AUGUST  2016
 
“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
 
*PASTOR’S MESSAGE
Missions and the Moravians
 
                We recently began a preaching series on world missions.  It’s good for us to be reminded on a regular basis that Jesus calls us to “make disciples of all nations…”  As individuals, and as a church, I pray God will broaden our vision of how God wants to use us to reach our lost world for Christ!  With this in mind, I want to share an article I first wrote in 2009.  May the story of the Moravians open our eyes to how God can use a small group of people who are fully committed to Him.  The story of the Moravians begins with Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf. 
Zinzendorf was born in 1700 and raised in a wealthy family of German nobility.  Through the influence of his grandmother he found Christ.  At the age of 8 or 9, he felt God prompting him to be a missionary.  At the age of 22, Zinzendorf met a Moravian carpenter named Christian David.  From David he learned that believers in neighboring Moravia were suffering great persecution.  Nicholas offered his estate, called Herrnhut, as a refuge to any Moravian believer who could escape and come there.  Three hundred came.  In April, 1727, Nicholas Zinzendorf organized these refugees into a church and began to pastor them. 
                In 1731, Nicholas experienced a “divine appointment” that changed the course of his life—and that of his congregation.  While attending a coronation celebration of a relative, Nicholas met a Christian slave from the West Indies (the Caribbean Islands).  The slave had been converted while traveling with his master in Europe.  He told Nicholas that his relatives back in the islands had no chance to hear about Christ.  He challenged Zinzendorf to send missionaries to reach them.  This was a radical suggestion in a day when there was no such thing as a Protestant missionary!  A year later, the first two Moravian missionaries left to reach the slaves of St. Thomas in the West Indies.  Soon after, 18 more Moravian missionaries departed to join them.  Thirteen of those 18 original missionaries died within six months of arrival. 
During the next 20 years the Moravians sent missionaries to Greenland, North America, Surinam, South Africa, the Artic, Algiers, Sri Lanka, China, Persia, Abyssynia, and Labrador.  During the next two centuries, more than 3,000 Moravian missionaries took the Gospel to previously unreached peoples.  It is estimated that during the early years of the Moravian Church one out of every twelve members served Christ as a foreign missionary
What fueled the Moravian passion for missions?  The answer is found in the fellowship experienced in the Moravian community at Herrnhut (Zinzendorf’s estate).  Life at Herrnhut was defined by four activities.  The first was worship.  Beginning at 5:30 each morning (4:30 a.m. in the summer), the whole community gathered together at least three times a day for worship.  Singing was an essential element of their worship.  In fact, Zinzendorf is thought to have penned more than 2000 hymns.  The second element of life at Herrnhut was intentional discipleship ministry.  This ministry was marked by small group fellowship and personal accountability.  Daily small group meetings emphasized the study of God’s word (every group studied the same Scripture text) and confession of sin. 
The third activity that marked life at Herrnhut was prayer.  Prayer days and “hourly intercession” were scheduled.  In fact, a 24/7 prayer vigil initiated at Herrnhut continued unbroken for more than 100 years!  The Moravians demonstrated their conviction that all spiritual life comes from God through prayer.  Finally, Moravian community life was marked by a communal economy.  Work was valued and all income earned was given back to the community.  The material need of every member was supplied and all surplus income was used for missionary support. 
In short, the Moravian passion for missions was a natural outflow of their unified commitment to Christ and to each other.  What would that same kind of commitment look like in our lives and the life of our church?  Let’s pray that God will give us some “Moravian passion” in our life together as God’s family at Intermountain!    
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 preaching a series on missionsIn September we will go through Luke. Invite your friends!
 
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Join us this month for our new Sunday morning Bible Study through the Gospel of John. We'll discover who Jesus is, what Jesus did, and why it matters to us! The Gospel of John is a foundational study for our lives and our faith! No matter where you're at in your relationship with God, this study will help you! We meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the tiled area of the auditorium.
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Psalm 3:8
 
CHURCH FAMILY CAMPOUT
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!  
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
"The most important command is this…
Love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength." Mark 29:30
 
LADIES SUMMER BIBLE STUDY: PSALMS
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 13, July 18 and August 15) on Monday mornings at the church from 9:30-11:00 am. Most of the study will be done independently. 
 
WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY
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’S BREAKFAST AND STUDY
Men’s group is on summer break from the 11th of June to the 10th of September. We may have some work projects or breakfasts between these dates.  Enjoy the summer and anticipate hitting it hard when we reconvene in September. If you have any questions please contact Lucas at 925-482-4239.
 
LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
16 yrs. and older, Saturdays, 9 am.
August 20th, at Ruth's Diner, 4150 Emigration Canyon Rd. May be chilly, bring jackets for outdoor seating.
 
**PRAYING OUR PRODIGALS HOME (Luke 15:11-24)
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 August 06.
               
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 August we encourage you to purchase school supplies; such as: crayons, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and small notebooks. 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 see Monica or Tasha if you have any questions, and let them know how many items you purchase so we can keep track.  Thanks.
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group now meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. in Magna. 
 
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
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, at 6:30 p.m. – and EVERYONE who wants to come and hang out is invited to attend).  
 
GENERATION SELFLESS (YOUTH GROUP)
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist (more commonly known as Generation Selfless), meets on Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come all 7th-12th graders and bring a friend! We're all about Jesus, the Word of God, and learning to apply His Truth to our lives! Currently we are working through Focus on the Family’s True U DVD series: Is the Bible Reliable? (We will conclude this series on August 11th.) 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 or melhenderson11@q.com.
 
YOUTH GROUP TRANSITION DINNER
The Youth Group Transition Dinner is for…
·        -All current youth groupers
·        -Kiddos transitioning into youth group this year             (going into 7th grade)
·        -Kiddos graduating out of youth group this year (June 2016 grads)
·        -Parents of youth group goers
·        -All Mini-Inks college/career group members
The purpose of this dinner is to welcome new students and say farewell to students who have graduated out this year. It’s also a chance for parents to see the different material we cover during the Generation Selfless Sunday school hour and the Thursday night program. Furthermore, the youth get the chance to meet and hangout with the Mini-Inks (career and college group) and see what awaits them upon graduation! It will be a great time of fellowship, food and worship- so please join us Thursday, August 25th at Intermountain Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. (There will be an RSVP list in the church kitchen; please sign up if you are planning on attending!)
 
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
The Generation Selfless Sunday School class is currently working on an in-depth study on the book of Genesis! The students will work through the Th!nk Life Change: Genesis workbook and dive deeper into the history, places and people found in the book of Beginnings. (Note, this study will conclude on Sunday, August 21st.) Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building). If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com.
  
YOUTH GROUP “PATHWAYS SUMMER CHALLENGE”
The “Pathways Summer Challenge” is will be concluding this month! All Challenge participants need to hand in their task sheets by Sunday, August 14th! The awards ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Please note, dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. We would like to ask that all guests (non-youth groupers) would donate $5 towards their meal. If you would like to come for the award ceremony only, we will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more info, check out the Pathways Station in the youth room.
 
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/CAREER GROUP)
Intermountain Baptist offers a fellowship for college students and singles (18-25), known as the Mini-Inks! What’s the focus of this small group? To dive deeper into the Word and deeper into fellowship with one another! The group meets Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Green Room” (located in the church office building).We hope you will join us and learn what it means to be a Mini-Inks member! We are currently doing an “Apologetics” study by Pastor Voddie Baucham. 
 
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 by E-Mail at ricktterry2009@q.com any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
 
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.
 
MISSIONARY PRAYER MEETING AND MEAL
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 August 28.
 
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: Children’s Bible Club is on break until fall.
 
GOOD NEWS CLUB
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.
 
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.
 
CHILDREN’S CHURCH
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. 
 
RESCUE MISSION
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. 
 
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
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at deanpshriver@gmail.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
 
DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Friday, August 19, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC September 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. 
 
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!
 
FELLOWSHIP DINNERS
Fellowship Dinners will resume in January. Be looking for more information in the November Newsletter!
 
USING OUR BUILDING
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.
 
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.
 
BOARD MEETING
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, August 10, 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:  Valori  Henderson*, Joan Manning*, Heather Stone     
* Denotes Board Member
  
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Aug. 12-14: Church Family Campout
- Aug. 20: Ladies Breakfast Bunch
- Aug. 20: Youth Group Summer Challenge Banquet
- Aug. 25: Youth Group Transition Dinner