July 2015 Newsletter

 
PASTOR'S MESSAGE
 
                When she rounded the corner and he saw her in her gown, he could hardly contain his emotions.  As she walked the aisle, she didn't even try.  Tears streamed down her face.  I felt my own emotions rise.  I had to look away.  I was, after all, performing the ceremony.  I needed to keep my composure. 
                I don't do many weddings.  That's not intentional.  It just works out that way.  As a pastor, I do Christian weddings.  Sadly, authentic Christian weddings aren't so common anymore.  I suppose that's why I struggled with my own emotions as I watched this bride and groom struggle with theirs.  I saw something I hadn't seen for years at a wedding.  Wonder.  The obvious intensity of his feelings as he watched her walk towards him.  The tears that streamed down her face as she drew closer.  These said it all.  The bride and groom felt a sense of wonder that this day had come.  They stood in awe of the reality that God was giving them the gift of each other.
                Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Genesis 2:18).  But how many young men believe that today?  Immaturity, self-absorption, an obsession with instant gratification/entertainment/video games, an aversion to commitment, and the easy availability of sex have seemingly convinced multitudes of young men that marriage is no pressing issue.  For an entire generation, many (maybe most) see no problem with the idea "that the man should be alone."             
                Then the Lord God said...I will make him a helper fit for him...So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of the ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man" (Genesis 2:18, 21-22). 
                But again, how many young women long to be the "helper" of one man?  How many girls are being raised up to find satisfaction in being a husband's "completer" instead of his competitor?  What woman longs to merge her identity with his in order that they might become "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24)?  For many, the mere suggestion stirs rage.  And so they tell us (ad nauseam) that male and female are the same.  If a man can do it, so can a woman.  And she must prove it.  Career trumps marriage.  Husbands are unnecessary--even to produce a child. 
                So tragically, far too often, the man remains alone.  And so does the woman God created to complete him. 
                But not the man and the woman I married that day.  On that day their tears fell because they felt the wonder of God's plan.  On that day they embraced God's reality that it is not good that the man should be alone--nor the woman.  On that day they stood in awe of God's gift of each other.  They stood in awe of His gift of marriage. 
                Will their life be a fairy tale from this point forward?  No.  There will be struggles.  There will be pain. There will be a continuing need to practice the discipline of forgiveness.  Even so, may the wonder this bride and groom felt on their wedding day remain.  It will remain.  It will remain by God's grace through faith in Jesus to whom we also have been betrothed. 
                If you are a husband, if you are a wife, may God renew your own sense of wonder at His gift of marriage.  Where there are wounds, may God heal them.  Where there is bitterness, may God give you His power to forgive.  Where there is disappointment, may God's promises in Christ satisfy your soul.  As husbands and wives, may we stand in awe of the gift God gave us when He gave us each other.  And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25). 
 
Pastor Dean                 
 
 

  
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!

SCRIPTURE TO PONDER
 
Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this…I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.
                                                                Malachi 3:10
 
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 Esther. Please join us every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the youth room (located in the church office building).
 
FOURTH OF JULY OUTING
 
A Fourth of July Outing will be held at the Evertsen’s home (3271 S Eskesen Dr, West Valley City), on Saturday, July 4th at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited; and we ask that you bring your own burgers, chicken, etc. for your family, and a side dish or dessert to share. Please see the side dish/dessert sign-up sheet in the kitchen after service and jot down what you intend on bringing. Hope to see you there!
 
CHURCH CAMPOUT COMING SOON!
 
Our church campout is July 10-12, at Riverside Campground (Rockport State Park, below the dam).  Bring your own food (and maybe some side-dishes to share).  Bar-B-Q grills will be available.  Not a camper?  Come hang out for the afternoon!  Suggested donation to help cover the cost of the campsite is $15/individual; $25/couple; $30/family.  
 
30 HOUR FAMINE
 
On Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th, our youth Group, Generation Selfless, will be participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. For more information (including how you can help), please contact Melanie Henderson at (801) 455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com.
 
MEN'S GROUP
 
The Men’s Group has had the opportunity to do some great, in-depth studies on the character of God, our love relationship with God, telling others about God, and prayer. Now we are going to take an intermission from gathering to study and start the process of applying the lessons we have done thus far. We have broken into smaller groups and will now only meet the third Saturday of the month for breakfast at the church (7:00-8:30AM). If you are not involved and would like to be please contact Associate Pastor Lucas (925) 482-4239. Also, please contact Lucas with ministry needs. We are dedicated to serving the community as well as our own body of believers. Please let us know how we can serve you.
 
WOMEN’S PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
 
Join us for our women's Precept Upon Precept study in the book of Jude.  This five-week study, subtitled Contend for the faith, will meet three more times during the summer on the following dates: July 20, July 27, and August 3.  All meetings are at the church building from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Child care is available.   
 
WOMEN'S RETREAT
 
Save your pennies for our weekend women's retreat (high school age and up) in Heber, October 9-11!  Our speaker will be Christina Goleman teaching on Ephesians 6 (Standing Firm in Your God Given Calling).  Cost will be $80.  Save the date and stay tuned for more details! 
 
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.

FELLOWSHIPS DINNERS
 
Looking for a great fun way to get to know others in the church? We’ve recently re-shuffled our groups and have started a new round of our "round-robin" Fellowship Dinners. 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 are determined by you and your group. We’ll be forming new groups in a few months (and we’d love to have you participate! So, please be watching for details!) 
 
TUESDAY EVENING, SMALL GROUP/BIBLE STUDY
 
Most recently, we have been studying "How to Walk the Walk you Talk" by Kay Arthur, and have been meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Church building in the big Sunday school room. This is a great study and there is no homework, so please join us! Note: This group is on a break for the summer; and will start again in the fall if there is an interest. 

PSALM OF THE MONTH
 
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will parish.
                                                                                Psalm 1:6
 
ADULT HOME FELLOWSHIP
 
The Adult Home Fellowship normally meets on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. – has a potluck the 2nd Wednesday of each month - and meets in Kearns. Note: We are currently on break until the fall (except for a once-a-month BBQ during the summer months). 
 
NO-HOMEWORK BIBLE STUDY
 
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett's home in Magna. This group is taking a break from June 3rd  through July. Will begin again on Aug 5th
 
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: Children’s Bible Club is on break 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: Good News Club is on break 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. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please let us know.
 
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! So please join us, and learn what it means to be part of a selfless generation. Our current study is “The Power of Prayer!” If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or 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! We are currently discussing R.C. Sproul’s, “The Holiness of God.”  
 
MISSIONARY MEAL AND PRAYER MEETING
 
Please join us for our Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting for our missionaries on July 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.  
 
USING OUR BUILDING
 
Kingdom Glory Church meets at 6:30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.
 
BAPTISM SERVICE

Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
 
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 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, July 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.
 
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 AUGUST NEWSLETTER
 
Friday, July 17, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC August Calendar and Newsletter. 
 
LAWN CARE
 
Volunteers needed for lawn care. Call to get involved.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
- July 4: All Church Outing at Evertsen’s
- July 10-12: All Church Campout
- July 17-18: Youth 30 Hour Famine
- Oct. 9-11: Women’s Retreat