July 21st, 2021
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
 
-Matthew 11:28-
 
 
Last week I was blessed to serve and officiate a beautiful wedding in Brighton, Colorado. It was a special wedding for friends that I have known for many years. My youth leader Rob’s daughter was getting married. Rob sang at our wedding 25 years ago! It was wonderful.
 
But before the wedding, I had a problem. I drove down from Eagle on Friday for the rehearsal and realized my suit coat was a disaster. I don’t know what happened, but my coat looked like it was sitting on the bottom of my gym bag for months (sadly a possibility). I needed to find a dry cleaner as soon as possible. I drove to the nearest cleaner but they could not get it done in time, so they sent me to a laundromat. I followed the instructions and pulled up to an old, run-down building. I quickly parked and ran inside. I felt like I was in another world. My 2012 minivan looked like a Ferrari compared to the other rusty cars in the lot. As I walked in the front door with my black suit, people stared with looks of curiosity. My skin was a different color, my car was newer, and my wrinkled suit was out of place. I went to the front of the store, and the nice young lady told me they don’t press suits, but told me who does. She kindly gave me directions. After exiting the run-down parking lot, I was stopped at a train crossing. The long black and white bars came down, blocking traffic and the red lights started blinking. In moments, the cargo train came whizzing by. I looked up at the sky and a plane was flying by so I thought of the classic movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles … I said to myself,
“Planes, trains, and” …. My thoughts were interrupted. On the frontage road on the other side of the light was a big, green and yellow tractor bouncing its way down the narrow road. I smiled and blurted out loud … “Planes, trains and tractors!” Just then, a gold-colored low-rider car with gold rims pulled up beside me blaring music.   
 
It struck me at that very moment how different all of us are. But God does not limit his invitation to only one group. Our Lord Jesus invites all people to come to him. He didn’t ask for applications or a resume or photos. Jesus doesn’t limit who is allowed to come to him, he simply offers an invitation--“Come.” But he didn’t stop there, he also offered a promise. “I will give you rest.” Rest from the trials of life, but also rest from the burden of sin. The “yoke” is unbearable apart from Christ- he takes the burden on Calvary’s cross.
 
If you are weak and not strong enough to fight life’s temptations and burdens...his invitation is for you. If you are the weakest link in your family…his invitation is for you. If you are weighed down by the burdens of sin and selfishness, his invitation is for you. If you think you cannot endure and are too weak to fight any longer, his invitation is for you too. We all have different burdens and weaknesses. We have different backgrounds, histories, and even different modes of transportation, but we all are welcome to come to Jesus for rest. 

Join us Sunday as we celebrate God’s invitation for all people to come to Him.

I can’t wait!
We are so excited to participate in UpLift again this year! This concert is an amazing opportunity to gather our youth and lift up the name of Jesus with the entire valley! Tickets for the designated Grace Fellowship section at the concert will be for sale on Sundays.

Tickets are HALF OFF THIS SUNDAY ONLY!
Aracely and Kat recently welcomed their beautiful daughter, Aralyn into the world! To help show our love and support, a meal chain has been set up to help them out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Click the link to sign up to make and take them a meal if it is on your heart!

Please contact Brookelyn at 720-550-3505 if you have any questions

Aracely 970-390-8026
Want to get involved and serve at Grace Fellowship? Click the link to indicate which volunteer positions you feel called to serve in. Thank you for serving our lord with a joyful heart!
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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Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637

Sunday Services
July 25th, 2021

9:00 AM and 10:30 AM
-or-
ONLINE
KIDS CHURCH w/ Ms. Debra 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!

KIDS CHURCH w/ Ms. Susan at 10:30 service
(3rd grade through 6th grade)
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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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • Debra's mom, who is struggling with health issues. Pray for comfort and peace.

  • Praise and thanks for the Arguello family's friend, Steve Hall, who is now cancer free!

  • Pastor Craig Smith and his family as they mourn the death of their daughter, Addison. Also pray for their daughter, Presley, who is recovering from injuries sustained in the car accident. Pray for comfort, healing, and peace beyond understanding.

  • Rita, who is battling health issues. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • April Mabee, a friend of Gaby's who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • All of the firefighters who are fighting our state's fires right now. Pray for safety and that the fires will be put out as soon as possible.

  • Praise for Austin's seminary friend, Aaron, who is being treated for Leukemia. His numbers are looking great and he is back to some normal activity! Continue to pray for strength as he continues this journey.

  • Praise and thanks for Sal as he is nearing the end of his treatment for leukemia! Pray that his condition continues to improve and that he continues to feel better.

  • Austin's seminary friend, Seth, who is still waiting to see a specialist for a medical condition.

  • 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.

  • 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!
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!