WE WELCOME to our service this morning the participants of this year’s Distinguished Young Women of Shafter Showcase, which will be held this Friday, March 16 at 7:00pm in the Starrh Performing Arts Center at Shafter High. There are 11 girls participating this year. They are Alizabeth Lopez, Karly Cleveland, Kekoa Witcher, Eva Lopez, Emma Miller, Jasmine Ortiz, Victoria Darling, Alyssa Perez, Ayadalin Martinez, Alexis Pickering, and Abigail Eggleston. Elizabeth Wilson, our current DYW, the Has Beens and the escorts will also be a part of the program. If you would like to pur-chase tickets you can call Valarie Payne Labrentz at 661-333-8589. Thank you for supporting the youth in our community!
FOUR WEEKS OF PRAYER Thank you for your response for con-centrated prayer for our church. For you that would like to come and pray for our church when others are here, these are the times: Mon. 10AM, 4:30PM; Tues. 4:30PM; Wed. 10:30AM, 11AM, 1:30PM, 6PM; FRI. 8AM, 9:30AM. Of course you are welcome to come and pray anytime between 9AM and 5PM Monday through Thursday, Friday until 4PM and Wednes-day until 8PM. Questions, call Nancy Wilson, 746-6890.
VERENIKA MAKING FOR MCC SALE The West Coast Men-nonite Relief Sale is coming soon (April 6 & 7)! Our Verenika Mak-ing is taking place at the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church on Saturday, March 17, 2018. We will begin the fun at 8:00 a.m., and we will provide lunch around 12:00 p.m. We could use your help! We also are looking for a few good people that would like to donate some time to grilling some tri tip on either Friday night or Saturday of the sale. Contact Rosalyn Malamma at 332-0702 if you would like to volunteer or have questions.
SAVE THE DATE! The West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus is com-ing to a city near you. You will enjoy the musical expression of faith and harmony from the 120-voice Mennonite Men’s Chorus. A free-will offer-ing will be taken. This year, the chorus will be singing their 4 California concerts:

March 18 at 6 pm – Laurelglen Bible Church, Bakersfield

April 7 at 7 pm – Riverpark Bible Church, Fresno

April 8 at 6 pm – Reedley MB Church, Reedley

April 22 at 6 pm – Grace Bible Church, Arroyo Grande

CHURCH CENTENNIAL STORIES If you have an interesting story or some fun facts about SMBC’s past that you would like to share in the church newsletter please submit it to the church office by March 22.
SMBC BACKPACK TRIP The Annual Backpack Trip with Pastor Pat has been set for Friday-Sunday, August 10-12, 2018. This is an easy to moderate hike in the Kaiser Wilderness above Fresno and is open to men, women and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so reserve your spot with a $5 non-refundable deposit to the church office by July 1. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Pat or the church office.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS next Sunday, March 11. Be sure to turn your clock FORWARD by one hour before going to bed this Saturday night!

2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY The 2018 SMBC Church Directory Centennial edition is now available in the foyer for your taking. Please let the church office know of any errors so we can correct them.
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 Sun-day, April 8 during the Sunday School hour. If you are interested in at-tending the class please write DSMBC on your blue Welcome card or call the church office.
SUMMER INTERN OPPORTUNITY Are you a college student looking for a ministry opportunity here at home? Applications are now being accepted for SMBC’s Summer Intern program. If you’d like more information, please contact either Pastor Pat or Pastor Brent. Applica-tions are due by March 30 for this summer’s openings.
FLOWERS were placed in the sanctuary today by Doris Unruh in loving memory of husband Elmer Unruh; daughter Shirley Carlton; and grandson Jerry Unruh.
USMB NATIONAL CONVENTION July 24-28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah Our theme is: Celebrating our Diversity and Unity "You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Cor. 12:27. Join together with Mennonite Brethren from across the United States as we gather this summer to celebrate our diversity and the mis-sion that unites us. Our diversity, seen in the various ministry styles of our 200-plus congregations, our many ethnicities and the languages in which we worship, can offer fresh ideas, perspectives and relationships. Our commitment to One Mission—local, national and global unites us as we plant churches and evangelize our neighborhoods, pursue inten-tional disciple-making and prepare leaders to serve our churches and communities. Registration forms are available in the church foyer.


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