Homelessness, Housing & Me
Panel discussion Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Wilshire will host an important panel discussion on affordable housing and homelessness on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall. Associate Pastor Heather Mustain will moderate the event, themed Homelessness, Housing & Me. About the panelists:
■ Joli Robinson is president and CEO of Housing Forward, which serves as a collective voice for homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties by leading system-wide, data-driven strategies to make homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring.
■ Mark Melton is co-founder of the Dallas Eviction Advocacy Clinic, which provides pro bono legal help to tenants facing housing insecurity.
■ Ashley Flores is senior director of Child Poverty Action Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting and ending childhood poverty in Dallas.
Pray Away film screening April 16
On Sunday, April 16, Wilshire will co-host a free screening of Pray Away, a documentary about the harmful practice of “conversion therapy.” The 3:45 p.m. screening at Life in Deep Ellum will be followed by a panel discussion with survivors, faith leaders, LGBTQ+ advocates and mental health experts, including Wilshire member Kathryn Keller. Register and learn more at tinyurl.com/padallas.
Minister of Music Search Committee is set
Eleven Wilshire members have agreed to serve on the committee to find the church’s next minister of music. The group will begin work soon.
■ Committee members are: Kevin Cabaniss, Lynette DeBose, David Duncan, Anne Foster, LeAnn Hampton (chair), Mary Morgan, Timothy Peoples, Kristi Reavis, James Michael Sobolik-Williams, Laura Summers and Melinda Thompson.
■ Associate Pastor Doug Haney’s last day at Wilshire will be Sunday, April 30. See p. 13.
■ Charlie Fuller will begin as Wilshire’s interim minister of music the week of May 8.
Doug Haney to be honored April 30
Make plans to be in worship on Sunday, April 30, as we celebrate Associate Pastor Doug Haney on his last day at Wilshire. In January, Doug announced his plans to retire from full-time ministry. He and his wife, Lori, will soon be moving to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. In retirement, Doug will focus on his work as executive director of Polyphony Music Resources, a nonprofit ministry network for church musicians. Wilshire’s morning worship on April 30 will include a time of recognition and gifts for Doug, who came to Wilshire as minister of music in 2004. An informal reception will be held after worship in James Gallery. That evening at 6:30, Doug will conduct Sanctuary Choir and orchestra in a concert that will also feature songwriter and recording artist Ken Medema. Themed Wrap Me in Song, the event will be a benefit for the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas. Music will include excerpts from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Howard Goodall’s requiem, Eternal Light. Admission is free. An offering will be received.
Ushers and greeters needed
With the return of the offering to our worship, the Hospitality Ministry Team is seeking new ushers and greeters to serve on a rotational basis. Contact Barbara Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Order Pride shirts by April 17
In celebration of Pride Month (June), Wilshire has created a special rainbow version of the familiar “We Are Wilshire” T-shirt. These limited edition shirts will be sold for $20 each, and proceeds will go to Color Splash, an inclusive summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth operated by the United Church of Christ. Visit wilshirebc.org/registration for the ordering link. The order deadline is April 17. Contact: Carolyn Murray (email@example.com)
Blessing for Brianna Childs
Worship on April 23 will include a time of blessing for Pastoral Resident Brianna Childs as she prepares to complete the residency program. Brianna will be married to Blake Davenport on May 20, and the couple will live in Houston. As noted in a March 21 email to the congregation, Wilshire is pausing to evaluate and retool the Pathways program and will not call new residents this year. After completing his two-year residency term this summer, John Kelly will remain as a McIver Fellow through 2023.
Realm workshop to be held May 4
Director of Finance Lori Gooden will lead a workshop about Realm, Wilshire’s online giving and database platform, on Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Computer Lab (Room 2305). The session will explain and demonstrate how to sign up for Realm, manage your giving, access and print contribution statements and more. If you’re already on Realm, sign up for the class via the link at wilshirebc.org/registration. Or you can sign up by contacting Lori (firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-452-3131) or Receptionist Glenda Williams (214-452-3165).
Hannah Service set for May 10
As much as we celebrate the gift of mothers in our lives, Mother’s Day can bring feelings of grief to those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, death of an infant or child, adoption loss, abortion, family estrangement or the death of a mother. With this in mind, Wilshire will offer a Hannah Service on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in McIver Chapel. For those who grieve and the loved ones who support them, the service will give space to lament and speak honestly about our grief and offer hope and comfort to one another. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Erin Robinson Hall. Childcare will be available by reservation; sign up by May 4 at wilshirebc.org/registration.
New to Wilshire?
■ The monthly Wilshire Welcome class helps guests and new members learn what Wilshire is all about. Sessions are held Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room (1100-B) near McIver Chapel. Dates: April 23, May 14.
■ Time with Tim is an informal chance for guests and new members to meet and visit with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. The next session will be held Sunday, April 30, at 9:45 a.m. in Timothy’s office (Room 2203, second floor).
■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray at email@example.com.
Adventurers lunch will feature expert on aging faithfully
The Wilshire Adventurers will enjoy lunch and a presentation from author and speaker Missy Buchanan on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Buchanan writes and speaks on the subject of aging faithfully, and her books include Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body and Dry Bones to Living Hope. Lunch costs $10 per person. No reservation necessary. Adventurers events are open to those 60 and above. Contact: Barbara Clayton (214-452-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Adventurers Charleston trip
From Nov. 6 to 11, the Wilshire Adventurers will spend five nights and six days touring in Charleston, South Carolina. Led by Rob and Pam Banta, the group will experience antebellum homes, local cuisine, culture and architecture, a nighttime harbor cruise with dinner, a fine arts museum, Fort Sumter, Old City Market and more, all accompanied by private guides. See full details at wilshirebc.org/registration or in a brochure available in the church office. Registration is first come, first served.
Wednesday Night Live: April 19
5 – 6 p.m. | Community Hall |
Buffet-style dinner for the whole family. Pricing at wilshirebc.org/wednesdays.
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.
Resident-Led Wednesday Series: A Brown Girl’s Epiphany
April 12, 19 & 26 | 6 p.m. | Room 1205-L | Join the pastoral residents for a series on Aurelia Dávila Pratt’s book, A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power. In the book, Pratt draws on the concept of imago Dei to suggest that we already have the inner authority we need to heal from trauma and navigate life’s realities. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. Pratt is a writer, podcaster and the lead pastor of Peace of Christ Church near Austin. She was a guest preacher here last summer and will join us by Zoom for our final session on April 26.
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
■ May 3: Final night of Koinonia Café, KidConnect, Preschool Music, Missions & More and resident-led studies before a summer break.
■ May 10: Hannah Service at 6:30 p.m. in McIver Chapel
■ May 17: Final WSM Watershed.
Art exhibit ends this week
Who Is My Neighbor? is the theme of an 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.
Children’s Earth Day outing
Wilshire’s Children’s Choir singers and KidConnect kids will sing and serve on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. The group will meet at Wilshire at 9 a.m. to travel by bus to Richardson ISD’s Spring Valley Elementary, where they will help plant a garden and work in the school’s food pantry before sharing lunch and a program with the Spring Valley Choir. After lunch the kids will head to Adventure Landing for mini-golf, laser tag and games before arriving back at Wilshire at 4:30 p.m. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Adopt-a-Book for Wilshire Library
Help the Wilshire Library grow its collection and say thank you to a teacher, minister or staff member by adopting a book in their honor or memory. Stop by the display in the South Atrium on Sunday, April 23 or 30, select a book (available at discounted prices) and let us know the name you’d like printed on a book plate inside the cover. Adopt-a-Book is a great way to honor someone special and give the gift of reading to countless others. Hours: 9 – 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday School series on prayer
Prayer will be the topic of a three-week Sunday School series led by Pastoral Resident John Kelly from April 23 to May 7. The class, which will meet in McIver Chapel at 9:45 a.m., will be a good option for those not connected to a class or new to Sunday School. John writes, “Prayer is as nebulous as it is transformative. For as many answers as it seems to provide, it offers us just as many new questions to ponder. Too, as often as our faith changes and grows, so does our understanding of what it means to have a ‘prayer life.’ Join us as we discuss prayer — what it is(n’t), how it works and its practical value for all people of faith.”
Dietitian to speak April 25
Dietitian and nutritionist Meridan Zerner of the Cooper Clinic will speak on “Aging with Better Health” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Community Hall. Zerner, a certified health and wellness coach, uses behavioral change skills to help support long-term lifestyle changes. This free event is geared to those 55 and older, but all are welcome. No registration needed.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW Tuesday Evening Book Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. On May 9, the group will discuss Nina Totenberg’s Dinners with Ruth. Contact: Debby Burton (email@example.com)
■ The WOW Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On May 4, the group will discuss This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. Contact: Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summer events for children and preschoolers
Registration is open at wilshirebc.org/summer-camps.
Vacation Bible School
June 12 – 16, 9 a.m. – noon,
Older preschool – Grade 6
Full Day: Cooking Camp & Creative Arts Camp
July 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grades 2 – 6
July 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Grades 1 – 6
Listen to Your Art! Creative Arts Camp
July 10 – 14, 1 – 5:30 p.m., Grades 1 – 6
Passport Kids! Preteen Camp
July 22 – 25, Grades 3 – 6
Preschool Friends Camp
July 31 – Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – noon
New for completed kindergartners: Creation Station
July 31 – Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – noon