Sunday Service @ Church December 12th, 2020
9:00AM and 10:30AM
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people"

“Jesus was Missing!”

Last week, I walked into Hobby Lobby to buy a CHRISTmas gift. As I approached the festive front door, I could see large signs in the entrance that said Merry CHRISTmas. Though I couldn’t see behind the masks it appeared like most people were smiling, seemingly in the CHRISTmas spirit. The wonderful sounds of CHRISTmas music tickled my ears.  Signs seemed to be everywhere, “CHRISTmas décor 50% off.” Customers were hustling and bustling around and so was I. But something stopped me in my tracks. Literally.

Jesus was missing! 


There were animals, and angels, wise men, and a shepherd intricately painted, perfectly poised, all intently focused on one thing. The beautiful figures all looked pleased. Their demeanor invited those gazing on them to share their view. What were they looking at? Carpet.

I’m not kidding. There I stood in the CHRISTmas décor section and there was no Jesus. I guess Jesus was sold out. 

The shepherds were overwhelmed when an angel of the Lord appeared to them. Luke tells us the “glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” That’s what happens when you are in the presence of the Lord, but it is in precisely these moments, when our Lord tells us not to be afraid.

Can you imagine if those shepherds went to Bethlehem and Jesus was missing? 

Oftentimes, something is missing during CHRISTmas. We work hard to buy, wrap, decorate, and cook, our hustle and bustle lives numb us to what CHRISTMAS is really about. Someone is missing, the CHRIST child Jesus.

Discouragements in our lives do the same. We hustle and bustle around finding ways to fix it, help it, and numb it. Our joy inventory is low and we feel all alone.

The angels left and the shepherds were left in silence and darkness. But they were not alone, in their hearts was a promise of a Savior. So those shepherds ascended the terraced hills to Bethlehem and…. “hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”

They found exactly what was promised. Jesus

If you are discouraged today and feel like you have been left alone in the darkness, God’s promise is for you too. Jesus is not sold out -Jesus is not missing! 

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

See you Sunday as we Rediscover Joy in our discouragements.

Joyful in Christ,

Austin

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Sunday Services
December 12th, 2020


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

Please sign up by Saturday night 10:00PM

(overflow seating available in the lobby)
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Christmas Eve

Please sign up early

December 24th, 2020
4:00PM
5:30PM
7:00PM

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Online 7:00PM
 

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 updated 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 now required during the entirety of the church service.
 
CHURCH ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
In one door and out the other.
Please continue to arrive church through the main lobby doors where ushers will guide you to your reserved chairs. Please depart only through the sanctuary door at the rear of the building 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.
 
KIDS CHURCH SIGN UP (Ages 3 through 2nd grade)
Please reserve your kids’ attendance with Ms. Debra during the sermon at the 9:00AM 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 Kidz church. This will be following the Kid's Sermon during the sermon.
We can’t wait to see them!

NURSERY
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open again! 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 9:00AM or 10:30AM.
Please reserve your child’s attendance at 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 am where our nursery attendants will lovingly care for your kiddos while you enjoy church.




Sunday Service

At Church
9:00AM & 10:30AM

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Online

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The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] 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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Gypsum, CO 81637
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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 those who are discouraged. May the joy of the Lord be their strength.

  • For all those in our church and community that are sick with Covid and other sicknesses. We also pray for families that are quarantined.

  • Denny, Todd's father who is recovering from Covid. Prayers for healing and a full recovery.

  • For Leslie and Don's grandson, Weston who went home, but then nearly died as he stopped breathing. He was saved by his father Blair who performed CPR. Weston was airlifted to Denver and is in the hospital in Denver recovering from surgery. Please pray for healing, and peace for his family.

  • Carol Proffitt who is home this week.

  • For all those who are feeling lonely and scared and afraid. May the peace of God, beyond understanding, reign in their hearts and minds. Remind them of your promises that are always accepted, secure and significant.

  • For Alex Marchetti and his family as he continues to recover from medical complications but is doing well.

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

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

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

  • For complete healing for Sal and his father Alex Marchetti as they continue to recover. Pray for strength for Lisa and Kathy as they care for them.

  • For 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.

  • For 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
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!