December Newsletter
 

    
PASTOR’S MESSAGE
 
 
 
On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Immanuel, God become human, born to a virgin, the Word become flesh.  It's a staggering thought.  Unfortunately, the staggering has become common to us.  For many of us, Christmas has become little more than a time of the year.  Christmas has become a "season."  Christmas is "the holidays".  Too many of us have lost our sense of wonder.  Too many of us fail to stand in awe at what God has done.   What God has done is the incarnation.   The incarnation is God becoming a man who lived his life with us and for us on earth. 
                In his classic book, Knowing God, J.I. Packer devotes a chapter to "God Incarnate".  As we approach Christmas, I'd like to share some of what he says about the wonder of how the God who made us literally became one of us on the first Christmas.  I pray these thoughts will lead us into a deeper sense of wonder and worship as we celebrate the coming of Christ this month:
                The really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man...He took humanity without loss of deity, so that Jesus of Nazareth was as truly and fully divine as He was human.  ...It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie.  "The Word was made flesh" (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child.  And there was no illusion or deception in this:  the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality.  The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets.  Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is the truth of the incarnation. 
                ...The story is usually prettified when we tell it Christmas by Christmas, but it is really rather beastly and cruel.  The reason why Jesus was born outside the hotel is that it was full and nobody would offer a bed to a woman in labor, so that she had to have her baby in the stables, and cradle him in a cattle-trough.  The story is told dispassionately and without comment, but no thoughtful reader can help shuddering at the picture of callousness and degradation that it draws.  It is not, however, to draw moral lessons from this that the evangelists tell the story.  For them, the point of the story lies not in the circumstances of the birth...but rather in the identity of the baby.  The baby born at Bethlehem was God...The baby born at Bethlehem was God made man.  The word had become flesh: a real human baby.  He had not ceased to be God; He was no less God than before; but he had begun to be man.  He was not now God minus some elements of His deity, but God plus all that He had made His own by taking manhood to Himself.  He who made man was now learning what it felt like to be a man. 
                ...How are we to think of the incarnation?  The New Testament does not encourage us to puzzle our heads over the physical and psychological problems it raises, but to worship God for the love that was shown in it.  For it was a great act of condescension and self-humbling. 
                ...The key text in the New Testament for interpreting the incarnation is...2 Corinthians 8:9, "ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich."  ...the taking of manhood by the Son is set before us in a way which shows us how we should set it before ourselves and ever view it--not simply as a marvel of nature, but rather as a wonder of grace. 
                May we worship God and wonder at the reality of His grace as we celebrate Christmas.
 
Pastor Dean
 

 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you.  Not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
                                                                                John 14:27
 
NEW PREACHING SERIES!
Pastor Dean recently began a new preaching series through the book of Romans on Sunday.  Invite your friends to come discover the good news about Jesus!
 
CHRISTMAS DINNER & WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIP
Please join us on December 5th at 6:30pm for our Church Family Christmas Fellowship!  We will be serving a ham dinner and doing our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange. Come prepared to have FUN as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!!
 
Please bring a gift for the exchange if you would like to participate (up to a $10 value). And, if you are able, each family/couple please bring a dessert (last names beginning with A-M) or a side dish (last name beginning with N-Z) to share.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Join us for a traditional candlelight service on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24) at 7 p.m. at the church. Come worship and remember what Christmas is about. This is a great service to invite your family and friends to!
 
NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FELLOWSHIP
Our New Year's prayer fellowship will be Friday, January 2, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we thank God for what He's done in 2014 and seek His will for the coming year. We will share a light meal before we pray together. Watch for details concerning the location of this fellowship!  
 
 
 
 
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
This class is led by Melanie Hendersen, and is  currently studying Philippians. We meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the office building).
 
8-WEEK BASICS! CLASS
Heather has been leading a "Basics" class in the classroom located in the church office building.  This class is for (and limited to) those who are new to the Christian faith or who are investigating Christianity.  Class Motto:  No question is a dumb question!  Join us at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday.  Note: This class has ended, but will be offered again after the first of the New Year as the need arises. Be watching for specifics and dates. 
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Ladies Precept Bible Study-The Gospel of John Part 1. (Chapters 1-10) Beginning Monday, January 12, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Intermountain. Cost: $22.50. Child care provided. If you have never done a Precept study, this is a great time to begin, as we study Jesus-The Light of the World!!

MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Join us on Saturday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the church.  We are currently studying the book, The Way of the Master, written by Ray Comfort. Come learn how to more effectively share your faith with others. In December the Men’s breakfast will be on the 20th (3rd Saturday of the month). Note: we will not be meeting on the 27th.). 
 
MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP MEAL
Because of our Christmas Dinner & White Elephant Gift Exchange Fellowship on Friday, December 5, we will not be offering our monthly Fellowship Meal on December 7 (the 1st Sunday of the month). Our next monthly Fellowship meal will follow the worship service on Sunday, January 4.
 
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! 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. And please check out the Generation Selfless Facebook page! If you go to Facebook and search “IBC Youth Connect" you can access our announcements, photos and more. Note: We will not be meeting December 18 and 25 and January 1 (Winter/Christmas/New Year’s break).

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 December. Please note, the group normally meets in the church office building's smallest classroom, and will do so on December 7. But, on December 14 and 21 we will be meeting at Skie's  house, and on the 28th we will be meeting at the West Valley Megaplex Theater.  More details to come at Group.
 
WANT MORE YOUTH OR COLLEGE/CAREER INFO?
Hey all! Wanna know what the youth group and the college/career group are up to? Then check out their Facebook pages...The youth info/pics/events can be found on the Generation Selfless - IBC Youth Group page, and the college/career group info/pics/events can be found on the Mini Inks IBC College Group page.
 
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: We will not be meeting December 18 and 25 and January 1 (Winter/Christmas/New Year’s break).

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: There will be no Club on either Christmas Day (Dec 25) or New Year’s Day (Jan 1).
 
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 Martinez (801-755-6923) know. PS: Thanks to all who have stepped up to volunteer!
 
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.
 
 
CHILDREN’S CHURCH/HELP NEEDED
On Sunday, we offer a Children’s Church (for ages 4 through 8) during the last half hour of worship service.  This ministry involves leading (and helping with) Children’s Church activities during the sermon time once every several weeks. Lesson plans will be provided. All those who are leaders/teachers in this ministry must be members of IBC, and all workers 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. If you would like to serve in this way, please let Jill Martinez (801-755-6923) know.
Note: Children’s Church is taking a break: Please be watching for announcement of start-up date.
 
NOT SO YOUNG” ADULT SMALL GROUP
The “Not So Young” Adult Fellowship Group meets on Wednesday’s. at 7 p.m. We have been using a study book on “Forgiveness.” On the 3rd we will discuss what study we will start in January, and on the 10th we will have our potluck. We will not be meeting on the 17th, the 24th (the evening of our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service) or the 31st (New Year’s Eve). 
 
BOOK OF JOHN STUDY
Richard and Tammy are leading a "Joy of Living" study through the book of John on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the youth room. Note: We will not be meeting on either the 23rd  or the 30th.
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at in Magna. No Study on Dec. 24th & Dec 31st.  .
 
SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER MEETING
Please join with us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the church office building as we humble ourselves before God in prayer.  We need to always be asking God for His guidance and direction as He works in our hearts and the hearts of unbelievers He calls us to reach.
 
PSALM OF THE MONTH
Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
                                                                                Psalm 90:2
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
Please join us for our December Monthly Missionary Meal and Prayer Meeting for our missionaries. Our missionaries are serving diligently in difficult areas and greatly desire our dedicated prayer. We will meet after church on December 28th (4th Sunday, as usual) for an hour of prayer followed by a time of fellowship and food.
 
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. If you would like to join us please meet at the church at 5:45 pm.
 
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!
 
INTERMOUNTAIN BAPTIST FACEBOOK GROUP
Facebook provides another means by which we can deepen our fellowship with each other and communicate church news/events to members, attendees, and the general public.  Check us out!
 
ON THE RADIO
Sermons from past Intermountain services can be heard on KUTR, AM 820 every Sunday at 8:30 a.m.  Invite your friends to listen!
 
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.
 
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.
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Our next baptism service is scheduled for Sunday December 14. Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
DEADLINE FOR JANUARY NEWSLETTER
Saturday, December 13, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC January Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (gmkidd@comcast.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com). Please note the “earlier-than-usual” deadline.
 
 
BOARD MEETINGS
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, December 10, 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: Terry Henderson*, Tony Manning*
    DEACONS:  Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
    DEACONESSES:  Cynthia Edwards, Valori Henderson*,  Joan Manning*, Heather Stone
  * Denotes Board Member
 
A. CHURCH PHONE NUMBER
 
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.
 
B. OTHER DIRECTORY UPDATES:
 
-  Pastor Dean Shriver, new email: deanpshriver@gmail.com
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
- Dec. 6: Adult Christmas Fellowship
- Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
- Dec. 28: Missionary Prayer Meeting & Meal
- Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
- Jan. 2: New Year’s Prayer Fellowship