February 2017
 
“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
PASTOR’S MESSAGE
Nothing to be Giddy About
 
                On January 20, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Donald Trump as the 45th  President of the United States.  Many professing Christians are almost giddy over the outcome of last year’s election. To a point, I understand their response.  But only to a point.  For we who believe that life begins at conception, the prospect of a Clinton presidency and a Supreme Court stacked with radially pro-abortion justices seemed unfathomably hopeless and cruel.  Assuming President Trump keeps his campaign promises, this prospect no longer appears to be an immediate threat.  For this we should be grateful.
                But giddy?  I don’t think so.  Twenty years ago Bible-believing Christians were adamant that “character matters” when choosing a president.  What happened?  Pollsters tell us that “evangelical” Christians played a significant role in choosing Donald Trump as the Republican nominee in spite of the fact that he—among other things—publicly mocked a handicapped man and admitted to being a serial adulterer.  I have to ask.  Why did professing Christians elevate this man over other primary candidates (some who are believers) who have a record of demonstrated character?  Could it be that character doesn’t matter after all?  Or, does character only matter when the candidate involved is someone we don’t agree with politically?  Hypocrisy!
                So yes, I am grateful for the potential of a more pro-life Supreme Court.  But no, I’m not giddy over the outcome of last year’s election.  Frankly, I’m disillusioned by the prospect that the American church may be more motivated by political dogma than biblical truth.  I pray this is not—and will never be—true of us.     
                So what should we do?  What is our God-given role as Bible-believing American Christians?  First, knowing that no presidential administration—no court, no congress—is without sin we must never put our ultimate hope in human government.  Romans 13:1-7 reminds us that government is God’s gift to us.  Without the restraints and services government provides, our sinful world would quickly descend into violent chaos.  Even so, we must remember Jeremiah’s warning, Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength… (Jer. 17:5).  Human government can’t change hearts.  Human government isn’t the ultimate answer to the issues that profane and divide us as a nation.  In God we trust!  Not the president.  Not the Congress.  Not the Supreme Court.
                Second, as believers, we must not dismiss or excuse the sins of those leaders whose politics we prefer.  What witness for Christ can we bear if we condemn the sins of those we disagree with only to remain silent—or even endorse—the sins of those we think promote “our agenda”?  In both cases, isn’t the Bible clear?  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil… (Isaiah 5:20). 
                Third, we must honor and submit to our governing authorities.  Romans 13:1-2 declares, Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resist what God has appointed.  While we owe absolute submission only to God, never forget that slandering or demonstrating disrespect for our leaders is sin.           
                Finally, we must pray.  In 1 Timothy 1:1-2 Paul instructs, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life…  President Trump, our Congress, and our courts need our prayers.  May we be faithful to lift “those in high positions” up to our God in the name of Lord and Savior, Jesus 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!

PREACHING SERIES! / PARABLES OF LUKE
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!  
 
“LADIES Night In"
Friday, February 17th, 7-9 pm
Come for a fun evening "hanging out" at Judy Evertsen's.
Bring games (if you want) and your favorite snack, and come in stretchy, comfy clothes.
 
MEN’S GROUP
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. This month we will wrap-up are lessons from “Voice of the Martyrs.” We will begin a new series on Discipleship (What it means to be and make disciples). Can’t make it every group? Come and join us for our monthly breakfast (normally on the third Saturday of the month), same time as regular meetings. Any questions please contact Pastor Lucas, 925-482-4239. Note: Our monthly breakfast in January was delayed until Saturday, January 28 when Rodger Schmidt will be with us.
 
SWEETHEART’S FUNDRAISER
Our Youth Group will be having a Sweetheart's Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18th. The dinner will start a 6 p.m. Please mark your calendars, and be watching for more details.
 
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our annual church business meeting will follow our worship service on Sunday, March 12.  Please mark your calendars! 
 
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.
 
DINNER FELLOWSHIPs
Dinner Fellowships resumed in January. Two couples/families were paired up; and will meet once a month....inviting a third couple/single/family to join them. These pairings will be shuffled after 4 months. This is a GREAT way to get to know people at church and build relationships. 
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
Honor the LORD with your wealth and the firstfruits from all your crops.
Then your barns will be full, and your wine barrels will overflow with new wine.                    Proverbs 3:9-10
 
WOMEN’S MONDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
Monday evening Women’s Bible Study resumed January, 16th, with Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This 7-week study centers around learning to recognize God's character, language and tone of voice as you spend time in His Word and understand the role of the Holy Spirit. The study runs from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Childcare will be provided. Cost of books is $13.00. 
 
WOMEN’S MORNING PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
The ladies Precept upon Precept Bible study continues to meet on Mondays at 9:30-11:30 am at the church. A new study in Kings and Chronicles entitled Passing the Mantle has just begun.

LADIES BREAKFAST BUNCH
2nd Saturdays of month, 9 a.m.
All over 16 are welcome to come fellowship with us. You don't have to spend much, just have a warm drink.
-February 11th: The Egg and I, South Jordan 
-March 11th: Kneaders, Jordan Landing
-April 8th: Original Pancake House, Midvale
Please join us and let Sherrie know your favorite breakfast places.
 
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. Note: This month, our Praying for Prodigals meeting is on February 12.
 
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 is on February 26.
 
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 a Valentine’s Party on
February 9.
 
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.  
 
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. 
 
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 at the Evertsen’s home (3271 S. Eskesen Dr. in WVC). We are currently studying Proverbs. 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). 
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group  meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. in Magna.

GENERATION SELFLESS YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Mornings 
The Generation Selfless youth group also meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. for Bible study and fellowship. This class 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.
 
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. Currently, we are working through Kyle Idleman's series Not A Fan. Please come and join us as we learn what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at (801) 455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.comNote: Thursday, February 23rd is our community service night and we will meet from 6-8 p.m. Also, Youth group is NOT meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16th, but we will be having the Sweetheart's Fundraiser on Sat., Feb. 18th. The dinner will start a 6 p.m.
 
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 we are currently studying Christian Apologetics. Newcomers are certainly welcome to join! The Inklings will meet every Sunday in the month of February. 
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God,
                                                                Psalm 84:2
 
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
 
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 by E-Mail at ricktterry2009@q.com 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!
 
SALT LAKE COUNTY JAIL MINISTRY
Save the date: Friday, March 31 at 7pm is the Salt Lake County Jail Annual Banquet, at the Sheraton-City Center, 150 W 500 So, SLC, Utah.
 
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 17, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC March 2017 Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (maurine-kidd@centurylink.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
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.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at deanpshriver@gmail.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
 
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.
 
BOARD MEETING
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, February 8, 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
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Feb. 11: Ladies Breakfast Bunch, 9am
Feb. 17: “Ladies Night In”, 7-9pm
Feb. 18: Sweetheart's Fundraiser, 6 pm
Mar. 12: Annual Church Business Meeting
Mar. 30: Samaritan’s Purse movie, “Facing Darkness”, 7pm @ Cinemark 24, West Jordan
Mar. 31: Salt Lake County Jail Annual Banquet
Apr. 9: Palm Sunday
Apr. 14: Good Friday
Apr. 16: Easter
July 21-23, 2017: IBC Church Family Campout