Timothy Peoples

Preparing for Worship

The year was 1978 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. A group of five teenage boys came together and created a band, New Edition, so named to indicate they were a new edition of the Jackson 5. The group reached the height of its popularity in the 1980s and...

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The Christmas Tree is Full!

Dear Wilshire, I’m writing to give a quick update on our yearend giving, even if it doesn’t hold all the final pieces. I apologize for not reporting sooner, but we were patiently waiting for the last batch of mail postmarked for December, which we believe came...

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End of Year Need, Dec. 30

End of year need: $83,396 Every Sunday growing up, the late Rev. Charles Henderson would come up during the alter call and say, “It’s prayer time.” As soon as those words were spoken through the dented microphone, there either grew a hush in the sanctuary or a wailing...

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Preparing for Worship

It was the yearly church fishing trip, and it was quite exclusive. My uncle, the pastor, gave up on trying to teach me the right catfishing technique. As I started to cry, Rev. Tate took me aside, and she worked with me for hours. She first taught me that the best...

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End of Year Need, Dec. 27

End of year need: $196,147 A couple of weeks ago we honored the life of Phil Laquey. If you ever met Phil, you knew he was one of the sharpest dressers around — much like Charlie Burgin — and had a smile that could charm a snake. During the memorial service, a family...

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Preparing for Worship

Each year, 150 to 200 of us bring ornaments to place on our large extended-family Christmas tree. There is one ornament my grandma puts on the tree every year: it’s a little ornament in the shape of underwear. It’s her reminder to us to always have on a fresh pair....

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End of Year Need, Dec. 21

End of year need: $331,245 Each month the full Wilshire staff gathers in Community Hall for lunch and an activity. It has become a time to better know those we work and prepare worship with. Activities have ranged from a “Chopped”-style dessert challenge to building...

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End of Year Need, Dec. 14

End of year need: $525,884 It happens every year! It’s a staple in our church; you could even say it literally holds together old and new, as great traditions do. Every year during the Youth Choir home concert after choir tour, they sing Psalm 139. It is at that...

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End of Year Need, Dec. 7

End of year need: $708,671 I had to hold back the tears when it happened. Each year Bill and Janice Jernberg and Paige and Jeremy Pendery get our first graders ready to receive their brand new Bible with their names on it. During the semester they learn Bible verses...

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End of Year Need, Nov. 30

End of year need: $967,326 It seems to happen every year: we pray over, write and then adopt a budget that will guide our work together for the year. Through the course of the year, we give 75% of the budget in 11 months. Then each year we come into December needing...

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