“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
As our nation approaches the end of a very unpleasant election cycle, here’s something we need to remember—ultimately, this country’s future doesn’t rest on the shoulders of the next occupant of the White House. Our national hope rests in God and His people. It rests on Christ’s Church which is His body at work in the world.
Do you believe it? Do you believe that our faithfulness as a church packs a bigger punch than anything going on in Washington D.C.? Do you believe that we, as American Christians, have God’s power to transform the nation (and the world) in ways politicians never can?
Think about it. Looking back 2000 years, whose influence remains greater—that of Jesus or that of all the Caesars of Rome combined? Was it Caesar who “turned the world upside down” or was it the first disciples and the apostle Paul? Has history been shaped more by scores of now dead German kings and lords or by a single German monk who discovered God’s grace—a monk named Luther? And, within our own lifetime, was the Berlin wall and communism able to withstand the prayers of God’s people?
History demonstrates that faithful ambassadors of Christ possess God’s power to change nations in ways kings, presidents and politicians can’t! But before it can happen, we have to honestly answer some hard questions.
Question #1: Will we trust God? Who do we trust? Aren’t we tempted to believe that our lives—and the life of our country—will prosper only as long as we keep someone in the White House who thinks like us? Don’t we act like righteousness can reign only if we swing the Supreme Court our way? We need to remember what Jeremiah 17:5-7 declares, Cursed is the man who trusts in man…Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord?
Believers in Jesus Christ, we have the potential to change this nation—but only if we stop trusting in politicians and start trusting in God! God is sovereign. God’s will is going to be done on November 8—just like God’s will is being done today! Life is not random! And neither are elections. Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons: He removes kings and sets up kings! (Daniel 2:20-21).
Question #2: Will we speak for God? We live in a nation where many people have stopped believing in absolute truth. Are we willing to tell them that God’s truth still stands? Are we willing to speak for God by telling our friends and relatives and co-workers that He is real and that He will soon come to judge the living and the dead. Will we speak for God by proclaiming the realities of heaven and hell? Will we speak for God and proclaim the good news that Jesus died and rose again for our salvation? Will we speak for God by telling those around us that, apart from repentance and faith in Jesus, they stand eternally condemned? Will we speak God’s truth concerning abortion, gay “marriage,” self-centeredness, materialism, and greed? Will we speak for God?
Question #3: Will we pray to God? Will we remember that the future of our nation rises or falls on the prayers of God’s people? Listen to what God says to King Solomon concerning the nation Israel. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 He says, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. That’s a promise God specifically gave to Israel because of the special covenant relationship He had with them. Even so, the general principle that a nation’s health is, to some degree, dependent upon the prayers of God’s people stands true. That’s why, in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul writes, I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live quiet and peaceful lives…
Question #4: Will we be God’s salt? Will we be God’s light? Like salt preserves and flavors a meal, God calls His people to preserve and flavor our nation. Like light dispels darkness, God call us to shine in the darkness. Do you know what that means? It means we must be different! Salt always remains distinct from the food it seasons. And, by definition, light can never be dark.
So here’s the question—why would we expect our nation to repent when we won’t? For Christians the question isn’t “who’s sitting in the Oval Office?” The question is, “Will we be salt? Will we be light?”
Even if we don’t like the outcome of this month’s election we need not despair. That’s because America’s future doesn’t depend on who lives in the White House. America’s future lies with God—and with us—his sons and daughters!
As believers in Jesus Christ what must we do? We must trust in God. We must speak for God. We must pray to God. We must repent so we can be salt and light. We are America’s hope. We are America’s future.
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!
Pastor Dean and Pastor Lucas are now preaching through the parables of The Gospel of Luke. These include the Parable of the Sower, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Parable of the Rich Fool. Invite your friends and family!
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.
THANKSGIVING DAY PRAISE SERVICE
Keep the "thanks" in your Thanksgiving Day. Join us for our Thanksgiving Praise Service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 24 at the church.
SHOEBOX PACKING FELLOWSHIP
We will be packing Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes on Halloween, Monday, October 31, at the church starting at 5:30 p.m. We will also meet after church on Sunday, October 30 to fold boxes. This year’s goal is 200 boxes. A list of needed shoebox supplies is updated weekly and available in the kitchen. If you would like to contribute to the cost of shipping our boxes overseas and providing a Bible for each child ($13/box--$2600 total) please write "shoebox" on the memo line of your check and drop it in the offering plate. Thanks.
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
If you hide your sins, you will not succeed.
If you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy.
CHRISTMAS DINNER & WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIP
Our annual adult (high school age and up) Christmas “white elephant” gift exchange is Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the church. A ham dinner will be served. Bring a “treasure” from home to give away (one gift per person, or couple… your choice). If you buy a gift, spend $10 or less. Be watching for the sign-up sheet in the kitchen if you plan to attend. You will also find a list to sign up to bring a food item!
Fellowship Dinners will resume in January. Be looking for more information in the December Newsletter!
Men’s Group meets every Saturday from 7:00- 8:30 AM at the church. Come and fellowship with the men of the church as we grow in our relationships with one another while drawing closer to God. Can’t make it every group? Come and join us for our monthly breakfast on the third Saturday of the month. Same time as regular meetings. Any questions please contact Pastor Lucas, 925-482-4239. Note: We will not meet this month on November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
Our Women's Precept Upon Precept study will begin a new four lesson study on November 14, 2016. We will continue to meet Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Intermountain. We will be studying the end of I Kings and II Chronicles. Free child care is provided. New students are welcome.
WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY
The Evening Ladies Bible study is breaking until January, at which time we will offer:
"Discerning the Voice of God" How do I know when God is speaking?
The cost will be $13. Watch for more details to come.
LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
9 a.m. - 2nd Saturdays of month
-November 12th, Left Fork Grill, 68 W 3900 S, Murray
-December 10th, Cracker Barrel, 2283 W. City Center Court, West Valley.
All over 16 are welcome to come fellowship with us. You don't have to spend much, just have a warm drink. Any suggestions are welcome, questions.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10).
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 - 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. Note: This month, our Praying for Prodigals meeting is on November .13
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 Nov. 27th.
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The Adult Home Fellowship now meets on Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. – has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month - and meets in WVC. We are currently studying Galatians. 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 will not meet on Wednesday, November 23 (evening prior to Thanksgiving).
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group now meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. in Magna.
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 call Valori Henderson (801-967-3755). Note: There is no Club on November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).
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: Good News Club will not meet on November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).
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.
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
All 7th through 12th graders, please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building). We are will conclude our Name/Attributes of God study on November 20, and will begin a Celebrating Advent study on the 27th. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! So please join us, and learn what it means to be part of a selfless generation. Our topics of study for the first three Thursday’s of November will be: “Service of Christ,” “Christian Service,” and “Practical Service.” There is no class on the 24th (Thanksgiving Day). If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or email@example.com. Youth Group will not meet on November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).
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), and will be meeting every Sunday evening in November. 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.
PSALM OF THE MONTH
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the men’s Rescue Mission every second Monday of the month.
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 email@example.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
DEADLINE FOR DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
Thursday, November 17, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC December 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Don Stone (email@example.com).
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, November 9, 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: Tony Manning*
DEACONS: Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
DEACONESSES: Valori Henderson*, Joan Manning*, Heather Stone
* Denotes Board Member