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by | Mar 1, 2024 | Tapestry News

Doing the Work of Lent
Learn more about Wilshire’s theme and opportunities for Lent and Easter 2024 here.

Spaghetti Lunch is March 3!  
Head down to Community Hall after worship today for the annual Youth Choir Spaghetti Lunch & Silent Auction, a fundraiser for the choir’s summer trip to New Orleans to sing, serve and sightsee. It’s also one of Wilshire’s favorite churchwide events. Donate any amount for lunch and bid on fun, unique items in the silent auction. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Auction items include:
■ “Styling with T” package includes custom Converse sneakers, Warby Parker glasses and lunch with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples.
■ Reserved Sunday parking spots.
■ SMU, Baylor and Texas Rangers tickets.
■ Cajun dinner hosted by the DeMents.
■ Baking with Judy Yarbrough at Full Circle Bakery.
■ Petsitting, babysitting, tutoring and more.

Staff news
Chelsea Hopkins, a Wilshire administrative staffer since January, is moving from her part-time role as spiritual formation coordinator to take the full-time role of executive assistant to Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. As previously reported, Debby Burton is moving from the senior pastor’s office to become assistant for Pathways to Ministry, a position with fewer hours, as a step toward her eventual retirement. Sarah Yodh has been hired as spiritual formation coordinator and brings 20 years of experience in education, nonprofit and church work to the role. Sarah will start March 18. Executive Director of Administration Geri McKenzie said, “Chelsea was settling in and doing well in the spiritual formation role, but when the executive assistant job was posted, she let us know she was eager to take on a full-time position. Around the same time, we learned about Sarah, so all the pieces fell into place.”

Pray for Puerto Rico trip
Be in prayer this week for 11 Wilshire folks on a mission trip to Puerto Rico from Feb. 24 to March 1. The group is being hosted by Primera Iglesia Bautista de Río Piedras and will work on home repairs for two families. Monica Mullins is leading the team, which also includes David Beck, Mike Diffee, Cindy and Charlie Estee, Donna Gregory, Steven Hallman, Michael Malcik, Ivan and Linda Martinez and Tracy Sturdivant.

Road to Resurrection: Family Lenten Experience
Palm Sunday, March 24 | 9–11 a.m. | Community Hall
Join us in traveling the path of Jesus during his last week on earth in this hour-long multigenerational event geared for all ages. We’ll create and wave palm branches, taste the Passover meal, visit the Garden of Gethsemane and join in other engaging experiences by visiting five sequential stations, rotating every 10 minutes in small groups. The event is open to everyone from 9 to 9:30 a.m. with one group starting at 9 and another group at 9:15. Please sign up for a time. Older preschoolers and children’s kindergarten through 6th grade Sunday School classes will participate during Sunday School from 9:30 to 11 a.m. If you’re interested in playing a character or helping with setup (March 22 and 23) or cleanup, please contact Julie Girards at or 214-452-3104.

Free computer classes start with Tuesday registration event
Wilshire’s free Computer Education Program will begin its spring term with registration events on Tuesday, March 5, in Room 3103. Choose 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6 to 8 p.m., whichever is more convenient for you. Classes begin the following Tuesday, March 12, and will run for six weeks. Topics include Windows, iPad, iPhone, Android devices and how to avoid scams and viruses. To learn more, contact Max Post.

Registration is open for summer camps 
Find all the details on our summer offerings for children and preschoolers at  
■ Vacation Bible School | June 10–14 | 9 a.m.–noon | Three-year-olds through grade 6
■ Cooking Camp | July 8–12 | 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Grades 1–6
■ 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
■ Passport Kids Camp | July 27–30 | Overnight camp in Brownwood | Grades 3–6
■ Kindergarten and Preschool Camp | July 22–25 | 9 a.m.–noon

ECLC now 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

Time to order Easter lilies
It’s time to order Easter lilies to adorn the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Congregants are invited to provide the flowers in honor or in memory of beloved family members, friends or teachers. Dedications will be listed in the worship folder on Easter, March 31. Each plant costs $20, and orders can be made at or in the church office. The deadline for inclusion in the listing is Palm Sunday, March 24.

Lunch & Learn: For everyone. Now every week.
Join us each Wednesday 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in Community Hall. All ages are welcome for a buffet lunch ($10 each) and minister-led Bible study. Pay at the door. No RSVP needed. Lunch & Learn will not meet on March 13 due to Spring Break. Contact Barbara Clayton.

Wednesday Night Live, March 6
Koinonia Café | 5–6 p.m. | Community Hall | Buffet-style dinner for the whole family. Pricing at March 6: Chopped brisket, BBQ chicken, ranchero beans, coleslaw, broccoli cheddar soup, salad, rolls, peach cobbler, cookies, jello. Kids: Chicken sandwich, corn.
Music, Missions & More | 6–7 p.m. | Age 3–Pre-K | Preschool choir, plus fun
activities focused on God’s love.
KidConnect | 6–7 p.m. | K–Grade 6 | A rotation of art, music and more to help kids learn how to love God and others.
Lenten Bible Study | Feb. 21–March 27 | 6–7 p.m. | Community Hall | Wednesday night Bible Study during Lent will feature dialogue and a deeper dive into the Sunday morning sermon. Wilshire member and longtime pastor Bill Bruster will lead the discussion on March 6.
Watershed | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Grades 7–12 | Bible study and music in the Youth Center.
Sanctuary Choir | 7 p.m. | Choral Hall | No audition. New singers welcome.
■ Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered 6–7:15 p.m.

New around here? Try Wilshire Welcome on March 17
Wilshire Welcome, a one-hour session to help guests and new members learn what the church is all about, will meet Sunday, March 17, at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room near McIver Chapel. Contact Carolyn Murray.

Ramadan Dinner set for March 21
Wilshire will host Dialogue Institute Dallas for an interfaith Ramadan dinner on the evening of Thursday, March 21, in Community Hall. The event will help us learn from our Muslim neighbors as we break bread together in the holy month of Ramadan. More details and registration information are coming soon.

Adventurers to Fort Worth
On Thursday, March 21, the Wilshire Adventurers will head to the Fort Worth Stockyards for shopping, dining and watching the cattle drive. The $20 cost covers transportation by bus. Lunch is on your own. The bus will leave Wilshire at 9 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. Adventurers is a fellowship group for those 60 and above. Guests are welcome. Register at

Care Teams info session 
Wilshire’s Care Teams ministry is holding an information session for potential volunteers on Sunday, March 10, at noon. Lunch will be provided but registration is required by March 3. Care Teams help those who have needs due to an accident, illness or other crisis. Examples include providing food or transportation, helping with pets, household chores or repairs, or sitting with a loved one to give respite to a caregiver. Lawyers and financial experts are needed to give pro bono advice to senior adults or others. Register for the information session at

Women of Wilshire
Tuesday Evening Book Club meets March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor to discuss Democracy Awakening by Heather Cox Richardson. Contact Debby Burton.  
Brown Bag Book Club meets March 7 at noon in Room 1205-L to discuss Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper. 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.

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.

Photographers wanted
Wilshire Communications Director Mark McKenzie is seeking professional or hobbyist photographers to help document church events on a volunteer basis. Contact Mark.

New Books in the Library – February 2024
Did you know the Wilshire Library has more than 15,000 items, has weekday hours and is open to the public? You can search the collection from home and even reserve a book and pick it up at the church. Learn more and find the search link on the Library page.

Absolution: A Novel, Alice McDermott
American Dirt: A Novel, Jeanine Cummins
At Long Last: The Texas Rangers’ Historic Run to the 2023 World Series
The Bee Sting: A Novel, Paul Murray
The Echo of Old Books: A Novel, Barbara Davis
Enola Holmes Mystery Series 1-4, Nancy Springer (Juvenile Fiction)
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, Heather Harpham
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel, James McBride
Holmes, Marple & Poe; The Greatest Crime-Solving Team of the Twenty-First Century, James Patterson
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism, Tim Alberta
Let Us Descend: A Novel, Jesmyn Ward
Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, Llyon Woo
North Woods: A Novel, Daniel Mason
The Purest Bond: Understand the Human-Canine Connection, Jen Golbeck
Scylla & the Monsters of the Enneagram, E. E. Whitaker
The Secret Life of Sunflowers: A Gripping, Inspiring Novel based on the True Story of Johanna Bonger,
Vincent Van Gogh’s Sister-In-Law, Marta Molnar
Shattered, James Patterson
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Forever, Heather McGhee
The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel, Richard Osman
The Women: A Novel, Kristin Hannah
Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith, Adam Hamilton