February 17, 2021
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
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.


A Call to Return

“Come and get it!” These words would follow the ring of the dinner bell. Traditional dinner bells were routinely hung on the outside of a home to signal the family to return to the house for dinner. This was especially important for farmers and ranchers as the family would often be scattered across the property tending the animals and the land. The well-known triangle dinner bell became really popular in the 1800’s for frontier families that were traveling. It was easier to pack and weighed less than more traditional bells. It didn’t matter the type of bell, and it didn’t matter when it rang, it always called the family to return home. 

God spoke through the prophet Joel to His people who were scattered across the land in their sinful greed. They had stopped listening to God and his promises because they wanted to do their own thing, in their own way. But God rang the “dinner bell” through his Prophet Joel. This bell wasn’t made of brass or iron, instead it was locusts that got the people’s attention. But the LORD, through Joel, lovingly calls His people home. 

                                   “Return to me with all your heart”

Sin separates us from God. We turn our backs on Him and His promises and turn away from Him. Yet he calls us to return to him. “Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love.”

Today, the bell is ringing to return to the LORD our God who calls us back to Him where we discover what he gave us… Jesus. And we will do just that tonight- we will return, confess our sins, and feast on God’s promises. We will share the sign of the cross on our forehead in ashes, ashes from palm branches, reminding us that the empty tomb is in sight, but we must first witness the suffering of our Lord Jesus on the cross. God calls you and I, His family, back home to receive the forgiveness he gave us in Jesus. 

“Come and get it!” 

In the name of Jesus,
 
Austin 



See ya Sunday - I can't wait
Austin

Ash Wednesday Service

TONIGHT February 17, 2021
6:30 PM

Please join us as we begin the journey to Easter, and stop and remember what Jesus did for us.

Sunday Services
February 21, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
-or-
ONLINE


Due to physical distancing, please help us to plan by reserving your seat today!

Please sign up by 10 pm on Saturday night.

(overflow seating available in the lobby)
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MASKS
Face coverings are required at all times.
With the State’s mandate requiring face coverings in all indoor spaces, Grace Fellowship will follow Eagle County’s public health guideline which requires wearing masks in all public spaces, including outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings are required during the entirety of the church service.
 
KIDS CHURCH SIGN UP (Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Please reserve your kids’ attendance with Ms. Debra during the sermon at the 9:00 am service
Help us ensure that we properly adhere to Eagle County’s public health guideline of maintaining six feet of physical distancing by reserving a spot at Kids Church. Kids Church follows the kids sermon. We can’t wait to see them!

NURSERY
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open! Grace Fellowship continues to follow Eagle County’s public health guidelines, and nursery care attendants will wear face coverings while caring for your children. We are ready and excited to see your little ones!

NURSERY SIGN UP
Please reserve your child’s attendance in Nursery at 9:00 or 10:30 am.
Please reserve your child’s attendance at 9:00 or 10:30 am where our nursery attendants will lovingly care for your kiddos while you enjoy church.

*Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep our guests safe by following guidelines suggested by our health officials. If you have any concerns however, please plan to join us online every Sunday!

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.
Sunday School with Susan

Starting this week, Sunday School with Susan with occur during the 10:30 service for grades 3rd-6th. See you there!
February 28th at 11:45 am

We will discuss adding a budget item that was not contemplated at our December meeting.
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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Please send offerings to

Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637
Grace Fellowship
Shopping Team!

Need Groceries?
We have a team ready and willing to do your shopping for you! For those who have underlying health conditions, or simply need help, please contact coordinator, Susan Flock by text or call.

Susan Flock
970-361-4771
Thank you Susan, Gaby, Kat and Aracely for your faithful service to God's people!

Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • the family of Kris Berlinski who died last week. Pray for comfort for her father Don, mother Elaine, brother Rob and sister-in-law Carolyn.

  • the family of Andy Janowsky who died last week from complications with COVID. Andy was Pastor Austin's friend and co-worker.

  • Janice who is recovering from heart surgery.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother, who is struggling with her health.
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  • Juan Marcez, who is recovering from COVID.

  • all those in our church and community who are sick with COVID and other illnesses. We also pray for families who are quarantined.

  • strength, comfort and support for Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her.

  • Virginia Hurd, who is at Castle Peak and is very weak, and for all the residents and staff of Castle Peak.

  • 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.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
See you Sunday Online!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@GraceGypsum.com 
Nancy Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 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 during COVID-19
Worship Services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am services.

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!