NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 16, 2018
BAPTISMS Willem, Zebulon and Augustus Waterhouse, the sons of Dan and Nancy Neufeld Waterhouse are being baptized and welcomed as new members of SMBC this morning. Grandparents are Jim & Priscilla Neufeld and Diane Waterhouse.

THE SMBC CHOIR will present “Let Us Adore Him” this evening at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Invite your family, friends and neighbors and come ready to be blessed!

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE There will be NO Wednesday Night Meal, Awana or Jr. High HiLife this Wed. December 19, December 26 and January 2. Wednesday Night activities will resume on January 9.

CHRISTMAS LOVE GIFT Those wishing to give a Christmas love gift to our pastors, Director of Local Missions and Bonnie Piepgrass may do so by placing such a gift in an envelope marked “Love Gift” and placing it in the offering. All gifts coming into the church will be divided between the pastors, Director of Local Missions and Bonnie.

MENNONITE DISASTER SERVICE helps the uninsured rebuild after wildfires. If you would like to help these people in need, go to https://mds.mennonite.net/donate/donate-form/ and where it says "Please use my donation as follows:", scroll down and select "California Wildfires."

CHURCH MAIL Due to issues we are having with mail sent to the church mailbox at 400 Kern St. we ask that you please send your mail for the church to P.O. Box 1538, Shafter, CA 93263. If you have mail automatically sent to 400 Kern St. please notify the sender to change the address. Thank you.

CENTENNIAL BOOK Did you get your Centennial book? There are a few books left and can be purchased in the church office during office hours for $50 and is also available on Amazon for $57 using search words “SMBC Centennial”.

RECYCLE If you would like to recycle the plastic clip-on name badge that you received at the Centennial Celebration on November 18 you may bring it to the church office or place it in the box marked “Badges” in the foyer. We can put them to good use.

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:

- A 3-week Study with Ben Wilson begins Dec. 2 , Rm. B2
- Letters To The Church Alan and Robin Butterfield, Rm. B3
- Study of the Book of Joshua Joe Moesta, Fireside Rm.

HUME LAKE HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CAMP Winter camp for High School students is February 22-24, 2019. A $25 deposit will save you a spot so to get that in to Pastor Brent soon if you plan on going.

Seminary Grocery Shower
The Grocery Shower for the seminary in Fresno has become an annual tradition that has been something you’ve generously supported, and it’s also been well received by the seminary students. There will be a box in the foyer Dec. 2 - Dec. 19 for you to place your contributions.
Canned Goods (tuna, beans, vegetables, soups, etc.)

Fast fix (brownies, potato buds, muffin mixes, Hamburger Helper, etc.)

Packaged items (noodles, rice, spaghetti, etc.)

Cash - We will do the shopping for you!

NO glass containers please.

The groceries will be delivered prior to Christmas. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to deliver the groceries to the seminary in Fresno please call the church office at 746-4969.

MB Foundation reveals plans for a third gathering for empty nesters, builders and boomers. Celebrate 2019 will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on September 27-29, 2019.

IN THE FOYER

  • Christmas Devotional! by Our Daily Bread
  • Our Daily Bread and Rejoice! Devotional Guides for Dec.-Feb. Pick up your complimentary issue today.
  • The Bergen Blip Newsletter from Phil & Carol Bergen in Burkina Faso.
  • The Wiens Watch newsletter from Vic & Marty Wiens, Canada