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.
A note from Doug and Lori Haney
Thank you for all the ways you made Sunday, April 30, and the weeks leading up to our last Sunday so lovely in every way. For every conversation in the hallway, for every card or text or email, for the lovely reception and for the gifts presented at the end of worship — we are so very grateful. We will miss you all very much. We will miss the times in worship when we sang the Lord’s song together. We will miss simply being part of Wilshire. We thank our God with every remembrance of you. And we pray that Wilshire will continue to flourish in the years to come. For all that has been, thanks be to God. For all that will be, yes.
Doug and Lori
Vacation Bible School is June 12–16, 9 a.m.–Noon
Operation Restoration is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School, for preschoolers through sixth graders. Kids will learn to be menders of the universe as they explore daily themes of Feed, Heal, Forgive, Pray and Rest. VBS is free, but class sizes are limited. Register by June 5 at wilshirebc.org/summer-camps. We need leaders and helpers for missions, crafts, recreation, snacks, worship, audiovisual work and grade-level groups. It’s fun and easy, with a great curriculum to guide us. If you can help, even if not every day, contact Minister to Children Julie Girards at email@example.com or Minister to Preschoolers Joan Hammons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New around here?
■ The Wilshire Welcome class helps guests and new members learn what the church is all about. Wilshire Welcome will meet this summer on June 11 and Aug. 20 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 session will be held Sunday, July 16, at 9:45 a.m. in Timothy’s office (Room 2203, second floor).
■ Questions about the above events? Contact Carolyn Murray at email@example.com.
You asked for it, Wilshire: let’s play Pickleball!
Join Wilshire friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 10, to learn about and play the fast-growing sport of Pickleball. Equipment and two courts will be provided at nearby Northridge Presbyterian Church (6920 Bob O Link Dr.). All skill and familiarity levels are welcome, and experienced players will be on hand for simple lessons and tips. Hosted by the Belong Team. Questions? Contact Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Colman Vigil (email@example.com).
Pride shirts are here
The new pride-themed “We are Wilshire” T-shirts have arrived. Shirts will be available for pick-up near the main office on Sunday morning, May 21. Didn’t order one? No worries. We have extras, and they’re available for $20 each. Proceeds benefit Color Splash, an inclusive summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth operated by the United Church of Christ. Questions? Contact Coordinator of Congregational Life Carolyn Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilshire at Dallas Pride on June 3
Wilshire will have a presence this year at the Dallas Pride Festival on Saturday, June 3, at Fair Park. Look for our booth in the Centennial Building. The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes music, art, food, exhibits and more. There is a $10 entry fee and a $10 parking fee.
College class this summer
A Sunday School class targeted at college students home for the summer started last week and will run through Aug. 14. The class meets in Room 2309 on the north end of the second floor.
Charleston trip a no-go
The Adventurers’ planned trip to Charleson, South Carolina, this November has been cancelled. The required minimum number of travelers was not met. Those who registered have been notified directly.
Winds concert coming June 4
Pops & Popsicles, a Wilshire Winds concert in the Sanctuary followed by a popsicle reception in James Gallery, will be held Sunday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature popular and familiar works, including marches, show tunes and a finale with Jeff Brummel joining on organ.
New Song at June 7 Lunch & Learn
New Song Community Choir will perform at the next Lunch & Learn, to be held June 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Directed by Sarah Stafford and based at Wilshire, New Song provides a supportive environment for senior adults to share their love of music while building relationships and serving the community. Lunch & Learn, held the first Wednesday of the month, includes a meal ($10 each), fellowship and a program. No RSVP needed. Lunch & Learn will take a break in July and August. Contact: Barbara Clayton (email@example.com)
Library summer hours
The Wilshire Library’s summer hours, already in effect, are: Sundays from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW Tuesday Evening Book Club will have dinner on June 13 at Jason’s Deli (Park Lane and 75), then will meet July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor to discuss Leila Meacham’s Dragonfly. Contact: Debby Burton (email@example.com)
■ 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 (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
Don’t skip giving when you skip town
Summer is a busy season at Wilshire, full of life-changing experiences for our kids. While participant fees help cover costs for some events, these camps and trips are still expensive for the church to put on. And with church members away on summer vacations, our giving drops — just when we need it most. There are a couple of ways you can help:
1. Set up a recurring gift through Realm. That way, even if you’re not here, your financial contribution will be. Visit wilshirebc.org/realm to get started.
2. If you already give regularly, would you make a special gift to the Unified Budget with our summer programs in mind? Below are some dollar amounts you might consider.
One Preteen Camp scholarship or chaperone: $350
Preteen Camp transportation for one: $120
Preteen Camp transportation for all: $2,750
One Youth Camp scholarship or chaperone: $400
Youth Camp transportation for one: $185
Youth Camp transportation for all: $13,000
One Creative Arts or Cooking Camp scholarship: $100
One Preschool Friends Camp scholarship: $80