April Newsletter


Pastor's Message
 
Some say, Easter isn’t about a bunny.  Rather, Christians say Easter's about a dead man who came back to life.  Christians say Jesus died--murdered on a cross!  His vitals flat-lined.  His breathing ceased.  His skin turned cold.  His flesh began to decay and stink.  Even so, Christians say that wasn't the end!  They proclaim that Jesus didn't stay dead.   
                That's why Christians celebrate Easter.  We celebrate Easter because, on the third day, Jesus' cold, decaying flesh turned warm again.  His lungs filled with air.  His heart began to beat once more.  In fact, His rotting body wasn't just restored—it was forever glorified. 
                Well, hip-hip-hooray for Jesus!  Hip-hip-hooray for the man who died but forever lives again!  I’m sure we’re all very happy for Him.  But don't you wonder?  What’s the resurrection of Jesus got to do with us?  Why should we celebrate someone else’s empty tomb?  Do we really have reason to make Easter all about Jesus instead of that bunny who brings us pretty eggs? 
                The Bible says we do!  In 1 Corinthians 15:16-20, we hear Paul arguing with some church-going skeptics who didn’t believe that God makes dead people live.  With his words, Paul reminds us why Easter is so important for us.  He reminds us of how hopeless our lives would be if Jesus had simply died and then stayed dead!  In 1 Corinthians 15:16-20 Paul writes, For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
                Why should we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this month?  Verse 17 tells us.  There Paul says, And if Christ has not been raised, your faith in futile…  Do you hear it?  If Jesus’ body is still in the tomb, the Bible says your faith is worthless—and so is mine!  If Christ has not been raised, your faith counts for nothing.  If Christ has not been raised, faith doesn’t change lives.  If Jesus is still dead, faith doesn’t deliver from condemnation and hell. 
                That’s why verse 20 rings so beautifully in our ears.  It reminds us, Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!  And because Jesus has been raised from the dead faith is not futile.  Faith matters!  Faith makes a difference—both in this life and in the life to come!  
                But what kind of faith is the Bible talking about here?  Will any faith do?  Does it matter what we believe in as long as we believe something?  Do all roads lead to heaven?  In other words, will God accept everyone’s faith as long as their faith is sincere? 
                The Bible is clear.  The answer is "No!"  Because only Jesus conquered death, only faith in Him can save!  Only Jesus died on the cross to pay our sin penalty.  Only Jesus lives today to be our Savior and Lord!  Here’s what that means—all roads don’t lead to heaven.  Your “sincere faith” can’t save you if you’re sincerely believing the wrong thing.  For instance, some people have a very sincere faith in themselves.  They believe in their own goodness.  Other people have a very sincere faith in their religion or their church membership.  But here’s the truth—religion and churches don’t save people.  Only Jesus, the Risen Lord, saves people!  And that's what Easter's all about! 
                This Easter make sure you really do know Christ!  Make sure your faith is saving faith!  Make sure that the resurrection life of Jesus has become your resurrection life too! 
 
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!
 
EASTER-RELATED ACTIVITIES
 
WEEK OF PRAYER
Join us for a week of focused prayer as we pray for our nation, our state, our church family, and friends/loved ones who need Christ. We will meet for prayer each evening during Easter week (March 30-April 2) from 6-8 p.m. Please join us for one or both hours of prayer.
 
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Join us at 7 p.m. on Good Friday (April 3) as we share the Lord's Supper and remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us when He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
 
CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION
Mark your calendars for the children's celebration of Christ's resurrection! We will be meeting at the church on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. - noon. Hear the story of Easter, play games, sing songs, create a craft - and there will be pizza for everyone. This celebration is for all children up through 6th grade! Come and bring friends.
 
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
Join us at the church at 7 a.m. on Easter morning (April 5) to celebrate Christ's resurrection at our traditional Easter Sunrise service.
 
 EASTER BREAKFAST
Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 5) at the church for an Easter Breakfast. Please watch for further details and plan to sign up to bring a breakfast casserole (or other food item). Because of the breakfast, there will be no Sunday School class on Easter morning. 
 
EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE
Celebrate Christ's resurrection at Intermountain! Our Easter Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Invite your friends, neighbors and loved ones to share in this joyful time.
 
EASTER OFFERING
We will receive our annual Easter Offering on Sunday, April 5 during our Easter worship service. We will be raising funds for an air-conditioning and solar power system for the church in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. This church is completing construction on a new worship center. Because of the extreme summer heat, it is very difficult to hold services during the summer without air-conditioning. Our goal is to raise at least $8000 for this project. Please pray about participating in this missions offering. Thanks.
 
FELLOWSHIPS DINNERS
Want to get to know people in the church? We’re getting ready to shuffle our groups for the next round of our "round-robin" fellowship dinners. If you did not participate in the last round, and would like to do so now, we will have sign-up sheets in the kitchen in April so that we can start the next round in May. It's a great fun way to get to know others in the church! 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. Watch for future announcements!
 
ANNUAL MEETING REPORT
 
Intermountain's Annual Business Meeting was held following our worship service on Sunday, March 22. For the 2015/2016 fiscal year, we adopted an annual budget of $151,000. This is down from about $155,000 for the past year. In addition to new budget cuts, the membership voted to make the temporary cuts (from October) permanent. This means we will have four fellowship events each year rather than monthly fellowship meals on the first Sunday of each month. The first of these will be our Easter breakfast on April 5 at 9:30 a.m. We also encourage everyone to participate in the rotating monthly fellowship dinners organized by the Evertsen’s! It's a great way to meet new people in the body! See this newsletter for more information. Finally, please recognized that, while reduced, our new budget still exceeds last year's offerings by $11,000. Please pray about increasing your financial support of the church so we can continue to fully support our missionaries. Thanks.
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
I tell you the truth, whoever believes has eternal life.
                                                                                John 4:7
 
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 is leading the youth as we consider the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate, Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins? Join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building). On Easter Sunday we will be doing some Easter related activities. Then, following Easter Sunday, we will wrap-up the "Is creation a viable model for origins?" study and begin our "Ruth/Esther" study series. 
 
MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Join us for our men’s Bible Study, Praying with Paul, every Saturday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the church. We share breakfast together on the third Saturday of the month. Note: On Apr 4th, the day of the Children’s Easter Celebration, we will be meeting in the church office building. We will end our current study on Saturday the 11th. The Men’s breakfast will be on the 18th and we will do some Spring Cleaning for a few hours afterwards. There will be no men’s meeting on the 25th and we will start our new study (particulars to come) on the 2nd of May. The beginning of a new lesson is always a great time to invite a friend. Any questions please contact Pastor Lucas at 925-482-4239. In everything we do, may we do it for the glory of God.
 
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 resumes on April 5 (Easter Sunday) 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. 
 
WOMEN’S SPRING TEA
Please save the date for IBC’s first Spring Tea 2015! May 9th, 11 am – 1 pm 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. More details and a sign-up list will be coming soon.

 
NEW TUESDAY, SMALL GROUP/BIBLE STUDY
A new study, "How to Walk the Walk you Talk" by Kay Arthur is going to be starting on April 7, 2015. We meet from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, and will be meeting in the Church building in the big Sunday School room. Contact the Leaders of this group 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). Note: We will not meet on April 1 (so we can all participate in “week of prayer”). Then, our study of The Truth Project will conclude on the 8th and our potluck will be pushed back to the 15th - when we'll plan our next book of the Bible to study.

NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. Note: We will not meet on April 1 (so we can all participated in “week of prayer’)
 
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 no Children’s Bible Club on April 2 (because of “week of prayer”)
 
GOOD NEWS CLUB
IBC 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. There will be no Club on April 2.
 
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
Please join us for our Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting for our missionaries on April 26 (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.  
 
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. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please let Jill know.
 
 
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
All the nations you have make will come and worship before you, o Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
                                                                                  Psalm 86:9
 
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 The Bible: The Greatest TRUE Story Ever Told! We plan to finish this study in the month of April and then start our 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 801-455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com. Note: we will meet every Thursday this month, save for the 2nd (due to Spring Break and Easter weekend activities).
 
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 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!  We’ll be meeting every Sunday in April, save for the 5th (Easter Sunday). And, we are continuing in RC Sproul's bookThe Holiness of God. Questions?  Please contact John at johncfreymuth@gmail.com.
 
MISSIONARY CORNER
 
Kevin and Leilani Humble in Indonesia
We praise God that many prayers were answered!
 
Move in a Storm - We finally made the move to Wawobungi! You can read more about this in our regular upcoming prayer letter. After living with our Indonesian colleagues for 2 1/2 years, we are enjoying having our own place and space.
 
Cross-cultural Workers’ Retreat, February 13-15 - This was a highlight! The Lord brought together nearly 80 people (including kids) throughout the retreat that we facilitated in Kendari. All of these workers are focused on seeing the unreached peoples of Southeast Sulawesi reached with the gospel. Unity was built, relationships were strengthened, people were encouraged, and inspired to move on to the next level in their ministries. Praise God!
 
Jakarta Missions Conference - Many young people were involved in this time, which was invigorating for us. Together with our co-worker, Aji, we felt that we were able to offer teaching and encouragement to them as they look to get involved in reaching the unreached. This church plans to send another short-term team to Southeast Sulawesi at the end of 2015. We also met two young women who are praying about moving to Sultra and serving here.
 
WorldVenture Indonesia Annual Fellowship - We thoroughly enjoyed a special time of getting together with our WorldVenture teammates. We are all spread out throughout the archipelago, so we look forward to our annual time set aside to be together, play, pray, worship, learn, strategize and plan together. We welcomed two brand new families who arrived in January, the Hodges and the Underhills.
 
Note: Unfortunately, we did not have enough space in this month’s Newsletter to include all of the information sent to us by the Humble’s. To see the complete report, go to the Missionary Table in the hallway and pick up a copy.
 
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!
 
IBC CHURCH CAMPOUT
Save the Date! IBC Church Campout! July 10-12. Rockport State Park Riverside Campground. Fun! Fellowship! Junk food! More details to follow. (This will take the place of the Men's camp this year).
 
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 for information 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.
 
DEADLINE FOR MAY NEWSLETTER
Friday, April 17, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC May Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine (gmkidd@comcast.net) AND Don (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
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.
 
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, April 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.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Mar. 30 – Apr 2: Week of Prayer
- April 3: Good Friday Service
- Apr. 4: Children’s Easter Celebration
- April 5: Easter Sunday (Sunrise Service, followed by Easter Fellowship Breakfast & Easter Worship)
- May 9: Women’s Spring Tea
- July 10-12: 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.