Youth Choir Mission Tour Home Concert: Sunday, June 25 at 6:30
Wilshire’s Youth Choir returned yesterday from a week of singing, serving and sightseeing in San Francisco. They will present their home concert today at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A slideshow of trip photos 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.
The Youth Choir sang at two churches last Sunday — First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley and Shell Ridge Community Church in Walnut Creek — and at Laguna Honda Hospital on Wednesday. Mission sites included San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Project Open Hand, the St. Anthony Foundation, SF City Impact and the Golden Gate Conservancy. The group of 48, including singers, chaperones and leaders, also found time to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, the University of California at Berkeley, the Legion of Honor Museum, Chinatown and the Haight-Ashbury area. They took in a Giants baseball game at Oracle Park on Tuesday night, and on Thursday attended a choral evensong service at Grace Cathedral. A dorm at San Francisco State University served as the group’s home base.
Minister of Music Search Committee Update: Survey launched; deadline to apply extended
The Minister of Music Search Committee greatly appreciates those who participated in our recent focus groups. We gained valuable information, and now we desire to expand our understanding of the congregation’s priorities through a survey. Our confidential online survey gives everyone the opportunity to share thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics important to the future of Wilshire’s ministry through music.
To access the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/8M8YHBV. Paper copies will be also available in the church office. The survey will be available through July 9.
Thank you for your continued prayers and patience as we seek the person who will help us move into the bright future God has planned for Wilshire. In our recent committee meeting, we decided to extend the deadline for accepting applications. The new deadline is July 9, 2023. If you know someone who would be a good candidate, please encourage the individual to apply by visiting wilshirebc.org/music-search.
Kevin Cabaniss, Lynette DeBose, David Duncan, Anne Foster, LeAnn Hampton, Mary Morgan, Timothy Peoples, Kristi Reavis, James Michael Sobolik-Williams, Laura Summers and Melinda Thompson
Last day to apply for minister to senior adults position
June 25 is the last day to apply for Wilshire’s open minister to senior adults position. The job description and instructions for applying can be found at wilshirebc.org/employment. The position is part-time at 25 hours per week.
Take me out to the ball game!
Join us for an outing to Globe Life Field to see our Texas Rangers play the LA Dodgers on Sunday, July 23, at 1:35 p.m. We’ll leave Wilshire at 12:15 p.m. on a charter bus and return after the game. Our group seats are located in section 324. Don’t worry about the heat; this state-of-the-art venue is fully enclosed and air-conditioned. Tickets cost $32 per person. Sign up to attend at wilshirebc.org/registration.
New around here?
■ The Wilshire Welcome class, which helps guests and new members learn what the church is all about, will next meet on Aug. 20 at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room 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.
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 appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, scan this QR code or find the link at wilshirebc.org/registration. Contact: Linda Garner (email@example.com)
Mason books are still available, don’t you know?
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.
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 (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)
Ways to serve this summer
Visit this link for the details from our mission partners and sign up to serve this summer: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Missions-Update–Summer-2023.html?soid=1103404816416&aid=aSQg-ElfUrU
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
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.