Welcome to Chain of Lakes Church
Chain of Lakes is a Presbyterian church
serving the north metro of the twin cities
Weekly Announcements

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30am 

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. Pastor Paul is continuing an Advent sermon series called, “The Ultimate Social Network.”  New Disciples at Chain of Lakes will be welcomed. A special, year-end offering called “Making an Impact” will continue.     

Please stay after worship for a time of fellowship in the Community Life Center.

Immediately after worship a congregational meeting will take place. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a Deacon.

Restrooms are located just beyond the front of the worship center.  
Parents who need special help with children are welcome to walk through
the front of the worship center to the Youth & Family space.
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comment on, or share postings about Chain of Lakes. 
Go to colpres.org for information on all aspects of Chain of Lakes Church! 
Children, Tween and Teen News

Children are welcome to attend Sunday Circles with Bethany Bourgoin and Hannah Moore after Communion. Sunday Circles is the Educational ministry offered by Chain of Lakes. Younger children and babies will be welcomed by Sherri Varsho, Chain of Lakes Childcare Coordinator.  

Small Groups

“The Redemption of Scrooge”                                           Pastor Paul and Kathy Brevig will be leading separate small groups on a video series called “The Redemption of Scrooge.” Learn how Scrooge went from “Bah, Humbug” to a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas.  This is a four session group. Pastor Paul is leading a group Sundays at 9am; Kathy Brevig is leading a group Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Childcare will be available.

To sign up for small groups, contact the Chain of Lakes office, 763.208.8049, or talk to the leaders during Fellowship after worship.  Invite friends & neighbors!
Special Offering A year-end special offering called “Making an Impact” is being launched. This offering is an opportunity to contribute to the many ways that Chain of Lakes is making an impact in personal lives and in the community.  The goal of the offering is $7,000. As of last Sunday, December 9, people had given $1,220 to the offering; an additional $3,750 has been pledged. If the congregation gives a total of $7000 or more, Chain of Lakes will have a balanced budget for 2018. This offering is over-and-above regular giving. Please mark that your offering is designated towards, “Making an Impact.”
 Year-end giving opportunities With 2018 coming to a close be aware of these giving opportunities
  • Become current on your Estimate of Giving before the end of the year
  • Give to the “Making an Impact” special offering
  • Prepay your 2019 Estimate of Giving in 2018. There are tax advantages for doing this
  • Make a gift of appreciated stock or a mutual fund. This can save substantial capital gains taxes otherwise incurred by the donor
Thanks in advance for all the financial gifts that have been made!
Team Meetings
December 17    Monday 6:30pm   Small Group Planning
December 17    Monday 7:30pm    Building
December 18    Tuesday 10:00am   Staff
December 20   Thursday 6:30pm   Staff party at Bowlero

HOPE Place Holiday Meal Presented by Chain of Lakes HOPE Place is the temporary living facility of HOPE 4 Youth, serving homeless youth in our community.  Chain of Lakes is honored to prepare the Holiday Meal for the residents of HOPE Place on Thursday, December 20.  A list of what is needed is in the Community Life Center and online at www.colpres.org/ways-to-serve/ Contact Pam Van Meter at info@colpres.org with questions. Thank you!

Upcoming Worship Celebrations:       

December 23 As part of “The Ultimate Social Network” series Pastor Paul will preach on how the story of the birth of Jesus networks us as individuals

Christmas Eve  Chain of Lakes will celebrate a community, candlelight Christmas Eve worship with Communion on December 24  at 5:30 & 7pm. The two services will be the same and very special. Bring joy to vulnerable youth at Blaine High School, Anoka Regional School, or Anoka Technical by bringing a gift card in any amount for Target, Walmart or Cub Foods. The first $1,000 in gift cards will be matched. Christmas treats and Christmas cider will be shared before the 5:30 service and between the two services.
Bunker Hills Dinner Theater Join others from Chain of Lakes Saturday, December 29 to have a 3-course dinner at 5:30pm, then see “Snowed In – a Holiday Celebration of Song”. Register at BunkerhillsEventCenter.com, and put “Chain of Lakes Church Group” in the Diet Comment field so we will be seated together. Cost is about $70 with tax & service charge. Jeri Sanderson is organizing this fellowship opportunity. Contact her through info@colpres.org if you have questions.

Chain of Lakes Instagram page If you use Instagram, consider following Chain of Lakes Instagram page that was set up this past week. The page name is chain_of_lakes_blaine.

Save the Date! On Sunday, January 13, Pastor Paul will begin a new sermon series called, “Half Truths.” He will look at phrases that are partially but not completely true. On January 13 he will examine “Everything Happens for a Reason.” After worship a catered meal from Acapulco Restaurant will be shared.                                       
Josiah’s Fire
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 4pm – 7pm come recharge as we hear speaker Tahni Cullen’s inspiring message of hope. Tahni Cullen, the author of Josiah’s Fire, is the mother of a non-verbal son with autism who miraculously began to communicate mind-blowing thoughts typing on an iPad. Tahni was forced out of her comfort zone and predictable theology to dream again. Dinner will follow the talk and discussion.