Tapestry News

by | Jul 16, 2021 | Tapestry News

Score Rangers tickets by July 26

Join us for a churchwide outing to the new Globe Life Field to see our Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, Aug. 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 the heat; this new state-of-the-art venue is fully enclosed and air-conditioned. Tickets cost $20 per person and need to be ordered by Monday, July 26. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.

Wilshire Welcome Meet & Greet

Next Sunday, July 25 • 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. • Community Hall

Are you a guest or new member? Maybe you joined during the pandemic and don’t yet have a full picture of everything Wilshire has to offer. Mark your calendar for our Wilshire Welcome Meet & Greet on July 25 in Community Hall. This informal session will help you learn about Wilshire, with topics ranging from Sunday morning options to volunteer and advocacy opportunities, plus a Q&A time with Senior Pastor George Mason. The Wilshire Welcome Class will meet weekly this fall. Questions? Contact Carolyn Murray at cmurray@wilshirebc.org.

Midweek Bible Study

Wednesdays at noon in the Sanctuary through July 28

Join us in person for an informal weekly time of announcements, prayer, singing and Bible study. Or catch the livestream at youtube.com/wilshirebaptist.

Love Your Neighbor meets July 18

The new Love Your Neighbor Class will meet on Sunday, July 18, with Bryan Reece as guest speaker. Reece is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Arkansas, and his topic will be “The Nature and Urgency of Wisdom.” A native of Fort Worth, Reece previously held fellowships at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Love Your Neighbor is a Zoom-based class that meets the first and third Sundays each month at 1 p.m. The class is aimed at our long-distance members, but all are welcome. To get the Zoom link, email loveyourneighbor@wilshirebc.org.

Blood drive here July 28

Carter BloodCare will have its bus in Wilshire’s north parking lot on Wednesday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parish Nurse Linda Garner reports that there is still a critical need for blood and that the supply of blood is at a 30-year low. Each blood donation has the potential to save three lives or more. See page 16 for more information and a QR code you can scan to make an appointment. You can also find the appointment link at wilshirebc.org/registration.

Promotion Sunday set for Aug. 15

Wilshire will kick off a new year of Bible study on Promotion Sunday, Aug. 15. Preschoolers, children and youth will promote to new classes, and adults are invited to renew their participation in existing classes or explore new options. If you haven’t been attending Sunday School, it’s a great day to start. Next week’s Tapestry will feature more information about our plans for Sundays and Wednesdays this fall. 

Restroom construction continues

Construction is underway to renovate and enlarge the restrooms on the first floor near the library. These restrooms are closed. The hallways around the Sanctuary will be open but narrowed due to plastic sheeting put up for construction. Work is estimated to conclude in late September. If you have concerns or questions, contact Facilities Manager Dale Pride, Director of Operations Randy Crosland or notify any church staffer.

Wilshire history book available

Blest Be the Tie, a hardcover book covering the history of Wilshire, is available free of charge. Copies can be found in high-traffic areas of the building, and you are free to take one if you don’t already have it. The book contains informative text and hundreds of photos covering Wilshire’s history from its 1951 founding until the 2011 publication of the book.

ECLC reopening in August

After being closed for the last school year due to the pandemic, Wilshire’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) is reopening and will begin on Aug. 16. We have openings for children from 3 months through Pre-K and would be glad to have your family as part of our program. Families from the community are welcome. Our program is available Monday through Thursday and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you would like a tour, please call Kelly Akins at 214-452-3139 or email kakins@wilshirebc.org. For more information, visit wilshirebc.org/eclc.

Women of Wilshire book clubs 

The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Aug. 5 the group will discuss Jane Kirkpatrick’s Something Worth Doing. Contact Abbey Adcox at aadcox@wilshirebc.org for more information.

The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 7 p.m. On Aug. 10 the group will discuss Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Contact Debby Burton at dburton@wilshirebc.org for more information.

Family Place shelter dedicated

On Wednesday, July 14, Senior Pastor George Mason spoke at the dedication of The Family Place’s renovated shelter, Sally’s House. When the shelter was severely damaged during February’s winter storm, Wilshire took in the women and children who had been living there. The church subsequently held a bedding drive that provided 121 complete bedding sets for The Family Place.

Youth Camp a success

Seventy youth and 17 adult leaders took part in Wilshire’s Youth Camp July 5–10 at the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center near Little Rock, Arkansas. Associate Pastor Darren DeMent says, “It was a fantastic week. It was so good to get to do it after having missed last year [due to the pandemic]. It’s such a vital part of what we do in student ministry. We appreciate the prayers of the church.” The theme for this year’s camp was Telling Stories, and Milton Brasher-Cunningham served as camp pastor.

Creative Arts Camp

Wilshire’s second annual Creative Arts Camp, themed Listen to Your Art, was held July 12–16. Candy McComb, children’s choir coordinator, led the camp, which reached capacity enrollment weeks ago. Candy says, “Our building has been filled with singing, dancing, painting, bubbles, fun food, and so much more. Our 80 children have learned that God made them to use their creative talents to honor him, to share with others and to express themselves. I am thankful for the Wilshire staff and the many teachers who shared their time and talents!”