June 2016 Newsletter

{Not all details are presented in the online version of the newsletter.
If you need more info about where to meet or who to contact for an event please call us at the church}


The Gift of Mentors
                Almost twenty years ago, our church made it possible for me to complete a Doctor of Ministry program under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  Since that time I have regularly attended an annual preaching seminar for graduates where Haddon had, until last year, continued to teach and encourage us in our ministries.  I remember my first classroom encounter with Dr. Robinson.  We were instructed to develop a sermon outline from an assigned passage. For me it was 1 Samuel 17 and the story of David and Goliath.  Being confident of my abilities I volunteered (foolishly) to be the first to present my sermon outline to the class.  My sermon points were perfected alliterated using “C” words like “courage,” “conquering,” and something else I’m certain was quite clever.  The Scriptures proved true.  Pride come before a fall.  
                Glancing at my outline projected on the screen Haddon chided, “That looks like something you pulled out of Simple Sermons for Sunday Evening.”  I immediately recognized that the doctor did not consider this book to be a classic in the field.  Duane Litfin—that week’s co-instructor—chimed in, “What Haddon’s saying is that he’s afraid you might actually go out and try to preach that thing.”  I’ve never alliterated a sermon again.
                After this first experience with Haddon Robinson, it didn’t take long for me to discover how blessed I was to know and study under him.  For almost twenty years he has been a mentor to me in life and ministry.  Presently, his health is failing—but the lessons he taught and modeled live on in my life and in the lives of many others.  He challenged us in our preaching.  He shared with us the wisdom God has given him.  We watched him reach out to those to whom life has not been kind.  He is a thoughtful and compassionate man. 
                When I think of Haddon Robinson and how God has used him in my life, I see grace. I see that same grace of God at work here at Intermountain.  In His church, God graciously provides us with mentors.  In His church, God graciously calls each of us to be mentors too.  This, along with God’s word and prayer, is the way we grow in Christ.   At Intermountain, I see married couples reaching out to younger couples to listen, encourage, and advise.  I see father figures mentoring young men who have no dads.  I see teachers mentoring children in the skill and work of self-discipline.  I see parents mentoring their teenagers.  I see encouragers reaching out to the struggling.  I see men mentoring men in what it means to be a godly husband or dad.  I see women challenging women to grow in obedience and faith. 
This is God’s plan.  This is God’s grace.  Are you participating in His plan?  Are you benefitting from His grace?  Christian, who is your mentor (or mentors) in your walk with God? Are you humble?  Are you teachable?  Are you willing to receive from those who have life lessons to share? 
Christian, who do you mentor?  Who has God put on your heart?  Who can you encourage?  Who can you lovingly (with their permission) challenge?  Who can you teach and support in their walk with God? 
As you answer these questions please remember—mentoring takes many forms.  Mentoring can be a one-on-one relationship.  But mentoring also takes place in the classroom, in small groups, in the nursery, the auditorium, or in children’s church.  That’s because, at its basic level, mentoring means nothing more than investing in each other’s lives.  Who are you allowing to invest in your life?  In whose life are you investing today? 
Pastor Dean
For the sake of our seniors and babies, please stay home & get well when you or your children are sick.
Please do not bring food or beverage (water is okay) into the worship service. This is an issue of showing respect for God as we gather together to honor Him.  Refreshments are fine in the tiled areas of the church during the Sunday school hour. Thanks!
Our Summer Bible Club this year will be at Intermountain, July 26-29, from 6:30-8:30pm. Our theme is: “Submerged; finding truth below the surface.” We need volunteers for all areas. Sign-up sheets are in the kitchen. Please see Monica Jewett with questions.
Pastor Dean is preaching through the book of 2 Thessalonians on Sunday!  This books reveal much about the church and the second coming of Christ! Invite your friends!
Pastor Dean has begun a study on The Whys and Hows of Prayer at 9:45 a.m. (at the back of the auditorium).  What is prayer?  Why should we pray?  Does God answer prayer?  How should we pray?  Join us as we explore what the Bible says about God’s gift of prayer!   
 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless; He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  
                                                                Psalm 18:30
Dinner Fellowships are a fabulous way to make new friendships and deepen old ones. We pair up two couples/families for 2 months. You get together once a month for a meal. Whether you meet at your home, the park for a picnic or a restaurant is up to you. Whether you go pot luck or cook at 10 course meal is also up to you. You make up your own rules. This year's exciting new twist is that you get to invite a couple/single/family to round out your group each month. It can be someone from church who you'd like to get to know better, or maybe a neighbor or co-worker. Sunday, June 25th is the last Sunday to sign up for the July-August rotation. Please join in. You won't regret it! 
Kingdom Glory Church meets at Intermountain from 6:30-8:30 pm on Fridays, 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturdays, and 3:00-5:00 pm on Sundays.
I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in him. Then your hope will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.
                                                                Romans 15:13
The Monday Morning Ladies Bible Study will be going through the book of Psalms this summer, using Warren Wiersbe's study guide. We will only meet once a month (June, July and August) on Monday mornings at the church from 9:30-11:00. Most of the study will be done independently.

Women's Evening Bible Study will break for the summer months. It will resume in the Fall, as once again, Priscilla Shirer's "The Armor of God" will be offered. Starting date to be announced.
Men, come join us every Saturday morning here at the church from 7-8:30AM for an in depth look at the book of 2 Timothy. In this study we will work through the material TOGETHER. Because there is no homework, this is a great study to join at any time. We will meet every Saturday in June. Also, remember that our breakfast will be on the third Saturday, June 18, at the same place. If you have any questions please contact Lucas at 925-482-4239.
Does your heart break for a prodigal son or daughter? Join us as we pray for our loved ones who have left the faith. This informal prayer meeting will usually be on the second Sunday of every month following the worship service. “For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20. This month our meeting is on June 12.
SHOE BOX MINISTRY               
We encourage you to purchase specific items each month as we prepare to pack our Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes in October.  In June we encourage you to purchase crayons and pencils. We also suggest that you ask your dentist for donations when you go. This year’s goal is to pack 600 gift boxes for children in third world countries.  Please let the team know how many items you purchase so we can keep track.  Thanks.

The Adult Home Fellowship normally meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month - and meets in WVC. Because we're not doing a formal study with a curriculum, you are free to start coming at any time (and are encouraged to do so). Note: We are currently on break until the fall (except for a once-a-month BBQ/Pot Luck on the first Wednesday of the months of June, July, and August – and EVERYONE who wants to come and hang out is invited to attend).  
This Group now meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. 
Melanie Henderson (our Youth Director) is currently leading our youth in an in-depth study on the book of Genesis! The students will work through the Th!nk Life Change series workbook and dive deeper into the history, places and people found in the book of Beginnings. Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
Intermountain Baptist offers a fellowship for college students and singles (Mini-Inks, ages 18-28). What’s the focus of this small group? We want to dive deeper into the Word and deeper into fellowship with one another. We normally meet Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. Our “social hour” begins at 6pm, and then at 7pm we do “serious, study only, hour.” We hope you will join us and learn what it means to be a Mini-Ink member! We are currently going through C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. Note: Mini-Inks will be taking a “summer holiday!” June 12th marks the last class for the college/singles group until Thursday, August 25th for the youth/college transition dinner. (More details to come...) 
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain or would like to sign up to be on the prayer chain contact Tina by E-Mail at ricktterry2009@q.com any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.

Intermountain has a prayer team that wants to pray for you.  Please use the Registration Book to write down your requests. Members of our prayer team will receive them no later than the following Monday. If you would like to be part of that prayer group, please call the church phone and leave your name and email address.
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist - more commonly known as Generation Selfless - meets on Thursday nights from 6:30pm-8pm. Come all 7th-12th graders and bring a friend! We're all about the Word of God; reading it, and applying it to our lives! So please join us, and learn what it means to be part of a selfless generation. On April 14 will be starting Focus on the Family's True U series. (It's a lot like the Truth Project, but it is geared more for youth group and college students.) If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com.
IBC’s Children’s Bible Club meets every Thursday from 6:30—8:00 p.m. This consists of games, crafts & most importantly a lesson from God’s Word, and is for children who are in the first through sixth grade. Volunteers are still needed to help with the Club itself or to pick up & take home children. Child-care will be provided for younger children. Come and invite your friends! Note: Children’s Bible Club is on break until fall.
Intermountain leads a free Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club (GNC) every Thursday afternoon at Vista Elementary School (4925 S 2200 W), from 3:30-4:30 pm through May (except for “no school” and “early dismissal” days). GNC time includes Bible lessons, songs, games, and memory verses. If you know children who attend Vista, please encourage them to attend! Also, please pray that many children and their families will come to Christ.  Note: Children’s Bible Club is on break until fall.
Please do not use the Intermountain Directory for the purpose of solicitation or give out phone numbers to those outside of the church without permission.
Join us for our monthly missionary prayer meeting following our worship service – usually on the 4th Sunday of the month.  A light meal follows our time of prayer.  Our meeting this month follows our worship service on June 26.
Children’s Church is offered in classroom 1, for children ages 4 through 4th grade during the sermon time each Sunday. It is a time of prayer and learning God’s Word in a way they can understand. There is still a need for additional teachers and teacher’s assistants to help with this class. Lesson plans will be provided. Some preparation time for teachers is involved. 
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. 
Every Sunday we offer a Nursery during the worship service for children from birth-3 years old. This is an incredibly important ministry which we take very seriously. An efficient, fully staffed nursery is vital to help draw young families into the life of the church. For the safety of our children, all volunteers (leaders and helpers) 15+ years old involved in ministry to children and youth (i.e., under the age of 18) must complete a background check.
For the protection of our children, all volunteers (15+ years old) involved in ministry to children and youth need to complete a background check. Go to www.intermountainbaptist.org, and fill out the form you’ll find under the “Involvement at IBC” tab. You’ll need your Driver’s License and Social Security numbers. It only takes about five minutes! You will not be allowed to participate in ministry involving minors (younger than 18) until you have completed a background check.  Thanks for your cooperation
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at deanpshriver@gmail.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
Friday, June 17, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC July 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. 
Have you visited our website lately? Sunday Sermons PLUS our latest Newsletter and Sunday Bulletin - along with photos and other information about our church - are available at www.intermountainbaptist.org. Visit often to see what’s new, and encourage your friends who may be looking for a church home to check us out on our website!
Mark your calendars now for our church family campout scheduled for August 12-14.  We’ve reserved a large group site at Spruces campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon so warm up those vocal chords and get ready to sing around the campfire!  
A special Benevolent Fund offering is taken on the first Sunday of every month.  Following the example of the early church (see Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35) our benevolent fund is used to minister to the material needs of members of our church family and, on occasion, the needs of those outside the church.  At present, several church families are struggling financially.  We need your help.  Please consider giving to the benevolent fund each month.  Please give above and beyond your regular monthly offering to the church.  Thank you.
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m.  Normally, the Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month… and at other times on an as-needed basis.
     Dean Shriver, Pastor*
     Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor
     Melanie Henderson, Youth Director