Depolarizing Conversations About Race
Monday, Sept. 13 • 6 p.m. • Community Hall
Join us Monday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Community Hall for a “skills workshop for difficult (and necessary) conversations between white Americans about race and public policy.” While open to all, the workshop is designed for self-identified white people who believe in the equal worth and dignity of persons of all races and are concerned about our nation’s problems with race. The free event will be presented by Braver Angels (braverangels.org), a nonprofit organization aiming to unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize the country. Registration for the event is requested but not required, and you can register as late as Monday right up until the event starts.
Register for the workshop at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Wednesday Night Live Sept. 15
Family Dinner on the Grounds
5 – 6 p.m. • Weekly
Each Wednesday evening begins with a chance to eat together outdoors behind the church along Springside Lane. Bring your own food or, better yet, pick up Koinonia Café To Go. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the church. Arrive when you can; tables will be open starting at 5 p.m.
preschool – grade 6
Music, Missions and More
6 – 7 p.m. • Weekly except the first Wednesday of each month
Fun, age-based activities and lessons for 3-year-olds through sixth graders, including music and missions-related topics. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will learn Bible skills while preschoolers will engage in activities that focus on caring for others.
■ Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m., in the preschool area.
6 – 6:45 p.m. • Sept. 8, 15 & 22 • Parlor
As we journey through incredibly difficult times together, we want to encourage you to pause and observe all that you might be feeling in this season. To do that, we’ll be looking at the theologies of three men often called The Trinity of Wholesomeness: Fred Rogers, Bob Ross and Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”). Each used his life to teach us how to love others, love ourselves and love creation. Join residents Brianna Childs and John Kelly each week as we remind each other of these foundations for living.
Flu shots at Wilshire Sept. 18
It’s time to get your flu shot for the year. Shots will be available on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in the north parking lot. There is no conflict with getting a flu shot and a COVID vaccination close together or even at the same time. Please bring your Medicare Insurance Card and ID. A portion of each fee will be returned to Wilshire for ministry activities. To schedule an appointment and download a consent form, visit wilshirebc.org/registration. Questions? Contact Parish Nurse Linda Garner at 214-452-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audition for Faith in 3D
Auditions will be held this month for Wilshire’s 2022 Faith in 3D production, a musical celebration inspired by Carol Hall’s Off-Broadway musical, To Whom it May Concern.
The cast includes at least 15 men and women who, according to the playwright, “sit at a church service, and while the songs and prayers go on around them, they tell us what they are really thinking. In song, poem, and monologue, they … share their beliefs, secrets, guilts, solitude, odd tales, funny stories, hopes and joys — all expressed within the shape of the formal church liturgy.”
Auditions will be scheduled for Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. One-on-one rehearsals will be conducted in October and November at the convenience of the cast members. Rehearsals will resume in January and February 2022, and the show will be recorded on February 18, 19 and 26. During the last week of April there will be several interesting opportunities for audiences to experience the show.
If you have questions, call or text director Nancy Poynter at 214-349-4033. To register your interest and schedule an audition visit wilshirebc.org/registration before Sept. 26.
Wednesday, Sept. 22 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wilshire north parking lot
Contact: Linda Garner, Parish Nurse. email@example.com
Photo ID required
New option for online worship
Those unable to attend worship in person are invited to view the 11 a.m. livestream with a group on Zoom. The Zoom session will begin each Sunday at 10:45 so participants can chat before the service. To get the Zoom link, email Pastoral Resident Ashley Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Choir, Shekinah start Sunday
Wilshire’s Youth Choir and the ensemble Shekinah resume rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 12. Students will eat a provided snack lunch on the back lawn from 11:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. followed by Youth Choir rehearsal from 12:15 to 1:15 and Shekinah from 1:20 to 1:50. Rehearsals will be held in Choral Hall.
Children’s Handbells start Sept. 15
Children in grades 3 through 6 are invited to join Children’s Handbells. Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. starting Sept. 15, and the group will meet in the Handbell Room next to Choral Hall on the second floor. No handbell or music-reading experience needed. Director Kelly Akins can be contacted at 214-452-3139 or email@example.com. Note: this group will meet every week, even the first Wednesday of each month.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6 p.m. On Sept. 14 the group will discuss Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz. Contact: Debby Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Oct. 7 the group will discuss We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. Contact: Abbey Adcox (email@example.com).
WOW! Book Study
On Sept. 27, Women of Wilshire (WOW!) will begin a study of the Rachel Held Evans book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again. Sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. every other Monday unless noted otherwise. Joannah DeMent will lead the study, which will meet in the DeMents’ backyard.
Register at wilshirebc.org/registration.
Wilshire Welcome Class meets next Sunday, Sept. 19
■ Sept. 19 is the next meeting of the monthly Wilshire Welcome Class, designed to help guests and new members quickly learn what Wilshire is all about. Topics include our philosophy of worship, Bible study options on Sunday mornings and during the week, mission and advocacy partners and ways Wilshire serves in the community and beyond. Sessions are held during the Sunday School period in the Prayer Room (Room 1100B, McIver Chapel hallway). The class will meet again on Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
■ Coffee and Conversation with Senior Pastor George Mason will be held this fall during the Sunday School period on Oct. 31 and Dec. 5. This informal time in George’s study (Room 2203) is an opportunity for you to ask questions about Wilshire.
■ Questions? Contact Carolyn Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enroll for piano lessons
Wilshire’s Academy of Fine Arts is enrolling piano students for the academic year. The cost is $40 per 30-minute lesson. To sign up, contact Jeff Brummel at email@example.com.
Want to sing Christmas music with Sanctuary Choir this year?
Come visit a rehearsal any Wednesday in September at 7 p.m. in Choral Hall. An Advent/Christmas Music Retreat will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Wilshire. Music will include carol arrangements, excerpts from Messiah and John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music” and “Joy to the World.” Contact Doug Haney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.