Food drive for Wilkinson Center ends 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 Keys. A concert of organ-piano duets, Sunday, July 11 ■ 6:30 p.m. ■ Sanctuary, Plus reception with free shaved ice Don’t miss Wilshire’s first live music event since returning to the building. Summer Keys: A Concert of Organ-Piano Duets will be held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Associate Minister of Music and Organist Jeff Brummel will be joined for the concert by Jonathan K. Merritt, organist at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, where former pastoral resident Matt Dodrill is pastor. Wilshire member Amy Pottkotter will also sing. Stick around after the concert for a social event on the church grounds. Get a free shaved-ice treat from the Big D Kona Ice food truck and enjoy a set of live music from Al and Brian — Wilshire’s own Brian Stinecipher and his musical partner Al Peterson.
Church welcomes summer interns. Three college students recently began work as summer interns at Wilshire, joining two other interns already in place during the academic year.
■ Blake Brown is back for his second summer as an intern in children’s ministry working with Julie Girards. Blake grew up at Wilshire and just finished his second year at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
■ Also serving as an intern in the children’s area is Joshua Pottkotter. Joshua, who joined Wilshire with his family in 2019, just completed his first year at Southern Methodist University.
■ Zoë Moore returns for a second summer working as an intern in children’s music under Candy McComb. Zoë is set to graduate this summer from Dallas Baptist University.
■ Leah Lucas and Jacob Leal are continuing this summer as interns in youth ministry working with Darren DeMent. Leah attends SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Jacob, a Duke Divinity School graduate, will begin doctoral studies at Boston University this fall.
Rangers game outing, August 1. Join us for a churchwide outing to the brand-new Globe Life Field to see our Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, August 1, at 1:35 p.m. We’ll leave Wilshire around 12:15 p.m. on a charter bus and return after the game. Our group seats are located in the Upper Box section. Don’t worry about a hat or sunscreen as this new state of the art venue is fully enclosed and air conditioned. Tickets cost $20 per person. Registration is coming soon.
New Prayer Room features stained glass. Wilshire’s Prayer Room has been relocated and is ready for use in its new home near McIver Chapel. The relocation was necessary in order to make room for a major expansion of the restrooms near the church library. The Prayer Room, which is unlocked and accessible whenever the building is open, can now be found in one of the rooms in the short hallway leading to McIver Chapel. The Prayer Room was established in its original location near the Sanctuary in 1997, and was given in memory of longtime Wilshire members Charlie Watson and Betty Avant by their families. Watson was the father of Charlene Law and grandfather of Carolyn Murray. Visitors to the new Prayer Room will enjoy seeing a newly exposed stained glass window, partially covered since the chapel was renovated in the early 1980s. The window is original to the chapel, which was built as Wilshire’s first worship space in 1954. The Nursing Mothers Room has also been moved as part of the restroom project. It is now located inside the secure preschool hall.
Zoom class launches July 4. Love Your Neighbor is the name of a new Zoom-based Sunday School class launching July 4. The class is aimed primarily at long-distance Wilshire members, most of whom connected to the church during the pandemic. The new class will meet the first and third Sundays of every month from 1 to 2 p.m (central time). The time was chosen to accommodate those in different time zones, but will also allow for Dallas-based congregants to join in. Shelly and David Beck will serve as directors of the class. The Becks live in the Denton County city of Justin and joined Wilshire in 2020. Instead of having a regular teacher, Love Your Neighbor will bring in a guest speaker for each session. First up, on July 4, is Marv Knox, executive director of Fellowship Southwest and former editor of the Baptist Standard. Marv will have just returned from a trip to the southern border and will report on conditions in a discussion themed “Independence Day from the Immigrant Perspective.” If you’re interested in joining the class, on a regular basis or for a particular date, send an email to email@example.com to receive the Zoom link. Watch the Tapestry to learn about future speakers and topics.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 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 July 13, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stuart-Holland. Contact Debby Burton at email@example.com 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.