May 2016 Newsletter

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PASTOR’S MESSAGE
 
                Old Testament prophecy and the Bible’s teaching about Christ’s second coming has often been twisted and abused.  Around the time we came to Utah a booklet entitled something like Why Jesus Will Return in 1988 was published and widely distributed.  It caused a stir.  During the 1990’s, much was made about the approach of the new millennium.  Surely, the year 2000 would usher in the new heaven and earth!  Ancient native calendars predicted this world’s end in 2012.  Around the same time, radio teacher Harold Camping famously predicted Christ’s coming on a specific date—twice in one year. 
                Of course, Jesus didn’t return in 1988, 2000, 2012, or in accordance with Harold Camping’s calculations.  Sadly, these false teachers with their failed predictions did damage to the cause of Christ and His Church.  In light of that damage—including the mocking of believers and the disdaining of God’s Word—many Christians dismiss the study of prophecy altogether.  Some believe emphasizing the promise of Christ’s return (and the circumstances surrounding it) can only lead to fruitless speculation, meaningless excitement, and distraction.  “Better to focus on living for Jesus in the here and now!” they say.  “Better to let the future take care of itself.” 
                The Bible negates such thinking.  Those who properly study Scripture see it.  Any believer who would live for Jesus in the present must anticipate their future with Him.  This is the theme we heard Paul return to over and over again in 1 Thessalonians.  1 Thessalonians is a short letter.  It covers two-and-a-half pages in my Bible.    Yet, in spite of its brevity, Paul returns to the theme of Christ’s coming eight times.  In 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Paul reminds us that one of the defining marks of a true Christian is that, even as he serves God, he waits for his Son from heaven…  Throughout his letter, Paul anticipates Christ’s coming when the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with a voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.  At that time, Paul declares, “we will meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 
                But why?  Why does Paul, along with other New Testament writers, emphasize Christ’s return?  In spite of this topic’s abuse by false teachers, why must we strive to understand (and anticipate) the fact of, and the circumstances surrounding, Christ’s return?  The first answer is encouragement.  In the midst of reminding the Thessalonians of the hope Christ’s coming offers them, Paul instructs them to encourage one another with these words—not once, but twice (4:18; 5:11)!  Life in this world is hard.  Along with the pleasures of this life, we suffer stress, conflict, sickness, hurt, grief, persecution, and more.  As Christians we are not exempt from any of these! Where do we find our hope?  As believers, we find our hope in the certain return of Jesus who will both resurrect and glorify our bodies and usher us into the Father’s presence in a new heaven and earth where death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore…  Never forget, whatever your circumstances might be today—this is the future you have in Christ.  When Jesus comes all our sorrows, regrets, and sufferings will forever melt away!  Be encouraged!  And encourage other believers too.
                But that’s not all.  We must understand and anticipate Christ’s coming because it’s the promise of Christ’s coming tomorrow that motivates our growth and obedience today.  In 2 Peter 3:10-12 we read, …the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up, and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…  Answer?  Verse 14 tells us.  …Since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish and at peace. 
                So what about it?  Do you believe in the soon-to-come return of Jesus?  More than that, do you anticipate it?  Do you long for it?  Are you encouraged by God’s promise?  Do you live in light of Christ’s coming? 
                Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).         
 
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!

SUMMER BIBLE SCHOOL
It’s time to get excited!  Mark your calendars for our 4-Day Summer Bible School! Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, July 26-29, from 6:30-8:30pm, at Intermountain Baptist Church. Our theme this year is “Submerged: finding the truth below the surface.” Volunteers are needed. Please see Monica Jewett if you can help or have any questions. Be watching for more details coming soon.

LADIES’ ROYAL TEA
Ladies of all ages, you are invited to a Royal-Tea!  Join us Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for our second annual Spring Tea here at Intermountain!  Space is limited to 75, so please sign up as soon as possible!  Sign-up sheets are located in the kitchen.  Childcare is provided!      
 
1st EVER TALENT SHOWCASE
Thank you to all the talented members of our church family who participated in the Talent Show, held 4/1/16, especially the Thursday night Bible Club (very entertaining skit). And a big thank you to the audience for your support. God willing, we'll do it again next year. (If more interest is shown, Patrick and I won't have to sing.) With Love in Christ, B.A.
 
PREACHING SERIES!
Pastor Dean as recently begun a preaching through the book of 1 and 2 Thessalonians on Sunday!  These books reveal much about the church and the second coming of Christ! Invite your friends!
 
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Pastor Dean has begun a study on The Whys and Hows of Prayer at 9:45 a.m. (at the back of the auditorium).  What is prayer?  Why should we pray?  Does God answer prayer?  How should we pray?  Join us as we explore what the Bible says about God’s gift of prayer!   
 
 
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
 
EASTER OFFERING
Thanks to all who contributed to the annual Easter offering!   Your generosity resulted in an offering of $8,150.00!  This year’s Easter offering is designated for our “Staff Support Fund.”  We will use this fund to meet near term budget shortfalls related to calling Lucas Manning as our full-time associate pastor.  This will allow us to “grow into” our new budget without reducing our missions giving.   
 
FELLOWSHIP DINNERS
Dinner Fellowships are a fabulous way to make new friendships and deepen old ones. We pair up two couples/families for 2 months. You get together once a month for a meal. Whether you meet at your home, the park for a picnic or a restaurant is up to you. Whether you go pot luck or cook at 10 course meal is also up to you. You make up your own rules. This year's exciting new twist is that you get to invite a couple/single/
family to round out your group each month. It can be someone from church who you'd like to get to know better, or maybe a neighbor or co-worker. Sunday, April 24th is the last Sunday to sign up for the May-June rotation. Sign up for July-August will start in June.   Please join in.   You won't regret it!   
 
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those are cruel to you.    Luke 6:27-28
 
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
This year we have been digging into the book of 2 Samuel! Our women's Precept Upon Precept study meets Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Intermountain. Free child care is provided. New students are welcome.

WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY
Our new Monday evening women’s Bible study is Lord Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days by Kay Arthur.  This study on “the Lord’s Prayer” is from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the church and will be led by Judy.  Childcare is provided!  The cost is $13.
 
MEN’S BREAKFAST AND STUDY
Men, come join us every Saturday morning here at the church from 7-8:30AM for an in depth look at the book of 2 Timothy. In this study we will work through the material TOGETHER. Because there is no homework, this is a great study to join at any time. Also, remember that our breakfast will be on the third Saturday, May 21, at the same place. If you have any questions please contact Lucas at 925-482-4239. NOTE:
No study on May 28, labor day weekend.
 
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. This month our meeting is on May 1 (1st Sunday).
 
SHOE BOX MINISTRY
We encourage you to purchase specific items each month as we prepare to pack our Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes in October.  This month we encourage you to purchase toothbrushes and toothpaste.  This year’s goal is to pack 600 gift boxes for children in third world countries.  Please see Monica Jewett or Tasha Demorest if you have any questions. And, please let Tasha know how many items you purchase so we can keep track.  Thanks.
 
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Melanie Henderson (our Youth Director) is currently leading our youth in an in-depth study on the book of Genesis! The students will work through the Th!nk Life Change series workbook and dive deeper into the history, places and people found in the book of Beginnings. Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
This Group now meets on Tuesday’ at 6:30 p.m. in Magna. 
 
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! We are currently going through C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. 
 
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. On April 14 will be starting Focus on the Family's True U series. (It's a lot like the Truth Project, but it is geared more for youth group and college students.) If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com.
 
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
The Adult Home Fellowship (currently studying Genesis) normally meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – has a potluck the 1st Wednesday of each month - and meets in WVC. Note: 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).
 
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: End-Of-Year Party on May 26.
 
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: May 26 is our last Club until fall.
 
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 May 22.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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
 
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER: WALK FOR LIFE
Saturday, May 7 at Sugarhouse Park (Big Field Pavilion). 11am to 2pm. Registration/Check-In at 10am. Walk begins at 11:00am. For Walk details, see PRC Website.
 
RESCUE MISSION
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. 
 
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, E-Mail at ricktterry2009@q.com any time 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
 
BAPTISM SERVICE
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
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.
 
DEADLINE FOR JUNE NEWSLETTER
Friday, May 20, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC June 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (maurine-kidd@centurylink.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com).
 
USING OUR BUILDING 
Kingdom Glory Church meets at 6:30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.
 
Lessons from a Storm and a Witchdoctor:  Last week our DMM (Disciple-Making Movement) team took a survey trip to a cluster of islands south of Kendari. They took a three-hour car ride to the coast, then rented a small wooden boat to transport them to their destination.  About a half hour out from the island of Balu, a storm stirred up and hindered their journey.  The captain tried to approach from the west and was unable to dock, so they went to the east side and landed on another small island to wait out the storm.  When the wind subsided, they persevered, and finally reached Balu, drenched and cold.  They were not welcomed very warmly by the village chief.  
The next morning, they started out in twos to prayer walk and see the lay of the land.  Two of the young men from our team were called over by a witchdoctor who railed, “What are you really doing here, and why are you praying?  Don’t you know that your prayers are no good here?  They are from a different power.   I saw you coming yesterday, and I know that you went to the west side first, and then to the east, and waited on that small island, and then arrived here.  Didn’t you see the haj who was in the boat with you at your back?  He caused the storm to happen!”  The two teammates tried to break into the old man’s tirade, but to no avail.  Finally, the young American began to pray in English against the evil spirit that was attacking them through this witchdoctor.  When the old man continued incessantly, they left him.  However, when the team met him the next day he did not speak a word to them.
During our debrief, one of the team’s take-aways was that they will prepare themselves spiritually through prayer and fasting more diligently before entering such an area.
 
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!
 
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.
 
BOARD MEETING
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, May 11, 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
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- May 7: “A Royal Tea”, 11am-1pm
- May 7: PRC Walk for Life at Sugarhouse Park
- Tentatively July 26-29: Summer Children’s Club
- Aug. 12-14: Church Campout