March 2nd, 2022
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 
-Joel 2:13-
Our Ash Wednesday service tonight is one of the most solemn services of the church year as we begin Lent and begin our new sermon series WITNESSES TO CHRIST. We will meet witnesses who saw Jesus on his journey to the cross. On this journey, we will meet the forerunner, John the Baptist, villains like Barabbas and Pontius Pilate; sinners such as Peter who denied Jesus three times, a demon-possessed woman, Mary Magdalene, and even a betrayer - Judas. Most importantly, we will see the Jesus who willingly went to the cross for you and for me.
Tonight, worshipers will have the opportunity to receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of the cross. This cross of ash represents humiliation and repentance, but also forgiveness, cleansing, and renewal. The ashes will be placed in the sign of the cross on our foreheads reminding us of what Christ has done and how we need Him and Him alone. 
So what are those ashes?  
The ashes are burnt palm branches that were traditionally used the previous Palm Sunday. Ashes have been used both as a repellent for pests and repellent for bacteria. For centuries, people have used ashes around their plants to protect them from pests. People also used ashes on their bodies to cleanse wounds repelling bacteria and even death. So ashes serve as both a repellant and a cleansing agent. Pretty cool! 
The cross of ashes tonight on our heads is nothing strange or magical. It simply reminds us of our total dependence on God, not on ourselves. I don't know about you, but I need that reminder often. The ashes also remind us of His sacrifice, His mercy, and His love. We need that too.  
See you tonight as we worship our Lord together and return to Him.
Pastor Austin 
 Thank you to Thrivent Financial for partnering with us by donating $250 toward our Breakfast for Believers campaign! Let’s accept Thrivent’s challenge to reach our 150-box goal and use their $250 to purchase as many additional cereal boxes as we can.


If you have questions, please contact Nancy Kraft
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
TONIGHT - Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 pm

THIS SUNDAY - New Service Times & Sunday School!
A special time of prayer will take place at 6:15 this evening in the barndoor classroom prior to Ash Wednesday service for those who would like to join

Sunday Services
March 6th, 2022

9:00 or 11:00
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.
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Please pray for . . .

  • Colter Jaramillo, who was in a motorcycle accident last week and was taken to Denver for medical treatment. He is back home now. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • Peace for our world as Russia wages war on Ukraine.

  • The family of Tim Wolfe, whose children Austin, Jaden, and Bryce are now living on their own since he passed away from covid pneumonia recently. Austin now has guardianship of his younger siblings. Pray for provision and guidance as they navigate life without parents.

  • Lourdes, Claudia's sister who is struggling with health complications. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • Diego, who was severely injured in a “new build” home explosion in Aspen. At this time his prognosis is heartbreaking. He may never be able to walk again. Pray for peace and provision for him and his family.

  • Rosemarie, Dora's niece, who is experiencing serious trials with her health and is waiting for a kidney transplant. Pray for her husband's strength during this time, healing, and that she receives a kidney.

  • Jose Domenech, as he continues to recover from covid complications. Pray for continued healing and comfort.

  • Todd Purse, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Jackie's sister-in-law, Gwen, who is dealing with serious heart and kidney complications. Pray that her kidneys begin to function properly again and that she is healed.

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

  • Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her. Grant them peace and comfort

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Todd Purse; Connie Kerr; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; Amanda; Jerry; April; and Suzanne.
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 11:00 am (nursery provided).
Sunday School: 10:15-10:45 for all ages
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am service.

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Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

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

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!