April 7th, 2021

I Need to See It to Believe It!

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:24-29
 
I have never been to Paris, but I do believe there is an Eiffel tower. I have also seen the replica in Las Vegas. Have you believed because you have seen the Eiffel tower?

I have never been to Nepal or Tibet, but I do believe there is a Mount Everest. I have also seen videos of hikers at the summit. Have you believed because you have seen Mount Everest?

I have never been inside the White House, but I do believe there is an oval office. I have also seen videos of presidents signing important letters at the Resolute desk. Have you believed because you have seen the oval office? 
 
Thomas was not with the others when Jesus first appeared to them. He hadn’t seen the Risen Christ, like the other guys and gals. Worst yet, they couldn’t Facetime Thomas when Jesus appeared. Thomas said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

So, Jesus did something remarkable. Eight days later, Thomas is with the others behind locked doors. Jesus appears to all of them but directs his attention to Thomas and invited him to look at and even touch his wounds. Thomas immediately responds not with touching, but with praising, “My Lord and my God!” 

Did you get that? Thomas didn’t need to touch Jesus, just like we don’t need to touch the base of the Eiffel tower, or the summit of Everest. Thomas didn’t need to put his hand in Jesus’ side, just like we don’t need to put our hands on the Resolute desk. 

Thomas saw Jesus Risen and he believed. When you are in the presence of Jesus nothing else matters. 

Jesus now responds to Thomas and to us. “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Sometimes in our pain and sorrow and hurt we are unable to bring ourselves to Jesus, so Jesus comes to us just like He did with Thomas. Jesus comes to us in His WORD and Jesus comes to us in His Supper. We will receive both this Sunday. How can we respond … well I think Thomas nailed it.

“My Lord and my God!”

See you Sunday as we continue to celebrate the Greatest Comeback Ever!


I can't wait,
Austin

Sunday Services
April 11th, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
-or-
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!

NURSERY SIGN UP
Please reserve your child’s attendance in Nursery at 9:00 or 10:30 am.
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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Join us THIS SATURDAY, 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 or come whenever you can!


Please contact Nancy with any questions
303-870-3433

THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY!

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
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
Would you like to submit your offering online? Thank you!
Simply click the link to securely give to Grace Fellowship.
Would you like to submit your offering by mail? Thank you!

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 . . .

  • Austin's friends, Aaron and Seth, who are both awaiting doctor's tests and diagnosis. Aaron and Seth are both pastors and classmates of Pastor Austin. Please pray for them, their families, and their churches.

  • 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.

  • 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!