Regather. Reconnect. Rejoice! Sunday worship in the Sanctuary resumes June 6. Services at 9 & 11 a.m.
Childcare will be offered. Details to come.
Summer worship volunteers needed. Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, ushers and childcare workers when Wilshire resumes in-person Sunday morning worship starting June 6. If you can help, contact Barbara Clayton (email@example.com). To help in the area of childcare, contact Joan Hammons (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Church in the Lot. Join us by registering on this signup for May 23 here for the next Church in the Lot in Wilshire’s north parking lot. Graduating high school seniors will be recognized during Church in the Lot on May 23. Bring a chair or stay in your car and listen via FM signal. Masks and distancing required. One spot on the sign-up is equal to up to four people. Bring your own chair or blanket or sign up to view/listen from your vehicle. Free. The date and
In-person Midweek Bible Study is Wed., May 12. All are invited to a new in-person Bible Study that will be held in the Sanctuary at noon every other Wednesday. The 45-minute experience will include Bible Study led by George Mason as well as prayer, Scripture and music — although there will not be congregational singing for now. Complete details can be found in this participant’s guide. Sign-up required.
Coyle-Carrs headed to Kentucky. All are invited to say farewell to Leanna and Aaron Coyle-Carr at a drive-through reception on Sunday, May 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the porte cochere. Leanna is finishing her two-year term as a pastoral resident, and Aaron, a Wilshire resident from 2017 to 2019, has accepted the call to become senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Morehead, Kentucky.
Bedding Drive for The Family Place. The Family Place’s largest shelter is still undergoing major repairs for damage caused in February’s snowstorm. Following their stay in Wilshire’s building after the sudden evacuation of their shelter during the storm, we would like to provide bedding sets as a symbol of our care and friendship as they prepare to move back into their facility in June. You can join in this effort by sponsoring a bedding set or two (or more!). Each set costs $30 and includes twin sheets, pillowcase and a bedspread/blanket. Sets have been chosen by the Family Place and will be purchased from their vendor for a cost of $30 each. Wilshire has committed to fund 120 sets. Each client will take their bedding with them as they settle into a new home after leaving the shelter. You may register to sponsor bedding at wilshirebc.org/registration. Individual contribution receipts will be provided. Contact Abbey Adcox with questions at email@example.com. The Family Place (familyplace.org) is a nonprofit agency that empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Founded in 1978, it is the largest family violence service provider in Texas, with three emergency shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night.
Library announces open hours. Wilshire’s library will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with the re-opening of the church building on those days. Library hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Drive-up service is available on other weekdays. Simply email your book requests to librarian Barbara Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org; she will contact you when your items are ready for pickup.
Wilshire in the Park, – Churchwide Picnic, Sunday, May 16 • 5–7 p.m., Flag Pole Hill (8015 Doran Cir.) Bring the family and join us for a Wilshire Reunion at our annual churchwide picnic! We’re excited to be able to meet in person for fellowship and live music. We won’t be serving food, but feel free to bring a meal or snack for yourself and your family. Water and an individually-packaged treat from the Wilshire kitchen will be provided. Wear your mask and bring your own chairs or blankets. Social distancing will be observed and sign-up is required.
Church office open Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, the church building and offices will be officially open every Tuesday and Wednesday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. All visitors must wear a mask, sign in and out and enter and exit only through the doors off the south parking lot near the main church office. All other exterior doors will be locked. Staff will be working in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as the church transitions back to a more normal mode of operation.
WOW! Spring Bible Study, Thursday mornings, April 22 – May 27 via Zoom, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Open to all women. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. A different parable will be studied each week.
WOW! Garden Brunch (in person) Saturday, May 1, outside in Wilshire Prayer Garden, come and go from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Masks required. Chairs provided. Sign up by April 23. Open to all women of Wilshire.
Thank-you notes and privacy Wilshire’s deacons and Finance Committee will be sending thank-you notes in the near future to express gratitude for those who have given to the church this year. Rest assured that the amount you have given will always remain private. The note writers will will only know that you have given, not how much.
- The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets on Zoom one Thursday a month at noon. On May 6, the group will discuss Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House.. 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 April 13, the group will discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Contact Debby Burton at email@example.com to sign up.
- The Anti-Racism Book Club will discuss So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Register to receive the Zoom link at wilshirebc.org/registration.