February 2016 Newsletter

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February 2016
“IBC exists to invite people into community with God and His people,
equipping them to follow and serve Christ.”
     More often than not, it’s brokenness that God uses to show me how dependent I am on Him.  I suspect the same is true for you.  Anything God-honoring that flows from our lives, or the life of our church, is ultimately His work—not ours. That’s why we must pray. On the first Sunday of the year, God used His word to challenge us to pray more—especially to pray more corporately. That same evening more than thirty of us came together to pray. It was a great start to 2016.
     How then, do we fan the flame God has already lit among us? How do we continue to grow together in personal and corporate prayer? Here are a few principles I’ve found helpful in my own life.
     First, our consistency in prayer is enhanced by mutual accountability. For some time, I’d been aware of a small group of local pastors who had entered into an accountability relationship for the purpose of spurring each other on in prayer. I’d even been invited to join them. I declined, knowing that I “didn’t have the time.” Only when God convicted me of my inconsistency in prayer and my need for such accountability was I willing to yield. It would be hard to express what a blessing that group, and my accountability to them, has been. One of my commitments to the group is to spend at least an hour each day in Scripture and prayer. With their help (we report to each other weekly by email), I find myself—more often than not—keeping that commitment. I’m convinced that the growth I’ve seen in my prayer life would never have happened had I tried to grow alone.
     Do you want to pray more consistently? Is there someone you’d be willing to enter into an accountability relationship with? Pray about that and see what God will do!
     Second, our consistency in prayer is enhanced by the practice of a persistent routine. Routine—the word itself doesn’t have a pleasing ring. It sounds monotonous, dry, and boring. Worse, it sounds unspiritual. Somewhere along the way, we picked up the idea that spontaneity is more “holy” than steady routine. Scripture doesn’t support that idea. Don’t get me wrong, spontaneity in prayer is a wonderful thing—it’s just not the only thing. In fact, it’s probably not the normal thing. The Bible encourages routine when it comes to carving out time for God. It was Daniel’s prayer routine that got him tossed into the lion’s den (Daniel 6:10). The Psalmist declares, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous law…” (Psalm 119:164). Even after Pentecost, Peter and John were engaged in routine when they went up to the temple each day at the hour of prayer (Acts 3:1).
     By nature, we are people of routine. Shouldn’t part of our routine include time for prayer? For me, a routine that includes prayer means setting the alarm clock earlier—which also requires going to bed earlier. Whatever your prayer routine looks like, you’ll never regret establishing it.
     Of course, it goes without saying—maintaining a persistent prayer routine requires resolve. I believe that, ultimately, such resolve is the work of God in our hearts. That leads to our third prayer principle:  our consistency in prayer is enhanced by Spirit-empowered resolve.  J.I. Packer has written a book called Prayer: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight. On many days, I find my praying falls more into the “duty” rather than the “delight” category. That’s not ideal. But neither is it sin! Our God is a commitment-keeping God. It’s no surprise that He calls us to be a commitment-keeping people. I believe we honor and please God when we demonstrate resolve in our commitment to pray. Even when my sense of “delight” in prayer is absent, the simple act of “showing up” puts me in a place where God can change and bless me. When you lack passion in your praying, remember the promise of Romans 8:26-27, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” In other words, when nothing seems to be happening, something’s happening! Even when we don’t “feel” it, God works when we consistently show up to pray!
     This year, let’s remember that neither individual nor corporate praying just happens. Civil War chaplain E.M. Bounds reminds us, “Praying is spiritual work, and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a pleasant breeze and a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signals our spiritual bankruptcy. All these are hard for flesh and blood to bear.”
     Lord, this year, work in and through us by empowering us to persevere together in prayer. 
Pastor Dean
For the sake of our seniors and babies, please stay home & get well when you or your children are sick.
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!

Friday, March 11, 7-9:30. At the church! Come and join the fun! Game rules will be explained. This is for High School (grade 9) and up. Invite friends! Prizes!
Join us for our Super Bowl Fellowship and Chili Cook-off!  We’ll start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 7.  The game starts at 4:30 p.m.  If you’re entering the chili cook-off please arrive with your entry on time for judging.  Our chili champion will be announced at half-time!  We’re asking each family to bring appetizers, chips, cheese, cornbread—or anything else that goes with chili and football!
Mark your calendars for 7:00PM, Friday, April 1 (that's right April Fools’ Day), for the IBC Talent Showcase. Come, bring a desert to share, and have a good time enjoying all the hidden talent there is in our church family. If you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, read scripture or poetry, tell a good story or funny joke and would like to share that talent with all of us, then this is a great opportunity to do it.  All acts to be family friendly and suitable to be performed in church.
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!
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!   
Getting involved in our "round-robin" Fellowship Dinners is a great fun way for you 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. Alternately, you could consider meeting at another location of your choice (such as a local restaurant). Exact times and locations of these dinners are determined by you and your group. Note: our next round of Dinner fellowships will begin in APRIL. Beginning in March, there will be a new sign-up sheet in the kitchen, from which new groups will be put together. We urge you to please consider participating!
“The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer. An 8-week study on Monday evenings, beginning Monday, February 22. 6:30-8:30 p.m. This study on spiritual warfare and the power of prayer, teaches us to be women, strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Take advantage of your position in Christ and experience the tangible long-term effects of victory in practical, everyday living. A 45 minute DVD by Priscilla Shirer will be shown each week as part of the lesson. The first study (on 2/22) will meet at 6:30 in West Jordan (call for address) to view the movie “War Room”. Each study thereafter will be at Intermountain. Cost: $13.00. To help us know the number of workbooks to order, please sign up on the registration list in the foyer at church.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.   (Psalm 19:1
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 the third Saturday of the month is our Men’s Breakfast & Study from 7-9AM, at same place. If you have any questions please contact Lucas at 925-482-4239.
This year we are digging into the book of I 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.  Note: No class on February 15.
The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you. Please join us Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (at the Church) as we embark on 40 days of Purpose with Pastor Rick Warren. Sign-up sheets are in the kitchen or you may email or call Richard or Tammy Hart. tammy.hart@comcast.net , (801) 513-8006.  We will meet Tuesdays through February. No plans to continue any studies in March.
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 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. Our next meeting is on February 14.
   As we look ahead to next year, it has been suggested that this month, February, could be a great time for some of us to consider purchasing items such as bath soap & coombs (along with discounted small toys and candy) for next year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry. Also, when you go to your next dentist appointment, you might bring Shoebox information with you and ask your dentist if he/she would like to help with donations of toothbrushes and/or tooth paste.
Joyful Life Bible Studies—“Faith Under Fire
    Do you ever feel bewildered, criticized, even persecuted for your faith? Are you experiencing suffering? Do you find it difficult to live a victorious Christian life, in light of all that? That’s the audience Peter addressed in his short letter of 1 Peter, and that’s the book we’re studying, Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. God has answers for us in His Word, and we’ll explore them together.
    This Bible study is FREE and is led by Heather Stone. Join us Monday nights and Invite friends!! Note: This study concludes on February 15.
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).
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 all about “PRAYER!” If you have any questions, please contact Youth Director, Melanie Henderson, at 801-455-6338 or melhenderson11@q.com.
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 Kyle Idleman's book "Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus."  Note: There will be no Mini-Inks on Feb. 7 (due to Super Bowl Fellowship) or Feb. 14 (due to Valentine’s Day)

You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers, which brings glory to my Father. 
(John 15:8)
This Group meets on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. in Magna. 
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).
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! 
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. 
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
Join us for our monthly missionary prayer meeting following our worship service on the 4th Sunday of the month.  A light meal follows our time of prayer.  Our next meeting follows our worship service on February 28!     
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: Good News Club will not meet on February 11 (early dismissal day).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rescue Mission is in need of men’s clothing. We minister at the Rescue mission every second Monday of the month. 
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!
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.
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.
Please send all announcements for the church bulletin to Pastor Dean at deanpshriver@gmail.com Announcements are due by Tuesday evening.
Friday, February 19, is the deadline for receiving input for the IBC March 2016 Calendar and Newsletter. Please send material to Maurine Kidd (maurine-kidd@centurylink.net) AND Don Stone (donfstone@yahoo.com). Note Maurine’s new email address.
Please see Pastor Dean if God is leading you to profess your faith in Christ through baptism.
Kingdom Glory Church meets at 6:30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.
Jill Martinez is a licensed Tax Preparer and Bookkeeper.
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     Dean Shriver, Pastor*
     Lucas Manning, Associate Pastor
     Melanie Henderson, Youth Director
    ELDERS: Terry Henderson*, Tony Manning*
    DEACONS:  Patrick Hanagarne*, B.A. Wyman*
    DEACONESSES:  Cynthia Edwards, Valori 
       Henderson*, Joan Manning*, Heather Stone     
* Denotes Board Member
Our next Church Board meeting is on Wednesday, February 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.
- Feb. 7: IBC Super Bowl/Chile Cook-Off
- Mar. 11: Women’s Bunko Night
- Mar. 20: Palm Sunday
- Mar. 25: Good Friday Service
- Mar. 27 Easter-Related Services
- Apr. 1: IBC Talent Showcase
- May 7: Ladies Spring Tea, 11am-1pm
- Aug. 12-14: Church Campout