May 19th, 2021
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:8-12
Trash Man to the Rescue
Do you have a lot of trash? We do.

A family of six produces a lot of garbage. I am sure our trash man talks about our house around the drinking fountain at his office, and on the cell phone with his wife. He probably dreads his weekly route knowing we are on his list. His best days at work are when the Kraft family forgets it’s trash day. We do our best to keep him happy. Smiles and waves when we see him pulling up the ally. Cookies and sweets during the holidays. One year after Christmas I even left him a tip with a love letter attached in hopes of preventing a really nasty separation.

Going to the Kraft house for any garbage disposal engineer is always a chore, but this past week was even worse. I bought my wife, Missy a new kitchen table for Mother’s Day. The five containers for this table were monstrosities. One massive box housed the tabletop, which seemed big enough to hold an airplane wing. And there were four other large boxes that contained a total of eight chairs' parts. The cardboard for the big box we recycled, but the packing on the inside was thrown in the trash. 

A few days ago, I heard a big loud engine, and then I saw his big green truck. I was nervous. Would he take it? Would he leave it? Would he resign? I watched in eager anticipation from the upstairs window – honestly, I didn’t have the courage to exit my home.

Without hesitation, the hero with the orange reflective vest stared at that pile trash like a Colorado mountain to be climbed. He used his truck and his mighty hands, and he took every last bit of that trash. He left nothing behind.

We each carry a lot of trash in our hearts, don’t we? We carry guilt and shame and the embarrassment of committing sins against others and against God. We carry sins with us that we think are just too big and bulky for God to handle. We wonder what I wondered … “Will He take them?” The psalmist wondered this too and pleads with the Lord, “Do not cast me away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” 

Though we are really bad at keeping our promises, God is not. He takes all of our sins upon himself and takes the trash out! “As far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
The trash man takes our family’s trash to the dump; our Lord takes our sins to the cross. Our Lord does something that my trusty, trash man doesn’t. He lovingly gives us something in return … His righteousness. He gives all those who believe in Him a shimmering crown of righteousness. (2 Timothy 4:8) Thanks be to God!

Pastor Austin
Prayer: Heavenly Father we thank you for taking our sins upon yourself and giving us your righteousness. We echo the words of your servant, David in Psalm 51 …

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

The Grace Fellowship Love Fund is dedicated to helping those in our congregation and the community in their moment of need. Over the past year, several families and individuals in our congregation and in the community lost jobs, housing, or both. We were able to assist them in their hour of need in small but much needed ways. The love fund is accessed at Pastor Austin and the Church Board’s discretion to allow for confidentiality to protect families and their privacy. These past 14 months more than ever, the Love Fund has been a blessing to hurting people. Praise God for that! 

At this time, the love fund is in need of replenishment so that we as God’s hands and feet might continue to serve those who need it most. Please prayerfully consider donating to the Love Fund. Thank you!
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
May 23rd, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
KIDS CHURCH w/ Ms. Debra at 9:00 am service
(Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Kids Church follows the kids 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.
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Please pray for . . .

  • Judy Evans, who is recovering from back surgery.

  • Sarah Hollis, who is having surgery today.

  • Scott Hilty, who is recovering from back surgery.

  • The Arguello family's friends, Steve and Donna Hall. Steve has been diagnosed with cancer and is waiting to find out if the cancer has spread. Please pray for them and their 4 children as they begin this journey. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Austin's seminary friend, Aaron, who was diagnosed with Leukemia and has started treatment. He is home now, recovering from chemo. Pray for strength and healing for him and his family.

  • 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.

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

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, 
Brookelyn Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101,
Nancy Kraft, Volunteer 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!