We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
  
Service Times at Church
8:30 | 9:30 | 10:30 am
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A Message from Pastor Austin
Masks of God

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

Our free country encourages smart people to invent, create, and innovate new and fun ways to market all kinds of products, even face masks. But have you ever thought you were a mask? Gene Edward Veith wrote an article many years ago that I often read. It's title? Masks of God. In the article, Veith illuminates the point that, "God doesn't need our good works, but our neighbor does." This statement, simply but powerfully explains why we do good works. We don't do them to earn our salvation--that's impossible! God, in Christ, already did that for us! We do good works because our friends, family, coworkers, and community need us! God uses us in our everyday lives.

"When I go into a restaurant, the waitress who brings me my meal, the cook in the back who prepared it, the delivery men, the wholesalers, the workers in the food-processing factories, the butchers, the farmers, the ranchers, and everyone else in the economic food chain are all being used by God to “give me this day my daily bread.”
This is the doctrine of vocation. God works through people, in their ordinary stations of life to which He has called them, to care for His creation. In this way, He cares for everyone— Christian and non-Christian—whom He has given life.
Luther puts it even more strongly: Vocations are “masks of God.” On the surface, we see an ordinary human face—our mother, the doctor, the teacher, the waitress, our pastor—but, beneath the appearances, God is ministering to us through them. God is hidden in human vocations.
The other side of the coin is that God is hidden in us. When we live out our callings—as spouses, parents, children, employers, employees, citizens, and the rest—God is working through us. Even when we do not realize it, when we fulfill our callings, we too are masks of God." *

So often, we forget that God feeds His people, clothes His people, comforts His people, through us! God also serves us through others. It doesn't matter what your paycheck looks like, what your degree says, or how fancy your office is. God will use you right where you are to love on his people. Veith continues..

"If we are masks of God, even when we do not realize it, it is also true that God is masked in our neighbor. Particularly when our neighbor is in need—when he or she is sick, hungry, thirsty, naked, a prisoner, a stranger—Christ Himself is hidden."*

What a joy it is for all of us to serve our Lord by serving others. You are a good-looking mask :-)

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

Austin

*(August 2001 issue of Lutheran Witness)
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 SERVICE
 JUNE 19th

8:30 | 9:30 | 10:30


Nursery Now Open!

CHURCH SERVICE SIGN UP
Please reserve your attendance at the 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 am services.


  • If you are at risk or think you are at risk, please carefully consider watching online.

  • If you are sick or think you might be sick, please do not come to the church building for your safety and the safety of others. Please join us by watching online.

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.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN UP
Please reserve your kids’ attendance at Sunday School from
9:30 – 10:15 am.
Help us ensure that we properly adhere to Eagle County’s public health guideline of maintaining six feet of social 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!

NURSERY SIGN UP
Nursery Care for newborn-2 years old
Please reserve your kid's attendance 8:30AM / 9:30AM / 10:30AM
Nursery is open again! Please sign up children for nursery for the service you plan to attend. Our nursery attendants are ready and we are excited to see the kiddos. Nursery is available for any of the three Sunday services.

MASKS
Masks are strongly recommended, but not required.
Grace Fellowship will continue to follow the Eagle County public health guideline which strongly recommends wearing masks, but we will not require them. For those individuals who feel most comfortable wearing masks, please continue to do so. Our staff and volunteers will wear masks in all public areas.
 
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 at the back so that we can adhere to Eagle County’s public health guideline of maintaining six feet of social 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.


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Grace Fellowship Church
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Gypsum, CO 81637
The youth in Peru involved with Corazon de Esperanza need your help as Peru struggles being the second biggest outbreak country of COVID-19 in Latin America. Will you please make a gift to keep youths housed and fed, and our staff employed? Food prices are on the rise. Our staff are considered essential workers, caring physically and emotionally for our youth along with their own families. The youth have been through so much personal trauma, so right now they need to know they are not alone. Please make a donation today and continue to pray for Peru.

Thanks so much,

Jan
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 . . .

  • For Matt Meline who is faithfully working at Rainbow Trail camp ministering to children. We also pray for Jay, Jan's brother who is the executive coordinator at a Christian camp in Texas. Please pray for all of those working and ministering at camps this summer as they navigate changes and difficult challenges. We are thankful for their love for God and His mission.

  • Connie Kerr who received results last week which showed significant tumor growth. She awaits biopsies and further treatment options. Pray for discernment and peace for her and her husband George.

  • 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. 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 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!