March 31st, 2021
“I gave that up for Lent”

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30

My wife is an amazing teacher. I have watched her over the years develop into a master at encouraging young children to learn, grow, and love. Although COVID created chaos in so many ways, it did give parents a little glimpse into the hard work teachers do every single day with 20 kids in class.
 
At the end of a long day, my wife often comes home exhausted. Other times, she arrives inspired by something one of the students demonstrated, and still other times she cries and prays for those precious children that are struggling. She cares for those first graders as if they were her own. She shares her frustrations and her joys with me often. The story she told me last week made us both laugh out loud. 
 
Students were gathering in the lunchroom for their daily mid-day meal. Some had brought their lunch boxes packed from home, while others filed one at a time through the hot lunch line to be handed their boxed meal. Kids sat and talked and ate as they do every day. When lunchtime is over, the kids sort their waste in the prescribed spot to be thrown away, composted and recycled. That’s when my wife noticed one of her students, a young boy, walking with his brown cardboard box toward the recycle bin, but his box wasn’t empty. The young boy ate the nachos, hardly a crumb remained. But he didn’t eat his fruit or his vegetables and being the caring and loving teacher that she is, she approached him. 
 
Mrs. Kraft: “Uh-oh looks like you didn’t eat your broccoli or your pears? Go back to your table and finish your lunch please.” 
 
Young boy: (with confidence in his voice) “Oh! Well, I gave up broccoli for lent.”
 
Mrs. Kraft: “Hahahaha, okaaaaaaayyyy, well go finish your pears then please.” 
 
Maybe you gave up broccoli for lent as well (wink). Maybe you gave up something else like meat, or sugar, or ice cream, or alcohol. Maybe you didn’t give up anything at all. Lent is a time to ponder His promises with reflection and meditation. But the question isn’t what you gave up or did not give up for lent. The real question is what did Christ give up for you? Calvary’s cross holds the answer. 
 
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
 
Jesus willingly gave himself fully and completely, so that sin was crucified to the cross forever. In doing so, God gave us something incredible- His righteousness.
 
Thank you, Jesus.
 
Join us Friday as we RETURN TO THE CROSS, on our way to the empty tomb to witness the GREATEST COMEBACK EVER on Easter Sunday morning.
 
I can’t wait!

See you Sunday,
Austin

Easter Services
April 4th, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
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ONLINE


Due to physical distancing, please help us to plan by reserving your seat today!

Please sign up by 10 pm on Saturday night.

(overflow seating available in the lobby)
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MASKS
Face coverings are required at all times.
With the State’s mandate requiring face coverings in all indoor spaces, Grace Fellowship will follow Eagle County’s public health guideline which requires wearing masks in all public spaces, including outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings are required during the entirety of the church service.
 
KIDS CHURCH SIGN UP (Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Please reserve your kids’ attendance with Ms. Debra during the sermon at the 9:00 am service
Help us ensure that we properly adhere to Eagle County’s public health guideline of maintaining six feet of physical distancing by reserving a spot at Kids Church. Kids Church follows the kids sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

NURSERY
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! Grace Fellowship continues to follow Eagle County’s public health guidelines, and nursery care attendants will wear face coverings while caring for your children. We are ready and excited to see your little ones!

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Please reserve your child’s attendance at 9:00 or 10:30 am where our nursery attendants will lovingly care for your kiddos while you enjoy church.

*Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep our guests safe by following guidelines suggested by our health officials. If you have any concerns however, please plan to join us online every Sunday!

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Good Friday Service
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1st Peter Bible Study
A message from Jackie...

This new Precept Bible Study is an 8-week class that I plan to start on April 7 and end on May 26th. It starts after Easter Sunday and ends before Memorial Day. There will be no Zero class this time, but I would be happy to do one if anyone is interested. This means your study of the first lesson will start on March 30/31.

It is a classic Precept format with an overview followed by chapter studies for each of the 5 chapters. I think after being in prophecy for so long, studying about our "sure salvation" will be a welcome respite. 

This class will be on Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. Tuesday is a coed class, Wednesday is a ladies only class. These classes will be kept in sync so you will be able to switch nights if you can't make the night you signed up for.

You will need to order your own book if you don't live in the Eagle/Gypsum area. The book is on Precept.org at  <https://shop.precept.org/pages/1-peter-precept-upon-precept>  You may choose your favorite Bible translation of ESV or NASB, either will work. Try to order your book immediately since we only have 2 weeks until you need to start your homework. Lesson One is available online for free if your book doesn't arrive on time.

The cost of the workbook is $18.00, plus shipping. 

If you live in the Eagle/Gypsum area I would be happy to order your book along with mine, which saves a few dollars in shipping costs. Let me know ASAP if you want me to order your book for you.
Please email me at dogcookie@gmail.com and let me know if you,

1) plan on taking the class
2) which night you prefer
3) if you need me to order your book.

I'm excited to start this new study with you!

In Christ together,
Jackie
March 28th - April 11th

If you would like to contribute,
 you can bring your non-perishable items to church on Sundays
to help to hit our goal of 100 Cans!

All food is given to the Community Market of Avon and Gypsum
Join us on April 10th for our church Spring Cleaning day!
From 8:00 am - 11:00 am
we will work together to freshen up both our indoor and outdoor spaces. Please sign up at church or come whenever you can!

Please contact Nancy with any questions
303-870-3433
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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Please send offerings to

Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637
Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • healing and strength for 22-year-old Kaylee Jeter, who is fighting through her second round of brain cancer.

  • a doctor at Nancy's office, who is recovering from a terrible skiing accident.

  • Janice who is recovering from heart surgery.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother, who is struggling with her health.
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  • Juan Marcez, who is recovering from COVID.

  • all those in our church and community who are sick with COVID and other illnesses. We also pray for families who are quarantined.

  • 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.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
See you Sunday Online!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@GraceGypsum.com 
Brookelyn Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101, brookelyn@gracegypsum.com
Nancy Kraft, Volunteer 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 during COVID-19
Worship Services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am services.

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!