Tapestry News

by | May 27, 2022 | Tapestry News

Come Together for one service, fellowship lunch

One service. Starting today, May 29, Wilshire members and guests are invited to “Come Together” this summer for one worship service, at 11 a.m. We will return to our regular schedule of two services, 9 and 11 a.m., on Promotion Sunday, Aug. 21. Sunday School remains at 10 a.m. throughout.

Fellowship Lunch. Starting June 12, all are invited to Community Hall after worship for a Fellowship Lunch prepared by the Wilshire kitchen staff. The buffet-style “chef’s choice” meal will cost $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 4–9, and will be free for ages 3 and under. Advance registration through Realm is not required, but is encouraged as a way to help staff plan while being conscious of waste. You will be able to pay at the door or when registering. Special dietary requests should be made by Wednesday each week. Look for full instructions in next week’s Tapestry.

Want a free lunch? Volunteer greeters and cashiers are needed each week from 11:45 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m. and will get a free lunch for their services. Contact Carolyn Murray or sign up here.

Sundays at a glance

May 29 – Aug. 14: One service, 11 a.m.

June 5: Faith in 3D after worship (see p. 10)

June 12 – Aug. 14: Fellowship Lunch

Aug. 21: Back to two services, 9 & 11 a.m.


George Gagliardi in concert, May 29, 6:30 p.m.

Longtime Wilshire member George Gagliardi will present a free concert in Community Hall on Sunday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. A songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, George will be performing some of the 40-plus songs he wrote during the heart of the COVID-19 shutdown, from April to December 2020. “The Spirit was busy, to say the least,” George says. The concert will also be a celebration of George’s 75th birthday, which comes later in the week.


Pastoral Resident Jenna Sullivan preaches May 29

Jenna Sullivan will give her final sermon as a Wilshire pastoral resident on May 29. Residents are preaching about once a month during our pastoral transition; guest preachers will preach most weeks. Here’s a look at upcoming guests:

  • June 5: Jonathan Lee Walton is dean of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity and was previously a professor of Christian morals at Harvard University. He is a social ethicist whose scholarship focuses on evangelical Christianity’s relationship to media and political culture. Walton’s latest book is The Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World.
  • June 12: Matt Cook is assistant director of the Center for Healthy Churches. A Wilshire member since 2019, Cook has been a senior pastor at churches in Texas, Arkansas and North Carolina and was CBF moderator for 2015-2016. He has taught at Belmont University, Baylor’s Truett Seminary and Central Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • June 19: Veronice Miles is an associate professor of preaching at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. An ordained Baptist, she has participated in various facets of ministry for over 40 years. Her current research, Preaching and the Anticipatory Language of Hope, explores preaching as a conduit of hope in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances.

See the full schedule at wilshirebc.org/guest-preachers.


Faith in 3D presents To Whom It May Concern

June 5, 10 & 11

The 2022 edition of Faith in 3D is a filmed production inspired by To Whom It May Concern, an off-Broadway musical by Carol Hall. The play uses songs to explore the inner thoughts, secrets, hopes and fears of people sitting in a church service. There will be three chances to watch the show online: Sunday, June 5, 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 10, 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m. Due to our contract with the publisher, the video will only be available at these times and will require a password. Request a password using this form.

Watch together. All are invited on Sunday, June 5, to watch the show at 12:30 p.m. on a big screen in Community Hall. Free admission and box lunch (donations welcome). No reservation needed. Childcare available.


Wilshire welcomes summer interns

Three college students who grew up at Wilshire are serving as interns at the church this summer. Bryn Anderson and Grace Butler are working in children’s ministry under Minister to Children Julie Girards. Holden Magee is a music intern reporting to Children’s Choir Coordinator Candy McComb. Bryn just finished her sophomore year at Baylor University, where she is studying psychology. Grace just completed her freshman year as a social work major at the University of Arkansas. Holden spent his first year of college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas but will attend Columbia College Chicago starting this fall to study music composition and orchestration.

■ Leah Lucas will continue for most of the summer as an intern working mainly in student ministry. She recently earned a master of divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology and will begin the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Parkland Hospital on Aug. 1.


New around here?

■ The next Coffee and Conversation will be hosted by Associate Pastor Darren DeMent on Sunday, June 12, at 10 a.m. in the senior pastor’s study (Room 2203). This informal event gives guests and new members a chance to ask questions about Wilshire.

■ The monthly Wilshire Welcome Class, which helps guests and new members learn what Wilshire is all about, will meet June 26 at 10 a.m. in the Prayer Room near McIver Chapel.

■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray at cmurray@wilshirebc.org.


New Song to perform at June 1 Lunch & Learn

New Song Community Choir will sing at the next Lunch & Learn on June 1. This midday gathering with a meal, program and fellowship is held the first Wednesday each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Community Hall. Lunch will be served buffet-style at a cost of $10 per person. No reservations required. Contact Barbara Clayton with questions at 214-452-3125 or bclayton@wilshirebc.org.


Enneagram event at Wilshire June 4

Suzanne Stabile, an author, speaker and Enneagram expert, will lead an event at Wilshire on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stabile’s presentation will be based on her new book, The Journey Toward Wholeness. On Friday night, June 3, Stabile and special guests will stage a live recording of the Enneagram Journey podcast at Union Coffee. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday events can be purchased together or separately. Learn more and buy tickets at lifeinthetrinityministry.com/tour22.


Women of Wilshire book clubs 

■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6:30 p.m. On June 14, the group will discuss Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved. Zoom option by request. Contact: Debby Burton (dburton@wilshirebc.org).

■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon. On June 2, the group will meet in Room 3301 to discuss The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal. Contact: Carolyn Murray (cmurray@wilshirebc.org).


Vacation Bible School is June 13–17

Passport to Peace is the theme for Wilshire’s Vacation Bible School for preschoolers and children, which will be held Monday – Friday, June 13 –17, 9 a.m. – noon. Children’s VBS is for those who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade, while Preschool VBS is open to kids 3 and older who have not completed kindergarten. VBS is free, class sizes are limited and registration ends June 8. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.

Volunteers needed. We’re excited to be back to our regular in-person VBS, but we need some good volunteers to make it a meaningful and memorable experience. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s fulfilling, you’ll have support, and you are needed! Some of the ways you can help:

■ Prep work and decorations

■ Registration

■ Preschool teachers and helpers

■ K–Grade 5 group leaders and helpers

■ K–Grade 5 rotation leaders and helpers in recreation, music, Bible story, crafts, missions and worship

■ Grade 6 field trip chaperones

For general help or to work with K–6th graders, contact Julie Girards at jgirards@wilshirebc.org. Contact Joan Hammons at jhammons@wilshirebc.org to work with preschoolers.


Other summer events for children & preschoolers

Children’s Events

We will offer two specialty children’s camps the week of July 11: Cooking Camp in the morning and Listen to Your Art! in the afternoon. Children who have completed second through sixth grade can participate in one or both camps. Completed first graders can choose one.

Cooking Camp

Monday–Friday, July 11–15, 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Completed first through sixth graders will learn about food safety and nutrition and prepare a three-course lunch that will be served daily. Bring an apron from a previous camp and get a $5 refund on the first day. Cost: $100. Register by: July 4.

Listen to Your Art!

Monday–Friday, July 11–15, 12:30–5 p.m.

Creative arts camp has something for everyone who has completed grades 1 through 6: music, drama, movement, dancing, visual arts and more! Participants will rotate through four set groups plus two personal expression rotations. On Friday, children will stay for a pizza dinner, and families are invited to a 6:30 performance and art showcase. Lunch not included; snacks provided. Cost: $90. Register by: July 4.

Full-Day Option: Both Camps

Monday–Friday, July 11–15, 9 a.m. –5 p.m.

Completed second through sixth graders can register for Cooking Camp and Listen to Your Art! Lunch is part of Cooking Camp. Cost: $175. Register by: July 4.

Preteen Camp

Saturday–Tuesday, July 23–26

Passport Kids! Camp is for kids who have completed grades 3 through 6. We’ll depart by bus at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and will stay at the Heart of Texas Baptist Camp and Conference Center near Brownwood. Campers will experience high-energy worship, interactive Bible study, creative recreation, missions and other fun activities. Activities will be led by camp staff with Wilshire chaperones (one for every five campers) helping with supervision. Chaperones needed. We’ll return around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cost: $350; $100 deposit guarantees a spot. Full payment due July 10.


Preschool Events

Preschool Friends Camp

Monday–Friday, July 18–22, 9 a.m. –noon

“I Can Be a Good Friend” is the theme for this VBS-style camp, open to preschoolers 3 and older who have not completed kindergarten. Cost: $75. Register by: July 13.

Friday Fun Play Dates

July 1 & July 29, 9:30 –11:30 a.m.

Parents can stay the full time with their preschoolers at no cost or pay $25 per child per date. Register for each date separately by June 24 (for July 1) and July 22 (for July 29).

Contacts: Julie Girards, children’s events, jgirards@wilshirebc.org; Joan Hammons, preschool events, jhammons@wilshirebc.org; Candy McComb, Listen to Your Art!, cmccomb@wilshirebc.org; Carol Cabaniss, registrations, ccabaniss@wilshirebc.org. Camp formats subject to change based on Wilshire’s COVID protocols.

Preregister at wilshirebc.org/registration. All events open to the community.