Aurelia Dávila Pratt is July 10 guest preacher
Aurelia Dávila Pratt, our guest preacher for Sunday, July 10, is lead pastor and founder of Peace of Christ Church in Round Rock, north of Austin. Recently named by Sojourners as one of “10 Christian women shaping the church in 2022,” Pratt is cohost of the Nuance Tea Podcast and writes for Progressing Spirit, Alliance of Baptists and Good Faith Media. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and a master of divinity degree from Baylor’s Truett Seminary — the same dual degree held by Wilshire’s Heather Mustain and Brianna Childs. Pratt is co-chair of the Garland School’s board of visitors, co-chair of the Baptist Joint Committee’s Religious Liberty Council and serves on the board for Nevertheless She Preached. Her book, A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step Into Your Power, will be published this fall and is available for pre-order. Follow Pratt on Instagram @revaureliajoy, where she is reimagining faith and theology via spoken and written word. Her website can be found at revaureliajoy.com.
The Wilshire Pulpit
A diverse lineup of guests will preach at Wilshire during our pastoral transition. Our pastoral residents will also preach about once a month. Here’s a look at who’s coming up:
July 17: Amy Butler is a pastor, teacher and writer currently serving as interim senior minister at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. She previously was senior minister at the Riverside Church in New York City. Butler holds degrees from Baylor University, International Baptist Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary.
July 24: Andy Stoker is VP and chief engagement officer of the Thanks-Giving Foundation in Dallas. From 2013 until this year he was senior minister at First United Methodist Church Dallas. Stoker earned an MDiv from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, a PhD in family studies from Texas Women’s University and is a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher.
July 31: Stephen Hatfield retired last November after 28 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Lewisville. He previously served churches in Arkansas, where he grew up, and Texas. Hatfield holds a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and earned both an MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
■ See the full schedule at wilshirebc.org/guest-preachers.
New to Wilshire?
■ Coffee and Conversation will be hosted by Associate Pastor Doug Haney on Sunday, July 10, at 10 a.m. in the senior pastor’s study. 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 July 24 at 10 a.m. in the Prayer Room near McIver Chapel.
■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray at email@example.com.
Men’s ministry discussion
Interested in hearing about upcoming opportunities for men’s ministry at Wilshire? Join Associate Pastor Darren DeMent at his table at today’s Fellowship Lunch to find out more.
Adventurers lunch with program
The Wilshire Adventurers will enjoy lunch and a presentation from writer Sharron Lucky on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Cost for the meal is $10 per person; no reservation needed. In a celebration of Texas storytelling she calls Texsanity, Lucky will share stories from some of the Lone Star State’s most humorous writers. Contact Barbara Clayton at 214-452-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6:30 p.m. On July 12, the group will discuss Timothy Egan’s The Big Burn. Zoom option by request. Contact: Debby Burton (email@example.com).
■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Aug. 4, the group will discuss The Dearly Beloved by Cara Walls. Contact: Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us in Community Hall for lunch after worship
All are invited to Community Hall after worship each week through Aug. 14 for a Fellowship Lunch prepared by the Wilshire kitchen staff.
■ Meal is buffet-style and “chef’s choice.”
■ $10 for ages 10 and up; $5 for ages 4–9; Free for 3 and under. $35 household max.
■ Advance registration and payment are not required, but are encouraged.
■ Expedite your check-in by registering and paying online in advance. Multiple weeks are now open for registration in Realm.
■ Cash, check or credit card accepted at door.
■ Please submit dietary restrictions by Wednesday each week. Email Elizabeth Ferguson (email@example.com) or note your request when registering online.
Preachers to speak. Each week at about 12:45 p.m. our guest preachers will be invited to spend about 15 minutes sharing thoughts or taking questions.
Want to eat free? Greeters and cashiers are needed each week from 11:45 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m. and will get a free lunch. Contact Carolyn Murray or find the SignUpGenius link at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Parish nurse available. Linda Garner will be available during Fellowship Lunches for blood pressure checks and general consultations. No appointment necessary.
We are offering one Sunday worship service, at 11 a.m., through Aug. 14. Sunday School remains at 10 a.m. We will return to two services, at 9 and 11 a.m., on Promotion Sunday, Aug. 21.
Preteen Camp: Registration deadline is today
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 worship, Bible study, recreation, missions and more. We’ll return around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cost: $350; $100 deposit guarantees a spot. Full payment due July 10.
Preschool Friends Camp: Register by Wednesday
Monday–Friday, July 18–22, 9 a.m. –noon
“I Can Be a Good Friend” is the theme for this camp, open to preschoolers 3 and older who have not completed kindergarten. Cost: $75. Register by: July 13.
Preschool Friday Fun Play Date
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. Register by July 22.