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by | Jun 6, 2024 | Tapestry News

Youth Choir on tour
Wilshire’s Youth Choir leaves June 15 for New Orleans, where it will spend the week singing, serving and sightseeing. Be in prayer for the group of 51 singers, leaders and chaperones. The choir will sing at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, New Orleans Mission Chapel, Chateau de Notre Dame Community Care Center and during lunch service at New Orleans Mission. Mission sites where the group will work include Habitat ReStore, City Park Conservancy, the Green Project and Covenant House. The group will visit the French Quarter, enjoy beignets at Café du Monde and take a swamp boat tour.
Home concert next Sunday. Make plans to attend the Youth Choir’s home concert at Wilshire on Sunday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Church closed for Juneteenth
Wilshire will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday on Wednesday, June 19.

Interested in the Enneagram?
Associate Pastor Heather Mustain will offer an Enneagram class at Wilshire in July if enough people are interested. The four-week class would be geared toward beginners or anyone wishing to continue learning their numbers and discovering opportunities for growth. Dates and times will be determined with input from the group. If you’re interested, contact Heather (

Preschool parents’ Sunday School series starts June 16
Parents of preschoolers are invited to a four-week Sunday School series from June 16 to July 7. Molly Shepard and Christina Evans will lead the group in a study of the book Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff. Reading the book is encouraged but not required. The class, which will meet in the Preschool Multipurpose Room, will give attendees the chance to build community with other preschool parents who are normally spread across multiple classes. Contact: Molly Shepard 

Giddyup and register for Listen to Your Art!
A few spots remain for our creative arts camp for grades 1–6, which will be held July 8–12, 12:30–5 p.m. On Friday evening, participants will present the musical Giddyup, Giddalong Gideon, a story of learning to trust God’s leading in some surprising and amazing ways. With a Western theme, the show will combine great music with boots and Bible costumes, line dancing and bandanas. This camp offers a variety of art experiences — crafts, tiedye, STEM, chimes and more. Register at

Children’s and Preschool Summer Camps 
Find all the details on our summer offerings for children and preschoolers at
■ Cooking Camp | July 8–12 | 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Grades 1–6  (Sold out; waitlist available)
■ Listen to Your Art Camp | July 8–12 | 12:30–5 p.m. | Grades 1–6
■ Full day Cooking/Art option available for grades 2–6, July 8–12 (Sold out; waitlist available)
■ Passport Kids Camp | July 27–30 | Overnight camp in Brownwood | Grades 3–6
■ Kindergarten and Preschool Camp | July 22–25 | 9 a.m.–noon

Youth Camp
“Find Your People” is the theme for this year’s Youth Camp for grades 7 to 12, to be held July 1–6 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock. Pastoral residency alum Jared Jaggers will serve as camp pastor. Registration is open

Men’s book club begins June 18
Wilshire’s new men’s book club will meet for the first time on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. The group will meet the third Tuesday of every month; all men are welcome. On June 18 the group will discuss Greg Garrett’s The Gospel According to James Baldwin: What America’s Great Prophet Can Teach Us About Life, Love, and Identity. From the publisher: “Baldwin’s writing offers critiques of religion, culture, and discrimination, and in the witness of his life he holds up hope and the primacy of love despite all the difficulties of the present moment. … Garrett presents the life and work of Baldwin in all his writing genres, on themes of equity, justice, and reconciliation.” Garrett is a professor of literature and culture at Baylor University and a friend of Wilshire. Contact: Mike Meripolski or Scott Spreier

New WOW shirts, summer plans
Women of Wilshire has new T-shirts available ($15) and a slate of summer activities planned, including a game night and pool party. To order a shirt and RSVP for events, see this SignUpGenius link.
WOW Tuesday Evening Book Club | June 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Parlor | Horse by Geraldine Brooks. Contact: Debby Burton (
WOW Brown Bag Book Club | July 11 | Noon | 1205-L | The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff. Contact: Carolyn Murray (
Let’s play mahjong! Join Women of Wilshire for mahjong the first Friday each month at 10 a.m. and the second Wednesday each month at 6 p.m. Please sign up.
Evening knitting group. Anyone who enjoys knitting is invited to Peggy Tinsley’s Garland home one evening each month, usually the third Thursday, to work on their projects in fellowship with others. The group is open to knitters of all skill levels. Contact Sara Tinsley for more details.

Wilshire welcomes summer interns
Three college students who grew up at Wilshire are serving here as interns this summer.
Ava McClung is a pastoral intern working with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. Ava is a rising junior at Rice University, where she studies religion and medieval history. She served as a preschool ministry intern at Wilshire last summer.
Audrey Pottkotter is working in music ministry with Children’s Choir Coordinator Candy McComb. Audrey just finished her first year at Oklahoma City University, where she is majoring in musical theater and vocal performance.
Sher Moo Ku is working in children’s ministry with Minister to Children Julie Girards. Ku just completed her freshman year at Austin College, where she is studying psychology.

Wednesday nights on summer break
Wilshire’s Wednesday evening activities have ended for this school year and are now on summer break. This includes Koinonia Café; KidConnect; Preschool Music, Missions & More; the 6 p.m. Bible Study and Watershed. 
■ Sanctuary Choir rehearsals continue Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with some summer breaks planned.

MOPS is now The MomCo; registration open for fall 
After 51 years, MOPS International is updating its name to The MomCo (short for Mom Community) to better align with its mission of reaching all moms, not just mothers of preschoolers. Wilshire’s group began in 1997 and is still going strong, meeting six to seven times during the school year on Friday mornings. Childcare, called KidsCo, is offered, and programming for moms includes brunch, a speaker and sometimes a craft — but always community. The group includes Wilshire members but consists mostly of local moms looking for connection. Wilshire MomCo will still focus mostly on moms with young kids, but as with all things Wilshire, the more the merrier. Registration for the fall is open.

Wilshire hiring building manager
Wilshire is seeking to hire a building operations manager to oversee and coordinate the maintenance of the church facilities. This is a full-time salaried position. Learn more at

Minister to preschoolers sought
Wilshire is actively seeking applicants for the position of minister to preschoolers, a part-time ministerial role. Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples said, “Last year we began a process of intentionally assessing our ministries from birth to age 18. With learnings from guest speakers, surveys and all-church listening sessions, we now feel we are in a better spot to begin searching for a minister to preschoolers. This doesn’t mean we’ve finished listening or dreaming, but it’s time to bring in someone with great expertise to help us continue planning for the future.” In accordance with Wilshire’s personnel policies, the Personnel Committee will work with Associate Pastor Darren DeMent in the hiring process. A job description and instructions for applying can be found at

Adam’s Baskets
Wilshire’s Adam’s Baskets ministry, created in memory of Adam Malcik upon his passing in 1987 by his parents Vy and Michael Malcik, provides members the opportunity to keep our food pantry stocked. Our small pantry meets immediate needs when a neighbor stops by for assistance. Wicker baskets are located around the church, and you can place nonperishable items into a basket at any time. Proteins, peanut butter and pop-top canned goods are most needed. Items are collected from the baskets on the second Sunday each month.

ECLC enrolling for fall
Wilshire’s Early Childhood Learning Center is enrolling for the 2024–2025 school year. ECLC is a licensed early care program offering a comprehensive approach to education for infants to Pre-K. Learn more at

Subscribe to sermon podcast
Sermons from Timothy Peoples and other Wilshire preachers are available as a weekly audio podcast on all major podcast platforms. Search for “Wilshire Baptist Church” on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music or iHeartRadio.

Chronic illness support group
Wilshire’s support group for those experiencing a chronic or undiagnosed illness meets on Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays every month at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, contact group leader Annette Miller.