Depolarizing Conversations on Race, Thursday, June 17 on Zoom. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. The Christian Advocacy Committee invites you to participate in Depolarizing Conversations on Race, a free workshop facilitated by Braver Angels. It is described as a “skills workshop for difficult (and necessary) conversations between white Americans about race and public policy.” Sign up here or at wilshirebc.org/
registration by Wednesday, June 16, for the Zoom link.
While open to all, the workshop is designed for self-identified white people who:
■ Want to communicate more constructively about race and public policy.
■ Believe in the equal worth and dignity of persons of all races.
■ Are concerned about our nation’s problems with race and want to see progress.
As a result of this workshop, participants should be more able to:
■ Better listen to people who have differing views on race, so they feel heard.
■ Express views in a way that the other person can hear you.
■ Find common ground when it is present.
Braver Angels (braverangels.org) is a non-profit organization aiming to unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.
Preschool Parents Night Out June 18. Friday, June 18, is the first of three Parents Night Out events offered for Wilshire preschool families this summer. Parents can drop off children at the church starting at 6:30 p.m. and pick them back up by 9 p.m. There is no charge but registration by Tuesday, June 15, is required. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration. Siblings are welcome as long as they are registered. Future dates are July 16 and August 20.
Enroll for summer piano lessons. Wilshire’s Academy of Fine Arts is enrolling piano students for the summer. The cost is $40 per 30-minute lesson. To sign up, contact Jeff Brummel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Needed for VBS. Vacation Bible School starts in just one week! But there’s one thing we don’t have: Enough volunteers. No experience necessary (but you must be fully vaccinated). Training, curriculum and support provided. Unexpected blessings for showing up. To learn more, come to a meeting on Sunday, June 13, at noon in Room 1205-L. To volunteer or reserve a spot (and boxed lunch) at Sunday’s meeting, contact Julie Girards at (214) 452-3104.
Koinonia Cafe To Go Summer schedule change. Koinonia Café To Go currently has only one pickup time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and those picking-up Koinonia Café To-Go meals will have the option to stay and eat with friends in James Gallery. When ordering, indicate your intention to dine on the premises. An opportunity to heat your meal will be provided. Find the menu and ordering link here.
Midweek Bible Study – Wednesdays at noon in the Sanctuary. Join us weekly for a time of announcements, prayer, music and Bible study in the Sanctuary. The event lasts about 45 minutes and is livestreamed on our YouTube channel and will remain on YouTube to be watched later. The current series on favorite Psalms will continue into the summer. It is no longer necessary to sign up or sit socially distanced. Midweek Bible Study will follow the same masking guidelines as those established for Sunday mornings in the building. NEW: Enjoy your Koinonia Café To Go lunch on-site in James Gallery after Midweek Bible Study.
Food drive for Wilkinson Center, Sunday, June 6 – Thursday, June 24. One in four children in Dallas is food insecure. Stock Up for Summer is Wilkinson Center’s response to hunger in our community. Your gift will support home food delivery to seniors, healthy meals for kids and provide hope for the families they serve every day. Drop off your donation of non-perishable food items or hygiene items at Wilshire in the collection baskets located by the main office and the north entrance or shop from the center’s Amazon wish list at http://bit.ly/WCPantry and have it shipped directly to them.
Summer Sanctuary Choir welcomes new singers. If you’ve ever considered singing with Wilshire’s Sanctuary Choir, summer is a great time to give it a try. Summer Wednesday night rehearsals run through July 28, after which the choir will take a three-week summer break. Rehearsals start at 7 p.m. in Choral Hall and will be shorter than usual, ending at 8:15. The choir will sing in worship this summer each week at the 11 a.m. service only. Contact Doug Haney with questions.
Piano affinity group to meet June 13. A new group is forming to give pianists in the Wilshire community an opportunity to perform a classical piece or hymn arrangement for their peers in a relaxed, encouraging setting on one of Wilshire’s fine pianos. The initial meeting (originally set for March, 2020) will be held on Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. At this meeting, attendees may perform a piece not to exceed 10 minutes. Those present will discuss the frequency and format of future meetings. If you have questions or wish to be notified of meetings, contact Max Tucker at 214-215-3766 or email@example.com.
Save the date for July 11 concert. Associate Minister of Music and Organist Jeff Brummel is planning an in-person concert of organ-piano duets for Sunday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Jeff will be joined by Jonathan K. Merritt, organist at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, where former pastoral resident Matt Dodrill is pastor. Wilshire’s Amy Pottkotter will also sing. More details to come.
Library announces new hours. Effective June 6, Wilshire’s library will be open to visitors at the following times:
Sunday: 8:30 – 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Find more information at wilshirebc.org/learn/library/
- The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets on Zoom one Thursday a month at noon. On July 8, the group will discuss Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Murray at email@example.com to sign up.
- The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets on Zoom monthly at 7 p.m. On July 13, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stuart-Holland. Contact Debby Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Book club welcomes Collin Yarbrough on July 15. The Anti-Racism Book Club welcomes Wilshire’s own Collin Yarbrough to its next meeting for a discussion of his new book, Paved a Way: Infrastructure, Policy & Racism in an American City. The meeting will take place Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. In Paved a Way, Collin tells the stories of five neighborhoods in Dallas and how they were shaped by racism and economic oppression. North Dallas, Deep Ellum, Little Mexico, Tenth Street and Fair Park look nothing like they did during their prime, and Collin argues that their respective declines were intentional — that their foundations were chipped away over time. Sign up for the Zoom link and purchase the $20 book (while supplies last) at wilshirebc.org/registration.