The Stewardship of Memory
Remembering is a sacred act. We invite you to join in as we share cherished Wilshire memories during the coming weeks. If you missed Timothy’s introductory video, you can see it on our YouTube channel, and videos from other Wilshire members will be posted too. If you’d like to share a written Wilshire memory in the Tapestry, email it (100 words or less, please) to email@example.com. No matter your age or how long you’ve been at Wilshire, your memories are welcome. Submit memories by noon on Oct. 25 for Oct. 29 Tapestry, or by noon on Nov. 1 for Nov. 5 Tapestry.
New member: David Giles
The State Fair of Texas outing scheduled for Oct. 22 has been canceled.
Special event with Amy Butler on Oct. 25
Wilshire will host pastor and author Amy Butler for an event celebrating her new book, Beautiful and Terrible Things: Faith, Doubt, and Discovering a Way Back to Each Other. Amy will be featured in conversation with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples at 6 p.m. in McIver Chapel. Amy will sign books in the South Atrium starting at 5 and again after the talk. The 6 p.m. talk will take the place of of adult Bible study on Oct. 25,
Blood Drive: Oct. 25
Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive at Wilshire on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for the bus in the parking lot near the Prayer Garden. Walkups are welcome but appointments are recommended. Make an appointment here: https://www.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/137986
Wednesday Night Live: Oct. 25
Koinonia Café | 5 – 6 p.m. | Community Hall | Buffet-style dinner for the whole family. Cash/check/credit accepted. Pricing at wilshirebc.org/events/koinonia-cafe. Kid-friendly and to-go meals available. Oct. 25: Chicken Cordon Bleu, wild rice, roasted vegetables, house salad, cream of mushroom soup, rolls, pumpkin butterscotch bread, caramel pecan cookies. Kids: chicken nuggets, fries
Music, Missions & More | 6 – 7 p.m. | Age 3 – Pre-K | Preschool choir, plus fun activities focused on God’s love.
KidConnect | 6 – 7 p.m. | K – Grade 6 | This rotation of art, music and more will help kids learn how to love God and others with every part of themselves.
Watershed | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Grades 7–12 | Bible study and music in the Youth Center.
Sanctuary Choir | 7 p.m. | Choral Hall | No audition.
Thanksgiving Food Drives
Boxes for Wilkinson Center. Wilshire has committed to provide 100 boxes for families in our community through the Wilkinson Center. A box costs $50 to $75 to assemble and is a great service opportunity for Sunday School classes, other groups or individuals. Boxes are due by Nov. 20. Visit wilshirebc.org/events/food-drives to sign up and see full instructions. Contact: Abbey Adcox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Food bags for White Rock Center of Hope. Wilshire continues a long tradition of providing canned goods for families served by White Rock Center of Hope in East Dallas. Pick up the designated brown paper bags and attached shopping list, then fill the bags and return them. If you bring donations before Nov. 12, deliver them to the church office. Bags brought on Nov. 12 should be placed on the Sanctuary chancel steps. Amazon wishlist: you can also shop online and have items sent directly to WRCOH; find the link at wilshirebc.org/events/food-drives. Contact: Abbey Adcox (email@example.com)
Adopt-a-Grandfriend applications due Oct. 31
If you are a family without grandparents in town, you can request to be paired with a local Wilshire grandfriend. Conversely, if you are an older adult or couple without grandchildren nearby and would like to serve as a grandfriend, please let us know. You’ll have the convenience of setting a schedule that works for both parties, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for intergenerational relationship building. Fill out our online forms at wilshirebc.org/grandfriend. If you prefer a paper application or have questions, contact Minister to Children Julie Girards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due Oct. 31, and pairings will be announced by mid-November.
New around here?
■ Wilshire Welcome, a one-hour session to help guests and new members learn what the church is all about, will meet Nov. 12 at 9:45 a.m. in the Prayer Room near McIver Chapel.
■ Time with Tim, an informal chance for guests and new members to meet and visit with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples, will be held Dec. 10 at 9:45 a.m. in Timothy’s office.
■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray (email@example.com).
Host a Fireside Chat on Nov. 12
Wilshire will host several Fireside Chats at members’ homes the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12. The hope of this churchwide social event is to deepen relationships and connection among us while expressing our collective gratitude in an intimate setting. Hosts will be able to determine the number of guests, with a maximum of 20, at their location, and Wilshire will provide a gratitude liturgy, refreshments and logistical help. If you are interested in hosting or learning more about hosting, contact Carolyn Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Oct. 27.
John Kelly to lead November Sunday School series
“Loved by a Still-Faced God” is the topic of a Sunday School series to be led by McIver Fellow John Kelly on the four Sundays of November. John writes, “All of us want to know and be known; see and be seen. It’s our desire for relationship — with others, creation and God — that helps make us human, after all! At the same time, though, how we each embody and practice that desire depends on a variety of personal factors. While some of the ways we seek connection work well, others seem to leave us feeling alone, unworthy and even rejected. Join us as we unpack the relationship between our stories, our attachment styles, and, ultimately, our feelings of (dis)connection with God.” The class will meet in Community Hall at 9:45 a.m.
Next Lunch & Learn is Nov. 1
Leisha Phipps, executive director of Dallas Area Parkinson Society, will speak on “The Common and Not-So Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease” at the Nov. 1 Lunch & Learn. Lunch & Learn is held the first and third Wednesdays each month at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Open to all. Lunch costs $10 per person. No reservation needed. Contact: Barbara Clayton (email@example.com).
Adventurers welcome Buchanan
The Wilshire Adventurers will enjoy lunch and a presentation from author and speaker Missy Buchanan on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Buchanan writes and speaks on the subject of aging faithfully, and her books include Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body and Dry Bones to Living Hope. Lunch costs $10 per person. No reservation necessary. Adventurers is a fellowship group for anyone 60 or older. Contact: Barbara Clayton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Marriage Connections Nov. 10
Wilshire members Elizabeth and Doug Skemp will share “50 Years of Golden Memories” at Marriage Connections on Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In this event, held on select Friday nights, free childcare (infant – grade 6) is provided while parents enjoy a short program at the church and then have the rest of the night, until 9:30, to themselves. Registration is required for childcare and closes Sunday, Nov. 5; visit wilshirebc.org/events/marriage-connections. Contact: Abbey Adcox (email@example.com)
Single, Adoptive and Foster Care Parents Night Out, Nov. 10
Wilshire will offer free childcare (infant – grade 6) for single, adoptive and foster parents on Friday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is required and closes Sunday, Nov. 5; visit wilshirebc.org/events/pno.
Free concert on Nov. 4
Dallas-based Fine Arts Chamber Players will present a free concert in Wilshire’s Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. The program will include works for violin and cello performed by longtime friends and duo partners Maria Schleuning and Jolyon Pegis. The event is part of FACP’s Hallam Family Concerts, a series of seven free chamber music concerts presented at various venues. Learn more about the organization at fineartschamberplayers.org.
Free exercise classes continue
Physical therapy students from Texas Woman’s University are leading a free group exercise class at Wilshire designed to prevent falls by addressing strength and balance. The class meets each Monday through Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in Rooms 3101 and 3103. Anyone can participate, and you need not attend every week to benefit.
■ Oct. 23: Chair Yoga
■ Oct. 30: Tai Chi
■ Nov. 6: Chair Yoga
■ Nov. 13: General Exercise
Let’s play mahjong!
Join other Women of Wilshire for mahjong on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. or the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Please sign up; SignUpGenius link at wilshirebc.org/events/mahjong.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ Tuesday Evening Book Club meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. On Nov. 14, the group will discuss Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth. Contact: Debby Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
■ Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Nov. 2, the group will discuss The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. Contact: Carolyn Murray (email@example.com).
Register for WOW retreat
Registration is open for the Women of Wilshire 2024 retreat, to be held Feb. 9 – 11 at the Prothro Retreat Center on Lake Texoma. Jillian Mason Shannon will serve as retreat pastor. See full details and register at wilshirebc.org/events/wow-retreat-2024.