November 3rd, 2021
“Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?”
-Matthew 18:33-
 
You know the question/answer routine. Attorneys do it all the time. They ask a question and provide the answer. They say something like, “You left work at 5 pm that day … correct?” (the attorney usually subtly nods their head up and down as a non-verbal cue in an effort to get the answer they want).  

Simon Peter asked Jesus a question, but also provided the answer. “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Maybe Simon Peter nodded too. Peter thought seven times was more than enough forgiveness. Very generous he probably thought, but eight times? Forget about it! But Jesus says not seven, but seventy-seven - in other words endlessly forgive! Jesus then tells a captivating story to illustrate his point, and it is a must read...

Matthew 18:22-35
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

We are to forgive as our Lord forgives, no excuses, just a command. God’s forgiveness is something we love to talk about, but we oftentimes don’t like the part about forgiving others. 

Forgiveness actually has four folds. 
  1. When we confess our sins, our Lord forgives us. 
  2. We are commanded by our Lord to forgive others when they sin against us. 
  3. We are to forgive each other to mend our relationships.
  4. Forgiveness is proclaimed by God to you! Thanks be to God!  
 
We are to forgive as Christ forgave us, and the result is peace knowing that you have forgiven others, and knowing that God has forgiven you.  

Join us Sunday, as we study another wonderful parable from Jesus illustrating God's forgiveness and dive into the four folds of forgiveness.  
 
I can’t wait! 
Don't forget to set back your clocks by 1 hour on Saturday night in preparation for "falling back" THIS SUNDAY,
November 7th!
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
TONIGHT - The Truth Project Bible Study

THIS SUNDAY - Daylight Savings

November 9th/10th - Mark Precept Bible Study

November 21st - Last day to bring Operation Christmas Child boxes
TONIGHT! Come Join Us!
Lesson 8 - Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?
6:30 - 8:00

Remaining Meeting dates
November 3, 10, 17
December 1, 8
The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Grace Fellowship is so excited to participate in Operation Christmas Child this year! You can get involved by...

  1. Start with a shoebox from church (Organized by Gaby)
  2. Pack your box 
  3. Choose boy or girl and age 
  4. Pick gifts: something to love, to wear, for school, for personal hygiene, to play with. 
  5. Label your box 
  6. Pray for the child who will receive your box. 
  7. Drop off at church by November 21st, 2021

Come on Sundays for more info and reach out to Gaby with any additional questions
970-331-3928 
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. 

YL Camp

Young Life Camp is an awesome opportunity for kids to see Christ in a way that they might not see Him at home. We go to a winter and a summer camp every year. I went to these camps when I was a student at EVHS 10 years ago and it had an incredible impact on my relationship with Christ. 

We are so excited to be going to Crooked Creek Ranch in Fraser, Colorado this December 3rd-5th. We will be joining many other Young Life groups from around Colorado. We would love to bring as many high school students from Grace Fellowship as we can. We provide transportation. Spots are limited!



Please reach out to me with any questions. nicole.mh.atencio@gmail.com
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 

We have started a meal chain for the family of the Arguello's niece, Lori, who recently passed away. If God puts it on your heart to take her husband, Ben, and their children a meal, you can sign up below.

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

Sunday Services
November 7th, 2021

9:00 or 10:30
-or-
ONLINE
KIDS CHURCH at 10:00 am Service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Kids Church follows the kid's sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

NURSERY
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! We are ready and excited to see your little ones!
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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

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

  • Robert Blake, Missy's father, who was in an accident this week that left him with various injuries. Pray for comfort, healing, and provision.

  • Moises, who is recovering from stomach surgery. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • The family of the Arguello's niece, Lori, who was called home to her savior after a battle with Covid. Pray for comfort and peace beyond understanding.

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

  • Andi Blake's mother and her mother's boyfriend who are recovering from being sick. Pray for continued healing.

  • 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; and Suzanne.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
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 
Brookelyn Sharpe, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101, brookelyn@gracegypsum.com
Nancy Kraft, Service Coordinator, 303-870-3433, njokraft@yahoo.com
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771, flock21@aol.com
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177, Israelh08@hotmail.com
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617 jesseleemeryhew@gmail.com
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.

Affiliation
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!