Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs preaches Oct. 30
A diverse lineup of guests is preaching during our pastoral transition. Our pastoral residents will also preach about once a month.
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.
Nov. 13: John Kelly, pastoral resident
Nov. 20: Annette Thornburg Owen, a Wilshire pastoral resident from 2011 to 2013, was recently named assistant to the Baptist House of Studies at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. She was previously pastor of Community Baptist Church in Warrenville, Illinois. She holds an MDiv from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
■ Full schedule at wilshirebc.org/guest-preachers
Fireside Chats coming Sunday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Wilshire will host Fireside Chats at members’ homes on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This churchwide social event featuring fellowship and light refreshments will deepen connections and provide an intimate setting for us to express our collective gratitude. Sign up to attend at any of the homes throughout the area. One home will host from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in consideration of families with young kids. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa4ab2da5ffce9-fall2
Thanksgiving Food Drives
Boxes for Wilkinson Center
Wilshire has committed to provide 100 boxes for families in our community through the Wilkinson Center. A box costs $50 to $75 to assemble, and this is a great service opportunity for Sunday School classes, other groups or individuals. Please sign up and see full instructions at wilshirebc.org/registration. Deliver your boxes to Wilshire on Wednesday, Nov. 16, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. in the South Atrium or between 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the south parking lot.
Food bags for White Rock Center of Hope
Wilshire continues a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition of providing canned goods for families served by White Rock Center of Hope in East Dallas. Pick up the designated brown paper bags and attached shopping list, then fill the bags and return them. If you bring donations before Nov. 13, deliver them to the church office. Donations brought on Nov. 13 should be brought to the Sanctuary chancel steps. You can also shop via an Amazon wishlist and have items sent directly to WRCOH. Find the link at wilshirebc.org/registration.
■ For more information about Thanksgiving food drives, contact Abbey Adcox at email@example.com.
Peter Marty featured at Wilshire-hosted event Oct. 30
Peter Marty, editor and publisher of The Christian Century, will speak at an event hosted by Wilshire Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in Community Hall. 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. Wilshire Senior Pastor Emeritus 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 in the Sanctuary. The event is free with a requested donation for dinner. Learn more at luthercenter-northtexas.org.
Online Book Fair ends Monday, Oct. 31
Did you miss the Wilshire Library’s annual Book Fair earlier this month? Not to worry. The event, featuring children’s books from Usborne Books & More, is still happening online through Oct. 31. A portion of the sales will benefit the Wilshire Library and book projects at Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas. Abi Dodrill, wife of pastoral residency alum Matt Dodrill, is our Usborne consultant. Shop at https://f12261.myubam.com.
Mason to speak at ecological symposium Nov. 1
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.
Lunch & Learn is Wednesday, Nov. 2
Wilshire member Bob Coleman will speak about the work of the Pastor Search Committee at the next Lunch & Learn, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Please note: Bob will speak generally about the search process but will not be specific about candidates. Held in Community Hall the first Wednesday each month and open to all, Lunch & Learn features a meal, fellowship and a program. Lunch costs $10 per person. No reservation needed. Contact Barbara Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Wednesday Night Live: Nov. 2
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.
6 – 7 p.m. | Through Nov. 9 | 3301
Parenting the Love & Logic Way, a special series led by Candy McComb, continues.
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.
Columbarium service, Nov. 6
Wilshire will conduct a service of remembrance in the Columbarium on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9:45 a.m. The brief service will be led by Senior Pastor Emeritus George Mason and Pastoral Resident John Kelly. The Columbarium service — held twice each year, on All Saints Sunday and Easter — is geared toward the families and friends of loved ones who are inurned or have been memorialized in the Columbarium. The Columbarium will be open for visits Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fire drill to be held Nov. 13
Wilshire will hold a fire drill on Sunday morning, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School will start at 9:45 as usual. Marc LaChey, chair of the Risk Management Committee, says the need for the drill came from conversations between his committee, the Children’s Education Committee and the Children’s Ministry. Marc says, “There was a realization that we could not remember just how far back it was that Wilshire last had a fire drill.” When the drill starts, please look for the nearest exit sign and leave the building using the stairs. Elevators will not be used. Each Sunday School class will have a designated drill leader, and staff and volunteers will be located around the building to guide you toward the proper assembly areas outside.
Those with mobility issues are not required to participate. Preschoolers and children will be supervised by their Sunday School teachers and will return to their classes once the drill is over; parents do not need to meet children outside. The drill should take about 15 minutes, and worship will begin at 11 a.m. as usual. In case of rain, the fire drill will be postponed.
CenterPeace is Nov. 3 – 5
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 and sign up at centerpeace.net/conference. Scholarships are available. Online registration ends Nov. 1.
WOW! Fall Brunch is Nov. 12
Women of Wilshire will hear from author Becky Wade at their Fall Brunch on Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. in James Gallery. Along with food and fellowship, the event will include door prizes and a craft activity. The cost is $10 per person; sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.
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 (email@example.com).
■ 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
■ WOW! Fall Book Study. Women of Wilshire are studying Amy-Jill Levine’s The Difficult Words of Jesus on select Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Remaining dates: Nov. 7 and Nov. 28. Joannah DeMent is hosting at her home. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration.
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 email@example.com.
One Starry Night: Villagers and helpers needed!
One Starry Night — Wilshire’s interactive Bethlehem village — is just six weeks away on Dec. 16, and while the village is beginning to take shape with lots of individuals and entire Sunday School classes volunteering to help, there still are some specific needs, including:
■ People to help set up during the week of Dec. 13 – 16 and help clean up immediately after the event.
■ Donations of dried rosemary, basil, rose petals and lavender for the Spice Making booth.
■ Volunteers to make play-dough for the Pottery booth (recipe provided).
If you can help in one of these ways — or just want to volunteer in general before or during the event — please contact LeAnn Kite Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up using the QR code.
Adventurers Day of Poetry, Nov. 14
Wilshire Adventurers will enjoy lunch and poetry on Monday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. The program will be presented by Jerry McElveen, Ivan Martinez and Sam Tinsley, known around the church as the Three Amigos. Jerry is professor emeritus and poet laureate of Dallas College Richland Campus. Lunch is buffet-style and costs $10 per person. No reservation needed. Contact Barbara Clayton at email@example.com with questions.
Balance classes continue
Physical therapists from Texas Women’s University are offering a series of balance-focused exercise classes at Wilshire. The sessions will increase strength and flexibility, reduce the risk of falling and encourage active lifestyles. Classes will meet each Monday through Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in rooms 3301 and 3303. All are welcome. Contact Parish Nurse Linda Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, plus airfare. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration or contact Abbey Adcox at email@example.com.
Wilshire is back at the Stewpot
A group from Wilshire serves lunch at the Stewpot the second Thursday each month. 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 Wilshire member David Cossum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art show celebrates music
Wilshire’s first art exhibit since before COVID is open in the South Lobby and will run through Nov. 15. Fill the Earth with Music celebrates music’s role in the life of faith and features 25 works from six centuries. The show includes pieces by Marc Chagall, Romeyn de Hooghe, Barbara Zuber, Sandra Bowden, Edward Knippers and others.