On Thursday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., the drama and a discussion will be presented by livestream. The play, which explores London’s response to the 1665 plague, was first performed in 1993, but, amazingly, it offers an opportunity to explore not only our reaction to the current pandemic but also the underlying problems in society that have been exposed. Auditions will be conducted virtually on Sept. 28 or 29 between 6:45 and 8 p.m. A copy of the audition scenes and other pertinent information will be sent to each registrant. In this time of social distancing, rehearsals will be conducted virtually by special arrangement with the participants. If you have a sense of adventure, high-speed internet, and a willingness to audition for a production that provokes thought about the future for all those who are among “the living,” please register at wilshirebc.org/registration by Sept. 27.
Blood Drive Sept. 29. Carter BloodCare will have a bus in Wilshire’s north parking lot on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please consider stopping by to donate. Blood is always essential, but it is crucial to maintaining a healthy blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of blood drives have been cancelled since March, resulting in more than 52,000 lost blood donations. The minimum age to donate is 16; those under 18 will need parental consent. The permission forms are located on the Carter website and will also be available onsite. All who donate through Carter during September will receive a voucher for one free medium lunch or dinner combo meal, redeemable at McDonald’s restaurants in DFW, Tyler and Waco. Carter is also offering COVID-19 antibody testing on successful donations for a limited time. Donors can retrieve their results within one to two weeks through a secure portal on Carter’s website. The safety of blood donors and Carter staff members is top priority. All blood drive setups will comply with Food and Drug Administration social distancing and sanitation protocols. Staff and donors are required to wear masks. To reduce wait times and help with social distancing, appointments are encouraged; donors can fill out the medical history questionnaire online before coming (carterbloodcare.org/quickscreen). The form can be accessed by downloading the Carter BloodCare mobile app. Carter limits the number of donors on each bus and creates space between beds at indoor drives. Appointments can be made at https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/117276. Visit carterbloodcare.org or call 817-343-1327 for more information.
Free Senior Adult Webinar. Seniors will focus on unlocking the “depth of love that is within you” during Fellowship Southwest’s Second Half of Life webinar, Oct. 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. The event will feature Sherrye Bass, a mindfulness meditation teacher and Christian spiritual director, and Andy Stoker, senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Dallas and also a mindfulness meditation teacher. “There is a depth of love that is within you. Learn ways of unlocking the love so that you can stand with courage, act with faith and pronounce that love in every moment,” Bass and Stoker said. “The second half of life is a journey within to discover ‘The One Who Knows’ through a Way of the Heart, a mindful contemplation method.” Register here for the Zoom link.
Community Wellness Project . Physical therapy students from Texas Woman’s University will host a six-week exercise and wellness education program via Zoom for Wilshire’s older adults. Community members are also welcome. Classes will be held Mondays from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each class will begin with an exercise program followed by an educational topic and Q&A. Topics include exercise and meditation, stress management and mental health, nutrition, sleep hygiene, fall prevention and proper use of assistive devices. Each participant will receive a folder with exercise bands and weekly handouts. Distribution will be announced later. Please register by Oct. 1 at wilshirebc.org/registration. To learn more, contact Linda Garner, parish nurse, at 214-452-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.