August 11th, 2021
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
-Romans 3:23-24-
This past week, Lindbergh Drive just outside of our church building has been an epicenter for trucks. Large trucks, small trucks, orange trucks, white trucks all with one mission, to tear up the old pavement. The beeping and honking and scraping made studying nearly impossible. The experts were out, dressed in dirty jeans, construction hard hats, and yellow vests. I knew our road was in good hands – the experts were out.

When I arrived at church Sunday it was quiet. The trucks and workers were off for the day, and the work had been done. All of the old beat up and weathered road surface was torn off and taken away. 
I drove gingerly over the torn surface and parked in the adjacent parking lot. As I walked to our building I looked to the West and saw a beautiful, perfectly paved road. An early morning bus was leaving the rough surface, sped up, and confidently crossed the intersection onto the smoothest, newly paved road you have ever seen. What was noisy and scratchy was now quiet and calm. What was dirty and ugly was now clean and beautiful. 
I realized Sunday morning walking into church how ugly our sin is – mine and yours. No matter how good we are, or how good we appear to be, under the surface is sin. The Apostle Paul states, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The old, nasty, weathered and worn us needs to be scraped away. This is nothing we could do on our own, we needed an expert- THE expert. Our Lord came to us and was crucified on the cross, scraping all our sins away. It wasn’t pretty- all the world's sin cast on God’s Son. It was an ugly day. 
When the spice-toting women arrived at the tomb that Easter Sunday it was quiet. The soldiers were gone, the tomb was empty and the work had been done. All of the nasty consequences of sin were taken away. The tomb was now clean and beautiful and empty. The angels had something to say, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen!” 

Join us Sunday as we celebrate the redemption we ALL have that came by Jesus Christ our Lord.

I can’t wait!

Hi Students of the Word,

It's that time of year that the Word is calling us back into study so I'd like to invite you to join the fall study of Precept Upon Precept on the Gospel of Mark. 

Quick Details...
  • 9-week course via ZOOM with a Zero week for introduction at the beginning
  • One class on Tuesday night and one on Wednesday night from
7:00-8:30 pm (MST)
  • Drop-ins on the other class are allowed if your schedule requires it
  • If you live out of the Eagle-Gypsum area, (or you prefer to order your own) you will have to order your own workbook online from HERE
This time of year is busy for Precept, so order as early as possible. I will be ordering the local books on August 23, so make sure to sign up before then.

Cost for the workbook is $21.00 if I order it for you.

The schedule for this year is:
September 7 & 8 = Zero week, introduction to the Precept method
September 14 & 15 = 1st lesson homework will be discussed
Tuesday and Wednesday nights until November 10th = the following 8 weeks of study

If you would like to join this group, please email me (yes or no, please) by August 22. Let me know the following:
1. Which night you prefer
2. If you want me to order your book for you if you are local &
   2b. What version of the workbook you prefer: NASB or ESV

I am excited to get back into study and I hope all of you are too. 

In Christ together,
Jackie Marchetti -
Nicole Atencio will be welcoming her second baby into the world later this week! To show our support for her and her family we started a meal chain for the next couple of weeks. If you feel called to serve this family, please sign up to take them a meal. They greatly appreciate the love and support from their church family.

Please contact Brookelyn if you have any questions

Nicole 970-376-8253
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 

The Power of the Purse is a one of a kind event in the Vail Valley, hosted by Corazon de Esperanza. This ladies brunch and purse-shopping event is the perfect social outing, featuring a wide assortment of like-new purses, including vintage and designer handbags, wallets and backpacks at deeply discounted prices. Live auction for the best of the best and a raffle for a variety of amazing gifts. 100% of donations, tickets, and sales benefit girls in Perú by providing education and empowerment programs through Corazón de Esperanza.

Three Ways To Support Corazon de Esperanza
  • Donate purses, backpacks, and wallets to Grace Fellowship Church or any Alpine Bank in the valley by Monday, August 30th.

  • Clean and tag donations for event on Tuesday, August 31st from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Grace Fellowship Church. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Brunch and shopping on Saturday, September 11th from 10:30am-1:00pm at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online HERE!!!
Tickets are available on Sundays!!!
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

Sunday Services
August 15th, 2021

9:00 AM and 10:30 AM
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 for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! We are ready and excited to see your little ones!
Join us on Facebook Sunday morning at approximately 9:15 AM, or view the recording anytime on Facebook, Vimeo or YouTube.
Click the image below to connect.

Please pray for . . .

  • Nicole Atencio, who will be having her baby this week!

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

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

  • Pastor Craig Smith and his wife as they continue to mourn the death of their daughter, Addison, and care for their other 2 daughters.

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

  • Sue, David Carle's mother, who is struggling with her health. Pray that her home health care workers continue to show up to provide care for her.

  • 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 seeking answers from specialists about his health condition.

  • 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.
See you Sunday!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, 
Brookelyn Sharpe, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101,
Nancy Kraft, Service Coordinator, 303-870-3433,
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771,
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177,
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617
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.

Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

Proclaim Jesus as Savior. 
Nurture faith in Jesus. 
Serve in the name of Jesus.

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!