We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
  
Service Times at Church
8:30 am | 9:30 am | 10:30 am
Tomorrow is a special day. We celebrate our freedom as one nation under God .

In Christ we are free not just tomorrow, but forever. Jesus said we are slaves to sin, but in Christ, God has sent his one and only Son Jesus who has set you free from the bondage of sin. Under God we are free to live confidently proclaiming to the world what Christ has done! I am thankful we live in a country where my kids can live in freedom, but forever in Christ.

"So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed." - Jesus
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A Message from Pastor Austin
Gasping for Air


. ..What I have vowed I will make good. I will say,
‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ - Jonah 2:9

Gasping for air, I was once again violently pulled under the splashing waves swallowing more water than air. My burning lungs longed for fresh oxygen, but I could see nothing but black. I couldn’t risk losing my contacts which were my only source of clarity. If I lost my vision I would be doomed. My glasses were not an option; they were back in my room which seemed so far off. Would I ever sleep in that room again? Would I ever lay my tired head on that soft pillow? I couldn’t focus on that now, I needed to survive. I fought with all my might and reached the glorious surface and once again took a priceless gulp of life-sustaining air. Without warning, suddenly, I was once again yanked under the churning water. Flailing my arms and kicking my legs, I broke free and breathed deep. I survived.

I swam to the edge of the swimming pool both laughing and choking and watching two boys, my nephew Sean and my son Brady, swim away in defeat. The unprovoked attack came in the community pool while swimming on vacation. We had a wonderful time splashing and laughing and playing together.

Jonah wasn’t on vacation and he certainly wasn’t having a wonderful time. Nineveh was a horrible place, filled with horrible people, and God had a ministry job for Jonah in Nineveh. His task? Minister to the people of Nineveh and tell them of God. But Jonah refused. He tried to sneak his way out of the task, so he took the first boat heading west to Tarshish instead of Nineveh to the east. The cruise quickly turned into a Titanic-type tragedy when the Lord caused huge waves to rattle the sailor’s ship. The crew panicked and threw the cargo overboard in a desperate attempt to save the boat and themselves. Jonah was distraught and said it was his fault. The sailors cast lots. Jonah lost and was eventually tossed into the raging sea. 

Jonah had a big problem ... he tried to run from God. He admitted that God created both land and the sea he was thrown into, but he was filled with fear. Fear reared its ugly head in hate when Jonah said he was mad at God for forgiving the people of Nineveh. He knew God was caring and slow to anger, and abounding in love.

"... I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger, and abounding in love, a God who relents from calamity.” (Jonah 4:2)

Jonah didn’t want God to forgive the people of Nineveh, but that was none of Jonah’s business. Jonah was working outside of his pay grade. Jonah wanted to control God’s grace and dictate to whom God shows mercy, love and grace. Silly Jonah, but let’s be honest, we are like Jonah in so many ways. Like Jonah, we often think we can tell God who He can forgive and when. We may not run to Tarshish, but we run from God in other ways. We are quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to forgive and abounding in greedy self-righteousness. But God is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Our Lord did not come to condemn, but to save (see John 3:17). Sadly, Jonah never really did get the point. Do we? We see the chaos, the calamity and the evil that persists, and we want God to punish. But Jonah’s story reminds us to stay within our job description. Let God be God as Jonah admitted,

“God is the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” (Jonah 1:9)

I think God knows what He’s doing. In a world of change, we must remember our Lord never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He is still gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. 

Join us Sunday as we continue our sermon series, Adjusting to Change with Jesus who NEVER changes.

Austin
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School for 2 year olds – 2nd Grade, and 3rd – 7th Grade
We’re absolutely thrilled to invite your kids back to Sunday School during the entire 9:30 am service! Acknowledging your kids’ safety is our number one priority, and Grace Fellowship will continue to follow Eagle County’s public health guideline, requiring social distancing of at least six feet while gathering.
 
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9:30 – 10:15 am.
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 Sunday School. Simply drop off your kiddos with Debra or Susan as you arrive church and they’ll enjoy outdoor Sunday School with their friends and teachers for the full 9:30 am service. We can’t wait to see them!

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Nursery Care for newborn-2 years old
Please reserve your kid's attendance at 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 am
Nursery is open again and our attendants are excited to see your children! Please sign up for nursery during the service you plan to attend.

MASKS *New Restrictions per Eagle County
Masks are now required per Eagle County Health officials. Please wear a mask in and out of the building. When seated, and socially distanced masks can be removed for the service. If you need to walk through the building please wear your mask again. Thank you for your patience.
 
CHURCH ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
In one door and out the other.
Please continue to arrive at church through the main lobby doors where ushers will guide you to your reserved chairs. Please depart through the sanctuary door in the rear of the church so that we can adhere to Eagle County’s public health guideline of maintaining six feet of physical distancing. If you need to enter the lobby or restrooms following the conclusion of the service, please exit the church and re-enter through the main lobby doors.
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 . . .

  • Frank (Austin's friend from seminary) and his wife Esther. After a seemingly successful surgery, Esther is suffering from a serious infection and has been in the hospital this week. Pray for healing and peace during this difficult time.

  • All those in our congregation and families who suffer the trials of addiction. Pray for healing and God's invention.

  • Jan, a friend of George Kerr who is suffering from cancer and the grief of her husband's death from cancer. Pray for strength and peace.

  • Jack Swedlund and his wife Tanya, as Jack is in hospice care at home suffering from cancer.

  • Carol who is at home. Give her and her daughter Pam strength, comfort and support.

  • Bill and Virginia Hurd who are at Castle Peak as permanent residents and unable to see family and friends in person. Also for all the residents and staff of Castle Peak.

  • Sal Marchetti for complete healing as he continue to recover. We pray for strength for the entire family who is faithfully taking care of Sal.

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Connie Kerr, Jack; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Brad Bluhm; Rance Ketterling; little Sal Marchetti; Amanda; Jonette; Carol; Jerry; and Suzanne.

  • Everyone affected by illness, surgery or accidents. Lord, give wisdom to doctors, bring peace of mind, and reveal answers and the best treatments. You are the God who heals, and we rely on Your great mercies and power to work in our bodies and bring wholeness.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
See you Sunday at church or 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
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

Normal Sunday Schedule
Worship Services: 8:30 and 10:30 am (childcare provided).
Adult Bible Study: Between services at 9:45 am.
KidsChurch: During sermon-time.

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!