December 8th, 2021
It was a fearful time. 

On March 4th, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in front of America as their new leader. Fear filled the air like morning fog fills San Francisco’s bay. It was the Great Depression and a new president was going to speak to a frightened nation. Everyone was waiting with bated breath. Some were present at the nation's proud capital, but most were huddled around their radios in their humble homes. What could a leader say in such a hopeless situation? What would the new President say? President Roosevelt stood confidently at his platform and declared that famous phrase,

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” 

The speech was inspirational no doubt, but fear is not the only thing to fear according to God’s Word. Our Lord tells us to have no other gods before him. 

A wise man fears the Lord. 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10 

A wise world fears the Lord.  

Let all the earth fear the LORD. - Psalm 33:8 

The first commandment from our Lord is this. Have no other gods. Luther describes the meaning of the first commandment saying, “we should fear, love, and trust God above all things.”  

The presence of our Lord strikes fear into the hearts of men. Throughout scripture those in the presence of the Lord are terrified. His glory is so wonderful, so terrifying that our language doesn’t have words to describe it. On that chilly night, outside of Bethlehem, shepherds were doing what they always did, they were tending their flock. When suddenly...

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. - Luke 2:9 (emphasis by me) 

When the glory of the Lord shone around those angels, hovering over those shepherds, their rods probably fell out of their calloused hands. “They were terrified.”

Perhaps you are terrified too. Sickness, disease, financial ruin, children's safety, crime, natural disasters, they all make you shiver. Apart from Christ, you have lots to fear . . . especially death. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.”  

But that wasn’t the end of Jesus’ speech. With Christ you have NOTHING to fear, not even death! Jesus continued … “I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” In God's perfect timing, He sent His son to save His people from their sins and that includes you.  

President Roosevelt’s speech was great, but the angel’s was better… 

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  

Thanks be to God!

Join us Sunday as we continue our Advent sermon series titled God's Perfect Timing- Fearful Times. God's timing is not always our timing, but His timing is always perfect.  

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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Special congregational meeting
December 26th, at 11:45 am after the second service. We have some exciting news to share!
TONIGHT - Truth Project Bible Study

December 24th - Christmas Eve Services 5:00 &
7:00 pm

December 26th - Special Congregational Meeting
Join us TONIGHT at 6:30!

Lesson 11
Labor | Created to Create

Remaining Meeting dates
December 8, 15
A message from Nicole Atencio...

Young Life is a youth ministry that has been in the valley for 13 years. Our mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Our hope is to give EVHS students from all walks of life the chance to know Jesus through Club, Campaigners, and Camp. We meet every Wednesday night, alternating between Club and Campaigners. 

YL Club

Young Life Club is the larger group with fun events every week like mud volleyball, line dancing, capture the flag, skits, and more. This is a safe, relaxed, and non-threatening environment where kids can laugh, feel valued, and hear the Gospel. I encourage our youth at Grace Fellowship to come to YL Club and invite their friends who may have never had a chance to know Jesus.

YL Campaigners

Young Life Campaigners is a smaller, focused, and more intentional group where young people come together with the leaders to learn more about what it means to love and follow Jesus. We go deep into the word, discuss life and life with Jesus. 

Please reach out to me with any questions.
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 

Sunday Services
December 12th, 2021

9:00 or 10:30
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!

Sunday School w/ Susan at 10:30 service
(Grades 3 - 6)
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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Please pray for . . .

  • Jackie's sister-in-law, Gwen, who is dealing with serious heart and kidney complications. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Jackie, who recently had surgery on her hand. Pray for continued healing.

  • Tony Davis, who is in the hospital in Denver in serious condition from covid. Pray for continued progress and healing.

  • Nicole's friend's father, who has suffered from seizures for a long time that have severely impacted his mental and physical health. Pray for healing and peace for him and his family.

  • Pearl Taylor, who is suffering from cancer. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • Robert Blake, Missy's father, who is recovering from an accident and dealing with liver disease. He is currently in the hospital fighting an infection. Pray for comfort, healing, and provision.

  • Shawn and Amy Blake's business. Pray for provisions and guidance.

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

  • Rita, who is recovering after her surgery. Pray for continued comfort and healing.

  • 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.

  • 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; Amanda; Jerry; Pearl; 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!