March Newsletter


Pastor's Message

W
HY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
 
I am convinced that God desires every believer to be committed and accountable to a local church family.  The following article appeared in this newsletter several years ago.  Please consider and pray about the importance and blessing of church membership:
 
The Bible is clear.  The Christian life is a community life.  By God’s design our relationship with Him is never about “me and Jesus.”  It’s always about “us and Jesus”!  Together we are “God’s temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16).  Together we share in one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).  Together we are “one body” made up of “many members” (1 Corinthians 12:12).  Together we are dependent on each other (1 Corinthians 12:14-26).  Together we are all called to grow up in Christ who is our Head (Ephesians 4:15-16).  All this means that if any one of us refuses to commit ourselves to, and participate in, the life of the church (which is Christ’s body) we all lose!  
                That’s why I want to address the issue of church membership as we look towards the new year.  I believe church membership is critical to the life and growth of every follower of Christ.  Church membership is an act of commitment to one local body of believers.  Church membership is the expression of your willingness to make yourself accountable to other believers—and your willingness to lovingly hold others accountable too.  Because church membership is a formal commitment of our lives to each other in Christ, it acts as a kind of glue that holds us together when things get tough.  Church membership keeps us from running when we’ve been hurt or wronged.  Rather, the commitment of church membership reminds us that God calls us to “bear with one another, forgiving like Christ forgives us…” (Colossians 3:12-13). 
                Many claim that formal church membership isn’t found in the Bible.  It’s true that the words “church membership” can’t be found in Scripture.  Even so, the concept of church membership—the formal commitment of a local group of believers to one another—is evident throughout the New Testament.  The first church in Jerusalem numbered those who came to Christ and knew how many people belonged to the body (Acts 2:41; 4:4).  Acts 6:1 reveals that the first church was organized to the point of providing for the needs of its widows.  Identifying eligible widows would have required some kind of membership roll.  Later, in verses 5-6, we learn that the church in Jerusalem acted together to choose—probably by some kind of vote—seven men to administer their acts of charity.  Again, this corporate act of choosing leaders would have required some kind of identifiable membership. 
The same proves true in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13.  In these verses Paul gives direction regarding how the church should deal with an immoral member.  In his instructions, he clearly refers to two groups of people—those who are “outside the church” and those who are “inside the church.”  Such language makes no sense apart from some kind of specific, identifiable church membership. 
                As we move into the future, we need every believer who considers Intermountain to be their church home to fully commit themselves to Christ by fully committing themselves to His church.  Your growth, and ours, depends on that commitment! 
                By joining the church, you commit yourself to your Christian brothers and sisters at Intermountain.  This means participating in the life and ministries of the church.  It means encouraging, bearing with, sharing with, forgiving, ministering to, and investing in the other believers in the body.  It means discovering and using your spiritual gifts to serve those both inside and outside the church.  It means supporting the church with your money and your prayers.  As a church member will you do this perfectly?  Of course not!  At least not in this world.  Even so, by joining the church you make it known that this is your desire in Christ. 
                In order to become the church God wants us to be, we need you!  In Christ, we need you to invest yourself in us as we seek to invest ourselves in you.  We need you to fully commit yourself to Jesus and to the life of His church at Intermountain.  Would you pray about making that commitment?  Would you pray about joining the church?
 
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!
 
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!
 
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!
 
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Melanie is leading the youth as we consider the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate, Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins? Join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
 
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our annual church business meeting will follow our worship service on Sunday, March 22. All are encouraged to attend. If you are a member of the church it is especially important that you participate in this meeting. Because our offerings have fallen well short of budget four of the last five months (January's offerings fell about $3000 short), we will need to make cuts in our budget. Please pray about this and join us as we make some difficult decisions.
 
EASTER-RELATED ACTIVITIES:
WEEK OF PRAYER
Join us for a week of focused prayer as we pray for our nation, our state, our church family, and friends/loved ones who need Christ. We will meet for prayer each evening during Easter week (March 30-April 2) from 6-8 p.m. Please join us for one or both hours of prayer.
 
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Join us at 7 p.m. on Good Friday (April 3) as we share the Lord's Supper and remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us when He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
 
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
Join us at the church at 7 a.m. on Easter morning (April 5) to celebrate Christ's resurrection at our traditional Easter Sunrise service.
 
EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE
Celebrate Christ's resurrection at Intermountain! Our Easter Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Invite your friends, neighbors and loved ones to share in this joyful time.
 
EASTER BREAKFAST
Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 5) at the church for an Easter Breakfast.  Please watch for further details and plan to sign up to bring a breakfast casserole (or other food item).  Because of the breakfast, there will be no Sunday School class on Easter morning. 
 
EASTER OFFERING
We will receive our annual Easter Offering on Sunday, April 5 during our Easter worship service.  We will be raising funds for an air-conditioning and solar power system for the church in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.  This church is completing construction on a new worship center.  Because of the extreme summer heat, it is very difficult to hold services during the summer without air-conditioning. Our goal is to raise at least $8000 for this project.  Please pray about participating in this missions offering.  Thanks. 
 
MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Join us on Saturday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the church. We will be working through our study on prayer (Praying with Paul). We have recently done studies on knowing this amazing God that we serve. We then looked deep into the love relationship that He desires to share with us. We have just ended our study on evangelizing and now we are going to the source of our strength and power; we will be examining the way we talk to God. Prayer is one of the most vital aspects in our relationship to God and far too often we take it for granted. That is why we will be looking deeper into what it means to talk to God by exploratory how the Apostle Paul did it. Please join us in this particularly valuable study. Reminders: In March the Men’s breakfast will be on the 21st (3rd Saturday of the month). This is a great time to invite a friend. Also, on Apr 4th, the day of the Children’s Easter Celebration, we will be meeting in the church office building. In everything we do, may we do it for the glory of God.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Ladies Precept Bible Study-The Gospel of John Part 1. (Chapters 1-10) meets on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Intermountain. Cost: $22.50. Child care provided for morning class. If you have never done a Precept study, this is a great time to begin, as we study Jesus-The Light of the World!! 
 
BOOK OF JOHN STUDY
Richard and Tammy Hart 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. Note: we will not meet on March 10… and also on March 31 (so we can all participated in “week of prayer”).
 
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 Evertsen’s home. 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)!! For more information, please contact them at bradandjudy@gmail.com. Note: We will not meet on April 1 (so we can all participate in “week of prayer”)
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. Note: We will not meet on April 1 (so we can all participated in “week of prayer’)
 
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 Children’s Bible Club on April 2 (because of “week of prayer”)
 
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 March 19 or April 2.
 
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done
marvelous things…                Psalm 98:1  
 
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING             
Please join us for our Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting for our missionaries on March 29 (not the 4th Sunday, as usual, because of the Annual Church Business Meeting on March 22). A light meal follows our time of prayer.  Our missionaries serve in difficult areas and need our prayers.  
 
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. PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteer!
 
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.
 
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. Note: There will be no Youth Group on April 2 (so we can all participate in “week of prayer”)                                   
 
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 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.
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
(God) has been very kind and patient, waiting for you to change, but you think nothing of his kindness. Perhaps you do not understand that God is kind to you so you will change your hearts and lives.
                                                                                Romans 2:4
 
MISSIONARY CORNER
Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
Chris Croswhite, the executive director at the Rescue Mission, stated in their last newsletter, "We teach about who God is and how He loves us. God not only created us, but also made a way for us to be with him in Heaven. He gave up his Son for us when we were completely uninterested in Him. We were lost, and He came and found us. That is His love for us. When we understand how much God sacrificed just to have a relationship with us, we can begin to realize what love really is. This love can help when other people let us down or treat us poorly. And when we experience love from God, we are better able to forgive and show love to others.”
 
Please continue to pray for the rescue mission as they reach out to the homeless of Salt Lake City. Also, they are recommending that we create personal care packages and hand them to a homeless person, or you can take them to the mission and they will distribute them along with the Gospel. Their suggestions for putting personal care packs together are available on our website (www.intermountainbaptist.org) and at the church on the table at the back of the auditorium.
 
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.
 
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.
 
RESCUE MISSION
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month.
 
DEADLINE FOR APRIL NEWSLETTER
Friday, March 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC April Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (gmkidd@comcast.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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
 
BOARD MEETINGS
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, March 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.
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Mar. 22: Annual Church Business Meeting
- Mar. 30 – Apr 3: Week of Prayer
- April 3: Good Friday
- Apr. 4: Children’s Easter Celebration
- April 5: Easter Sunday (Sunrise Service, followed by Easter Fellowship Breakfast & Easter Worship)
 

*The Church phone number remains 801-969-1593.  Be aware, however, that the number will show up on your caller ID as 385-275-7555.