Anti-Racism Book Club welcomes author Michael Waters. On Nov. 19, Wilshire’s newest book club will be joined on Zoom by Rev. Dr. Michael Waters for a discussion of his book, Stakes Is High. A local pastor, civil rights historian, activist and community leader, Waters can be expected to bring words of hope and empowerment. Stakes is High “blends hip-hop lyricism and social justice leadership, creating an urgent voice demanding that America listen to the suffering if it hopes to redeem its soul.” Reading the book is encouraged, but all are welcome. Discounted copies will be available for purchase soon. Watch the Tapestry for more information, and sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration. Questions? Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOW! Virtual Brunch, Sept. 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m. We are excited to have Rev. Victoria Robb Powers join us for some inspiration and encouragement. We’ll have some ice breakers, some socializing and a bath bomb “how to” demonstration! The Zoom link will be sent to all women who normally receive the WOW! women’s ministry emails. If you want to be added to the list, contact Abbey Adcox.
WOW! Morning Study. Women of Wilshire will offer a six-week study of Danielle Shroyer’s book, Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place. Associate Pastor Heather Mustain will lead the one-hour sessions on Thursdays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 5, starting at 9:30 a.m. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration by Sept. 29 for the Zoom info. If you’re interested in a Sunday afternoon or evening time for the same study, let Abbey Adcox know at email@example.com.
Evolving Faith Live Conference. Several Wilshire members will be virtually attending this year’s Evolving Faith Live Conference, which will be held online Oct. 2 and 3. WOW! will host a virtual follow-up discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The conference will feature speakers like Sarah Bessey, Jen Hatmaker, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Barbara Brown Taylor. Registration is $99 and includes access to all sessions through March. Register for the conference at evolvingfaith.com, and sign up to get the discussion group Zoom info at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Waging Peace author event Oct. 29. Wilshire will host Diana Oestreich, author of Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First, in a Zoom conversation Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Oestreich is an activist, veteran and sexual assault nurse who serves as Key Relationships Officer with global missions partner Preemptive Love Coalition. She first heard God’s call to love her enemies on the battlefield of Iraq, and is using her story of solider turned peacemaker to empower us to identify our own rural, urban, political or religious divides, to cross our own “enemy lines” in order to remake the world and heal all that’s tearing us apart. Reading the book is encouraged, but all are welcome. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration to receive the Zoom link. Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Women of Wilshire Book Clubs
The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets on Zoom monthly at 7 p.m. Upcoming dates and titles: Oct. 13, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss; Nov. 10, The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd; Dec. 8, A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Contact Debby Burton at email@example.com to sign up.
The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets on Zoom monthly on Thursday at noon. On Oct. 1, the group will discuss Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Murray at email@example.com to sign up.
Library offers curbside pickup. Wilshire librarian Barbara Peterson is making it possible to check out books from the church library even while the building is closed. First, search the library’s online catalog by visiting wilshirebc.booksys.net/opac/wbc/#menuHome. This link is also available in the library section of Wilshire’s app and website. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her what titles you wish to check out (limit 5). Barbara will work out a safe plan to get the books to you via curbside pickup at Wilshire or delivery to your home.
Facebook Live Bible Study. Various teachers lead the Facebook Live Bible Study Sundays at 10:15 a.m. on Wilshire’s Facebook page. Darren DeMent teaches Sept. 20; Christine Browder will teach on Sept. 27.
Koinonia Café To Go. Takeout meals from Wilshire’s kitchen are offered each Wednesday; Proceeds help defray the cost of paying Wilshire’s kitchen workers; Ordering for Wednesday, Sept. 23, is open now; Order and pay any time from now through Tuesday; Pick up your food on Wednesday. Find menu and ordering link here..
The Tie That Binds – A Pathways Vespers Service, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:00 p.m. via Facebook Live on Wilshire’s Facebook page.
Audition for Faith in 3D’s The Living. Before now, there was then. Then is The Plague, 1665, London. Now is Wilshire’s 2021 Faith in 3D readers theatre production of scenes from The Living by Anthony Clarvoe. (The actors will perform each from their own homes). On Thursday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., the drama and a discussion will be presented by livestream. The play, which explores London’s response to the 1665 plague, was first performed in 1993, but, amazingly, it offers an opportunity to explore not only our reaction to the current pandemic but also the underlying problems in society that have been exposed. Auditions will be conducted virtually on Sept. 28 or 29 between 6:45 and 8 p.m. A copy of the audition scenes and other pertinent information will be sent to each registrant. In this time of social distancing, rehearsals will be conducted virtually by special arrangement with the participants. If you have a sense of adventure, high-speed internet, and a willingness to audition for a production that provokes thought about the future for all those who are among “the living,” please register at wilshirebc.org/registration by Sept. 27.