NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 03
AWANA BEGINS THIS WEEK! Pre-register today! Our AWANA Kicks-Off this Wednesday, September 6 at 6:25 pm in the church gym for all children 3 years of age through 6th grade. Pre-register today in the foyer following the Worship Service.
JUNIOR HIGH HILIFE All Junior High Youth are invited to HiLife every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Come each week for games, worship and looking into God’s Word. We meet down in the Jr. High room in the church basement. If you come early hang out on the grass area until 6:30. Come to HiLife Kick-Off this Wednesday, Sept. 6, and invite a friend!
CHURCH CHOIR All who love to sing are invited to come and join us this Wednesday, September 6 at 7pm, for our first choir rehearsal! The choir will again this season, sing approximately two times a month. If you feel like you can't commit to a full season, come when you can! Questions? Contact Cheryl Toews.
MEN’S PRAYER All men are invited to come for a time of prayer and sharing with Pastor Pat in his office each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am beginning September 5. A fresh pot of coffee will be waiting! (Sept. 5 will be the only meeting in Sept. We will start up with weekly meetings on Oct. 10 following Pastor Pat’s return from India.)
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Men’s Bible Study will start up on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 am at Tony’s Firehouse restaurant. They will meet there weekly. All men are invited.
LADIES NITETIMERS BIBLE STUDY Ladies, please consider yourselves invited to be a part of NiteTimers Bible Study. We'll be diving into 2 Timothy, the very last book written by the Apostle Paul. Come and study what God has entrusted to us. We have been given the Gospel and Faith, what does this mean for us in these days in which we are living. There are 6 sessions in this study, entitled " Entrusted". Our first session will be Monday, September 11,at 6:30 pm in the Fireside room. Books will be available that night. Come join us! Any questions? Talk to Sue Frantz 910-3803
LIBRARY NEWS We have 28 books in the Trailblazer series on the shelf now. These are adventure stories (historical fiction written by Dave and Neta Jackson) for children 8 -12, introducing them to Christian Heroes of the past. Come "check them out"!
NOMINATIONS for the elections to be held at the Church Business Meeting on October 15 are due by next Sunday, September 10. If you
MB MISSIONS LUNCHEON You are invited to a luncheon sponsored by MB Missions at SMBC on Wednesday, September 20, at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Center. Come hear what the Lord has been doing through MB Missions around the world and their vision for future plans. The lunch is free, please RSVP to the church office by Monday, Sept. 18.
CHOICE BOOKS of West Coast invites you to their annual Fall Fund Raising Luncheon on Thursday, September 21 at Laurelglen Bible Church at 12:00 PM. The guest speaker is author Dr. Mike Bechtle, a graduate of Talbot School of Theology and Arizona State University. As a seminar leader in the area of communications and relationships, he has ministered in both the church, Christian University community and the corporate world of Fortune 500 companies. He will be sharing insights from his many years of experience as well as from his book “People Can’t Drive You Crazy if You Don’t Give Them the Keys.” Come and enjoy great fellowship, a terrific lunch. To reserve your complementary tickets call Albert Epp (661) 834-8107 or email: info@wc.choicebooks.org. Deadline is Sept 12.
COLLEGE STUDENTS ADDRESSES So that we can keep in touch with our college students, both near and far, we would like to publish a list of all of the students in the October Newsletter. If you are a college student or a parent of one, please send contact information, including the name of the college/university attending, address, email and/or phone number to the church office by September 17. Send it to smbc@shaftermb.org or write it on a blue Welcome card on Sunday morning.
THANK YOU To my wonderful Church family! “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God”, Paul wrote to the Philippians; that is how I feel about my Church Family. You made my Birthday a wonderful time to remember. Your cards, especially the Memory Card are read often. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way. To my wonderful Family, Thank You. Gwendolyn Reimer
OUR SUMMER INTERNS WERE GREAT! We want to say a big THANK YOU to our summer interns who worked so hard and enthusiastically this past summer at SMBC. Alyssa Friesen, Katie Coyle and Baldemar Felix did a great job serving along side us and were willing with a glad heart to do anything they were asked to do, whether it was making phone calls, emptying trash cans or working with the adults and children in our church and community. They served well and were a blessing to us all! Thank you to all of you who supported the summer internship program at SMBC! ~ The SMBC Staff
SHAFTER COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY All ladies are welcome for a 30 week in-depth Bible study of Matthew. We follow the school year. We offer nursery as well as classes for the homeschoolers. We meet every Tuesday at Valley Bible Church, 350 Pine St, Shafter. We begin at 10 o'clock and are finished just before noon. To sign up call Nancy Wilson
HIGH SCHOOL 5TH QUARTER SEASON IS HERE! The dates are Fridays, Sept. 8, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. Helpers are always needed and welcomed from 9:45 pm-12:15 am in the SMBC Fellowship Center. See Pastor Brent if you would like to volunteer.
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Every year, Mennonite Insurance is honored to support students furthering their education on the West Coast. This year, Steven Hiebert, attending Azusa Pacific University and Jennifer Scales, attending CSU Long Beach, were awarded $500 each. Steven plans to teach physical education at the elementary or middle school level. Jennifer is getting her doctorate in Physical Therapy and expects to practice in the Bakersfield area. Congratulations to Steven and Jennifer!
MCC SALE MEETING You are invited to join West Coast MCC Fresno Relief Sale annual board meeting on Monday, September 11 @ 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the MCC office: 1010 G Street, Reedley 93654. For more information or questions, please contact Ken Willems: kwillems@sbcglobal.net.
PDC CONVENTION The Pacific District Conference 2017 Convention is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017 at Bethany Church, located at 9161 North Maple, Fresno, Calif. The convention theme is “From Everywhere to Everywhere” (1 Chronicles 16:23-34). We invite you to make this a memorable convention by attending as a delegate (church members only) or guest Friday and Saturday or attending the Friday evening dinner and program where we will feature our Home Missions projects. Pick up a registration form in the church office and let the office know you plan on attending.
DISCOVERING SMBC Would you like to learn more about SMBC? Are you considering baptism and church membership? Then this class is for you! Discovering SMBC is a 5 week class that will begin on Sunday, October 8 during the Sunday School hour. If you are interested in attending the class please write DSMBC on your blue Welcome card or call the church office.



IN THE FOYER


  • Bergen Blip Newsletter from our missionaries Phil & Carol Bergen in Burkina Faso.
  • The Wiens Watch Newsletter from missionaries Vic & Marty Wiens
  • Our Daily Bread Devotional Guides