We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
  
Service Times
8:30 am | 9:30 am | 10:30 am
*No Sunday School this Week*
A Message from Pastor Austin
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 
Colossians 3:17

Rule #1: The boss is always right. 
Rule #2: When the boss is wrong, refer to rule #1.
 
Many years ago, one of my friends was telling me about his daughter’s boyfriend. He had dropped out of college and was trying to find his place in the world. My friend, being the caring and loving father that he was, was beginning to get worried. He didn’t only care for his daughter, but he also cared for this young man. I asked him how they were doing? He scoffed and shook his head slowly side to side. He went on to tell me he had a job at a chain restaurant on the Front Range. He told me things were going pretty well, and then one day he came over to talk. He was supposed to be at work, so my friend knew something was wrong. He asked the young man what had happened.

“I quit!” the boy said with disgust.  

“What do you mean?” ... What happened?” asked my friend sympathetically.  

The boy continued ... “It was my boss, he asked me to take out the trash. I don’t do trash!”   

I forget what my friend said after that because I was laughing so hard. I think I replied loudly and sarcastically, “I don’t doooooo trash?????!!!!”  

I was shocked. He quit his job, (the only job he had, mind you) because he didn’t want to take out the trash. (Wow.)  

My friend had a chat with his daughter about Junior’s philosophy on life (or something like that).

In Colossians 3:17, Paul doesn’t exclude anything. He reminds God’s people that, “ whatever you do, whether in word or deed ...,” that everything they do is in the name of Jesus and for His people.  

The great theologians John Calvin and Martin Luther both spoke boldly and often about the wonderful and powerful gift of vocation. 

“We should note that the Lord commands every one of us in all the actions of our lives, to be faithful to our calling. For he knows that the human mind burns with restlessness, that it is swept easily hither and thither, and that its ambition to embrace many things at once is insatiable. Therefore, to prevent that general confusion being produced by our folly and boldness, he has appointed to everyone his particular duties in the different spheres of life. And, that no one might rashly go beyond his limits, he has called such spheres of life vocations, or callings. Every individual’s sphere of life, therefore, is a post assigned him by the Lord.”
– John Calvin
  
 
“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.”
– Martin Luther
 
God’s word tells us we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (See Mark 12:20-31.)
 
Vocation is a wonderful gift God has given each and every one of us. Vocation is not contained or restrained to a paycheck, but it is every station or “post” in which we are assigned at a particular time. This might include being the best husband you can be to your wife, or the best father to your children. It might include being the best wife to your husband or daughter to your mother. This might include completing a spreadsheet at work, cooking dinner for the neighbors, or (horror of horrors) taking out the trash for your boss. 

God’s redemptive act of incarnation points to the importance of life on earth in God’s creation. In Christ, God affirms that His creation is good and we are to care for all of it together as we work for Him. The Christian life, therefore, is not an escape from the world in which we live but a calling to work for it to glorify its Creator.  

After the reformation there was a resurgence in work ethic, because great theologians pointed to God’s Word and reminded the people who they were working for! It was coined the “Protestant Work Ethic.” Hard-working women and men gave it everything they had in whatever vocation they were called to at the time, knowing they were working for much more than a paycheck - they were working for the Lord. When we know that we are working for the Lord, it changes our perspective. We can joyfully go about our daily tasks with smiles on our faces and motivation in our hearts. We are working for The Lord and what a pleasure it is! 

See you Sunday! Gotta go ... time to take out the trash.  
 
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, 
you did for me.”
-Matthew 25:40
Join us Sunday as we start our new sermon series "Sufficient."

I can't wait!

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 SERVICES
August 2, 2020

8:30 am | 9:30 am | 10:30 am

CHURCH SERVICE SIGN UP
Please reserve your attendance.

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.

  • 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.

*NOTE: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK*
Online
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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.

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 guidelines, requiring face coverings and physical 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 physical distancing by reserving a spot at Sunday School. Simply drop off your kiddos with Debra or Susan as you arrive church where 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
Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
Nursery is open again! Grace Fellowship continues to follow Eagle County’s public health guidelines, and nursery 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 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 am.
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.
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!

We are excited to announce that our summer camping trip is still on! Feel free to camp all four nights, one night, or just come up for the campfire service and BBQ. It will be a wonderful time in God's creation worshiping Him and spending time with one another.

WHEN
  • August 13 - August 17, 2020
  • Outdoor church service Saturday, August 15 at 5:00 pm
  • BBQ dinner immediately following the service, August 15
  • Please sign up below so we can plan for spacing and food.
WHERE
  • Sylvan Lake State Park at 10200 Brush Creek Road, Eagle, CO 81631.
  • There is plenty of room to spread out in the massive group site.

WHO
  • Anyone and Everyone!

We will continue to monitor Colorado State Parks'
guidelines and restrictions.
Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS

Please pray for . . .

  • School administrators and staff as they prepare for and navigate the many options for the upcoming school year.

  • Peace beyond all understanding for Jan and her family as they mourn the loss of a three-year old extended family member who was killed in a fatal car accident.

  • Nancy, whose cousin Marilyn died yesterday from COVID complications, and for comfort and peace for the family.

  • All those who have been laid off from work, that they may have provision and peace.

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

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

  • Strength, comfort and support for Carol who is home, and her daughter Pam.

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

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

  • 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 - 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 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

Sunday Schedule during COVID-19
Worship Services: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Sunday School: 9:30 - 10:15 am.
KidsChurch: During sermon-time at the 8:30 and 10:30 am services.

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!