May 26th, 2021
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you.
Deuteronomy 31:8
This Memorial Day weekend we remember all those who have lost their lives for our freedom – I am forever grateful. We take our freedom for granted so often and forget to stop and remember those families who sacrificed so much. 
One of the blessings of Memorial Day is that we DO celebrate our freedom in fun and exciting ways. Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Barbeque smoke will fill the air along with the sounds of children playing in parks and jumping into the freshly-filled swimming pools. 

If you go to the pool, any pool, in any town, you will see a familiar sight. A young child on the edge of the water terrified to jump in. In front of them will be a smiling mom or dad bobbing in the waves with arms outstretched encouraging their little swimmer to jump. I remember long ago my son walking out of the locker room, shaking in fear, telling me, “Dad, you go first.” And I did. And my shaking son jumped.

Our Lord goes first too. We read in Deuteronomy how Moses encouraged God’s people and their new leader, Joshua. He assured them that the LORD Himself, through Joshua, was going before them and leading them into the promised land. Just an FYI, Joshua is Hebrew for Jesus (wink). 

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; 
He will never leave you or forsake you.  
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8
Our Lord goes before us into the unknown as a father goes into the swimming pool. We look at Him and realize the same thing the child does. If it is ok with my daddy, it will be ok for me. The best part is that no matter what, I am with my daddy who will protect me and keep me safe. 

Maybe today you are feeling terrified of the unknown waters ahead of you, not knowing how deep they are or how cold they will be. Maybe you are worried you will drown. May I give you some advice? This Monday, go to the pool. 

Join us Sunday as we begin our new sermon series BIGGER Plans.

The Grace Fellowship Love Fund is dedicated to helping those in our congregation and the community in their moment of need. Over the past year, several families and individuals in our congregation and in the community lost jobs, housing, or both. We were able to assist them in their hour of need in small but much needed ways. The love fund is accessed at Pastor Austin and the Church Board’s discretion to allow for confidentiality to protect families and their privacy. These past 14 months more than ever, the Love Fund has been a blessing to hurting people. Praise God for that! 

At this time, the love fund is in need of replenishment so that we as God’s hands and feet might continue to serve those who need it most. Please prayerfully consider donating to the Love Fund. Thank you!
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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Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637

Sunday Services
May 30th, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
KIDS CHURCH w/ Ms. Debra at 9:00 am service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Kids Church follows the kids sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

Sunday School w/ Susan at 10:30 service this week!
(3rd grade - 8th grade)

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.
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Join us this Sunday, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
Congratulations to Ally, who was baptized in the Eagle River this past Sunday!
We are proud of you, Ally!
Congratulations to Aracely and Kat, who welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Aralyn Reese Donohue into the world on Monday!
Congratulations to all of our Grace Fellowship Graduates! We cannot wait to honor all of them on Sunday! We are so excited to see what God does through you!

Ethan Elzinga
Grace McCurdy
Kaylie Kraft
Rachel McCurdy
Tanner Essex
Tayah Carle
Zoey Barela


Please pray for . . .

  • The families of those who have lost their lives fighting for our country's freedom. Praise God for the opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world.

  • Judy Evans, who is recovering from back surgery.

  • Sarah Hollis, who is recovering from surgery.

  • Scott Hilty, who is recovering from back surgery.

  • The Arguello family's friends, Steve and Donna Hall. Steve has been diagnosed with cancer and is waiting to find out if the cancer has spread. Please pray for them and their 4 children as they begin this journey. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Austin's seminary friend, Aaron, who was diagnosed with Leukemia and has started treatment. He is home now, recovering from chemo. Pray for strength and healing for him and his family.

  • Austin's seminary friend, Seth, who is still waiting to see a specialist for a medical condition.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother, who is struggling with her health.

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

  • complete healing for Sal as he continues treatment for leukemia. Please continue to pray for strength for Lisa and Kathy as they care for them.

  • 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.

  • everyone affected by illness, surgery or accidents - wisdom for doctors, peace of mind for patients and loved ones, and answers and best treatments revealed.
See you Sunday!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, 
Brookelyn Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101,
Nancy Kraft, Volunteer 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.

Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

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

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!