October 20th, 2021
“Immediately he received his sight ”
-Mark 10:46-

Bart the blind man was doing what he had always done, he sat and begged for food. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to work, nobody in Judea would hire a blind beggar. So he sat and carried out his profession of begging. Day after day, Bart’s bemoaned begging echoed off the nearby hills. Sometimes it worked and he would feel the unbagged groceries hit the dusty road next to him. He couldn’t see the food, he couldn’t see anything, so he smelled, and tasted, and then begged for more. When people did give him something, it was always old. The bread was moldy- he could smell it. The figs were dry, he could barely taste them.  

 But begging and tasting were not the only things Bartimeaus could do. He could hear, and he heard from others that Jesus was coming and he knew Jesus could do something about his condition. Bart shouted blindly into the abyss of his dark world, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Others told him to be quiet, but not Jesus. No, Jesus told him to come and make his request known.
 
Bartimeaus could see what others could not. He “saw” a healer, a savior, a redeemer. He saw what even the disciples could not see right away. Sometimes we stand in the darkness too. We don’t see what Bart the blind man saw. But Jesus invites us to come to Him and make our requests known. Blind as you and I may be, our Lord loves us and cares for us. He came to  “open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:7). Jesus came to open your eyes, and release you from darkness. Thanks be to God! 
 
Anyway, back to Bart... 

Staggering to his feet, Bartimaeus spoke to Jesus and told him exactly what he wanted . . . he wanted to see. Jesus healed him and told him to go and see the world. What happened next was completely unexpected. 

Join us Sunday as we continue our sermon series Expect the Unexpected: The Unexpected Follower
 
I can’t wait! 
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
"Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 -
Pastor Austin has dedicated himself to serving our Lord through Grace Fellowship. We are so blessed to have him as our leader! We would like to show our appreciation to Pastor Austin as our worship leader by presenting him with a gift during our worship service on October 31st. If you would like to contribute toward this gift, you can do so in the following ways...

  • Donate HERE and specify in the notes section that it is for pastor appreciation

  • Use the cards next to the Pastor Appreciation basket on Sundays to express your gratitude and encouragement for Pastor Austin in a note, seal the envelope, and place in the basket

  • Place your contribution in an envelope marked, "Pastor Appreciation" and place it in the offerings basket
TONIGHT - Week 6 of The Truth Project Bible Study

October 26th/27th - Mark Precept Bible Study

October 31st - Oktoberfest Celebration
TONIGHT! Come Join Us!
Lesson 6 - History: Whose Story?
6:30 - 8:00

Remaining Meeting dates
October 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 1, 8
The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Grace Fellowship is so excited to participate in Operation Christmas Child this year! You can get involved by...

  1. Start with a shoebox from church (Organized by Gaby)
  2. Pack your box 
  3. Choose boy or girl and age 
  4. Pick gifts: something to love, to wear, for school, for personal hygiene, to play with. 
  5. Label your box 
  6. Pray for the child who will receive your box. 
  7. Drop off at church by November 21st, 2021

Come on Sundays for more info and reach out to Gaby with any additional questions
970-331-3928 
A message from Nicole Atencio...

Young Life is a youth ministry that has been in the valley for 13 years. Our mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Our hope is to give EVHS students from all walks of life the chance to know Jesus through Club, Campaigners, and Camp. We meet every Wednesday night, alternating between Club and Campaigners. 

YL Club

Young Life Club is the larger group with fun events every week like mud volleyball, line dancing, capture the flag, skits, and more. This is a safe, relaxed, and non-threatening environment where kids can laugh, feel valued, and hear the Gospel. I encourage our youth at Grace Fellowship to come to YL Club and invite their friends who may have never had a chance to know Jesus.

YL Campaigners

Young Life Campaigners is a smaller, focused, and more intentional group where young people come together with the leaders to learn more about what it means to love and follow Jesus. We go deep into the word, discuss life and life with Jesus. 

YL Camp

Young Life Camp is an awesome opportunity for kids to see Christ in a way that they might not see Him at home. We go to a winter and a summer camp every year. I went to these camps when I was a student at EVHS 10 years ago and it had an incredible impact on my relationship with Christ. 

We are so excited to be going to Crooked Creek Ranch in Fraser, Colorado this December 3rd-5th. We will be joining many other Young Life groups from around Colorado. We would love to bring as many high school students from Grace Fellowship as we can. We provide transportation. Spots are limited!



Please reach out to me with any questions. nicole.mh.atencio@gmail.com
Join us on October 31st for a special service and celebration after church!
There will be one service, at 10:00 am, followed by lunch and fellowship. We can't wait!
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 


Sunday Services
October 24th, 2021

9:00 AM and 10:30 AM
-or-
ONLINE
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
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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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • The family of Larry and Shoka's niece, Lori, who was called home to her savior on Monday. Pray for comfort and peace beyond understanding.

  • Shawn and Amy Blake's business. Pray for provisions and guidance.

  • Andi Blake's mother and her mother's boyfriend who are recovering from being sick. Pray for continued healing.

  • Robert Blake, Missy's father, who has been diagnosed with liver failure. Pray for comfort and peace.

  • Scott Hilty, who is recovering from another back surgery. Pray for comfort, healing, and peace.

  • Rita, who is now at Castle Peak for rehabilitation and recovery after her surgery. Pray for continued comfort and healing.

  • Bobby Bauer, who is in the hospital in serious condition battling complications from Covid.

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

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

  • 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; Amanda; Jerry; and Suzanne.
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!