Youth Choir in San Francisco this week; home concert June 25
Wilshire’s Youth Choir is in San Francisco June 17 – 24 for its annual mission tour. The choir will sing at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, Shell Ridge Community Church in Walnut Creek and Laguna Honda Hospital. The traveling group of 48, which includes students, leaders and chaperones, will also enjoy local attractions and serve at nonprofit agencies including San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Project Open Hand, the St. Anthony Foundation, SF City Impact and the Golden Gate Conservancy. Keep the group in your prayers — for health and safety, deep and meaningful relationships within the group and for their loving service to our neighbors in San Francisco. One fun tidbit: When the group gives a concert at Shell Ridge Community Church this afternoon, it will be joined by a member of that church, Ken Medema. The songwriter and performer is no stranger to Wilshire, having just been here April 30 for worship and the Grief and Loss Center benefit concert. The Youth Choir returns Saturday and will present its home concert at Wilshire on Sunday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. A slideshow will be shown, and Youth Choir alumni will be invited to join the current group to sing their signature anthem, Allen Pote’s Psalm 139.
Applicants sought for ministerial positions
Minister of music
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Vines to speak June 25
Author and activist Matthew Vines will speak on Sunday, June 25, at 9:45 a.m. in McIver Chapel. The Labyrinth and Shiloh Sunday School classes are jointly hosting the event, but anyone is welcome to attend. Vines is the founder and executive director of the Reformation Project, a nonprofit ministry that works to advance LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church. His landmark book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, was published in 2014.
Mason books in church office
If you weren’t able to get your copy of George Mason’s book at the June 4 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.
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).
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.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW Tuesday Evening Book Club 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 July 6, the group will discuss Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. Contact: Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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, look for the sign-up link at wilshirebc.org/registration. Contact: Linda Garner (email@example.com)
Ways to serve this summer
Visit this link for the details from our mission partners and sign up to serve this summer:
Summer camps for children and preschoolers
Camps are filling up! See details and register at wilshirebc.org/summer-camps.
Full Day: Cooking Camp & Creative Arts Camp
(Full, waitlist available)
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