Wednesday Night Live Oct. 20
Family Dinner on the Grounds
5 – 6 p.m. • Weekly
Wednesday evenings begins with dinner together outdoors on the church back lawn. Bring your own food or, better yet, pick up Koinonia Café To Go. Drinks and dessert will be 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, including music and missions-related topics.
■ Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
God of Many Names
6 – 6:45 p.m. • Oct. 13 & 20 • Parlor
Join Ashley Robinson and Jenna Sullivan for a discussion on broadening our imagination for God. This 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.
A Love That Perseveres
6 – 6:45 p.m. • Oct. 27 • McIver Chapel
In varying degrees, we all carry with us painful experiences of loss — of friends and family members, relationships and our senses of security. In this Vespers service, we’ll explore life-giving ways of processing such deep loss together. Join us as we unpack the unexpected comfort Jesus provides: “You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all! You’re blessed when the tears flow freely. Joy comes with the morning.”
Fireside chat host homes needed
Wilshire is making plans to host several Fireside Chats the evening of Sunday, Nov. 14. The hope of this churchwide social event is to deepen relationships and connection among us while also expressing our collective gratitude in an intimate setting. Hosts will be able to determine the number of guests with a maximum of 20 at one location. Our preference would be to provide an outdoor space in a variety of locations across the Metroplex, with indoors being a backup for inclement weather. All Wilshire COVID protocols will need to be observed. Hosts will be provided a gratitude liturgy, refreshments and help with logistics. Don’t have a firepit? No problem. Wilshire can assist with that, too. If you are interested in hosting or learning s’more about being a host, please contact Carolyn Murray (email@example.com) by Monday, Oct. 18.
Fall prevention class for seniors starts Monday
Starting Monday, Oct. 18, Physical Therapy students from Texas Woman’s University invite you to join their exercise and wellness education program for older adults. Sessions will be held at Wilshire (Room 3301) from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday until Nov. 29. Classes will include exercises and education on balance, strengthening, dancing, yoga/meditation, fall prevention and more. Please register by Oct. 17 at wilshirebc.org/registration. To learn more contact Linda Garner, parish nurse, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Class this Sunday
■ Guests and new members are invited to attend the Wilshire Welcome Class this Sunday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Prayer Room (Room 1100-B) near McIver Chapel. The monthly class helps 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. Other upcoming dates are 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 email@example.com.
Worship together on Zoom
Those unable to attend worship in person are invited to view the 11 a.m. livestream with others on Zoom. The Zoom session will begin each Sunday at 10:45 so participants can chat before the service. Email Pastoral Resident Ashley Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Homebound visitors needed
Compassionate volunteers are needed to make monthly connections with our senior adults who are no longer able to attend church. Our homebound ministry focuses on a monthly in-person contact. If you are looking for a ministry that fits your busy schedule, this might be a good fit. Contact Jessica Capps at 214-452-3129 or email@example.com to learn more.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Brown Bag Book Club meets one Thursday a month at noon in Room 1205-L. On Nov. 4 the group will discuss The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. Contact: Abbey Adcox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6 p.m. On Nov. 9 the group will discuss Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova. Contact: Debby Burton (email@example.com).
Piano Affinity Group meeting
The next meeting of Wilshire’s Piano Affinity Group is set for Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Participants are encouraged to perform a classical piece or hymn arrangement. For more information, contact Max Tucker at 214-215-3766.
ECLC has space available
Wilshire’s Early Childhood Learning Center has space available for more children. ECLC is a licensed childcare program that offers a comprehensive approach for preschoolers who turn 3 months old by Aug. 31 of the current school year through pre-kindergartners. Teachers use a structured curriculum beginning in our infant classes through our kindergarten readiness classes. Learn more at wilshirebc.org/learn/eclc.
Families & Politics
A Braver Angels Workshop
Monday, Nov. 8
6 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Family relationships are becoming casualties of our toxic political environment. Relatives are having nasty political arguments, avoiding each other or even cutting off lifetime relationships. If you want to preserve important family bonds while still being true to your values and political beliefs, this workshop will offer you:
■ Insight into why family differences over politics are uniquely challenging.
■ Recognition of common roles that family members play in political conversations (for example, the Gladiator, the Defender, and the Sniper).
■ Strategies and skills for handling family political differences constructively.
The focus is on family relationships, but you can use learnings from this workshop with any loved one. You’ll laugh and have fun at this event — it won’t be all serious. After all, we all come from quirky families.
The workshop is free. When you register, you will be asked if you can complete a 40-minute online pre-workshop training. While beneficial, this is not required.
Register for the workshop at wilshirebc.org/registration. Guests are welcome.
Adventurers present Jill Rumbley Beam: “Growing Up Rumbley”
If you’ve laughed at the tales of Rosemary Rumbley, you are in for a treat because her accomplished, talented daughter has her own hilarious sense of humor. Be prepared to be entertained.
Monday, Oct. 25
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The program will begin in Community Hall followed by a boxed lunch picnic on the back lawn of the church. Masks are required. RSVP at wilshirebc.org/registration or by contacting Barbara Clayton at 214-452-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilshire volunteers needed to help with pop-up eviction clinics. In collaboration with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Wilshire will lend its energy to support the efforts many of our nonprofits are undergoing to keep people housed. Dallas County has seen a drastic increase in eviction filings now that the federal moratorium has ended, making many in our community susceptible to housing instability. This issue is large and complex, but we have found a way in which we can lend a hand in order to make a meaningful impact. Many of you have given your resources for this purpose; we now need your time and abilities. The Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative provides rental and/or utility assistance for up to 15 total months. This can be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arrears and other expenses related to housing. For the remainder of the year, this collaborative will host pop-up eviction clinics in areas of high eviction filings in order to get resources to the most vulnerable. We have the opportunity to volunteer at these clinics and the days immediately following, helping neighbors apply for assistance as well as entering that data into a system to help fast-track applications. There are a variety of ways to serve, and a 30-minute training will be made available within the next few weeks. If you are interested, please contact Abbey Adcox at email@example.com.
WOW! Women’s Retreat – Feb. 11–13, 2022, at The Prothro Center. Come get away with us and find community, encouragement and time with God. We will worship together, create art, learn, relax, laugh and have fun in nature. Wilshire Pastoral Residents Ashley Robinson & Jenna Sullivan will serve as camp pastors. Cost for the retreat is $225 per person, with a $100 deposit due by Nov. 15. Full payment is due by Jan. 23, 2022. Register at wilshirebc.org/registration. Visit prothrocenter.org to see the beautiful facility that is our 2022 retreat location. The majority of our rooms are double occupancy with two queen beds. Everyone will have their own bed. We also have use of some cabins with four singles. If you are interested in the possibility of a single room for an additional $30, based on availability, please indicate your interest with your registration.
The retreat theme, schedule and breakout session information are coming soon.
WOW! Fall Fun
The Women of Wilshire ministry is excited to offer some small, outdoor gatherings this fall. Since space is limited, please sign up for only one event. Sign-ups will be monitored and spots added if needed. As the events get closer we will communicate if there are open spots. Sign up at wilshirebc.org/registration.
- Sunday, Oct. 24, Outing to Dallas Arboretum, 3 p.m. Buy your own ticket and parking. Meet at the gift shop.
- Saturday, Oct. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 6. Brunch at Dream Cafe, 10:30 a.m., Mockingbird & Abrams
- Tuesday, Oct. 19 or Thursday, Nov. 18. Dinner at Manny’s Tex-Mex, 6:30 p.m., Mockingbird & Abrams