2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY If you would like to make any changes to your information for the 2019 SMBC Church Directory please let the church office know by tomorrow.

ENGAGEMENTS Congratulations to these happy couples! Dale and Nadine Sperling are pleased to announce the recent engagement of their daughter Sarah Sperling to Philip Wolfe. A spring wedding is being planned.
Chuck and Karen Wittenberg are happy to announce the engagement of their son Grant Wittenberg and Margaret Reisz of San Luis Obispo.

Dear SMBC Family, Thank you so much for your generous Christmas Love Gift to each of us! Your consistent expressions of love throughout the year remind us of how blessed we are to be part of a wonderful church family!

Sincerely in Christ, the Coyles, Cummings, Melissa and Bonnie

CENTENNIAL BOOK & DVD There are just a few Centennial books available for purchase for $50 each in the church office. When you pur-chase a book you will also receive a free copy of the SMBC historical video on DVD that was shown at the Centennial Celebration. If you have already purchased a book you will receive a free DVD. They are available for you to pick up in the foyer today or in the church office. DVD’s may also be purchased for $10 in the church office if you did not buy a book.

EVERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS It is time to start thinking about col-lege scholarships! If your family uses Everence faith-based services, you may be eligible to apply for the Everence College Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. Everence will accept applications beginning January 1 through February 28, 2019. You can learn more at

JOB OPPORTUNITY The Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (PDC) is seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant. This part-time (20 hours/week) position is located at the PDC office on the main campus of Fresno Pacific University. A job description is available at If interested, please forward a resume with cover letter to District Minister Gary Wall at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702 or

FLOWERS Lowell Bergman was born on January 12, 1931 in Dalhart, Texas. He was the youngest of seven children. His family farmed in that area until the Dust Bowl hit. So when Lowell was 3 the family moved to Shafter. He and I (Betty) grew up in the church, married, and had children, and were involved in the music in the church until the Lord called him home on November 14, 2010. So in loving memory of Lowell our family has placed the flowers in the sanctuary today—Betty Bergman, Lucy Frost and Gordon Bergman. Thank you for being a loving church family.


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

-Reformation - Stan Wilson, Rm. B2
-Book of Judges 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.

HARTLAND MAN CAMP - March 8-10, 2019 Make no mistake about it men, this is not men’s retreat... it’s MAN CAMP! Eat man food, play man games, laugh at man humor, shoot things, and most importantly, learn about being a man with a clear, un-wavering purpose. Come join the adventure and enjoy some truly man-ly events. Register now at or call 559-337-2349.

WEST COAST MENNONITE MEN’S CHORUS 2019 Imagine the sound of over 150 men singing together in four-part harmony--it is a thrilling experience! Some may say that there is no sound to equal that of a group of men blend-ing their voices together in musical worship.
The West Coast Mennonite Men's Chorus is made up of men from all walks of life and varying backgrounds. Many are from Mennonite backgrounds; many come from other churches and denominations. The common bond is a love of singing and using that gift to edify worship and inspire those who listen.
If you can envision yourself joining this wonderful experience and have enjoyed singing in four-part harmony, please consider becoming a member of WCMMC. There are no auditions or tryouts required. Sever-al scheduled practice sessions held at area churches are followed by approximately four concerts in the spring.
Funds raised through free-will offerings at each concert help support the projects associated with disaster relief and humanitarian efforts through-out the world.

The 2019 WCMMC Kick-Off Dinner is on Saturday, February 2, at Reedley MB Church in Reedley, Calif., with registration at 4:00 pm and Dinner at 5:00 pm. Kern County rehearsals will start Monday at SMBC at 7:00 pm on February 4 and every Monday through April 1. Contact Randy Toews at 746-2771 for more info. You may also visit:


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.


  • 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 December Newsletter from Phil & Carol Bergen.
  • The Wiens Watch newsletter from Vic & Marty Wiens, Canada