VBS week is here!
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. Preregistration for VBS is closed, and walk-ups will be accommodated if space permits. Preschool and Kindergarten classes are full, but some availability remains in grades 1 through 6. Contact Carol Cabaniss (firstname.lastname@example.org) about availability.
Donate items for VBS missions
Children at Wilshire’s Vacation Bible School next week will experience the joy of serving others as they make a difference outside the walls of the church. But your donations are needed. Drop off items for both drives in a bin outside the main office through Monday, June 12. Students may bring donations to their VBS classrooms on Monday, June 12.
■ Sixth graders will visit a different nonprofit each day to learn about the agency’s mission and assist with a project. In advance of their visit to HHM Health (formerly Healing Hands Ministries), the sixth graders ask for donations of new school supplies, including:
Two-Pocket Organizer Folders
Easy Twist-Up Glue Stick (Washable)
■ Kids in kindergarten through grade 5 will assemble care packages for families being served by the Parkland NICU.
Requested items are:
Sleep masks/ear plugs
Adult coloring books
Final music search focus group is June 11; lunch provided
The Minister of Music Search Committee is holding the last in a series of focus group sessions for congregational input Sunday, June 11, after worship in Community Hall. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend. An online survey will also be utilized in the coming weeks.
Last day for recommendations
You can recommend someone for the minister of music role by filling out a form at wilshirebc.org/music-rec. The form will be available through June 11. Submissions will only be visible to the search committee.
Application form is open
The Minister of Music Search Committee is accepting applications through June 25 for the minister of music role. Applicants can visit wilshirebc.org/music-search to view the job description and apply using an online form.
Minister to senior adults applicants sought
Wilshire is actively seeking applicants to fill the minister to senior adults role. The job description and instructions for applying can be found at wilshirebc.org/employment. Applications will be accepted through June 25.
Wilshire welcomes summer interns
Three undergraduates and one divinity school student make up Wilshire’s 2023 cohort of summer interns.
■ Mu Lar Hso is working in children’s ministry under Minister to Children Julie Girards. Mu Lar, a Wilshire member who was active in student ministry, just finished her first year at Midwestern State University and is studying early childhood education.
■ Ava McClung is working in preschool ministry under Minister to Preschoolers Joan Hammons. Ava is a rising sophomore at Rice University, where she is studying religion. Ava joined Wilshire with her family in 2010 and was active in Wilshire’s children’s and student ministries.
■ Andrew Walker is working in music ministry under Children’s Choir Coordinator Candy McComb. Andrew, who grew up in Canton, is pursuing a choral music education degree at Dallas Baptist University.
■ Ty Wrage is a ministerial intern working mainly with youth, college students and young adults under Associate Pastor Darren DeMent. Ty is working on his master of divinity degree at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of South Dakota.
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 18 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.
Mason books in church office
If you weren’t able to pick up your copy of George Mason’s book at last Sunday’s book signing, you can pick it up in the church office anytime. Each Wilshire member household gets one free copy of The Word Made Fresh: Preaching God’s Love For Every Body, a collection of sermons from George’s 33 years as Wilshire’s senior pastor. The book’s official release date is June 27, but it is already available for preorder at Amazon and other booksellers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventurers outing to McKinney
On Tuesday, June 20, the Wilshire Adventurers will visit historic downtown McKinney to view the Silos Mural Project and enjoy lunch, shopping and strolling around the town square. The group will meet at Wilshire at 9 a.m., depart by bus at 9:30 and return at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Lunch is on your own. Reservations are required by June 18; visit wilshirebc.org/registration or contact Barbara Clayton (214-452-3125 or email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
■ The WOW Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On July 6, the group will discuss Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. Contact: Carolyn Murray (email@example.com)
Next blood drive is June 28
Carter BloodCare will be at Wilshire for a blood drive on Wednesday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carter is still feeling the effects of a decrease in donations during the pandemic. Walk-ups are welcome, but for an appointment, scan the QR code at right or look for the sign-up link at wilshirebc.org/registration. Contact: Linda Garner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ways to serve this summer
Visit this link for the details from our mission partners and sign up to serve this summer:
Youth Camp 2023: “All Around You”
July 3 – 8 / Ferncliff Camp
It’s not hard to see all that is wrong with the world today. It seems like everywhere we look we are faced with examples of greed, hatred, intolerance, violence and brokenness. It’s enough to get us pretty depressed if we aren’t careful. However, Christian hope calls us to not only see the world as it currently is, but to see how it can be. Our faith allows us to not only see all that is wrong, but to see all that is still good and right. The truth is: beauty, acceptance, grace, generosity and wholeness are also very present in our world today, and we have a part to play in bringing those things to bear. It might mean we have to look at the world through fresh eyes. It might mean we need to rethink some things we thought we knew. It might take some creativity. It will likely take some courage. It will definitely take all of us working together. Join us at camp as we explore how we might increase our awareness of how God is at work in the world and the ways we can join in. Camp pastors are pastoral resident alum Leigh Curl-Dove and her husband, Keith. Registration is open to Wilshire members and guests alike. Visit wilshirebc.org/registration.
Summer camps for preschoolers and children
Camps are filling up! See details and register at wilshirebc.org/summer-camps.
Full Day: Cooking Camp & Creative Arts Camp
July 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grades 2 – 6
Cooking Camp (Full, waitlist available)
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