Fill the choir loft for Doug’s final months at Wilshire.
If you’ve ever sung in Sanctuary Choir under Doug Haney — or if you’ve considered it — you’ll want to be at rehearsal starting Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the choir prepares for Lent, Easter and a special concert on Doug’s last day at Wilshire before retiring from full-time ministry. Music on Easter, April 9, will include “Easter Dawn,” a new anthem on a text by Cambridge, England, poet Malcolm Guite, as well as the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The April 30 evening concert on Doug’s final Sunday will be a benefit concert for the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas. Music will include excerpts from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Howard Goodall’s requiem, Eternal Light, and other pieces for choir and orchestra. Songwriter and pianist Ken Medema will also be featured in the concert. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Choral Hall. No audition required; you can just show up. Contact Doug at email@example.com or 214-452-3123.
Timothy Peoples Installation Service in two weeks
Plan to be in attendance at morning worship on Sunday, Feb. 26, for a special Installation Service for Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. The message will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Almeda Wright, an associate professor of religious education at Yale Divinity School, where Timothy earned his Master of Divinity degree. The service will also include participation from members of Timothy’s family, representatives from his home church in Oklahoma and other special guests.
Prayers for Puerto Rico trip
Be in prayer for 14 Wilshire folks on a mission trip to Puerto Rico from Feb. 11 to 18. The group is being hosted by San Juan’s Primera Iglesia Bautista de Río Piedras and will work on home repairs for a couple with medical conditions and without resources. The group includes Dorrell Brown, Andrew Burton, Vickie Conn, Mike Diffee, Steven Hallman, Kesha Kellogg, Pastoral Resident John Kelly, Michael Malcik, Monica Mullins, Associate Pastor Heather Mustain, Manjeet Schultz, Dennis Smith, Jenny Wolff and Jason Woodbury.
Kids seeking hat, glove donations
Our Wednesday night KidConnect kids are collecting hats and gloves for clients of Homeward Bound, a local nonprofit organization. Donation boxes decorated by the children can be found near the church office and the north building entrance. Please bring donations by the end of February.
February Sunday School option: Faithful Women
Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs is leading a Sunday School series, Faithful Women, on the four Sundays of February at 9:45 a.m. in McIver Chapel. Brianna says, “We will dive into the lives of some extraordinary women in history who changed Christianity as we know it. Though many have tried to erase their influence, their stories have persisted and are meant to be told for generations to come.” The class is a good option for anyone not connected to a class or those new to Sunday School.
Adventurers Valentine’s lunch to feature singer
Singer Toney Walsh will entertain at the Adventurers Valentine’s Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 13, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Lunch is $10 per person; no RSVP required. Walsh will perform Great American Songbook standards made popular by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole.
Wednesday Night Live: Feb 15
5 – 6 p.m. | Community Hall | Buffet-style dinner for the whole family. Pricing at wilshirebc.org/wednesdays. Feb. 15: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, Corn w/ Zucchini, Chips & Salsa, Bean & Vegetable Chili, Salad, Desserts. Kids: Cheese Quesadilla, Buttered Rice, Peaches
Music, Missions & More
6 – 7 p.m. | Age 3 – Pre-K | Fun activities and lessons focused on God’s love.
6 – 7 p.m. | K – Grade 6 | This 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 is different. Activities include art, music, science, puppets and cooking.
Global Missions Update
6 – 7 p.m. | Parlor | Join us as the work of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is highlighted in the final installment of our series on global missions. Laura Ayala, CBF’s coordinator of global missions, will join us on Zoom along with Christine (last name withheld for safety), CBF field personnel serving on CBF’s Africa/Middle East Team.
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
Coming Feb. 22: Ash Wednesday services
Wilshire will offer Ash Wednesday services at noon and 6 p.m. in McIver Chapel. Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples will lead a brief Ash Wednesday service for children at 6 p.m. in Room 2224 as part of KidConnect.
Monthly knitting group begins
Anyone who enjoys knitting is invited to Sara Tinsley’s home one evening each month to work on their projects in fellowship with others. The first meeting of the group, open to knitters of all skill levels, will be Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Sara for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilshire Sports Survey
Are you looking to get active this spring? Heard about Pickleball and want to see what the fuss is all about? Want to be part of a team with some of your favorite people? A group of Wilshire folks is looking to start some fun physical activities and is conducting an online survey to see which sports people are most interested in playing. Please fill out the survey by Sunday, Feb. 26. Scan the QR code or look for the survey link at wilshirebc.org/registration.
CPR and AED classes planned
On Jan. 2, NFL player Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during a game and was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillation). You may know what these terms mean, and you may even know that there are 10 AEDs at Wilshire, but do you really know what to do in an emergency? Parish Nurse Linda Garner is planning classes in March for those who would like to learn or refresh their skills. There will be a $25 per person charge to cover materials. If you’re interested, contact Linda (email@example.com) or see the dates and sign up via the link at wilshirebc.org/registration.
WOW: Women of Wilshire Mini-Retreat
Wise Bodies: Coming Home to Trusting and Loving Ourselves is the theme for the WOW mini-retreat on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Community Hall. Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs will lead. Learn more and sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Brianna Childs wedding shower
All are invited to a wedding shower for Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs and her fiancé, Blake Davenport, on Saturday, March 4. Compass Class is hosting the event, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Parlor. Brianna and Blake will be married on May 20 in Waco. You can find their gift registry by searching for their names at zola.com.
Silent auction items sought for March 5 Spaghetti Lunch
The annual Youth Choir Spaghetti Lunch and Silent Auction will be held Sunday, March 5, in Community Hall after worship. This event will help fund the choir’s summer trip to San Francisco to sing, serve and sightsee. If you’d like to donate items or services to the silent auction, contact Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org). Suggestions include restaurant gift cards, new household items and event tickets. Professional services make great donation items, so if you’re a musician, tutor, photographer, baker, designer, accountant or have some other service to provide, consider donating a gift certificate of your time or service.
Save the date for Faith in 3D
This year’s Faith in 3D production, a staged reading of selected scenes from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, in Community Hall at 7:30 p.m. Faith in 3D is returning to live theatre after two years of video projects. “3D” stands for drama, dessert and dialogue, and after the show we’ll enjoy a tasty treat and a moderated discussion of the play’s themes.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. On Feb. 14, the group will discuss The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. Contact: Debby Burton (email@example.com)
■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On March 2, the group will discuss Anne
Tyler’s Digging to America. Contact: Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)