NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2019
LADIES FELLOWSHIP All ladies are invited to the Fellowship Center this Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm for a time of fellowship and tying quilts. It is not necessary for you to have quilting experience. Come be a part of this great group of ladies using their hands for the Lord!

EASTER MUSICAL If you would like to join the SMBC Church Choir in the Easter Musical come to rehearsals each Wednesday evening beginning March 13 until Easter (April 21) at 7:45 pm in the Sanctuary. We’d love to have some extra voices. See Cheryl Toews if you have questions.

2019 WEST COAST MENNONITE MEN’S CHORUS CONCERT SCHEDULE
Sunday, April 7 - 6:00 pm at Laurelglen Bible Church, Bakersfield
Saturday, April 13 - 7:00 pm at Riverpark Bible Church, Fresno
Sunday, April 14 - 6:00 pm at Reedley MB Church, Reedley
Sunday, April 28 - 6:00 pm at Grace Bible Church, Arroyo Grande

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Articles and announcements for the April SMBC Newsletter are due in the church office by this Thursday, March 21.

THE 2019 SMBC CHURCH DIRECTORIES are now available for free in the foyer. Please let the church office know if you see an error that needs correction.

SUMMER MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY Are you a college student look-ing for a ministry opportunity here at home? Applications are now being accepted for SMBC’s Summer Intern Program. If you’d like more infor-mation, please contact either Pastor Pat or Pastor Brent. Applications are due by March 30 for this summer’s openings.

CHILDREN TO LOVE INTERNATIONAL 25th Anniversary Celebration, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:30 pm Auction & Market; 6:30 pm Dinner Olive Knolls Church, 6201 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield Purchase tickets online at www.childrentolove.org or call 661-588-9000 Individual tickets are $30; table of 8 is $200.

MENNONITE BRETHREN FOUNDATION helps build churches through its loan program, funded by investors like you from our church-es. With loan requests at an all-time high a special rate is being offered to investors through April 30. Get a healthy return on your investment and help build the Kingdom. Contact MB Foundation at 1-800-551-1547, go to mbfoundation.com where you will see the promotion (1 year certificate at a 3 year rate; 3 year certificate at a 5 year rate), or see the Christian Leader ad.

WITH SYMPATHY Gloria Stinnett went home to be with the Lord on March 8 following a long illness. A graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 am at Shafter Memorial Park. Please keep the family in your prayers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Koffee Klatch at 9:15 am. Classes for all ages start at 9:30 am. These classes are open to adults of all ages:

The Reformation (resumed) Stan Wilson, Mar. 1, Rm. B2
Beacons Class - Joe Moesta, Fireside Rm.


FLOWERS in the sanctuary today were provided by Diane Water-house in memory of those who have gone before.

MENNONITE BRETHREN HISTORICAL COMMISSION Do you have an oral history project, documentary film idea, or research ques-tion of interest to Mennonite Brethren? The Historical Commission has funding available. See www.mbhistory.org for details on how to apply for an MB Studies Project Grant and a Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grant. Application due date is April 22, 2019.

CELEBRATE 2019 Make plans now to attend the national gathering for empty nesters, boomers, and builders! Celebrate 2019 Living With Purpose will be held September 27 – September 29 at the Embassy Suites Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska. Call 800.551.1547 or visit www.mbfoundation.com/celebrate2019 for more information.

THE CALIFORNIA MENNONITE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present William Rempel addressing “Racing to America —the Experi-ences of Undesirable Immigrants a Century Ago (i.e., Russian Mennon-ites) and Now” on March 23 at 7:00 pm in the B.C. Lounge on the cam-pus of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. All are invited to attend.

GREETERS NEEDED If you enjoy greeting people and would like to be an official SMBC Greeter for the Worship Service on Sunday mornings please contact the church office to be put on the schedule.

March 28, 6:30 PM Community Worship Night @ Ford Theater



IN THE FOYER

  • Our Daily Bread and Rejoice!devotional guides for March-May 2019 are available for free in the foyer.
  • The Bergen Blip The Bergen Blip Newsletter from Missionaries Phil & Carol Bergen
  • The Wiens Watch newsletter from Vic & Marty Wiens, Canada