For information on Wilshire’s offerings for Lent and Easter, visit our Lent page.
Registration is open for Wilshire’s summer camps for children and preschoolers. Learn more and register.
Installation service for Timothy Peoples
Timothy Peoples will be installed during worship on Feb. 26 as the fifth senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church. He began in the role Jan. 22. The service will include a message from Rev. Dr. Almeda Wright of Yale Divinity School, where Timothy earned his Master of Divinity degree in 2015. Other worship leaders include members of Timothy’s family, a singing group from his home church in Oklahoma and friends and colleagues from different points in his personal journey, some of whom will be familiar to Wilshire members. Wilshire member Mike Capps will read a poem by Chelsea Whitton commissioned for the occasion. The cover art for Sunday’s worship folder is Timothy’s favorite painting, Prodigal Son by American artist Thomas Hart Benton. The work hangs at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Today’s guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Almeda Wright, is Associate Professor of Religious Education at Yale Divinity School. Her research focuses on African American religion and education, Womanist spirituality, adolescent spiritual development and the intersection of religion and public life. Wright previously taught at Pfeiffer University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She completed her PhD at Emory and earned an MDiv at Harvard University Divinity School. Dr. Wright is an ordained American Baptist minister and a native of Virginia.
Youth Choir Spaghetti Lunch & Silent Auction
March 5 after worship in Community Hall
Join us March 5 for the annual Youth Choir Spaghetti Lunch & Silent Auction, the main fundraiser for the choir’s summer trip to San Francisco to sing, serve and sightsee. Donate any amount for lunch. There will also be a bake sale in James Gallery starting at 9:30 a.m. Cash/check/credit accepted. Items up for bid in the silent auction include pet-sitting, French lessons and SMU football tickets in a suite. Auction items are still needed; to donate items or services, contact Carolyn Murray at email@example.com by March 1. Suggestions include restaurant gift cards, new household items and event tickets. If you’re a musician, tutor, photographer, baker, designer, accountant or have a service to provide, donate a gift certificate of your time or service.
New to Wilshire?
■ The monthly Wilshire Welcome class helps guests and new members learn what Wilshire is all about. The next session will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room (1100-B) near McIver Chapel.
■ Time with Tim is an informal chance for guests and new members to meet and visit with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. The next two sessions are Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in the Parlor and Sunday, April 30, at 9:45 a.m. in Community Hall.
■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New art exhibit is up
Who Is My Neighbor? is the theme of a new art exhibit that will be on display through April 19 in Wilshire’s South Lobby. The show is a collection of etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and paintings that give visual insight into Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan. It includes the work of 22 artists from the last four centuries, including Rembrandt, Ernst Barlach, Tanja Butler, Ed Knippers and John August Swanson, plus political cartoons and illustrations that demonstrate the parable’s continued societal relevance.
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 your hat and glove donations by the end of February.
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 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.
Haney is next Lunch & Learn guest
Lunch & Learn will be held March 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. The program will feature Associate Pastor Doug Haney, who will reflect on his career in music ministry and discuss his work with Polyphony Music Resources. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adventurers to Bush Library
The Wilshire Adventurers will tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m. The tour is $9 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance. To register and buy tickets, visit wilshirebc.org/registration. Parking costs $5 per car, paid upon arrival. The group will meet at Wilshire at 11 to carpool to the SMU campus. Lunch is on your own.
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.
Chronic illness support group
Wilshire’s support group for those experiencing a chronic or undiagnosed illness meets on Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays every month at 6 p.m. To learn more, contact group leader Annette Miller at email@example.com.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. On March 14, the group will discuss Somewhere Sisters by Erika Hayasaki. Contact: Debby Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On March 9, the group will discuss Anne
Tyler’s Digging to America. Contact: Carolyn Murray (email@example.com)
New Realm sign-in features
In an update this past Wednesday, Realm has increased its security and now offers additional features to keep our information safe. Each Realm user will need to sign in anew the next time you access the Realm sign-in page via a web browser or the Realm Connect mobile app. The update allows you to now use your Google account or Apple account to access Realm, or to continue using the email and password you use now. It also offers an option to enable two-factor authentication for an extra level of security. The methods for authentication verification include email, text and device security such as facial recognition. If you already have a Realm account, the email and password you currently use will continue to gain you access to Realm. It is not necessary to change your password. Find more details at wilshirebc.org/realm or contact Susan Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-452-3108 with any issues you may have.
Faith in 3D will be March 24 and 25
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.
Adventurers Charleston trip
From Nov. 6 to 11, the Wilshire Adventurers will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, for five nights and six days of touring in the “Holy City” led by Rob and Pam Banta. The group will see and experience antebellum homes and estates, Charleston cuisine, culture and architecture, a nighttime harbor cruise with dinner, a fine arts museum, Fort Sumter, Old City Market, Charleston Tea Garden and more, all accompanied by private guides. See full details at wilshirebc.org/registration or in a brochure available in the church office. The trip will accommodate a maximum of 50 participants and will require a minimum of 35. Registration is first-come, first-served.
Wednesday Night Live: March 1
5 – 6 p.m. | Community Hall | Buffet-style dinner for the whole family. Pricing at wilshirebc.org/wednesdays. March 1: Chicken Piccata w/ Lemon-Caper Sauce, Red Potatoes, Parmesan Zucchini, Italian Vegetable Soup, Salad, Bread, Desserts, Kids: Baked Chicken Leg, Cheddar Potatoes, Mandarin Oranges
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.
Wednesday Lenten series
Say my name: Names we are called by God
6 p.m. | Room 1205-L | When the world shouts with a million voices around us, we can count on the voice of God to call us by our true names. Join our pastoral residents on four Wednesday evenings as we discuss how to tune into that voice. Dates: March 1, March 8, March 22, April 5
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
Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered 6 – 7:15 p.m.