Chain of Lakes Church
Supports the Community
 

Signs of Gratitude  


The Chain of Lakes Local Impact Team invites you to support frontline workers who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Friday, May 22, gather to support the Mounds View Police Department, 2401 Moundsview Blvd, Mounds View, at 2pm and then go to support workers at Manna Market, at Substance Church, 8299 Central Ave NE, Spring Lake Park. Your participation in this event will bring joy to those who are going out of their way to help others during COVID-19. These are the first of many long-term care facilities, hospitals and other essential places of business we have scheduled to visit with signs of gratitude in the weeks to come.

Pick up a sign or two at Chain of Lakes Church, decorate it and gather with others to express gratitude.  The signs, and a printed schedule, can be picked up at Chain of Lakes Church, Monday through Friday, between 10am and 4pm.  Call the Church (763-208-8049) to ensure that someone will be there.  Chain of Lakes Church, 10130 Davenport St NE, #160, Blaine, MN 55449  

  • Take one or two signs, decorate with a positive, neutral message
  • When you pick up your sign, write your name, email, and phone number on the sheet provided in case we need to contact you
  • Keep your sign and bring it to the events you are available to attend
  • Thank you!
 
Get a free facemask at Chain of Lakes
Wearing a facemask in public areas, along with social distancing, helps prevent the spread of the corona virus. Volunteers at Chain of Lakes are sewing masks, and offering them free of charge to anyone who needs one. Call the office to make sure the church will be open – 763.208.8049.
 
Printed instructions for sewing a mask, and for making a mask with no sewing, will be available at the church, or get the PDF from the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/diy-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
 
Serve 2020
 
Serve 2020 is a ministry where every person at Chain of Lakes will be encouraged to serve at least once in 2020, preferably with a group at a ministry serving homeless adults or homeless youth. It is quite possible that at least twenty service opportunities will be organized.
 
A Project Coordinator will coordinate one service opportunity in 2020. 
A training for Project Coordinators will take place on Thursday, February 27 at 7pm.
 
 
 
 
Ending Homelessness through Partnerships
 
The Local Impact team wants to be part of a movement that ends homelessness among youth and adults in Anoka County. The team does this through partnerships with groups who directly help serve homeless youth and homeless adults.
 
Since its existence Chain of Lakes has established partnerships with the following schools:
  • Blaine High School
  • Anoka Regional High School
  • Anoka Technical High School
  • Spring Lake Park School District
The Local Impact Team has organized many events to help serve at:
  • HOPE 4 Youth
  • Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
  • Feed My Starving Children
 

Events

February 1, 2020 – Chain of Lakes purchased food and served a meal for the residents at Stepping Stone 
 
December 19, 2019-Chain of Lakes prepared and served the Holiday Meal at HOPE Place in Coon Rapids.
 
December 7, 2019-Grocery Bagging at Cub Grocery at 125th Ave Ne & Central to benefit homeless youth in Anoka County, 10am-2pm, Raised over $1200.
 
November 2019: Collecting Thanksgiving meal items for Anoka-Hennepin high school families in need
 
October 2019: Collecting feminine items, hygiene items & winter wear for Spring lake Park Schools. Chain of Lakes partnered with Blaine High School for the 6th annual Box City to bring awareness and to raise money for homeless youth
 
September 15, 2019: Collected a wagon full of personal hygiene items for HOPE 4 Youth and Stepping Stone at Fall Fun Fair
 
March 24, 2019, Chain of Lakes and Blaine Ham Lake Rotary sponsored “Root Causes of Homelessness”
 
March 3, 2019, Chain of Lakes collected over 55 Spring Break Snack Bags for Anoka Regional and Anoka Technical High schools!
 
December 24, 2018, The people of Chain of Lakes donated $900 in gift cards for Anoka Regional and Anoka Technical High Schools.  Chain of Lakes  matched the $900 so that each school received $900 from Chain of Lakes.
 
December 20, 2018, Chain of Lakes prepared and served the Holiday Meal at HOPE Place in Coon Rapids.
 
December 9, 2019, Donated 45 filled toiletry totes to Anoka Regional High School.
 
December 1, 2018, Bagged groceries at Cub Foods in Blaine.  Raised over  $1900 to sponsor the household supply room at HOPE Place for 2019.
 
Distributed empty bags with food list at Trunk or Treat for food donations for Anoka Regional High School.
 
October 25, 2018, Chain of Lakes partnered with Blaine High School for the 5th annual Box City!
 
September 16, 2018, Collected donations for Anoka Regional High School at Fall Fun Fair
 
February 2018, Chain of Lakes donated $900 of new household goods to HOME Street, the HOPE Place household supply room, for youth moving to their own apartments so that they do not leave HOPE Place empty handed! 
 
December 30, 2017, Chain of Lakes bagged groceries at Cub Foods, Blaine and raised $1350 for HOME Street, the household supply room at HOPE Place.  Items purchased and needed on an ongoing basis are listed above.
 
December 21, 2017, Chain of Lakes prepared and served the Holiday Meal at HOPE Place in Coon Rapids.
 
December 20, 2017, Chain of Lakes prepared a meal and served Stepping Stone in Anoka County.
 
Bowling Small Group, donated $283 to HOPE Place for vacuum cleaners and pots and pans for HOME Street
 
October 26, 2017, Chain of Lakes partnered with Blaine High School for the 4th annual Box City!
 
May 4, 2017, Chain of Lakes was given the Hope 4 Youth 2017 Inspiring Hope Faith Partner Award at the annual Inspiring Hope Luncheon for Hope 4 Youth
 
2016 and 2017,  Silents Auctions have raised over $7,000 for HOPE 4 Youth.  Silent Auction events took place at Espresso Yourself, the music and arts venue of Chain of Lakes
 
Be an Extraordinary Blessing! December 2016, the Extraordinary Blessing campaign raised $6,500 for HOPE 4 Youth.
 
October 27, 2016, Chain of Lakes Church partnered with Blaine High School to sponsor the 3rd annual Box City.  Students, staff and volunteers from Chain of Lakes slept outside in boxes to bring awareness of teen homelessness to the community. Over one hundred students from Blaine High School registered for Box City this year!  The evening began at 6:30 pm with a program highlighting youth homelessness with guest speaker, Lisa Jacobson, Executive Director at HOPE 4 Youth, sharing news about HOPE 4 Youth and the events happening in Anoka County. Pastor Paul Moore from Chain of Lakes Church shared the work that Chain of Lakes does every day to help to bring an end to youth homelessness by 2020.
 
February of 2016, Chain of Lakes collected bags of food for homeless teens at Blaine High School so that those in need would have food over spring break. On March 8, 2016, the Spring Break food bags were put into backpacks and for 26 homeless students.
 
October 22, 2015, Chain of Lakes staff and volunteers helped organize and support Blaine High School’s 2nd annual Box City.  Students, faculty and individuals from Chain of Lakes slept out of doors, in the cold, in a box to raise awareness and donations for homeless teens in the community.
 
September of 2015 Chain of Lakes Church hosted a carnival to benefit HOPE 4 Youth. 
 
June and July of 2015, the Outreach Team collected supplies and necessities for Survival Bags for homeless teens. 14 Survival Bags were donated to HOPE 4 Youth.  Survival bags will be used by youth who are homeless who sleep in their cars, in parks or under bridges.  Survival Bags consist of a rolling duffle bag, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, wash cloths, socks, gloves, stocking hat, toiletries, notebook, pen and food.  Total donation $2,100.
 
Spring of  2014, Chain of Lakes offered to organize and support a Box City at Blaine High School. With speakers arranged to begin the evening talking about teen homelessness, a truckload of boxes to be delivered, a minimal box dinner to be served, Chain of Lakes and Blaine High School hosted a Box City on October 9, 2014 to raise awareness for homeless teens in Anoka County.
 
Spring of 2014 Chain of Lakes raised over $1000 to help homeless teen programs by hosting a Pancake Breakfast.