Tapestry News

by | Oct 14, 2022 | Tapestry News

Greenhill’s Marcus Ingram preaches Sunday

Marcus Ingram, our guest preacher for Oct. 16, is head of equity and inclusion at Greenhill School, a co-ed independent day school for pre-K through grade 12 located in Addison. Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master of divinity degree from Wake Forest University, as well as a PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia. He has held various roles in higher education, including assistant university chaplain at Wake Forest. His areas of expertise include academic and strategic planning, student life and services, advancement and chaplaincy. Ingram’s dissertation focused on organizational culture and strategy, inspiring his continued research interest in ethical leadership. Marcus met his partner, Dineo Gaofhiwe-Ingram, on his first visit to South Africa, and they are parents to 2nd grader Kago (pronounced Kâh – hō) and a retired racing greyhound, Lola.


The Wilshire Pulpit. A diverse lineup of guests is preaching at Wilshire during our time of pastoral transition. Our pastoral residents will also preach about once a month.

Oct. 23: Jaime Clark-Soles is a professor of New Testament and director of the Baptist House of Studies at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Her newest book is Women in the Bible, a volume in the Interpretation commentary series from Westminster John Knox Press. She holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from Yale University.

Oct. 30: Brianna Childs, pastoral resident

Nov. 6: Greg Garrett is a professor of literature and culture at Baylor University, where he teaches courses on creative writing, film, literature and theology. He is the author of over two dozen books of fiction. His most recent nonfiction book is A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation.

Full schedule at wilshirebc.org/guest-preachers


Fellowship lunch after worship Oct. 16

Back by popular demand! All are invited to Community Hall after worship on Sunday, Oct. 16, for a churchwide Fellowship Lunch. No reservation necessary. Cash/check/credit card accepted at the door. $10 for ages 10 and up; $5 for kids 4 to 9; free for kids 3 and under.


Hammons headed on sabbatical

Minister to Preschoolers Joan Hammons will be on sabbatical from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13, returning to work on Monday, Nov. 14. While Joan is away, preschool activities will be covered by a mix of staff and volunteers. Childcare supervisor Staci Langley will be in charge during all preschool activities. In addition, Wilshire members LeAnn Hampton and Sara Tinsley will be present in the preschool hall during Sunday School. Ministry Assistant Carol Cabaniss will support preschool ministry as usual, including the coordination of parents serving in worship care.


Sign up for Oct. 19 Blood Drive

The Carter BloodCare bus will be at Wilshire for a blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Carter is still feeling the effects of a decrease in blood donations during the pandemic; they have a less-than-one-day supply of many blood types. Walk-ups are welcome, but to make an appointment, click here. Contact Parish Nurse Linda Garner with questions at lgarner@wilshirebc.org or 214-452-3151.


Balance classes start Monday, Oct. 17

Physical therapists from Texas Women’s University will offer a five-week series of balance-focused exercise classes at Wilshire. The sessions are designed to help increase strength and flexibility, reduce the risk of falling and encourage active lifestyles. Classes will meet each Monday, Oct. 17 – Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon in rooms 3301 and 3303. No reservation required; it’s OK if you can’t make it every week. Contact Parish Nurse Linda Garner at lgarner@wilshirebc.org.


Wednesday Night Live: Oct. 19

Koinonia Café

5 – 6 p.m. | Community Hall | Buffet-style Wednesday meals are back! No registration necessary. Cash/check/credit card accepted at the door. Kid-friendly options available. Full Meal: $10 for ages 10 and up; $5 for kids 4 to 9; free for kids 3 and under; $35 household max. Soup & Salad Meal: $7.

Music, Missions & More

6 – 7 p.m. | Age 3 – Pre-K | Fun activities and lessons focused on God’s love and caring for others.


6 – 7 p.m. | K – Grade 6 | This all-new children’s experience features a rotation of activities to help kids learn how to love God and others with every part of themselves. Each week will be different, with activities including art, music, recreation, science, puppets and cooking.

New: Parenting Seminar

6 – 7 p.m. | Through Nov. 9 | 3301

Wilshire will offer a free parenting seminar on Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in Room 3301. No matter how old your kids are, what their temperaments are, or how you were raised, Parenting the Love and Logic Way will provide you with simple and practical techniques for raising happy, responsible children. The class will be led by certified trainer Candy McComb. Registration is requested; visit wilshirebc.org/registration to sign up.

Resident-led study

6 – 7 p.m. | Through Nov. 9 | 1205-L

Join the pastoral residents this fall for Toward Wholeness: Seeking an Integrated Faith, a series to help us chart a path away from disillusionment toward authentic, embodied spiritual formation through practices of the mind, body and soul.

Also on Wednesdays

  • Watershed | Grades 7 – 12 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Youth Center
  • Sanctuary Choir | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Choral Hall | No audition necessary


Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered 6 – 7:15 p.m.


Fireside Chat host homes sought

Wilshire will again host Fireside Chats at several members’ homes on Sunday evening, Nov. 13. The hope of this churchwide social event is to deepen relationships and connection and provide a space to express our collective gratitude in an intimate setting. Hosts will help determine the number of guests (20 max) at their location. Hosts will be provided a gratitude liturgy, refreshments and help with logistics. If you are interested in hosting or learning more about being a host, please contact Carolyn Murray at cmurray@wilshirebc.org by Oct. 17.


Wilshire seeking receptionist

Wilshire is accepting applications for the position of part-time front desk receptionist. The work hours for the position will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The primary responsibilities of the receptionist will be providing assistance to the church in answering calls, attending to individuals seeking information and offering administrative support across the organization. For more information, see the full job listing at wilshirebc.org/employment or contact Director of Hospitality Holly Irvin at hirvin@wilshirebc.org. 


New to Wilshire?

The monthly Wilshire Welcome Class, which helps guests and new members learn what Wilshire is all about, will meet Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Prayer Room near McIver Chapel. Contact Carolyn Murray, coordinator of congregational life, at cmurray@wilshirebc.org.


Brianna Childs ordination, Oct. 23

Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs will be ordained to the gospel ministry next Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in James Gallery. Brianna began the residency program in 2021 after graduating with a master’s degree in social work from Baylor University and a master of divinity degree from Baylor’s Truett Seminary. 


CenterPeace conference

Wilshire will host the 2022 CenterPeace Conference, a gathering of LGBTQ+ Christians and their churches and families, Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 3 – 5. Exploring topics related to faith and sexuality, CenterPeace features a range of speakers, from Biblical scholars to parents who just want to love their LGBTQ+ children well. At every session, speakers will emphasize the need to approach this topic with grace and compassion, living out our call to love as Christ loves. Learn more at centerpeace.net/conference. Scholarships are available.

Wilshire folks are needed to serve as a hospitality team for the conference, and there will be a training session on Saturday morning, Oct. 22. Contact Abbey Adcox at aadcox@wilshirebc.org to learn more.


Adam’s Baskets

Wilshire’s Adam’s Baskets ministry was started in memory of Adam Malcik and provides a way for members to help keep our food pantry stocked. Our small food pantry is maintained to meet an immediate need when a neighbor stops by the office for assistance. Proteins, peanut butter and pop-top canned goods are most needed at this time. Non-perishable food items are collected on the second Sunday of each month from the wicker baskets located around the church. Items can be placed in the baskets at any time. 


Women of Wilshire book clubs 

The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Nov. 3, the group will discuss Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. Contact: Carolyn Murray (cmurray@wilshirebc.org).

The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 8, the group will discuss The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. Zoom available. Contact: Debby Burton (dburton@wilshirebc.org).

WOW! Fall Book Study. Women of Wilshire are studying Amy-Jill Levine’s The Difficult Words of Jesus this fall on select Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Remaining dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 28. Joannah DeMent is hosting at her home in Lake Highlands. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration.


Wilshire joins Big D Reads

Wilshire will participate in Big D Reads, a community-wide reading program, by holding a discussion of Jim Schutze’s The Accommodation: the Politics of Race in an American City. Long out of print and newly rereleased, the book examines the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in Dallas. Our talk will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration for the Zoom link.


Puerto Rico trip planned 

Join Associate Pastor Heather Mustain and Pastoral Resident John Kelly for a disaster relief trip to Puerto Rico Feb. 11–18, 2023. In partnership with First Baptist of Rio Piedras, the team will work to restore roofs left damaged from Hurricane Maria in 2017. No experience necessary. The cost for the trip is $350 for the week, plus airfare. If you’re interested or have questions, contact Abbey Adcox at aadcox@wilshirebc.org.


Wilshire is back at the Stewpot

A group from Wilshire serves lunch at the Stewpot the second Thursday each month. Shown above is the group from Sept. 8. The Stewpot is a nonprofit ministry that serves three meals a day, 365 days a year, at Second Chance Café at the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center downtown. For more information about serving, contact David Cossum at dc@cossum.com.


Art exhibit in South Lobby runs through Nov. 15

Fill the Earth With Music, Wilshire’s first art show since before the pandemic celebrates music’s role in the life of faith and features 25 works from six centuries, including pieces by Marc Chagall, Romeyn de Hooghe, Barbara Zuber, Sandra Bowden, Edward Knippers and others.


Volunteers needed for Bethlehem experience, Dec. 16

Imagine Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born — the village bustling with merchants and artists, musicians and storytellers, beggars and royalty. Now, imagine you are a baker, potter, weaver, carpenter, scribe or palace guard and you are welcoming guests who have come from far and wide to shop in the colorful tents, register for the census and hear the news about the baby. You can do that and more on Dec. 16, when One Starry Night fills Wilshire’s Community Hall with the sights and sounds of a first-century village. It’s an interactive outreach event for the community and an intergenerational experience for church members and their families. It takes a village to pull off a village such as this, and there are many ways to be involved. Volunteers are needed for a variety of booths and activities: census, palace, scribe, stargazing, Bible storytelling, the manger, musicians, Bethlehem Inn, baker, carpenter, weaver, painter, potter, jeweler, herbs and spices. Help is also needed to set up during the week before the event and to clean up afterwards. Will you join the effort and the fun by playing a role? You can volunteer as an individual, a family, a group of friends or a Sunday School class. Sign up here. For more information, contact LeAnn Hampton at kitel@tx.rr.com.


Senior Pastor Emeritus George Mason is involved with three upcoming events that may be of interest to Wilshire members.

Oct. 27: Maston Dinner honoring Faith Commons 

Faith Commons, the nonprofit founded by George Mason, will be honored at the T.B. Maston Foundation Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Wilshire. The Foundation seeks to promote the life and teachings of Jesus as lived and taught by ethicist and writer T.B. Maston. Space is limited; reservations must be made by Oct. 14. Tickets and info at tbmaston.org.

Oct. 30: Luther Center event with Peter Marty

Peter Marty, editor and publisher of The Christian Century, will speak at an event hosted by Wilshire on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Becoming More Human Through Worship is the theme of this year’s Herbener Lecture, presented by the Luther Center of North Texas and the Church Music Institute. George Mason will also appear on the program, which will be followed by a 5:30 dinner (by reservation) and a sung evening prayer at 6:30. The event is free with a requested donation for dinner. Register at luthercenter-northtexas.org.

Nov. 1: Ecological symposium at SMU

George Mason will be one of the speakers at a colloquium on religion and science at SMU’s Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. The free event, titled Confronting our Global Ecological Crisis, will feature religious leaders, scholars and scientists. No reservation necessary.