February Newsletter

Pastor's Message:

Valentine's Day is a day we celebrate love.  But how often do we stop and consider what real love is?  Ask people around you to define "love" and you will likely hear a number of conflicting views.  For some, the idea of love revolves around emotions, infatuation, or sex.  Others think of love in terms of loyalty and commitment.  In light of such varying views, how can we know with certainty what real love is?  We must look to the Bible which is God's word.  1 John 4:8 opens our eyes to the nature of love by declaring, God is love...  Here John reveals that real love can only be defined by considering God's nature and actions.  Only by understanding how God loves us, do we come to know how God calls us to love each other. 
                With this in mind, consider 1 John 4:8-11.  It reads, ...God is love.  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
                By considering how God loves us in verses 9-10 we discover the nature of real love.  First, we discover that real love is unconditional.  1 John 4:10 says, in this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us...  Do you hear it?  God did not wait for you and me to earn His love or to somehow become "worthy" of it.  God loved us even while we were hating him.  Romans 5:8 puts it this way, ...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
                Far too often, our love for each other isn't unconditional like God's love for us.  Rather than love unconditionally, we often love someone because of their physical appearance, their money, their talents, their accomplishments, what they do for us, or for how they make us feel.  The problem with conditional love is that it dies as soon as the conditions that prompted it disappear.  That's why permanent relationships (marriage, church family, parent/child relationships) can't be built on conditional love.  Conditional love is destined to fail!
                Second, when we consider God's love for us we discover that real love takes the initiative to meet needs.  Again, 1 John 9-10 reads,  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.  ...He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (atonement) for our sin.              
                When God saw our sin and need for forgiveness, he took the initiative to meet that need.  God acted on our behalf by sending his own Son to die in our place and pay our sin penalty.  By doing so, God teaches us that when real love sees a need, it takes the initiative to meet it.  Real love will cause us to act on another's behalf without being asked.  What would loving your spouse like this look like?  Your parents?  Your children?  Members of your church family? 
                Finally, when we consider how God loves us we discover that real love willingly sacrifices to meet needs.  The second half of 1 John 4:10 reminds us that God loved us when he his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  In other words, God's love for you and me cost him the life of his Son.  Amazingly, it was a price he willingly paid.  This is, perhaps, the greatest lesson God's example teaches us about love--real love acts on behalf of another even when it costs
                Are you willing to pay the price to love others like God loved you in Christ?  Is your love unconditional?   Does your love take the initiative to meet needs?  Do you willingly sacrifice to meet the needs of your husband, your wife, your parents, your children, your brothers and sisters in Christ?    
 
Pastor Dean
 
 

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE:  For the sake of our seniors and babies, please stay home & get well when you or your children are sick.
  
FOOD AND DRINK
 
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!
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
 
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
                                                                Hebrews 11:3
 
PREACHING SERIES!
 
Pastor Dean is currently preaching through the book of Romans on Sunday.  Invite your friends to come discover the good news about Jesus!
 
BAPTISM SERVICE


Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
 
 BOOK OF REVELATION
 
Pastor Dean is leading a study through the book of Revelation on Sunday mornings.  Join us each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  The book of Revelation reveals much about the circumstances surrounding the second coming of Jesus and our eternal future.  Just as important, Revelation teaches us about the nature of God, the person and work of Christ, missions, the depravity of humankind, worship, the necessity of Christian endurance, Satan, and so much more!   Everyone is welcome!
 
MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP MEALS
 
There will be no monthly fellowship meals in January, February, or March. In place of a monthly fellowship meal following our worship service on the first Sunday of each month, the board is proposing a quarterly fellowship marking holidays or events such as Easter, Fourth of July (or another summer event), a fall fellowship, and our annual Christmas fellowship. We will be discussing this as a church at our annual meeting in March. Please also see the announcement in this newsletter concerning Intermountain's financial situation.

FINANCIAL UPDATE
 
During the months of September and October, offerings fell short of budget by around $4000/month. The good news is that, in November, giving improved. Better still was continued improvement in December when our offerings met budget. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERFUL RESPONSE to Intermountain's financial needs. We pray for continued faithfulness. We will continue to monitor our monthly offerings as we approach our annual meeting in March. By then, we should have a good idea if the temporary adjustments we've made in spending need to become permanent. Those adjustments include the suspension of our radio broadcast on KUTR (AM 820), offering our fellowship meals quarterly rather than monthly, not registering the church bus (and discussing the possibility of selling it), and delaying making deposits into the youth activity fund. Please continue to pray for the financial health of the church.
 
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
 
This class is led by Melanie Hendersen, and is  currently studying Philippians. We meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the office building).
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
 
Ladies Precept Bible Study-The Gospel of John Part 1. (Chapters 1-10) meets at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Intermountain. Cost: $22.50. Child care provided. If you have never done a Precept study, this is a great time to begin, as we study Jesus-The Light of the World!! 
 
UPCOMING WOMEN'S EVENT
 
Ladies, please mark your calendars for our next Women's Event.
MOVIE NIGHT
Featuring  "Mom's Night Out"
Friday evening, February 20, 7 p.m., at the church
Popcorn and drinks will be provided, but bring your favorite snack to share if you wish.
We are looking forward to hanging out with YOU & relaxing in front of the "big screen!!"
Be sure to invite friends!!
See you all there!!
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
 
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
                                                                Psalm 145:5
 
MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
 
Join us on Saturday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the church.  We are currently studying the book, The Way of the Master, written by Ray Comfort. Come learn how to more effectively share your faith with others. In February the Men’s breakfast will be on the 21st (3rd Saturday of the month).
 
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
 
The Adult Home Fellowship meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. - has a potluck the 2nd Wednesday of each month - and will meet at the hom eof Brad & Judy in February. We recently began a 13-week small group study through The Truth Project. The Truth Project will help you develop a Biblical world view. Topics include: What is Truth?; Who is Man?; Who is God?; Science; History; Family; Government; Work; and more. If you have never worked through this study, we encourage you to attend (and, it’s not too late to start)!! 
 
BOOK OF JOHN STUDY
 
Richard and Tammy are leading a "Joy of Living" study through the book of John on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the youth room. 
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
 
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. 
 
CHILDREN’S CHURCH/HELP NEEDED
 
We would like to resume Children’s Church on Sundays (for ages 4 through 8) during the sermon time – and it is obvious that there is a pressing need for us to do so.  This ministry involves leading (or helping with) activities for this program every 4-6 weeks; and would require at least 8 leaders/helpers who are not teaching Sunday School or serving in the Nursery. Lesson plans will be provided. Some preparation time for teachers is involved. All those who are leaders/teachers in this ministry must be members of IBC, and all workers 15+ years old (whether leading or helping with Children’s Church activities) must complete a background check before being able to participate in this ministry. 
 
CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB
 
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: There will be no Club on February 12.
 
GOOD NEWS CLUB
 
Intermountain leads a free Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club (GNC) every Thursday afternoons 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: There will be no Club on February 12.
 
NURSERY MINISTRY
 
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
 
BACKGROUND CHECKS
 
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.
 
 
SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER MEETING
 
Please join with us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the church office building as we humble ourselves before God in prayer.  We need to always be asking God for His guidance and direction as He works in our hearts and the hearts of unbelievers He calls us to reach.
 
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
 
Please join us for our February Monthly Missionary Meal and Prayer Meeting for our missionaries. Our missionaries are serving diligently in difficult areas and greatly desire our dedicated prayer. We will meet after church on February 22nd (4th Sunday, as usual) for an hour of prayer followed by a time of fellowship and food.
 
GENERATION SELFLESS (YOUTH GROUP)
 
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. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338. And please check out the Generation Selfless Facebook page! If you go to Facebook and search “IBC Youth Connect" you can access our announcements, photos and more.
 
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/SINGLES GROUP)


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 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’ll be meeting every Sunday in February. Questions?  Please contact John Freymuth at monkeyn00b@yahoo.com.
 
WANT MORE YOUTH OR COLLEGE/CAREER INFO?
 
Hey all! Wanna know what the youth group and the college/career group are up to? Then check out their Facebook pages...The youth info/pics/events can be found on the Generation Selfless - IBC Youth Group page, and the college/career group info/pics/events can be found on the Mini Inks IBC College Group page.
 
SUNDAY SERMONS AND LOTS OF INFORMATION
 
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!
 
INTERMOUNTAIN BAPTIST FACEBOOK GROUP
 
Facebook provides another means by which we can deepen our fellowship with each other and communicate church news/events to members, attendees, and the general public.  Check us out!
 
PRAYER TEAM
 
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.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS
 
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain or would like to sign up to be on the prayer chain contact Tina Terry for information at (801) 250-5810 or E-Mail at ricktterry2009@q.com any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
 
LIFE CARE CENTER OF UTAH (FORMERLY, PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER)
 
The Life Care Center needs our donations of new & gently used infant clothing & supplies from birth to 12 months; and there is an urgent need for baby wipes and hand-made booties. Bring your donations to church.
 
RESCUE MISSION
 
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month.
 
BENEVOLENT FUND
 
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.
 
DEADLINE FOR MARCH NEWSLETTER
 
Friday, February 13 (which is one full week earlier than usual), is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC March Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (gmkidd@comcast.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at deanpshriver@gmail.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
 
FRIENDLY REMINDER
 
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.

BOARD MEETINGS
 
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, February 11, 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.
 
CHURCH LEADERSHIP TEAM STAFF
 
     Dean Shriver, Pastor*
     Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor
     Melanie Henderson, Youth Director
 
  ELDERS & DEACONS/DEACONESSES:
 
 ELDERS: Terry Henderson*, Tony Manning*
    DEACONS:  Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
    DEACONESSES:  Cynthia Edwards, Valori Henderson*,  Joan Manning*, Heather Stone
  * Denotes Board Member
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
- Feb. 20: Women’s Event
- Annual Church Business Meeting (date TBA)
- April 3: Good Friday
- April 5: Easter Sunday