Tapestry News

by | May 5, 2023 | Tapestry News

Preschool and Children’s Choirs program May 7
Hymns of a Child is the theme for the Preschool and Children’s Choirs year-end program on Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Each choir will sing songs they have prepared, and there will be congregational singing of a few of the hymns the children have sung throughout the year. The program will be rounded out with hymnal presentations and volunteer recognition.

Hannah Service:
For those who grieve around Mother’s Day
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. For information about childcare, contact Joan Hammons at jhammons@wilshirebc.org.

Wilshire in the Park: Churchwide Picnic
Sunday, May 21, 5–7 p.m.
Flag Pole Hill Pavilion (8015 Doran Circle)
All are invited to this family-friendly annual event with music, face painting and a unique inclusive playground. The pavilion and picnic tables are ours to use, and you can bring lawn chairs to sit by the playground. Wilshire will provide fried chicken, rolls and drinks. The rest of the meal is potluck with these assignments by last name: A–F, dessert; G–M, salads; N–S, veggies; T–Z, fruit. Please bring enough to serve at least eight. Containers and serving utensils must be disposable. Please include a card with allergen information (gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy) if appropriate. Volunteers are needed. Sign up via a link at wilshirebc.org/registration.

A note from the Minister of Music Search Committee
Your Minister of Music Search Committee has started regular meetings and is dedicated to finding the right person to serve as Wilshire’s next Minister of Music. We are grateful for our rich heritage and look forward to the bright future God has for our church. Many of you have shared your thoughts and ideas with us informally, and we are working on ways we can formally gather your input. Please watch the Tapestry for more information in the coming weeks. We ask for your continued prayers as we seek God’s guidance during this time. — Kevin Cabaniss, Lynette DeBose, David Duncan, Anne Foster, LeAnn Hampton, Mary Morgan, Timothy Peoples, Kristi Reavis, James Michael Sobolik-Williams, Laura Summers, Melinda Thompson

Charlie Fuller starts May 8 as interim music minister
Monday, May 8, will be the first day in the office for Interim Minister of Music Charlie Fuller, and his first Sunday to lead in worship will be May 14. Charlie is an experienced choral conductor, church musician, university administrator and pastor who most recently served as transition pastor at Waco’s Lake Shore Baptist Church. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Waco, but Charlie will spend part of each week in Dallas.

Wilshire Welcome meets May 14
The monthly Wilshire Welcome class helps guests and new members learn what the church is all about. The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 14, at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room (1100-B) near McIver Chapel. For more information, contact Carolyn Murray at cmurray@wilshirebc.org.

Wednesday Night Live on break
Remember that Wednesday Night Live activities ended last week and will take a break for the summer. On Wednesday, May 10, we will offer the Hannah Service at 6:30 p.m., but there will be no dinner. Wilshire Student Ministry’s Watershed continues through May 17, and Sanctuary Choir rehearsals will continue until a break later in the summer.

Sign up for advocacy updates
Did you know there are just a few weeks left of the Texas legislative session? Many bills will begin to make it to the floor, and it’s important for all of us to remain alert. If you’re wondering how you can stay alert to certain priorities (public education, LGBTQ+ equality, gun sense reform, local preemption and more), scan the QR code and fill out a quick online form. This will allow the Christian Advocacy Committee to know who to mobilize when needed.

Computer classes start soon
Wilshire’s free Computer Education Program will begin its spring term with registration events on Tuesday, May 9, in Room 3103. Choose 10 a.m. to noon or 6 to 8 p.m., whichever is more convenient for you. Classes begin the following Tuesday, May 16, and will run for six weeks. Topics include Windows, iPad, iPhone, Android devices and how to avoid scams and viruses. To learn more, contact Max Post at mpost77@yahoo.com.

Graduate info sought by May 10
Ministry Assistant Carol Cabaniss is gathering information on Wilshire’s high school seniors and Wilshire members who have received or will receive a bachelor’s degree from June 2022 through May 2023. Wilshire will recognize high school seniors on Sunday, May 21, during the 11 a.m. service. The deadline for inclusion in graduate recognition is Wednesday, May 10. Contact Carol at ccabaniss@wilshirebc.org.

Make or break deadline for Adventurers trip is May 15
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, 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. If the required minimum of 35 registrants is not met by May 15, the trip will be canceled. Later registrations will be accepted, up to 50, if the trip makes.

Adventurers lunch on May 16 to feature DixieSwing Band
The Wilshire Adventurers will enjoy lunch and a performance from the DixieSwing Band on Tuesday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. The eight-member band plays New Orleans jazz with influences including spirituals, early blues, hymns and World War II-era swing. Lunch costs $10 per person. No reservation necessary. Adventurers events are open to anyone 60 and above. Contact: Barbara Clayton (214-452-3125 or bclayton@wilshirebc.org).

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 bclayton@wilshirebc.org for more information.

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 (dburton@wilshirebc.org)
■ The WOW Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On June 1, the group will discuss Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. Contact: Carolyn Murray (cmurray@wilshirebc.org)

May 12 Marriage Connections
The final Marriage Connections this spring will be held Friday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in James Gallery. The group will play the “Not So Newlywed Game” and enjoy a catered meal together in James Gallery instead of eating out. Free childcare (infant – grade 6) will be provided. Registration is required for childcare and closes Sunday, May 7; visit wilshirebc.org/registration. Contact: Abbey Adcox (aadcox@wilshirebc.org)

Single, Adoptive and Foster Care Parents Night Out, May 12
Wilshire will offer free childcare (infant – grade 6) for single, adoptive and foster parents on Friday, May 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is required and closes Sunday, May 7; visit wilshirebc.org/registration.

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
Cooking Camp
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