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by | May 26, 2023 | Tapestry News

George Mason book signing June 4
Senior Pastor Emeritus George Mason will sign copies of his new book, a collection of sermons from his 33-year Wilshire ministry, on Sunday, June 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. in James Gallery. One free copy of the book, titled “The Word Made Fresh: Preaching God’s Love for Every Body,” will be available at the event for each Wilshire member household. Members who can’t attend the event can pick up their copy in the church office after June 4. The book project was announced as a surprise for George on his final Sunday as senior pastor last August. “The Word Made Fresh” will be officially released on June 27 by Read the Spirit Books, an imprint of Front Edge Publishing. Additional copies can be pre-ordered through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and independent booksellers everywhere.

Music search focus groups continue
The Minister of Music Search Committee is holding a series of focus group sessions to gather congregational input. The committee wrote, “We hope to hear from you about your dreams for the future of Wilshire’s ministry through music.” The first session was held May 21 with a focus on youth, children and preschool music. Two more open sessions are coming up: during Sunday School on June 4 and after worship on June 11 with lunch provided. Both will be held in Community Hall. An online survey will also be utilized, and each music group will have a dedicated time to visit with search committee members. The search committee will also seek input from music ministry leadership.

Minister of music job is open for applications
Wilshire’s Minister of Music Search Committee has begun accepting applications to fill the full-time ministerial position of minister of music. Applications will be accepted through June 25. Interested applicants can visit wilshirebc.org/music-search to view a copy of the job description and submit their information, resumé and cover letter through an online form.
■ You can recommend someone to be Wilshire’s next minister of music by filling out an online form at wilshirebc.org/music-rec. The form will be available through Sunday, June 11, and submissions will only be visible to members of the search committee.

Minister to senior adults applicants sought
Wilshire is actively seeking applicants to fill the minister to senior adults role. Pat Cullum, chair of the Personnel Committee, says, “After careful consideration, the Personnel Committee approved a 25-hour-per-week position for this role. While part-time, this reflects only a five-hour decrease from the previous position held by Jessica Capps.” In accordance with Wilshire’s personnel policies, a hiring team has been formed. Along with Pat, the team is comprised of Rob Banta and associate pastors Heather Mustain and Darren DeMent.
■ The minister to senior adults job description and instructions for applying can be found at wilshirebc.org/employment. Applications will be accepted through June 25.

Winds concert on Sunday, 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. Familiar tunes on the program include George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band,” a brass ensemble version of “Londonderry Air” (a.k.a. “Danny Boy”), “Saint Louis Blues March” and a fanfare based on “All Creatures of Our God and King.” A section of the concert themed The British Invasion will include a Phantom of the Opera medley, two marches by Kenneth Alford (the British March King) and Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing.” To end the concert, Jeff Brummel will join the Winds to play the Finale from the Saint-Saëns “Organ” Symphony No. 3.

Wear Orange on Sunday, June 4
All are invited to wear orange on Sunday, June 4, in observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend. The Christian Advocacy Committee will have orange ribbons available for worshipers at all Sanctuary entrances, the James Gallery welcome desk, South Atrium, north entrance and the entrance near the main office. Wear Orange began on June 2, 2015, in honor of what would have been Hadiya Pendleton’s 18th birthday. Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago in January 2013 just one week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves, has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. Wear Orange is now an annual weekend observation encompassing National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the first Friday in June, and Wear Orange Weekend, the accompanying weekend. Learn more at wearorange.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 cmurray@wilshirebc.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.

Let’s play Pickleball!
Join Wilshire friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, to play the fast-growing sport of Pickleball. Equipment and two courts will be provided at Northridge Presbyterian Church (6920 Bob O Link Dr.). All skill levels are welcome; experienced players will be on hand for simple lessons and tips. Questions? Contact Carolyn Murray (cmurray@wilshirebc.org) or Colman Vigil (co.vigil@yahoo.com).

New Song at June 7 Lunch & Learn
New Song Community Choir will sing at Lunch & Learn on June 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Directed by Sarah Stafford, New Song provides a supportive environment for senior adults to share their love of music, build relationships and serve 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 (bclayton@wilshirebc.org)

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 (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)

Camcorder donation sought
Got a camcorder you no longer use because your phone takes great video? Wilshire’s Video Ministry Team is seeking a used camcorder to replace one that recently bit the dust. Any model with an HDMI output will do. Contact David Hammons at davidhvideo@gmail.com.

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 jgirards@wilshirebc.org or Minister to Preschoolers Joan Hammons at jhammons@wilshirebc.org.

Summer events for children and preschoolers
Register 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

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