Tapestry News

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Tapestry News

Victoria Robb Powers preaching Sunday

Our guest preacher Sunday is Victoria Robb Powers. Victoria, a Wilshire member, has served as executive pastor at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas since 2019. She was previously director of adult ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church. While at Highland Park she pastored their Anglican-style Cox Chapel service. Victoria was appointed by extension to serve as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2015. A native Texan, Victoria earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Baylor University. She attended Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2012.


Rhythms of Rest – Resident-Led Vespers

Wednesday, Sept. 29

6 p.m. in McIver Chapel

We all have what seems like infinite demands on our attention in these days. It can be more than difficult to make time to find quiet and stillness. In this Vespers service, we want to provide a space of contemplation for you to reflect on creating your own rhythms. As Jesus says, “come to me and find rest,” so also we encourage you to come away and rest here.


WNL 9/29

For Everyone

Family Dinner on the Grounds

5 – 6 p.m. • Weekly • Back lawn

Bring your own food or pick up Koinonia Café To Go. Drinks and dessert are 

provided by the church.


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.

Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds is offered Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.


For Adults

Vespers: Rhythms of Rest

6 – 6:45 p.m. • Sept. 29 • McIver Chapel


Coming Oct. 6

First Wednesday: 

Called to Care

6 – 6:45 p.m. • Oct. 6 • Community Hall 

On the first Wednesday of each month, all ages work together on a missions or service project. Join us Oct. 6 as we prepare Lion Packs for Lipscomb Elementary, a DISD school in Old East Dallas. Provided to students on Fridays, the packs include ingredients for a full meal for a family of four, breakfast items and snacks for the weekend. We’ll also make cutlery packs and toilet paper packs for Cornerstone Baptist Church.


Love Your Neighbor welcomes Kim Snyder, Oct. 3

Love Your Neighbor, Wilshire’s Zoom-based Sunday School class, will welcome guest speaker Kim Snyder for a discussion of egalitarianism on Sunday, Oct. 3. Snyder is a contributing author for the Center for Congregational Ethics and serves as national vice chair of the Daughters of the American Revolution Leadership Training Committee. She formerly worked with Baptist Women in Ministry. Love Your Neighbor, directed by David and Shelly Beck, meets on Zoom the first and third Sundays each month at 1 p.m. The class is aimed at our long-distance Wilshire members, but anyone is welcome. To get the Zoom link, send an email to loveyourneighbor@wilshirebc.org.


Looking for a flexible ministry? Let’s talk 

Compassionate adults or families are needed to make monthly connections with our senior adults who are no longer able to attend church. COVID has been hard on this age group and has caused a great deal of isolation. We are hoping to make this fall a better season for our homebound members. Our homebound ministry focuses on a monthly in-person contact, when safe. Cards and calls are encouraged when visits are not possible. Some live in their own home while others live in group homes or senior adult communities. If you are looking for a  ministry that fits your busy schedule, being a homebound visitor might be a good fit for you. Please contact Jessica Capps at 214-452-3129 or jcapps@wilshirebc.org for more information.


Worship together on Zoom

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 arobinson@wilshirebc.org. 


Spanish speakers sought for voter registration

The League of Women Voters of Dallas is in need of Spanish-speaking adults who are willing to assist at voter registration events or be trained as volunteer deputy registrars. Free training is conducted in English and takes about an hour. Volunteers must be 18 or older with at least moderate Spanish proficiency. The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. Contact: Jeanne Spreier at jspreier6808@att.net.


New here?

The monthly Wilshire Welcome Class is 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. The class meets during Sunday School in the Prayer Room (Room 1100-B, McIver Chapel hallway). Upcoming dates are 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 cmurray@wilshirebc.org.


Marriage Connections, Oct. 8

Friday, Oct. 8, is the date for the next Marriage Connections. In this monthly event, free childcare (infants – grade 6) is provided at the church while couples learn from a speaker’s presentation before heading out to dinner on their own. Childcare is provided only for couples participating in the programming. Sunday, Oct. 3, is the deadline to register for childcare at wilshirebc.org/registration.

Drop off kids in Preschool area, 6:30 p.m.

Program in James Gallery, 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Dinner on your own, 7:30 – 9 p.m. 

Pick up children by 9:30 p.m.


Single Parents’ Night Out, Adoption/Foster Care Ministry Night Out

Childcare is available for single parents and those involved with the Adoption/Foster Care Ministry on Friday night, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Register by Sunday, Oct. 3, at wilshirebc.org/registration


Restroom construction continues

The project to enlarge the first-floor restrooms near the library is ongoing. These restrooms are closed. The hallways around the Sanctuary are open but narrowed due to plastic sheeting put up for construction. If you have concerns or questions, contact Facilities Manager Dale Pride, Director of Operations Randy Crosland or notify any church staffer. We apologize for the inconvenience. The library is open as usual during construction.


Ushers, greeters needed

The Hospitality Team needs people to serve as ushers and greeters. Contact Barbara Clayton at bclayton@wilshirebc.org if you can help.


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.


Women of Wilshire book clubs 

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 (aadcox@wilshirebc.org).

The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6 p.m. On Oct. 12 the group will discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Contact: Debby Burton (dburton@wilshirebc.org).


New Books in the Library


Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins 

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penney 

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult



All That She Carried by Tiya Miles



A Surprising God: Advent Devotions for an Uncertain Time by Thomas G. Long, 

Living on the Edge : an Autobiographical View of Leadership by Bill G. Bruster

Finding the Gospel: a Pastor’s Disappointment and Discovery by J. Daniel Day


Young Adult

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo



The Mysterious Benedict Society series 1-5 by Trenton Lee Stewart

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart



Cows Go Boo! by Steve Webb

The Bruce Swap by Ryan T. Higgins



Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle Springs Stinks (A Little Bruce Book) by Ryan T. Higgins

Thanks for Nothing! (A Little Bruce Book) by Ryan T. Higgins