JUNE 2017“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people, equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
When God called Ezekiel to be His spokesman in Israel, He said, Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and given them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, “You will surely die,” and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.
As believers in Christ, we too are spokesmen—spokeswomen—for God. We are Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are called to “shine like stars in the universe” as we “hold out the word of life…” (Philippians 2:16). We are called to warn the lost and “speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their lives”! How faithful are we to fulfill our God-given task? I know I am not as faithful as I should be. Even as I write these words I’m aware of my countless failures to sound the warning about the judgment to come along with the grace God offers in Christ.
These are my friends. These are my close relatives. These are my neighbors. And they are going to die! They are going to face judgment. They are going to suffer eternal separation from God in hell if they do not flee to Jesus. Who will warn them if I don’t? Who will have the courage to talk about the things no one likes to talk about if I don’t? Will I be faithful to my calling? Will you be faithful to yours?
But even as God convicts and challenges me about what I must say to the lost, I am also aware of His concern about the way I say it. Some who speak boldly about sin, death, judgment and hell seem to do so with glee. May this never be true of us! God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11) but rather wants everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 2:9). Our attitude must be the same. Even when speaking of judgment and hell we are commanded to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and to do so with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
As Christ’s ambassador, are we willing to talk about the things no one likes talking about? Are we willing to sound the alarm in the hope that our loved ones will not continue to slumber in their condemnation and sin? The good news that Jesus saves has no meaning apart from the knowledge of what He saves us from. That’s why we must speak God’s truth about death, judgment and hell with gentleness and respect. Is there someone you need to talk to? Is there a letter you need to write? Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow might be too late.
Lord, fill us with your Spirit that we might boldly proclaim your truth—all of it!
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!
Join us each Sunday morning as Pastor Dean and Pastor Lucas preach through one of Paul's most personal letters, 2 Corinthians. In this letter, Paul address some who have rejected his ministry as their "father in the faith" and his authority as an apostle.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS+
Join us this month for our 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.
4 DAY CLUB/VBS (Vacation Bible School): Tue. – Fri., June 6 – 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, ages 3 – 12, at the church. Join us for a fun time learning truth from God's Word. There will be games, prizes, snacks and a special ceremony on Friday that parents are invited to. All children need new permission slips. We encourage pre-registration, and permission slips are in kitchen.
Intermountain’s annual church picnic is Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Murray Park, located at 440 E Vine Street (4930 S) - Pavilion #4. Enter from Vine St. Please bring a side-dish to share, your own drinks and your own meat to grill. You may also want to bring a lawn chair. Don’t miss this opportunity for fun and fellowship! Invite your friends.
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. Please see Monica Jewett for more info.
The Men’s group will continue in our study on discipleship through the first half of June. Our last meeting will be on June 10th and we will have a breakfast and recap. We will be on summer break from June 17th to July 29th. We will still do our breakfast on the third Saturday in July and we will reconvene on Saturday, August 5th. Also, I will continue to send text reminders. Please contact Luke Manning with any questions.
WOMEN’S MORNING PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
The ladies Precept upon Precept Bible study will meet only three times this summer: June 5, July 10, and August 7. These are all on Monday at 9:30-11:30 am at the church. We will be studying the book of Titus. This would be a great time to try an in depth Precept study! For more information contact Cynthia Edwards or Heather Stone.
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
The Monday evening Women’s Bible Study entitled “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” by Cynthia Heald will not meet on May 29 (Memorial Day) and concludes on June 5. This 13 week study is led by Heather Stone and runs from 6:30-8:00pm at the church. Cost of book is $6.50. Free childcare is provided. If you have any questions, please contact Judy or Heather.
Note: At the conclusion of this study, we’ll take a break for the summer and resume meeting in the fall.
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Tuesday’s at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Maurine Kidd for more information.
Note: Because of 4 Day Club/VBS (Vacation Bible School), we will not meet on
PSALM OF THE MONTH
Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. Ps. 7:8
Dinner Fellowships will resume after the first of the year. In the interim.... we STRONGLY encourage everyone to invite someone you do not know well to join you for a meal or just to hang out. The possibilities are endless: Meet at your home for a simple meal or BBQ; or go out for a picnic or to a restaurant; and (depending upon your schedules) it could be any day of the week (for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just dessert or coffee some evening). This is a GREAT way to get to know people at church and build relationships. We have many people in our body who would love to become more connected (and perhaps you are one of them). So, why not try it? We promise you that you will not regret it. For information please contact Brad or Judy Evertsen.
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The “Adult Home Fellowship” Small Group normally meets on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m., has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month, and meets at the Evertsen’s home – and most recently, have been studying Proverbs. But, during the three summer months, we are only scheduled to meet once a month - on June 14, July 12, and August 9 (on the 2nd Wednesday of the month) - at 6:30 pm for a BBQ/Pot Luck - and EVERYONE who wants to come and hang out is encouraged to attend. In the fall, we plan to resume our normal schedule. For more information, please contact Brad or Judy Evertsen.
BACKGROUND CHECKSFor 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
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you.
SUNDAY SERMONS AND LOTS OF INFORMATION
Have you visited our website lately? Sunday Sermons PLUS our latest Newsletter and Sunday Bulletin – and 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!
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. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please let Jill Martinez know.
PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteers
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! For info contact Valori Henderson.
Note: Children’s Bible Club ended on May 25th – and will resume in the 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. Please contact Cynthia Edwards or Joan Manning if you would like more information or would like to be involved in this ministry!
Note: Good News Club ended on May 18th – and will resume in the fall.
GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Thursday Nights
The youth group of Intermountain Baptist (more commonly known as GENERATION: SELFLESS), meets Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This small group is geared toward middle school and high school students (grades 7th-12th) and focuses on Jesus, the Word of God and learning what it means to daily live for His Kingdom call. Please come and join us as we learn what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ. During the month of April, we will be covering a variety of different study topics. For more information on our studies, please see the "Generation Selfless Bulletin Board," in the church Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at (801) 455-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Because of 4 Day Club/VBS (Vacation Bible School), we will not meet on June 8.
GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Mornings (The Mark!)
The Generation Selfless youth group also meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for Bible study and fellowship. This class (known by the youth as The Mark!) is for all 7th-12th graders and meets in the youth room (located in the church office building). The group will continue their study on the Names and Attributes of God. For more information contact Melanie Henderson or check out the “Generation Selfless Bulletin Board,” in the Fellowship Hall.
MINI-INKS (COLLEGE/CAREER GROUP)
The Mini-Inks college and singles (18-25) group meets on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Green Room” (located in the church office building). This small group is all about fellowship, accountability, gaining a better understanding of God’s Word and how to apply His Truth to daily living – and most recently we have been studying Christian Apologetics. Newcomers are certainly welcome to join! Questions? Please contact John Freymuth at (801) 696-4615 or email@example.com. Note: Mini-Inks is currently on a “summer holiday!”
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 Sunday
CHRISTIAN YOUTH IN ACTION
CEF’s Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) training camp is coming up the second full week of June, the 10th-17th – at Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, WY. While there, teenagers from Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico will learn how to tell evangelistic Bible lessons and help CEF and local churches organize and run summer ministry programs. This will be an awesome opportunity to grow closer to the Lord, make lasting friendships, learn how to share the Gospel with children, and conduct important outreach.
Kevin and Leilani Humble
The Humbles are back in their field. Here is their request: As we head back, we are facing a very fast-paced and full schedule. Pray that we will walk closely with the Lord always. Pray for grace as we return to a team we have been away from physically for several months. Thankfully we have had good, almost daily communication with them, but still there has been a distance between us. Please continue to pray for breakthroughs in the spiritual realms with those we are reaching with the good news. Pray for our daughter, Breeana, who is rather stressed and pressured by field logistics and cultural implications (with local voice actors) in the J film project her company is working on. Pray for our son, Justin, who has applied to a pre-field missions program, that God’s plan will unfold for him.
LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
2nd Saturdays of month, normally at 10 a.m. All over 16 are welcome to come fellowship with us. You don't have to spend much, just have a warm drink. If someone needs a ride or wants to carpool, please contact Sherrie B.
-June 10: Brittons (Captain Crunch French toast!). Reasonable prices-casual. 694 East Union Square, Sandy
-July 8: Sharon's Café (Best scone in town, reasonable prices-casual) 2263 Murray Holladay Road, Holladay.
-August 12: Ruth's Diner, (heavenly biscuits with raspberry preserves), casual, mid-range prices. Emigration canyon
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.
CHURCH CAMP OUT
It's almost here! It's almost here!! July 21-23 Spruces Campground (located 10 miles east of Salt Lake City, in scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon)! Sign-up sheets will be on the back table in early June. Cost is $30 per family. If you can't afford it don't worry as scholarships are available. If you can afford to give a little extra (toward scholarships) let us know! Hiking! Eating! Schmoozing! Card playing! Eating! Moose shooting....with cameras! Singing! Horse shoe tournament! Adults! Teens! Kids! Adults acting like kids! You do NOT want to miss the fun. If you don't camp....still come up for the day. It's close!
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 any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
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. Our meeting this month is on June 11.
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. Note: Because of the Church Picnic on June 25 (the 4th Sunday), we will not meet as a group for missionary prayer this month – BUT, please keep praying for our missionaries on your own.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
DEADLINE FOR JULY NEWSLETTER
Friday, June 16, is the deadline for receiving input for the July 2017 IBC Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd AND Don Stone.
We are using a new internet resource for personal Bible study, home groups, or teaching lessons. There are a ton of video lessons for adults, teens, and kids. This resource is free to all, just sign up through the IBC account for instant access. If you are interested in using this service please let Pastor Lucas know and he will send you the link. You can check it out by logging on to rightnowmedia.org.
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.
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. This year’s goal is to pack 250 gift boxes. The items we are asking for in June are washrags, soap and socks. Just a reminder that we will no longer be doing toothpaste or candy. Please see Monica Jewett or Tasha Demorest if you have any questions, and let them know how many items you purchase so we can keep track. Thanks.
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.
Normally, the Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm… and at other times on an as-needed basis. This month the Board meets on
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
-June 6-9: VBS Summer Program
-June 10-17: CYIA Training Camp
-June 25: Church Picnic
-July 21-23, 2017: Church Family Campout
CHURCH LEADERSHIP TEAM STAFF
Dean Shriver, Pastor*
Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor*
Melanie Henderson, Youth Director