Help pack 10,000 meals on Monday
All ages are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21, for a meal packing event in Community Hall in partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We can meet our goal of packing 10,000 meals in two hours if we have 60 volunteers. Rise Against Hunger uses an assembly-line process and provides a fun, educational way for groups to lend a hand to those facing hunger across the globe. Registration is not required but will help us plan for the event. You can find the sign-up link at wilshirebc.org/registration. Volunteers are also needed to register and assist with setup starting at 8:30 a.m. and cleanup after the event. Rise Against Hunger is an international nonprofit organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Learn more at riseagainsthunger.org.
We’re thrilled to report that we met and exceeded our $15,000 goal for last Sunday’s takeout Souper Bowl of Caring, with $17,475 raised. Associate Pastor Heather Mustain says, “I’m so grateful for the generosity of this church and the ways we care for our neighbors. Our friends at Delta Hands for Hope will be so excited to hear this news as they continue to care for theirs.”
Lent 2022 • Wilshire Baptist Church
This season of Lent, we will practice embracing beauty together. Vincent van Gogh spent his life embracing beauty and rendering it with a paintbrush. He was deeply familiar with both the sorrow of human existence and the wonder of creation. His paintings will guide us through the season as we celebrate the lengthening of the light — as well as the looming shadow of the cross. As we journey through this Lenten season, may we commit to looking closer at the world around us — imagining what the world could be if we simply committed to making it more beautiful with the love of Christ.
Join the Wilshire family as we journey toward Easter using Vincent van Gogh and the Beauty of Lent. In this devotional guide, the words of Scripture and the paintings of van Gogh will be our guides, and each entry includes powerful practices you can try on your own or with others. The guide will be downloadable as a PDF from our website soon, and printed copies will be available starting Sunday, Feb. 27. More details to come.
Ash Wednesday services
March 2 at Noon and 6 p.m., plus a children’s service at 7 p.m. All services in McIver Chapel.
Resident-led lenten study
6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9, 23 & 30, April 13
Maundy Thursday service
April 14, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Sanctuary Choir’s presentation of “The Seven Last Words” by John Michael Trotta.
Easter Sunday, April 17
■ Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m., T.P. Hill at White Rock Lake
■ Worship, 9 and 11 a.m.
■ Service of Remembrance in the Columbarium, 10 a.m.
■ Place a flower on the Flowering Cross
Wednesday Night Live, Feb. 23
Music, Missions and More
Join us at 6 p.m. for fun, age-based activities and lessons for 3-year-olds through sixth graders, including music and missions-related topics. Note new ending times: 7:15 p.m. for preschoolers and 7:20 for children.
Resident-Led Study: Love Will Keep Us Alive
Feb. 9, 16, 23 • 6 p.m. • Parlor.
Join Pastoral Resident Jenna Sullivan for a study on the most foundational of all scriptural concepts: love. What is real Christ-like love? How does it differ from the kind that fills Valentine boxes and cards? What is God’s love language? We will study passages from 1 John and 1 Corinthians and bring these texts into conversation with Valarie Kaur’s See No Stranger.
■ March 2: Ash Wednesday services in McIver Chapel at noon and 6 p.m.
■ The March 2 Music, Missions and More will end with a children’s Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. in McIver Chapel.
■ No Wednesday activities on March 16 due to Spring Break.
■ Family Dinner remains on hold. No on-site Wednesday dining.
■ Childcare for infants to 2-year-olds whose parents are involved in church activities is offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Women’s Retreat provided time to breathe
About 50 Women of Wilshire enjoyed connection, rest, worship and play at the Prothro Center on Lake Texoma from Feb. 11 to 13. The theme of While I Breathe was explored by camp pastors Ashley Robinson and Jenna Sullivan and brought to life through music led by Candy McComb. Small group discussions followed each worship service, and afternoon breakout sessions explored yoga, art, science projects, mindfulness and the enneagram.
Volunteers needed for refugee support team
Wilshire will work through Refugee Services of Texas to support a family of 11 from Afghanistan as it settles in the area. We are looking to assemble a team of five to 10 people who are willing to embrace this family and help them through the processes of adjusting to a new country. Our formal commitment will last three months, but could go longer. A training session is set for Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. Contact Associate Pastor Heather Mustain at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Wilshire Welcome Class today
■ The monthly Wilshire Welcome Class helps guests and new members learn what Wilshire is all about. The class will meet Sunday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Prayer Room (1100B).
■ Coffee and Conversation with Senior Pastor George Mason will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. This informal time in George’s study (Room 2203) gives guests and new members a chance to ask questions about Wilshire.
■ Questions about these events? Contact Carolyn Murray at email@example.com.
Adventurers Chicago trip
The Wilshire Adventurers will travel to Chicago, Grand Rapids and Mackinac Island on Sept. 1–8. The week-long trip led by Rob and Pam Banta will begin with three nights in downtown Chicago, a river cruise, a lake cruise, history and arts tours and great food. The group will then travel to Grand Rapids to see the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and Meijer Gardens before heading to beautiful Mackinac Island for three nights. Find details at wilshirebc.org/registration or in a brochure available in the main office. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with only 50 seats available.
Homeless count, Feb. 24
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is seeking volunteers for its annual Point in Time Count on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. This is an opportunity to count sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. Required by federal law, the count helps communities understand the extent of homelessness and changing trends. Small groups will be assigned to different census tracts to seek and survey those experiencing unsheltered homelessness. We would love to have a couple of teams from Wilshire serve. To volunteer or learn more, contact Abbey Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piano Affinity Group meets Feb. 27
The next gathering of Wilshire’s Piano Affinity Group is set for Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in McIver Chapel. Participants are invited to perform a classical piece or hymn arrangement. To learn more, contact Max Tucker at 214-215-3766.
Health screenings, March 17
New Year’s resolutions may be forgotten by now, but it’s still a good time to plan ahead for good health in 2022. Life Line Screening will be at Wilshire on Thursday, March 17, to offer five screenings: carotid artery; heart rhythm; abdominal aortic aneurysm; peripheral arterial disease (poor lower-body circulation); and osteoporosis. Flyers with more details are available in the main office. Make a reservation at http://llsa.social/HSC or call 1-888-653-6450. How often should one have this screening? If the findings are normal, every three to four years is sufficient. If there are indications of problems, more frequent screenings may be indicated. If you have questions, contact Parish Nurse Linda Garner at 214-452-3151 or email@example.com.
Racial equity town hall, March 7
Wilshire’s Community Hall will be the site for a citywide town hall on racial equity on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The event, hosted by Dallas City Council Member Casey Thomas, will focus on redressing racial inequities in Dallas housing and community development using findings from the city’s recently-completed Racial Equity Audit. Council Members Paul Ridley, Paula Blackmon and Gay Donnell Willis will also attend. Casey Thomas was our guest in worship on Jan. 16, and his interview with George Mason can be found here.
Women of Wilshire book clubs
■ The WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club meets in the Parlor monthly at 6:30 p.m. On March 8, the group will discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. Zoom available by request. 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 March 3, the group will discuss The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. Contact: Abbey Adcox (email@example.com).
Candidates sought for director of operations position
Wilshire is currently seeking a full-time director of operations to manage the church’s physical structure and information technology. The position is salaried, with benefits including health, vision and dental insurance, life insurance and retirement. Potential candidates can learn more and apply at wilshirebc.org/employment. The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 28.
Volunteer for Friday Friends
Friday Friends needs volunteers to engage one-on-one with individuals living with early-stage dementia at the Friday Friends meeting the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Training is available. Previous experience working with dementia is not necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-662-9451.
Blood Drive, March 9
Carter BloodCare will conduct a blood drive at Wilshire on Wednesday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can avoid a long wait time by making an appointment at https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/128190. Photo ID required. Need for blood is critical, and all blood types are needed.