Koinonia Café To Go for Oct. 7. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, those enjoying Wilshire’s takeout meal service can pick up their order at lunchtime or dinnertime. The new later Dinner pick-up time will be 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the earlier Lunch pickup will now be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food Service Director Elizabeth Ferguson explains: “Having two times will provide more flexibility and convenience, and the late afternoon time will appeal to those who work during the day and would like to pick up dinner on their way home.”
Here’s a reminder of how it works:
- Takeout meals from Wilshire’s kitchen are offered for curbside pick-up each Wednesday.
- Proceeds help defray the cost of paying Wilshire’s dedicated kitchen workers.
- Ordering for Wednesday, Oct. 7, is open now on the church website here.
- Order, pay and choose your pick-up time by end of day Tuesday, Oct. 6.
- Pick up your food on Wednesday. Full instructions and dietary information can be found on the website when ordering
Unified Budget update
September gifts $224,778
September budget needs $246,000
YTD budget gifts $2,387,149
YTD budget needs $2,665,000
YTD budget income deficit $277,851
Register to attend Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Outside and in-person. Sign up for one spot for your family in 45 minute time slots and show up any time during that time slot to begin the experience. COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Please wear a mask. Find all the details here and sign up to attend here.
Sacred Films – Resident-led study, Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 & 21,6 p.m. on Facebook Live. Have you ever watched a film and felt that you experienced something sacred? Maybe the beauty of it overwhelmed you. Perhaps the soundtrack was a balm for your weary soul, or there was a character who made you feel seen and understood. Films can transport us to another world or help us understand our world better. For three Wednesdays in October (Oct. 7, 14 and 21) join Pastoral Resident Leigh Curl on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. to discuss some films that may leave you feeling like you experienced something sacred.
Facebook Live Bible Study. Various teachers lead the Facebook Live Bible Study Sundays at 10:15 a.m. on our Facebook page. Pastoral Resident Ashley Robinson teaches Oct. 4 and 11 and Pastoral Resident Jenna Sullivan teaches Oct. 18 and 25.
Thanksgiving baskets for the Wilkinson Center. Are you, your Sunday School class or another group you’re part of interested in providing Thanksgiving baskets to families in our community? Wilshire has committed to providing 75 baskets to our missions partner, the Wilkinson Center. The baskets will go to families with someone enrolled in one of the center’s adult education classes. Each basket costs $50 to $75 to put together. To participate, sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration. Full instructions and a list of recommended items can be found at the registration link. Baskets should be delivered to Wilshire on Wednesday, Nov. 18, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. under the porte cochère. Contact Abbey for more info at email@example.com.
Leigh Curl ordination. Second-year Pastoral Resident Leigh Curl will be ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, in a service conducted over Zoom. Due to the limitations of Zoom, we are unable to invite the whole congregation as we would in normal times. The service will, however, be available to watch on Wilshire’s YouTube channel after the fact.
BNG webinar features former Christianity Today editor. Mark Galli, former editor in chief of Christianity Today, will be the next speaker in Baptist News Global’s webinar series, Conversations That Matter. Galli will engage in a 90-minute conversation with Mark Wingfield, BNG executive director and publisher, on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Visit baptistnews.com for more information or register for the webinar here.
Online Book Fair benefits library. From Oct. 12 through 26, you can buy books for your own family and help Wilshire’s library get new books at the same time. During that timeframe, every dollar you spend at Usborne Books via Usborne consultant Rachel Laird, a Wilshire member, will result in a 50% matching gift to the Wilshire library. Please wait until Oct. 12 and shop here: https://d6902.myubam.com. For help or more info, contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wilshire librarian Barbara Peterson at email@example.com.
Anti-Racism Book Club hosts author Michael Waters, Nov. 19. On Nov. 19, Wilshire’s newest book club will be joined 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. You can register and buy the book for the discounted price of $10 at wilshirebc.org/registration. Questions? Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more info.
WOW! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Carolyn Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. WOW! suggests ordering through Bookshop.org to support independent book sellers or ordering through a Black-owned bookstore such as The Dock Bookshop or Pan African Connection.
Stephen Ministry – Expressing Christ’s Care for Others. Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They express Christ’s care for others by listening and comforting, calling on their training and employing the tools of faith. If this description interests you, consider joining our next training class starting in January. To find out more, contact Linda Garner at email@example.com or 214-452-3151 or Michele Blaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-843-1865. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. Fill out and return this Stephen Minister Application by mail to Wilshire Baptist Church, ATTN: Linda Garner, 4316 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214 or by email to email@example.com.Learn more at wilshirebc.org/care/stephen-ministry.
Free Senior Adult Webinar. Seniors will focus on unlocking the “depth of love that is within you” during Fellowship Southwest’s Second Half of Life webinar, Oct. 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. The event will feature Sherrye Bass, a mindfulness meditation teacher and Christian spiritual director, and Andy Stoker, senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Dallas and also a mindfulness meditation teacher. “There is a depth of love that is within you. Learn ways of unlocking the love so that you can stand with courage, act with faith and pronounce that love in every moment,” Bass and Stoker said. “The second half of life is a journey within to discover ‘The One Who Knows’ through a Way of the Heart, a mindful contemplation method.” Register here for the Zoom link.
Fall Prevention Sessions (Community Wellness Project) . Physical therapy students from Texas Woman’s University will host a six-week exercise and wellness education program via Zoom for Wilshire’s older adults. Community members are also welcome. Classes will be held Mondays from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each class will begin with an exercise program followed by an educational topic and Q&A. Topics include exercise and meditation, stress management and mental health, nutrition, sleep hygiene, fall prevention and proper use of assistive devices. Each participant will receive a folder with exercise bands and weekly handouts. Distribution will be announced later. Please register by Oct. 7 at wilshirebc.org/registration. To learn more, contact Linda Garner, parish nurse, at 214-452-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.