March 17th, 2021
 
A Call to Return to the Kingdom of God
 
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
John 18:33-37
 
Jesus is being questioned by Pilate and makes it abundantly clear that Pilate’s idea of a “king” is much different from actually being The King. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18). The Kingdom of God is fully and completely encompassed in Jesus and in His saving work. This is so wonderfully highlighted in our profession of faith in the words of the Apostles Creed. (The word Creed comes from the Latin word credo which simply means “I believe.”)

We proclaim...

"And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead."

What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
Luther’s Small Catechism

I read this often, because it reminds me of who Jesus is, who I am, what He has done for me, and the way in which he did it. All of this He did for you too! Thanks be to God who is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

Prayer: Thank you King Jesus for purchasing me with your precious blood and innocent suffering and death. You are our King both now and forever. AMEN


Join us Sunday I can’t wait!
Austin



Sunday Services
March 21st, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
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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.
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This Saturday 9:30AM

LWML 2021 Projects

Dear Sisters in Christ,

That is ALL ladies of Grace Fellowship…AND every lady we know and don’t know! WOW…that is amazing to think about isn’t it!

This past year we have missed our hugs and smiles. We long to worship and study together. Lutheran Women's Missionary League has been working to communicate and provide news of all the needs throughout the world, in our communities and our churches. There still are our goals to provide grants promised to many needy projects and people.  

We have not been able to meet or be together to talk about how Grace Fellowship LWML can help to serve Him with gladness. I feel we can now meet, maintaining social distance, and using masks to talk about what we want to do using the many talents and resources within our church to help in the mission field.

I invite you to come to Grace Fellowship THIS SATURDAY, March 20th, 9:30-11:00a.m. for a light brunch as we take time to set goals for the rest of this year. Please join us as we Rejoice in this opportunity!

Bring your Mite box...OR come to get one!

Please call me if you have questions.
God’s got this…Nancy Kraft  303-870-3433  


Good Friday Service
Join us on April 2nd
@ 6:30 pm as we remember the ultimate sacrifice.
Easter Services
Join us on April 4th
@ 9:00 and 10:30
as we celebrate the Greatest Comeback Ever!
1st Peter Bible Study
A message from Jackie...

This new Precept Bible Study is an 8-week class that I plan to start on April 7 and end on May 26th. It starts after Easter Sunday and ends before Memorial Day. There will be no Zero class this time, but I would be happy to do one if anyone is interested. This means your study of the first lesson will start on March 30/31.

It is a classic Precept format with an overview followed by chapter studies for each of the 5 chapters. I think after being in prophecy for so long, studying about our "sure salvation" will be a welcome respite. 

This class will be on Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. Tuesday is a coed class, Wednesday is a ladies only class. These classes will be kept in sync so you will be able to switch nights if you can't make the night you signed up for.

You will need to order your own book if you don't live in the Eagle/Gypsum area. The book is on Precept.org at  <https://shop.precept.org/pages/1-peter-precept-upon-precept>  You may choose your favorite Bible translation of ESV or NASB, either will work. Try to order your book immediately since we only have 2 weeks until you need to start your homework. Lesson One is available online for free if your book doesn't arrive on time.

The cost of the workbook is $18.00, plus shipping. 

If you live in the Eagle/Gypsum area I would be happy to order your book along with mine, which saves a few dollars in shipping costs. Let me know ASAP if you want me to order your book for you.
Please email me at dogcookie@gmail.com and let me know if you,

1) plan on taking the class
2) which night you prefer
3) if you need me to order your book.

I'm excited to start this new study with you!

In Christ together,
Jackie
New Administrative Assistant
After a voter's meeting, we're excited to welcome Brookelyn Kraft as our new administrative assistant here at Grace Fellowship! She has worked with the church before in a similar position and has already helped to initiate many new projects. Welcome Brookelyn!

A word from Brookelyn...

"Thank you all for the opportunity to help serve our church and serve each of you! I am very excited to help us grow and focus on new ministry opportunities. I will be at church on Sundays between services, so please feel free to pull me aside for any questions or administrative needs. My contact information is also listed below. I am excited for the big things to come for our church!"
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
Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • healing and strength for 22-year-old Kaylee Jeter, who is fighting through her second round of brain cancer.

  • comfort and peace for the family of Virginia Hurd who died last week. We are thankful for her faith and love for her Lord and her family.

  • a doctor at Nancy's office, who is fighting for his life after a skiing accident.

  • Those who are persecuted for their faith. May our comforting words "blessed are you" resonate in their hearts and minds.

  • 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.

  • 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 
Brookelyn Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 970-445-3101, brookelynkraft@gmail.com
Nancy Kraft, Volunteer 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 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!