Sunday coffee service returns. Starting this Sunday, Oct. 3, we will again offer coffee and other beverages on Sunday mornings. Masks are still required for everyone while inside the building; please lower your mask only when actively drinking. Bringing doughnuts or other outside food is still discouraged. Senior Pastor George Mason talked about coffee service and gave a general COVID-19 update in a video released on Sept. 29. Look for the recent video titled “COVID-19 Update from George Mason” on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/wilshirebaptist).
Wednesday Night Live – Oct. 6
“First Wednesday” means adults and kids are together for dinner and a Called to Care mission project.
Family Dinner on the Grounds. 5 – 6 p.m. • Weekly • Back lawn. Tables will be set up behind the church along Springside Lane. Bring your own food or, better yet, pick up Koinonia Café To Go. Drinks and dessert are provided by the church.
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 mission 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.
• There will be no Music, Missions and More for preschoolers and children on Oct. 6 so that families can participate together in the Called to Care project.
• Music, Missions and More resumes Oct. 13 along with the resident-led study God of Many Names (see next page).
Resident-led study, Oct. 13 & 20: God of Many Names. Join Pastoral Residents Ashley Robinson and Jenna Sullivan for a two-week discussion series on broadening our imagination for God. This short but thorough Wednesday evening series will give you a basic history on the language of God and emerging ideas from current theologians. Bring your questions, favorite Bible stories and a willingness to learn something new about our majestic God in this safe space. Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. in the Parlor.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
WOW! Book Study
On Sept. 27, Women of Wilshire (WOW!) began 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. The next meeting will be Monday, October 11. 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 (email@example.com).
■ 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).