Sign up for T-Shirt, Roots CD. Our building may be closed, but Wilshire is Always Open to All. As our gift to you during this time of physical separation, we’ve created a new Wilshire T-shirt as a tangible reminder that we remain together in spirit. You’re invited to register to receive a free shirt for each member of your family. Each household will also receive a copy of the recently-released Wilshire Roots CD. Register by July 14 at wilshirebc.org/registration. Please register one person in your family and then select the shirt size needed for each family member. Shirt and CD bundles will be available for pick-up in the north parking lot on Sunday, July 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Monday, July 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. You may also request delivery to your home. Sizes from 12 months to Adult XXXL are available, but quantities are limited in some sizes, so please complete your registration early. Questions? Contact Abbey Adcox. Also, delivery volunteers are needed: sign up here or email Abbey if you are interested in volunteering to deliver orders to members’ homes.
July 2 Report from the Wilshire COVID-19 Advisory Task Force. Wilshire’s COVID-19 Advisory Task Force has established three guiding principles that will drive plans for reopening the church building for congregational worship. The principles are captured in the acronym SEE – Safe Experience for Every Body. Find the full report and more at wilshirebc.org/COVID or send an email to COVID@wilshirebc.org.
Ryan Wilson to be honored July 12. Ryan Wilson and family will be honored on Sunday, July 12, as his time in Wilshire’s pastoral residency comes to an end. There will be a farewell blessing service during worship and a drive-through reception that evening. Details on the reception will appear in next week’s Tapestry. Ryan is set to become Minister of Spiritual Formation and Administration at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
“This Is My Story” continues. Tune in online each Wednesday for a video with announcements, prayer, music and an interview of a Wilshire member conducted by a pastoral resident. On July 8, Pastoral Resident Leanna Coyle-Carr will interview Aaron Coyle-Carr, her husband and a former pastoral resident himself. The video will be posted on YouTube, Facebook and Wilshire’s website by noon.
Unified Budget update
June gifts: ………………………………………………… $257,381
June budget needs: ………………………………… $348,500
YTD budget gifts: …………………………………… $1,643,966
YTD budget needs: ………………………………… $1,804,000
YTD budget income deficit: ………………………. $160,034
Facebook Live Bible study. A rotation of teachers is now leading the Facebook Live Bible study class each Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Chad Mustain teaches on July 5.
Evolving Faith Live Conference. Several “Women of Wilshire” will be in virtual attendance at this year’s Evolving Faith Live Conference, which will be held online Oct. 2 and 3. Conversations will continue in WOW! discussion groups starting Oct. 6. The conference will feature favorite speakers like Sarah Bessey, Jen Hatmaker, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Barbara Brown Taylor. Registration is $99+fee and required but includes access to all sessions until April 1, 2021. Register and learn more at evolvingfaith.com, and watch WOW! communications for more info on discussion groups.
WOW! Book Clubs
The Women of Wilshire Tuesday Evening Book Club meets via Zoom once a month at 7 p.m. Upcoming dates and books: July 14, The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes with discussion led by Barbara Peterson; Aug. 18, A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken with discussion led by Carla Siegesmund. To register, contact Debby Burton.
The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets via Zoom the first Thursday of each month. Upcoming dates and books: Aug. 6, The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; Sept. 10, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. To register, contact Abbey Adcox or Carolyn Murray.
Early voting for runoff election. Wilshire’s Christian Advocacy Committee encourages participation in the July 14 primary runoff election. Early voting is underway. Polls will be closed July 3 and 4, but will be open Sunday, July 5, through Friday, July 10. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 30 runoffs for congressional, legislative and local offices are on the ballot, the most prominent of which will select a challenger for incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Polling places in Dallas, Collin and Denton counties will follow social distancing measures and are encouraging voters who are feeling ill to stay home. A list of polling places can be found on your local county’s election website. You may be eligible to vote by mail if you meet certain criteria. To request a mail-in ballot, visit your local county’s election website.