July 27th, 2022
“I will come back and take you to be with me
so that you may be where I am.” 

“Let’s do lunch - my treat!”  

You have probably heard those wonderful words of someone who wants to spend time with you. Perhaps it is a friend you haven’t had time to talk with in so long. Maybe it was your father, who just wants to spend time with his son. Or was it a co-worker who wanted to show how much you are appreciated and loved? “My treat” informs you there is no obligation on your end. Short on money? No problem. Over budget? No need to worry. You are simply invited because someone wants to be with you. The Lord wants nothing more than to be with his people.
In the Garden, The Lord wanted to be with Adam and Eve.
In the desert, The Lord traveled with his people Israel. 

On the dry seabed, The Lord moved with his people between walls of water.  

On the sea, The Lord walked to his disciples. 
On the road, The Lord rode to Jerusalem.  

After rising from the dead, He went through locked doors to eat with his disciples.
Throughout history, The Lord makes it clear that He wants to dwell with his people, but oftentimes his people do not want to dwell with him. This week, we continue The Story in chapter 14. Solomon, David’s son, dies and his family is heading to a fork in the road. Sadly, the kingdom is torn in two because God’s people did not want to dwell with him. “I will be with you,” were God’s words to Jeroboam, but God’s Word was not enough. Jeroboam wanted control, and eventually, Idolatry was nationalized - and many worshiped false gods like golden calves -sound familiar?

We do the same. We don’t take time to dwell with God, because we have idols too. You know what they are - Sunday appointments, evening obligations, apps to scroll through, websites to browse, sports events to attend. We are busy - too busy for God. Though God wants to dwell with us, we don’t want to dwell with him, because we have golden calves to spend time with. We are the teen on Friday night who wants to be “independent”, but asks mom for money. We are the college student that can’t wait to get away but then calls crying as she feels all alone. But we are not talking about the movies on Friday night, or the dorm room breakdown- we are talking about eternity. The Apostle Paul states, 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith..” AWESOME! 

 “—and this is not from yourselves,” OOOF! (I want to control things like Jeroboam)

“It is a gift from God.” HOORAY!  

We cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior, and we have One- his name is Jesus. We have a God who wants to be with me and with you! We have a God who says, “Let’s spend eternity together . . . my treat.” 
That sounds good to me. 

See you Sunday, I can’t wait!
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Would you like to submit your offering online? Thank you!
Simply click the link to securely give to Grace Fellowship.
Would you like to submit your offering by mail? Thank you!

Please send offerings to

Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637
Church Camping Re-Cap!!!
What an amazing time we had at our annual church camping trip at Sylvan Lake!! The weather was wonderful, the activities were abundant - fishing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, corn hole, cards, campfires, airsoft wars, and more! The food and fellowship were fabulous and doing it all together in God's creation topped it all off as a definite memory-maker!

Click HERE to view a few 360-degree photos of our camping worship service. After the pictures load, use your finger, mouse, or stylus to move the photos in any direction (up, down, left or right).
Please be sure to deliver any donated items to church by July, 27. Thank you!

Register Your Kids and their Friends before Tuesday!
- THIS Sunday -
July 31st, 10:15-10:45
Bible Study
(Grace Youth - 3rd-8th grade - will be volunteering around church this Sunday at this time)
*Read Chapter 14 of The Story

Sunday Services
July 31st, 2022

9:00 or 11:00

KIDS CHURCH at 9:00 am service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Kids Church follows the kid's sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open during our 9:00 am service and during bible study from 10:15-10:45!
Join us on Facebook Sunday morning at approximately 9:15 AM, or view the recording anytime on Facebook, Vimeo or YouTube.
Click the image below to connect.

Please pray for . . .

  • Rita, who will be undergoing another hip surgery. Pray for God to lead the doctor's hands and for a quick and easy recovery.

  • For all the families in Gypsum, who are recovering from the sewage backup damage that occurred a few weeks ago and for the ongoing issues that they are working through. Pray for protection and provision and for restoration to their homes and property.

  • For school administrators and staff, who are returning to work this week. Pray for enthusiasm and endurance as they plan and prepare for teachers and students to return to school soon.

  • For Mary Ross' son, who is dealing with painful dental and health issues. Please pray for peace and healing through this time.

  • For Mary Ross' sister-in-law, who is awaiting test results regarding her health. Please pray for acceptance of the diagnosis, for peace, and healing.

  • For an amazing church camping trip, we give praise for the beautiful weather and for the wonderful attendance we had at Sylvan Lake. Over 100 people were there for Saturday's worship service and we had over 50 people camping!

  • For our Vacation Bible School participants and volunteers, that God will do mighty things in, through, and for each of them.

  • Rosemarie, Dora's niece, who is experiencing serious trials with her health and is waiting for a kidney transplant. Pray for continued healing, provision, and perseverance.

  • Todd Purse, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Continue to pray for healing and comfort. Give praise and thanksgiving for good recent test results!

  • Debra's mom, who is struggling with health issues. Pray for answers to her medical situation as she has been undergoing many tests over the past couple of days, and for peace and comfort through it all.

  • Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her. Grant them peace and comfort.

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Todd Purse; Connie Kerr; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; Amanda; Jerry Wiisanen; April; and Suzanne.
See you Sunday!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@gracegypsum.com 
Missy Kraft, Administrative Assistant/Youth Director, 970-445-3101, melissa@gracegypsum.com
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771, flock21@aol.com
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177, Israelh08@hotmail.com
Pastor Dan Rohlwing, Pastor Emeritus in Memoriam

Sunday Schedule
Worship Services: 9:00 and 11:00 am (nursery provided at 9:00).
Sunday School: 10:15-10:45 for all ages (Nursery provided)
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am service.

Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (lcms.org).

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

Proclaim Jesus as Savior. 
Nurture faith in Jesus. 
Serve in the name of Jesus.

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!