Sunday Service @ Church December 6th, 2020
9:00AM and 10:30AM
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:14


“Where ya goin?”

In this crazy Covid world, my boys and I have a new weekly tradition. They are both working on school work at home on Wednesdays so I decided at the beginning of the year that we would do lunch on Wednesdays. Most of the time it is take out or even fast food, but it’s something we all look forward to. Wednesdays always seem to be busy. My boys, one middle schooler the other a high schooler, are both navigating math, and science, and history. They watch online teacher lectures, read papers, and solve math problems. I usually reserve Wednesdays for study in preparation for Sunday’s sermon. I read God’s Word over and over again. I read commentaries and I listen to lectures. Most importantly, I pray. I like Wednesdays.

This Wednesday it didn’t go as planned. Seemingly endless phone calls and church Christmas plans mixed together like concrete. I would start one project, then be distracted (mostly by my own doing) and move on to another. “The Christmas Eve Order of Worship needs to be done early this year.” I thought. My mind moved from a Sunday sermon on “Peace” to a Christmas Eve of chaos. My fingers moved the December 6th document on my screen to make way for December 24th. My heart began to palpitate with endless tasks to complete, people to care for, ears to fill. My mind raced and there were not enough laps in the day. The checkered flag of Christmas Eve was right around the corner. “How are we going to seat everyone? What songs will be played? What videos will inspire? What will we feed the worship team? How will the online service look? What does God want to be shared this Christmas Eve?” The mental struggle was abruptly halted by an alarm on my phone. It was time for our weekly lunch. 

I left the house and brought home burgers and fries. Wednesdays are always our day to eat out together, but this afternoon was different. My son transferred his food to his plate and started for the stairs. 

“Where ya goin?” I asked. 

“I have work to do!” He replied.
 
At that moment, I knew his day was going like mine. The concrete mix of daily struggles was solidifying with each passing minute and each minute was too precious to spend time with dad.

With a smirk I told him, “Let’s eat at the table.” He agreed with a smile. 

There we sat, three Kraft boys and just talked. No math, no world history, and no Orders of Worship for Christmas Eve – no struggles. The latest Covid stats had no place at the table. The stresses of tomorrow weren’t even considered. We were at peace in the presence of one another at a table in a townhome in Eagle. 

On a hillside outside of Bethlehem, God’s angels declared peace. They glorified God in the highest heaven but declared peace on earth. Perhaps you have heard and read these words hundreds of times and never realized what the angels actually sang “On earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (emphasis mine). Peace isn’t put in the cellar to be dusted off and served in 100 years, peace on earth is now. The angels didn’t sing about papers or assignments or struggles of today. Those would be assumed. The angels didn’t sing about Covid quarantine orders, work lost, sick days or masks. God knew that would happen too. No, the angels rejoiced because God’s promise of sending the Prince of Peace was fulfilled. 

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Are you looking for peace in your struggles today? We all are. We try all kinds of things to find peace. We look in different places to be at peace but we struggle and our Lord is placed on the back-burner. In the midst of our endless search for peace our heavenly father says,

“Where ya goin?”

To find true peace you don’t need to go anywhere at all, because God came to you in Christ Jesus. That’s what Christmas is all about. Fully God; Fully man he came to you. The Prince of Peace came for you that chilly Bethlehem night; He died for you on that dark Calvary afternoon; He rose for you on that bright Easter Sunday morning. Ahhhh Peace. 

Join us Sunday as we REDISCOVER Peace in our struggles.

See ya Sunday!

Austin

Sunday Services
December 6th, 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)
+
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

-or-

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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Grace Fellowship Church
PO Box 4280
Gypsum, CO 81637
Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday December 6th

Our current plans are to host the meeting at church at 11:30 AM*


*(Alternative arrangements will be made if mandated or deemed necessary)
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 . . .

  • Peace beyond all understanding in our struggles.

  • 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 in the hospital with Covid. Prayers for healing and a full recovery.

  • Carol Proffitt who is returning home this week.

  • For Leslie and Don's grandson, Weston who is still in the hospital in Denver with a feeding problem and breathing issues. They are thankful for positive news. Please pray for baby Weston and his parents.

  • 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.

  • 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 Marchetti as he continues to recover, and strength for the entire family who is faithfully taking care of him.

  • 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!