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1 February 9, 2020 Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

2 Preparing for worship It feels like 2020 already has been a really long year while at the same time flying by. Finding moments of pause in the hectic schedule of each week are rare. Finding moments to be still and breathe are few and far between. I grow weary. I forget to look around and be grateful for the world around me. I begin to move through the motions just to survive, and I forget to live. Many years ago, Episcopal priest and author Barbara Brown Taylor was invited to speak at a church in Alabama. She asked the priest what he wanted her to speak about and he said, Come tell us what is saving your life right now. Taylor paused and realized the incredible gift the priest had given her. She did not have to use fancy theological language. She did not have to come up with a groundbreaking topic that would wow the congregation. She did not have to make a profound statement about God. The priest gave her the opportunity to be herself, to pause, breathe, to figure out what her life depended on and to share that and invite others to discern the same thing for themselves. I often find myself thinking about this question from the priest, especially in seasons of life when I feel like I am merely surviving. This question gives me the time to breathe, reflect and be grateful for the things and people in my life that are keeping me alive. One of my favorite days of the year is later this week Galentine s Day. Every February 13, since the beloved Parks and Recreation episode aired 10 years ago, women far and near gather to celebrate each other over breakfast food. It s a day to celebrate the relationships that are saving your life. It s a day to take time and gather around the table and be grateful for one another and to acknowledge that you could not make it without the people gathered there. While Galentine s Day is a day for ladies celebrating ladies, the sentiment of the day applies to any and every one: we should celebrate and be thankful for one another. Every year, I find that Galentine s Day and the women I get to celebrate with are some of the many things that are saving my life. So, what is saving your life right now? Leigh Curl Wilshire Baptist Church 4316 Abrams Road Dallas, Texas (214) Partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Building a Community of Faith Shaped by the Spirit of Jesus Christ ON THE COVER: Urban Light, 2008, Chris Burden ( ), on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Made of 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps. 2

3 February 9, :30 and 11:00 a.m. Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Chiming of the Hour Please turn off all cell phones and alarm watches. Prelude Beach Spring arr. Andrew Bruhn Wilshire Winds Shana Gaines, director Opening Sentences Joan Hammons / Chris Adcox You are welcome in this place of worship today. Whoever you are, wherever you ve come from, however sinful or saintly you feel, whether you are happy or sad, regardless of your status, you are welcome here. We gather today as the body of Christ, diverse in all ways except this one: We declare our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, interceding on our behalf before the throne of God and coming again to consummate God s redemptive plan. Because of this joy, we invite all to join together to sing the praises of God. +Hymn 345 When Morning Gilds the Skies laudes domini Greeting to Worshipers Carolyn Murray / Leanna Coyle-Carr Guests are invited to take a Response Card from the pew rack, complete it and place it in the offering plate when it is passed later in the service. You also are invited to take the red fabric rose from the card and place it on your lapel or blouse to help others identify that you are our honored guest today. Prayer concerns will be received and prayed for this week when listed on an intercessory prayer card from the pew rack and placed in the offering plate. Interview with Jeff Brummel Litany on Psalm 112:1 9 Mark Wingfield Alison Ashmore / Luke Willson Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. *8:30 worship service / **11:00 worship service +All congregants who are able are invited to stand. Hearing devices are available in the Narthex and South Atrium. The flowers on the chancel today are given in loving memory of Adam Wesley Donaldson by Carrie and David Donaldson. 3

4 Happy are those who fear the Lord. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful and righteous. Happy are those who fear the Lord. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor, their righteousness endures forever, their horn is exalted in honor. Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. +Hymn 319 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty lobe den herren Prayers of the People Ryan Wilson / Tiffany Wright Giving of Tithes and Offerings When you give to the Unified Budget, you make a difference in the largest and smallest aspects of Wilshire s student ministry. You provide bus transportation to youth camp, which is the single biggest youth event of the year. You also provide money to purchase hot dogs for a youth cookout on a fall weekend. These things are connected: If a youth doesn t have the opportunity to hang out with other youth on a fall weekend, they may never feel the desire to attend youth camp the next summer. Thus, your gift that provides hot dogs is just as important as your gift that provides a bus to youth camp. Thank you for giving. Offertory My Faith Looks Up to Thee arr. Timothy Rhea Wilshire Winds +Offertory Response gloria patri Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen. +Gospel Reading Matthew 5:13 16 Shaeron Moorhead / Lark Pokladnik You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. 4

5 A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Ustedes son la sal de la tierra. Pero, si la sal se vuelve insípida, cómo recobrará su sabor? Ya no irve para nada, sino para que la gente la deseche y la pisotee. Ustedes son la luz del mundo. Una ciudad en lo alto de una colina no puede esconderse. Ni se enciende una lámpara para cubrirla con un cajón. Por el contrario, se pone en la repisa para que alumbre a todos los que están en la casa. Hagan brillar su luz delante de todos, para que ellos puedan ver las buenas obras de ustedes y alaben al Padre que está en el cielo. Esta es la palabra del Señor. Gracias a Dios. Anthem *Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy arr. Heather Sorenson New Song Community Choir Sarah Stafford, director Crysta Jones, accompanist; Dwight Roan, percussionist Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore. He will save you, by his pow r. I will arise and go to Jesus, he ll embrace me in his arms. In the arms of my dear Savior, oh, there are ten thousand charms. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, come to him and reconcile. Leave your burdens with the Savior, rest with him a little while. Come and know the Father s mercy, come and be restored. Casting ev ry care upon him, leave it with the Lord. Let your shame not make you linger, nor of goodness dream. All the good that he requires is your faith in him. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, come to him and reconcile. Leave your burdens with the Savior. Lay down your burden and heavy load and rest a little while. Come, ye weary, heavy laden, bruised and mangled by the fall. If you tarry, til you re better. you will never come at all. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy. Come and reconcile. **Our Great and Glorious King Sanctuary Choir Gordon Young/arr. Greg Sewell O worship the King, all glorious above, And gratefully sing his wonderful love; O tell of his might, O sing of his grace, 5

6 Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space! The chariots of heav n the deep thunder clouds form. And bright is God s path on the wings of the storm. Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. God s bountiful care what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light, It streams from the hills, descends to the plain, And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain. O worship the King! O worship the King, all glorious, all glorious, all glorious! Our great and glorious King! Message Salt and Light George Mason +Hymn Have Thine Own Way, Lord adelaide Sharing of Decisions Benediction Postlude Prelude in Classic Style Gordon Young 6

7 Meet today s worship leaders Chris Adcox and his wife, Abbey, came to Wilshire in They are members of Seekers Class and both are newly ordained deacons. Chris serves on the Weekday Education Committee. He works as senior director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services. He and Abbey are the parents of Carter, a high school senior; Camryn, a high school sophomore; and Collin, an eighth grader. Alison Ashmore and her husband, Shawn, came to Wilshire in They are the parents of Nathan, who is a second grader, and Joel, who is a kindergartener. She and Shawn direct Perennial Class. Alison serves on the Missions Committee and plays with Carillon Ringers. She is a business litigation attorney with the Dykema Gossett firm. Shana Gaines is leading music in our services this morning while Doug Haney is away. She directs Wilshire Winds and is an elementary music teacher in Richardson ISD. Shaeron Moorhead and her husband, Mike, are founding members of Compass Class and have been Staff contacts George A. Mason Senior Pastor (214) Mark Wingfield Associate Pastor (214) Doug Haney Minister of Music (214) Jeff Brummel Associate Minister of Music/ Organist (214) Tiffany Wright Minister for Care Ministries (214) Heather Mustain Minister of Missions & Advocacy (214) Jessica Capps Minister to Senior Adults (214) Darren DeMent Minister to Students and Young Adults (214) Julie Girards Minister to Children (214) Joan Hammons Minister to Preschoolers (214) Leanna Coyle-Carr Pastoral Resident (214) Leigh Curl Pastoral Resident (214) at Wilshire since Shaeron serves as a Stephen Minister, deacon and usher. She is a retired high school Spanish teacher. Carolyn Murray joins the Wilshire staff this week as coordinator for community outreach and member engagement. She is the daughter of Bob and Charlene Law. Her two children are Mason, who lives in New York, and Lucy Kate, a high school freshman. Carolyn is a deacon, serves as director of Journey Class and works with 3-year-olds in Missions. Lark Pokladnik joined Wilshire in 2013 and attends the New Young Adult Class. She is the daughter of Charles and Robin Pokladnik. Lark recently completed a master s degree in counseling at LeTourneau University and is working toward licensing as a professional counselor. Luke Willson joined Wilshire in He attends Ithaka Class, serves as a Youth Choir sponsor, serves on the Personnel Committee and leads the Worship Guild ministry team. Professionally, he is senior consultant in the Microsoft Solutions Practice at Credera. Ryan Wilson Pastoral Resident (214) Matt Dodrill McIver Fellow (214) David Nabors Director of Business Admin. (214) Dale Pride Facilities Manager (214) J. Preston Bright Associate Pastor Emeritus To any staff member, use the first letter of the first name combined with the full last name and 7

8 The Wilshire Tapestry Unified Budget as of Feb. 2 YTD budget gifts:...$352,664 YTD budget needs:...$328,000 Wilshire receives Pathways grant The John and Eula Mae Baugh Foundation of San Antonio has awarded Wilshire a $1 million grant over five years to sustain the Pathways to Ministry program. The grant will provide $200,000 per year beginning this year that may be used for operating expenses for the pastoral residency program. This generous gift will help the church carry on with the residency program while gifts to the Generations emphasis over the next three years continue to push the George A. Mason Pathways Endowment to the desired baseline of $8 million. The current balance in the endowment is $5,527,000. The full Pathways to Ministry program costs about $400,000 annually to operate, with the residency being the largest portion at about $325,000. Preschool ministry changes The Personnel Committee announced this week that as part of reductions made in the 2020 Unified Budget, the position of Early Childhood Learning Center director and minister to preschoolers will be merged into one full-time position effective June 1. Mary Browder will retire from her role as ECLC director at the end of this semester, and Joan Hammons will take over leadership of the day school as part of her ministerial staff duties. By next Promotion Sunday, kindergarten Sunday School and missions classes will move to the children s division, under the leadership of Julie Girards, minister to children. Also, Carolyn Murray, who joins the staff this week as coordinator for community outreach and member engagement, will become the staff liaison to Wilshire s Mothers of Preschoolers group. This summer, Joan s staff office will move from the second-floor education wing to the preschool hallway. In addition to cost savings, the Personnel Committee said combining the preschool minister and ECLC director roles would help facilitate greater integration of all preschool ministries. Blood drive Wilshire s quarterly blood drive will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All eligible blood donors are encouraged to participate. No appointment is necessary; just show up in Community Hall. The gift of blood saves lives. Condolences to: Charmaine O Brien and Kim and George Mason on the death of Bill O Brien, Feb. 1; Betty Skelton on the death of her husband, Bob Skelton, Feb. 4. New member: Rachel Reeves. Adventurers Valentine luncheon All senior adults are invited to a Wilshire Adventurers Valentine luncheon on Monday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. in Community Hall. Entertainment will be provided by the Sentimental Journey Duo of Texas Winds. Cost is $12 per person, which includes a luncheon buffet and the program. Menu is mixed baby greens with fresh vegetables, chicken breast stuffed with smoked gouda and ham, twice-baked Yukon potatoes with cheddar and bacon, roasted vegetable medley, strawberry cheesecake tart or crème brûlée with berries. Sign up with Pat Tilley at the Wilshire Adventurers table in the South Lobby today. Romantics, Prayers and Poetry Jerry McElveen is leading a three-week Wednesday night class called Romantics, Prayers and Poetry, looking at some traditional and some less-conventional poetic prayers. Writers such as Thomas Gray, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley and Robert Burns will provide a springboard for class discussions and selfexamination. Participants will be encouraged to Keep up with all the Wilshire news at wilshirebc.org or by using our Wilshire app or via social media. Worship is live streamed every Sunday at 11:00. 8

9 try their hands at some compositions of their own with assistance from Prof. McElveen and other attendees. The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 19. Playing in the Dark: Race in Popular Culture In 1992, Toni Morrison wrote Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, challenging depictions of race in classic American literature. She showed how white authors throughout history have used the existence of unfree black characters to serve their own themes of freedom, individualism and personhood in white characters. Since she penned this groundbreaking analysis, nothing has changed. In our films, television shows and books today, this presence that Morrison calls the Africanist is still used to serve white characters. Leigh Curl is taking up this issue in a threeweek class on Wednesday nights through Feb. 19. Participants will look at the presentation and portrayal of black characters in film, television and books to see the ways in which racism and white supremacy are engrained in what we consume on a daily basis. The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Youth Choir auction and spaghetti luncheon The annual Youth Choir Spaghetti Lunch and Silent Auction will be Sunday, March 1, in Community Hall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event helps fund the choir s summer mission trip to Denver to sing, serve and sightsee. If you would like to donate items or services to the silent auction, contact Carolyn Murray at sbcglobal.net. Suggestions include gift cards to local restaurants, new household items and event tickets. Also, professional services make great donation items. If you are a musician, tutor, photographer, baker, designer, accountant or have some other professional service to provide, consider donating a gift certificate of your time or service. Koinonia Café: Feb. 12 Barbeque chicken, beef brisket, corn with peppers and onions, potato and sweet potato fries, grilled vegetables, green beans, salad bar, dessert bar. Feb. 19 Chicken-fried steak, tilapia Vera Cruz, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, spinach wild rice, broccoli, salad bar, dessert bar. Feb. 26 Roast turkey with cranberries, pork chops, cornbread dressing, roasted potatoes, okra with tomatoes and bacon, grilled cauliflower and broccoli, salad bar, dessert bar. Adventurers to Chicago and Mackinac This year s Wilshire Adventurers fall trip will be to Chicago, Grand Rapids and Mackinac Island. The week-long trip led by Mark Wingfield begins with three nights in downtown Chicago, a river cruise, a lake cruise, history and arts tours and great food. The group then travels to Grand Rapids to see the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and Meijer Gardens before heading to beautiful Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw ) Island for a three-night stay at the Mission Point Resort. Enjoy the old-world charm of this island where cars are not seen and history comes alive. See full trip details at wilshirebc.org/registration or in a brochure available in the front office. Registration will be finalized on a first-come, first-served basis, with only 50 seats available. Farewell receptions for Wright and Dodrill Everyone is invited to a farewell reception next Sunday, Feb. 16, for Tiffany Wright, minister for care ministries, and Matt Dodrill, McIver Fellow. Tiffany will conclude her 20 years of service on Wilshire s staff at the end of February and begin several new ventures beyond the church. Today, Matt is preaching in view of a call to become the senior pastor at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock. If called to that position, he and his family will move at the end of this month. The joint reception will be held in James Gallery during the Sunday School hour. 9

10 The Wilshire Tapestry Adventurers to Holocaust Museum Marriage Connections 2020 Wilshire Adventurers will take a day trip to see the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum on Monday, March 23. A chartered motor coach will depart Wilshire at 10:30 a.m., making a stop for lunch on your own near the museum, then arriving at the museum for a noon admission. The group will depart the museum at 2 p.m., arriving back at Wilshire around 2:30 p.m. Thanks to the underwriting of a generous donor, this event is free. However, preregistration is required. See Pat Tilley at the Adventurers table in the South Lobby on Sunday mornings or in Community Hall on Wednesdays at noon. Beginnings Class for newly & nearly married The Beginnings Class for newly and nearly married couples will be offered on six Sunday mornings beginning March 1. The class meets during the Sunday School hour, from 9:40 to 10:45 a.m. It is open to all couples making life commitments. Guest speakers and topics covered include family financial management with David Nabors, couple conflict resolution with Phill and Gloria Martin, spirituality in marriage by George Mason, the Five Love Languages by Ryan Wilson, and understanding issues with family of origin by Amy and Cory Anderson. The class is free but preregistration is preferred. Contact Darren DeMent at All married and partnered couples are invited to a new semester of Marriage Connections, Wilshire s monthly enrichment program. Free child care is provided at the church while couples have a chance to learn from a speaker s brief presentation, and then couples are able to leave and enjoy a meal on their own. Child care opens at 6:30 p.m., and the program runs from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Child care pickup is at 9:30 p.m. New year s dates are Feb. 14, April 3 and May 8. Reservations for child care are required by the Sunday prior to the event at Sing your winter blues away Now is a great time to visit a Sanctuary Choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings as the choir begins to work on music for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. New singers and seasonal singers are welcome. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Choral Hall, located on the second floor south wing. WOW! Tuesday Evening Book Club The Women of Wilshire Tuesday Evening Book Club meets monthly at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. Upcoming dates and book titles are: Feb. 18, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin; March 24, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Summer for kids at Wilshire Don t forget to register for summer kids activities at Wilshire. Visit wilshirebc.org/ registration for all details. And remember: Full-day options are available for Vacation Bible School and Music Camp this year for the first time. 10

11 Faith in 3-D Lighting the Way, Wilshire s 2020 Faith in 3-D production, will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Community Hall. In association with Climate Change Theatre Action, the evening will be anchored by 10 brief plays written by an array of international playwrights, interspersed with music and exposition. With themes from the absurd to life-and-death, the plays explore the consequences and remedies concerning global warming. Thirty-three Wilshire performers will combine their talents to present this theatrical event in 3-D: drama, dessert and dialogue. The event is free and open to the public. Preschool child care will be provided on Friday, March 6. Save the date for Wilshire s Road to Resurrection family Lenten experience. It will be Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a come-andgo event in Community Hall. Bring your family for a multisensory experience, traveling with others the path of Jesus during his last week on earth. This hour-long event is filled with Bible-time experiences that will engage participants of all ages (especially older preschoolers through middle elementary ages). We ll create and wave palm branches, taste the Passover meal and visit the Garden of Gethsemane. A family-friendly lunch will be available for $5 starting at 11 a.m. The event itself is free. Volunteer opportunities are available for those willing to serve as greeters, travel guides, costumed characters, assistants or to help with decorating. Contact Julie Girards at Film screening March 8 Wilshire member Cheryl Allison has created an awardwinning film, Shatter the Silence, that will be screened at Wilshire on Sunday, March 8, at noon. Lunch will be served. No reservation is required, and the event is free. In the film, the use of archival footage including suffragettes, Anita Hill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson and President John Kennedy helps support the modern-day voices of women and men weaving together a story of the ongoing fight for gender equality. 11

12 The Wilshire calendar Sunday, February 9 Worship 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:40 a.m. Coffee and Conversation with George 9:40 a.m. Fifth Grade Worship Service 10:20 a.m. New Christians Class 11:00 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. Youth Choir lunch noon Vision 20/20 Belong Team noon Weekday Education Committee noon Youth Choir 12:25 p.m. Shekinah 1:20 p.m. Nova 1:30 p.m. Carillon Ringers 3:00 p.m. New member fellowship 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 10 Wilshire Adventurers Valentine Luncheon 11:00 a.m. Game of 42 10:00 a.m. Ice Cream on the Playground for Preschool Families 2:45 p.m. Document Party, Spain/ Portugal Trip 5:30 p.m. Deacons meal and meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 Computer classes 9:00 a.m. Yoga class 12:15 p.m. Senior women s exercise class - 2:00 p.m. Building and Grounds Committee 6:00 p.m. JazzStand on Abrams 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 New Song 9:30 a.m. Ukulele group 11:00 a.m. Koinonia Café 11:00 a.m. Bible Study noon Wilshire Adventurers Committee 1:15 p.m. Children s handbells 5:00 p.m. Koinonia Café 5:00 p.m. Music and Missions 6:00 p.m. Romantics, Prayers and Poetry 6:00 p.m. Playing in the Dark: Race in Popular Culture 6:00 p.m. The Enneagram Journey 6:00 p.m. Yoga class 6:15 p.m. Watershed 6:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13 Knit Unto Others 1:30 p.m. Senior women s exercise class 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 14 Border mission trip Friday Friends 10:00 a.m. Alzheimer s support group noon Adoption and Foster Care Parents Night Out 6:30 p.m. Marriage Connections 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 16 Border mission trip Blessing Reception for Matt Dodrill and Tiffany Wright Worship 8:30 a.m. Wilshire Welcome 9:40 a.m. Sunday School 9:40 a.m. New Christians class 11:00 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. Youth Choir lunch noon Library Committee noon Sanctuary Choir officers noon Finance Committee noon Missions Committee noon Personnel Committee noon Preschool Education Committee noon Youth Choir 12:25 p.m. Shekinah 1:20 p.m. Nova 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 17 Game of 42 10:00 a.m. Wilshire Winds 7:00 p.m. Faith in 3-D rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18 Computer class 9:00 a.m. Yoga class 12:15 p.m. Senior women s exercise class 2:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry supervision 6:30 p.m. WOW! Tuesday Night Book Club 7:00 p.m. Faith in 3-D rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 Stephen Ministry Leaders meeting 9:30 a.m. New Song 9:30 a.m. Ukulele group 11:00 a.m. Koinonia Café 11:00 a.m. Bible Study noon Children s handbells 5:00 p.m. Koinonia Café 5:00 p.m. Music and Missions 6:00 p.m. Playing in the Dark: Race in Popular Culture 6:00 p.m. Romantics, Prayers and Poetry 6:00 p.m. The Enneagram Journey 6:00 p.m. Faith in 3-D rehearsal 6:00 p.m. Yoga class 6:15 p.m. Watershed 6:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir 7:00 p.m. 12

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