August 25th, 2021
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
-Exodus 14:14-
I don’t like to be still, do you? 
Our duties call for action, progress, and movement. Like water in a stream, we are always searching for the most efficient route to accomplish the many tasks of our days. We all are busy and sitting still is often not on the top of our to-do list.
Yesterday evening, I chose to grab a bite and just sit on the edge of a small mountain lake and be still. I was stunned by the peaceful setting. The water’s surface was so still you would have thought a mirror was laid in this little rocky mountain valley reflecting the surrounding hills. I realized I hadn’t just sat still for a long time. As I gazed at the reflection, I saw a small wake disturbing the perfectly still water. Assuming there were no submarines stationed in the area, I suspected it must be a beaver. Then I saw another wake maybe 10 yards away. Unless the U.S. Navy has a secret parking lot for subs, I figured it was another beaver. Then I saw another wake, this one closer than the others, and my suspicions were confirmed. Then the fourth! It was a flotilla of furry creatures, God’s creatures, busy at work. We are creatures too, never wanting to be still, and yet, God gives an unexpected command through Moses to his people. 
They had fled Pharaoh and the chains of slavery with nothing but blue skies and freedom in front of them. The Lord told Moses to set up camp at the edge of the sea. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he sent an army, his entire army mind you, of chariots and men to pursue the Israelites whose backs were against a sprawling sea. They were trapped with no place to go. Certain death awaited them. Then our Lord, through Moses, gave a command that was completely unexpected.
“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
– Exodus 14:13-14
You know the rest of the story. God’s people were rescued, not because they did anything but because they just stood still while God did the saving. This is a foreshadowing of what Jesus did for you. Maybe today you feel like you are backed against a sea. There must be something do to, a problem to solve, a battle to be won. 
I have really wonderful news for you today. The Lord sent Jesus to do something for you! He died on a cross to solve, forever mind you, the problem of sin’s consequences and give you the victory through him. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Thanks be to God! 
Join us Sunday as we hear God’s unexpected command and his incredible promise to you.
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
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Gypsum, CO 81637
What is The Truth Project?

The Truth Project is a small group video curriculum designed to build a systematic and comprehensive biblical worldview in the lives of believers. Each lesson looks at life from a biblical perspective, studying the very nature and character of God and how He has revealed Himself to us.

Why The Truth Project?

According to the Barna Research Group, only 9 percent of born-again believers hold a biblical worldview. In essence, the church as a whole does not believe what it says it believes. Therefore, divorce rates, addictions, etc. mirror our culture, and a large portion of church-goers live a life devoid of purpose. Focus on the Family believes this curriculum, through God’s transformational power, can assist in reintroducing the Body of Christ to a life lived with meaning, purpose, and value which ultimately makes a difference in our modern world.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love of the Father is not in them.”
1 John 2:15


We want prayer to be the foundation of this group. The power that the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil have in the lives of those around us – so powerful in many cases that only the faithful, persistent prayer of the saints can break the stronghold. God continues to transform lives when we invite Him to do so. Our prayers and petitions are vital to the work God wants to do in transforming lives. Take time each week to pray for each other.

Meeting dates
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 1, 8

Weekly Meeting Schedule
6:30 Music
6:35 Opening Prayer
6:40 Video
7:40 Discussion
7:55 Closing Prayer
Trailer: The Truth Project
Nicole Atencio has welcomed her newborn daughter, Riley Marie! To show our support for her and her family we started a meal chain, which has 2 more slots available. If you feel called to serve this family, please sign up to take them a meal. They greatly appreciate the love and support from their church family.

Please contact Brookelyn if you have any questions

Nicole 970-376-8253
A place to give and a place to receive

The local community market is working to improve healthy food access in our community by rescuing food from local grocery stores, local farmers and redistributing it to any and all local families. In this way, they're reducing food waste while also making good food more accessible.

This outreach opportunity gives our church the chance to actively show the love of Jesus just up the road and in our community at large!

🍎What do our wonderful Market Assistant volunteers take care of?  
Stocking the market and produce shelves, unloading and sorting grocery rescue donations, repackaging bulk food items, packing dry food boxes for community distribution, sorting produce boxes, composting food and recycling containers, sweeping, and sanitizing surfaces along with many other jobs within the shifts that can be of help. 

🍎To Volunteer at The Community Market:  
View available shifts and sign up through the online portal HERE 

The Power of the Purse is a one of a kind event in the Vail Valley, hosted by Corazon de Esperanza. This ladies brunch and purse-shopping event is the perfect social outing, featuring a wide assortment of like-new purses, including vintage and designer handbags, wallets and backpacks at deeply discounted prices. Live auction for the best of the best and a raffle for a variety of amazing gifts. 100% of donations, tickets, and sales benefit girls in Perú by providing education and empowerment programs through Corazón de Esperanza.

Three Ways To Support Corazon de Esperanza
  • Donate purses, backpacks, and wallets to Grace Fellowship Church or any Alpine Bank in the valley by Monday, August 30th.

  • Clean and tag donations for event on Tuesday, August 31st from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Grace Fellowship Church. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Brunch and shopping on Saturday, September 11th from 10:30am-1:00pm at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online HERE!!!
Postponed until 2022
Due to the Covid restrictions at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and after searching tirelessly for other venues, we have decided to cancel UpLift on September 5, and move it to another day in 2022. Please stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram @upliftvail or at for more news and information.  We are so excited about what God is doing in our communities and love you all! We can’t wait to celebrate Jesus with you soon!

Sunday Services
August 29th, 2021

9:00 AM and 10:30 AM
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! We are ready and excited to see your little ones!
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 . . .

  • Scott Hilty, who is recovering from another back surgery. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • Rita, who has been in the ER since 4 am this morning. They are running more tests to determine the causes of her pain. Pray for healing, comfort, and answers.

  • David and Celena Carle and their family as Sue, David's mother, passed last week. David was there with her in Phoenix. Please pray for their family, especially David's father Ed.

  • Praise and joy for Nicole and Brian Atencio, who are celebrating the birth of their precious girl, Riley Marie.

  • Eric, a former co-worker of Pastor Austin, who is in the hospital in serious condition.
  • Bobby Bauer, who is in the hospital in serious condition battling complications from Covid.

  • Debra's mom, who is struggling with health issues. Pray for comfort, peace, and answers.

  • April Mabee, a friend of Gaby's who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • Praise and thanks for Sal as he is nearing the end of his treatment for leukemia in September.

  • strength, comfort and support for Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her.

  • everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Connie Kerr; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; little Sal Marchetti; Amanda; Jonette; Jerry; and Suzanne.
See you Sunday!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, 
Brookelyn Sharpe, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101,
Nancy Kraft, Service Coordinator, 303-870-3433,
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771,
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177,
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617
Pastor Dan Rohlwing, Pastor Emeritus in Memoriam

Sunday Schedule
Worship Services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am service.

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Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

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

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!