MAY 2015 Newsletter

PASTOR’S MESSAGE

                In the gospels we find Jesus calling His disciples into a life of obedience and service to Him. Jesus first tells them to, “Follow me.” Then, when they are ready, He sends them out into the world and tells them to “Go.” Jesus’ call to “follow” and then to “go” were directly spoken to the first disciples but they are issued to us in just the same way and with no less significance or seriousness.  If Jesus has called us (Christians) to follow Him, as well as called us to go out into the world and proclaim Him, are we doing what He has commanded? Are we obedient to God’s instructions or are we trying to do it our own way?
1 Samuel 15:22 says, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” In context, the Prophet Samuel is rebuking King Saul because of his disobedience. I encourage you to read through the entire chapter to understand what is going on here but, in short Samuel is reprimanding Saul because Saul wanted to obey God on his terms not God’s. Saul did not do what God told him to do but did what he thought was best and then tried to offer that back to God. Saul attempted to please and worship God in his own way rather than truly worshiping God through obedience to what He commands.
The reason I bring this up is because sometimes we are in disobedience even when we have good intentions to worship God. Sometimes we get so caught up in worshiping God our way rather than His that we completely miss the mark. How do we avoid this? We remember what God has called us to. We have got to always remember God’s calling for His people. Following and going are active callings that require self-sacrifice and bravery. I am convicted by this because, often times, I would rather sit with a group of fellow believers and study what the Bible says rather than going out and doing what it says. We have to be careful, not only to try and understand God’s instructions, but to then obey them.
We have many Bible study groups at our church and I thank God for them. These groups are necessary for our growth and understanding of God’s word but if they are not done with the intention of following Jesus and going where He calls us to go, then our efforts to please God are really displeasing. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46).  If we are not listening to God’s instructions with the intent to obey then we are missing out. God wants us to know His word so that we can do what it says. We should want to know God so that we can better obey Him. And in obeying Him we will truly live lives that are pleasing to Him. As we go into spring let’s think of ways that we can be serving God in obedience to His call for us to “follow” and “go.” Let’s start fresh and make sure we are serving God on His terms not our own.
 
Pastor Lucas
 
 
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!

FELLOWSHIPS DINNERS
Looking for a great fun way to get to know others in the church? We’re shuffling our groups for the next round of our "round-robin" Fellowship Dinners that begin in May. Please note: Whether you participated in the last round or not, everyone who wants to participate (because we’re not automatically rolling anyone over) needs to sign up on the sheet in the kitchen. We pair groups of 3 couples or families (if you want to include children) and you meet once a month for the next 3 months. Each month you meet at a different person's home and rotate between providing the main dish, side dish and dessert. Exact times and locations of these dinners will be determined by you and your group.
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the evil one.
                                                                2 Thessalonians 3:3
 
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 Henderson (our Youth Director) is currently leading our youth through an in-depth study of Ruth. Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
 
EASTER OFFERING
We received offerings of $5000 for an air conditioning/solar power system for the church in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.  Thanks for your generosity!
 
MEN'S GROUP
Men, we are embarking on a journey that will hopefully challenge us and stretch us but also bring us close to God as we act in obedience to His calling. We are going outside the norm for your typical men’s group but that is good. Nothing Jesus calls us to do is “normal.” My prayer is that God would be pleased by us and that He would reveal Himself to us more and more. I am confident that God is going to use the men at IBC to do great things for His kingdom. The next months will be challenging but please stick with it. Nothing worth anything has ever come easy. We will only meet at the church once a month, on the third Saturday of the month, for our breakfast and to share stories of how God has been moving. Please be praying that God would move in us in ways that exceed our wildest dreams. Everything we do is for our Kings glory because He is worthy of our praise. If you would like to be involved in our Men’s group please contact me anytime at (925-482-4239). Your brother, Lucas
 
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
Part 2 of our women's Precept study in the book of John – began on March 30, and meets at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Intermountain. Cost for this 8-week study (Chapters 7-11) is $18. Free child care provided for the morning study. If you have never done a Precept study, this is a great time to begin, as we study Jesus-The Light of the World!!

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. All those who are leaders/teachers in this ministry must be members of IBC, and all assistants 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.

SPRING TEA
Please save the date for IBC’s first Spring Tea 2015! May 9th, 9am-11am at the church. All Ladies are invited! This is a chance for you to bring your mom, your daughter, your sister, your grandma, your niece, a co-worker, a friend, any LADY…any AGE, that you would love to have by your side as we TEA together in fellowship. Please sign up if you plan to attend (An RSVP sign-up list is located in the kitchen), so we have an idea how many to expect. Sign-up sheets are also available for you to volunteer to help in various areas.

 
NEW TUESDAY, SMALL GROUP/BIBLE STUDY
A new study, "How to Walk the Walk you Talk" by Kay Arthur has begun. We meet from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, and will be meeting in the Church building in the big Sunday school room. Richard and Tammy are leading this group, and they ask that you please contact them at tammy.hart@comcast.net if you would like to attend so we can be sure there are enough books for everyone! There is no cost and no homework so please join us!
 
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The Adult Home Fellowship meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – normally has a potluck the 2nd Wednesday of each month - and will meet at the Evertsen’s home (3271 S. Eskesen Dr. in WVC). 
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. 
 
SUMMER CHILDREN’S CLUB
Mark your calendars!: 4-Day Summer Children’s Club, June 15-18, from 6:30-8:00pm, at IBC. Details coming soon.
 
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: May 28 is our last Children’s Bible Club until fall.
 
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: May 21 is our last Good News Club until fall.
 
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
 
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
Please join us for our Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting for our missionaries on May 24 (normally scheduled for the 4th Sunday of the month). A light meal follows our time of prayer.  Our missionaries serve in difficult areas and need our prayers.  
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
                                                                                Psalm 9:10
 
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! Right now we are covering a Question Series. (The "Question Series" is where the youth kiddos get to ask different questions and we go over them in class (i.e., What does the Bible say about sex before marriage? Do I really have to obey my parents? Etc.) 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 at melhenderson11@q.com.
 
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 normally 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! May 3 is Split Night, and the girls will meet at the Kent’s at 4pm (two hours earlier than usual); and the boys will meet at the church at the normal time of 6pm. Then, on May 10 we will all begin reading through the book, “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.”  Questions?  Please contact John at johncfreymuth@gmail.com.
 
 DEADLINE FOR JUNE NEWSLETTER
Wednesday, May 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC June Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (gmkidd@comcast.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
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!
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
RESCUE MISSION
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month.
 
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, May 13, 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.
 
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.
 
CHURCH CAMPOUT
Mark your calendars! All Church Campout, July 10-12. Details coming soon. (This will take the place of the Men's camp this year).
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- May 9: Women’s Spring Tea
- June 15-18: Summer Children’s Club
- July 10-12: All Church Campout
- Oct. 9-11: Ladies’ Retreat
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.

 
Note: 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.