January 5th, 2022
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Matthew 2:13-15


I paid my parking ticket.  

The Sunday after Christmas, my wife came home and found a bright green envelope on the window of my car. How nice, perhaps a neighbor dropped off a Christmas card? Maybe a friend dropped a nice note? A closer look revealed it was only an envelope, no card. “PARKING VIOLATION” printed in bold letters greeted me. There was an attached note, but the author wasn’t whom I expected. In fact, the author was an officer from the Eagle Police Department.

“Urgh! Really?” I thought! I was in church Sunday morning, the day after Christmas, and I come home to get a parking ticket on Sunday morning! I glanced at the officer’s name confident it would say E. Scrooge. It didn’t. I looked up and outside onto the street and saw the piles of snow blocking the side of the street. I realized the officer was only trying to help. The plows wanted to plow and they couldn’t because I was blocking their path. They wanted to help and I was just getting in the way. We are on a snowplow route and when it snows we are supposed to move our vehicles at night. I paid my $40 parking ticket.  

So often we scoff at rules, even God’s rules for us. We think we know what is best, but scripture shows us time and time again the Creator knows what is best for His creatures. God knows what’s going on and how it will all pan out in the end. God gives us a gift, His law because he loves us and cares for us. He knows what is best, but that is not always evident right away. I am thankful God gives us laws to live by, it keeps our lives in the groove... “a groovy life” one of my professors used to say. Our Lord shows us how much he cares for us by giving us His laws to live by. He knows what’s best for us. Incredibly, our Lord Jesus gave his own life as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He cleared the way for us to live in Christian freedom, knowing we should fear, love, and trust God above all things. 

That is exactly what Joseph did, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream and told him to take his young family to Egypt because Herod was trying to kill Jesus. Matthew tells us...

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt (v.14)

No questions, just following orders from the Lord. Joseph just did what God told him to do because God had a plan. God cleared the way so Jesus would survive, so he could go to the cross for you and for me. No violation, no fine, Jesus paid it with his own blood. Jesus cleared the way. 

I am thankful for the snowplows, the men and women who work day and night to clean our streets. I am also thankful for the officer that moved me out of the way so the professionals could clear the way down our little street. I have enjoyed a wonderfully clean road all week. 

Join us Sunday as we continue to SEEK HIM and see how God orchestrates His plan of redemption no matter the circumstances.  

I can’t wait! 
9th Annual Snowshoe for Peru 5k will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10am at Sylvan Lake State Park!
Registration is $30 for in-person and virtual participants at snowshoeforperu.com
Event helps provide safety, education and hope to the youth of Peru involved with Corazon de Esperanza!

We are excited to have Robyn Hanson this Sunday when she comes to speak about the mission of Corazón de Esperanza!
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
February 5th - Showshoe for Peru
As many of you know, Kayla Zidow had ankle surgery right before Christmas. The Zidows have requested some additional help these next couple of weeks in the form of meals. If God puts it on your heart to help Jerry and Kayla in these next couple of weeks please sign up below to take them a meal. Thank you all for all you do in Grace Fellowship and for the love of Christ that you show to others each week. 

Sunday Services
January 9th, 2022

9:00 or 10:30
-or-
ONLINE
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
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! We are ready and excited to see your little ones!

SUNDAY SCHOOL w/ SUSAN
(Grades 3 through 6)
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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • All those who are sick and those who are caring for them.

  • Kayla, who broke her ankle and recently had surgery. Pray for a full recovery.

  • Praise that baby Holly is home and doing well after being flown to an Aurora hospital with suspected heart complications. The test results turned out well and she is home with oxygen.

  • Jackie's sister-in-law, Gwen, who is dealing with serious heart and kidney complications. Pray that her kidneys begin to function properly again and that she is healed. .

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

  • Rita, who is making good progress recovering after her surgery. Pray for complete 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.

  • 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; April; 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!