Brent Newberry preaches Jan. 24 .Pastoral resident alumnus Brent Newberry will preach for Wilshire’s online worship service on Sunday, Jan. 24. A resident from 2013 to 2015, Newberry is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Worcester, Mass. He is preaching in conjunction with Wilshire’s annual resident reunion, which will be held virtually this year.
Annual Church Conference. Sunday, Jan. 24 • 1 p.m. • Zoom. Make plans to attend Wilshire’s annual church conference, where reports will be given on the church’s mission, ministries and finances, a budget will be adopted and deacons and committee members will be elected. The Zoom link to join the conference will be shared in the Tapestry email on Friday, Jan. 22, and in the “Guide to Worship” email sent by Doug Haney on Saturday, Jan. 23. It will also be published in the Jan. 24 Worship Folder (Tapestry). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Koinonia Cafe To Go for Jan. 27. Takeout meals from Wilshire’s kitchen are offered for curbside pick-up each Wednesday, and the proceeds help defray the cost of paying our dedicated kitchen staff during the pandemic. Order and pay online by end of day Tuesday, then pick up your food at the church at lunch or dinnertime on Wednesday. Full instructions and ordering link are online.
Faith that Lived First in Your Grandmother. Wednesdays, Jan. 20 & 27, 6 p.m. on Zoom. Led by Pastoral Residents Leigh Curl & Jenna Sullivan. Leigh Curl and Jenna Sullivan will lead a two-week Zoom study exploring the memories and traditions that carry us across generations of faith. Sessions will take place at 6 p.m. over Zoom. Jenna and Leigh will share unique practices of communion that are sacred to them, and you will be invited to participate as well as share your own practices. Reflecting on 2 Timothy 1 :3-7, the group will imagine together how these practices help us commune with one another and the saints who have gone before us. To participate, email Leigh (email@example.com) by noon each Wednesday to receive the Zoom link.
MLK Day of Service. On Monday, Jan. 18, about 50 Wilshire members served across Dallas as part of the MLK Day of Service. Projects included cleanup at nearby Dan D. Rogers Elementary, Meals on Wheels delivery, White Rock Lake cleanup through For the Love of the Lake, food pantry organization at Mission Oak Cliff and the assembly of 420 hygiene kits at the church. The kits will go to Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Thanks to all who served and all who contributed to this work through financial gifts and the donation of hygiene items.
Sign up for Weekly Witness. Weekly Witness, an online presentation from Texas Impact, examines public policy issues through a faith lens and helps viewers discover ways to participate in the public policy process. Weekly Witness is broadcast live on Mondays at noon on Zoom and Facebook during the legislative session. Register for the Zoom link at texasimpact.org. Each episode features a Texas faith leader, an “issue of the week” update by leading policy advocates and a Legislative Update segment and Action Alert. The Weekly Witness podcast features content from the live event and is usually available on Tuesdays. Texas Impact is a statewide grassroots network offering concrete strategies to help people of faith work for justice.
Around the Table with Ashley & Leanna. Wednesdays, Feb. 3 & 10, 6 p.m. on Zoom. Led by Ashley Robinson and Leanna Coyle-Carr. Join two of our pastoral residents in the spiritual practice of eating together. Grab your laptop and your supper and meet us on Zoom to share holy conversation around the table. As we eat, we will ask God to nourish us through conversation, scripture contemplation, and reflection together. To participate, email Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon each Wednesday to receive the Zoom link.
MOPS spring registration open. Our theme this year is Decide to Rise. As mothers of preschoolers, we have had to make some tough decisions for ourselves and our families during this pandemic. So how do we Decide to Rise? MOPS has identified three steps: Be strong. Do your work. Chase joy. We are committed to doing this by providing a meaningful and engaging experience for our group — no matter the times. Find out more here.
• The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets on Zoom one Thursday a month at noon. On Feb. 4, the group will discuss Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris. Contact Abbey Adcox at email@example.com or Carolyn Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
• The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets on Zoom monthly at 7 p.m. On Feb. 9, the group will discuss Colson Whitehead’s Nickel Boys. Contact Debby Burton at email@example.com to sign up.
• Wilshire’s Anti-Racism Book Club will discuss White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Michael Waters book available. Copies of Stakes Is High by Michael Waters are available for $10. In the book, Waters, a local pastor and community leader, “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.” The book can be purchased at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Benevolence gift cards. If you selected a Giving Tree tag for a Wilshire benevolence gift card, don’t forget to purchase the gift card and return it to the church. Gift cards can be returned at any time to the secure black mailbox outside the main church office.